2015-2016 U.S. Advanced Aerobatic Team


A lifetime of practice has paid off for 24-year old Coushatta native, Kevin Coleman. He has been in a type of marathon training to compete in what is considered the olympics of aviation – a position on the U.S. Advanced Aerobatic Team. This September, he not only made it as one of eight, but proudly took 3rd overall on the 2016 team. The aerobatic pilots compete for a position on the team so they can move on to represent the United States and compete in the 12th World Advanced Aerobatic Championship in Radom, Poland, August 4-14, 2016.

In the 2015 U.S. Advanced Aerobatic Team competition held in Dennison, Texas; aerobatic pilots from across the U.S. are represented and compete for the titles. Pilots fly a series of maneuvers and are judged on each individual performance. Coleman received 3rd place in Known, 3rd in Free, 2nd in 4-Minute Freestyle Unknown, and 3rd Overall. The Known procedure is one in which the pilot is aware of and has studied and practiced the known maneuvers. The Free and Freestyle allow for personal influence in the performance, and the unknown, of course, forces the pilot to perform maneuvers on demand without the opportunity to practice in flight.

This is not the first time Coleman has received recognition of this level. He was first awarded 5th place in national competition at the age of 17, and then 3rd place at 18 years old. As one of the youngest Air Show performers in the world, he emanates “thinking outside the box” and stares down the next challenge.

His pure love of flying started at the tender age of 10, when legendary Aerobatic Aviator and Air Show Performer, Marion Cole, took him under his wing and taught him everything he needed to know to be competitive in the circuit. After Marion Cole’s passing, Coleman knew he had to find a way to continue his legacy, so he launched the Marion Cole Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is presented once a year to young people from the ages of 16-25 who share an interest in aviation, and so the legacy lives on.

The world’s largest aerobatic club, (IAC) International Aerobatic Club, promotes and enhances the safety and enjoyment of aerobatics. The club is responsible for the selection, management and administration of all US Aerobatic Teams competing at World Championships and is an IRS 501(c)3 organization to which donations are deductible under the Internal Revenue Code. It costs $80K per team member to compete in the World Championship. Donations are 100% applicable to the USA Advanced Aerobatic Team. Supporters of our local aerobatic champion can make tax deductible donations to the IAC via http://www.teamusaero.com/donate-to-the-usa-advanced-aerobatic-team/. For more information visit http://www.teamusaero.com/ and https://www.iac.org/