Comedian pilot to perform at Fly Iowa in Atlantic

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July 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

One of the attractions at the upcoming “Fly Iowa” Airshow in Atlantic this September, is an aerobatic performance by a man who’s used to flying….upside down.

Koontz' plane

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce says Greg Koontz has been doing aerobatics for over 30 years and will give the audience at Atlantic’s Fly Iowa Air Show on September 15th something to watch in amazement, hold their breath during and go home talking about. His show is billed as a “wacky, fun air show comedy act.” Greg (Clem Cleaver in the show) arrives at the show as a misfit from the hills of the Deep South with no idea how to act in the city. He and his dog, Rat Dog, make a hilarious show that includes loops, vertical rolls, snaps, tumbles and inverted passes.

The Atlantic Fly Iowa Heritage & Homecoming Air Show begins with a flight brunch that is open to everyone. A hot air balloon, skydivers, many planes displayed for people to walk around and look at, and aerobatic acts, such as Greg Koontz will be performing.

Greg Koontz, aerobatic stunt pilot

Koontz started flying air shows in 1974, performing in comedy acts in a 1946 J-3 Super Decathlon Cub for Colonel Moser’s Flying Circus. He worked with Colonel Moser in St. Augustine, Florida, teaching aerobatics and flew in the Flying Circus all over the southeast and part of the Caribbean. He also developed solo aerobatic routines in the Bellanca Citabria, Great Lakes biplane and the Bellanca Decathlon.  Koontz brings the small, Super Decathlon Piper Cub to the Atlantic Fly Iowa Air Show.

Koontz has over 22,000 flight hours in over 165 different aircraft types. He   spent his career as a flight instructor, charter pilot and corporate flight department manager, flying everything from Cubs to jets. Today, he runs a bed and breakfast aerobatic school, Sky Country Lodge, on a private airstrip in Alabama. For more information about the Atlantic Fly Iowa event, contact the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce at 712-243-3017 or email chamber@atlanticiowa.com.