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2014 Pylon #1
Monday, 17 March 2014
Report by Tony McDonald, video by Jon Stychno

Sunny skies finally greeted the Wine Country Flyers pylon races this year. After last years windy and rainy season it was a nice change. The warm weather brought out fifteen pilots! Paul Gibson, John Reade, Doug Moore, Julio Alvarez, Wylie Walters, Jake Boatman, Dave Mercer, Brian Young, Bryan Germone, Steve Cole, Mark Crowley, Jon Stychno, Paul Kohlmann, Phil Leech, and Myself. And six pilots competed in multiple classes.

The T-28/Corsair class had the most entries. Seven in total. Paul Kohlmann and Jake Boatman are tied in the points race with three wins and one cut-out for each pilot. The Parkzone Warbird class had five competitors. We saw our new class with equal speeds with the four different aircraft designs. Two Spitfires, one P-47, one Fw-190, and two Mosquito's raced. Jon Stychno won the points battle for the day. The Dogfighter class had three competitors. Jon Stychno dominated the class with three victories. The EF-1 class had seven pilots signed up to compete but one dropped out with equipment malfunctions. Steve Cole won the day with a victory in every race he ran!

Float Fly 2014 #1
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Merle McGregor

It's that time again, to dust off the old float planes and water toys and have some fun. Our first one is Sunday April 13th. The water level is up, everything looks good. This year we are encouraging people to use the area on the left, as you come in the gate. It's easier access with less rocks to stumble over. I'm working on an Idea for a ramp to go over the rocks if the water level gets low. It involves a sheet of plywood with non-skid strips. If anyone has a good Idea, we would like to hear it. It is daunting sometimes getting your plane in the water.

I will be donating 2 dozen doughnuts to the first comers. The donation box will be back for the Salvation Army in appreciation for the use of their lake, but as always it's strictly voluntary.

There will be 3 more float flys:

  • Monday May 26 (memorial day)
  • Friday July 4th
  • Monday September 1st (labor day)

Mark your calendars and join us for some fun on the lake. Bring you chairs, shade, lunch, and your AMA is required to fly.

See you on the lake!

2014 Pylon Racing
Saturday, 15 February 2014
2014 WCF Pylon
Fun Fly report & Videos
Sunday, 02 February 2014

Report by Tony McDonald, video by Julio Alvarez

Wow it was cold as everyone started showing up for the first Wine Country Flyers fun fly of 2014! There was also a five mile an hour head wind that added a extra chilling effect. We had ten pilots sign up to compete by ten o'clock.

  • Julio Alvarez
  • Wylie Walters
  • Jacob McDonald
  • Merle McGregor
  • Steve Koll
  • Adam Clement
  • Paul Eason
  • Doug Moore
  • Larry Gustafson
  • Bill Walters

The first event "The dice roll" had a interesting element of chance built in to it. Steve lucked out and rolled a one. That indicated the amount of loops Steve had to perform then land. With a low time of 15.6 seconds he won sixteen dollars. Adam came in second with a time of 16.22 seconds. Julio, third with 18.8 seconds.

The second event was the "Taxiway drag race". The object was to start at the designated area then to taxi as fast as you could and pop a balloon tethered to the runway at ground level. Simple right? Half of the pilots did not finish. Then came Wylie and he made it look simple with a time of 5.9 seconds he won the sixteen dollar pot for the event. Adam came in a close second with a time of 6.8 seconds. Jacob, third with 10.0 seconds.

The final event of the day was "Limbo". This was our only judged event in the contest. Charles McDonald and myself made it clear to all the contestants that we were looking to be impressed with style, flair, and a element of danger. Special consideration would given for a inverted or knife edge pass. Three pilots opted to try the inverted pass. Only Jacob pulled it off but was to high to win it. Jacob ended up one point behind the eventual winner. Our winner decided to climb to thirty thousand feet upwind. Then put it in a speed dive heading downhill and downwind and at the last second skimming inches off the runway under the pole with authority. It had all the elements we asked for. Style, who would have thought of heading upwind and speed diving downwind! Flair, the last minute skimming inches off the runway. Danger, threading the needle in between and under the poles! Congratulations Doug! Don't spend all the sixteen dollars at the taco truck. I can see that all those strafing passes paid off! Bill Walters came in third only four points behind the leader and three points behind Jacob. Not bad Bill for your first fun fly.

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