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Pylon #7
Monday, 07 October 2013

Report by Anthony McDonald

With partially cloudy skies and little wind we couldn't have asked for better October weather. Make up race #7 got off to a lite showing only ten pilots. All hands were needed to make the races successful. A handful of club members that thought they were coming out only to watch found themselves either becoming pylon judges or counters.

The best attended class with a total of six was the T-28/Corsair class. The first heat set the tone for the rest of the entire day for all the classes. Half of the pilots not only cut, but cut out on the north pylon. Heat two turned out to be a repeat performance of heat one with half the pilots cutting out. Heat three only had one of the six pilots cutting out. Heat four was the only heat that saw all pilots fly clean. Brian Young was on fire with four victories. Jake Boatman with three firsts and cutting out in heat two! Paul Kohlmann flew clean and finished first in heat two to spoil Brian and Jakes domination of victories for the day. Wylie was consistent with four second place finishes. He and Brian were the only two in this class not to cut out of a race. Ben Mackles finished second once and third once. Phil Leech came in third in heat four. Brian won the most points for the day with 20. Wylie came in second with 16. Jake Boatman with 15. Paul with 12. Ben 7. and Phil with 3 points. The over all points lead for the year is still held by Brian.

The Dog fighter class was flown by Brian Young, Ben Mackles, and John Stychno. It was a toss up With Brian winning twice and John winning twice. Ben rounded out the field with three third place finishes. John Stychno is still the over all points leader followed closely by Brian.

The Electric formula One class had five pilots in total. Three of the pilots only competing in this class. Heat one ended with all five pilots cutting out on the north pylon. Heat two once again saw all five pilots cut out on the north pylon! Heat three started with the north pylon judge calling in not one but two other members to back him up. When heat three was over Jacob McDonald came away with the victory followed by John Stychno, Steve Cole, Wylie Walters, and Tony McDonald. Heat four saw three north pylon judges again as to avoid any confusion due to the fast and furious pace. When the dust settled the win went to John as Steve cut out, Tony cut once but came in second, followed by Jacob in third, and Wylie in fourth. The points winner for the day was John with 9, second was Jacob with 8, Wylie 6, Tony 5, Steve with 3 . That puts Steve, Jacob, and John in a three way tie for first place in the over all points battle. That's the closest race for a championship this year with only eleven points separating first place from forth place. It seems that the EF-1 class and rules set forth by NMPRA is keeping parity between the different manufactures and different types of aircraft that are allowed in the class.

A special thank you to the four club members I saw that were not competing but offered to help with pylon judging and counting. Drew Kohlmann, Andrew Mackles, Gabe Black, and Charles McDonald. With out help from you guys we wouldn't have been able to enjoy quality club racing. Thank you.

 
Sonoma Jet Center Aviation Day Sat. Oct 5th.
Monday, 30 September 2013

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Pylon Race #6
Monday, 23 September 2013

Report by Anthony McDonald; video Jon Stychno

It seems with every pylon race this year with the exception of one month the wind and turbulent air has had pilots saving their airplanes multiple times every heat, not to mention death defying approaches and landings. Despite the horrible flying conditions ten pilots signed up to compete. The gossiping and catching up with friends and fellow competitors got the races started later than usual.

First to fly was the T-28/Corsair class with seven pilots. Brian Young, Wylie Walters, Dave Mercer, Paul Kohlmann, John Reade, Doug Moore, and the one and only Corsair pilot Phil Leech rounded up the roster for the class. The first heat Brian Young won in dominating fashion leaving the rest of the field to suggest a complete tear down and inspection of the winning plane. The second race in heat one had the first pilots of the day "buy the farm". First up was Dave Mercer splattering his bright red T-28 right in front of the pits. One lap eight Phil Leech lost his motor and left a smoke trail around the south pylon and called for a mayday landing but came up short. Phil's Corsair ended up in the vines upside down and relatively undamaged. This left only Wylie making solo laps and taking the win. Heat two race one turned out to be a shootout between Brian, Paul and Wyllie. Brian again won followed by Paul then Wyllie. Race two had only two pilots Doug Moore and John Reade. In the beginning laps John had a malfunction with his elevator which led to some aerobatics on the back stretch with Doug in hot pursuit. John won the race and Doug made a beautiful landing in badly turbulent air. Impressive for any pilot I thought. Heat three saw all remaining five pilots fly at once. The finishing order was again Brian, Wyllie, Paul, John, and Doug. Heat four had only four planes. After a bad countdown the race was on. Wylie came across the line and finished first followed by Brian, Paul, then John. The north pylon was cut once by Wylie and twice by Paul so this changed everything. Brian got the win followed by Wylie who had lapped the rest of the field, then John, and Paul cut out of the race. Brian won the day followed closely by Wylie then John. In the over all points race Brian is in first then Wylie in second, and Paul coming up to third.

Reno 450 had only two pilots. In the only heat of the day Steve Cole was three quarters of a lap ahead of Brian Young when tragedy stuck! Steve came around the north pylon and smacked the runway at full speed, leaving the wing on the runway while the fuselage leaped thirty feet high proceeding straight and true but shedding parts still remaining in the lead almost until the south pylon as Brian flew on to victory. Steve as always provided a high intensity exciting crash. Brian won the day but Steve leads the overall points race by only three points! Needless to say that was a wrap for Reno 450 with only one airplane left in the class.

The Dogfighter class was again flown by John Stychno and Brian Young. John won the first two heats. But in the third heat Brian jumped the start but was neck and neck with John. The were shadows cast on both airplanes at different points of the race that's how close the racing was! But all for nothing both pilots cut out of heat three. Heat four was again tight almost formation flying with John taking the win. John won the day and retained first place in the over all points race.

EF-1 only had four entries. John Stychno, Steve Cole, Jacob McDonald, and Tony McDonald. The first heat was won by Steve, followed by John, Jacob and Tony other than turbulence at the north pylon everyone made it back in one piece. Heat two was almost a repeat of heat one with the only exception being Jacob and Tony swapping third and forth places. Heat three started by Tony jumping out in the lead followed by Steve and Jacob. As Steve banked and then yanked around the South pylon tragedy Struck! Steve's Invictus seemingly exploded under the immense G loading. Jacob was fortunate enough to fly through Steve's debris field with no damage. Tony and John raced hard smelling "blood in the water" knowing the points leader was down and put on a good show! But as racing goes it was all for nothing as both Tony and John had multiple cuts leaving Jacob the win as he flew the coarse slow and wide thinking he had damage to his plane. Heat four saw Steve win with his back up Proud Bird followed by John, Tony, then Jacob. Steve still ended up winning the day, Jacob in second, followed by John. Steve is leading the over all points race by only five points with Jacob in second, and John in third. There is only six points separating first, second, and third.

So if you didn't make it to September's pylon race well you missed a great day of racing and plenty of carnage! If you have the need to step out of your comfort zone then come and be part of the show next month.

 
Larry Frank Scale Fly-in Sep 29th
Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Larry Frank 2013
 
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