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Pylon Race #8
Monday, 21 October 2013

Report by Jacob McDonald

Pylon race #8 had yet another short turn out. There was seven racers in total and Brian Young raced in every class . Every hand was needed for either counting or judging the pylons. Jim Swanson and Charles McDonald kindly helped fill those positions. We raced two rounds with no wind but the last two rounds had a slight breeze. With such good conditions there were no lost airplanes.

First was the T-28/Corsair class with only three pilots. The pilots were Brian Young with 18 points, Jeff Penner with 10 points, and Paul Kohlmann with 9 points. The winner of the day and points leader is Brian Young.

Next was Reno 450 with pilots Steve Cole and Brian Young. Steve finished the day with 18 points and Brian finished with 18,, There was no winner of the day and Steve is still current points leader.

Dogfighter had two pilots which were Jon Stychno and Brian Young. This class was very entertaining to watch whether it was close calls or prop strikes on airplanes it kept the crowd and the pilots on their toes. Brian finished with 5 points and Jon finished with 4. Brian was the winner of the day but Jon is still the current points leader.

EF-1 had six pilots with Brian Young stepping up and racing a different class. The pilots were Tony McDonald with 19 points, Steve Cole with 18 points, Jon Stychno with 14 points, Jeff Penner with 14 points, Brian Young with 9 points, and Jacob McDonald with 7 points. The winner of the day was Tony McDonald with 19 points and stepping up to third place but Steve is still current points leader.

2013 Larry Frank
Wednesday, 09 October 2013

Report by Jacob McDonald

The 2013 Larry Frank Scale Fly-In had a short turn out but everyone still had a lot of fun. Jon Stychno volunteered to announce.Phil Leech and Wayne Frederick were judging the contest. The first pilot to fly Tony McDonald flew his Eflite Albatros which was electric. The second pilot Jacob McDonald flew his Great Planes 60 size Fokker Dr1 that is glow power. The third pilot Wylie Walters flew his Stuka which is electric. Next Adam Clement flew his Seagull Models Pilatus Porter which is also electric. Larry Gustafson flew after Adam and flew his Eflite P-38 which is electric power. Up next was Jake C. that flew his Top Flight P-47 razorback kit which is glow. Dylon Baltazar flew his T-28 after Jake. Dylon was followed by Dobie Baltazar who flew his electric Parkzone P-47 bubble canopy version.

After the friendly competition Glen Binkley and his wife prepared a barbecue for all who were present. During the BBQ all the airplanes flown during the day (Competitors and non- competitors) were displayed on the runway for viewing and voting. The winner of the peoples choice award was Jim Swanson and his WWII German Dornier Do-335 Arrow.

Jon then announced the winners of the Neil Taylor award. The Neil Taylor award was awarded to two recipients Paul Kohlman and Dave Mercer. Jon then announced the winners of the Larry Frank Scale Fly In. In third place with his electric Eflite Albatros Tony McDonald. Second place Adam Clement with his Seagull Pilatus Porter. And finally the winner of the scale fly in with his kit built Top Flight P-47 razorback version Jake C.

After the fun day of scale flying and award presentations, open flying resumed.

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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