T-28 Final Standings

PlacePilot(s)Points   PlacePilot(s)Points
1st
2nd
3rd

4th
5th
6th
Jeff
Greg
Sean/KC

Doug
Brian
Bruce
489
392
327

245
237
227
  7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
Rob
Chuck
Paul
John
Rick
216
172
124
100
0

T-28 2013 Play-by-Play


 by Neil Makar

April
The first pylon racing event for 2013 was held April 20th and it went off quite successfully. We started with nine participants and finished with eight when one decided to retire after the first heat.

Because we had nine fliers, we held two sections for each heat. Heat number one had sections of five and four fliers respectively. Heats two through four had sections of four fliers each.

We had several disqualifications due to aircraft flying outside the east edge of the race course and endangering pilots and observers. Hopefully these safety infractions will be reduced as our racers improve over the course of the year.

Sean flew very tight and consistent courses around the pylons without suffering from any false starts or penalties. His performance demonstrated that the cleaner you fly the course, the better off you will finish, regardless of any potential speed differences between planes.

We had one serious crash. In Heat 3, Gregory put his Trojan squarely into the trees. Fortunately, the plane was relatively undamaged. With a borrowed canopy and a little glue and tape on the wings, he managed to participate in the last heat. Good on ya, Gregory!

We are also recording the race time, defined as the time between the word "GO!" and the moment the first airplane finishes its seventh lap. If we can collect good data we will propose a special award for the fastest heat of the season. Sean is the holder here too with a race time of 1 minute, 21.5 seconds in the final heat. Again, well done Sean!

So it's on to next month, May 15th. By then, we will have a chit system for randomizing the heats per the rules. We also had some issue with aircraft numbers which we hope to have worked out by next month. And finally, maybe the racers who were unable to participate today will be able to make it out. Well done everyone, and we'll see you next month!

May
Pylon racing went very well again this weekend. We started the event with eight fliers and finished with five. Yours truly was the first out in heat one, but we'll get to that later.

Since we started out with eight fliers, and the rules specify no more than six per race, we had to give you the field into two groups of four. Last month we used a convoluted dice rolling process, but this month the contest director was better prepared with a set of chits. Before each heat we pulled four chits to determine the fliers that would be in section 1; the remaining four would be in section 2. By the time we reached heat three, we were down to five fliers only, so we just flew one section in heats three and four.

The highlight of heat one, section one, was when Team 7, Neil Makar flying that at that time, went into the trees, and I do mean into the trees. The wing separated from the airplane and stayed up in the tree about 20 feet, while the fuselage continued to fly all the way out and into the open area. That ended the flying day for Team 7. The heat was won by Chuck McGuire flying #13. Section two was won by Bruce Scott flying #6, with both Sean Loxman (#7) and Bryan Campbell (#3) being disqualified after over-flying the pilot stations at the start.

Heat two was relatively uneventful with section one being won by Chuck McGuire flying number 13, and Brian Campbell crashing out. That ended Brian's flying for the day. Section two was smoothly flown, and was won by Bruce Scott in #6.

Heat three flew with only five aircraft. Sean Loxman won flying #7 with Bruce Scott (#6) crashing out near the end. Bruce lost two of three of his wheels, and crushed his cowling, but he soldiered on and with the help of a little duct tape he taped the cowling together enough to fly in the final heat.

Heat four was the exciting one because, with only five airplanes flying, we decided to change how we started the race. Instead of everybody launching and milling about at the south end of the field until the start was called, the suggestion was made and taken that we do a Le Mans start. In a Le Mans start, the airplanes line along the length of the runway and take off across the runway to the west when the start signal is raised. To figure out what order the airplanes would start in, we pulled a chip for each airplane that was flying. The airplanes were lined up in the order they were pulled from the hat from right to left, the left-most airplane being considered the pole position. To compensate for the perceived advantage that Bruce Scott would have being a hand launch, he was put all the way to the right.

When the signal was given, all airplanes launched across the field, made a left-hand turn, rounded the pylon at the left, and proceeded across the start/finish line. As they crossed the start finish line, they all counted off lap zero. The race was on, and as the first airplane crossed the start/finish line on their seventh lap, it was Bruce flying #6. Unfortunately for Sean Loxman, who came in third, it was later determined that he flew an extra lap. It is, of course, the responsibility of each pilot to correctly count their laps. Consequently nothing could be done, and Sean's third-place finish stands.

After this weeks racing, we have a lead change in the pilot standings with Chuck McGuire now leading with 172 points, Sean slipping to second with 158 points, followed by Bruce Scott with 133 points.

So, well done everybody. It was a good day; the racing was exciting and that final start was worth waiting for! I believe everybody enjoyed the Le Mans start and we will probably switch to that format for all future races. So it's on to next month and we'll see what the next weekends racing does for our pilot standings.

June
You had to be there!

July
Apologies for being so late with this. Life, and work sort of got in the way. Briefly, the races in July went well, except that we only had six participants. Consequently, all heats were completed in single sections.

Carnage began early in heat one. Rob (#4) launched "from the pit", losing control almost immediately. He was disqualified for overflying the pilot's area, after which he totally lost control, crashing. The rest of heats one through three went pretty smoothly.

Heat four started out badly, when 5 seconds after the start, #14 (Greg) t-boned #7 (Sean/KC) taking them both out in spectacular fashion. Check out the clip (coming soon).

August
Heat 1 started out as a comedy. The wind was howling straight up the runway from the south, and after rounding the north pylon, Paul (#5) could not fly upwind! His race ended right there, just south of the northern pylon.

In Heat 2, a collision on takeoff between ? and #4 (Rob) did not result in an early termination of anyone, but did require Rob to fix his right aileron. Paul (#5) was disqualified early for overflying the pilot's stations.

T-28 2013 Scoreboard

April Heat 1a  Heat 1b  Heat 2a  Heat 2b 
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
DQ
Bruce
Chuck
Jeff
Paul
Sean
Brian
Rob
Gregory
Rick
(withdrew)
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
DQ
DNF
Brian
Chuck
Jeff
Rob

Sean
Paul
-
-
Bruce
Gregory
Heat 3a Heat 3b Heat 4a Heat 4b
1st
2nd
DQ
DQ
DNF
Chuck
Jeff
Brian
Rob

Sean
Bruce
Paul
-
Gregory
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
DNF
Chuck
Brian
Rob
Jeff
Sean
Paul
Bruce
-
Gregory

May Heat 1a  Heat 1b  Heat 2a  Heat 2b
1st
2nd
3rd
DNF

DQ
DQ
Chuck
Doug
Gregory
Neil
(withdrew)
Bruce
Jeff
-


Sean
Brian
1st
2nd
3rd

DNF
Chuck
Jeff
Doug
(withdrew)
Brian
(withdrew)
Bruce
Sean
Gregory
Heat 3 Heat 4
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
DNF
Sean
Chuck
Gregory
Jeff
Bruce
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
Bruce
Chuck
Sean
Gregory
Jeff

June Heat 1a Heat 1b Heat 2a Heat 2b
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
DQ
Bruce
Jeff
Brian
-
Rob
John
Doug
Greg
Paul
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
John
Bruce
Jeff
Doug
Rob
Gregory
Brian
Paul
Heat 3a Heat 3b Heat 4a Heat 4b
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
John
Bruce
Gregory
Rob
Paul
Jeff
Doug
Brian
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
DQ
John
Bruce
Jeff
Paul
Doug
Gregory
Rob
-
Brian

July Heat 1 Heat 2 Heat 3 Heat 4
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
DQ
DNF
DNS
Jeff
Doug
Gregory
-
-
Brian, Rob
KC
Doug
Greg
Jeff
Brian
-
-
-
KC, Rob
Greg
Jeff
Brian
Doug
Rob
-
-
KC
Jeff
Doug
Brian
-
-
-
KC, Gregory
Rob

August Heat 1 Heat 2 Heat 3 Heat 4
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
DNF
DQ
Jeff
KC
Rob
Doug
Greg
Paul
KC
Jeff
Greg
Doug
Rob
-
Paul
Greg
Doug
Rob
-
-
Paul, KC
Jeff
KC
Greg
Doug
Rob
-
Paul, Jeff

Sept. Heat
1
Heat
2a
Heat
2b
Heat
3
Heat
4
1st
2nd

3rd
4th
5th
DNS

DNF

DQ
KC
Jeff
Rob
-
Doug
Greg
Bruce
-
Brian
Jeff
KC
-
-
-
-
-
-
Rob,
Doug
Greg
Brian
-
Bruce



Jeff
KC
-
Greg
Brian
-
Bruce,
Doug
-
-
Rob
Jeff
Greg
-
Rob
Brian
-
Bruce,
Doug
KC

Oct. Heat
1
Heat
2
Heat
3
Heat
4
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
DNS

DNF
Jeff
Greg
Rob
-
-
-
-
Brian,
KC
Jeff
Greg
Brian
-
-
KC,
Rob
Brian
Jeff
KC
Greg
-
Rob
KC
Jeff
Greg
Rob
Brian
DNF: Did not finishDNS: Did not startDQ: Disqualified

August (continued)
For Heat 3, KC's airplane (#7) was uncontrollable following the repairs required after the collision in the previous heat, and he had to do a controlled crash landing. Paul (#5) once again didn't finish, and Jeff (#9) was disqualified. Check out Jeff's vertical landing! It occurs at 3:24 into the video clip (coming soon).

Just as Heat 4 began, the wind came up. On takeoff, Jeff lost control, headed for the pilots area and in turning the airplane away was caught by the wind and went down into the runway. A P-3 Orion circled a few times, obviously watching and enjoying the show.

In a truly remarkable coincidence, all four heats were performed in one minute, thirty-nine seconds! We of course do not have Rolex timing, but I got the times from the video of the races. From the time the first airplane crossed the start line and calls out ZERO!, to the time the winner crosses the finish, that is the race time. And in this case all races were 1:39. (Note: when the wind is from the north, the race time is from the time the GO! signal is given, until the winner crosses the finish.)

September
Heat One gave us our first tie. KC was the clear winner of the heat, but Jeff and Rob crossed the finish line so close together that was no telling them apart. So, both ended up sharing second place points.

As for the rest of the day, well, once again, you had to be there. And as far as standings go, Jeff is fairly safe in first with a 74 point lead. But there are only 42 points separating second from third and the same between third and fourth. So there's still some racing to do! See you at the field on Saturday, October 19th.>

October
Jeff cemented first place for the year, followed by Greg and Sean/KC.