The 2021 Season Is Here! FINALLY!!

Well since we are now in Phase 3 and allowed 50 in groups we have held our first race weekend. May 1st we kicked off the 2021 racing/combat season. Finally, it seems like forever since we raced last. Good weather, good turn out.

Racing was great in 2019. Congratulations to Duane, Terry and Rick for their first, second & third place finishes in the T-28 Class, and to Rick, Terry and Greg T. for their first, second & third place finishes in Reno Class that year. We had no racing at all in 2020, keeping everyone safe and healthy. But now, we are off and racing in 2021!

Click here for the final results of the 2019 Racing Season.

With the move to Phase 3 of the Governor's Phased Recovery Plan we were able to hold our first outdoor contest in over a year!

We did not get new T-28 pictures for 2021 so for now we'll just keep these up.

In the back row (left to right) are Rob, Terry, KC; in the front row are Contest Coordinator/ Pilot Duane, and new racer Jim Wilkie. A sample of race planes is shown.

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Background

The February 2011 issue of Model Aviation has a story about the Chino Valley (Arizona) Model Aviators club which has been racing Parkzone T-28 Trojans for two years and reports great success. Aron "AJ" Seaholm wrote an article for Model Aviation that quoted Randy Meathrell regarding their methodology. If it works for them, why not give it a try? So, we did.

The basic idea is to have a single type of rugged yet affordable airplane that everyone can race on equal footing. The all-foam Parkzone T-28 certainly meets these requirements. It's simple construction, availabilty of parts, and relatively low speed coupled with high maneuverability make it a great competitor. Restricting modifications keeps the costs down and places the emphasis on pilot skill and tactics.

For more information, contact the Race Coordinator.

Event Re-name

During 2013, there was some confusion about the name "Pylon Racing". According to the AMA Pylon Racing Competition Regulations: "The AMA recognizes four classes of RC Pylon Racing for US competition. All are intended for multi-channel RC aircraft powered by conventional 2-stroke glow engines" (see here). In order to eliminate the confusion, it was decided that T-28 Trojan racing would be referred to as "Park Flyer Racing".

With the addition of the Reno Class, the events will now be refered to simply as Racing.

Reno Class Racing

At the conclusion of the 2014 season, it was decided to create a new class of racing, later named the "Reno" class. The intent was to open up racing to a wider variety of aircraft.

The class is open to both electric and fuel-powered airplanes. Wingspan is limited to 50 inches, maximum flight weight permitted is 50 ounces and the top airspeed is limited to 75 mph.

On May 1st, 2021 onlt two Reno Class racers showed up for the first race. No pictures, 2018 picture re-used here.
2019 - Pictured from left to right are Terry H., Rick, KC, Greg T., and Neil.

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Scoring

We keep score using a points system loosely based on the system used in Formula 1 auto racing. Pilots are awarded points based on their finishing position in each Section.

Place Points PlacePoints PlacePoints
1st
2nd
25
18
     3rd
4th
15
12
     5th
6th
10
8
Click here for the current standings of the 2021 season

Rules

Previous Years Results