The 2024 Racing Season Is Upon Us!

2024 is finally here! Are we are ready to go in circles again?

We had essentially no racing in 2020 or 2021, keeping everyone safe and healthy was our priority. But in 2022 we got to start racing again, albeit very few. The 2023 season was just slightly better. Perhaps we can get a decent turn out this year in 2024. More participation would sure make it more interesting.

Congratulations to Terry Hubbard, George Beida, and Duane Barrett for their first, second & third place finishes in the T-28 Class, and to Terry, Greg Tinius and Rick Fuller for their first, second & third place finishes in Reno Class last year.

Select here for the final results of the 2023 Racing Season.

We did not take pilot pictures for 2023, but here are the pilots from the 2022 pictures. Perhaps we may get some new pictures this season.

2022- From left to right Terry H., Contest Coordinator/ Pilot Duane B., new racer George B. and KC P. Missing from today's photo and planning to race are Rob S., and new racer Jim Brown. A sample of race planes is shown in front of the racers.

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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.

Recently there has been discussion about opening the class up to other 1100mm warbirds. Renaming the event as " 1100 Warbird Pylon Racing". As yet that has not happened.

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 or Competition Saturday, since there is also an RC combat event the same day..

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.

We did not take pilot pictures for 2023, but here is the same pilots from 2022 pictures. Hopefully we can get some new pictures this year, weather permitting.

2022 - Pictured from left to right are Terry H., KC, Greg T., and Rick.

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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.

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Select here for the final results of the 2023 season


Previous Years Results