The 2017 Season Is Finally Here!

Racing was awesome last year. Congratulations to Terry, Bruce and KC for their first, second & third place finishes in the T-28 Class, and to Terry, Greg T. and Rick for their first, second & third place finishes in Reno Class.   Click here for the final results of the 2016 Racing Season.

Now we've started over; the slate was wiped clean and the points race is on. The first races were held on April 1st (no Fooling!) at 10:00 am. We had a group of eleven racers show up for T-28, all singles no teams. Five committed for Reno with a possible 6th. Anyone wishing to compete in either or both classes that didn't make it is encouraged to turn out the first Saturday of May and join in. It's never too late to have fun flying in circles!

The clinic was rescheduled due to the weather predicted on the first Saturday in March. On March 25th, ten of the eleven T-28 racers were present for the clinic held after the field maintenance. Minor rule changes were discussed and then the pictures were re-scheduled to be taken just before the first race in April due to the rain on clinic day.

In the back row (left to right) are KC, Bruce, and Terry; in the middle row are Jeff, Rob, Sean, Chuck, Tom, Rick, and Greg W.; Contest Coordinator Duane is in the front. Some very colorful airplanes there.
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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. To bring the cost down further, the club has negotiated a discount on the Trojan with Hobby Town in Tacoma and Blue Sky Hobbies in Bremerton.

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 April 1st, five Reno Class racers showed up for the clinic & pictures.
Pictured from left to right are Bruce, Terry, Rick, Greg T., & Chuck.
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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 2017 season

Rules

Previous Years Results