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1998 Arizona State Aerobatic Championships contest report.

Prior to Thanksgiving, the weather had been excellent, however a series of fast moving fronts since then had the contest director not sleeping well at night. Wednesday as I was was driving to the airport, I had serious doubts about the turn out and for that matter our ability to have a meaningful contest. Thursday arrived with sunshine and pilots arriving early for registration. As the day progressed we had registered 55 competitors from 12 chapters. I was beginning to think all that worrying was paying off. I worried all weekend to be sure.....

This is my 2nd contest as the CD. I am fortunate that I had a group of very experienced people to support the contest. The registration team was brand new, and had very little contest experience, but I don't think anyone even noticed. As the pilots, and planes were tech'd the flight line took on a racy look. A start line was established and the box opened for practice. We had people in the box, pilots opting for practice south of the airport and all the spam cans that typically operate keeping the crew at the tower very busy all day.

Friday morning greeted us with mostly sunny skies and that famous Arizona weather. We got the unlimited drivers in the air first and by the end of the day we had two flights in for unlimited and intermediate. The real hero's to this point were the sportsman pilots as they really burned up the box. At this point I was becoming concerned because the forecast was for scattered showers on Saturday.

Saturday's brief indicated 8-10 kt winds and skies broken at 6000 and overcast at 9000. It stayed that way most of the morning and for a period it was sunny and fairly warm. As the late afternoon came around, it got windy and colder, but we got all the flights in including the 3rd flight for the sportsmen and 2 flights for basic. Not a bad performance for 55 competitors with limited daylight. The credit goes to my staff and the pilots for keeping the planes in the air, and making snap decisions to launch the next competitor when we had problems on the starting line.

My staff included many veterans and some new folks. In registration Joyce Allenberg, Trish Mayberry, Jan Markham-Norris, Kathy Straub and my wife Susan Aldom ensured we had the required paperwork ready well in advance of every flight. Most of these women hadn't really been registrar before. They deserve a big round of thanks.

On the starting line, I had a switch just before the contest. My intended starters were Dean Stapley and Mic Williams, but Dean lost his voice Wednesday night. Hal Raish from California stepped in on very short notice and did an outstanding job.

Dick Johnson was the chief judge and he had a long list of national level judges to choose from. The category chief's were: Ron Straub for unlimited. Dick Johnson was the advanced chief, Maryilln Holland was the intermediate and Damon Wack handled the sportman category. My thanks to all the judges and other line volunteers for an outstanding job. The weather at the end turned very cold and windy just about freezing the sportsman judges. They became very creative using the shades as wind blocks, thus surviving to the end of the day and allowing us to complete all the flights.

Sandra Bullock from California made the trip to be my volunteer coordinator. She was an outstanding choice as she makes most of the Arizona and California contests and knows most all the regulars at them. She was a tremendous asset to this very successful contest.

The host of the contest was Chandler Air Service, and they helped in many ways, some subtle and some very overt. I haven't ever seen so many planes in one hanger in my life. John Walkup can pack a hanger. The line staff was instrumental in turning around shared aircraft. Many thanks to Chandler Air Service.

The last group I'd like to thank is the group from the tower at CHD. They gave the competitors priority as much as possible and also did a fine job of keeping the other general aviation aircraft out of our waivered airspace. Without their continued support and desire to improve the operation of our contests, I don't think we would have made it through so many flights.

I would like to thank all our sponsors, AeroSpec Inc., Hangers Unlimited "Own Your Own", GV Engineering, Hacendas de Thomsen and Zivko inc. for the super support they gave us.

Unlimited

Rank Pilot             Chapter Known       Free        Unknwn     TBLP Tot.   %pp
 1st Kirby Chambliss      69   3287.2145   3912.3387   2940.1261  10139.6793  85.35
 2nd Steve Andelin        49   3128.7395   3812.5302   2679.4143   9620.6840  80.98
 3rd Mike Mangold         49   2989.2459   3687.1458   2602.6109   9279.0026  78.11
 4th Tom Wade             36   3066.3565   3573.6330   2440.7228   9080.7123  76.44
 5th Jim Clapper          69   2791.7119   3699.2793   2444.5843   8935.5755  75.22
 6th Chris Panzl          88   3145.5062   3207.4000   2306.2655   8659.1717  72.89
 7th Ken Kranz            49   2822.5180   3233.3153   2576.2986   8632.1319  72.66
 8th Guenther Eichhorn    35   1771.3342      0.0000      0.0000   1771.3342  14.91

Advanced

Rank Pilot             Chapter Known       Free        Unknwn     TBLP Tot.   %pp
 1st Patrick McGarry      69   2436.1907   2595.0940   1627.9548   6659.2395  84.40
 2nd William Mayberry     69   2244.9774   2444.2976   1582.4851   6271.7601  79.49
 3rd Norm DeWitt          36   2291.5300   2316.3228   1659.4864   6267.3392  79.43
 4th Steve Cummings       36   2151.5218   2565.8450   1519.0190   6236.3858  79.04
 5th Carl Liepold         69   2108.2870   2366.2961   1482.2861   5956.8692  75.50
 6th Mark Kinder          69   2011.7284   2395.4767   1488.0843   5895.2894  74.72
 7th Ken Holland          62   2190.5195   2052.7607   1605.7799   5849.0601  74.13
 8th Curt Langenhorst     69   2032.4436   2168.1355   1472.6811   5673.2602  71.90
 9th Brian Chesebro       62   1802.8597   2241.1460   1416.9621   5460.9678  69.21
10th Michael Racy         62      0.0000   2395.4530      0.0000   2395.4530  30.36
11th John Walkup          69   1989.1168      0.0000      0.0000   1989.1168  25.21

Intermediate

Rank Pilot             Chapter Known       Free        Unknwn     TBLP Tot.   %pp
 1st Rick Martinez         1   1793.8691   1765.2966    920.5127   4479.6784  88.88
 2nd Guy Juntunen         88   1745.6180   1733.3064    929.2307   4408.1551  87.46
 3rd Chris Huey           69   1712.8691   1739.4736    890.5358   4342.8785  86.17
 4th Greg Panzl           88   1686.0052   1724.9395    903.7838   4314.7285  85.61
 5th Len Rulason          69   1673.6624   1684.3225    895.0893   4253.0742  84.39
 6th John Carroll         62   1668.4198   1662.2856    870.0546   4200.7600  83.35
 7th Vicki Cruse          36   1586.3746   1654.2411    890.9066   4131.5223  81.97
 8th Dave Hermance        49   1661.7171   1603.2510    843.3651   4108.3332  81.51
 9th John Van Houten      12   1599.6186   1635.9113    852.2512   4087.7811  81.11
10th Don Nelson           12   1609.6493   1571.2084    867.7093   4048.5670  80.33
11th George Norris        69   1586.6699   1605.4830    842.1672   4034.3201  80.05
12th Jack Allenberg       69   1614.2246   1621.4208    756.0910   3991.7364  79.20
13th Chris McMillin       69   1496.9201   1501.3910    750.9392   3749.2503  74.39

Sportsman

Rank Pilot             Chapter Known       Free        Knwn2      TBLP Tot.   %pp
 1st Hank Canterbury      69   1251.8338   1214.9582   1207.0879   3673.8799  87.47
 2nd Rich Pinkowski       52   1244.7766   1204.5551   1201.9839   3651.3156  86.94
 3rd Mike Wolf            69   1203.9460   1243.2166   1198.1422   3645.3048  86.79
 4th Bob Sweginnis       114   1168.6245   1189.2457   1183.6473   3541.5175  84.32
 5th Rob Cobasky          69   1150.9811   1193.9842   1183.8931   3528.8584  84.02
 6th D. J. Molny          12   1152.5367   1203.7314   1158.1766   3514.4447  83.68
 7th Mike Steveson        69   1177.6076   1156.5770   1138.0542   3472.2388  82.67
 8th Mark Huffman         69   1055.9092   1225.0526   1181.6847   3462.6465  82.44
 9th Glen Marshman        12   1149.1427   1133.7837   1157.7204   3440.6468  81.92
10th Mike Corradi        114   1114.3282   1154.6212   1055.4678   3324.4172  79.15
11th Francois Bergeon     69   1130.8229   1038.6454   1126.5873   3296.0556  78.48
12th Roger Jaworski       69   1050.6792   1120.9180   1122.4486   3294.0458  78.43
13th Jeff Farrar          69   1097.2990   1084.1269   1076.3784   3257.8043  77.57
14th Phil Corey           36   1090.1799   1104.6891   1041.5730   3236.4420  77.06
15th Chuck Graves         69   1103.0699   1106.1492   1002.8722   3212.0913  76.48
16th Dave Bankhead        69   1022.7993   1053.9802   1115.6912   3192.4707  76.01
17th Randy Richter        49   1063.9286   1068.1289    945.4681   3077.5256  73.27
18th Tony Lupien          69   1135.8374   1111.5357    691.6333   2939.0064  69.98
19th Steve Cravens        69   1107.7226      0.0000      0.0000   1107.7226  26.37

Awards

The 1998 AZ State Unlimited Champion is Kirby Chambliss of Chapter 69
The 1998 AZ State Advanced Champion is Pat McGarry of Chapter 69
The 1998 AZ State Intermediate Champion is Chris Huey of Chapter 69
The 1998 AZ State Sportsman Champion is Mike Wolf of Chapter 69
The Walter Tubbs Memorial Trophy was awarded to Kirby Chambliss of Chapter 69
The Bill Briski Trophy was awarded to Rich Pinkowski of Chapter 52
The Eagle Cup was awarded to Mark Huffman of Chapter 69
The Pitts Trophy was awarded to Hank Canterbury of Chapter 69
The Wes Winter Memorial Trophy was awarded to Mike Wolf of Chapter 69
The Safety trophy was awarded to the Tower personnel at CHD

Rick Aldom
Contest Director
1998 Arizona State Aerobatic Championships


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