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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [IAC-L:785] Albert Lea Contest Results


Thread: [IAC-L:785] Albert Lea Contest Results

Message: [IAC-L:785] Albert Lea Contest Results

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From: Dave Lammers <lammers.david at>

Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 03:41:30 UTC



This contest, sponsored by IAC Chapter 78, concluded successfully on
Sunday August 24. The chapter had two goals for this contest. The first
was to openly encourage, welcome and promote entry level competitors. 
We were delighted with our success in this area.  Four of our five Basic
competitors were competing for the first time, one of whom, Daryl Lowey
of Canada, became a new member of IAC on our practice day.  Our open
signal of welcome to these competitors, by waiving entry fees for first
timers, was successful in letting these people know that our sport
welcomed their participation. Our Sportsman category also had a first
time competitor.  Larry Wiesner came all the way from Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan, to win the Sportsman first time competitor trophy.  Of our
total of 23 competitors, five, or 22%, were first-timers.  If all
contests could achieve this percentage, the decline in participation,
which concerns many of us, would rapidly be reversed.  Our contest
proved that active encouragement at the entry levels can be done, and

Our second goal was to make focus on volunteers a key theme for the
contest in this EAA's year of emphasis on volunteerism.  Long time
Chapter 78 member and sponsor, Loren Smith, donated beautiful
tri-colored acrylic 6 inch diameter medallions for award to 40
volunteers and judges.  Our banquet, which celebrated volunteerism,
recognized the recipients of these awards. Additionally we had a Pilots'
Choice award presented to the volunteer who best represented the spirit
of volunteerism.  This beautiful, artist signed illustration in tribute
to Curtis Pitts and the Pitts biplane, was awarded to Chapter member
(and Pitts owner) Phil Schacht.  Phil was the originator of the Albert
Lea contest and continues to assure its success each year.   Runners up
for this recognition included Jean Taylor, who contributes significantly
as registrar at both this contest and at Fond du Lac, Candy Vaughn,
volunteer coordinator, who flew from southern Illinois riding 6 hours in
the front seat of her husband Mike's clipped cub, and, Gary Mack, who
drove from the Chicago area "just to help with whatever I can".  Though
not a volunteer in the strictest sense, Jim Hansen, airport manager and
FBO operator, has continued to support our activities and to fend off
the noise complaints. For his support, the pilots each contributed to
what amounted to a sizable monetary contribution which was presented to
him during our banquet.

On the flying side, good weather on Saturday contributed to a smooth
flow of competition flying. However, strong West winds kept the box
markers moving to the West (pilots view), and our first time competitors
really had a great time with that learning experience.  Two flights were
completed on Saturday, and low ceilings and visibility on Sunday
prevented any third flights, however, a great time was had by all.  A
clipped cub won Sportsman against some tough and experienced
competitors, and a 115 HP Citabria placed second in Basic.  Who says the
day is over for these fun, affordable and still competitive older

The results are as follows:
                          Category - BASIC

Rank    Pilot               Knwn1      Knwn2            TBLP Tot.  %pp 
* 1st TOM KERNS           381.5763   356.1591            737.7354  83.83
* 2nd DAVID LAMBERT       320.4661   318.4202            638.8863  72.60
* 3rd DARYL LOWEY         306.0316   195.1095            501.1411  56.95
* 4th BRANDON McNIELUS    282.2088   209.9472            492.1560  55.93
 5th  CYNTHIA LYONS       162.3496   301.1751            463.5247  52.67
*First-Time" Competitor

                          Category - SPORTSMAN

Rank    Pilot            Known      Free           TBLP Tot.  %pp 
 1st MIKE VAUGHAN          1010.3214  1027.8234    2038.1448  86.36
 2nd ALAN SCHWENK          1015.4377  1001.3101    2016.7478  85.46
 3rd GEOFF SLINGSBY        1009.0720   986.6769    1995.7489  84.57
 4th JIM BARRETT            957.3468   997.2691    1954.6159  82.82
 5th ROD BLAKE              898.1884   939.0812    1837.2696  77.85
 6th HENRY VOGELGESANG      883.3292   887.7007    1771.0299  75.04
* 7th LARRY WIESNER         815.7997   832.8124    1648.6121  69.86
 8th CAL BRANDT             483.7893   814.8319    1298.6212  55.03

*"First-Time" Competitor
                        Category - INTERMEDIATE

Rank    Pilot             Known      Free         TBLP Tot.   %pp 
** 1st LOREN SMITH      1569.2053  1610.8964      3180.1017  87.61
 2nd CLYDE M. CABLE     1585.8573  1549.1864      3135.0437  86.36
 3rd DAVE LAMMERS       1565.0875  1565.0492      3130.1367  86.23
 4th PATRICK CLYNE      1506.1388  1539.7790      3045.9178  83.91
 5th JON A. VANDERHOOF  1484.2951  1530.0850      3014.3801  83.04
 6th JOHN SCHWENK       1456.5623  1533.4477      2990.0100  82.37
 7th DICK BEVINGTON     1462.0975  1526.8232      2988.9207  82.34
 8th JIM PIROS          1423.0819  1485.4200      2908.5019  80.12
 9th JOHN WILLKOMM      1467.1681  1429.5577      2896.7258  79.80
10th MICHAEL HENNESSY   1214.2462   928.0684      2142.3146  59.02

 **winner Aviat Pitts Trophy for highest percentage in a Pitts

Dave Lammers
Contest Director
North Central Regional 1997


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