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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [IAC-L:847] Gulf Coast Regional Contest Results


Thread: [IAC-L:847] Gulf Coast Regional Contest Results

Message: [IAC-L:847] Gulf Coast Regional Contest Results

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From: "Allyson Parker-Lauck" <princess at>

Date: Wed, 03 Sep 1997 17:10:48 UTC


 The Gulf Coast Regional was held Labor Day weekend in Galveston, TX.  The
turn out was huge.  I arrived Thursday evening, just before sunset and was
met by Contest Director David Mafrige and Ass. Contest director Andy
Miller.  These guys had been laying out "the Monster Box" all day, and were
sweaty and dirty to prove it.

Although extremely well marked and well laid out, the box at Galveston was
just about the most difficult box to fly in I have ever seen.  Galveston
Island is a very narrow island.  In fact, the northwest boundary was in the
water;  therefore, there was no boundary marker there.  Outside the box
markers, there were no landmarks to use for reference.  South of the box,
for 180 degrees of your reference is the Gulf of Mexico.  The water meets
the sky and you can't tell the difference (ie. NO horizon).  The shoreline
was not parallel with the south end of the box either.  Galveston has 2
very nice long wide runways 13/31 and 17/35...these runways look exactly
alike from the air.  The box was lined up with 17/35, but MANY of us during
spins, push-arounds, etc., got lined up with the wrong runway (40 degrees
off heading).  When you read the results and wonder why many of the
percentages were so low, it was likely that the competitor either got
zeroes or very low scores due to heading problems.  It was incredibly
challenging, and it was obvious who the most experienced competitors were
-- the one's who kept their bearings.

There were several firsts at this contest.  Most notable was the pilot who
flew the warm-up flights for the Sportsman category.  Zachery Heffley, son
of Unlimited pilot Lynn Heffley, doesn't turn 17 until September
28...therefore, no license, no compete.  Zach does have over 400 hours
though and has been practicing the Sportsman sequence in his dad's Pitts
S-2A quite a bit-- and it shows!  Zach's dad Lynn acted as safety pilot to
make it all legal, and the judges did score Zach on both flights.  Although
Zach's scores aren't in the official contest standings, I'm here to tell
you he did a fantastic job.  Zach plans to take his private check ride on
his 17th birthday in his dad's 1930's era Fairchild "The Velvet Elvis". 
Watch out for Zach next summer Sportsman pilots!!!!!!!

Another first was the Foundation for Aerobatic Research, Training, and
Safety's Speedo Contest.  Each pilot who posed for a picture with their
plane in nothing but a Speedo and tennis shoes was eligible.  If I'm not
mistaken, each of the entrants even flew their Known flight in their Speedo
too.  The winner of this award was Unlimited pilot Dan Clark (Dan did wear
a Nomex suit over his Speedo during his flight -- Safety first!).  It was a
sight to behold watching these pilots walk around the ramp in their
Speedo's...all 10 or so entrants were male (I didn't enter -- got about 15
pounds to lose before you'll catch me in a bathing suit in public!).

One other thing to note was that the 4-Minute Freestyle was actually flown
at this contest.  We just don't see this too often any more.  It was a
scheduled event, and the public showed up big time!  We saw some
spectacular flying!  Lots of lomcevacs, centrifuges, spiralling towers,
torque rolls, and SMOKE!!!!  Did we ever see SMOKE!!!!  This was a real
treat, and it was great to hear the crowd cheer as the competitors taxiied
back after thier flights.

This contest was first class all the way...from the accommodations to the
Friday night dinner, to the Sunday night banquet at the Lone Star flight
museum.  Wow, what a place.  The museum treated us like VIP's all the way. 
The banquet was spectacular...imagine eating delicious food in an air
conditioned hangar so spotless it would make your mother proud, sitting
among World War II era planes listening to WW II era music.  What an
experience.  This really was the type of contest that was fun for the whole
family.  I overheard Henry Coffeen telling his fiance Emily not to get too
used to this...that the first contest he ever went to he stayed in a hotel
that cost $13.95 a night and woke up to cockroaches scampering around!

Before I post the results, I would like to say that all the volunteers were
outstanding.  I was the Volunteer Coordinator, usually a very tough job. 
Luckily, since the contest was so huge, it wasn't necessary to work the
pilots in more than one category.  Since most of the pilots brought friends
and family along with them, all the spots were easy to fill.  I appreciate
all those who eagerly volunteered to Judge, Assist, Record, panel flip,
run, corner judge, etc.  You made my job easy!!!!!  There were a few there
though that did more than their share of work:

Contest Director:	David Mafrige!!!!!!!   Planned this thing like you
wouldn't believe.  Found sponsors and made the arrangements for everything
like a veteran contest director.  David has only been in the sport a little
over a year, but you'd never know it by how well he planned this contest.

Ass. Contest Director:	Andy "Airshow" Miller!!!!!!!!!!!   Having CD
experience, he kept David in line and kept the contest moving.  Way to go

World's greatest starter:	Clifford Hurley!!!!!!!!!  Clifford doesn't take
any breaks and keeps those airplanes in the air.  He keeps the pilots calm
and comfortable too.  Clifford is THE BEST!!!!

Registrar:	Cathy Swanson!!!!!!!!!   Need I say more?  Cathy was my
registrar at Nationals last year, I wouldn't have asked anyone but the

Score Room Operators:	Mr. and Mrs. Guerrerra (forgive me that I can't
remember your first names!)  and Beth and Teresa Richard.  The scorers have
the air-conditioning, but they miss a lot of the flying!  We appreciate
their sacrifice and hard work!!!!!

Now for the results:

Prize money:	1st place received $250
		2nd place $150
		3rd place $100

1st	Phillip Bohner		Pitts S-2A	85.3%
2nd	Bob Buckley		Pitts S-1S	85.2%
3rd	Tibor Farkas		Pitts S-2B	83.5%
4th	B. J. Boyle		Eagle II		82.1%
5th	Rob Traugott		Decathlon	81.5%
6th	Jack Saunders		Pitts S-2B	80.2%
7th	Craig Dobesh		Pitts S-2B	79.5%
8th	Thomas Jacomini	Pitts S-2B	78.2%
9th	Mike Gallaway		Pitts S-2A	78.2%
10th	Glenn Wiltcher		Decathlon	77.3%
11th	Rick Hernandez		Staudacher	77.2%
12th	Randolph Henson	Decathlon	77.1%
13th	George Toombs		Skybolt		77.0%
14th	Bonnie Peterson	Stampe		75.3%
15th	Mike Skaggs		Pitts S-2A	75.0%
16th	Amie Woods		Decathlon	72.3%
17th	Scotty Newsom		Pitts S-2B	50.6%
18th	Patty Hilliard		Pitts S-2B	43.9%
19th	Nick Fisher		Acro Sport II	31.7%
20th	Chris Wajnikonis	Decathlon	31.0%

Prize money:	1st place received $250
		2nd place $150
		3rd place $100

1st	Mike Plyler		Cub		78.8%
2nd	Bobby Phillips		Extra 200	76.7%
3rd	Joe MacGuire		Pitts S-2A	72.7%
4th	Tommy Jacomini Jr.	Pitts S-2B	71.2%
5th	James Smolen		Pitts S-2B	71.2%
6th	Stu Baldwin		Pitts S-1S	71.1%
7th	Jack Stovall		Pitts S-2B	68.6%
8th	Klayton Kirkland		Pitts S-1S	67.6%
9th	Daryle Grounds		Taylorcraft	59.8%
10th	Chuck Alley		Pitts S-2E	50.4%
11th 	John Collier		Pitts S-1S	46.8%

Prize money:	1st place received $250
		2nd place $150
		3rd place $100

1st	Andy "Airshow" Miller	Pitts S-1S	78.5%
2nd	Gary Henry		Pitts S-1S	78.4%
3rd	Gary Swanson		Edge 230	72.5%
4th	Don Peterson		Zlin 50		71.2%
5th	Allyson Parker-Lauck	Pitts S-1T	70.9%
6th	Henry Coffeen		Edge 540	70.3%
7th	Chris LeMasters		Pitts S-2B	68.4%
8th	Max Moore		Pitts S-2S	64.8%
9th	Brad Lang		Pitts S-2B	64.4%
10th	Robert Salter		Pitts S-2B	57.0%
11th	David Mafrige		Pitts S-2B	(Last--don't know the %%)  :-)

Prize money:	1st place received $500
		2nd place $300
		3rd place $200

1st	Dan Clark		Patriot		79.0%
2nd	Andrew Lundgren	Edge 540	76.2%
3rd	Janet Fitzke		Edge 540	70.7%
4th	Bill Marcellus		Edge 360	66.5%
5th	Debby Rihn-Harvey	TX Hurricane	64.8%
6th	Lynn Heffley		SR 300		59.8%
7th	Kurt Haukohl		Black Eagle	57.8%
8th	Ray Le Blanc		Sukhoi 26	44.7%

Four Minute Freestyle:  
$3,000 prize money!!!!! Winner Take all!!!!

1st	Debby Rihn-Harvey	TX Hurricane	92.4%
2nd	Andrew Lundgren	Edge 540	88.7%
3rd	Lynn Heffley		SR 300		76.3%
4th	Ray Le Blanc		Sukhoi 26	76.1%
5th	Bill Marcellus		Edge 360	70.5%
6th	Kurt Haukohl		Black Eagle	56.7%
7th	Dan Clark		Patriot		41.0%

Sorry for such a long post, but a few words just couldn't sum up the
weekend.  Y'all take care!

Allyson Parker-Lauck


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