2014 Pylon Patriots

Pylon Racing Racers

2014 Pylon Happenings…

 
Our Popular Pylon Racing Series is on again this year.

3 classes – AT-6 Class, Unlimited Warbird Class and, The Electric Class. Rules for all classes are explained below.

Only $5.00 to race all summer as there was some money left over from last year. This will pay for the championship picnic and trophies.

We race the 1st and 3rd Thursday nights in May, June, July and, August. Championship Races are held in September with dates to be determined.

Racing starts at 18:00 each night…

If we get rained out we will usually reschedule for another Thursday night that month.

This is all for fun…. We DO NOT keep score or collect points. During the summer, everyone learns the course and improves their flying for the championship in September.

This is not at all difficult. All you have to do is fly a left hand pattern around the pylons but, flying the course fast takes practice. Practice during the summer and you will be ready in September.

The Racing Dates Are;

May 1st and 15th
June 5th and 19th
July 3rd and 17th
August 7th and 21st.

2014 Pylon Racing Classes and Rules

 
We have been pylon racing for quite a few years. This is a fun event open to all skill levels.

– the .15 nitro engine limit keeps the airplanes at a reasonable speed.
– this allows us to race closer in… as per AMA rules.
– we race with 2 pylons set out in the grass overfly area,
– each race consists of 10 laps,
– each race usually has 3 planes but sometimes 4… to fill out the matrix.
– cutting a pylon puts you one lap down… so the trick is not to cut a pylon.
– you can fly as high or as low as you want.
– every one is here to help and have a good time so please don’t feel like your not “good enough” to fly pylon. Come on out and give it a try…
– all pilots and spotters must wear OSHA approved helmets. Home Depot sells construction helmets costing between 6 and 10 dollars. The club has 3 extra helmets for those who forget or just want to try it out.

We had 15 racers last year so please come out and give it a try.

T- 6 Class

 
This is a stock class.

1/12 scale T-6. All of us use House of Balsa kit, ARF or scratch built from House of Balsa plans. There are some electric ARF’s out there that I’m sure could be converted. Minor modifications to the kit such as removing the washout from the wings is OK. No clipped wings, shortened fuselage, etc allowed. Must have wheels and takeoff from ground.

All engines must be OS .15 LA (plain bearing engine), Master airscrew 8-4 prop, 15% nitro. No engine modifications except an airscoop on the carb is allowed.

Unlimited “Warbird” Class

 
This class allows some modifications.

1/12 scale piston powered military aircraft. Most of us are using Great Planes ARFs of WWII fighters but if you can find or build something like a T-28 or A-1 Skyraider that is OK.

Kit or scratch built is of course OK. House of Balsa has quite a few 1/12 scale kits available on their web site (www.house of balsa .com).

Minor modifications as in T-6 class allowed. Again, no clipped wings, etc.

We strongly prefer wheels and taking off from ground but hand launch with no wheels will be allowed if this is your first year racing. So if you have a hand launch ARF, bring it out.

Engines must be .15 standard production manufactured by OS, Magnum, Fox, etc.

Props must be 8-3 or 8-4 of any brand.

Fuel must be 15% nitro.

No engine modifications other than an air scoop on the carb.

“The Electric Class”

 
We had a Ton Of Fun last year with the new electric class and are incorporating it into our Pylon Racing Schedule.

The Electric class will consist of the Tower Hobbies RX-R Warbirds, ensuring fair and even specifications for all flying pilots…

Currently available are the P-51, Hellcat and Corsair, all 39 to 40 in wingspan models. These airplanes are complete and ready to fly – all they need is a battery and radio. Prices range from $119.00 to $129.00 and Tower is offering discounts. If any 3 pilots want to get together and each buy one… there’s a combo deal available that brings the cost of each plane down to $117.00… with FREE Shipping.

To keep everything fair, everyone must fly an unmodified RX-R airplane with a maximum battery of 25C, 3 cells, 11.1 volts and, of 2200mah in size.

Any skill level can fly these airplanes and competition will be fun and easygoing. Buy your airplane and get test flying now. RACING STARTS THE FIRST THURSDAY NIGHT IN MAY.

Any questions can be answered by calling me anytime at: 360-220-0407, Jay Schoening

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Electric class will consist of the new Tower Hobbies RX-R warbirds. Currently available are the P-51, Hellcat and Corsair, all 39 to 40 in wingspan models. These airplanes are complete and ready to fly - all they need is a battery and radio. Prices range from $119.00 to $129.00 and Tower is offering discounts.
This is the Radio Controlled, Electric Powered P-51D Mustang from Tower Hobbies. RXR (Receiver Ready) includes motor, ESC and servos.

Click on the plane pic to get to the Tower Site!

FEATURES: Construction: EPO foam, crash-tough and feather-light, repairs easily
with CA glue
Wings: Two-piece with two aluminum wing joiners
Aileron Control: Dual servo
Motor: Outrunner brushless
ESC: Brushless compatible, see COMMENTS below
Servos: Four micro
Canopy: Made of foam and clear plastic, fastens to fuselage with
magnets, painted pilot bust and instrument panel decal
Landing Gear: Prebent wire
Spinner: Plastic, red and yellow in color 2.4″ (60mm) diameter
Propeller: Plastic 9×4.5
Wheels: Two foam, 2″ (51mm) diameter main, 1/2″ (13mm) tailwheel
Building Time: Ready to fly in approximately one hour
Warranty: Tower Hobbies guarantees this kit to be free from defects
in both materials and workmanship at the date of purchase.
This warranty does not cover any component part damaged by use or
modification.

INCLUDES: Tower Hobbies P-51D Mustang with propeller, prop adapter, decals,
motor, ESC, four servos, spinner and instruction manual

REQUIRES: Radio: 4-channel transmitter and receiver
Battery: 11.1V LiPo, 1800mAh minimum
Battery Charger: LiPo compatible
Tools and field equipment

SPECS: Length: 34″ (864mm)
Wingspan: 40″ (1016mm)
Wing Area: 303 sq in (15.2 sq dm)
Wing Loading: 14.1 – 15.2 oz/sq ft (43 – 46 g/sq dm
Weight: 29.7 – 32 oz (840 – 905g) depending on LiPo batteries used
Center of Gravity (CG): 3″ (76mm) back from the leading edge of the
wing at the wing root where the wing meets the fuselage
Control Throws: Low Rate High Rate
Elevator: 1/8″ (3mm) 6° 3/16″ (5mm) 8°
Rudder: 1/2″ (13mm) 14° 11/16″ (17mm) 18°
Ailerons: 3/8″ (10mm) 18° 1/2″ (13mm) 23°

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Electric class will consist of the new Tower Hobbies RX-R warbirds. Currently available are the P-51, Hellcat and Corsair, all 39 to 40 in wingspan models. These airplanes are complete and ready to fly - all they need is a battery and radio. Prices range from $119.00 to $129.00 and Tower is offering discounts.

This is the Tower Hobbies Brushless Electric Powered RxR (Receiver Ready) F4U Corsair. Includes Motor, ESC and Servos.

Click on the plane pic to get to the Tower Site!

FEATURES: Construction: Injection molded EPO (expanded polyolefin) foam, easily repairable with CA, white glue, or canopy glue.
Wing: One-piece, attaches to fuselage with nylon bolt
Aileron Control: Dual servo
Motor: 1000kV outrunner
Landing Gear: Prebent wire with 2.5″ (64mm) diameter wheels
Servos: Four mini
ESC: SuperTigre 30A brushless
Propeller: SlowFly 9×4.5
Cowl: Painted EPO foam with plastic radial engine detail
Warranty: Tower Hobbies guarantees this airplane to be free of defects in material and workmanship at the date of purchase. This warranty does not cover any component parts damaged by use or modification.

INCLUDES: Tower Hobbies RxR (Receiver Ready) F4U Corsair with Motor, ESC, Servos, Propeller, Landing Gear and Instructions.

REQUIRES: Transmitter and Receiver: 4-channel
Battery: Flyzone 3S 11.1V 1800mAh LiPo, FLZA6024
Battery Charger: Duratrax Onyx 235 (DTXP4235) recommended
Charge Lead: SuperTigre LiPo to Banana Plug Charge Lead Adapter
(SUPM0070) if using Onyx charger listed above
Phillips screwdriver and scissors or hobby knife

SPECS: Length: 31″ (785mm)
Wingspan: 39″ (990mm)
Wing Area: 271 sq in (17.5 sq dm)
Wing Loading: 14.9 – 15.9 oz/sq ft (45 – 49 g/sq dm)
Weight: 28 – 30 oz (795 – 850 g)
Center of Gravity (CG): 2-1/2″ (64mm) back from the leading edge of the wing at the fuselage side to start, Forward Limit: 2-1/4″, (57mm), Aft Limit: 2-3/4″ (70mm)

Control Throws- Low Rate High Rate
Elevator: 1/4″ (6mm) 9° 3/8″ (10mm) 12°
Rudder: 3/4″ (19mm) 13° 1″ (25mm) 21°
Ailerons: 1/4″ (6mm) 9° 3/8″ (10mm) 14°

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Electric class will consist of the new Tower Hobbies RX-R warbirds. Currently available are the P-51, Hellcat and Corsair, all 39 to 40 in wingspan models. These airplanes are complete and ready to fly - all they need is a battery and radio. Prices range from $119.00 to $129.00 and Tower is offering discounts.
This is the Radio Controlled, Brushless Electric Powered, RxR (Receiver Ready) F6F Hellcat from Tower Hobbies.

Click on the plane pic to get to the Tower Site!

FEATURES: Construction: Foam
Wing: One-piece
Aileron Control: Dual Servo
Motor: 1000kV brushless outrunner with 3.5mm bullet connectors
Electronic Speed Control: SuperTigre 30A
Servos: Four micro
Cowl: Foam, attaches to fuselage with magnets
Canopy: Attaches to fuselage with magnets, clear windshield, painted
pilot bust and instrument panel decals
Landing Gear: Prebent with 2.5″ (63.5mm) foam main wheels, 1/2″
(13mm) tailwheel
Propeller: 10×6 3-blade plastic
Propeller: Aluminum 0.63″ (16mm) diameter
Warranty: Tower Hobbies guarantees this kit to be free from defects in both material and workmanship at the date of purchase. This warranty does not cover any component parts damaged by use or
modification.

INCLUDES: RxR F6F Hellcat with ESC, Motor, Servos, Propeller, Instruction Manual, Pilot Bust and Landing Gear.

REQUIRES: Radio: 4-channel
Battery: 3S 11.1V LiPo 1800-2200mAh
Battery Charger: Compatible with selected battery

SPECS: Wingspan: 39″ (990mm)
Length: 31.5″ (800mm)
Wing Area: 272 sq in (17.5 sq dm)
Wing Loading: 14.8 – 16.7 oz/sq ft (45 – 51 g/sq dm)
Center of Gravity (CG): 2-5/8″ (67mm) back from the wing’s leading edge at the fuselage sides
Forward Limit, 2-1/4″ (57mm), Aft Limit, 3″ (76mm)

Control Throws High Rate Low Rate
Elevator, Up/Down: 7/16″ (11mm) 13° 1/4″ (6mm) 7°
Rudder, Right/Left: 3/4″ (19mm) 19° 1/2″ (13mm) 13°
Ailerons, Up/Down: 1/2″ (13mm) 17° 3/8″ (10mm) 12°

Come On Out… Race With The Pylon Patriots… and Have A Blast…!

We are trying to keep this simple and cheap so anyone can participate.
 
 
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NMPRA and Pylon Racing History

 
The urge to race dates back to early civilization with foot and chariot races held during Greek and Roman periods. The risk, excitement and challenge of racing are basic to human nature. Presently, we enjoy races involving boats, automobiles, horses and even turtles.

Races involving aircraft began shortly after the advent of powered flight and soon started in the field of model aviation – first with rubber-powered free-flight planes and later with control line team and rat race events. The ability to precisely control a model in three dimensions provided the Impetus of R/C Pylon Racing, as we know it today. In fact, the first suggestion of R/C Pylon Racing was made at the 1948 Nationals at Olathe, Kansas. The initial rules were presented to AMA R/C Committee in 1956. The first AMA Pylon event was flown in 1957 and won by Howard Bonner with a semi-scale Bonzo. Two years later a finalized version of rules was adopted by the AMA, and R/C pylon racing was born!

Early pylon racing was flown around a two-pylon course with the pilot standing in the middle. The winner was determined by the plane posting the shortest elapsed time; which would be calculated to the highest speed. There were no aircraft design specifications and the low drag flying wing or delta models dominated the event. In the mid-sixties there was a strong feeling to race scale type aircraft simultaneously over a triangular shaped course similar to full size Goodyear Model Racers flown in the late forties. Originally flown as an Exhibition Event at the 1965 and 1966 Nationals, the “Goodyear” model event became Official at the 1967 Nats in Los Angeles. It soon became very popular and current R/C Pylon Racing has developed into three classes or events that are separated by aircraft requirements, engine specifications, and fuel restrictions and course length.

The three AMA R/C Pylon Racing events are Quarter Midget, Quickie 500 and 1/2-A with the Specific rules for each printed in the AMA Official Model Aircraft Regulation book. Quickie 500 is a popular variation of Sport Pylon and has largely replaced this event. Quarter Midget retains the scale-like aircraft requirement.

Look here for more information and good articles on the NMPRA and Pylon Racing.

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