5th Prairie Dog Classic Pattern Contest
August 19. 2017
The 5th Prairie Dog Classic was a resounding success. We had a low number pilots turn out for the event, just 6. There are a number of reasons for the low turnout, it s a VERY busy time of year. Some people had to work, some got sick, some could not travel etc. I heard many times, “Thank you for having the contest”.
We were able to fly 5 rounds of the contest in one day on Saturday. We had nearly perfect weather as well. There was enough of a breeze that it was not blazing hot and it was challenging for the pilots, but not enough wind to make conditions really bad. We had blue skies with big fluffy clouds dancing their way across the sky.
A very special thanks to some non members that came out to help and did a bit of judging for the contest:
MR. Rob Kelly
Thank you to all the MAS member volunteers that came out to help! The pattern contest, especially one this small, pretty much runs itself and does not need a lot of people to support it. We had a VERY nice turnout of MAS members, but unfortunately, there was not a lot for them to do once we got set up and rolling.
Thank You to:
And a huge thanks to Larry Ott! Without Larry this contest would not have come off. He also pitched and did judging when necessary!
The club made a little money, and the pilots that came had a great time. I call that a successful day. No airplanes were hurt or lost in the making of this contest.
Again thanks to all!
Please read the letter from Steve Graham in this newsletter!
On Sunday July 16th we concluded the 2017 version of the Lamar Steen Commemorative IMAC Challenge. To quote an email from one of the long time
competing pilots, “It was the most fun I have had at a contest ever” We ran only one flight line with 10 pilots competing in 5 classes. Since there was only 1 flight line it was a pretty relaxed contest. Still in the two days we had 60 competition flights and zero airplane mishaps, well one pilot did bounce a landing and break a prop.
I would like to thank all of the club members and former club member for the great job they did working and helping at the contest.
and a special thank you to Hank Barron for cooking lunch both days and to Larry Ott for the very important job of score keeping.
Also special thanks to Terri Ott for supplying and making the awards!
I hope we have as much success with the Pattern contest in August.
On June 13 2017 Bethesda Lutheran Communities made their third annual visit to MAS flying field. A great time was had by all! I was a little preoccupied, so the only pictures I got were group photos at the end. We hosted 11 Developmentally Disabled young adults and 4 staff members!
A HUGE thanks to members Bob Salmon, Bob Steinberg, Lee Overholt, and Earl Keffer for flying and helping the young adults and to Connie Kerr and Isabelle Kerr for serving lunch!!
All the young adults and staff members from Bethesda had a fantastic time! They all had smiles on their faces the whole time they were at the field! That is what it is all about, those wonderful smiles!