What an appropriate site for a control-line model contest! Robert Ladd flies a Beginner Precision Aerobatics flight right in front of the classic DC3 that inhabits Thun Field in Puyallup, Wash. Flying Lines photo.

Stunt-a-Thon 2011

Northwest Skyraiders' June stunt meet celebrates 30th annual!

June 11-12, 2011, Pierce County Airport (Thun Field), Puyallup, Wash.

By Dave Gardner, contest director

Saturday: Overcast all day. Light to moderate winds, varying to NW to SW, 67°F Max.
Sunday: Clear and cool AM, overcast moved in by 2 pm, gusty variable winds, 70° F Max.
Pit Bosses: Steve Helmick, Rod Claus…and other field assignments
Tabulators: Howard Rush, assisted by Ginny Emmett and Dave Gardner

General Report

First off: Thanks very much to all who helped in this contest! Howard Rush ran his ‘steam drill’ computer program ... and although it was a beta version, did most of the things asked of it and has great promise for contest management. Ginny Emmett acted as a scoresheet checker (against the computer!) and also helped record weights. Jack Case, from SAM 8, was the photo guy, shanghaied for the duty for the awards, and was greatly appreciated! Kris Hunt saved my hide at the last moment by constructing the ARF trophies, trimming and installing pics in the plaques, for a great outcome! The judges and pit folk are all noted in the results listings and all did yeoman duty in keeping the schedule going. My very great appreciation to all!

The turnout was not bad for this legacy contest on a nice weekend. Contestants came from Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. We had 31 entrants flying in 10 events, with a total of 40 event entries. The schedule had Old-Time Stunt, Classic, Profile-Sportsman, Profile-Expert and the two Carrier Events scheduled for Saturday. Appearance judging for all appropriate classes was done on the flightline.

Old Time Stunt was up, with five entries, while Classic was light with four. Profile Sportsman had 6 folks, but Profile Expert only had two! Beginner PA had three entries, as did Intermediate PA. Advanced had a seven fliers turn out, although a lot of them had moved up to Expert, which had 10 entries! A few years ago, our largest class was Advanced! The overall level of flying in the Northwest continues to improve, and control line flying is alive and well! Most of the places were hard flown, with close separation of places in several of the events. All the flyers were in the scoring range of their respective classes, except for the Intermediate flyers, ALL of who "qualified" for Advanced!

Most of the scores were very consistent, round to round, including a couple of ties, decided by the second highest flight score!

First through third place awards were the AMA Photo Plaque awards, with engraved plates. All winners had choices of a variety of merchandise prizes, mostly Spencer Aircraft dope. At the end of the day, in less than 30 minutes, the remaining crew took down all the barriers, put away the carrier deck, dropped all the canopies, put all the competition paraphernalia away, and headed home, after a satisfying contest! The 30th Annual Stuntathon is in the books!

Stuntathon 2011 Results (Northwest standings points in parentheses):

OLD-TIME STUNT (5 entries)
Don McClave, Portland, Ore. -- 278.5 (5)
Dan Rutherford, Bothell, Wash. -- 273 (4)
Bob Parker, Orting, Wash. -- 206 (3)
4. Bob Emmett, Sequim, Wash. -- 192 (2)
5. Rex Abbott, Sequim, Wash. -- 159
Judges: Pete Peterson, Mike Haverly; pit boss: Steve Helmick

CLASSIC STUNT (4 entries)
Pete Peterson, Tacoma, Wash. -- 523 (4)
2. Mike Haverly, Auburn, Wash.-- 513 (3)
3. Mark Scarborough, Pullman, Wash. -- 477.5-480.5 (2)
4. John Thompson, Eugene, Ore. -- 462.5-480.5 (1)
Judges: Paul Walker, Bruce Hunt; pit boss: Rod Claus

Photo: Paul Walker at the handle in Expert Precision Aerobatics. Don Shultz photo.

Steve Helmick, Renton, Wash. -- 478 (6)
2. Mark Scarborough -- 460 (5)
3. Mike Massey, Cottage Grove, Ore. -- 439 (4)
4. Rick Cochrun, Marysville, Wash. -- 434 (3)
5. Tim Wescott, Oregon City, Ore. -- 172
6. Don McKay, Redmond, Wash. -- 23
Judges: Pete Peterson, Dan Rutherford; pit boss: Rod Claus

Randy Powell, Port Orchard, Wash. -- 512.5-515.5 (2)
2. Dan Rutherford -- 489-515.5 (1)
Judges: Pete Peterson, Steve Helmick; pit boss: Rod Claus

Robert Ladd, Milwaukie, Ore. -- 255.5 (3)
2. Jack Mullinix, Lynnwood, Wash. -- 199 (2)
3. Tim Wescott -- 172 (1)
Judges: Mike Haverly, Pete Peterson; pit boss: Rex Abbott

Mike Massey -- 435.5 (3)
2. Jim Harper, Portland, Ore. -- 429.5 (2)
3. Rex Abbott -- 403.5 (1)
Judges: Mike Haverly, Pete Peterson; pit boss: Rex Abbott

Rick Cochrun -- 506 (7)
2. Keith Varley -- 498 (6)
3. Mark Scarborough -- 492 (5)
4. Rod Claus, Kent, Wash. -- 460.5 (4)
5. Richard Entwhistle, Scappoose, Ore. -- 440
6. Steve Helmick -- 380.5
7. Bob Emmett -- 187
Judges: Bruce Hunt, Don McClave; pit boss: Rod Claus

Paul Walker, Deer Park, Wash. -- 606 (15)
2. Chris Cox, Delta, B.C. -- 555 (13.5)
3. Scott Riese, Portland, Ore. -- 541.5 (12)
4. Alan Resinger, Delta, B.C. -- 532 (10.5)
5. John Thompson -- 512
Dan Rutherford -- 510.5
Mike Haverly -- 494.5
8. Leo Mehl, Portland, Ore. -- 492.5
9. Pete Peterson -- 440.5
10. Howard Rush, Bellevue, Wash. -- 335
Judges: Bruce Hunt, Don McClave; pit boss: Rod Claus

Mike Potter, Auburn, Wash. -- 260.4 (2)
2. Rich Salter, Seattle, Wash. -- 202.5 (1)

SPORT 40 NAVY CARRIER (2 entries)
Mike Potter. -- 191 (2)
2. Jeff Rein, Covington, Wash. -- 185.4 (1)

More photos from Stunt-a-Thon:

Precision Aerobatics pits on Sunday. Flying Lines photo.

Beginner and Intermediate pits. Flying Lines photo.

One major mishap was the crash of Bob Parker's Ringmaster during Old-Time Stunt. Flying Lines photo.

Mike Haverly flies his Chizler; he used it in both Classic and Expert PA. Flying Lines photo.

The Chizler glides in. Flying Lines photo.

Bob Emmett's Buccaneer. Flying Lines photo.

Randy Powell's Ringmaster Deluxe for Profile Stunt. Flying Lines photo.

Judges Paul Walker (left) and Bruce Hunt watch a flight, along with Pete Ferguson. Flying Lines photo.

Keith Varley has gone electric, so his E-Sultan doesn't need a launcher. It will spin up and roll away by itself. Flying Lines photo.

The E-Sultan makes an inverted pass. Flying Lines photo.

Alan Resinger (left) waits for the judges to be ready for his flight on the Gypsy, as Chris Cox holds.

Alan Resinger launches Chris Cox's Saturn. Flying Lines photo.

Jeff Rein's Sport 40 Carrier plane looks nice on the ground ...

... and in the air. Flying Lines photos.

Pete Peterson puts in an Expert Precision Aerobatics flight. Rex Abbott photo.

Mark Scarborough flew his Avenger in both Classic and Advanced PA. Rex Abbott photo.

Steve Helmick flies his SV-11. Rex Abbott photo.

Dan Rutherford flew the Wimpact in both Expert Profile and Expert PA. Rex Abbott photo.

Yes folks, its true ... a GeeBee for Sport 40 Carrier, by Ken Burdick. Flying Lines photo.

Results of this contest are included in the Northwest Competition Standings.

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