Lineup of planes on Sunday in the pit area at Auburn Airport for the Dick Scobee Memorial. Rex Abbott photo.

Dick Scobee Memorial stunt contest

Aug. 20-21, 2011, Auburn, Wash.
Sponsored by the Northwest Skyraiders

By Bruce Hunt

The weather was cool in the Mornings and warming up when the sun came out.  Wind was a bit unpredictable.  It tried to blow toward the sun but could never quite keep it there.  Howard Rush did not fly because he managed to destroy his Impact in the reverse wingover when he couldn't make up his mind which way to turn.  Kris and I stayed at Mary Lou's and Howards house and I got to see the pieces of the Impact.  It is not going to go back together easily if at all.  Howard is working on an electric model that he hopes to replace it with.

One of the interesting things about this contest was that there were alot of Mike Haverly's models but he wasn't flying them.  Steve Helmick was flying the KISS (blue monokote twister), Rod Claus was flying the Oriental Plus, and Peter Ferguson was flying Mike's Shrike.  Mike's electric was having engine vibration problems so it didn't fly.

Dan Rutherford is flying the third version of his Wimpact.  Pete Peterson showed up with a shiny new Saturn that flew well in Expert.  Alan Resinger and Keith Varley took top honors in two classes giving the Canadians bragging rights.  Keith's E-Sultan performed well even though he reported problems with the ESC that needed to be replaced.  We're starting to hear more about the problems of getting consistency from electric setups.  Mike Haverly was having vibration problems that kept him out of the contest.

Contest site is working out well.  Pete Ferguson reported that he has successfully negotiated terms for regular club access to the this flying site on the far south end of the Auburn airport.  The club now has seven-day-a-week access for a reasonable rental fee.  The club could use more funds to support this location.  The net result is that the Raider Roundup will move this year from Chehalis to Auburn.

Here are the results. Northwest standings points in parentheses.

OLD-TIME STUNT ( 4 entries)
Pete Peterson, Tacoma,Wash., 281.5 (4)
2. Dan Rutherford, Bothell, Wash., 259.5 (3)
3. Bob Emmett, Sequim, Wash., 201.5 (2)
4. Rex Abbott, Sequim, Wash., 114.5 (1)
Judges: Mike Haverly, Pete Peterson

CLASSIC STUNT (5 entries)
Pete Peterson, 543.5 (5)
2. Don McClave, Portland, Ore., 532 (4)
3. Alan Resinger, Delta, B.C., 530.5 (3)
4. Dan Rutherford, 520 (2)
5. Mike Haverly, Auburn, Wash., 497
Judges: Steve Helmick, Bruce Hunt

PROFILE STUNT (4 entries)
Dan Rutherford, 498 (4)
2. Steve Helmick, Renton, Wash., 478 (3)
3. Rick Cochrun, Marysville, Wash., 469.5 (2)
4. Rex Abbott, 394 (1)
Judges: Mike Haverly, Pete Peterson

Photo: Dan Rutherford discusses the finer points of his Wimpact III.
Bruce Hunt photo.

Jack Mullinix, Lynnwood, Wash., 170 (1)
Judges: Steve Helmick, Dan Rutherford

Rex Abbott, 380.5
Judges: Mike Haverly, Bruce Hunt

Keth Varley, Vancouver, B.C. 495.5 (7)
2. Rick Cochrun, 477 (6)
3. Steve Helmick, 461.5 (5)
4. Rod Claus, Kent, Wash. (4)
5. Hube Start, Abbottsford, B.C., 440.5
6. Bob Emmett, 432.5
7. Pete Ferguson, 414.5
Judges: Dan Rutherford, Mike Haverly

Alan Resinger, 547.5 (6)
2. Pete Peterson, 539 (4.5)
3. Randy Powell, Port Orchard, Wash., 535 (3)
4. Dan Rutherford, 524 (1.5)
Judges: Steve Helmick, Bruce Hunt

Results of this contest are included in Northwest Control-Line Competition Standings.

More Scobee Memorial photos

Hube Start flies his Score in Advanced Precision Aerobatics. Rex Abbott photo.

Left: Jack Mullinix with his Pathfinder. Rex Abbott photo. Right: Keith Varley with e-Sultan. Bruce Hunt photo.

Jack Mullinix takes off for Beginner Precision Aerobatics flight. Rex Abbott photo.

Pete Ferguson flies Shrike, built by Mike Haverly, in Advanced Precision Aerobatics. Rex Abbott photo.

Randy Powell gets low and inverted. Rex Abbott photo.

Rod Claus flies Oriental Plus, built by Mike Haverly, in Advanced Precision Aerobatics. Rex Abbott photo.

Alan Resinger flies in Expert Precision Aerobatics. Rex Abbott photo.

Left: Mike Haverly (left) and Dan Rutherford judge. Right: Bob Emmett prepares for takeoff; Bob Parker holding. Bruce Hunt photos.

Bob Emmett flies inverted in Advanced Precision Aerobatics.. Rex Abbott photo.

Left: Bob Emmett starts up his Old-Time Stunt Jamison Special while Pete Peterson holds. Right: Joe Dill's Talon. Bruce Hunt photos.

Third Time's the Charm for Mike Haverly's twice-crashed electric stunter. Rex Abbott photo.

Another beautiful plane by Pete Peterson, the Saturn. Bruce Hunt photo.

Left: Rod Claus starts the Oriental Plus, with Steve Helmic assisting. Right: Rex Abbott and Strathmoore. Bruce Hunt photos.

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