The weatherman served up a regular Southwester gale to greet the NSRCA Pattern contest for 2013. Despite the nasty weather, 11 intrepid pilots from as far away as Portland and 4 local boys answered the call to perform the precise aerobatics that make up a Pattern event.
The CD for this event is Mr. Art Kelly who must be a top flight salesman indeed to be able to attract this number of flyers to an event that promised such nasty weather.
Pattern competition began many years ago and the planes evolved into a form that even became known as a Pattern type of plane. A long fuselage was the norm with .60 to .75 inch nitro engines and of course retractable landing gear (aka: retracts). Since that time, electrics have become the weapon of choice with powerful motors that provide amazing quiet power. Of the fifteen competitors, all but 3 chose electric power. The planes have changed as well with very streamlined shapes and very light construction.
The electric motors provide instant power that makes for effortless take-offs!
Some planes have even added a new surface just above the cockpit that looks like another stabilizer but which acts to smooth the air over the rudder to allow even more precise control. Here we have Pat Harris with his beautiful ARIXTRA with just such a device.
6 rounds in one day has never been done but the weather was rapidly closing in with 100% chance of rain Sunday with 20mph winds. The boys were motivated!