Flour Bombing Contest at the Zenith Aircraft Open Hangar Days (Updated: Friday, September 2, 2016)

Check out the video above of the flour bombing practice drops Roger and Dennis did this morning to get ready for the Flour Bombing Contest at Open Hangar Days 2016!

Let's see who can hit the target! New this year to the 25th Annual Open Hangar Days at Zenith Aircraft Company in Mexico, Missouri is the Flour Bombing Contest sponsored by UL Power on Saturday, September 24, 2016 starting at 3:00 pm. Plan to join us this year for two full days of fun!

The registration booth will be located in the gazebo in front of the Zenith Aircraft hangar. There will be registration forms for each of the activities (STOL Competition, Flour Bombing Contest, Cleco & Riveting Contest, and the Zenith Aircraft Show - like a car show but with airplanes) taking place throughout the 2016 Open Hangar Days event. Registration begins at the event for the Flour Bombing Contest on Friday morning (8:00 am) and will end Saturday (11:00 am).

Pre-registration is encouraged, if you would like to register before the event, please email Rebecca Riley at Rebecca@zenithair.com and a registration form will be sent to you to fill out and return prior to the event. 

The rules for the 2016 Flour Bombing Contest are:

  • Flour Bombing (OPEN TO ALL AIRCRAFT - not just Zenith)
    • The bulls-eye will be located beside runway 18 (same runway as the STOL competition - weather permitting).
    • Maximum number of participants is 12 total.
    • Each aircraft will be issued a registration number (1-12).
    • Two  passes only for each aircraft.
    • Flags with aircraft registration number (1-12) written on them will be used to mark the spot each bomb lands and measuring will be done when needed.
    • All aircraft must have 2 way radio communications.
    • Stay in traffic pattern.
    • Maintain runway heading during "bombing run".

  • Contestants must have a crew, the PIC is not allowed to toss the bomb.
  • Minimum altitude for this contest is 100ft AGL, 923 MSL. Standard go around procedure after bombs away. 
  • Normal traffic patterns will be used and safe separation distance will be PIC’s responsibility. Please give enough to time in between to measure entry drops.
  • Crews will be staged 4 aircraft at a time, two entry runs, then land. Each pilot/ passenger crew will be separated into a group most comparable with their aircraft.
  • Judges decisions are final.
  • Be alert for arriving and departing aircraft.
  • All pilots and crew must attend the safety briefing to participate. A safety briefing will be held at the airport terminal for the Flour Bombing Contest at 2:30 pm.
  • Final score is best of the two passes.
  • Awards will be presented to winners during the BBQ dinner at the factory on Saturday evening. 

We encourage all who are flying in for the event to participate in this fun activity! Check out past photos of the Open Hangar event. We looking forward to seeing everyone at the event on Friday, September 23 & Saturday, September 24, 2016. For more information about the Flour Bombing Contest and other activities at the 25th Annual Open Hangar Dayscontact us at 573.581.9000. Purchase your tickets here now! 

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Comment by Rebecca Riley on September 12, 2016 at 11:33am

Hi Bud, Sebastien used his Garmin VIRB camera for this video.

Comment by bud smith on September 4, 2016 at 6:27am

How did you get the cool information around the perimeter of the screen?  Speed, position, alt, etc?

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