Short Take-Off and Landing Competition at the Zenith Open Hangar Day Fly-In

Here's a summary of our first ever STOL (short takeoff and landing) competition at the 2014 Zenith Aircraft Open Hangar Day and Fly-In on September 19 & 20, 2014 at the Zenith factory.
Winning performance by Jan Eggenfellner flying a Zenith STOL CH 750 powered by a Viking 110 engine. His take off measured 109 feet, and his precision landing measured 110 feet for a combined winning score of 219 feet.
The EAA staff-built STOL CH 750 plane (powered by an O-200 and piloted by Tracy Buttles was airborne in 121 feet, and Roger Dubbert's take-off roll measured 116-feet in his STOL CH 701 (powered by a Rotax 912 ULS).
This was our first short take-off and short landing (precision) competition and demonstration, held on Friday afternoon. What fun we all had! This was a very informal "competition" to encourage all Zenith owners to participate! This event was sponsored and coordinated by American Light Sport Aircrafters.
More photos of the Zenith Aircraft Open Hangar Day and Fly-In: http://j.mp/oh-2014-pics

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Comment by Willy Trinker on September 28, 2014 at 10:54am

Now that looks like a lot of fun!!! :-) 

Comment by Sebastien Heintz on September 24, 2014 at 10:29am

Here's a summary of the rules:

  1. Safety First!
  2. Other airplanes may be in the area and in the pattern.  Monitor and broadcast on 122.9
  3. Fly the standard (left hand) pattern, and no steep climbs, hot-dogging, or abrupt maneuvers on take-off or in the pattern. This is not part of the competition.
  4. Each aircraft is allowed three take-off and landing attempts.
  5. Score will be based on the best take-off and landing set.
  6. There are two classes: High-wing Zenith, and low-wing Zenith
  7. Short Field Take-Off Rules: Taxi into position, with farthest wheel back in front of the reference line (the painted white 18).  Start take-off roll after being given the “thumbs-up” by the reference line "judge".  Take-off distance will be measured to where the furthest of any wheel leaves the ground (for the last time).

  8. Short (Precision) Landing Rules: The farthest wheel back must land beyond the reference line (any wheel touchdown prior to reference line, or on the painted 18, is disqualifying). Aircraft must come to a full stop, straight ahead, and remain the until judges have had a chance to measure you.  Landing distance will be measured from the reference line to the nose of the aircraft.

  9. Rules are subject to change or revision. All decisions by the judge are final.

Comment by Sebastien Heintz on September 24, 2014 at 10:25am

Here are the results (as provided by Craig Carter):

Jan Eggenfellner is the STOL CH 750 with Viking engine: T/O: 110-feet, Landing: 109-feet (from marked line to full stop) = 219-feet total

Roger Dubert in his STOL CH 701 with Rotax 912 ULS: T/O: 116-feet, L/D: 181-feet (from marked line to full stop) = 297-feet total

Dennis Sapp in his STOL CH 701 with Rotax 912 ULS: T/O: 149-feet, L/D: 233-feet = 382-feet total

Tracy Buttles in the EAA staff-built STOL CH 750 with Continental O-200: T/O: 121-feet, L/D: 280-feet = 401-feet total

Buzzy Devoll in his STOL CH 750 S-LSA with Continental O-200: T/O: 188-feet, L/D: 238-feet = 426-feet total

Lynn Dingfelder in his Corvair powered CH601XL-B: T/O: 408-feet, L/D: 281-feet = 639-feet total

(these are all the numbers I have; I know we're missing a few)

Comment by AGSiler on September 24, 2014 at 9:29am

How many feet were the 601s getting on take off and landing????

Comment by Lyndon Leining on September 23, 2014 at 9:36pm

I'm old So I remember an old western where Walter Brenan was an old gunfighter. A young gunfighter wanted to claim he was faster than Walter. He ordered a whiskey and began eyeing old walter. Walter noticed the young mans eager glances at him at him. Walter said Young man "I am the fastest gun in the west, no brag just fact".

The young man didn't believe and died because of it. I've always thought there two kinds of men those who are all brag with no follow through and those who simply state what sounds like a brag but prove it was just a statement of fact. Jan said he was going to win the short takeoff and landing competition with his Viking powered

CH 750 and he did just that. The world needs More fact followed by positive action. I say well done Jan.

Comment by Mark Maltais on September 23, 2014 at 8:00pm

List of planes/weight/engines that competed along with their scores would be great!!!  Sounds like it was a blast!

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