As we announced previously, we have rescheduled the spot landing contest to April 13. It will be held at the Gila Bend airport with the same format as past years, and hopefully this new date will allow greater participation this year. Please let us know if you are interested and available for this new date. Rules for the spot landing contest are available here. We will meet at the Gila Bend airport at 8:30am. We will finish up before lunch, and return to the DVT airport restaurant for lunch. If you’re planning to participate, please RSVP to Michael Gibbs as soon as possible. We need a good turn-out to have a decent competition, so we encourage your participation. If you haven’t tried this before, come join us. The more the merrier!
February is typically the time for our annual Spot Landing Contest, however due to the (lack of) availability of several of the regular participants, we are moving this event to April 13. It will be held at the Gila Bend airport with the same format as past years, and hopefully this new date will allow greater participation this year. Please let us know if you are interested and available for this new date. Rules for the spot landing contest are available here.
Also, the Copperstate Fly-in is coming next week. Copperstate has moved to the Buckeye airport this year, and is combined with the Buckeye Air Fair. Please check here for more information: www.copperstate.org If anyone is interested in a group outing to Buckeye on Feb 8, 9, or 10, please reply and we’ll see the level of interest and which day works best for the group.
Here are the results of the Poker Run held earlier today. We had good weather, a fun time, and a good lunch afterward. Our route this year was Deer Valley to Globe, Kearny, Coolidge, Ak-Chin, and then back to Deer Valley.
The card drawing and results are as follows:
Congratulations to Steve with the winning hand of 2 pairs.
Thanks to everyone for your participation this year, and also to our three passengers playing for fun. That three-of-a-kind would have been a winning hand!
Final preparations are underway for the 2018 Star Aero Club Poker Run. So far we have 4 airplanes and 8 or more contestants as shown below. If you are not on this list and plan to participate, please let me know as soon as possible.
Participation is open to anyone, and the funding will be through a $20 ante, but no longer requires a separate dues payment.
Name and Aircraft
Jim Gard, N1582H
Andy Durbin + Mark Henninger, N33666
Rod Kennan +2, N47601
Pat Scott + Mike Adams, N9890Y (distributing boxes in advance)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 17
Ante: $20 per person playing a hand for prize money
Time: We will meet at 8:00 a.m. for check-in and a pre-flight briefing. Departure time will be approximately 8:30 a.m.
Place: We will meet at the DVT airport terminal lobby.
This year’s run will take us east of the valley. The route is as follows:
Deer Valley (KDVT) – Globe (P13) – Kearny (E67) – Coolidge (P08) – Ak Chin (A39) – Deer Valley (KDVT)
Total distance: 190 nm
We will meet after the run at the DVT airport restaurant for lunch, the card showdown, and awards.
See you there!
With the return of cooler flying weather, it’s time to think about the Poker Run coming up in November. Please save the date of November 17 for the Poker Run. More information will be provided as it gets closer. If anyone has ideas for an October event, please let us know.
From the initial idea to capture some of the early history of the Star Aero Club, it’s taken us all summer, but we have now added a page to the website with a few highlights of the early years. If anyone has additional pictures or other recollections that would be interesting to include, please send them to us.
In the process, I also thought it was time for a refresh of the website. Some of the information was obsolete and hard to maintain, and we have updated to a cleaner design and easier editing system. The pictures and early history pages are under the Activities menu tab.
February Activity — Spot Landing Contest
February is traditionally the time for our spot landing contest. This year, the contest will be held at Gila Bend (E63) on Saturday, Feb 17. We will meet at the Gila Bend airport at 8:30am. We will finish up before lunch, and return to the DVT airport restaurant for lunch. If you’re planning to participate, please RSVP to Michael Gibbs as soon as possible. We need a good turn-out to have a decent competition, so we encourage your participation. If you haven’t tried this before, come join us. The more the merrier!
As we did last year, we will use the revised scoring method, using the shortest distance of each pilot’s landings rather than the sum of the distances. The rules are available here.
We are again including the “dead-stick” landing option in the competition. Each pilot will have the option of making any landing from a power-off approach. For this option, power will be reduced to idle at the start of descent on downwind, and is not to be reapplied prior to landing. Spot landing performance based on the reference line will be evaluated with a scoring incentive for the dead-stick option: half (50%) of the measured landing distance will be used for the scoring of the power-off landing.. The goal is to demonstrate landing performance in a simulated engine-out situation. The pilot will adjust pattern size and application of drag to land on the desired spot. As always, safety is the primary consideration, so any reapplication of power necessary to ensure a safe landing is always the first priority.
Poker Run Results
The Poker Run was held Nov. 18th and was very successful. We had good weather, great participation, and a good lunch afterward. Our route this year was Deer Valley to Casa Grande, Coolidge, Marana, Ak-Chin, and then back to Deer Valley. This southerly journey worked out fine except for Casa Grande. For some reason every other Saturday pilot in the valley wanted to go there at the same time we did. Didn’t they realize we had it reserved?!
November Activity — Poker Run Results
We had a very successful Poker Run on November 19, with 11 contestants and 6 airplanes participating. The prize winners were the following:
1st — Mike Gibbs with two pair, kings and 10’s
2nd — Steve Grothe with a pair of aces
3rd — Cheri Vetter with a pair of 10’s
This year’s route went from Deer Valley to Payson, Globe, Kearny, and Ak Chin before returning to Deer Valley. Afterward, we met for lunch and the card showdown at the DVT restaurant. Thanks to everyone for participating, and to Kevin and Cheri Vetter for distributing the boxes on Friday.
Do you have suggestions for Star Aero Club fly-ins? We will be putting together the event calendar for the upcoming three months at each quarterly meeting. Bring your fly-in ideas to the meeting and have a voice in the planning process. If you can’t make it to the next meeting, we’d still like to know where you’d like to go and what you’d like to do. Drop an e-mail to Michael Gibbs.
A preliminary schedule for the quarterly meetings and a few of the traditional events for 2016 is available here: (no longer available)