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COVID-19 Alert and Event Cancellations:

Safety is important to our members and the public and as part of the GAMA board, we have to do our part as we reinvent how we work and live during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are seeking guidance from the AMA, state resources and following the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and we do not take this situation lightly.  We have to protect each other and especially our most vulnerable—our elderly and those with underlying conditions so we can all live to fly again for many more tomorrows.  We have cancelled our club meetings for April, the Club 40 Pylon race and we all must be aware of limiting close public contact at the field.  I’m sure more changes are coming so please look to the website for the latest changes as it is the easiest way to get information to members safely.
- April EC and Club meetings have been CANCELLED.
- March 28th Club 40 Pylon Race has been CANCELLED.
- April 18 & 19th Pattern Contest has been CANCELLED.

Pylon Racing

What is RC Pylon Racing?

Radio Control Pylon racing is an adrenaline rush like few others offered in RC.  Racing head to head against 3 other pilots around the course tests your flying ability and will leave you craving more.  RC Pylon Racing is organized by the National Miniature Pylon Racing  Association (NMPRA).  NMPRA

NMPRA is the Special Interest Group for the AMAAcademy of Model Aeronautics. NMPRA is an organization of Pylon Racers whose mission  is to promote, organize and standardize the hobby. National Miniature

 

GAMA club hosts two local classes of Pylon Racing:  Club 40 and EF-1 (Electric Formula One).

Club 40 Objectives:

Pylon racing is a great way to increase the fun of flying your RC model aircraft. Once you have mastered the basics of the take-off and landing.  Pylon racing is an easy step up in our hobby/sport. Our club is active in Club 40 two pole racing and we have two races each year. Experienced Club members will help anyone interested in participating in this exciting event. Club 40 is a two pole event with the pilot standing at the flight station while flying his or her plane around two poles that are parallel to the runway and 150 feet out. In many respects it’s like regular sport flying, however there are two or three other plane also flying around these poles and the object is to be the first one to complete 10 laps without a cut (turning short of the pole at either end).

The objective of Club 40 is to provide an entry level pylon racing class that is affordable and club friendly.

At present there are three planes permitted to fly Club40. These are the world models Sky Raider and LA Racer and the SIG FourStar 40.

   The airframes chosen are based on a common set of attributes:

  • Must be able to taxi easily. Steerable tailwheels or nose gear is required.

  • Must have upright engine with exposed cylinder and muffler.

  • Minimum wing area of 550 sq. inches and 53" wingspan.

Sig Four Star 40

  • Wing must be held on with screws.

  • Must have a canopy.

  • Kit or ARF must be $150 or less.

   

 

Engines will be limited to .40 and 46 sport engines to make compliance with AMA regulations easier.

 

 

 

      Great video of a GAMA Club40 Pylon Race

      from the plane's perspective!  Go for a ride! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video of automated Pylon Plane launcher used at GAMA races!  Keeps everyone safe and ensures a fair start everytime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

EF-1 Race at GAMA field...see what a Pylon Race looks like with four planes racing around two poles!

EF-1 Race at GAMA Field

                       2020 RC PYLON RACING SCHEDULE:

2020 Pylon Racing Schedule
DATE LOCATION HOST CLUB EVENT DESCRIPTION NOTES
         
MARCH
March 28 Georgetown, TX GAMA Club 40 & EF-1 Canceled and should be rescheduled.
APRIL
April 25 Waco, TX HOTMAC Club 40 & EF-1  
MAY
May 17 Austin, TX HCAM EF-1  
OCTOBER
October 4 Austin, TX HCAM EF-1  
         


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pylon Racing Fleet Club40, 424 and 426

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