Sunday, July 17, was scheduled to be the first official day of pylon racing. We were scheduled to fly AMA 424 (entry-level QUICKIE). The weather had other ideas as it rained most of the day, causing havoc with large pools of water throughout the site. At one point, we all simultaneously received a national weather service warning.
It was a busy Friday with static judging and then during the afternoon, it was decided to go ahead and fly the first round of flight competition. Four flightlines were used all weekend and we were able to get in the first round that evening.
We were all happy to see the rain clear away Saturday so we could get two rounds flown. Although it was breezy, the models handled it well. After rounds 2 and 3 were completed, only a few people flew in round 4.
In the past, the Nats have been one day for static judging and then the next two days to accomplish all of the flying. But just like 2021, weather forced us to get some of the flights in Friday due to incoming weather.
This year’s Nats started with practice on Thursday for many of the competitors arriving early to Site 4 at the back of AMA’s property. Unfortunately, at least half of the grass runway was overrun with ruts, tire tracks, as well as footprints from careless people abusing newly sown grass. All of that will have to be reseeded and rolled again.
Welcome to the 2022 Control Line (CL) Scale Nationals. This event is where a model is built to look and fly like the full-scale version. The models are judged on Friday (July 15) for the static points and then flown on Saturday and Sunday for the flying points. The challenge is making a model that looks and flies like the full-size version.