RC Pylon Racing is high-speed excitement. These small aircraft obtain speeds of nearly 200 mph. The models fly 10 laps around a course marked by three pylons. The pilots stand in the middle of the course, turning as the aircraft circle the pylons. Pylon Racing requires good depth perception and quick reflexes. A tenth of a second flown beyond a pylon can lose the race.
Turns are judged, and any "cuts" (turning short of a pylon) eliminate the lap. The aircraft typically fly in four heats. Points are awarded based on the finish place. The pilot with the most total points after all heat racing is finished is the event winner. Two classes of Pylon Racing are flown: the Quarter 40 and the Quickie 500.
By Gary Freeman
Monday was the electric EF1 class. There were 29 entries and most everyone had fast airplanes and great thumbs. This class is “box stock,” meaning all items are available to anyone and cannot be modified in any way. This makes the class very fun and easy for everyone. Ray Brown and Lloyd Burnham were the starters for this event; thank you both for a great job. There were a lot of great heats and tight racing. It was good to see some of the newer guys kicking some butt. You can tell they have been practicing.
By Gary Freeman
Day one of the RC Pylon Nats has come and gone. With everything going on in the world today, I think everyone here is looking forward to a safe week with friends and family doing what they love. Thank you, AMA, for allowing us the opportunity.
AMA looks forward to hosting a fun and safe Nats this year at the International Aeromodeling Center (IAC)! Today, we have new developments to announce for Nats 2020.
After careful deliberation, the AMA Executive Council has agreed to not cancel the 2020 Outdoor Nats. This decision is aligned with state and federal guidelines for events concerning COVID-19.
The 2020 AMA Nats will take place to the extent that individual Nats organizers plan and conduct their respective events. Additional safety measures will be in place to protect our members, staff, and community. Nats participants and visitors to the International Aeromdeling Center will have limited access to AMA facilities and should anticipate a scaled-back Nats experience.
Do you ever wonder how particular Nats events work and what preparation goes into the aircraft being flown? Now you can find out with our summer series, Nats Demystified! What is the caller's role in RC Pylon Racing?