STOL Drag Overview

STOL Drag Racing takes a traditional STOL (Short TakeOff / Landing) competition to the next level. It is extremely spectator friendly and it challenges the pilots like never before. Pilots fly straight 2000' down and back in a drag racing format side by side (75’ apart). The race brings out the emotions of the pilots and spectators alike creating an exhilarating spectacle to watch. With smoke and/or dust depending on the venue, you have an eye-catching race leaving you with an overwhelming feeling of “That was good! Wow!” Racers are well versed in Power and Energy management along with spot landing precision and overall peripheral awareness.

Please read the rules and watch the videos below. Please don't hesitate to let us know if you have ANY questions. Any deviation from the posted rules is an immediate disqualification in your race, and subject to further penalties. Safety is our primary concern!

STOL Drag Race Guidelines

  • The Start
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    Pilots fly a designated straight track and land on or after a marked line. Landing short is a disqualification.
  • The Stop
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    You must come to a complete stop, on runway heading tail down. Prior to turning around, you will look for a flagger to raise his flag to indicate cleared to turn.
  • Turn Around
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    Next, you will perform a 180-degree turn and race back to the start-finish line.
  • Landing
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    You must land on or after the start-finish line. The first pilot that comes to a complete stop, tail down, wins.
  • Markers
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    On the 2000ft course, there is start, finish, and mid-course markers for the pilots.

Traditional STOL Competition Rules

  • Rule #1
  • Classes are defined by model. If a model is not indicated then the gross weight will be used as defined by the aircraft's airworthiness certificate.

    Exception: All the experimental SEL will be in the "Alternate Bush Class".
  • Rule #2
  • Note that classes may not necessarily accommodate all aircraft.
  • Rule #3
  • New entries will NOT be allowed after STOL registration closes
  • Rule #4
  • The Competitions Director will make all determinations, which are final.
  • Rule #5
  • Have fun and be safe!

Traditional STOL Competition Classes

  • HT
  • Heavy Touring
  • C-180, C-182, C-185, C-206, and C-210; Maule M-9-230. Otherwise, other FAA certified ASEL models as determined by gross weight from 2,500 to 3,600lbs gross weight.
  • LT
  • Light Touring
  • C-150, C-152, C-170, C-172, C-175, and C-177; Stinson 108-2; Maule M-4, M-5, M-6, and M-7. Otherwise, other FAA certified ASEL models as determined by gross weight from 2,301 to 2,499lbs gross weight.
  • BUSH
  • Bush
  • PA-12, 14, 18, and PA-22; Stinson 105; Citabria; Huskies; Tern; Scout. Otherwise, other FAA certified ASEL models as determined by gross weight from 1,500 to 2,300lbs gross weight.
  • EXB
  • Experimental Bush
  • Aircraft FAA licensed as Experimental Single Engine Land. Also, FAA certified ASEL models as determined by gross weight from 1,321 to 1,499 lbs.
  • LS
  • Light Sport
  • Just Super STOL; Piper J-3, PA-11; Cub Crafters Carbon Cub SS; Tcraft < 1320 lbs gross weight. Also FAA certified and Experimental ASEL models as determined by gross weight up to 1,320 lbs.

STOL Drag Racing Explanations

Deon Mitton interviews Bobby Breeded