STOL Drag Overview

STOL Drag Landing and Take-Off Events take 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 side by side format. The event 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 event leaving you with an overwhelming feeling of “That was awesome! Wow!” Competitors 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 event, and subject to further penalties. Safety is our primary concern!

STOL Drag 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 head 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.

STOL Drag Explanation

Deon Mitton interviews Bobby Breeded