2016 USSMA Scale Qualifier and Scale Rally

On May 13th through 15th, 2016, the Sanderson Field RC Flyers hosted our second scale contest and United States Scale Masters Association qualifier. Setup began Thursday with grass mowing, concessions setup, and other field prep, and contestants began showing up Thursday afternoon. By Friday we had 14 pilots in attendance. Pilots came from as far away as Eastern Washington, Idaho, Canada, and Oregon. Static judging at test flying went on all day Friday, and five classes were flown over the course of Saturday and Sunday, with aircraft ranging from WWI biplanes, golden age racers, agricultural aircraft, WWII warbirds, and modern military aircraft. Saturday proved to be much better than last year although we had a little sprinkle. Sunday was a much better weather day, with four rounds being flown over the weekend. Concessions were provided all weekend by the lovely wives of the Sanderson club, and a steak or chicken dinner was held Saturday night for contestants.  All of the entrants had a great time, and are looking forward to coming back again next year! A huge thank you to all of the club members and wives that came out and helped with set up and tear down, judging, concessions, first aid, and all of the other miscellaneous jobs there were to do! A special thanks to Royce Tivel for handling the photography all weekend! These events would not be so successful without everyone’s help!


High Static Judging: Scott Enochs with a perfect 100 (Flybaby)

High Flight Score: Mike Ingram (Chipmunk)


Pro-Am Sportsman: 3rd Place, Marc Winz (Cirrus SR22); 2nd Place, Rick Wood (Piper Pawnee); 1st Place, Tom Strom Jr.(Super Tucano)


Pro-Am Pro:  2nd Place, Mick Moore (Cub); 1st Place, Don Dredan (not a Tiger Moth)

Pro-Am Unlimited: 3rd Place, Bob Benjamin (PT19); 2nd Place, Doug Stewart (P-47D); 1st Place, Mike Ingram (LTR-14)

Advanced: 1st Place, Mike Ingram (Chipmunk)

Expert: 3rd Place, Scott Enochs (Fly baby; 2nd Place, Bob Benjamin (Taylorcraft); 1st Place, Randy Smithhisler (Cub Coupe)

Team Scale: 1st Place
, Bob Benjamin (Pilot)/Randy Smithhisler (Builder) (Piper J3 Cub)

For photos please visit Royce Tivel's website at: http://www.selectdigitals.com/gallery/scale2016.html