2024 Arklahoma STOL


ARKLAHOMA STOL is an exhilarating aviation fly-in and STOL (Short Takeoff and Landing) competition set to take place in Pocola, Oklahoma, on May 24-25. This event promises an exciting showcase of skill and performance. Pilots from various backgrounds will converge to demonstrate their aircraft's impressive capabilities in terms of short takeoffs and landings.

National STOL events aim to be a family friendly day out at the airport for both airplane enthusiasts and those new to general aviation! Be sure to check the weather and plan accordingly with hats, sunblock, jackets, or rain gear as necessary. Food trucks will be available, or you are welcome to bring small coolers. Camping chairs are encouraged!

Our venue is the brand new Patriot Airpark, a fly in community just across the state line west of Fort Smith, Arkansas.

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Event Schedule

All times listed are central time zone. Schedule is tentative and subject to change!

Thursday, May 23

3:00pm – Camping Opens

3:00-5:00pm – Check in for Competitors and Campers

4:00-6:00pm – Social Media/Media Training for Interested Competitors

*Competitor Registration Closes at 5:00pm*

Friday, May 24

9:00-10:30am – Check in for Competitors, Campers, and Volunteers

10:30am – Volunteer Briefing

11:00am – Mandatory New Competitor Safety Briefing

11:30am – General Safety Briefing for All Competitors Who Plan to Practice

12:15pm – Patriot Airpark Ribbon Cutting

12:30-5:00pm – Competitor Practice

6:00pm – Competitor Social Event at Patriot Airpark

Saturday, May 25

8:00-9:00am – Check in for Competitors and Volunteers

8:30am – Volunteer Briefing

9:00am – Mandatory Competitor Briefing

9:00am – Gates Open for Spectators

10:00am – Competition Begins

There will be a 10-15 minute break between competition classes. We anticipate the competition will conclude between 3:00 and 4:00pm

6:00pm – Closing Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Choctaw Casino

*Separate Ticket Required for Dinner and Awards Ceremony. Space is limited!*

Sunday, May 26

11:00am – Camping Closes


Before proceeding with your registration, be sure to review the 2024 National STOL Rules. During your registration, you will be asked to fill out your pilot profile, including uploading a photo of yourself and one of your aircraft.

If you are a first time National STOL competitor, or if you have not competed in more than two years, note that you are required to participate in Friday's practice day and New Competitor Safety Briefing. Schedule your travel plans accordingly!

Standard and Rookie Class registration fees are $175 through Sunday, May 19. Starting on Monday, May 20, the registration fee will increase to $250.

Register to Compete


National STOL events are almost entirely run by a team of passionate volunteers! Get up close and personal with amazing pilots and aircraft while receiving free admission to the event. For more information, check out this video. Ready to volunteer at Arklahoma STOL? Register below!
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Competitors: You receive one complimentary camping space with your competitor registration. Instructions on how to claim this space will be provided in your confirmation email.

UNDERWING, RV, and GENERAL TENT CAMPING at the airpark is available by advance reservation only!

Camping opens on Thursday, May 23 at 3:00pm and closes on Sunday, May 26 at 11:00am. Camping is primitive. No hook ups are available; bring your own water and generators! All camping reservations include 2 adult general admission tickets to Saturday’s competition. 

Underwing/aircraft camping is available near the runway. RV camping will be along the lakeside, which is approximately a 10-15 minute walk from the event area. Bicycles/golf carts are permitted, but you will be asked to park them outside of the spectator gate.

Camping Registration

Hotel Information

Three hotel blocks are in progress for your convenience:

Choctaw Casino and Hotel Rooms available using offer code "Arklahoma STOL" at a discounted rate of $99 Monday-Thursday and $209 Friday-Sunday. Book using this direct link. **Casino is adjacent to the airpark and an event shuttle will be available**

Hampton Inn Fort Smith: Rooms available at $119/night between May 23 and May 28. To book, visit: https://group.hamptoninn.com/d12wo8

ARC Hotel Fort Smith: Rooms available at group rate through Thursday, May 9. To book, call the hotel directly at (479) 452-7500 or the Sales Department at (479) 900-0110 and mention the National STOL Event. You can also email sales@thearchotelfortsmith.com.

Event Map and Directions

Patriot Airpark is a brand new fly-in community just over the state line west of Fort Smith, AR, in Pocola, OK. The address is:

800 W Pryor Street, Pocola, OK 74902

If you are driving in, note that Saturday's spectator parking is just east of the address. Watch for signs to direct you where to go. A shuttle will be running from 8:30am until the end of the competition for your conveience.

Volunteers, pilots, and campers, use the alternate entrance as indicated on the map.

If you are flying in, transient parking is available. Patriot Airpark/Semper Fi Landing just received their official FAA Designator, OL42, on May 16. Please update your navigation databases! Be sure to monitor UNICOM on 122.8. As there is only one runway, we STRONGLY ENCOURAGE you to plan your arrival and departure outside of the designated practice and competition timeframes listed on the schedule above. If you arrive during the practice on Friday or the competition on Saturday, our airbosses will advise you of any competition traffic and may ask you to hold for a break between heats. 

When you land, please advise if you are 1) a competitor, 2) parking and camping underwing, 3) parking the aircraft only for the weekend, or 4) coming in and departing the same day. This will aid in directing you to the appropriate area.

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