Husky National STOL Statement: SoCal STOL will remain on the May Calendar of Events as Scheduled.

The Husky National STOL Series mourns the loss of our friend and STOLDrag competitor, Tom Dafoe, who passed away this weekend in Wayne, Nebraska. We ask that you keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Safety remains National STOL’s first priority. As such, we remain committed to both pilot & attendee safety at our upcoming SoCal STOL Event in Tehachapi, California. Since our first event in 2020, our established rules & procedures are in place to protect everyone. We have specific rules regarding air bosses, max rate climbs, conducting abrupt maneuvers and go-arounds; implemented with the sole purpose of reducing the risk of incident. National STOL Rules and Regulations can be viewed and downloaded at

After careful consideration, the SoCal STOL event will continue as scheduled for this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, May 28 in Tehachapi, California. We hope you will come out and experience everything the town of Tehachapi has to offer, and to see some amazing pilots compete in California’s first Husky National STOL Competition.

As we are committed to safety, if you have any safety concerns or suggestions you are encouraged to contact us at or we will make ourselves available to speak with you directly at the event.

We send our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Dafoe family in this difficult time. The Tom Dafoe Memorial Fund has been established through GoFundMe, to honor his life and to help support his wife and five children.

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