Sodbusters STOL Competitor Info

The Main Event (Saturday & Sunday)

See the rules attachment at the bottom of this page for all of the rules and regulations of the contest. This is just a summary.

On Saturday, we will have a Quarter-final style competition with everyone competing for a spot in Sunday’s finals. On Sunday, we will have a finals round with only the top competitors from Saturday’s event. In order to win your class, you must compete both days and you must have the lowest score on Sunday.

These are all day events on both Saturday and Sunday.

Takeoff Competition

The goal is to takeoff in the shortest distance. Each class will have their own group. Each pilot will be allowed a set number of attempts. Score is based on the best “cycle” (a pair of takeoff and landing).

Landing Competition

The goal of the landing competition is to stop in the shortest time. But there are significantly more rules. Each pilot will be allowed a set number of attempts and each score is still based on the best cycle.

Prizes & Trophies

For the first time ever at Sodbusters, we are awarding a cash purse of $12,500.00 to the winners along with some very cool prizes.

The breakdown is as follows for each of the 5 classes:

1st place – $1,500.00 Cash

2nd place – $500.00

3rd place – $250.00

Aircraft Classes

We would like to accommodate all aircraft, but we realize that’s not possible. We have grouped the aircraft into different types. Each type may participate in the contest in the appropriate group.

  1. Classes are defined below by model and certification type. If an aircraft model is not indicated, then gross weight will be used, as defined by the aircraft’s airworthiness certificate.
  2. There must be at least two aircraft in a class for the class to compete.
  3. Gliders, unmanned aerial vehicles, rotorcraft, powered parachutes, weight-shift, and lighter-than-air craft may not compete.

Super Heavy Touring:  (Exhibition only)

 Any FAA certificated Single engine aircraft models as determined by gross weight over 3,600 lbs

Heavy Touring Class:

  • C-180, C-185, C-182, C-206, and C-210; Maule M-9-230
  • Otherwise, other FAA certificated ASEL models as determined by gross weight from 2,500 lbs to 3,600 lbs.

Light Touring Class:

  • C-150, C-152, C-170, C-172, C-175, and C-177; Maule M-4, M-5, M-6, and M-7; Stinson 108-2
  • Otherwise, other FAA certificated ASEL models as determined by gross weight from 2,301 to 2,499 lbs.

Bush Class:

  • Citabria; Huskies; PA-12, 14, 18, and PA-22; Scout; Stinson 105; T-Craft (over 1,320 lbs); Top Cub;Tern X Cub
  • Otherwise, other FAA certificated ASEL models as determined by gross weight from 1,321 to 2,300 lbs.

Light Sport/ Light Experimental Class:

  • CSport Cub S2; Rans S-7LS; Super Legend; T-Craft (1,320 lbs); Bearhawk LSA; Carbon Cub SS; Dakota Super 18-LT; Legend (ELSA); Rans (ELSA)
  • Otherwise, other FAA certificated ASEL as Experimental as determined by a maximum gross weight up to 1,320 lbs.

 Alternate Bush/Experimental Class:

  • Mackey SQ-2; Bearhawk Patrol; Carbon Cub EX, Carbon Cub FX,; Dakota Super 18; Legend (EAB); Savage Outback Shock; Super Cruiser;  Murphy Moose; Backcountry BOSS; Bearhawk
  • Otherwise, other FAA certificated ASEL as Experimental with a gross weight above 1,320 lbs.

Pilot’s Information – STOL Events & Rules

Please read all of the rules in the attached document below. The Rules may change at any point. Please check back before the event to get the current version of the rules.

Tie downs are required. Chocks are recommended. Both are your responsibility.

If you do not make the briefing you will not fly.