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Competitor & Pilot’s Information

The Qualifying Rounds & The Final Rounds

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 qualifying day, all event competitors will compete for the lowest total scores. The 6 lowest scores per class will advance to the Finals.

Takeoff Competition

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

Landing Competition

The goal of the landing competition is to stop in the shortest distance. Each pilot will be allowed multiple attempts and each score is still based on the best round.

Prizes & Trophies

At Central Florida Classic & Lonestar STOL, we awarded a cash purse of $12,500.00 to the winners along with some very cool prizes. Each winner also received some great looking trophies. Each competition is different, and each will have their own trophies, cash or prizes.

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.

Exhibition Class! (No prizes for this class)

 Any FAA certificated Single engine aircraft models as determined by gross weight over 3,600 lbs, Twin Engine Aircraft, or other aircraft that are not covered by the classes below.

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.

 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.

Light Sport/ Light Experimental Class:

  • PA-11 / J3, 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); Just Aircraft Highlander & SuperSTOL
  • Otherwise, other FAA certificated ASEL as Experimental as determined by a maximum gross weight up to 1,320 lbs.

Pilot’s Information – STOL Events & Rules

Each pilot/aircraft combination will be allowed a set number (normally 3) of takeoffs and landings (or cycles) in the  STOL event. Score will be based on the best takeoff and landing cycle of each attempt. (i.e. either the best set of the 1st takeoff and landing, or 2nd takeoff and landing.)

Only one combination of pilot/aircraft will be allowed. However pilots may fly two different aircraft and individual aircraft may be flown by two different pilots (for those wishing to have their aircraft flown two separate times).

Certificated and Experimental Aircraft of the same Class will fly together, but be scored with their type (certificated or experimental).

PILOTS MUST BE TUNED TO THE GROUND BOSS FREQUENCY WHEN ON DECK. Failure to do so is grounds for disqualification.

General Information

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


We want to emphasize that all flying will be FAR compliant.

Pattern altitude is 500′ AGL minimum.

Sufficient VFR fuel reserves are to be carried in the event of an emergency and loitering is necessary.

“Go Arounds” are allowed as long as no wheels touch the ground. This is not so you can make practice approaches, but rather to simulate real world STOL conditions where a go around might be required. Abusing the “Go Arounds” policy will disqualify that Takeoff/Landing cycle, determination is at the discretion of the Air Boss.

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

You can not leave your aircraft unattended unless itโ€™s tied down.


The complete rules are listed below and are subject to change. Prior to any event, review the rules as they may have changed.

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