Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Year Nine!!

Yes, we're going to do it again! After the loss of Mark Knight we weren't sure we could continue with the Santa Cruz Flats Race.  But, we've had an outpouring of support and encouragement from so many in the Arizona flying community, so we're all heading back to the Francisco Grande again this year.  The Santa Cruz Flats Race will run from Sunday, September 13 to Saturday, September 19, 2015.  Come on out and join us for some unique flying and loads of fun in the desert.  

Registration is open now, just click on the link to the right.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Giant congratulations to this year's winners.  The Moyes boys took the podium in the open class - Kraig Coomber 1st, Robin Hamilton 2nd and young Mike Bilyk third.

Multi-time ladies choice award winner Cory Barnwell won the sport class.  Cory did the Flytec Competition Camp just this past spring and he's been on fire ever since.  We hope to see much more of him.

Everyone's favorite storyteller, Brian Porter continued his Swift class winning streak again this year.

And here are a few random fun shots from the prize giving night.  Karly Blake now has a lifetime appointment as party planner.  She threw an amazingly fun party to finish off a great week of flying.

Those Swift pilots have a brilliant fashion sense.

Team Wonka!

Happy south Americans.

Grumpy scorekeeper ;-)

Team Norway.

Twin Marias.

Friday, September 19, 2014

A Day of Clouds

Such a rare sky here in the Santa Cruz Flats.  101km triangle and the Moyes boys did it again.  Kraig first in with Bruce Barmakian on his T2C in second and Robin Hamilton close behind in third.

Lots of happy sport class pilots in goal too!!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

What Hurricane?

It never really materialized, but because we expected rain all day, everyone went various directions finding ways to spend the day.  There is so much to do in the southwest!  Dustin took Kroop and several others on a hike up Picacho Peak.  Brian Porter and his crew went to the aviation museum. Bobby and the dragonfliers went on an underground flying tour - of the abandoned copper mine near here.  Another giant bunch of us went to the nearest reservation and played silly games at the giant arcade - bowling, hoops and laser tag.  

Everyone gathered to watch Steve Morris fly his ornithopter - which look a bit like a bird flying into a 50 knot headwind (Jonny's description).  

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Although it isn't raining cats and dogs, there has been some wind and almost full cloud cover most of the day today, so there was definitely no hope of flying.  It's a sad sight to see so many derigged gliders.  

Maria got the award for two straight days at goal - top female pilot.  The new sweatshirts goes great with her Captain America T2C.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hurricane Uvodlle14 (aka Technorama)

The Mexican hurricane is heading straight for us and it looks like we might get 2 or 3 rest days here :-(.  In eight years running the competition here, we have never had a rain day (wind, but never rain), so this will be new one.  Hopefully it won't rain so much that things are too wet to fly Friday and Saturday.  

Tequila Sunset

When storms come to Arizona, they create really gorgeous sunsets.