2020 HOTMAC SPA Contest
Waco, TX
October 3, 2020


The Pilots
L-R: Bryan Byrd, Tommy Scarmardo, Todd Blose, Bob Petrinec, Danny Jackson, Max Blose, Wayne Galligan, Ken Knotts, Eddie Bernaldez, Adam Rush, Chris Berardi, Pat Ensign, Alan Schreiber, Gary Alphin & Bobby Zikes

Heart of Texas Miniature Aircraft club (HOTMAC) held their SPA pattern contest on October 3rd at the HOTMAC field at Speegleville park at Lake Waco. Wayne Galligan was the only camper we had at the field and got there Thursday evening to do some practicing and check out the field. The HOTMAC members worked Friday to get everything ready for Saturday and I worked with Pat Ensign to ensure we had everything in place for the contest.

Everyone started arriving around 7am Saturday morning and by 9:00 am registration and the pilots meeting was completed. Since everyone preregistered, I was able to have the flight lines and judging ready to go 1st thing. We started out with 1 flight line and I had Novice setup to go last so they would not have as much of a problem with the sun. The 1st round took 2 ½ hours and due to a hard stop at 11:45 We went ahead and broke for lunch. Max Blose was inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame so that presentation was done at lunch and we ran a little long. I will have more pics and info on Dad’s HOF induction on a separate page. Once lunch was completed, we stayed with 1 line and planned to make a change after round 2. A big Thank you to Pat Ensign for working a way to start up 2 lines so we could get a total of 4 rounds in. The weather was great with sunshine temps in the 80’s and winds around 10 mph all day.

We completed the 4th round around 5:30 pm later than what I was hoping but everyone was so understating and was glad to get 4 in. While Leslie Ensign was finishing up the scoring, we held a raffle for an Aero Composite Dirty Birdy and Chris Berardi was the lucky winner of the kit. Thanks again to Aero Composites for donating the Dirty Birdy kit - https://aerocompositesrc.com

In Novice we had 2 new flyers and Adam Rush just started flying this year and won Novice! Alan Schreiber just built 2 new Curare’s to start competing with and finished 2nd. It was great to see Bob Pertrinec back flying pattern again and he finished 3rd.

Advanced had a great turnout with 6 competing. The top 3 guys had a close battle all day long with Gary Alphin 1st, Chris Berardi 2nd and Eddie Bernaldez 3rd.

Expert had 4 competing and sad for Pat Ensign as he lost his plane to radio failure starting the 3rd round so he was done for the day. Todd Blose 1st, Wayne Galligan 2nd and great to see Bryan Byrd back flying and ended up 3rd.

SR Expert had 3 competing with Danny Jackson 1st, Bobby Zikes his first contest of the year and placed 2nd with Ken Knotts 3rd. Ken lost his primary plane to the sun first round so he finished up with his backup Kaos.

I would like to send a special thanks Pat for his help and Leslie Ensign for taking care of the scoring and getting the plaques together. A big thanks goes out to the HOTMAC club for all the support and taking care of the burgers for lunch.

Looking forward to next year

Todd Blose CD

Final Scores
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