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‘One-of-a-kind’ STOL event approaching

The rain-or-shine event provides a challenging flying environment for pilots who are backcountry and short takeoff and landing enthusiasts to demonstrate their knowledge and skill in a timed competition. This year, event coordinators are excited to debut their new course.

“Many off-airport landings around trees and hills require a steep approach, so we’ve included a judged landing distance over inflatable pylons to the mix,” said ArkanSTOL co-founder Rusty Coonfield. “Pilots will be competing against themselves as much as the other competitors.”

“ArkanSTOL will be using a new composite scoring system unique to our competition that factors in speed, final landing distance, and course penalties,” the organization said in a press release. “Spectators will love the flying activities for all three days with over 45 pilots competing for the coveted ArkanSTOL medallions.”

In addition to a thrilling event for competitors, pilots and spectators alike will enjoy a unique aviation event complete with “legendary family-friendly Southern hospitality, live bluegrass music, delicious food, camping, and other outdoor activities.”

Not only will this year’s event feature a new course, but also new educational activities. AOPA will be on-site throughout the event and will be hosting a STOL panel discussion in addition to other informative presentations.

Advance registration is encouraged, and pilots flying into the event must be familiar with arrival procedures.

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