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Desert Pattern Challenge
From Friday, March 01, 2024
To Sunday, March 03, 2024
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Location : Florence Aeromodelers
HWY 79 4905 S Pinal Parkway

2024 Desert Pattern Challenge. This is the second contest of the Southwest Winter Pattern Championship

Contact : John Bentley 

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Southwest Winter Championship Series

The Desert Pattern Challenge is a 3-day contest from March 01-03, 2024 in Mesa Arizona. It takes place at Bohn Field, home of the Florence Aeromodelers.
This is an AMA sanctioned AA event, sanction #13955.

Southwest Winter Championships

For 2024 we are combining the Superstition Pattern Classic and the Desert Pattern Challenge (hosted the following weekend in nearby Florence) into a Winter Championship Series. The pilot competing in both contests with the lowest cumulative placing across the two will be named the Southwest Winter Champion for that class.
Contest Format

We will fly 6 rounds for each class (weather permitting), including 401 (Sportsman), 402 (Intermediate), 403 (Advanced), 404 (Masters), 406 (FAI–P&F), and FAI Silver (P-only). Any AMA legal airplane is allowed in Sportsman, excluding those requiring Turbine or Large Model Airplane program waivers by the AMA.

All classes except 406 will fly their 2025 sequences for 6 rounds. 406 will fly 4 rounds of P and 2 rounds of F.

Masters and FAI Silver will both fly the P25 sequence. Takeoffs and landings will be judged in Masters as they have in the past. FAI Silver takeoffs and landings will continue to not be judged.

Practice will be available at the field on Thursday February 29th
Entry Fees
The entry fee is $50 for all classes except Sportsman. The Sportsman entry fee is $25.
Flying Field
Bohn Field is a first class facility in Florence , Arizona with an paved runway, large asphalt paddock, Large covered Ramada, and ample table room.
The address is Bohn Field HWY 79 4905 S Pinal Parkway, Florence,AZ ,85132
GPS (32.985277,-111.3575 )

Competition rounds will start on Friday and continue through Sunday. The field will be open to practice Friday morning. A pilots meeting will be held at 12:30 P.M. Friday, with the first round starting at 1:00 P.M. We will do our best to get all 6 rounds in, including going into late afternoon Sunday if necessary. The field will be open for practice after the rounds are completed each day.

Note: This is the plan, but the schedule is subject to change based on weather and entries. Be ready to fly starting Friday morning through Sunday afternoon to participate in all rounds.
Contest Director: John Bentley
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Southwest Winter Championships 2024
The Southwest Winter Championships is a 2 contest series for pattern flying held on back-to-back weekends in Arizona at the end of February and early March.

The Superstition Pattern Classic and Desert Pattern Challenge will hold individual contests on back-to-back weekends. The best cumulative placing across the contests for each class will be named the Southwest Winter Champion for that class.

Come compete to be the best! We’d love to have you for both contests, but each will be a standalone traditional pattern contest as well, so come out even if you can only make one.

Arizona offers a wealth of recreational and tourist opportunities this time of year making it a great winter vacation for families, and for competitors to spend time in the week between the contests. Activities include copious outdoor activities like hiking and biking, MLB’s Spring Training, many historical and geographical attractions, and more.
Championship Rules
Lowest cumulative placing for each class will win
Competitors must compete in both contests, in the same class
Ties will be broken by:
The highest placing in either contest
The highest total score of the 8 rounds across the contests (excludes dropped rounds)
Awards will be given only to the top placer in each class

Contest Information
Superstition Pattern Classic
February 23-25, 2024
Superstition Airpark in Mesa, AZ
CD: Chris Hogue
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Desert Pattern Challenge
March 1-3, 2024
Bohn Field in Florence, AZ
CD: John Bentley
Contact: 480-349-0303

Registrations are now closed


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Mark Barnett
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Dan Underkofler
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Joe Pirozzoli
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Pavel Safarik
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Alexander Safarik
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Scott Lenover
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Gary Banducci
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Bill Carder
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Mark Woytassek
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Derek Robert Emmett
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Dale Olstinske
'2024-02-17 16:49' Dale Olstinske Advanced 2.4
Pete Collinson
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Thomas Schumacher
'2024-02-19 05:22' Thomas Schumacher Sportsman 2.4
Gary McClellan
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Jonathan Carter
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John Blum (unconfirmed)
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