Pylon Racing

What is RC Pylon Racing?

Radio Control Pylon racing is an adrenaline rush like few others offered in RC.  Racing head to head against 3 other pilots around the course tests your flying ability and will leave you craving more.  RC Pylon Racing is organized by the National Miniature Pylon Racing  Association (NMPRA).  NMPRA

NMPRA is the Special Interest Group for the AMAAcademy of Model Aeronautics. NMPRA is an organization of Pylon Racers whose mission  is to promote, organize and standardize the hobby. National Miniature

 

GAMA club hosts two local classes of Pylon Racing:  Club 40 and EF-1 (Electric Formula One).

Club 40 Objectives:

Pylon racing is a great way to increase the fun of flying your RC model aircraft. Once you have mastered the basics of the take-off and landing.  Pylon racing is an easy step up in our hobby/sport. Our club is active in Club 40 two pole racing and we have two races each year. Experienced Club members will help anyone interested in participating in this exciting event. Club 40 is a two pole event with the pilot standing at the flight station while flying his or her plane around two poles that are parallel to the runway and 150 feet out. In many respects it’s like regular sport flying, however there are two or three other plane also flying around these poles and the object is to be the first one to complete 10 laps without a cut (turning short of the pole at either end).

The objective of Club 40 is to provide an entry level pylon racing class that is affordable and club friendly.

At present there are three planes permitted to fly Club40. These are the world models Sky Raider and LA Racer and the SIG FourStar 40.

   The airframes chosen are based on a common set of attributes:

  • Must be able to taxi easily. Steerable tailwheels or nose gear is required.

  • Must have upright engine with exposed cylinder and muffler.

  • Minimum wing area of 550 sq. inches and 53" wingspan.

Sig Four Star 40

  • Wing must be held on with screws.

  • Must have a canopy.

  • Kit or ARF must be $150 or less.

   

 

Engines will be limited to .40 and 46 sport engines to make compliance with AMA regulations easier.

For more information about Club 40 racing go to the link below.

RCPRO.ORG

 

 

 

      Great video of a GAMA Club40 Pylon Race

      from the plane's perspective!  Go for a ride! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video of automated Pylon Plane launcher used at GAMA races!  Keeps everyone safe and ensures a fair start everytime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

EF-1 Race at GAMA field...see what a Pylon Race looks like with four planes racing around two poles!

EF-1 Race at GAMA Field

                       2018 RC PYLON RACING SCHEDULE:

(Updated 4/24/18)
DATE LOCATION HOST CLUB EVENT DESCRIPTION NOTES
         
APRIL
April 14 Waco, TX HOTMAC Club 40 & EF-1  
April 28-29 Kansas City, MO KCRC 424 & 426 Multi-day
MAY
May 20 Austin, TX HCAM EF-1  
May 26 Georgetown, TX GAMA Club 40 & EF-1  
JUNE
June 9-10 Hillsdale, KS Barnstormers 424 & 426 Multi-day
June 16 Ft. Worth, TX Thunderbirds Club 40 & EF-1 Tentative
JULY
July 6-13 Muncie, IN AMA NATS All events Multi-day
AUGUST
August 11 Waco, TX HOTMAC Club 40 & EF1  
August 25-26 Littleton, CO NMPRA Champs Q-40 Multi-day
SEPTEMBER
September 15 Ft. Worth, TX Thunderbirds or Golden Triangle Club 40 & EF-1 Tentative
September 29-30 Wichita, KS HSF Q-40 Multi-day
OCTOBER
October 7 Austin, TX HCAM EF-1  
October 20 Waco, TX HOTMAC Club 40 & EF-1  
NOVEMBER
November (TBD) Georgetown, TX GAMA Club 40 & EF-1 Tentative
November 3 Ft. Worth, TX Thunderbirds or Golden Triangle Club 40 & EF-1  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pylon Racing Fleet Club40, 424 and 426

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What's New on the GAMA Website?

  • Edited menus to help with low resolution displays. (06/24/2018)
  • Updated Club 40 and EF-1 flyers with proper directions and contact information (5/18/2018)
  • Added "Member Forms" section with Point System Overview, Request for Reimbursement Form and Grievance Form (5/13/18)
  • Fixed "Our Field" menu (5/13/18)
  • Updated Club Officers (5/12/18)
  • Added May 2018 Eagle Eye Newsletter (5/2/18)
  • Added "Contest Director" and "Event Manager" in Pilot Certifications (4/26/18)
  • Added field flyover video of GAMA field on "Our Field" page (4/25/18)
  • Added pictures to "About Us" page (4/25/18)
  • Added neighboring RC clubs and links to common RC websites to "RC Hobby Resources" page (4/25/18)
  • Created content, pictures, plyon racing schedule and video links to Pylon page (4/24/18)
  • Added new menu item "Club Interests" and moved Pylon and Pattern pages under this option (4/24/18)
  • Added Pilot/Flight Training content on Home and Pilot/Flight Training pages (4/24/18)
  • Updated Weather Underground link to report from weather station closest to GAMA field (4/23/18)