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June 2018

The only Chapter 26 member competing this spring was Susan Bell, flying her pink, white and blue Extra 300 in Sportsman. At the first contest of the year in April, she came in second overall at the Hammerhead Roundup, with a second in the Known and a first in the Free. Following several weekends of dedicated practice and coaching, she swept the Sportsman category at the Duel in the Desert in May, winning all 3 flights and taking home the “No Outs, No Zeros” trophy as well. In June, Susan also brought home the first place Sportsman trophy from the Coalinga Western Showdown, with 2 firsts in the Free and Unknown.


At Duel in the Desert, Chapter 26 as a whole received the Outstanding Volunteer Award for efforts including placing and removing the box markers, setting up the Judges Line and basically making sure Chapter 49 had a good contest. But in reality, it was 90% Steve De La Cruz's work. He also served as a corner boundary judge the entire contest.

Tim Just’s much anticipated Pitts SAMSON was delivered to its new home after a long journey from Europe. After additional weeks of TLC in Santa Paula, he flew SAMSON for the first time in April 2018. He has since been getting accustomed to flying a (very large) Pitts again after years in the Extra.


And on the judging front, Steve De La Cruz has almost completed the regional judge requirements. His decade of competition experience will be a welcome resource for future contests.


In May after the Apple Valley contest, we held a chapter meeting to discuss plans for the ¡Viva Santa Maria! contest. Ten members attended and we ironed out many of the details that must be decided when embarking on a new contest venue. Also discussed were a future judges school, outreach to local schools, and a possible mini-contest in the future.