May 12, 2011 Its been about a year since we last wrote about pilot Ed Doyle, EAA 474018, of Manhattan, Kansas, competitor in the annual Valdez Fly-In and Air Show STOL competition each May in Valdez, Alaska. Doyle, who flew the heavily modified experimental Super Cub Cuzoom owned by Mike Olson, of Yakima, Washington, won the wide-open alternate bush plane category in last weekends annual event.
In a competition where less is more, Doyles total takeoff and landing distance was a mere 78 feet. Thats 43 feet for the takeoff and 35 feet for the landing best of the bunch.
Last year EAAs Brady Lane attended the STOL competition and shot a video of Doyle pointing out the many special mods done to Cuzoom, chief among them:
238-hp Aero Sport Power 0-360 engine, with nitrous oxide boost Pushes you back in your seat a little bit better, Doyle said.
Special three-blade composite prop from Catto Propeller, of Mokelumne Hill, California 80-inch diameter, 17 pounds, 37-degree pitch, spools up really fast.
Extended gear legs
80-degree flap system for ultimate control at very low speeds.
Wired.com reported that rookie competitor Bobby Breeden, 17, of Virginia, who built his airplane from the ground up for the competition, overcame mechanical and regulatory issues to place fourth overall in the competition with a total distance of 101 feet - including the competitions shortest takeoff distance of 36 feet.
Breeden, who is still a student pilot, repaired a broken ignition system, but had to scramble with the aid of modern tech to overcome a ramp check that revealed he had left the aircrafts registration and airworthiness certificate back home. But after the documents were located and photographed in Virginia, they was sent electronically and displayed on Breedens iPad. FAA officials allowed him to fly so long as he had the iPad on board, although he later printed out hard copies.
Second place in the alternate Bush category was won by Randy Goza, of Wasilla, Alaska, with a total distance of 83 feet, and third place went to Josh Pepperd, Anchorage, 89 feet.
To see the complete results of this years competition, click here.