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    Arkansas- Rocktober STOL Oct 24,25,26,27

    Arkansas- Rocktober STOL





    This is the event I wanted to do from the start. But the venue wasn't ready back then, and in all honesty neither was I.


    When? Oct 24-27 I'm aware the dates conflict with other fly-ins.


    Where? Byrd's Adventure Center- 800 acres of fun in the Ozark Mountains.


    Who is invited?

    • First, every person that has competed in any previous Texas STOL Roundup, but with at least 8.50's or bigger.


    • Second, persons who I know their flying skill.


    • Third, any others who might want to join need to contact me for approval- no wimps, no whiners, no wannabes.



    What?

    • 600+ Rockcrawlers, 60 STOL pilots/planes.
    • Obstacle STOL competition and skill events on a circuit of seven strips ranging from 400 feet to 2500 feet long.
    • A competition made up of a Pilot/Rockcrawler driver team. Half together in the plane, and half together in the rockcrawler on a course that has to be experienced.
    • Flyouts to some of the most beautiful and challenging private grass strips in the Ozark Mountains.
    • And much more.



    All amidst the Fall colors of the Arkansas Ozarks.


    Pre-registration will be required. And there will be no refunds. Decide not to come for any reason and forfeit the registration fee (amount TBD).


    Camp under your wing (in an area separate from the Rockcrawlers so quieter). Bring your own food. There is a restaurant on site but bear in mind it will be shared by 600+ Rockcrawlers.


    Everyone who comes is expected to chip in with whatever needs to be done. Everyone works and everyone plays and everyone has a blast.


    Here is a video from a scouting trip I did about five years ago. A few of the fly-out strips we will visit.



    Here is the venue.
    https://byrdsadventurecenter.com


    Video's of the Rockcrawler group that we will be with.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crz-apY1W4c
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpaVVC213cM


    And here are some photos.














    More to follow.
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    Sounds pretty neat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barnstormer View Post
    Arkansas- Rocktober STOL


    Who is invitedThird, any others who might want to join need to contact me for approval- no wimps, no whiners, no wannabes.More to follow.
    Well Crap......That takes me off the list.....Maybe the Rockcrawler guys will let me play

    Seriously Phil, Sounds like a BLAST. I’m sure it will be well attended.
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    Byrds is awesome! Can't wait!

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    I wonder how my new paint scheme will look against the fall foliage in the Ozarks
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    Quote Originally Posted by txpacer View Post
    I wonder how my new paint scheme will look against the fall foliage in the Ozarks
    Same as against the spring foliage....invisible
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinJ View Post
    Same as against the spring foliage....invisible
    We could borrow some orange paint from Eaton and put an X on the top


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    So no more Texas STOL contest at Hondo?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Pierce View Post
    So no more Texas STOL contest at Hondo?
    That's correct.
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    This sat image (1994 so very outdated) shows some of Byrd's Adventure Center. There are a total of seven strips now not the four in this image. The 2,500 strip is the one we will arrive and depart from (and probably have the Obstacle STOL event on), and the area surrounding it on the west side is where we will camp. Rockcrawlers will be camped west of the highway and down to the river.


    All the other strips (except the 1000 ft strip) are one-ways so if your rusty with your spot landings get out and practice. BTW, a lot of the other strips we will visit on the fly-outs are one-ways as well. Oh and most of the strips at Byrd's and the ones we will fly-out to are sloped, either bottom to top, or side to side, and at least one both.


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    I know you've been noodling names for this but one I would suggest- "ARKanSTOL". (your welcome?).
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    STOLzarks...
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    OK. Again at the risk of irritating the originator-- "ZARKanSTOL". (And things may go downhill from here).

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    A couple of cool names there.

    We (okay not me, I'm in Alaska- but rather Zen who owns Byrd's Adventure Center) are scouting some gravel bars that hopefully we will be able to include in our fly-outs (if still out of the water)- such as this one.


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    Former Ultra4 driver and aspiring STOL competitor. How do I sign up?? This event combines both hobbies that eat all my cash.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DougJackson View Post
    Former Ultra4 driver and aspiring STOL competitor. How do I sign up?? This event combines both hobbies that eat all my cash.....
    That's what I'm talking about. Once I get the registration set up I'll post the link in this thread.
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    Some date updates.


    Rocktober STOL is on Oct 24,25,26,27 of this year, in conjunction with the rock crawler event Rocktoberfest. No change.


    The weekend prior, Oct 18,19,20 is the Overland Rendezvous Camp-out and Gear Expo, a 4x4 event more geared to jeeping.


    Byrd's Adventure Center has moved their fly-in to earlier in the month and given us this weekend and the days in between leading up to Rocktober STOL.


    If anyone wants to extend their stay at Byrd's Adventure Center they can, we have sole use of the runways from Oct 18 thru Oct 27.


    I'm intending this to be a very low-pressure fun event so arrive when you want and leave when you want.


    I'll get a registration page set up in the next few weeks so you can lock in your place before we are filled.
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    I've been there when the rockcrawlers were there! Pretty amazing stuff and good people watching!

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    Just got off the phone with a guy who will not only join us in competition, but has four interesting sounding strips on his property near Beaver lake that we will add to the fly-outs.


    And give me another couple weeks and I'll have the online registration page set up.
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    I'm in. Keep away from the HSF dates please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tcraft128 View Post
    I'm in. Keep away from the HSF dates please.
    High Sierra is the weekend before this - and is attendance limited this year so sign up early!

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    Former Jeep Tinkerer of the CJ5 variety from back in the day and Maule STOL type would like in.
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    Folks, it will be another couple of weeks (at least) before I have the registration page set up. But please send me your name, mobile number and email address so you will be sure to get notified about the registration. You can send it to:

    phil AT stolquest DOT aero

    Or of course pm the info to me here
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    Some new strips that one or more of will be part of the fly-outs. I'm told these are grass covered now.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=440stuOnKUY
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    Cool spots. My brother and I use to fly across that country a lot and always said you could get lost down there nd they would never find you.
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    Steve you are so right. Arkansas has some of the best lower 48 flying backcountry flying for sure. And some super friendly strip owners. And a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant on a bend in the road near Ponca, 5-star food from the most unlikely looking place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Pierce View Post
    Cool spots. My brother and I use to fly across that country a lot and always said you could get lost down there nd they would never find you.
    That's what we used to call "two-pipe country."
    Remember, These are the Good old Days!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OLDCROWE View Post
    That's what we used to call "two-pipe country."
    Your gonna have to explain that one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Pierce View Post
    Your gonna have to explain that one.
    That's one to pipe the sunshine in and one to pipe the moonshine out... my kind of place!
    Remember, These are the Good old Days!
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    Registration Open-Rocktober STOL Oct 24,25,26,27

    Registration Open-Rocktober STOL Oct 24,25,26,27

    Registration is now open.

    Please remember who is invited:
    1. every person that has competed in any previous Texas STOL Roundup, but with at least 8.50's or bigger on the main gear.
    2. persons who I know their flying skill.
    3. any others who might want to participate need to contact me so we can go over what to expect flying into the Ozark strips.

    Cost is $100 per plane payable during the online registration process, plus $10 per day per person (kids under 12 free) which is payable directly to Byrd's Adventure Center when you arrive.

    You are welcome to come as early as you want and stay as long as you want. You are also welcome to participate only in the events you wish to, you are not required to participate in any event if you don't wish to. This is all about having fun, no pressure.

    Registration is a two step process and starts here:
    https://texasstolroundup.typeform.com/to/ZWktOo

    On this first page is where you register for the event. In the first paragraph you'll see another link that will take you to where you pay the $100 (plus a small processing fee). Be sure you do both (I know it's really annoying but heh that's how it works).

    Remember this is a limited attendance event so sign up now before it's full.

    I'm looking forward to seeing and flying with everyone.
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