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    Congratulations Steve Pierce, Lone Star Nat値 STOL Champion

    Pierce wore out those Husky痴 this weekend. Outstanding performance
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    Congratulations Steve Pierce, Lone Star Nat値 STOL Champion

    Heck yeah that痴 awesome. Did you win the outlaw class or what?


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    Quote Originally Posted by RaisedByWolves View Post
    Heck yeah that痴 awesome. Did you win the outlaw class or what?


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    Did anybody else show up?

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    Great job!!
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    Not bad for a one eyed Texabilly!
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    Well done Steve. Congratulations.

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    Congrats, Steve!


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    Congratulations, Steve!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaisedByWolves View Post
    Heck yeah that’s awesome. Did you win the outlaw class or what?


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    The old green A model got beat by 17’ to a carbon cub and a MOAC. Heck, I’m kind of thinking an A model is the Father of All Cubs
    Thanks again to BTV for letting me borrow it while mine was getting worked on.
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    Way to go Steve. All the real takeoffs and landings from sandbars apparently proved a point ie. aircraft control-well done
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    A well deserved CONGRATULATIONS Steve!

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    Congrats, I watched it on YouTube and was really happy for ya. Well Done

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAnO...onalSTOLSeries

    Steve Pierce at these times:

    2:18:09
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    2:34:37
    2:37:52

    I was impressed by the consistency of takeoff rotation. So many seem to get the timing wrong and beat up the tail wheel. Also nice to see a continuous descent to touchdown but that's just me.
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    That's Awesome

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    The only way Pierce could have been any shorter was to add two dogs to the back seat
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    Well done Steve!!

    Valdez next year??
    I don't know where you've been me lad, but I see you won first Prize!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinJ View Post
    The old green A model got beat by 17 to a carbon cub and a MOAC. Heck, I知 kind of thinking an A model is the Father of All Cubs
    Thanks again to BTV for letting me borrow it while mine was getting worked on.
    I知 glad Steve was able to beat the husky.


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    Steve did great

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    Way to go, Steve! Show 粗m how it痴 done in Texas!!


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    Itwas a lot of fun but a hard fight. Friday qualifying had some windand Austin had me by 4 feet. The Super Cubs can smoke the Huskies onthe take off but that reversing prop is good at shortening up thelandings. On Saturday I double checked my tire pressures after thetemp went from 50s to 90 degrees and adjusted. Took everything outincluding the roll of toilet paper I keep in my under seat storagebox and my sun visor. Was leaving nothing to chance. Without havingto compete against Kevin and Tony I knew this was my shot at finallygetting first place plus I fly a beater Super Cub and wanted to beatAustin in the shiny Husky. I had also been trying a tail low take offwhich felt like might be working when I practiced it at home but somediscussion with Kevin and looking at the results from Friday I wentback to my tried and true method. It was hot (90 plus) and the windwas gone or would periodically come out of the east. Three runs andno way to know what any scores are. I kept remembering the finalround last year where Tony and I had identical take offs and myapproach was awesome until I scratched just forward of the line. Ihad Tony's voice in my head "just make it past the line". I was fifth in line of the flight of six and Austin was first, lastround and as I was abeam the line on downwind I heard them callAustin's landing a scratch, he never scratches. The air had been crapand all of a sudden my wing came up. Pressure is on, fly the damairplane. As I came down final the air was still bad and I wasworking every control and concentrating on keeping my spot on mywindshield. I hit my spot, dumped my flaps and got on the brakes.Wasn't my shortest landing but it wasn't my worst and I didn'tscratch. Taxiing back in front of the crowd I got a few thumbs up butlooking at others it was like poker face. I got to my camping spot,shut down got out and had just pulled the airplane into it's spotwhen Austin came over on his one wheel and congratulated me, he said"I think you beat me" at which I replied "are youserious?". He said his Dad called him on final and told him toreverse before the line which he did and he scratched. I told him hisDad should have left him alone that I was having to work my butt offdown final and he agreed. As I started walking towards the eventcommand center to verify distances Austin's Dad congratulated me aswell. Cathy and some good friends were at the command center and theysaid I won. I was pretty stoked but wanted verification. Doug Jacksonwho put all this together walked up and asked how I did and I toldhim the announcers had told everyone I won so he went in the motorhome and came out and said I got him by 17 feet. I couldn't believeit. My phone started blowing up with texts but I had to call Tony andtell him. He and I fly together every Sunday and talk this stuff allthe time. He was watching and I guess the feed was delayed so Ispoiled the end for him. Know on him he had a very clever comment butI was so stoked I can't remember what it was.

    Thatevening after the awards as I was dragging a box of prizes from theFat Tire Cowboys and McFarlane Aviation and of course my new beltbuckle back to my camp Going I thought about how all of this startedmany years ago. Flying a friends 90 hp Super Cub and trying to learnall I could about it, finding SuperCub.org and becoming a sponge,maintaining and rebuilding Super Cubs and finally 7 years ago gettinga Super Cub of my own after having a Clipper and a Pacer. I rememberafter I got it and put the Bushwheels on Mark Englerth calling me andreminding me how Tom and I needed to have a safety meeting everydaybefore we flew and telling him about the voice in my head as I headedwest to the gravel bars that told me I had to fly this airplane backtoday. I have learned so much from so many people here over the yearsfrom maintaining, rebuilding and flying but the biggest thing hasbeen the friendships. It has been a helluva a ride so far. Iappreciate everyone's comments.


    Oh,and the Baby Bushwheel and dog seat went back in yesterday and all isright with the world for Chewy. This airplane can't go anywherewithout him, or so he thinks.

    I took this as I was waiting for the third round to start, nervous energy I guess. Was gonna send it to SJ to show him I finally wore the shirt he gave me several years ago but then they started moving and forgot I had taken it.

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    The Prize. Yea, it is a Texas thing I guess.
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    Chewy's world is back to normal.
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    Steve Pierce

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    Still going to Arkanstol?
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    Steve, thanks for the play-by-play of how it went for you. Very gracious and humble in your thanks and credits to those who helped you along the way.
    Living vicariously through your narrative

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    Steve, congratulations!

    I had a great time watching you from the video production console as we were streaming the event … I had to run a slow-mo replay to be sure you hadn’t scratched, it was *that* close. Then I looked over at Tom and said “Look at that, the not-so-pretty Super Cub spanked that shiny expensive Husky!”
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    Commander Pierce, you are a Class Act!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Foy View Post
    Still going to Arkanstol?
    No.
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    Good job Steve, haven't been a fan of watching the whole reversing prop the last year or two. Score one for the good guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aviatoraf View Post
    Steve, congratulations!

    I had a great time watching you from the video production console as we were streaming the event … I had to run a slow-mo replay to be sure you hadn’t scratched, it was *that* close. Then I looked over at Tom and said “Look at that, the not-so-pretty Super Cub spanked that shiny expensive Husky!”
    Enjoyed meeting and visiting with you. We are just jaded Super Cub owners. I was in my tent changing into shorts and heard a couple of guys walk by and say " that's a real Super Cub, looks like it gets rode hard and put up wet". I'd love to have a pretty one but all it takes is time and money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FdxLou View Post
    Commander Pierce, you are a Class Act!
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    I don't know what class Lou but hopefully I am not sitting in the back with a dunce hat on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TxAgfisher View Post
    Good job Steve, haven't been a fan of watching the whole reversing prop the last year or two. Score one for the good guys!
    Austin is a good kid and I enjoy being around him. There are people who give me $hit for having the P STOL flaps and the advantage they give me. It was fun to beat him though.
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    Great job Steve! Good on ya!!
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    Great write up, loved the “play by play” of what was going through your head in the heat of the moment.

    Congrats again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Pierce View Post

    Chewy's world is back to normal.
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    Excellent! Love the dog pic. - mine had more hours than most pilots. Bulk of my time in "beater" cubs as well - first I owned was an old A model and it was the best of all.

    Congratulations on your win!

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    Thanks. Chewy thinks anytime an airplane goes out of the hangar he needs to be in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Pierce View Post
    .... I thought about how all of this startedmany years ago. Flying a friends 90 hp Super Cub and trying to learnall I could about it, finding SuperCub.org and becoming a sponge,maintaining and rebuilding Super Cubs and finally 7 years ago gettinga Super Cub of my own after having a Clipper and a Pacer. I rememberafter I got it and put the Bushwheels on Mark Englerth calling me andreminding me how Tom and I needed to have a safety meeting everydaybefore we flew and telling him about the voice in my head as I headedwest to the gravel bars that told me I had to fly this airplane backtoday. I have learned so much from so many people here over the yearsfrom maintaining, rebuilding and flying but the biggest thing hasbeen the friendships. It has been a helluva a ride so far. Iappreciate everyone's comments.
    "I have to fly this airplane back today." WOW. All Flying is risky. Mark and Steve show us a textbook way to navigate risk. Mark Englerth saw a risk, and reached out. I might not have done so.....maybe have not down so. Then Steve the listened. This is good stuff. It makes us better.
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    I define risk as every time I push the cub out of the hangar. Reward is every time I accomplish a mission in the cub wether it’s using the cub as a tool to put food on the table or playing in the canyon. Sometimes risk passes reward. Most of the time reward wins

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    This was great news to hear, Steve. Congratulations.

    I met Austin at NH and again at Brainerd, recently, and he is a very good, humble young person. His parents should be very proud of him.

    Congratulations, again!

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    No fair Steve! You can't be the best mechanic and also the best pilot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Narwhal View Post
    No fair Steve! You can't be the best mechanic and also the best pilot!
    Far from either, luckily I didn't have to compete against Tony or Kevin.
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    You got lucky
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinJ View Post
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    You got lucky
    You just don't know what I did behind the scenes to be lucky.
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