Crunch Time

by joyce@idpa.com 17. June 2013 21:52
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Today was filled with meetings. After three years, it's all the same but I have to remember that we have a lot of first time racers that haven't heard all the information about the race, the scoring procedure and how to do the fly-bys.  It's always interesting to hear their questions and it makes me remember my first race as well.  

Its now crunch time.  We have strategized to the best of our ability and have run scenario after scenario as to what will happen with the weather and the winds.  We got our laundry done, we've eaten the last great meal that we'll probably get for the next four days and now we have replaced our baggage to take only what we barely will need. We will attempt to sleep tonight but when that alarm goes off early in the morning, we probably won't have needed it. We meet for breakfast tomorrow morning at 6am and have our last weather briefing at 6:30. We will head to the airport shortly thereafter so that we are in the planes ready to start promptly at 8 am.  We take off in our race number order.  Our team is number 30.  The tower will launch us into the air probably every 45 seconds to one minute apart. And the race will be on. 

This year we are using the SPOT trackers. You can follow us at www.trackleaders.com/arc13. Look for team 30. This is the first year that the race is using the trackers so it will be interesting to see how it works.  Please remember that while this is not new technology, it is new for the race.  These are electronic devices that can and/or may fail due to any number of possible causes.  Please, please do not get concerned or try to call authorities if for some reason you see our track disappear.  We will be turning the trackers off when we land and since its new, may not realize if it malfunctions or the battery dies.  We all have ELTs (electronic locator transmitters) on our planes that automatically send a signal if we are in trouble. 

Thanks for following our team.  You can also follow us on Facebook at Xxtreme Aviatrixx and on our website, www.Xxtremeaviatrixx.com. 

We will keep you posted as we can. (Remember, we don't want to give our secrets away to our competitors :-))

Joyce

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Pre-race activities

by joyce@idpa.com 16. June 2013 23:38
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We are all settled in Pasco for all the pre-race activities. Getting all of our personal and airplane credentialling done on Friday gave us Saturday to have our own sort of pre-race melt down. Dianna is the best at getting us ready for the race as we took a nice long walk (long for me, around 6 miles) in the morning, and once I was convinced she wasn't trying to kill me, she scheduled us for a really nice relaxing 2 hour massage at wonderful local spa in the afternoon. We followed that with great dinner at PF Changs and called it a night. My Internet wasn't working so unfortunately I couldn't tell you about all the fun we had on Saturday.

Today started with breakfast at the hotel and a great visit with friends we met at the race two years ago.  That's one of the neat things about the race; meeting people and keeping in touch. Its a whole lot like the shooting sports, you can meet people at a match and maybe not see them for a while but catch up like it was yesterday when you do see them.

We had our first mandatory meeting this morning, it was a great safety seminar on mountain flying.  We will be flying through and around a whole bunch of really large mountains. There is a whole lot of different information to consider when flying around mountains. The plane sometimes performs differently and the winds will drive the plane differently. Add to that the fact that if you get into a dead end canyon, you may have to turn around in a space much smaller than you are used to and it can be an extremely dangerous situation.

We had lunch and then another meeting.  This year every team will be using two different tracking systems. The first is the Bad Elf GPS tracker which will track our altitude and ground track and the second is the Spot tracker which will track essentially the same information but allow you to follow us on the race route.  The website is www.trackleaders.com and if you click on Air Race Classic, you can follow all of the racers. Our team is number 30 so make sure you watch for us.

We had the official start banquet this evening where they announce all of the race teams. It's fun to put names with faces and meet new racers.  It's great to see so many college teams in the race this year.

Tomorrow we have lots of meetings from safety briefings to understanding how to the fly by.  It will be a busy day. We have to do our last minute planning, our laundry and make sure we have a way to get all of our stuff to the finish line.  It's getting down to crunch time and the race is about to start. We have A plan and we think its a pretty darn good one. As always, we will keep you posted. Joyce

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IDPA HQ Phones and Internet are back

by IDPA HQ 13. June 2013 08:57
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Communications with IDPA HQ and Wilson Combat are back.

The phone company replaced the stolen phone lines and we're talking again. Thank you for your patience while we were incommunicado.

IDPA HQ

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Brownells To Sponsor 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship

by Editor 12. June 2013 07:35
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Brownells – The World's Largest Supplier of Firearms Accessories and Gunsmithing Tools™ − will be one of the major sponsors of the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship, according to an announcement by officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA).

Hosted by the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship will take place September 19 thru 21 and is again expected to draw over 300 of the sport’s top shooters. Brownells joins Taurus and the National Shooting Sports Foundation as a gold level sponsor of the event.

“As one of the industry’s great family-owned businesses, Brownells has always been committed to giving back to the shooting sports,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA. “Thanks to the generosity of Frank and Pete Brownell, and all the folks who work tirelessly to make Brownells a favorite supplier to competition shooters, the shooting sports are thriving – especially IDPA.”

In addition to supporting the IDPA Nationals, Brownells has over the years been one of the most active corporate sponsors of IDPA competitions, helping matches at every level.

"The IDPA is one of the premier shooting sports organizations in the world," said Brownells President/COO, Matt Buckingham. "It is really our privilege to have our name associated with such a great event. I'd encourage anyone with an interest in competitive, practical pistol shooting to check out the IDPA."

For more information on IDPA, the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship, or to join the more than 22,000 members competing each week all across America, visit www.IDPA.com.

You can further connect with the IDPA community through IDPA’s social media, such as @OfficialIDPA on Twitter and ShootIDPA on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr, or check for regular news and updates on the organization’s DOWN ZERO Blog.

About Brownells:
Founded in 1939, Brownells is an Iowa-based, family-owned company that supplies more than 82,000 firearms parts, accessories, reloading components, gunsmithing tools, and ammunition to armorers, gunsmiths, the military, and shooters worldwide. In addition to their industry-leading 100% lifetime guarantee - forever - on EVERY product sold, their staff of veteran Gun Techs is available to assist customers with technical help to fix any gun-related problem - free of charge. There are no minimum order sizes or return/exchange fees. To place an order, or for more information, call 800-741-0015 or visit www.brownells.com.

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Port Lavaca, TX

by joyce@idpa.com 11. June 2013 22:02
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So we made it to Port Lavaca, Tx. I know, you're thinking that we are going the wrong direction in trying to get to the state of Washington.  But, we are really combining the start of the Air Race with helping people by transporting an Angel Flight patient tomorrow from Houston to Olathe, Kansas.

My race partner, Dianna Taylor Stanger, has been an Angel Flight pilot for several years and has flown patients in many of her different modes of aviation.  Dianna is an incredibly accomplished pilot that flies not only single engine general aviation airplanes, but turbine helicopters and multiengine single pilot jets. I know how to pick partners :-)

She picked me up at Mt. Pleasant, TX this afternoon and we flew her home airport which she happens to run.  We dodged some weather enroute and had an otherwise uneventful trip. Jasmine Gordon, our publicity/media manager took a few pictures and we had an interview with one of the local newspapers. Tomorrow morning we will fly to Sugerland airport to pickup our patient.  For those of you in the Houston area, I think Channel 2 news will be at the airport in the morning to film another interview and our departure. So watch the local news :-)

Here's a picture that Jas took today of Dianna and I. 

I will continue to keep you posted on our adventure.

 

 

 

 

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IDPA HQ Phones and Internet down

by joyce@idpa.com 11. June 2013 09:16
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Good Morning.  I just received word that someone has stolen a couple miles of phone line in the Berryville area shutting down all communication at IDPA HQ and Wilson Combat.  The phone company assures us that they are working diligently to return service.  Thanks for your patience.  Joyce Wilson

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Joyce's Air Race Adventure 2013

by joyce@idpa.com 10. June 2013 22:01
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Well, it’s that time of year again for Joyce’s annual mecca in an airplane.  I’m really not very good at writing about myself.  I’d much rather talk about all the good works the Tiger Teams are doing or how IDPA is growing, but I realize that people like to know that I’m human too and have interests outside of IDPA.

As many of you know, this is my 4th year in the Women’s Air Race Classic (www.airraceclassic.org).  I got my pilot’s license in 2007 and in 2010 competed in my first race.  This is what used to be known as the women’s Powder Puff Derby.  It’s generally about a 2300 mile cross country rally race with airplanes.  We’re all handicapped based on the planes that we’re flying.  It’s open to all aircraft under 600 horsepower that are normally aspirated, meaning non-turbocharged.  And it’s all women pilots and crew. 

Interesting enough is the fact that just like in the shooting sports, only about 6% of the competitors are women.  Just as in IDPA, we only have about 6% of the membership that are women, only 6% of the pilot population are women as well.  My race partner this year is an incredibly dynamic lady in the aviation industry.  She not only flies little single engine planes but also flies big turbine helicopters and jets.  She’s flown this race the last two years and she and her partner won last year.  Dianna gives new meaning to the title Aviatrix.

Tomorrow is the day that I leave the ranch.  We’re flying back down to her ranch in Port Lavaca, TX.  On Wednesday, we’re picking up an Angel Flight patient to fly to Kansas City.  Angel Flight is an organization that pairs private pilots with patients that need to get somewhere.  Dianna has been an Angel Flight pilot for many years and it on their Board of Directors.  She recently encouraged me to join the organization to help with their missions.   I whole heartedly accepted.  This will be my first official mission even though we’ve actually flown a couple of patients before this. 

From there, we’ll make our way to the race start in Pasco, WA.  It’s a long way over some pretty steep mountains, the Rocky’s.  Our race starts there and winds as follows:

 

We’re ending in Fayetteville, AR, just an hour west of IDPA Headquarters.  If you’re in the area, come see us.  The race officially starts on June 18 and we should be in Fayetteville either the 20th or 21st.  I’ll try to keep you posted as we get closer.

Our team website is www.XXtremeAviatrixx.com and you can even like us on Facebook.  I’ll keep ya posted!

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Taurus Sponsors Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship

by Editor 10. June 2013 07:35
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – This October the Granite State will be hosting its first IDPA state championship since 2010, thanks in part to the generous support of sponsors like Taurus.

Taurus, one of the world's foremost manufacturers of firearms and spearhead of the Carry On movement to promote the concealed carry lifestyle, has signed on as a major sponsor of the event, joining Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match.

The 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship takes place October 18-19 and will be hosted by the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, N.H.

“We can’t thank Taurus enough for their generous support of IDPA and the Live Free Or Die State Championship,” said Ken Lambert, match director. “Taurus is unabashedly supporting the concealed carry movement in the U.S. and IDPA shooters understand how important that is and appreciate the commitment Taurus has shown.”

“Taurus is proud to support the Live Free Or Die State Championship as part of our ongoing commitment to promoting the shooting sports,” said Mark Kresser, president and CEO of Taurus. “We expect this to be one of the hottest matches on the IDPA New England schedule and we wish the best of luck to all those competing.”

In addition to determining the New Hampshire state title, the match will also serve as the final leg of the King of New England contest presented by Apex Tactical. The 17th Annual Massachusetts State Championship and the New England Regional, both sponsored by Smith & Wesson, make up the first and second legs, respectively, of the newly announced series.

Registration details for the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship will be announced shortly. Companies interested in sponsoring the Live Free Or Die State Championship should contact the sponsorship coordinator at psi.sponsorship@gmail.com.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the more than 22,000 members competing each week all across America, visit www.IDPA.com.

You can further connect with the IDPA community through IDPA’s social media, such as @OfficialIDPA on Twitter and ShootIDPA on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr, or check for regular news and updates on the organization’s DOWN ZERO Blog.

About Taurus:
Taurus International Manufacturing, Inc. is proud to be the U.S. importer of all Taurus brand firearms manufactured in Brazil and to be the manufacturer of the model PT-22, PT-25 and PT-738 pistols made here in the US. Taurus International services all Taurus brand firearms under the LIFETIME REPAIR POLICY™ as well. For additional information about Taurus, visit www.taurususa.com.

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Colt’s Mark Redl Takes IDPA CDP Title At Mass. State Championship

by Editor 6. June 2013 08:25
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Shooting for Team Colt, Mark Redl won six of 10 stages on his way to taking the Custom Defensive Pistol division title at the 17th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson.

With his final time of 197.82 seconds and 38 points down, Redl outpaced runner-up and 2012 defending champion Craig Buckland by 16.15 seconds to win the division.

Sanctioned by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), the Massachusetts State IDPA Championship was held Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, at the Rod & Gun Club of New Bedford located in North Dartmouth and drew 120 competitors.

Buckland, who won three stages, finished first Master in 213.97 seconds with 40 points down. Third in the division went to Matt Holmes, first Expert, with 234.21 (45) followed by second Expert Robert Biehl with 237.59 (68) and Nick Henry, the third Expert, finishing fifth in the division with a stage win and a time of 240.22 (48).

Elsewhere in the division, Phillip Atchison claimed first Sharpshooter with 284.22 (101) while Novice class shooter Glenn Baker finished with 500.16 (107).

Complete, searchable match results can be found online at IDPA.com.

For more information on IDPA, the 17th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship presented by Smith & Wesson, or to join the more than 22,000 members competing each week all across America, visit www.IDPA.com.

You can further connect with the IDPA community through IDPA’s social media, such as @OfficialIDPA on Twitter and ShootIDPA on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr, or check for regular news and updates on the organization’s DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Judith Szczygiel Scores High Lady At Mass. State IDPA Championship

by Editor 6. June 2013 08:15
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – By a mere 1.01 seconds Judith Szczygiel edged out Tara Lyon to win the High Lady title at the 17th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson.

Szczygiel won four of the 10 stages to finish with 313.35 seconds and 101 points down competing as an Expert in the Enhanced Service Pistol division.

Lyon, who had won six stages and held the lead, fell to second after giving up 23.57 seconds to Szczygiel on the seventh stage. Lyon finished the match with 314.36 seconds and 73 points down as a Stock Service Pistol division Sharpshooter.

Third place among the women competitors went to Kristin Brickel, a Novice in SSP, finishing with 474.38 (185). Fourth place went to Dori Smith, a Marksman in ESP, with 482.40 (170) while Samantha Galante finished fifth as an SSP Novice with 484.22 (199).

Complete, searchable match results can be found online at IDPA.com.

Sanctioned by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) the Massachusetts State IDPA Championship was held Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, at the Rod & Gun Club of New Bedford located in North Dartmouth and drew 120 competitors.

For more information on IDPA, the 17th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship presented by Smith & Wesson, or to join the more than 22,000 members competing each week all across America, visit www.IDPA.com.

You can further connect with the IDPA community through IDPA’s social media, such as @OfficialIDPA on Twitter and ShootIDPA on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr, or check for regular news and updates on the organization’s DOWN ZERO Blog.

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