Panteao’s Vogel Remains Undefeated After Another IDPA National Title Win

by Editor 25. September 2013 07:25
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TULSA, Okla. – Team Panteao’s Bob Vogel continued his win streak to seven in a row with his victory in the Stock Service Pistol division this past weekend at the IDPA U.S. National Championship.

Vogel, who is a Distinguished Master in IDPA, has not been beaten at this event since 2007. With stage wins on 12 of the 17 stages, and the fastest overall time of any competitor in the match, Vogel took the title with his final time of 212.42 seconds and just 32 points down. Vogel also claimed the High Industry award.

“Right now nobody can beat Bob, and his dominating performance this weekend doesn’t give much hope to his challengers that this will change anytime soon,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Second place in the SSP division went to Vogel’s Panteao teammate Tom Yost who not only finished first Master with 251.09 (44), but also won the High Senior title. Third place went to Christopher Keller, the second Master, with 259.71 (57). Rounding out the top five were Randi Rogers, now shooting for both Team Comp-Tac and Team Smith & Wesson, the third Master and High Lady winner with 262.59 (66), and Team RangeLog’s Deon Martin, fourth Master, with 269.94 (44).

Elsewhere in the division, David Orr took first Expert with 313.47 (76). Philip Bernard finished first Sharpshooter with 341.78 (113). Shawn Bevenue won first Marksman 437.05 (109). Taking home the High Distinguished Senior with 340.30 (89) was Scott Randolph, while Patrick Doyle was honored as the High Law Enforcement shooter with his final time of 275.52 (98).

The 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship took place September 19-22 in Tulsa, Okla., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol and revolver shooters.

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.

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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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Mountains and adventures!!

by joyce@idpa.com 13. June 2013 22:02
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I'm not even quite sure where to begin about today's adventures.  What started off as a fairly quiet breakfast at the hotel In Holdredge, NE, ended up with lessons learned and fun as well.  

We decided at breakfast that we wanted to see one of the race stops that wasn't exactly on our way to Washington, that stop being Woodward, OK.  We're fast enough to go a little out of the way and if you look at your map, you'll see that from Nebraska, Oklahoma isn't exactly on the way to Washington.  But it was a great choice as we got to practice some lower altitude flying and the folks at Woodward were exceptionally friendly.

From there, we wanted to see what some of the mountains we would be crossing looked like, so we headed towards Spearfish, SD.  Now it's a long way from Oklahoma to South Dakota, even in a fast plane like Dianna's Cirrus SR-22.  But we had some pretty good tail winds and had an airport to stop at for fuel all planned out.  Heading out on our 2 1/2 hour journey from Woodward to Spearfish we were able to admire some of the scenery and enjoy the flight.  As the terrain rose, we monitored our systems and fuel and dealt with a little increasing turbulence. We had some storm systems to our west that we monitored during our essentially uneventful flight.  As we approached our destination, we listened to the specific frequency for the airport that described their weather and gave any other important information regarding the status of the airport.  And the fun began.

The runway was closed.  Yep, we listened to the information a couple of times and sure enough, we hadn't checked our appropriate information before we left Woodward or we would have known that.  The neat thing about becoming a pilot is that it teaches you that you always have options. And we always have a plan B and most of the time a plan C as well.  We looked for the next closest airport and only had to divert just a few short miles from our path. The difficult part was that we had to navigate over some terrain.  i was still flying as PIC ( pilot in command ) and got us lined up just great for what  should have been a routine landing.  All my experience is in our Cessna 182, a high wing airplane that travels about 150 mph.  I ended up being too high too close to the runway and wasn't sure I could safely land the plane so I asked Dianna to take over as PIC.  She got us athlete ground and all was well.  We each gave a huge sigh of relief that we had our plan B airport to divert to.

While we were fueling the plane, the airport manger noticed the Wilson Combat sticker on the plane and we started talking about guns and shooting.  He mentioned that he was going to shoot his first IDPA match this coming weekend.  It's a small world.

We left Custer, Wyoming on our way to Logan, Utah.  We had to dodge some weather and deal with some higher elevations, but Dianna flew and it was a great flight.  We landed at Logan, greeted three of the air race teams that had landed before us and headed to our hotel. 

We ended the evening with a nice dinner to celebrate a great day of flying and Dianna's birthday.  She's a youngster.  A whole 11 days younger than I am.  Tomorrow is the last of the pre-race journey as we find our way to Pasco, WA.  We'll keep ya posted.

 

 

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Racing to the start, kind of ...

by joyce@idpa.com 12. June 2013 22:40
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We are now officially on our adventure. We departed from Port Lavaca, TX today and stopped at Sugerland airport which is just a little southwest of Houston.  We picked up a wonderful Angel Flight patient and his wife and proceeded north.  Our destination was Kansas City. Even in the Cirrus, that's a long trip so we decided to stop for fuel and lunch in Fayetteville, AR.  We let our patient pick the lunch spot and ended up at Mama Deans.  If you want some really good down home foods, that's the place to go.

The flight on to Kansas City was uneventful and we said our goodbyes.  Dianna and I had decided to continue on to Holdredge, Nebraska for the evening.  Again, the flight was smooth.  We taxied to the ramp and realized that there wasn't anyone around.  This isn't extremely unusual with smaller airports but Dianna had called during the day to confirm our rental car for the evening. We didn't know what mix up had occurred but we didn't have transportation. Luckily, the airport had a loaner van that we could use for the evening.  So we were off to our hotel which happened to be in Kearney, NE and not too, too far away.  We found a decent restaurant and are now settled in for the evening.  

We will make our plan for tomorrow over breakfast and as always, I'll keep ya posted.

Joyce

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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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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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Joyce’s Great Adventure: I Placed In The Top Ten.

by Editor 27. June 2012 13:50
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"As in the shooting sports, especially among the female pilots, there is great camaraderie. It’s kind of like ‘girls camp with airplanes’, much like our National Championship is my party for 400 of my closest friend." -- Joyce Wilson

And so the great adventure has come to an end.

We got to I69 (the airport identifier for Clermont County, OH) on Friday afternoon. It had been a difficult race with the mountains, the high density altitude and the weather. But now it’s over. As I mentioned, it’s a very bittersweet feeling. We push so hard to get to the end that when it arrives, we kind of look around and go ‘WOW’ that was cool. And then realize that it’s all over.

Friday evening, we got a call that we’d received penalties in the race. Janet and I racked our brains about what could have happened and realized that we didn’t believe that anything had gone wrong. It was actually an enlightening moment for me as I realized that the Safety Officer training in IDPA is much like the timer training for the race – extremely important for consistency. When we talked with the Judges the next morning ( along with the 45 of 50 teams that had gotten penalties) they realized that it was a judging issue not a competitor issue. We actually use the same criterion in IDPA. If there are too many penalties, then maybe the problem does not lie with the competitor!

The next phase is to sign the official score sheet. My partner, Janet, had tracked our time from the start. Our score was less than 3 minutes different than the official time keeper’s – over the 15+ hours of the race! I’m not sure what the statistical difference of that is, but in my book, that’s phenomenal!!!

We ended up with a +8.something. I thought it was pretty good, but I knew there were at least a couple of +11’s. Again, it was a tough race. We knew of at least 15 teams that had had to land at an offsite airport because of weather – some for as long as 2 hours! That would kill their score. If you don’t fly straight from point A to point B, the time keeps ticking…..

It’s tough on the competitors and on the judges. They have to get information from their time keepers from all over the country. The race this year covered almost 2700 miles – from Arizona to Ohio! They use atomic clocks. It can’t get much better, but it’s still difficult to get all that information gathered. Most of the planes were given GPS (global positioning system) trackers to use during the race. That helps keep everything in check.

And then they called and told us we were being inspected. That’s a great feeling – at least after you know what it means. I remember my first race, two years ago, when they called to tell me I was going to be inspected at the finish. I was crushed. I knew that it must mean that something was wrong and they were going to disqualify me. All that work just blown down the drain… and then some one told me that it was because I finished in the top 12. Hmmmm, who would have known. So this year, I took that as a good omen (since I’d had the same thing happen last year – my second race)

Now we’re at the awards banquet. It’s a fairly formal type affair. Heck, I even wore a dress! It’s really kind of neat to see everyone dressed for the occasion. They call out ‘leg’ prizes first. As we do in IDPA, they try to spread the prizes out among the masses. If you get a ‘leg’ prize, then you’re not in the top ten. “Leg’ prizes are given to those outside of the top ten that are the fastest on each individual leg of the race. We made it through without a leg prize, whew…

As they start from 10th place, we just wait to see if we’re called. We knew that our +8 would probably be top ten. We were called for 7th place. We were thrilled. 5th through 7th were separated by less than .5 knot ( a knot is a little faster than a mile per hour). There are a whole lot of variables in the race and it could have gone any other way. So again, I placed in the top ten. This year, there were 50 planes in the race. To my knowledge this is the most that they have had compete. It’s exhilarating and incredibly dangerous at the same time. We’re doing high speed passes at low altitudes over the timing lines.

As in the shooting sports, especially among the female pilots, there is great camaraderie. It’s kind of like ‘girls camp with airplanes’, much like our National Championship is my party for 400 of my closest friend.

I thank all of you for following my attempt at this blog. I hope that I could share a little of what it’s like to compete in a totally different kind of sport.

I’ll hopefully see you all soon at the Nationals!

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Joyce’s Great Adventure: And, It's Over...

by Editor 23. June 2012 14:10
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"It’s a bittersweet feeling. It’s exciting to get to the end and sad to know that it’s almost over. There are lots of really neat female pilots in the race and knowing that you’re probably not going to see them for another year is sad." -- Joyce Wilson

And the Race is over!

Joyce Wilson

We arrived in Batavia, Ohio this afternoon about 2:30. Clermont County airport is home to Sporty’s Pilot Shop, THE pilot shop for General Aviation and maybe even the professional pilot’s too. They have everything you could ever want and then some. We haven’t been shopping yet as we are just a little tired and wanted to get settled into the hotel and de-stress a little.

We ended up flying 3 legs of the race yesterday. We started in Columbus, NE. Our strategy was to leave a little later in the day from Columbus and fly fairly low to mitigate the headwinds. We knew that there were going to be headwinds for this leg all day and that they would get a little better as the day went on. We also knew that when we turned the corner at the next fly-by, Watertown, SD, that we would get tailwinds in the afternoon. It’s a real chess game to try to plan where you need to be 2 or 4 or even 6 hours later. The tailwinds prevailed from Watertown to Ashland, WI. I think we made some pretty good time.

We stopped for fuel and to regroup for the leg from Ashland to Sault Ste. Marie, MI. The winds were good, but we waited for the storms to get out of the area. The clock keeps ticking if you have to divert or worse yet, land to wait out a storm. Unfortunately, there were a couple of teams that had to do this. Fortunately, we were not one of them. We did get into Sault Ste. Marie pretty late. Then we had to find some dinner as it’s difficult to eat during the day while flying and we also had to find transportation to the hotel. We ended up getting to the hotel around 10 pm. It was a long day.

This morning we were up early and out to the airport by 7:15 only to find out that we were socked in with low clouds and IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) conditions. We couldn’t leave. A couple of teams got out really early when the weather was good, but the rest of us were stuck on the ground. Again, this race can only be completed in day VFR (Visual Flight Rules ) conditions. So we had to sit and wait. It was actually really cool to chat with other pilots who have become our friends. We laughed and joked and just had as relaxing of a morning as we could. Then the weather started to lift. The race was on again!

We had fueled up so we could fly through Benton Harbor, MI on to the finish line. It was beautiful to fly along the coast of Lake Superior. It was also really smooth flying over the edge of the water just off the coast line. We turned the corner at Benton Harbor and knew that the end was almost in sight. Another 1 ½ hours and we’d be on the ground and another race would be complete. It’s a bittersweet feeling. It’s exciting to get to the end and sad to know that it’s almost over. There are lots of really neat female pilots in the race and knowing that you’re probably not going to see them for another year is sad.

Now we just have to wait to see how it all shakes down. All the planes should be here and the work for the judges and scorers begins. Tomorrow we’ll go shopping and Sunday evening we’ll know the results.

I’ll keep ya posted.

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Joyce’s Great Adventure: Oh, It's On!

by Editor 21. June 2012 13:12
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So Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA, is now dropping the hammer on the competition, but up above our heads and not on the range. Here's her latest update from her cross-country race, the Women's Air Race Classic.

And the race is on.

Joyce Wilson

Team Bionic was waved off the line approximately 8am PST, Tuesday, June 19. The temperature was already warm at Lake Havasu, AZ and the density altitude was climbing. For all my non-aviation friends, little planes don’t really like warm dense air – they just don’t climb or perform nearly as well as they do in cooler environments.

While the elevation at Lake Havasu is only 783’ above sea level, our departure to Gallup, NM had us climbing to 10,000’ to get over the mountains. We had already decided that we had enough fuel to fly through Gallup and on to Hereford, TX. The scenery was dramatic. At 10,000 feet there were still mountains that were taller. We planned our route to avoid having to climb higher as it takes a long time to get that high. Time equals speed that we need to get ahead of our handicap.

Even though we had stopped at Gallup and knew the terrain of the area, the fly-by was still an adrenaline rush. The rules state that you must be lined up, wings level, one mile from the timing line. It’s always interesting to judge, with the help of the on board navigation equipment, just exactly where the best point is. The fly-bys are generally done between 200 and 400’ above the ground level. It really does get exciting to essentially dive at the ground to a target altitude. Once past the timing line, we’re expected to continue to the end of the runway and then continue on our course, or go find a nice area to cool the plane down before returning to the traffic pattern to land.

We flew by Gallup to continue on to Hereford, TX. The first leg took approximately 2 hours and the second around 2 ½. We made sure we didn’t drink too much coffee that morning as 4 ½ hours in the plane can feel like an eternity. And stopping for a potty break along the way is not an option.

The terrain from Gallup to Hereford was essentially the same as the first leg, and we were ready to be on the ground by the time we got there. This fly by was even more exciting as we had to fly over the truck wash and stay to the right side of the skeet range. Hmmmm. So what does a truck wash look like from the air? Kind of like any other building. It made for an interesting approach.

The folks at Hereford were really nice and filled us up along with the plane. They met us at the plane with yellow roses and had goody bags as well. In the airport, they had sandwiches, cake, fruit, veggies, and almost anything else you could think of. It made for a nice break. Then we were off again.

Hereford’s elevation is still pretty high at 3800 feet. And the density altitude was reading over 6000 feet, so it was somewhat of a slow climb to altitude. We didn’t have to climb nearly as high as we were now past the big part of the terrain. Now we were watching the farmland. It was however, hot. Temperature in the cockpit was at least 90+ degrees.

The trip to Goodland, Kansas was mostly uneventful – the kind of flight you like. As we approached Goodland, the temperature kept climbing. It reached 100 degrees on the way. We kept an eye on the oil temp as it climbed as well, not dangerously high, but higher than I’m used too. Heck, it was just plain old hot! After the flyby, we used a little of that momentum and climbed a bit more. As we got closer to Columbus, the temperature started to get back to a reasonable level. It’s still flat.

We ended up spending the day in Columbus, NE as the storm systems passed. We’re hoping to make the best of the wind situation tomorrow as we head to Watertown, SD and then on to Ashland, WI.

We’ll keep you posted!

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