Tuesday, April 22, 2014

After Action Report

Record Setting:
There were nine record attempts, by five different airplanes, seven of which were successful.  As far as we know this is more record attempts set by more airplanes at a single event than has ever happened in the history of aviation record setting.  Not listed below, Tanner Yaberg set a point to point record from Napa Valley APC to Mojave MHV in his RV-7A.

Class Pilot Aircraft Category Result Year
C-1a Current Jon Sharp Nemesis DR-90 3 km Speed 289.9 MPH 1998
Challenger Tom Aberle Phantom 3 km Speed N/A 2014
Current Bruce Bohannon Miller Special 3 km TTC 3:08 1996
Challenger Tom Aberle Phantom 3 km TTC N/a 2014
C-1b Previous Jon Sharp Nemesis NXT 3 km Speed 356.1 MPH 2008
New Lee Behel Pereira GP-5 3 km Speed 377.6 MPH 2014
Previous MacCay Beeler Questair Venture 15 km Speed 302.5 MPH 1989
New Lee Behel Pereira GP-5 15 km Speed 378.7 MPH 2014
Previous Bruce Bohannon Bohannon B1 3 km TTC 2:20 1999
New Lee Behel Pereira GP-5 3 km TTC 2:00 2014
C-1c Previous John Harris Bellanca 1000 km Speed 300.9 MPH 1975
New Mike Patey Lancair Legacy 1000 km Speed 319 MPH 2014
Previous Mike Melvill Rutan Catbird 2000 km Speed 256.9 MPH 1994
New Mike Patey Lancair Legacy 2000 km Speed 319 MPH 2014
New Zach Reeder Rutan Catbird 5000 km Speed 211 MPH 2014

Awards Dinner:
The awards dinner was planned for one hundred plates, we ended up feeding one hundred and fifty people.  Local rock band (from the spaceship company) "Shame and Glory" performed an aviation record themed set.  Nasa Flight Director and Kitplanes Editor Paul Dye spoke about taking risk during flight test.  And most importantly we awarded the trophies for the experimenters of the year.

 - Best Failed Record Attempt of the Event
      Tom Aberle for his 3km attempt

 - Experimenter of the year 2014
      Mike Patey: 780 Lycoming conversion

 - Best Test 2014
      Zach Reeder: Catbird Long Range Fuel Mods

 - Best Build 2014
      Kevin Eldredge: Titan Engine Development

 - Best Design 2014
      Jeff Lange: Turbo Conversion Sonerai

Flyin:
The flyin was a huge success with airplanes spread out from the restaurant all the way down to the tower.  The final tally is not yet complete but the airport recorded well over 500 operations, making it one of if not the busiest days in the history of the Mojave airport.  Website traffic is almost double what it was in 2013.


A special thank you:
Scaled Composites
Virgin Galactic
Cathy Hansen
Kesley Moran
Carl Ingram
Brian Utley
Sean Kaveney
Miguel (The Mojave Basque)
Scott Schultz
Justin Gillen

Tom Wilson's Photo's from the Awards Dinner




Zach's Catbird Record Flight Photos