10th Pikes Peak Ceiling Climb

In Uncategorized on March 15, 2016 by nicholasandrewray

10th Pikes Peak Ceiling Climb – March 6, 2016

Don DeLoach, CD

Its hard to believe it has been ten years since this contest got its start. What fun we’ve had over the years! Lots of great flying, lots of site records set and broken. Despite rent increases and dwindling flying hours, Indoor is alive and well in Colorado.

This year we had 17 paid flyers with us including six out of state flyers. Dave Saks, our old friend from Idaho, was here. George Bredehoft, a mostly outdoor FAC flyer from Michigan made the trek via airline, and stayed at Chez DeLoach. George is the proprieter of Volare Products and Superior Props, and a super nice fellow.

Mike Fedor drove up from the Dallas area for a follow up to his Indoor Nats visit in 2015. It was great seeing Mike as usual, and he did some very fine flying.

Speaking of the 2015 Nats, John Lovins was inspired to come back in Indoor after spectating at the Nats. He came to the PPCC flying 35cm, A-6, and vows to tackle F1D next. What a pleasure it was to fly with John again.

David and Tiger Wagner came up from Santa Fe to their first PPCC, and seemed to enjoy themselves a lot. Tiger brought his school buddy with (can’t remember his name)

Jim Gadd is a local Colorado Springs flyer who entered his first contest in Limited Pennyplane, and turned a very respectable 4:40. Welcome, Jim!

Two site records were broken this year, in Towline (DD with 54.4 best flight) and 35cm (John Lovins’ 13:57). Our site records are getting tougher and tougher to beat.

The most popular events were P-18 with 8 flyers, Limited Pennyplane with 7, and Towline and No-cal with 6 each. Isn’t it interesting how quickly P-18 has caught on?

Jace Pivonka topped the very competitive 8-man field in P-18 with an awesome 2:10. His backup flight of 2:09 would also have placed first.

We lost Ivan Williams to cancer just a couple weeks before this year’s PPCC. Ivan was a fixture in the Colorado Springs Indoor scene for many years, and a prolific builder. He donated his entire fleet of models to the MMM Club, and we auctioned them off at the PPCC, with proceed going to the club. What a huge success this was! Over $500 was raised and several dozen models now have happy new homes. RIP Ivan, and thanks. You won’t soon be forgotten. Other donors to this silent auction were Don Uhl, Darold Jones, Jerry Murphy, and Rick Pangell. I want to offer special thanks to John McGrath for picking up most of Ivan’s models to bring to the auction. Also, Rick Pangell and Ray Boyd brought down Don Uhl’s models from Denver. Thanks guys!

The PPCC is a team effort. Thanks to Mark Covington for sitting at the CD most of the day and timing flights. Thanks to Jerry Murphy for bringing the beer and soft drinks for the pizza dinner. Thanks to anyone else who contirbuted in small but important ways. Your help is always greatly appreciated.

One final note of thanks, to John Berryman, David Gee, Bill Gowen and Tom Juell. These men pledged several hundred dollars to keep the PPCC solvent, when a call went out that our rent had been raised. NONE of them were even in attendance but their offers of financial assistance gave us much needed peace of mind. Fortunately, their money was not needed as the PPCC came within $20 of breaking even.

See you next year!


Don DeLoach     32.6+34.7       67.3
Rob Romash      29.5+31.4       60.9
Mike Fedor        29.8+30.8       60.6

Towline Glider
Don DeLoach     49.9+54.4*      104.3*
Jace Pivonka      52.9+49.9       102.8
Mike Fedor        47.6+47.1       94.7
Rob Romash      43.6+44.4       88.0
Jerry Murphy    14.7+14.5       29.2
John McGrath   23.5                 23.5
*site records

Rob Romash      40.6+39.4       80.0
Mike Fedor         34.0+32.0       66.0
Rick Pangell       22.9+21.9       44.8
Tiger Wagner      19.5+18.6       38.1

Rob Romash      41.3+38.5       79.8
Mike Fedor         35.5+35.7       71.2
Don DeLoach     21.7+10.4       32.1
Rick Pangell       17.5+5.0        22.5

FAC No-Cal Scale
Don DeLoach                 Farman  7:17
Dave Saks                      Cassutt  6:31
George Bredehoft          Fairey   3:11
Rick Pangell                   Luscombe  2:41
Mike Fedor                     F4U  2:17
Rick Pangell                   Cassutt  1:39

FAC Peanut
Don DeLoach                 Davis   99.0
Mike Fedor                     VP-1    98.0
George Bredehoft          Fairey  91.0

FAC WWII No-Cal Combat
G. Bredehoft      Fairey  WINNER
Jerry Murphy      Wildcat
Mike Fedor         F4U
Don DeLoach     Spitfire
Rick Pangell       P-40

Easy B
Rob Romash              11:29

Limited Pennyplane
Don DeLoach            8:45
Rob Romash             6:53
John McGrath           6:29
Mike Fedor               5:05
Bill Carney               4:44
Rick Pangell             4:44
Jim Gadd                  4:40

Mike Fedor               5:20
Rick Pangell             4:34
Bill Carney               4:14
Don DeLoach           1:15

Rob Romash            8:05
John Lovins             5:28
Don DeLoach          4:59
Mike Fedor              4:36
Ray Boyd                  4:29

Jace Pivonka                   2:10
Bill Carney                      2:00
Chuck Etherington         1:57
Mike Fedor                     1:48
Ray Boyd                        1:48
John McGrath                 1:46
Jerry Murphy                  1:44
David Wagner                1:20

Phantom Flash
Bill Carney             4:10
Jace Pivonka          4:00
David Wagner        3:37

John Lovins             4:29
Don DeLoach          4:02
Jace Pivonka            3:07

Rob Romash            9:59
Mike Fedor              5:09

John Lovins             13:57*
*site record

P-18 Mass Launch
John McGrath
Mike Fedor
Jace Pivonka

Grand Champ – Colorado Cup
Rob Romash      18 points
Don DeLoach     15
Mike Fedor         11
Bill Carney         8


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