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Fly-in & STOL EXPO 2023 - General Rules & Information

Aug 19-20, EAA Chapter 292 will be hosting a fly-in with a

“STOL EXPO” on Sunday August 20th. It’s open to the public

and GA aircraft.

Oregon’s Independence airport, 7S5, will be closed to aircraft traffic from 9:30 AM to 1 PM on Sunday, August 20th, see NOTAM. This short closure is a function of the premier event, a limited STOL competition, for high performance purpose built aircraft and experienced pilots.

Registration fee is $25 for competitors ($5 Fly in and $20 competition fee), subject to pre-approval. All competitors will receive safety instructions in a ‘safety packet’ upon arrival. You may register for the STOL event online here, or via email at:, in which case a registration form will be sent. Please fill the form out and return ASAP.

Fly-in pilots and their passengers – registration required. Overnight tent camping on grass is available on a first come first served basis, greeter will register you for campsite on arrival. Some Air Park lodging is available, request that here.


Avgas is available 24/7.


Star Duster Café is open from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Boy Scouts will be selling great hot-dogs after.


Motels, banks, restaurants available locally in the towns of Independence and Monmouth.


Aircraft Classes will be divided into four groups:

  1. Certified at 1320 GW and under = (LSA)

  2. Experimental at 1320 GW and under = (EXP LSA)

  3. Certified over 1320 GW = (BUSH)

  4. Experimental over 1320 GW = (EXP BUSH)

  5. Touring over 1320 GW = (Touring)

  6. Electric with any GW = (Electric)


We hope the competition window will be longer in the future to allow for more classes.

STOL EXPO 2023 Competitor Rules and Information:

Safety Rules:


  1. Safety First! ... Aviate... keep your eyes peeled for traffic. Fly safe approaches. Go around if needed.

  2. Navigate – know where you are in general, and follow traffic patterns precisely.

  3. Communicate – Use following frequencies and keep communications crisp.

    • a) CTAF 122.975

    • b) Air Boss 123.3 (contest frequency)

  4. Manage your fuel! – Maintain minimum 30-minute reserve per FAA.

  5. No steep climbs, hot-dogging, or abrupt maneuvers on take-off or in the pattern. If you do something stupid it will at a minimum be captured on video and from there... 0_o

  6. Fly rectangular standard traffic patterns.

  7. Pattern altitude is 500 AGL for competition only.

  8. Competition event must use the tighter special traffic pattern: See ‘Safety Diagram (pattern)’. For North wind use runway 34 LEFT traffic, South wind use runway 16 RIGHT traffic.

  9. No hand propping of aircraft without someone at the controls.

  10. No starting aircraft in Staging area without clearance from Staging Boss.

  11. Pilot license and current medical certificate (if required) must be in your possession.

  12. FAA required paperwork must be in your aircraft (AROW).

  13. Event safety officer has authority to disqualify any participant deemed unsafe.

  14. All pilots in competition event must attend a mandatory pre-event safety briefing @ 9:00 AM. Attendance is required to participate. There will be a roster that you will need to sign.

  15. Competitors must rally in the Staging Area prior to competition.



Registration & Safety Briefings:
1. Registration for STOL competition closes Sunday, August 20, 8:00 AM.
2. Mandatory Safety Briefing for STOL competition is Sunday, August 18, 9:00 AM.
3. Competition entries will NOT be accepted after the stated closing times above. 

Exception: Late entry may be considered if due to weather delays. This will be at the discretion of the Event Coordinator. Late arrivals will require an individual safety briefing prior to competing.

General Short Field Takeoff & Landing (STOL) Rules:

  1. Each pilot/aircraft combination will be allowed two takeoffs and landings (or cycles) in the STOL event.

  2. Score will be based on the best takeoff and landing cycle. (i.e. either the best set of the 1st takeoff and landing, or the second takeoff and landing.)

  3. Only one combination of pilot/aircraft will be allowed. However, individual pilots will be allowed a maximum of two runs (for those wishing to fly two separate aircraft) and individual aircraft will be allowed a maximum of two runs (for those wishing to have their aircraft flown two separate times).

  4. On the ground pilots are responsible to observe sequence.


Short Field Take-Off Rules:

  1. Pilots must call Air Boss from the Staging Area HOLDING POSITION (just short of taxiway). Failure to call on time is grounds for a DQ.

  2. Taxi into position as directed by Line judge, with main gear stopped on Start Line.

  3. Begin take-off roll after being given the “thumbs-up” by the Line judge.

  4. Take-off distance will be measured to where the furthest main wheel leaves the ground for the last time.  (Rule change for 2017 - Tail wheel is not measured)

Short Field Landing Rules:

  1. Main gear must land on or beyond the Start Line.

  2. Main gear touchdown prior to Start Line is disqualifying (a scratch).

  3. Tailwheel touchdown prior to reference line is NOT disqualifying.

  4. “Go Arounds” are not an uncommon real-world safety decision if conditions deteriorate on short approach and you are too close to the edge of the safe flight envelope. For the STOL competition, a “Go Around” is encouraged and expected if it is necessary. If no contact of any landing gear has been made, the pilot can circle around for a second landing attempt and still be scored. This rule is not to be abused for practice approaches. The Line judge has the sole discretion to determine if the “Go Around” policy was abused and DQ that cycle.

  5. Aircraft must come to a full stop, straight ahead, and remain stopped until judges have had a chance to measure and clear you from the runway.

  6. Landing distance will be measured from the reference line to the main gear.

  7. Return to staging area for second attempt. Be aware to not turn in front of crowd due to prop wash. 

Rules for Classing of Aircraft (STOL Competition):

Classes are defined below by Aircraft Registration and Gross Weight (GW).

  1. Experimental (non-certified) aircraft 1320 GW and under. (EXP LSA)

  2. Certified aircraft 1320 GW and under. (LSA)

  3. Experimental (non-certified) aircraft over 1320 GW. (EXP BUSH)

  4. Certified aircraft over 1320 GW. (BUSH)

  5. Touring over 1320 GW = (Touring)

  6. Electric with any GW = (Electric)

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