Planes to soar across Llano skies during Hammerfest
August 27, 2013, 7:00 pm by Lance Reaves
Pilots from around the country will take flight at the Llano Municipal Airport this weekend and perform various stunts and maneuvers during the 12th Annual Hill Country Hammerfest.
The competition begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 and continues Sunday, Sept. 1. It sponsored by the Austin Chapter 107 of the International Aerobatic Club, along with other local businesses. The general public is encouraged to attend.
The Hammerfest derives its name from the basic maneuver known as the "hammerhead stall,” according to Jack Stovall, an IAC member and one of the scorers this year.
"That’s when the airplane goes straight up until it run out of speed, and then the pilot kicks the rudder and the plane pivots and goes straight down,” he said.
Keeping with some of the tradition in the Hill Country, Stovall said the organizers felt adding "fest” at the end was fitting.
Approximately 30 pilots will compete this
year, Stovall said. They are divided into five categories ranging in
difficulty—Primary, Sportsman, Intermediate, Advanced and Unlimited.
For the full story, see Wednesday's Llano County Journal
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