Husky National STOL Series Partners with Outlaw STOL

Collaboration adds new event to 2022 series points race at Somerton Airport in February.

Competitors at this year’s Outlaw STOL and Fly-In will receive points toward the Husky National STOL Series’ 2022 Season Championship. [Screengrab from Outlaw STOL YouTube video.]

The Husky National STOL Series has announced a new partnership with Outlaw STOL that expands this year’s competition schedule. 

The collaboration adds an additional event to the series, the Outlaw STOL and Fly-In, scheduled for February 25 and 26 at Somerton Airport (54AZ), in Somerton, Arizona.

STOL competitions offer pilots an opportunity to demonstrate their short takeoff and landing skills, such as landing on a set point, hitting a target, or a series of targets.

The Story Behind Outlaw STOL

Outlaw STOL, located in Yuma, Arizona, was founded last year by Jonathan Stains, who is active duty military, a pilot, and a skydiver. Following his return from Afghanistan, Stains began flying in the Pacific Northwest, where he was introduced to a large, but very close-knit, flying community. 

In 2020, when Stains came to Yuma, he found that he missed all the fun things about flying in his former home – such as the weekend fly-ins and the tight general aviation community. He wanted to recreate that culture in Yuma and the surrounding area.

Inspired by the cowboy crop duster style of the Southwest and the Bush flyers of the Northwest – Stains started Outlaw STOL, which quickly gained plenty of local support. 

Currently in its second year, the Outlaw STOL and Fly-In already has competitors signed up to compete from across the U.S. and Canada. As a result of the partnership, starting this year, competitors will earn points toward the Husky National STOL Series’ 2022 Season Championship.

Outlaw STOL and Fly-In Schedule (all times local)

Thursday, February 24

  • 3 p.m. Competitor aircraft arrivals and camping opens

Friday, February 25

  • 1 p.m. Pilot safety briefing
  • 1:30 p.m. Practice opens
  • 4 p.m. Practice closes
  • 4:30 p.m. Fly-out, destinations to be determined
  • 6:34 p.m. Sunset

Saturday, February 26

  • 9 a.m. Pilot safety briefing
  • 10 a.m. Vendor booths open/food vendors open
  • 10:30 a.m. Aircraft staging begins
  • 11 a.m. Competition begins
  • 12:45 p.m. After bush class ends: lunch break  
  • 1:45 p.m. Competition resumes
  • 4 p.m. Competition concludes

Trophy presentation follows, shortly after the end of competition.

Based in Texas, Ashley is the former Marketing Manager at FLYING and focuses deeply on training and education. She graduated from the Baylor Institute for Air Science with a Bachelor's in Aviation Science and holds an MBA specializing in Marketing. She is an also instrument rated private pilot and licensed FAA dispatcher.

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