2017 Dakota Thunder IMAC

Dakota Thunder has been one of our annual events for many years. This year’s numbers were small, but it turned out to be a great event. Seven pilots competed including our biggest fans, Mark and Christy Siemen from Pueblo, CO competing in Advanced. They brought along first timer Keith Cannon from Denver who flew Intermediate. The local competitors were Gene Jobjen and Zac Roller in Sportsman and Jim Tiller, Ethan Thibeault, Warren Malone and Justin Gebes in Basic.

We managed to complete two rounds of competition and the unknowns on Saturday. We met Sunday morning for a 3rd round, but everybody seemed happy after looking at Saturday’s scores and the 3rd round was not added to the scores.

Two misfires marred the event a little. Keith Cannon’s DA 120 twin shelled out on his first flight grounding him from the rest of competition. Worse yet, was an inflight wing failure on Gene Jobjen’s Extra. Spectacular, yet very painful to watch. Gene went home for a backup plane and Zac Roller graciously allowed him to redo the sequence that ended short.

Darrell Cassidy grilled the burgers, Warren Malone brought his wife’s dynamite goulash and Bob Olson, Lonnie Giedd, Ken Corrin and others supplied a great pot luck lunch.

The weather was hot, the competition cool and the results outstanding. Another successful event in the books for the Propbusters. If you missed it, sorry you weren’t a part of this great experience.

Thanks to all who took part. As always, we could not do this without your assistance.

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