McMINNVILLE, Ore. — Jerry Trimble Helicopters (JTH) is planning a fun summer with two upcoming events: The JTH 4th annual touchdown autorotation contest and a Poker Run.
The 4th Annual Touchdown Auto Rotation competition is slated for June 22.
New this year is a flour bag bombing contest. Spectators can sit in the bomber’s seat of the R-22 to test their skill at hitting a target on the ground with a bag of flour.
The competitions correspond with the annual Lions Club Fly-in/Drive-in. There will be an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast served 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. The public is invited to bring their own aircraft, car or motorcycle to participate in the show. With every breakfast purchase, spectators receive a ballot to vote on their favorite car and airplane.
Jerry Trimble Helicopters will be offering $20 helicopter rides all day. Shuttles are available to the Evergreen Aviation Museum directly across the street from the McMinnville Airport.
Also new this year is a presentation from Garmin on ADS-B and its technological effects on aviation.
Pilots can have points subtracted from their total score depending on how much assistance is given by Trimble. Each pilot is allowed 2 full-down auto rotations.
All flights will be flown with Jerry Trimble unless the pilot supplies their own helicopter. The cost to enter is $75 which includes the helicopter rental and a $5 donation to a local charity of the pilot’s choice.
The first place trophy is an engraved piece of R-22 rotor blade.
The contest begins at 10 a.m. JTH offers a “Blow the Rust Off” package for those who wish to brush up on their autos prior to the competition.
The second event, a Poker Run, will be held July 12. This event is being held in conjunction with the McMinnville Turkey Rama.
The Poker Run is open to aircraft, cars and motorcycles. Participants will draw a card at JTH then travel to three surrounding airports to draw their next card. The final card will be drawn when they return to JTH. Poker hands will be judged and the winning hand will be awarded a prize. After the poker run, the FAA will host a FAA Safety Briefing open to all pilots.
For more information: JerryTrimbleHelicopters.com