A group photo from the Scott Smith Memorial Southern 500 race in Mulberry FL. Photo by Richard Tucker.
It is no secret that we have an aging
population and not enough new Pylon
racers in the pipeline.
I am a second-generation Pylon
Racing pilot and would love to
continue the tradition with my 8-year-
old son or 11-year-old daughter. At
this point, despite my best efforts, they
show little to no interest.
A recent conversation with a friend
who is a professor helped me better
understand what drives this generation.
He stated that “drones and phones”
are the only way to connect with
I believe the recent debate about
stabilization receivers directly relates
to this insight. If this sport is to
survive, we must embrace technology
to capture the attention of the next
receiver programming, onboard
drone-style cameras, apps to replay
flight paths, and other technological
advancements are needed to attract
Although we must seek to balance
competitive advantage and cost with
new technology, we must also consider
the appeal to the next generation.
I will be observing the impact of
stabilization receiver technology. I
encourage you to consider the future,
in addition to competitive advantages,
when forming your position in
Shout-Out: Tim Lampe
In the spirit of this month’s how-to
theme, I wanted to send a shout-out
to a new member of our Pylon Racing
family, Tim Lampe. Tim has become
very active in the sport and his fresh
perspectives, engaging forum threads,
He recently completed an Advanced
Pylon Products Sweet 1 build thread
on the National Miniature Pylon
Racing Association (NMPRA) forum
that is worth a read. Keep up the
great work, Tim!
Fly hard, have fun!
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