ANS Annual Convention

American Navion Society Annual Convention Report


SNAG was well represented again this year at the ANS annual convention held at Gastonia, NC.  Those of you who could not get there were sorely missed.  Everyone enjoyed a great time again this year.  Our hosts at Gadsden Airport worked all week to ensure we felt welcome and had an enjoyable experience.  The weather was warm and moist, but we managed to fly all of our events as planned.


This year's convention began on Sunday but some of us arrived on Saturday to relax and look around. Our flying activities began on Tuesday morning.


Sunday evening we had our traditional welcoming pizza party.  The All Out Speed Event was held Tuesday, and the Efficiency Contest was flown on Wednesday this year. The Proficiency Contest was flown Friday.  Evenings were filled with social gatherings and fellowship among members. On Thursday we toured the area including the NASCAR Museum and a dinner cruise on Lake Murray.


Congratulations to SNAG members participating in the flying competition events at the 2017 ANS Annual Convention.  Our combined efforts resulted in SNAG winning the ANS Challenge Cup for our 13th consecutive year!


Winners in the flying events are:


ALL OUT SPEED EVENT                Chapter                                  Speed (from standing start to flying finish)


300 HP

1st       Rusty Herrington                   SNAG                                     194.10 MPH     

2nd      Greg Young                          SNAG                                      189.23 MPH

            Bruce Herrington                   SNAG                                     181.24 MPH


285 HP

1st       Jeff Davis                              SNAG                                     189.08 MPH

2nd      Bobby Herrington                  SNAG                                     187.28 MPH

            Rick Mills                              SNAG                                     185.37 MPH


260 HP

           Lee Holmes                           SNAG                                     167.23 MPH 

225 HP

           Matt McSwain                        SNAG                                     152.95 MPH




Matt McSwain                                  SNAG                                    


EFFICIENCY CONTEST                                                              Score (High wins)


1st        Rusty Herrington                   SNAG                                     99.51

2nd       Bobby Herrington                  SNAG                                     99.20

3rd       Bruce Herrington                    SNAG                                    92.44

            Jeff Davis                                SNAG                                    87.00

            Rick Mills                             SNAG                                       85.92

            Alan Cook                            SNAG                                      77.31

           Lee Holmes                            SNAG                                     76.33

           Matt McSwain                       SNAG                                      68.03         


PROFICIENCY CONTEST                                                         Score (Low wins)


1st       Richard McSpadden             SNAG                                        410

2nd      Bruce Herrington                  SNAG                                        540

3rd      Lee Holmes                         SNAG                                        700

           Rusty Herrington                   SNAG                                       735

           Alan Cook                            SNAG                                      1100

           Jeff Davis                              SNAG                                      1270

           Matt McSwain                      SNAG                                      1360

           Bobby Herrington                  SNAG                                     1745

           Beth Pontiff                           Northeast                                 2270

           Greg Young                           SNAG                                    21000 (Greg forget his KEYS and did not fly)


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