Sulphur Springs, TX: The National STOL Series returns to Texas for the 2023 Season Championship, Lonestar STOL, presented by American Legend Aircraft. This event is on Friday and Saturday, November 3-4, at Sulphur Springs Municipal Airport. It is the culmination of a year’s worth of competition between the top STOL (Short take-off and landing) specialists from the United States and Canada.
National STOL is an organized competition series for pilots nationwide to showcase their skills in a sport-like setting. As they compete at one or more events yearly, top finishers earn points toward an Annual Title, which they receive at Lonestar STOL. While bush pilots commonly hone the ability to take off and land short distances in backcountry flying, it is a skill that all pilots can and should practice, making National STOL competitions accessible to anyone involved in general aviation.
Alongside the competitive aspects, the vision of National STOL is to introduce the excitement of general aviation to a national audience, challenge pilots to better themselves, and foster the next generation of aviators.
“Established in 2020, the National STOL Series has demonstrated continued growth with four competitions in 2021 and six in 2022. As we prepare to write the final chapter in the 2023 season, we celebrate a record-high eight events from coast to coast and a team of the most impressive, highly-skilled pilots and aircraft we’ve ever seen,” states Tom Wolf, founding member of the National STOL Series. “We are excited to once again return to Texas for our National Championship, Lonestar STOL. Our continued partnership with American Legend Aircraft and the opportunity to bring the National Finals to their home in the Sulphur Springs community bodes well for making this the largest event to date.”
Those wishing to come to the airport to experience Lonestar STOL in person can find complete event information at nationalstol.com/lonestar. Friday’s competitor practice begins at noon and is free and open to the public. We require tickets for the competition on Saturday, which starts at 10:00 am. Local food trucks and vendors are in attendance on Saturday, and children under 12 attend for free.
For more on the National STOL series, visit nationalstol.com or check out @nationalstol on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok. To learn more about the presenting sponsor, American Legend Aircraft, visit legend.aero.