Jerry Trimble Helicopters (JTH) is hosting the 8th Annual Touchdown Autorotation Contest on August 3, 2019 in the heart of Oregon wine country. The McMinnville Airport (KMMV) will once again be the home of this demonstration of skill and safety. Pilots from around the world will gather to participate in the competition or be spectators watching individuals practice a maneuver that could one day be utilized in an in-flight emergency.
Jerry Trimble, co-owner of JTH, and a well-known name in the training sector of the helicopter industry, will be flying with each pilot that enters the competition in a JTH helicopter. The helicopter used for this event is the famous Robinson R-22. This machine has one of the lowest inertia rotor systems found in a production helicopter. Jerry, a former pilot at Robinson Helicopters in the late 1970’s, flew many early R-22 aircraft off the production line.
The field of competitors will be limited to 10 pilots. Each competitor has two chances to demonstrate a straight-in touchdown autorotation. The judges and check pilot (Jerry) judge the points based on three criteria: technique, accuracy, and ground slide. This year, there will be an all-female panel of judges. The judges include Emily Hiller, Jennifer Barger, and Dina Kalff.
Emily Hiller, who has been a part of the JTH family for almost 20 years, is currently flying for Life Flight Network in La Grande, Oregon.
Jennifer Barger, previously a pilot for LFN, is currently the Lead Pilot for Papillon flying in the Grand Canyon. Dina Kalff, who did her CFI training at JTH five years ago and consequently worked as a flight instructor for JTH, is now flying in South Texas for Cattleman Helicopter Service.
“There are so many talented women pilots in the industry that it’s nice to be able to spotlight them at our event,” said Alison Row, President of JTH.
This year’s contest is part of a triple-header event: also taking place on the same day is an AOPA Rusty Pilot Seminar, and a Poker Run sponsored by the Oregon Pilot Association to raise money for aviation scholarships. There will also be helicopter and airplane rides as well as static displays.
For more information, please visit www.jerrytrimblehelicopters.com/tripleheader.