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2019 Mark Hardin Memorial Air Race


The Mark Hardin Memorial Air Race
May 25, 2019 TERRELL, TX-KTRL


Plan your Memorial Day weekend to include the Mark Hardin Memorial Air Race. For the seventh year Sport League cross country air racing is coming to Terrell Municipal Airport, Terrell, Texas.
In 2015 the event was renamed to honor Mark Hardin.

Mark Hardin whose life’s passion was aviation, learned to fly in 1975 at Terrell Municipal Airport. He met his wife Melissa at the airport when she was taking flying lessons. They have two children, Michael and Christine who were raised with the Terrell airport family. Mark worked at the airport from 1985 until he and Melissa purchased the FBO in 1994.
During Mark’s flight career he flew corporate, flew private families and appeared at air shows. He was a top mechanic and a leader in the world of the Ercoupe owners and restorers. His name became synonymous with the Terrell Municipal Airport.
Today Michael and Melissa continue the family owned and operated FBO providing maintenance and flight instruction. They are proud to have the Memorial 150 Air Race renamed in honor of Mark. He would say, “Fly Low, Fly Fast, Turn Left!”

Mark Hardin in his 1941 Ercoupe


The event is produced by Aviamation, Inc. a Texas all volunteer, nonprofit corporation in conjunction with Terrell Aviation, The No.1 British Flying Training School Museum and the City of Terrell, Texas. The City is once again bringing their Educations Event that draws a large crowd who looks forward to the air race as well as much fun and entertainment for the entire family. There will be food trucks (race pilots will receive a meal ticket to be used at any of the trucks). Many educational displays and fun activities for children are planned as well as music and great merchandise for sale. There will be the “People’s Choice” Trophy which is awarded to the race plane that gets the most votes from all attending.

All you need to be part of this exciting event is a current pilot’s license and a fixed wing propeller driven aircraft.
Camaraderie abounds. Rookie racers are immediately taken into the fold and given all the support they could want. The race is fair and safe. Flying is VFR only in strict adherence to all FAR’s.
Aircraft launch in speed order, fastest first and fly a round robin 130nm course and there is a “short” course for aircraft with a top speed of under 100mph or limited range. Aircraft are timed individually and compete in equitable classes. The goal is to cover the course in the fastest time.
Pilots employ all their cross country flying skills. A race plane may be the family Cessna or an experimental built by the pilot. Pilots have an amazing test bed for their aircraft and the impetus to have their ships in the best condition ever.

The Mark Hardin Memorial Trophy will be presented to a race participant who shows the spirit that Mark embodied: a sense of fair play, true camaraderie and supporter of aviation. The recipient of this award will be selected by Melissa and Mike Hardin.
A special invitation goes out to all Ercoupe owner/pilots to come and celebrate and honor Mark Hardin.

SPORT AIR RACING LEAGUE CLASSES AND RULES APPLY. Annual Championship Points are awarded in those classes to League members. Classes are divided in three categories: Experimental , Factory and Heavy Metal. Classes are then determined by engine induction, cubic inch displacement, horsepower, gear configuration and all must be fixed wing and propeller driven.


The HANDICAP CLASS is once again offered. Sport League points are not offered for this class. This type of racing has the pilot flying against their own top speed. It is a matter of pilot skill. All planes are in the same class. And is scored at the same time as the Sport League classes. Fly one race course and one entry fee will cover as many classes as you wish to participate in. HANDICAP racers must compete a handicap flight prior to arriving at the start and validation flights may be required. Full instructions will be sent upon entry or request. The winner of this class will have their name engraved o the perpetual “Pathfinder” trophy.

CHALLENGE CLASSES are offered. These do not award Sport League points but a Class is made when there are 3or more aircraft of the same make/model. These Challenge Classes give models that a not highly competitive in their sanctioned classes a chance to run hear to hear with the same planes.

RACE ENTRY FEE $40 Cash or check only paid at registration. This one fee is for all classes a pilot wishes to participate in. Pilot and copilot receive all meals, an event t shirt and trophies and prizes.

There are all the chain hotels within 3 miles of the airport. None are offering special rates.
These hotels book up WAY IN ADVANCE as it is a holiday weekend and a huge Trade Days is going on.

Pilots are asked to enter as soon as they are able to facilitate event planning.

FRIDAY MAY 24, 2019

11am-5pm Handicap validation Flights for those not completed. Must schedule with check pilot
1-5pm Registration
5pm Social Gathering and Dinner


8am Registration Open
9:45am Entry Closes
10am Mandatory Pilot Briefing
After race Awards

For more information: Patricia Purcell, [email protected] 903-564-9410, 903-815-4959(cell)





Be a member of the Sport Air Racing League for point awards
Private Pilot Certificate or higher (or student pilot with their instructor) or meet the requirements of LSA
Hold a current medical or meet the requirements of LSA
Meet the requirements of FAR 61:56 and 61:57.


Aircraft must be propeller driven, piston or turbine powered, fixed wing.
Possess a valid airworthiness certificate.
Have evidence of a current annual inspection
Be two-way radio equipped.
Have a range to fly race route with reserve at full power.
Have insurance coverage


Additional crew/passengers may be carried but only one licensed pilot is required.


Pilots must be familiar with and ready to fly the race route prior to arriving at the start.
All information and procedures are available on the race web site and in hard copy.
A complete and thorough mandatory briefing will be given at the start of the event.
Registration packets will contain hard copies of all course instructions.
Aircraft should have a Race Number on the aircraft but it is not mandatory to participate.
The race number should be on both sides of the aircraft if possible.
Numbers need to be 18” high by 12” wide with the number segments 3” wide.
Color should stand out from aircraft color and be outlined as necessary as to be visible. Variations are accepted.
Permanently affixed numbers and the usage of two or three digit N# numerals if they are of the required size are acceptable.
Numbers on the fuselage and/or under the wings are acceptable.
Check in as soon as practical on arrival at start. At this time you must sign “Release of Liability” and pay fees.
Fuel and park in designated spot and have your aircraft ready for race start prior to briefing.
All pilot briefings are MANDATORY. If you are not briefed you will not participate.


Ensuring compliance with all Federal Aviation Regulations and Grace Flight Air Race rules.
Ensuring sufficient fuel is carried for flying the event and a safe reserve.
Have all occupants of aircraft sign a “Release of Liability”.
Be a member of the Sport Air Racing League for point awards.


Race VFR is defined as no less than 1000’ ceiling and 3 miles or greater visibility. En route flying will be at a minimum altitude of 500’AGL or in compliance with the FAR’s, whichever is higher.
Engines may not be started until directed by Race Official.
Taxi and take off as directed by controlling facility/individual.
Take off will be in speed order, fastest first.
If unable to start as directed, you may go to the back of the line.
If you must land during the race or do not complete the course, notify a race official as soon as possible that you have aborted.
If an emergency has been declared and a racer is down the aircraft following the downed aircraft is asked to fly cover to assist in rescue.
The race will be cancelled at this point and racers on the course will return to the start airport.


15 seconds for not following briefing or procedure instructions, specifically cutting inside a turn point.
Disqualification if Federal Aviation Regulations are violated.
Disqualification if the timing line is not flown.
Safety maneuvers will not be penalized.

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