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2020 Mark Hardin Memorial Air Race


The Mark Hardin Memorial Air Race
May 23, 2020 TERRELL, TEXAS - KTRL


Plan your Memorial Day weekend to include the Mark Hardin Memorial Air Race and Educational Event.
For the tenth year Sport League cross country air racing is coming to Terrell Municipal Airport, Terrell, TX.
In 2015 the event was renamed to honor Mark Hardin who left us way too soon.
Mark’s life passion was aviation. He 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 in air shows. He was a top mechanic and 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 air race renamed in honor of Mark. HE would say, “Fly Low, Fly Fast, Turn Left!”

The air race is a Sport League Sanctioned Championship Point event and is produced by Patricia Purcell. The City is once again bringing their Educational Event that draws a large crowd who look forward to the air race as well as lot of fun and educational entertainment for the entire family.

All you need to be able to flyin 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 safe and fair.
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 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 a family Cessna or an experimental built by the pilot or a venerable War Bird. Pilots have an amazing test bed for their aircraft and a way to hone their piloting skills.

An additional non point sanctioned class is offered. This class is handicapped and open to any aircraft that allows a check pilot full access to all instruments. No extra entry fee for this class.
The Mark Hardin Trophy will be presented to a race participant who shows the spirit Mark Hardin embodied: a sense of fair play, true camaraderie and supporter of aviation. The recipient of this award is selected by Mellissa and Mike Hardin.

A special invitation goes out to all Ercoupe owner/pilots to come and celebrate and honor Mark Hardin.

Race Central tent will be housing the SPORT AIR RACING LEAGUE HALL OF FAME.
The Race Central Tent will also house merchandise sales with something for everyone with emphasis on the kids. Extra tables and seating will be there for the public and racers alike. Displays of the awards will be there along with drawings.
There are trophies in all classes and TOP Speed Cups in categories. The highly coveted Fly Pig award goes to the slowest aircraft in the race.
The public will be voting for “People’s Choice” among the race planes. A very impressive trophy goes to the plane with the most votes.
Special drawings will be held and the Race will include many special awards as well as some new recognition and awards. There is a lot happening for everyone!
Racers receive 10th Anniversary T Shirts, race decals, name badges, commemorative coffee mugs, and goody bags full of hand picked items just for them.

A DJ will be entertaining and announcing all the activity.
Foods trucks provide amazing fare. Family friendly activities and exhibits abound.

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.
Exhibition aircraft may be flown with special permission from the League.


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 are scored at the same time as their 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 on 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. Pilotsreceive an event t shirt, goody bag and trophies and prizes. There is no extra charge for copilots.

Racers are responsible for their own hotel reservations. Holiday Inn Express, Quality, Comfort, LaQuinta, Best Western and more are 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 huge Trade Days is going on.
We endeavor to provide courtesy transportation but it is limited. Contact FBO for rentals by Enterprise.

Pilots are asked to enter as soon as they are able to facilitate event planning.
Once entered you will receive a confirmation letter with all details and course instructions and charts. You will receive updates as needed. [email protected]

FRIDAY MAY 22, 2020
Handicap validation Flights for those not completed. Must schedule with check pilot 11am-5pm
Registration 1-5pm
Social Gathering and Dinner 5pm

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

Lunch at the food trucks
Awards After race

ENTRY & INFORMATION and click on the event.
Direct contact: Patricia Purcell [email protected] 903-564-9410, 903-815-4959(cell)
Please feel free to contact Patricia Purcell with any questions and to enter.





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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