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Aviat Aircraft Central Florida Classic
STOL Competition

Qualifying - Friday, Dec 3rd, 8 AM - 4 PM

Finals - Saturday, Dec 4th, 8 AM - 2 PM



Most airshows demonstrate pilots and aircraft operating at maximum performance at high speed with aerobatic displays of amazing talent. STOL (Short Takeoff and Landing) Competitions show another side of flight, showcase the skill and precision of pilots who have mastered the art of flying low and slow, and we are pleased to be hosting National STOL's Central Florida Classic Competition during our Holiday Flying Festival!

The National STOL Competition uses a fixed-line that competitors must land beyond, and their distance is recorded when their tires stop. For takeoffs, pilots start on the line and take off in the shortest distance.  In both cases, the distance is measured from the start line.

The event will be live-streamed online, broadcast via

Competitors will fly in a series of qualification heats over two days. Open Practice will be on December 3rd, with the first round of competitions on Friday, December 3rd. This round will be open to all competitors, with up to 125 competing for the top 6 spots in their class. The following day, Saturday, December 4th, the top 30 with the shortest distances from the previous day will compete in the final round to achieve the lowest scores.  Winners will walk away with a huge cash prize of $12,500 and prizes! Throughout the entire several days, there will be additional events, food and other social activities planned.

Interested competitors can sign up today for the Central Florida Classic on the National STOL website, using the link on this page. Registration is limited to the first 125 competitors and will fill up.

Proceeds from the SUN ‘n FUN Holiday Flying Festival and Car show will benefit education and scholarship programs at the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE). For more information about this internationally recognized STEM education campus, please visit

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