Powrachute Extravaganza Fly-In
Powered parachute manufacturer Powrachute hosted their third annual Extravaganza at the company's Columbus, Kansas headquarters September 27-30. More than 5,000 people attended, including 215 pilots from 29 states and Canada. The two pilots traveling the furthest distance were husband-and-wife team Wayne and Susan Mitchler from Alberta, Canada.

Perfect weather conditions blessed the 4-day event, allowing lots of flying throughout the long weekend. Fun flying contests added spice to the flying, with first- and second-place winners honored.

Rick Siegfried and Clyde Poser placed first and second respectively in the Five O'Clock Charlie contest, John Wilson and Reggie Toler won the top two prizes in the Closest to the Pin contest, and Jim Reed and Dave Krause were first and second in the Leap Frog contest. Top Gun honors went to John Wilson.

On Saturday morning 80 powered parachutes launched in 20 minutes, 11 seconds, filling the sky with color.

An outstanding feature this year was a 14,600-square-foot bald eagle with the American flag as its canvas and below it the Powrachute Company logo, airbrushed in the flying field. Brothers Bill and Galen Mast of the Land of Ahs - new dealers for Powrachute - worked for 2 days bringing this masterpiece together.

Another highlight of the Extravaganza was Powrachute founder Bill Amyx's flying pyro show. Flying Bill flies through the sky launching fireworks from his powered parachute while ground crews launch fireworks up in the air where Bill is flying.

Probably the biggest highlight of the Extravaganza was the drawing for a Powrachute Sky Rascal, the company's new single-seater. The drawing was open to all pilots who registered an airworthy powered parachute at the fly-in. And the lucky winner was Mike Peterson of Carthage, Missouri.

Powrachute plans to hold the Extravaganza again next year. For 2002 dates, phone: (620) 429-1397 * e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .