Sodbuster STOL Returns To Minnesota

Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport Hosts Competition


October 1, 2021

Tim Hennagir

A 1965 Cessna 185D Skywagon registered to Kurt Leaders of Clear Lake, Minnesota, prepares for a Aug. 6 practice takeoff at the Husky National Sodbuster STOL event. Leaders finished third in Heavy Touring.

The Husky National Sodbuster STOL Short Takeoff & Landing Competition Series Aug. 5 to Aug. 7 at Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport featured almost 30 aircraft.

"We were excited to bring this event to a larger airport," said Tom Flanary, Husky National STOL Series co-owner. We sold out Milaca two years ago, but we needed a bigger field." Five-hundred spectators watched the 2021 competition.

In 2019, Milaca's annual August aviation celebration added the event, which tests pilots' skills during two critical phases of flight: Takeoff and landing.

Pilots land and take off as slowly and accur...

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