Editor’s Note: As many as 18 pilots are scheduled to participate in this year’s unique Valdez STOL (short takeoff and landing) flying activities at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. In the weeks leading up to Oshkosh, we’re featuring brief descriptions of the pilots and airplanes confirmed to participate. This week’s pilot is Jerry Burr, EAA 1101144, of Sedro-Woolley, Washington.
June 19, 2015 - Before the Valdez, Alaska, STOL competition began in 2004, a similar event was held for many years through the late 1990s in Gulkana, Alaska. That’s where Jerry Burr cut his short-field teeth, competing in seven or eight and winning his fair share of titles in his Piper Cub, N7037H. He’s flown at one Valdez event.
The airplane, which he named White Hawk, has many modifications, accomplished through supplemental type certificates and FAA Form 337s. “The only thing stock on it is the rudder,” Jerry said. He often jokes that “the paperwork weighs more than the plane.”
Jerry, an Air Force vet, says he just taught his wife Becky how to fly. “She’s 95 pounds soaking wet,” he said, fearful that the weight advantage may someday give her an edge in competitive short-field flying competitions.
The Burrs are avid hikers and have trekked the 1,100-mile Pacific Coast Trail. Jerry’s looking forward to Oshkosh this year, where he will also give a presentation called “J-3 Modifications” on Thursday, July 31, 1-2:15 p.m., in Forum 11.