Wausau Pilot Wins Charity Landing Contest

WAUSAU, WIS. – Wausau pilot Robert Mohr won the “Grimm Trophy” at Wausau Downtown Airport during a month-long landing contest to raise money and food for charity. Mohr, along with 11 other area pilots, contributed $2.00, or a dollar and a food item, for each separate attempt to land closest to a line across the runway. The competition was called “Landings For Lunches” because of its goal of raising cash and food to help feed those in need.

Mohr’s winning landing was just six inches from the line. He also tied Rico Jaeger for second place with a touchdown 1 foot from the line.

All of the food and cash contributions go to The Neighbors’ Place, a Wausau food pantry. Mohr donated his cash prize to the organization, making a total donation of over $1,000.00, as well as a large number of non-perishable food items.

Several local businesses sponsored the contest and contributed matching cash to increase the donations:  Christian Family Medical Clinic, Kocourek Automotive Group, Philips 66, The Neighbors’ Place, Wausau Flying Service, the City of Wausau, Security Realty, Mohr’s Automotive, First Impressions, Jones Cabinetry, and Aircraft Maintenance of Wausau.

Precision landing competition, also known as “spot landings,” challenges pilots to have their main wheels touch down on, or as close as possible beyond a line across the runway. Landings short of the line, or more than 100 feet past the line, do not qualify. The competition will return in May 2014 and is open to all licensed pilots who register in advance of their attempts.

For additional information, contact Gil Buettner at 715-845-3400 or John Chmiel at Wausau Flying Service at 715- 845-3400 (taildraggerflyer@yahoo.com).

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