Campbell Will Be SORC’s “Eye In the Sky”

Veteran pilot returns to Arnold for 4th year.

Volunteers will be out in force this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, as the Sandhills Open Road Challenge returns to Arnold for its 22nd year. On Saturday morning, residents will hear the distant sound of airplanes in the sky. The pilots flying them are an important part of keeping the drivers safe each year.

Flying his Cessna182 Skylane 4 place airplane, 2022 will be pilot Kevin Campbell’s 4th year of providing a “birds-eye view” of the SORC race and course from Arnold to Dunning and back again. As of last week, Campbell said his right seat spotter would probably be his brother-in-law, Dr. Ted Evans.

“Our job is if we see something, to alert race officials what’s unsafe and where. We look for any livestock or other animals on the course that could interfere with the race,” said Campbell.

A resident of Gretna, Campbell will be flying about 220 miles to Gothenburg, where he can hangar his airplane until race time. It’s not a big deal, but he said it sure would be nice if Arnold had an airport.

So why is he returning for a 4th year to volunteer his time to the SORC?

“I enjoy flying, providing a community service, and the camaraderie of the racers and staff,” he said.

The 144 drivers from all parts of the country will be in good hands with Campbell flying overhead.

article by: Janet Larreau

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