Youth in Free Flight Competition

US Junior World Free Flight Team
2022 Junior World Championships in Bulgaria

With the announcement by the FAI CIAM regarding the cancellation of the Junior World Championships in France this past summer we began a new team selection process.

The background story is that the Junior World Championships are held on even years and the Senior World Championships are held on odd years.  When there was a postponement of the 2020 Junior World Championships in Romania there was an effort to combine them with the Senior World Championships being held in 2021 in France.  This was to be a one time change to the schedule.  In additional there was one time change to the age limit for the Juniors to allow those who would have participated in 2020 to be able to participate in 2021.  With the decision to completely cancel both the Junior and Senior World Championships the calendar is now reset to the previous cycle and age limits.

A competitor is considered to be a Junior up to and including the calendar year in which they attain the age of 18.   Unfortunately several of our Juniors aged out and are no longer be eligible for 2022 Junior World Championships in Bulgaria.   This is truly unfortunate as they have all worked hard to improve their flying skills.  We hope that each of them  will continue to fly and even participate in the Senior Program for Team Selection in 2023.

The Junior Team Selection Committee has made the decision to start with a new selection process beginning on June 1, 2021 and ending with the SCAT Annual Contest March of 2022.   The program will be the same format as in the past.  Performance ranking in your three best America’s Cup contests will determine the team selection. Additional the committee will evaluate all participants on their flying proficiency, model preparation, and interaction with other junior flyers. The level of competition, flying conditions and max times at the America Cup contests will also be considered during the ranking process.  There is no time limit as to when a Junior can enter the program, but the most be able to demonstrate proficiency with handling the model and setting it up without adult intervention.

Please contact any member of the committee if you have further questions.
Charlie Jones
Jim Parker
Sevak Malkhasyan

2018 Junior World Free Flight Championships
August 4 – 10, 2018, 
Pazardzik, Bulgaria
Official scores

The 2018 United States Junior Free Flight Team (from left to right):Team Manager Jim  Parker, Asst. Manager Sevak Malkasyan, Kyle Gerspacher, Roman Stalick, Adelaide Ulm, Joel Yori, and Hayden Ashworth

Final Report on the 2018 Junior World Championships by Bob Stalick

2016 Junior World Championships

August 1- 7, Prilep, Macedonia
Contest web site

The 2016 United States Junior Free Flight Team (from  left to right): Alex Stalick, Sevak Malkhasyan, Jace Pivonka, Team Manager Jim Parker, Troy Davis, Cade Fedor (with flag), and Joel Yori. Also pictured, holding the sign, was our Macedonian guide for the ceremony, Evgenja.
Contest Report by Bob Stalick

2014 Junior World Championships

2014 Junior Team

Salonta, Romania, July 28 to Aug 3, 2014

The 2014 Team

Garrett Tremayne
Logan Tetrick
Alex Stalick

Sevak Malkhasyan
Jace Pivonka
Troy Davis

Taron Malkhasyan
Cade Fedor
Colby Fedor


2012 Junior World Championships

2012 US Junior Free Flight Team

Mengesko-Kamnisko polje, Slovenia. July 27 to August 3, 2012

Front row left: Gina Barron (F1A), Peyton Tetrick (F1B)
Rear: George Batiuk (team manager), Brian Pacelli (F1B, F1P),Taron Malkhasyan (F1A,F1P), Sevak Malkhasyan (F1B,F1P), Logan Tetrick (F1A)

Brian Pacelli won first place in F1B (Wakefield) Video of Brian flying, and Taron Malkhasyan won first place in F1P.

2010 Junior World Championships

2010 Junior Team

Salonta, Romania, August 1-7, 2010

Back row: Brede Doerner (F1B), Oliver Cai (F1A),
Middle row: Brian Pacelli (F1B 2nd place, F1P), Chinmay Jaju (F1P), George Batiuk (Team Manager), Miles Johnson (F1A, 2nd place)
Front row: Sevak Malkhasyan (F1B), Taron Malkhasyan (F1P, 2nd place), Logan Tetrick (F1A)

2008 Junior World Championships

2008 Junior Team

The U.S.A. Junior Team, Motyzhin, Ukraine, August 2008.

Left to right: Kyle Jones, Oliver Cai, Cody Secor, Michelle Radziunas, Evan Simon, Brian Pacelli,
John Shailor, Chinmay Jaju, Anthony Ferrario, Timothy Barron, George Batiuk, Sarah Radziunas.
Photo by Kathy Radziunas.

2008 Junior World Championships Results
Photos From Cenny Breeman

2008 US Team Wins the Challenge France Juniors

Michelle Radziunas 2008 F1B Wakefield

Michelle Radziunas launching her Wakefield in Germany, 2008


2006 Junior World Championships

2006 Junior Team

The U.S.A. Junior Team, Germany, August 2006. Evan Simon,Kyle Jones, Anthony Ferrario, Bryan Bauer, Paul Shailor, Tyler Secor, Cody Secor, Taylor Gunder, Center, Brian Pacelli. Photo by Bill Shailor

Full 2006 Junior World Championships story here


2004 Junior World Championships

2004 Junior Team

The U.S.A. Junior Team, France, August 2004. Photo by John Lorbiecki.




Contenders for the 2004 U.S.A. Junior World Championships Team at the Nats, July 2003 Photo by Chuck Markos. Larger version 1200 x 900


2002 Junior World Championships

2002 jr outdoor Free Flight team

The right stuff…    The 2002 Junior Outdoor Team after a long day of flying and chasing Wakefields.

2002 Junior World Championships Results

2002 Junior Indoor Team Story