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Table of Contents – SEN 1948

  1. Dave Anderson
  2. Southwest FAI Challenge
  3. Free Ride?
  4. Fab Feb More Stuff
  5. World Cup Results Link

Dave Anderson
From: Adrian Bryant

Good morning Roger.

Dave Anderson passed away on the morning of the 27th. He was 74.

Dave was a well known Australian a/2 flyer { didn’t like the new name of F1A]. Dave
was well known on flying fields all over the world.

Adrian Bryant

Even though Dave had a number of medical issues in recent years he was still very generous in his support for A/2 flying including wonderful trophies and sponsoring leading international sportsmen to come and take part in events down under.

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2014 Southwest FAI Challenge Bill Booth Jr.

October 19 & 20, 2014 Contest Director

Boulder City, Nevada

The 2014 edition of the Southwest FAI Challenge had a different buzz. The US Team Selection Finals for the 2015 World Championships was scheduled to begin on this same field later in the week. To accommodate those competitors who had never been to the El Dorado Lakebed, we shifted our schedule to a Sunday/Monday format. The mini events were held on Sunday per tradition, but F1A, B, C & Q were flown on Monday to give the new visitors a day to travel and a day to acclimate. While there was no significant increase in entries in most events, we were very pleased to have (5) entries in F1C. Some used this meet as a tune-up, others chose to preserve their models for the Finals and sat on the sidelines.

The format was not the only unusual factor this year. Negative weather is almost never an issue at this wonderful venue, but the hurricanes off the coast of Mexico and California created some challenges. Fifteen years of experience have given us the confidence to make the claim that at Boulder City, even if the wind blows, it always blows the long direction of the lakebed which makes continuing a contest possible albeit difficult, all the way up to the FAI limit. What we had never encountered was strong wind across the SHORT dimension of the field. I vaguely remember this condition on a practice day about 12 or 13 years ago, but never on a contest day. The unusual wind directions and velocities proved a much bigger challenge later in the week for Finals CD Norm Furatani but for us, the only impact was it delayed our F1B flyoff until Wednesday morning. Otherwise Boulder City for the most part was what we have come to expect, calm and beautiful. Fortunately, all F1B flyoff participants were also Finals participants and were on the field for the entire week.

Sunday is the day that the local modelers come out and join us for P-30 and this year was no exception. Regulars Gerald Antonucci & Robert Hodes had to settle for second & third with newcomer Larry Schwarz taking top honors although a flyoff was required to break an unusual non-max out tie with Gerald. Mike Kellar filled out the local P-30 contingent. It was great to meet Drake Hooke of Newfoundland, PA who was a first time SW FAI competitor and the winner in E-36 over Jack Murphy & Mike Richardson. Faust Parker put up a card of full of maxes as our first F1J contestant in a few years. Mike McKeever posted a 196 in the 5-minute F1H flyoff to best Jim Parker who was unable to get in a flight. Kyle Jones was third with 190 in the 4-minute round. Tiffaney O’Dell & Ryan Jones flew flawlessly through the 5-minute flyoff round in F1G. Tiffaney prevailed on the strength of her Espresso Flyoff tie-breaker flight of a whopping 291. Boulder City resident Tom Ioerger nearly squeaked out a max in the 4-minute round, but fell 6 seconds short and claimed third place. Jim Parker at 235 and Faust Parker at 300 were the other Espresso Flyoff winners in F1H & F1J respectively.

Monday saw (12) F1A, (17) F1B, (5) F1C and (5) F1Q flyers line up for a shot at the glassware and the Mikasa vases that are the perpetual trophies. Don Chesson was the only F1C flyer to max out, with Ron McBurnett 6 seconds back and Faust Parker claiming third. The F1B flyoff that was postponed until Wednesday ended with Alex Andriukov at the top of the list of (9) flyoff participants followed by Tom Vacarro and yours truly in third. In F1A, Kyle Jones topped Jim Parker by 2 seconds and Andrew Barron by several more in the first flyoff that included just those three. Mike Pykelny missed a perfect score by just 2 seconds but still took home top honors in F1Q. Matt Gewain & Jack Murphy followed.

We are grateful to those “regulars” that come to this meet every year. It is always nice to see new faces as well. With the Finals coming up later in the week, there were many. Pete McQuade, Bob Sifleet, Steve Spence and Peter Allnutt were new names on the F1A list. Add Tom Vacarro, Carrol Allen, Walt Ghio & Paul Crowley in F1B, Don Chesson, Ron McBurnett, Faust Parker & Charlie Stiles in F1C and Drake Hooke & Julie Parker in F1Q. Thanks to the Clapps, the Barrons, Blake Jensen & Tiffaney O’Dell and the Jones family who all travel farther than normal to come to this meet. Nice to see Vasyl Bezchasnny again and Chuck Etherington & Jace Pivonka just back from the Junior World Champs.

Finally, a very special thank you to Henning Nyhegn for standing in and providing “table duty” as my usual sidekick and contest manager Bob Beecroft was unable to attend this year. Without Henning’s help, I would not have been able to compete.

In keeping with tradition, when all the receipts are totaled up, the lion’s share of the profit from the 2014 Southwest FAI Challenge will be contributed to the Junior Team Fund.

F1A
Kyle Jones 210 180 180 180 180 180 180 282 1572
Jim Parker 210 180 180 180 180 180 180 280 1570
Andrew Barron 210 180 180 180 180 180 180 195 1485
Pete McQuade 191 180 180 176 180 180 180 1267
Bob Sifleet 210 156 180 180 180 180 180 1266
Brian Van Nes 210 180 180 180 180 180 140 1250
Peter Brocks 200 180 130 180 180 180 180 1230
Mike McKeever 210 180 167 180 180 131 180 1228
Steve Spence 210 180 180 155 96 177 180 1178
Don Zink 202 180 180 180 180 0 0 922
Peter Allnutt 202 180 180 98 180 0 0 840
Vasyl B 210 180 127 97 0 0 0 614

F1B

Alex Andriuko 240 180 180 180 180 180 180 446 1766
Tom Vaccaro 240 180 180 180 180 180 180 384 1704
Bill Booth 240 180 180 180 180 180 180 355 1675
Charlie Jones 240 180 180 180 180 180 180 340 1660
Blake Jensen 240 180 180 180 180 180 180 313 1633
Carrol Allen 240 180 180 180 180 180 180 306 1626
Walt Ghio 240 180 180 180 180 180 180 306 1626
Ryan Jones 240 180 180 180 180 180 180 252 1572
John Clapp 240 180 180 180 180 180 180 0 1320
Jace Piv 210 180 180 180 180 180 157 1297
Roger Morrell 240 180 180 180 123 180 180 1263
Bill Gannon 210 180 180 180 180 180 118 1258
Mike Ric 177 180 180 180 180 180 180 1257
Paul Crowley 181 180 180 168 180 180 180 1249
Rich Rohrke 210 180 180 180 180 180 0 1140
Al Ulm 185 174 179 180 180 180 0 1078
Tom Ioerger 240 180 180 180 180 118 0 1078

F1C

Don Chesson 240 180 180 180 180 180 180 1320
Ron McBurnett 240 174 180 180 180 180 180 1314
Faust Parker 240 180 180 180 107 180 180 1247
Charlie Stile 206 180 180 180 180 180 32 1138
Mike Roberts 240 180 180 0 0 0 0 600

F1Q

Mike Pykelny 178 180 180 180 180 180 180 1258
Matt Gewain 180 180 180 148 180 180 160 1208
Jack Murphy 103 180 180 142 180 149 180 1114
Drake Hooke 173 175 180 142 180 135 0 985
Julie Parker 101 115 122 0 0 0 0 338

F1G

Tiffaney O’Dell120 120 120 120 120 240 300 291 1431
Ryan Jones 120 120 120 120 120 240 300 261 1401
Tom Ioerger 120 120 120 120 120 234 834
Geralyn Jones 120 120 120 120 120 122 722
Peter Brocks 120 120 120 120 120 120 720
Mike Pykelny 120 120 120 114 120 594
John Clapp 120 120 120 97 120 577
Bill Booth 120 120 120 120 94 574
Mike Ric 120 109 102 120 108 559
Jon Zeisloft 0 120 42 22 0 184
Charlie Jones DNF 0
Carroll Allen DNF 0


Free Team ?

From Mike Roberts

I might be missing something; although some people think prior cycle team members get a free ride for the next cycle, this is not the case. You still must pay the fee to enter the program and pay the finals fee, but you are exempt from the necessary accumulation of the 75 minutes. This means only some contests where you would normally pay an entry to gain minutes could financially be affected. The Team Selection Program is unaffected in terms of dollars committed. Colleen P squared me around about the fee requirements this past cycle.

Mike



Fab Feb Packet version 3
The following link has version 3 of the Fab Feb packet with latest updated Ike/Kiwi, North American and Maxmen World Cup Flyers and Entry Information.Info. Get them and send in your entries. This packet has information from FAI Model; Supply about Rubber at Lost Hills. ( No the trees in our neighbor's orchard are not Rubber, it has to be imported from Ohio) For FAI Model Supply like the other suppliers that will be at Lost Hills you should contact them before hand to be sure they will have what you are looking for. This is specially important for rubber that you must order it well before the contest so that sufficient quantities can be sent to Lost Hills well in advance of the events.

http://www.faifreeflight.org/images/stories/contests/Fab-Feb-2015-3.zip


World Cup Results Link

The link to the full World Cup results is at http://www.freeflightnews.org.uk/wcup/WC14/WCP14F1.HTM


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Roger Morrell