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The 2020 FAI Southwest Regionals Model Airplane Championships
The first America’s Cup contest of 2020, the FAI SWR, was held on January 18 and 19 in Eloy, Arizona.
The weather was nearly perfect, just a few clouds but also all blue skies. The temperature in the mornings was 33°F (1°C) but then warmed up to about 72°F (22°C) both days. The wind started out at 9 mph (4 m/s) out of the SSE during the first 2 rounds and then changed to 6 mph (2.7 m/s) or less out of the NNW later on Saturday. For the fly-offs later that day the wind increased again to 10 mph (4.5 m/s) out of the N. On Sunday the wind was out the SSE at 3 to 6mph (1.3-2.7 m/s) earlier and changed to NNW at 8 mph (3.6 m/s) for the fly-offs.

We had 36 sportsmen flying in the 8 FAI events. The contestants were from AZ, CA, CO, MI, NV, OR, TX, UT and VA. We again had Mike Woodhouse flying in from the U.K. We had 5 ladies flying FAI events, Julie Parker (F1S), Tiffaney O’Dell (F1B, F1G), Jasminka Pecenkovic (F1A) and also Adelaide Ulm (F1A) and Skylar Donnelly (F1B) who are FAI Juniors. They will both be on the USA Team for the Junior World Championships in Romania in August of this year.

On Saturday F1Q was won with a max-out by Tom Ioerger with Jack Murphy in 2nd   place. Combined F1C/P had only 2 entries with Faust Parker (F1C) beating Mike Fedor (F1P). F1A had 12 flying. After 5 rounds there were 5 maxed out. Only 3 made the 6-minute fly-off. Jim Parker, Enes Pecenkovic and Jim Farmer then attempted the 8-minute flight in which Jim Farmer dropped out.  But then in the 3rd F1A fly-off round Jim Parker won 1st place, with Enes Pecencovic in 2nd and Jim Farmer in 3rd place. Adelaide Ulm, a Junior, dropped only 5 seconds in the 5 rounds for a respectable 6th place.  F1B had 10 flyers, 6 were clean after 5 rounds. Tiffaney O’Dell won F1B by being the only one maxing the 6-minute fly-off round, Blake Jensen was 2nd and Jerry Fitch 3rd.

On Sunday we flew F1G, F1H, F1J and F1S in 5 rounds. F1G had 9 flyers with 3 in the fly-off. Tiffaney won the F1G Bear trophy by maxing the fly-off with Walt Ghio in 2nd and Jerry Fitch in 3rd place. In F1H we had 4 participants. Here Blake Jensen won the F1H Bear in the 4th fly-off round with Brian Van Nest coming in 2nd and Ken Bauer then in 3rd place. 5 participated in F1J. Only Guy Mennano and Mike Fedor maxed out. Guy won the 2nd fly-off which gave him the F1J Bear with Mike then in 2nd place. Glenn Schneider was 3rd in F1J. In F1S, the small electric event, we had 8 flying and 6 maxed out in the 5 rounds. The F1S fly-off went just for one round trying to make 2 minutes on a 5 second motor run. Clint Brooks was the only one making the 2 minutes to win the F1S Bear trophy. George Morris was 2nd and Charlie Morris 3rd.

A big thank you to all participants and to Rich Lyon and my wife Brigitte who all made this contest a memorable event.

Peter Brocks, CD

RESULTS 2020 FAI SOUTHWEST REGIONALS AT ELOY, ARIZONA

January 18-20, 2020                                          AMA Sanction # 9394

F1A                                              FO   FO   FO   FO        Total
1  Jim Parker             180  180  180  180  180  360  480  266         2006
2  Enes Pecenkovic        180  180  180  180  180  360  480  213         1953
3  Jim Farmer             180  180  180  180  180  360  386              1646
4  Brian Van Nest         180  180  180  180  180  260                   1160
5  Shlomi Rosenzweig      180  180  180  180  180   63                    963
6  Adelaide Ulm       Jr  180  180  180  175  180                         895
7  Mike McKeever          180  180  180  159  180                         879
8  Ken Bauer              180  180  180  156  180                         876
9  Peter Brocks           180  120  180  180  180                         840
10  Jasminka Pecenkovic    180  180  180  115  180                         835
11  Risto Puhakka           39  180  180  180  180                         759
12  Gene Ulm               180  180  180  180    0                         720

F1B                                              FO   FO   FO   FO        Total
1  Tiffaney O’Dell        180  180  180  180  180  360                   1260
2  Blake Jensen           180  180  180  180  180  302                   1202
3  Jerry Fitch            180  180  180  180  180  254                   1154
4  Mike Davis             180  180  180  180  180  232                   1132
5  Mike Richardson        180  180  180  180  180  194                   1094
6  Larry Norvall          180  180  180  180  180  186                   1086
7  Walt Ghio              180  180  180  152  180                         872
8  Mike Woodhouse   GBR   180  180  180  149  180                         869
8  Paul Crowley           180  180  149  180  180                         869
10  Skylar Donnelly     J  171  158  180  126  180                         815

F1C/P                                            FO   FO   FO   FO        Total
1  Faust Parker     F1C   180  180  180  180  180                         900
2  Mike Fedor       F1P   180  180  160  180   DNF                        700

F1Q                                              FO   FO   FO   FO        Total
1  Tom Ioerger            180  180  180  180  180                         900
2  Jack Murphy            180  180  180  152  180                         872

F1G                                              FO   FO   FO   FO        Total
1  Tiffaney O’Dell        120  120  120  120  120  180                    780
2  Walt Ghio              120  120  120  120  120  178                    778
3  Jerry Fitch            120  120  120  120  120  134                    734
4  Alan Petersen          120  120  120  120  117                         597
5  Mike Richardson        120  120  120  120  106                         586
6  Mike Pykelny           111   84  120  117  120                         552
7  Tom Ioerger            120  120  120  120   37                         517
8  Mike Davis             120  120  120    9  120                         489
9  Peter Brocks           120  116   DN  DNF   DNF                        236

F1H                                              FO   FO   FO   FO        Total
1  Blake Jensen           120  120  120  120  120  180  240  300  269    1589
2  Brian Van Nest         120  120  120  120  120  180  240  300   36    1356
3  Ken Bauer              120  120  120  120  120  180  240   21         1041
4  Jim Parker             120  116  120   91  120                         567

F1J                                              FO   FO   FO   FO        Total
1  Guy Mennano            120  120  120  120  120  300  232              1132
2  Mike Fedor             120  120  120  120  120  300  139              1039
3  Glenn Schneider        120  120  118  120  120                         598
4  Faust Parker           120  120  120  120   89                         569
5  Mike McKeever           90   DN   DN   DN   DNF                         90

F1S                                              FO   FO   FO   FO        Total
1  Clint Brooks           120  120  120  120  120  120                    720
2  George Morris          120  120  120  120  120  115                    715
3  Charlie Morris         120  120  120  120  120  107                    707
4  Robert Donnelly        120  120  120  120  120  100                    700
5  Stan Buddenbohm        120  120  120  120  120   58                    658
6  Jack Murphy            120  120  120  120  120   49                    649
7  Larry Norvall          112  120  120  117  120                         589
8  Julie Parker           120      95    120  120                         575

LH & FF
Reports from Lost Hills indicate that the pre-Christmas rain has motivated the grass to grow, …. Well not everywhere, it is Lost Hills but it is looking good.

Entry count for Fab Feb over 130