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  1. The 2021 FAI Southwest Regionals Model Airplane Championships
  2. Flyoffs.
  3. Back in the good old days
  4. Fab Feb FollowUp
  5. Heads up for SoCal  locals
  6. San Valeers Annual

The 2021 FAI Southwest Regionals Model Airplane Championships

The first America’s Cup contest of 2021, the FAI SWR, was held on January 16 and 17 in Eloy, Arizona.
The weather was perfect, mostly all blue skies. The temperature in the mornings was 35°F (2°C) but then warmed up to about 73°F (23°C) both days. The wind speed on both days was 3 mph (1.3 m/s) to 10 mph (4.4 m/s). The wind direction was out of the SSE during the first 3 rounds, then changing direction, coming out of the NNW after noon to the fly-offs.

The Covid-19 pandemic caused the entry numbers to be down by 30% compared to previous years. We still had 25 competitors flying in the 8 FAI events. The contestants were from AZ, CA, CO, KS, NV, TN, TX, UT and WA. We had 5 ladies flying FAI events, Julie Parker (F1Q, F1S), Janna Van Nest (F1S), Myra Morris (F1S), Jasminka Pecenkovic (F1A) and Skylar Donnelly (F1B, F1S) – she is a FAI Junior and she will be on the USA Team for the Junior World Championships in France in August of this year.
On Saturday F1Q was won by Jack Murphy with Julie Parker in 2nd   place and Rich Wegener in 3rd. Combined F1C/P had only 2 entries with Faust Parker (F1C) beating Mike Fedor (F1P) by 9 seconds. F1A had 9 flying. After 5 rounds there were 6 maxed out. 4 made the 6-minute fly-off. Jim Parker, Jim Farmer, Risto Puhakka and Peter Brocks then attempted the 8-minute flight in which Risto dropped. For the 8 minute flight the windspeed had increased a bit. All 3 that made it had long retrievals. Peter Brocks’ mechanical M&K long wing copy dt’ed at 7:46 and landed at 8:08 and flew 1.8 miles (2.9km). But then, at about 4:40 pm, in the 3rd, 10 minute F1A fly-off round Jim Parker won 1st place, with Jim Farmer in 2nd and Peter in 3rd place. F1B had 3 flyers. Jerry Fitch won F1B by being the only one maxing-out and Walt Ghio dropping the last round by 10 seconds for 2nd place. Our Junior, Skylar Donnelly, did well by maxing the first 3 rounds.

On Sunday we flew F1G, F1H, F1J and F1S in 5 rounds. F1G had 7 flyers with 4 in the fly-off. Don DeLoach won the F1G Bear trophy by winning the 2nd fly-off round with Walt Ghio in 2nd and Brian Van Nest in 3rd place. In F1H we had only 2 participants. Here Jim Parker won the F1H Bear maxing in the fly-off round with Mike Fedor coming in 2nd. 4 participated in F1J. Only Faust Parker maxed out winning the F1J Bear. Mike Fedor was 2nd in F1J and Mike McKeever came into 3rd place. In F1S, the small electric event, we had 10 flying and 8 maxed out in the 5 rounds. The F1S fly-off went for two rounds trying first to make 2 minutes and then 3 minutes on a 5 second motor run. Myra Morris was the only one making the 3 minutes to win the F1S Bear trophy. Jack Murphy was 2nd and Robert Donnelly 3rd.
A big thank you to all participants and to Rich Lyon and my wife Brigitte who all made this contest a memorable, happy event.

Peter Brocks, CD


RESULTS 2021 FAI SOUTHWEST REGIONALS AT ELOY, ARIZONA

January 16-18, 2021        Peter Brocks, CD    AMA Sanction No. 10696

F1A                                        F   F   F        Total
1  Jim Parker           180 180 180 180 180 360 480 380    2120
2  Jim Farmer           180 180 180 180 180 360 480 313    2053
3  Peter Brocks         180 180 180 180 180 360 480 196    1936
4  Risto Puhakka        180 180 180 180 180 360 392        1652
5  Brian Van Nest       180 180 180 180 180 259            1159
6  Mike McKeever        180 180 180 180 180 107            1007
7  Enes Pecenkovic  BIH 180 180 134 180 180                 854
8  Steve Spence         180 165 180 162 161                 848
9  Jasminka PecenkovBIH 180 180 180 122 180                 842

F1B                                      5                  Total
1  Jerry Fitch          180 180 180 180 180                 900
2  Walt Ghio            180 180 180 180 170                 890
3  Skylar Donnelly  Jr  180 180 180 120 155                 815

F1C/P                                    5                  Total
1  Faust Parker     F1C 180 180 180 171 180                 891
2  Mike Fedor       F1P 167 175 180 180 180                 882

F1Q                                      5                  Total
1  Jack Murphy          180 180 180 154 144                 838
2  Julie Parker         160 180 180 180   8                 708
3  Rich Wegener         160 164 180   D   DNF               504

F1G                                        F   FO           Total
1  Don DeLoach          120 120 120 120 120 180 208         988
2  Walt Ghio            120 120 120 120 120 180 196         976
3  Brian Van Nest       120 120 120 120 120 180 149         929
4  Peter Brocks         120 120 120 120 120 119             719
5  Jerry Fitch          120 120 120 120  84                 564
6  Alan Petersen         81 100  69  74 120                 444
7  Chuck Powell          81   D   D   D   DNF                81

F1H                                        FO               Total
1  Jim Parker           120 120 120 120 120 180             780
2  Mike Fedor           120 120 120 120 120 130             730

F1J                                      5                  Total
1  Faust Parker         120 120 120 120 120                 600
2  Mike Fedor           120 120 120 120  68                 548
3  Mike McKeever         98 120 118     120                 456
4  Neal Menanno         120 120   D   D   DNF               240

F1S                                        F   F   F        Total
1  Myra Morris          120 120 120 120 120 120 180         900
2  Jack Murphy          120 120 120 120 120 120 141         861
3  Robert Donnelly      120 120 120 120 120 120 138         858
4   George Morris       120 120 120 120 120 120 117         837
5  Skylar Donnelly  Jr  120 120 120 120 120 120 113         833
6  Julie Parker         120 120 120 120 120  96             696
6  Allan Mecham         120 120 120 120 120  96             696
8  Charles Morris       120 120 120 120 120  15             615
9  Janna Van Nest       120 120 120 113  54                 527
10 Richard Wegener       50 120  95 105 120                 490


Flyoffs.

From:Michael J Woodhouse
Regarding fly offs we appear to have reached with Aram’s idea an “angels dancing on the head of a pin” scenario. In other words, with all that math a subject of enquiry which has little or no value!

Michael Woodhouse
Mike@freeflightsupplies.co.uk


Back in the good old days

Editor
That’s when I was just a simple sportsman and not a full time professional sportsman like now. At work,  I was heavily involved on product and service innovation for some large and respected companies.  If anyone had suggested that the  solution to complex problem was to introduce more complexity they would have been ejected  from the room!

Way back they processed every F1B motor before the contest and they put a special tag on them etc which the time keeper had to check. Extremely expensive in terms of manpower and time and did not prove anything.  Now they spot check and do the winners, the potential for being DQ’d keeps those honest who need being kept being kept honest.  Like Gil and Alex said you have to wind your own motor but there is probably not need to have to wind it right in front of the time keeper.  I have seen various degrees on competence and confusion around this at even the best run World Champs.  A wandering CD or his helper will keep people honest. If we see Alex (or Oleg, Stepan, Evgeny, Igor, …) running up and down the line winding and  collecting a C-Note each time  it will be very obvious.  There are parallels in the other classes, such as actually doing the towing or starting the motor, …

So keep it simple and if solution is complicated think laterally and look for the elephant in the room.


Fab Feb FollowUp

The Fab Feb events for Feb won’t be held as was announced earlier in an earlier SEN.  The organizes are working on rescheduling for the October-November time frame.  Potentially this would include World Cup status.  This depends on finding appropriate dates and the covid situation.  On the latter hopefully the vaccines and other actions will improve the situation by then.  If you are far away enough from California that you would have to fly there, missed the Fab  Feb and would consider going if “things are better”,  reply to this SEN with a brief note. The note won’t be published unless you ask for it to be.


Heads up for SoCal  locals

There will be/may be  a big R/C glider event at Perris on Feb 28 and on April 24th and 25th .
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San Valeers Annual

With FAI and AMA events at Lost Hills 10 an 11 April