2018 Mini-judging seminairs
The following links download the 14 mini-judging seminairs we plan to use for judging moments at contest throughout the district in 2018. One segment discussed at each district contest, with a different segment at each contest throughout the season. Each seminair can be split in two parts with one part presented at the Saturday pilots meeting and the second part at the Sunday pilots meeting at the desgression of the CD to fit the time alloted if necessary.
D6 Point Series Champions for 2017
Intermediate: Dave Schaefer
Advance: Nick Marson
Masters: Clifton Bradford
FAI: Mark Hunt
2018 Revised District Point Rules have been posted on the Home page.
LARKS has puiblished the flyer for their 2018 pattern contest to be held April 21st & 22nd; LARKS Flyer
Winter Contests in Phoenix
Feb 24-25: Arizona Model Aviators, CD Gary Switala
Mar 3-4: East Valley Aviators, CD John Bentley
Saturday Nov 11th
Sheldon Reyher test flew his new Caressa (first Caressa to fly in the USA) at the Dixie field with Bryan Hebert. Bryan also flew the maiden flight of his new Alchemy with the YS 200 in it. More info coming on this in my article in the december K-Factor, along with pictures.
D6 season has ended for 2017
2017 Cajun Nats
An excellent 3 day contest with 35 entries this year. Weather was beautiful but rather warm. the competition was really close and we managed 6 rounds of competition. Pizza night was great with Bryan Hebert playing guitar and singing. The gumbo hit the spot friday night even though it was in th 80's. Mark Hunt put on an excellent talk about light weight building materis and their strength components. Saturday night banquet was really nice with plenty of Catfish Coubillion and fried catfish.
Flying was awesome with some great competition in all classes. We presented trophies thru 4th place this year.
When you buy from the companies that advertise in the K-Factor or on the NSRCA web site, please be sure to let them know you see their advertising here and appreciate their support of our organization. Let them also know if you have recommended them to other pilots in your aera of influence. We need all the advertising support we can get, and they need to know their advertising is getting reconition and paying off in sales.
The AMA contest board has had the finaal vote on the AMA Rule proposals
RCA 18-02C1 To remove the weight limits on Intermediate. PASSED (7 to 4)
RCA 18-03 Advancement rule change to allow contestant to drop back one class at the start of each year. PASSED (11 to 0)
RCA 18-04 To allow non-downgradable correction after a spin. FAILED (3 to 8)
RCA 18-05 To allow Sportsman to maneuver out of the box at will. FAILED (0 to 11)
RCA 18-06 To allow use of TBL for any class that has at least 5 judges and 5 contestants. PASSED (7 to 4)
RCA 18-07 Modification to the Matrix system as used at the Nats when there large number of entries for Masters or FAI. PASSED (11 to 0)
RCA 18-08 Remove the supplemental classification of the Sportsman class. PASSED (11 to 0)
RCA 18-09 Change the voltage limit for batteries to 52 volts. FAILED (2 to 9)
RCA 18-10 Complete rework of the Matrix system for F3A and Masters. FAILED (2 to 9)
Voting for District Vice President is open
The District VP elections are open for casting your vote thru the end of December. I am running unoppsed as no one else submitted their name this year. Please cast your vote just to make it official. Voting starts Dec 1st and runs through Dec 31st.
Purposed New Sequences for 2018-19
The new sequences for 2018 and 2019 have been approved and published on the NSRCA web site and in the K-Factor.
College Station Contest
College Station hosted their annual contest with 29 entries. Scott McCarg did an excellent job as CD, and the club members were awesome hosts. The BBQ Saturday evening was excellent, and the band did an excellent job of entertaining. The flying was great as the weather was good throughout the event.
The cool breeze helped control the heat and even presented a challenge at times but overall a great experience.
Steve Kessler lost his plane on the 4th round Sunday morning and it took a lot of searching to locate it. Luis Meza had a wiring issue when the wires to his ESC rubbed on some carbon fiber and shorted out, but the ESC shut down and didn't cause any furthur damage. Mark Hunt appeared to have dropped a magnet in his motor after the 3rd round. He flew the 4th round with Don Ramsey's plane and still took first place in FAI.
Many of the results were closse in the end and made for a really great contest.
Just heard from Jeff Carder that the Alamogordo contest is back on for Sept 30-Oct1. Alamogordo is less than an hour north of El Paso just off I-10. Come on out!
5th Prairie Dog Pattern Classic
Brighton, CO - August 19th & 20th. Update 8/15: Anticipate a Saturday only contest due to light participation. Contact George Kerr Kerr 303-886-9843 or Joe Pirozzoli 303-906-2600 for details. East facing field so plenty of time for judging clinic while waiting for the sun.
32 Annual Roadrunner Classic
Albuquerque- September 16-17. Host Club: Rocky Mountain Flying Machine at club field out near the Route 66 Casino. Gathering at John Gayer's house on Saturday after flying.
Flying all classes from Sportsman through F3A. The plan is to fly P19 for the entire contest. There will not be a Finals sequence flown, just six rounds of P19. If there is anyone planning to come that objects to flying next years’ sequence, please let me know soon. This notice supersedes the flyer which still shows P17. As we have for the past six years, we will be flying an unknown on Sunday morning. The sequence will be between Advanced and Masters in difficulty and there is handicapping for classes below masters. There is no separate entry fee and the only prize is you get your name added to the permanent trophy and bragging rights, such as they are, for the next year.
The site opened for practice starting Friday July 22nd. There was an NSRCA general membership meeting on the Thursday evening of the Nationals. The meeting was well attended with a cash bar and free snacks. The district VP's gave their district reports, the new sequences were discussed, and the floor was opened to input from the general membership.
The B-52 was very impressive. Man that is a really large airplane. We were able to get up close to it and watching it start up and take off was awesome.
The competition went really well, and the Banquet was very enjoyable. Ron Chidgey was honored for all his accompliahments and efforts he put into the sport. The food was really good, with a nice variety in the buffet. The auction went over well and generated over $2,000 going toward the cost of the Nationals. Awards for Sportsman, Intermediate, and Advanced were presented. The finalist in Masters and FAI were announced and the Unknowns for the FAI finals were generated at the banquet.
The Masters and the first half of the FAI finals went off smothly on Saturday morning. The second half of the FAI finals was moved to show center with demonstrations for the spectators. Quite a presentation. Mike Harrison and Al Glenn did an excellent job preparing for this event. All the site directors, line chiefs, and volunteers for the weigh ins and sound test helped pull it all together and made for a wonderful event.
Georgetown had an excellent turnout for their local contest. Twenty entries with Intermediate being the largest class with 8 pilots. The competition was close and hotly contested in each class. Flying started off a little late due to rain showers, but they keep the temperature down to a cool 85ish instead of the normal 100 degree tempoerature usually experienced.Winds shiffted througout the contest but most rounds were flown right to left as the winds mostly favored the North.
Then there is Sheldon's plane, note the grass in the rudder hinge line at the top of the rudder. Could this possibly be a sign of excessively low inverted flight?
Colorado Pattern Challenge
Report by Joe Pirozzoli: On June 24 – 25, 2017, the Arvada Associated Modelers hosted their 8th annual 2-day, pattern contest. There was a record-setting 19 competitors, in 6 classes. It was a great group of competitors including 10 from the local Denver area and 9 far and wide: 2 from Utah (Salt Lake area), 3 from Albuquerque, NM, 1 from Alamogordo, NM, 2 from Pueblo, CO and 1 from Grand Junction, CO. The weather was a bit uncharacteristic for this time-of-year. After a week of 90+ degree temps and sunny skies, the weekend was unseasonably cool and cloudy. High temps only reached the low 70’s and, for the most part, the skies were overcast. Early mornings were a chilly 50 degrees. Fortunately, the wind stayed lightly variable at 10 mph or less but provided challenge by being direct crosswind most of the contest. Photo below: Lee Jay Fingersh, club photographer.
Arvada Aassociated Modelers continue to bring in great sponsorship from local and global suppliers. Our sponsorship, once again, was nearly $2,000 in prizes and merchandise. No one walked away empty-handed! Partial list of sponsors:
2017 CPC Sponsors
Bob Smith, Inc
Get-together on Saturday evening
Grand Junction Colorado Contest
On the western end of the district, the Grand Junction Colorado contest is scheduled for June 3rd & 4th. Cliff Bradford is the CD. Contestants are confirmed from all around Colorado, Albuquerque NM, and Salt Lake City, UT. Come join us!
Grand Junction Modeleers Website: http://gjmodeleers.com/rcclub/
Info on Field Location and Contest Flyer is HERE
Jetero Contest (Huffman, Tx)
The Jetero RC Club pattern contest is coming up June 3rd & 4th at their field near Huffman TX. The site is in the middle of a sod farm so there is lots of open area, plenty of covered pit area, and a large air conditioned room with a kitchen for the concession area. Really nice facility with a well maintained large grass runway. John Forestieri is the CD and has done a great job on past events. This is usually a well attended event. Information can be found on the Jetero club web site at www.jetero.com
Make plans to attend and enjoy the weekend.
Atchafalaya (Dixie) Contest
The Atchafalaya contest was held last weekend, May 20th & 21st. Always a very competitive contest, this year was no different. The competition was fierce. Friday evening after practice the Fried Catfish dinner for the contestants at the flying site with cole slaw and french fries really hit the spot.
On Saturday 18 pilots managed to get in 5 rounds of competition and due to the impending weather forecast for Sunday throphies were awarded. The traditional boiled crawfish dinner, was delicious. All in all it was a great event.
Space City Contest
The Space City contest in Katy Texas was May 6th & 7th. The weather was awesome. 32 pilots competed. FAI was a hot event and ended with Mark Hunt beating Paul by less than 20 points. Intermediate was also a hotly contested class as positions changed throughout the event.
Mark Hunt presented the judging seminar with Chuck Hochhalter illustrating maneuvers and downgrades with two stick planes. The presentation was informative and entertaining. Many questions were asked and answered, and everyone was intentive and engaged throughout the entire session.
The sad news is we had a midair. Ron Barr"s Allure collided with Howard Moore's Evo on the last flight of the contest. The Evo was totally destroyed, and Ron's Allure lost about half of it's left wing panel, but Ron managed to get it back to the runway and on the ground.
We have a contingent of about 5 new Sportsman pilots this year. Three of which are flying the Kaos 60, a forth a sport plane and the fifth is flying an Allure (he is a returning pattern pilot who has been out of flying pattern for about 20 years).
Congratulations to Mr. Don Ramsey!
Don was selected as USA judge for the 2017 F3A World Championships in Argentina this November!
D6 Guys go to D7
Cliff Bradford, John Gayer, Dan Underkofler and Jeff Worsham broke the winter cabin pattern fever and trekked out to Phoenix for the Desert Pattern Challenge March 4-5 at East Valley Aviators in Apache Junction, AZ. Most years, the drive from Albuquerque to Phoenix has some kind of weather- this year it was snow in the Arizona mountains, along with some heavy fog. With a cold snowy drive, it was hard to believe a green desert and sunny 65 degree Arizona flightline would be waiting for us. Cliff decided to arrive early and get some extra practice- like sometime last November! So he was already there, John and Jeff arrived Wednesday prior, and Dan came along once 50-60 mph winds subsided allowing safe travel in a motorhome. But the flying weather was great once we all got there! And the field was in great shape. They had re-worked the dirt runway by bringing in new soil and adding “soil-lock” compound. After regrading and packing, the surface was much like concrete in terms of stiffness. No issues or damage to any planes flying off this runway. Results from the contest are here. The D6 guys flew well and as always had a great time with the guys from D7. On top of all the fun in flying, Kirt and Andrea Campbell hosted a Saturday evening get together at their home which was worth the trip in itself! Something about Dale Olstinski helping in the kitchen and Jon Carter mixing “Roadies,” the D7 drink of champions- always a good time! Eric Gagnon (EVA Club Member) took professional quality pics all weekend long. They are posted here.
LARKS (Sulphur) Contest: LARKS hosted it's contest with 19 entries. The weather forecast seemed to affect the number of entries, but we did not get the rains forecast. There was a short rain shower on Saturday that lasted about 15 minutes and other than the strong winds flying conditions were acceptable. We started on Friday evening with about 12 pilots showing up for practice, and the Juding seminair at the evenings dinner of Bar-B-Qued Brisket with all the trimmings. The event went really well.
For results click here: LARKS Contest Results
Austin RC Association hosted it's annual pattern contest. Winds were high, but everyone endured and no planes were lost dispite the conditions. With 25 entries the classes were faily evenly split. Sportsman sported 3 new to pattern and for the fourth one this was his third contest. All Sportsman flew sport aerobatic planes. The club provided an excellent brisket dinner Saturday evening.
Competition in FAI was intense, and considering the wind conditiones these guys made it look easy. All in all an excellent event.
Sportsman & Intermediate Clinics
GAMA in Georgetown, Tx Hosted their clinic March 25th. Chuck Hochhater & Art Wagner were the lead instructors with Rene Grebe as the CD. AC Glenn assisted and flew demonstration, and Leslie Hochhalter handled scoring.
By: Rene Grebe
This year we had a really good attendance with a total of 14 showing up. 2 participants only wanted to listen w/o flying, 7 enter as Sportsman and 5 in Intermediate.
We were lucky also that we had plenty of top flyers that came to help. Art Wagner, Chuck Hochhalter, A.C. Glenn and Wayne Galligan were present.
We provided a hand out to all participants with a printout of the Power Point presentation and copy of the maneuvers description. Also we give a copy of yourjudging moment print out and some notes about clinic subjects.
Because of the Sun, pattern flying is not possible early in the day, we started the clinic at about 9AM. Art explained the importance of plane setup, basic trimming and went over the proper geometry, throttle management, etc. Chuck touched on basic procedures on a contest day. It was followed with open questions time on different topics.
Art and A.C. did a couple of demonstration flights of both sequences.
We had hamburgers for lunch with 3 rounds of flights later and the scores tabulation expertly done, as always, by Leslie Hochhalter.
We really had a successful clinic, everybody felt free to ask question and clarifications. I wanted to thank everybody involved, especially Art, A.C., Chuck, Leslie, Wayne and the GAMA club that allow this event to continue even though it losses money every year.
Rene Grebe, CD
Contest results click here: Clinic results
More information to come on this clinic, be sure to check out the article in the May K-Factor.
LARKS in Sulphur, LA is hosting their clinic April 1st. Mark Hunt will be the lead instructor with Monroe Michaels as the CD.
Notice by Monroe Michaels;
The LARKS hosted their Sportsman & Intermediate clinic on April 1st. There were 2 new to the soprt Sportsman pilots and 4 Intermediate. The weather was beautiful and we started the clinic sitting under the pavillion. Monroe asked everyone to introduce themself and give a history of their modeling experience. This went so well that it seemed like we were just a group of friends and family sitting on the back porch catching up with old times. Really made for a relaxing atmoshere.
Mark did and excellent job on the presentation. His method of rudder control makes such great since and impressed everyone on the importance of this critical skill. After a lunch break with Subway sandwiches and homemade cookies, we came to the flying portion oft he clinic. In true pattern contest fashion the winds had picked up to 18 mph gusting to 25, quartering into our face. mark made an amazing demo flight talking thru his control inputs and corrections that impressed everyone. Both Sportsman pilots and one of the Intermediate pilots attempted flights. This really impressed on them the importance of learning rudder control as each was pushed in almost on top of themselves.
All in all an excellent experience.
Both clinics offer a wealth of knowledge and a chance to get one on one coaching from experienced pilots.
If you fly, or if you're interrested in flying, in one of these classes then you really should make one or both of these clinics.
News Flash: The New Berlin contest scheduled for Mar 11 & 12th HAS BEEN CANCELED
Due to rains and flooding in the vecinity of the flying site.
Chuck will be scheduling his September contest as the replacement. More info to come.
RC Clubs in D6 that sponsor pattern contest:
Arvada Colorado – Arvada Associated Modelers - Contact Ted Hughes, CD Joe Pirozzoli, web site: http://www.arvadamodelers.com/
Brighton Colorado – Miniature Aero Sporsters - Contact Jeffery Osborn, CD Larry Ott, Web site: http://www.miniatureaerosportsters.org/
Grand Junction Colorado – Grand Junction Modeleers - Contact Lee Simcox, CD Cliff Bradford, web site: http://gjmodeleers.com/rcclub/
Crowley Louisiana – Rice Area Modelers Society (RANS) - Contact Jon Martin, CD Monte Richard, web site: http://www.ramsrcflyers.com/
Sulphur Louisiana – Lake Area Radio Kontrol Society (LARKS) - Contact Thomas Rowe, CD Monroe Michaels, web site: http://larksrc.org/
Albuquerque New Mexico – Rock Mountain Flying Machine - Contact Jeff Hill, CD John Gayer, Web site: http://www.rmfm.club/
Austin Texas – Austin Radio Control Association - Contact John Eshbaugh, CD Howard Moore, web site: http://www.austinrc.org/pls/apex/f?p=rc5:home:0
College Station Texas – Brazos Valley RC Modelers - Contact Terry Hix, CD Scott McHarg, web site: http://flybvrc.com/
Georgetown Texas – Georgetown Aero Modelers Assn. (GAMA) - Contact CD Rene Grebe, web site: http://gamarc.org/
Huffman Texas – Jetero RC Club - Contact Albert Ponton, CD John Foriestier, web site: http://www.jetero.com/
Katy Texas – Space City RC Club - Contact John Blackmon, CD John Blackmon, web site: http://spacecityrc.com/
New Berlin Texas – New Berlin Sky Raiders – Contact Mark Vicento, CD Chuck Hochhalter, web site: http://pages.suddenlink.net/donramsey/