In a normal, non-Covid-impacted year, contest directors across USA as well as Canada would offer several F3P indoor aerobatic contests during the “winter” indoor flying season. Contests have been known to be held in the Toronto, Canada region, as well as New York State and Maryland, USA areas. This winter (of 2020-2021) has the unfortunate Covid-adverse-impact effectively reducing or totally eliminating typical opportunities to fly indoors in general, let alone run a contest. As of 11/30/20, there are no general F3P contests scheduled in the USA/Canada region.
The 2021 F3P world indoor precision aerobatic championship event, intended to be done in Romania, has been cancelled due to current Sars-CoV 2, commonly referred to as the Covid pandemic, situation.
USA F3P team trials, to select the USA team at the worlds’ F3P event in 2021 scheduled for May 8th, 2021 from 12pm to 8pm local time, at the Sparta Dome in Crowne Point, Indiana, USA, has been completed! Ray Morton, the contest director, has provided the following results:
A total of 6 pilots entered the Team Selection contest and 3 pilots entered the aero-musicals (AFM). Don Szczur, Joseph Szczur, Greyson Pritchett, Albert (AC) Glenn, David Lockhart, and Ben Batts for the Team Selection and Joseph Szczur, Greyson Pritchett and Ben Batts for aero-musicals. Thanks to Scott Brownewell, the venue was perfect for flying the Team Selection contest, with high ceilings and no obstructions. There was even extra time provided prior to the event for the pilots to practice, and I believe they took advantage of every single minute.
Because of the time constraints, pilots and judges present elected to fly 3 rounds of AP-21, drop the lowest round and carry the normalized average of the two highest rounds into the final; followed by 2 rounds of AF-21 with the lowest of the 3 scores dropped for the final score to select the team. One exciting round of AFM was also flown as well after the F3P awards ceremony.
Here are the results:
First, here is a table of flight times for each pilot for each round:
AP-21 Preliminary Rounds, Normalized Scores:
|Pilot||Round1||Round 2||Round 3||Sum||Normalized|
AF-21 Final Rounds Normalized Scores:
|Pilot||AP-21||AF-21 Round 1||AF-21 Round 2||Sum|
|AFM Pilot||Round 1|
Ray Morton wishes to thank all the pilots and volunteers that made this event happen. Overall, it was a distinct pleasure to CD this event and observe these fantastic pilots perform with their beautiful airplanes. The USA team should be fielding a very strong team going into the 2021 World Championships.
Congratulations to the 2021 USA F3P Team:
Joseph Szczur, AC Glenn, Ben Batts, Greyson Pritchett (Junior) and David Lockhart as the alternate
F3P World Competition:
The current 2021 FAI F3P World Championship for Indoor Aerobatic Model Aircraft international contest was originally scheduled for February 21-27, 2021 to be held in Bucuresti, Romania. However, due to adverse-Covid-related impacts, that event has been postponed and re-scheduled to be held on November 21-27, 2021 in the same region as approved by the CIAM for F3P. This information can be found at: https://www.fai.org/page/ciam-events?upcoming=1&f%5B0%5D=field_discipline_task_list_map%253Afield_sport%3A28&f%5B1%5D=fai_event_year%3A2021&display=list#event-182671