SEN 2777 - Sierra, Kotuku and more

SEN 2777
Sierra, Kotuku and more

1. This weekend at Lost Hills
2. Message from Mike
3 .44th Annual Sierra Cup
5. 2021 Sympo


This weekend at Lost Hills

Starting with F1E tomorrow
Temp and Wind forecasts look good


Message from Mike

Hi Sportsman,

Just thought I'd discuss the upcoming Sierra Cup generally with some thoughts on Covid protocol.

I will be getting to Lost Hills Wednesday morning prior to our first event on the hill Thursday.  Peter Brocks has graciously agreed to run the F1E event on Thursday.

I expect entries to be down from last year's 250 flyers (a little sarcasm in that comment).  We will not have our usual contingent from Canada unless they sneak over the border.  I also do not expect many to travel from the East Coast and in fact they have a contest at Waywanda on the same weekend.  That said I have heard from several flyers on the West Coast and I am hopeful we will have a reasonable turnout of flyers given the times we live in.

There will be some Covid precautions in place.  I will be available for sign-up at the trailer.  The AMA forms will be on the table and pens available (along with sanitizer) for folks to sign up, exchange some entry fee for a card(s) that they will retain throughout their event.  Scores will be verbally given by either a timer or flyer from a safe distance (6 feet or more)at convenient times throughout the day's event. (no need to report after each round but don't wait until the end).  Masks are available at sign-in or on request and are expected to be worn in the event appropriate social distancing is not available.  Please try to bring exact change or a check for entry or at least no hundred dollar bills. Please attempt to maintain social distancing on the flight lines (no poles).  Hopefully we can continue to fly from the three lines set up a year ago for the World Champs, unless the sheep have developed a taste for our markers in which case flags will be used to designate the line for the events being flown.

I look forward to seeing you all and please feel free to call or text should you have any questions.

Mike McKeever-CD Sierra Cup 


The details again in case you forgot


44th Annual Sierra Cup
An FAI Free Flight America’s Cup Event
October 8-12, 2020
Sponsored by the Southern California Aero Team
Lost Hills, California, USA

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, October 8
F1E On the hill starting at 10 AM Peter Brocks is the Contest Director.
Saturday, October 10 F1A, F1B, F1C, F1Q, F1P
Seven one hour rounds flown from a line as opposed to poles beginning at 8 AM with extended maxes to 240 seconds for the first and second rounds, Fly offs to be scheduled following regular rounds. Any fly offs required in any event after Saturday will be flown at 7 AM prior to the start of the Kotuku Cup “Big” events.

Monday, October 12 The “Mini” Events F1G F1H F1J and F1S
The Mini Events will be combined with the Kotuku Cup Mini Events (two distinct contests). There will be five 90 minute rounds in which to fly in both contests (one round in each contest per round for a total of two flights per round). Kotuku Cup flies first each round and will have the first round timed to the ground as a tie breaker. Sierra Cup will have fly offs after the Kotuku Cup is concluded.
General Rules: The contest will be run to current FAI rules and Sporting Code. No motor flapping is allowed. This is a time one/fly one format so buddy up with a fellow competitor for timing. FAI stamp is required for the Big events if flying for World Cup Points.
Speed limit on all roads is 20 miles per hour for dust mitigation.
Do not climb trees to retrieve models.
Covid 19 protocols will be in place and there will be a flyer with rules.
Mike McKeever-CD (916) 390-3212 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Entry Fees: F1A, F1B F1C F1Q, F1E $35 F1G F1H F1J F1P and F1S $15
Junior fees are $5 for any event.

Oct 9th - 12th , 2020 at Lost Hills Field, CA.
Sponsored by Southern California Aero Team

Friday, Oct 9th KOTUKU CUP F1E 5 one-hour rounds start at 10:00 am Saturday, October
Sunday, Oct 11th F1A,F1B,F1C,F1P,F1Q
Seven [7] one hour rounds start @ 8:00 AM with extended max times F1A, F1B, F1C, F1P and F1Q -240 seconds 1st ROUND
Remaining round maxes are 180 sec.
Fly off schedule 30 min after end of last round. Event start times will be posted. This is a fly one time one and will be done from a flight line.
Monday OCT 12th F1G, F1H, F1J, F1S
Tie Breaker flight to the ground. F1G 7:30- 7:40; F1H 7:45-7:55; F1S & F1J 8:10 – 8:20 Standard Four [4) rounds 90 minute long starting @ 9AM, 120 sec maxes,
Fly to the ground to count as Round 1, any time over 120 sec will count as tiebreaker. 90-minute rounds to be shared with Sierra Cup.
F1H, F1G, F1J & F1S

Entry Fees:
FAI events: FIA, B, C, P, Q & E; $30 each
$15. each for F1H, F1G, F1J, F1S AMA age juniors: $5/event
Trophies awarded for 1-2-3 places in F1A, B, C, G, H, S, Q, & E Junior Hi-Time Trophy F1A, F1B
F1P & F1J 1st only
AMA membership is mandatory.
FAI events run to the 2020 FAI rules.

Flight line will move as needed to avoid retrieval from fields of trees. No Moto-flapping.
RDT allowed all events.

Contest Director
Brian Van Nest
2346 Cheyenne Dr
Bishop CA 93514
Cell 760-937-0177
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Pre-registration requested via email, pay on field. Events entered,


2021 Sympo

Just appointed editor Jack Murphy who says
The 2021 National Free Flight Society Symposium Team has been unleashed, I will be the Editor. I am calling for submissions of technical articles from the four corners of our world. I have an assistant who is fluent in French and Spanish, otherwise somewhat of a linguist. Send your ideas, charts, graphs, pictures etc along with a technical write up, though some literary pieces may be considered as well. All we ask is that they are original works, not previously published. Again, international contributions will be much appreciated!!!! More to follow…