SEN 1404

  Table of Contents - SEN 1403

  1. F1A Research Contest
  2. South Africa History
  3. From SEN 1403

F1A "research" Contest !

To all F1A enthusiasts,
I would like to invite all contest directors to take part in the ongoing highest launch challenge for F1A, first introduced at the 2010 Pan American Open.  Simply record the launch height of any interested competitor during any official round, and record the top launch heights for each contestant from your contest.  Any official flight during a sanctioned contest is eligible to be entered.  Please forward your results (contestant name, contest date, height achieved, and model type) to me, and we can publish a list at year end.

I hope to expand this list on an ongoing basis and include results from all over the world.

Chris Lenartowicz
(F1A Toronto)
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South Africa History
Sean McCullagh This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If ever there is a "hall of fame" for South African aeromodellers, then the first three to be recognised for long standing ability in F1 free flight competition, would be Robby Rowe, John Swallow and Peter Visser. They were the stalwarts who participated personally as the first RSA free flight team at the 1965 World Championships in Finland. Under the management of South African Model Aeronautic Association (SAMAA) chairman Basil Moore, they entered each of the 3 F1 classes and acquitted themselves well.

John Swallow particularly, with his own designed Thermal hunter F1A and Ultimeter F1C (plans still available), shone above the others. Pete Visser,who had been a lone RSA competitor at World Champs by proxy for some years, did best in F1C. Robby Rowe, with 3 new models (A,B&C), flew consistantly well, but with atrocious luck in having two overruns in power for a nil round score. A max would have put the team into the top groupings.

Here in sunny South Africa, amidst the awesome clamour and colour of a football World Cup, it is good to reflect on our past aeromodelling heroes and give them acknowledgement where it is due. SAMAA today is an extremely efficient organisation run by R/C modellers for R/C flying. They have no current provision for F1. competitive F1 flying ceased here in 1997.

while free flight world wide continues on it's advanced technology course, the art ofbuilding competition free flight models is slowly being erased. Once the baby boomers move on, the finer innovative details of designing and building these models, will be retained only by a selective few. their secrets will then be handed down to a clever coterie of experts, to be sold world wide, on the open market as ready to fly aircraft. Soon we will have reached a tipping point. Newcomers to competitive F1 free flight (especially our youth) are attracted mainly by the athleticism and competitive nature of contest flying - the adrenalin rush of a beautiful contest day, with thermals galore, and the combat of flying rounds, culminating in the jousts of the fly-offs.

Today, in the middle of our country, Bloemfontein, England battle with Germany for advancement in the World Cup. It is sunny throughout the country. The Bloem authorities have relaxed the ban on sunday liqour sales especially for the famed visitors. Here in Cape Town I watch the crowds, proud that we were able to organise such a wonderful event. My mind goes back to my aeromodelling heroes. Pete and Robby (from Cape Town) are still with us. John has passed on but leaves a legacy for his son, who has also represented RSA in Control line World Champs.

May they too,someday,get recognition for a job well done.

From SEN 1403 - because some people could not read it.

Tom McLaughlan Fiesta of Five Flags Contest, Pensacola, Florida

Sanction 10-1011
June 12-13 2010

Americas Cup Report


Event Name                          AMA#            Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Rnd 4 Rnd 5 Rnd 6              Total

F1B     VanLandingham, Ed 664918            120      120      120      120      120      120                  840
F1B     Troutman, Mark          264864            118                                                                              118
F1B     Brown, Gerald            79269                          120                                                                              120
F1G     VanLandingham, Ed 664918            120      120      54        120      120                              534
F1G     Klingaman, Jerome     340400            120      101      114      120                                          455
F1G     Troutman, Mark          264864            21                                                                                21
F1J      Bell, Tom                    499747            117      103      58        113      93                                484
F1J      Troutman, Mark          264864                                                120                                          120
F1P      Troutman, Mark          264864                        75        54        120      67                                316
F1P      Hanford, Bob              7272                120      120      120                                                      360
F1Q     Berry, Dan                  79311                          99        78                                                        177

SKYSCRAPERS ANNUAL America's Cup, National Cup, and F1Q World Cup

June 26 - June 27, 2010

Barron, Ford, and Shuback Fields
Wawayanda, New York

Saturday June 26: Americas Cup Competition
F1G(rubber),F1H(glider),F1J(power) five rounds, 120 sec max
World Cup F1Q(seven rounds, 15 sec motor run, 180 sec max)
Round 1:  9:30-11:00am
Round 2: 10:30-12:00
Round 3: 11:30-1:00pm
Round 4: 12:30-2:00pm
Round 5:  1:30-3:00pm
Rd 6:F1Q  2:30-4:00pm
Rd 7:F1Q  3:30-5:00pm

Sunday June 27: Americas Cup Competition
F1A(glider), F1B(wake), F1C(power), F1P(power)
Round 1: 7:30-   9:00am Max 240 sec
Round 2: 8:30-  10:00am Max 180 sec
Round 3: 9:30-  11:00am
Round 4: 10:30- 12:00
Round 5: 11:30-  1:00pm
Round 6: 12:30-  2:00pm
Round 7:  1:30-  3:00pm

Skyscraper Contest Director:
Don Rousseau This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. phone 631-691-1886 Turn in scores between each flight.

Field Marshall:
Andrew Barron This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. phone 203-248-5386

F1Q World Cup (per schedule above)
Organizer: Aram Schlossberg This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., F1Q World Cup Event Director: Andrew Barron


National Cup Competition: (Note, national cup events are included
as separate sanctioned events, and results will be reported as such.
For national cup purposes the flying is to be on the day specified.)

For local award purposes several of the events are COMBINED and flying in each event may be on EITHER DAY, with all flying by a contestant in one event to be completed within the day he or she chooses.

EVENTS: (Either Day) Hand Launch Glider, Catapult Glider, Mulvihill, P-30, Classic Towline, E-36, Electric B, Pee-Wee 30 gas, 1/4A Nostalgia and .020 Oldtime replica combined,
1/2A and AB Classic and Nostalgia combined, Cloud Tramp, Tom Boy (time target).

Dawn Unlimited (Launch Window 6:45-7:00am, Sunday Morning).

National Cup Schedule: Saturday 9am-5:00pm. Catapult Glider, Hand Launch Glider, Mulvihill, Pee-Wee 30 gas, 1/2A Classic, AB Classic, 1/4A Nostalgia.

National Cup Schedule: Sunday June 27: 8am to 3:00pm.  Classic Towline, P-30, Electric B, E-36, 1/2 A Nostalgia, AB Nostalgia.

Awards for both days are at 3:15pm Sunday.

Open fliers pay $25 ($10 field use fee, plus $15 entry which covers
unlimited number of AMA, NFFS, and FAI events). Juniors and Seniors pay $15
total ($10 field use plus $5 entry).

Dorothy Waddington trophy for best junior performance

The field is on Orange County Route 12, in Wawayanda, six miles south of
Route 17M near Middletown, NY. Nearby airports include Newburg, NY (30 min
from field) or White Plains, NY; Hartford, CT; Newark, NY;
Wilks-Barre-Scranton, PA; Albany, NY; or LaGuardia or JFK, New York, NY (all
of which are not more than 2 hours from the field).

For directions, list of hotels, and field rules go to

Camping on field is encouraged.

Roger Morrell

Roger Morrell