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2016 FAI F1D Indoor World Championship

2016 FAI F1D Indoor World Championship

 

U.S. Team Manager’s Report

 

The 2016 cycle saw the largest American presence at a World Championship in more than a decade.  The United States fielded a full Junior Team for the first time since 2006 as well as both returning World Champions.  Aurel Popa graciously helped arrange the Otto Hints Memorial and our accommodations during the pre-contest.  Having the time to acclimate and practice before the World Championships goes a long way to level the playing field.  The majority of the U.S. fliers used the Otto Hints to practice and experiment with new models, but John Kagan managed to fly every round and posted a high time of 24:32

 

The official practice day was plagued with turbulent air, and the practice hours were extended and the opening ceremony was abbreviated.  At the technical meeting later that night, it was agreed that doors to the mine would be shut, except for when vehicles needed to enter or exit the mine to transport disabled persons.  Controlling the doors helped to keep the air flyable.  Nevertheless, the turbulence definitely influenced the results of the contest.

 

Joshua Finn started off round one with a 20:48 for the seniors.  John Kagan followed up with a round one high time of 25:43, while Brett Sanborn posted a 24:02.  Kang’s first round flight proved that out climbing the site would still be an issue with the new rules.  He hung on the catwalks at 7:05.

 

Round two was largely about getting a good backup time on the board before attempting any more aggressive flying.  To that end, John put up a 24:52, and Brett posted a 22:51.  Joshua landed a 20:14, which put the team in first place after day one.

 

After a strong start the previous day, the third round saw many in the American contingent struggle to better their previous times.  The air was still quite turbulent, perhaps even more turbulent than the previous day.

 

At the end of the day, 2 of the U.S. seniors were sitting on top, but everyone was aware of how quickly that could change.  Calin Bulai rose to the top of the juniors with an incredible 25:45, and surpassed John’s 25:43 for the high time of the contest.  If Zoltan Sukosd was able to land the big times he previously had shown he was capable of, the U.S. was going to need to improve to keep up.

 

The final day of the World Championships feature a special kind of “anything can happen” tension.  In case we had any doubts that the air might have improved, as John was landing, we heard clapping from across the mine.  Zoltan had just landed a massive 26:37, thus establishing a new high time for the contest.

 

Kang launched at the end of the round and his model climbed quickly to the roof. He spent a few minutes flying between the catwalks and bumping the ceiling.  It felt like the entire mine was watching his flight.  Miraculously, the model descended below the catwalks.  It was clear that it was going to be a big flight, but we had to wait for the model to land to see just how big.  The model touched down to applause at 27:59.

 

The Hungarians moved into the top team spot after round five, and the field of contenders for the individual world championship title appeared wider than it had been since the start of the contest.

 

The contest came down to the final round, with mere seconds separating first and second place.  Kang decided to take a more conservative approach and flew below the catwalks.  He still posted an impressive time of 26:55, which was enough to secure him the World Championship title.  Zoltan flew valiantly, and his final flight was 27:57.  Only 30 seconds separated Kang from Zoltan. John finished out in third.

 

It was a privilege to return to the mine, especially in the company of the U.S. team.  I enjoyed getting to see old friends and make some new ones.  I want to thank our supporters who weathered the week underground with us, and Bud Layne of Spantech for his generous support of the team.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone in two years at West Baden.

 

 

Nick Ray – U.S. Team Manager

Created By: Horace Hagen 9/5/2016 5:30:30 PM | Updated By: Horace Hagen 9/5/2016 5:30:30 PM
General Information & Guidelines for Free Flight

All AMA indoor free flight categories can be flown in Hangar 1.  The Hangar is a category IV site.  Helium is available in bottles located in the club cage in the southwest elevator tower of the Hangar.  The combination for the lock is included in the club information packet that is sent to all new club members.

 

ECIM provides record sanctions twice a month from April to October.  For the current sanction schedule or any questions, contact Rob Romash at the address below.

 

Flying can occur from sun-up to late in the evening.  ECIM does have spot lights in the club cage for the die hard enthusiasts.

 

The best flying conditions in Hangar 1 for free flight are determined by the current outdoor weather.  Typically, the best flying conditions are in the late afternoon on calm warm days.  On calm days, drift in the Hangar is generally minimal.  On windy days air currents inside the Hangar are unpredictable.

 

Floor conditions in the Hangar are constantly changing as the military shuffles equipment and supplies around. Obviously, we have no control over the base activities and while flying aircraft in the Hangar it is important not to disturb the base personnel.  There is a mock up air craft carrier deck that occupies approximately 15% of the floor space in the north-east corner of the Hangar.  West and south of the deck is where we usually find the most floor space and is the primary launching area for free flight aircraft.  The primary take off and landing area for slow flyer RC models is above the Carrier deck.  Please refer to the Radio Control segment for interaction with RC aircraft.

 

You should bring everything you need to fly your model.  Tables and chairs are available in or near the hut at the east end of the carrier deck.

 

FF Contact:

 

Robert Romash

Vice President & FF Coordinator

East Coast Indoor Modelers

1442 Kirkham Street

Colorado Springs, CO 80910

 

Mobile Phone: 719-359-6999

Email:  cgrain1@vahoo.com

 

Created By: Horace Hagen 4/6/2011 12:15:35 PM | Updated By: Horace Hagen 2/26/2016 2:29:15 PM
Lakehurst FF High Time List

 

Ceiling Category IV ( # )

Time

Name

Date

USA Record

 

 

 

 

 

HL Stick (201)

61:30

John Kagan

July, 2005

61:30

 

 

 

 

 

Intermediate (202)

43:47

Larry Coslick

July, 2005

43:47

 

 

 

 

 

F1D 55 cm 1.2g (203)

42:03

Brett Sanborn

October, 2012

42:03

 

 

 

 

 

ROG Cabin (204)

 

 

 

33:20

 

 

 

 

 

Manhattan Cabin (205)

16:23

Larry Coslick

July, 2007

16:23

 

 

 

 

 

Easy B (206)

37:48

Yuan Kang Lee

September, 2012

37:48

 

 

 

 

 

Pennyplane (207)

21:47

Jim Richmond

September, 2005

21:47

 

 

 

 

 

Limited Penny (208)

19:04

Tom Iacobellis

July, 2010

19:04

 

 

 

 

 

Helicopter (209)

8:40

Tom Vallee

August, 1991

12:00

 

 

 

 

 

Ornithopter (210)

19:44

Ray Harlan

August, 1995

21:44

 

 

 

 

 

Autogiro (211)

20:36

Max Zaluska

September, 2005

20:36

 

 

 

 

 

HL Glider (212)

1:12.1

Rob Eberle

September, 1995

3:29.4

 

 

 

 

 

ROG Stick (214)

25:22

Larry Coslick

July, 2007

25:22

 

 

 

 

 

Bostonian (215)

5:18

Tom Sanders

September, 1994

?

 

 

 

 

 

F1L (217)

25:47

Larry Coslick

July, 2006

25:47

 

 

 

 

 

Std Cat Glider (218)

1:24.5

Karl Van Bueren

July, 1995

3:52.3

 

 

 

 

 

Unlimited Cat Glider (219)

:46.0

Karl Van Bueren

May, 1994

4:31.9

 

 

 

 

 

Mini Stick (220)

16:39

Rob Romash

July, 2004

16:39

 

 

 

 

 

A-6 (222)

 

 

 

11:02

 

 

 

 

 

F1M (223)

22:05

Bill Gowen

August, 2014

22:05

 

 

 

 

 

F1D (65 cm) (?)

51:58

Gary Underwood

August, 1996

 

 

 

 

 

 

F1D 55 cm 1.4g (?)

30:25

Brett Sanborn

August, 2014

30:25

 

 

 

 

 

35 CM (?)

27:15

Tony D’Alessandro

August, 1998

?

 

 

 

 

 

Federation ROG (?)

9:41

Jim Clem

September, 1990

?

 

 

 

 

 

Embryo (?)

1:05

Richard Fink

September, 1995

?

 

 

 

 

 

No Cal (?)

6:32

John Ganser

June, 1994

?

Created By: Horace Hagen 6/12/2015 10:26:39 AM | Updated By: Horace Hagen 6/12/2015 10:26:39 AM
 
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