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Wow, where does the time go? Some things have happened since I posted last. Dwight Shilling has stepped down as a Team member and has been replaced by former World Champion Cliff Hiatt. Cliff is in the process of building new models and getting into practice mode.
Nick is working hard at getting his models sorted out with the new fuselages and fine tuning all the parameters in the CGY750.
Daniel is working way too many out of town hours but is carrying a model with him to practice as much as he can. I am planning a trip to Huntsville along with Tim Diperi to work with the guys. This is going to be a monumental task as we do not have a Team Manager (as far as I know) and no fund raising has been done. It looks like all the funds on this trip will come out of pocket. If anyone has some extra sponsorship dollars out there, we surely could use the help.

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I thought I'd go ahead and get started on the 2017 World Championship blog. I just got home from the US Nationals and Team Trials so I now know who is on the F3C Team.
Nick Maxwell Quest Futaba
Daniel Hiatt SAB Urukay Competition Futaba
Dwight Shilling Quest Futaba
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Cliff Hiatt SAB Urukay Competition Futaba

I judged the F3C trials and it was a dogfight to see who made the Team, Congratulations guys.

We also selected the very FIRST US F3N Team
Nick Maxwell Minicopter Diabolo Futaba
Jamie Robertson Align Trex 700 JR (?)
Greg Jackson Synergy 766 Jeti

I also judged this and because of the K factors in scoring, we truly had no idea who won until it was announced. These guys were fun to watch and I have very high expectations for the WCs.
The World Championships are again in Wloclowik Poland where they were in 2013. I had a great time there in 2013 and we did well as a Team. That was Curtis Youngblood's last WC as he announced his retirement after finishing on the podium.
I will try to report on the team results at all the contests occurring between now and the WCs. I know we have the TCRC Championships in the Tampa Florida area coming in October and Usually three of the four team guys are there.

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So I did a spool up last night.... she is getting closer. We will see what the data downloads from the ESC'S have to say. Check out the tail drive system. And finish locking down the canopy. But she sounds cool....hope you like the video

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it has been a long time since i posted on here so here are some up dates.

rebuild of bulkheads and footers finished on version 2.
currently balancing the blades and finalizing the lipos positioning. I have a latch to install on the canopy and position pins as well.

the rpm and endpoints are good to go. sooo we may have a maiden flight tomorrow!!!

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The Finals Final Result

It's done.
Daniel flew at 10:00 this morning and put in probably his best flight of the championship scoring a 232.75. Nick followed at 11:00AM and put in a very good 227.00. The guys flew their tails off and that's all we can ask for.

Team results are 1 Japan, 2 Germany, and 3 Italy. I got that by looking at the finals scores. The US is either 4th or 5th but we won't know until this evening for sure as I haven't seen the Team scores yet.
This afternoon is the presentation of awards and closing ceremonies. This evening is the big FAI Banquet where everyone gets together for the final time and says goodbye for the next two years. Congratulations to the Japanese as they came loaded for bear this year and congratulations to Ito-san for winning his 5th World Championship. His flying was amazing and he definitely was the class of the field. Ennio Graber , the defending champion finished second and made it a contest. Both of these young men are good guys and deserve the finishes they got.
After the banquet tonight, we spend our last night in Klopeinersee Austria and will get up tomorrow, Cliff and I will have a leisurely breakfast, and head for Munich, Germany, spend the night there, board the great silver bird to Atlanta GA. There he heads to Orlando and I head to Tallahassee. It has been an amazing adventure but I'm ready for some home cooking and quiet time. Thanks to Nick and Dwight for the opportunity to work with them and creating some really great memories. I look forward to the next world championships in Poland 2017. Thanks to all the folks that followed along on our amazing ride. Hope you had fun too.

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First Day of Finals.

Today we started flying the "F" finals schedule which is much more detailed and frankly a lot harder. We also flew two rounds in the same day for the first time.
Daniel flew at 8:10 in the morning and the sun was brutal. He hovered pretty well but his aeros suffered as did his score, a 204.50. Nick flew later and posted a respectable 219.25. Hiroki Ito won the round with a 254.25.
We headed for the practice field. Both Nick and Daniel worked on things to improve for the afternoon round. Nick flew early afternoon and posted a nice round of 224.75. Unfortunately he missed the center circle on the auto (max 8) or he could easily have been in the 230s. Daniel flew a bit later and posted a terrific 228.5 which moved him up in the rankings. Ito again won the round with a 257.25. He has now won every round and will be the 2015 World Champion as no one can catch him, even if he doesn't fly tomorrow.
Daniel fies at 10::00 Am and Nick at 11:00AM which will be their final flights for the Championship. There are still spots to be made up and scores to be had. I think Team Japan has a lock on the Team Championship but behind them it's interesting

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Day 14, Practice

We were up and at 'em early this morning. Daniel and Nick went through the basics of the F schedules (finals) and both are solid. We worked on placement and making things look like they are supposed to. At 6:40 PM Nick did his last auto and we headed for the barn.
Today is Cliff Hiatt's birthday so we all gathered at the restaurant and had a birthday dinner. Amanda made all the arrangements and the meal was good. We got to sing Happy Birthday and eat birthday cake. Fun
Tomorrow business starts. Daniel is up at 8:10 in the morning and the sun is bad from the right. Nick is up at 9:10 so the sun should be higher in the sky and not cause an issue. We fly two rounds tomorrow, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. F3N (3D sorta) flies between our rounds. We fly two tomorrow and one the next day and the competition ends with closing ceremonies. Saturday night is the Banquet. I leave Sunday for Munich and fly out for home Monday morning. No matter the final results, it has been an amazing trip and a wonderful experience.

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Day 13, Round 4

The preliminaries are finished and we move on to the finals.
On the last preliminary flight Nick flew early in the morning. He moved the model down and closer and put in a good flight. There was little to no wind and his model really likes having a little wind in the auto so he landed outside the circle for a max 8, which kept him from a really good score.
Dwight flew an hour later. After a poor start he has climbed back up the charts. His flight was very solid but did not get the scores we were hoping for.
Daniel flew later in the afternoon and caught a break in the weather and put in a really good flight and secured his spot in the finals.
After the preliminaries, Daniel was in 12th, Nick was in 13th, and Dwight moved up to 20th. Today is a practice day and it's rainy and overcast so we will go out a bit later and get after it. The finals are a bit strange this year. There are three Japanese, three Germans, three Italians, two Americans, and two French. Usually you get more of single pilots in the finals which means the teams that have three or two really move to the top.
The Japanese pilots as a team are head and shoulders above everyone else and only defending World Champ Ennio Graber is a serious threat to them. Hiroki Ito is again leading the way looking for his 5th World Championship. He's 25 years old and works for JR Radios, so he may end up with several more championships before he hangs it up.

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Day 12, Round 3

Today we had a chance to see where we were. Nick flew in the morning and finally got a break from wind and sun and posted a 231.5, his best score. Dwight flew an hour later and posted a 217.00. I was disappointed in the score as I thought it was better. Daniel flew later in the afternoon and switched to his #2 model which is a bit more aggressive and posted a 231.75, far and away his best.
As of this moment, Nick and Daniel are tied for 12th and Dwight is 23rd. With good flights tomorrow (and no rain) Nock and Daniel will make the flyoffs, (Crossed fingers) and compete for the individual title. Dwight, with a little bad luck, probably will not make it into the finals but has worked his butt off and improved daily,

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Day 11,

Today we flew Round 2. Daniel was up early and instead of the usual dead calm, there was a wind from the opposite direction we are used to. Daniel put in a very good flight and managed to hang on in the wind for a 225.25. Nick flew right after lunch and again fought the wind but pulled out a 228.75.
Dwight flew an hour later and put in a very solid flight and got a decent score of 223.25. After normalizing the two rounds and dropping the lowest, Nick is 12th, Daniel is 13th, and Dwight is 23rd.
Unfortunately later in the afternoon the wind changed direction and laid down and Ito of Japan blistered a 260.50. Several of the top pilots flew late in the day and got a break from the wind. Our guys felt much better as we started to show what we are capable of.

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Day 10, the World Championships Start

We flew the first round of F3C today and the guys struggled a little bit with the draw. Daniel flew in the morning and put in a very respectable flight of 223.75. We were a bit disappointed as I saw his hovering was very good and his aerobatics clean.
At 4:30 PM Nick flew with a bit of a wind and the sun in is eyes on the left. He put in a respectable flight but any of 30 practice flights he put in would have beaten this one. He scored 224.00. Dwight flew one hour later, the sun was even worse and he struggled to a 203.00, and again, any of his practice flights would have been better.
After a debrief at the hotel, we all headed out for dinner. I was really frustrated as the guys have worked the butts off and we have nothing to show what we are really capable of. We are currently in 12,13, and 29th. Current World Champ Ennio Graber put in a 245+ and former World Champ Hiroki Ito won the round with a 252+. If our guys flew to the level of their practice, all would be easily in the top ten.
Tomorrow is a new day and, since we drop the lowest round, the guys have a chance to show what they really CAN do and move into the top ten.

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Day 9, the fourth of July

We hit the field after breakfast and worked really hard during the morning and early afternoon. The temperature was about 93 degrees F and there is NO shade so we all lathered up with sunscreen and got after it. I am calling for both Nick and Dwight so that allows three other guys to look at what's going on and help figure out how to fix it. The Team is very supportive of each other and are doing there best to help each other. This is NOT something I've seen in other teams so it makes you feel really good about these guys.
Dennis went to the team manager's meeting and got the flight order. There are 51 F3C pilots and Daniel is 22nd, Nick is 43rd, and Dwight is 49th, so Daniel flies about 11AM and Nick and Dwight fly later in the afternoon. Tomorrow is when the real contest starts and we should have preliminary results for Round 1 by the end of tomorrow. Fingers crossed.

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Day 8

Sorry for the delay. We got in really late, I had to get up really early so sleep was more important at that moment. Friday was official registration for the US Team. We got our credentials and all of the models went through processing. Each model is checked for rotor disc area, tail disk area, and horizontal fin area. Each is weighed with batteries and must be less than 6.5kG or 13 1/2 pounds. Each model is then certified and has official stickers attached. Before this you can have three or four models but after this you are limited to two models. In the contest you can use either at any time. Some pilots have a model that is for calm conditions and a different model for wind. You can use either model in any round.
After inspection and certification, each pilot got to make a practice flight on the main flightline. After the official practice flight we headed to the practice field and worked on all the stuff we didn't do well. It was a very long day. At 6:00PM, we had the official opening ceremonies. Each country marched in a parade with their flag to an open air auditorium where we were greeted by local officials, FAI officials, and a marching band in traditional Austrian dress. It was REALLY hot. After that was dinner and we didn't get back to the hotel until after 11PM.

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Day 7 Thursday

We all got early this morning and were at the field by 8:00AM and flew practice flights early to see how the sun affected the flights. While the site faces north which means that theoretically the sun is behind you all the time, early in the morning it sits right in your turnaround and right in the last turn of the autorotation. NOT GOOD. Sure hope we are not first up in the morning.
Tomorrow is registration, model processing, official pictures, and official practice on the main site. Later in the afternoon is opening ceremonies and final instructions. We then have one more practice day (while F3N gets processed) and then the contest starts.
I have been very pleased with the progress our guys have made. We have had several visitors. The German team came by as well as Sweden, Korea, China, Switzerland, Great Britain, and Japan. We dropped by another practice field and visited with the Swiss, Finnish Team, and some individuals. It was a fun day which I finished off with a really good hamburger and a beer.

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