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HelicopterAerobatic 3D Contest › When will FAI F3N take off??
08-06-2009 11:06 AM  8 years agoPost 1
Taipan

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So to speak! It's known as CLASS F3N – RADIO CONTROLLED HELICOPTER FREESTYLE.

ftp://www.fai.org/sporting_code/sc4...icopters_09.pdf

See on page 21 below FAI F3C until the end.

It consists of 2 compulsory rounds which the pilot chooses 8 maneuvers from the list.

Plus 2 freestyle rounds, 3-5min. No music allowed.

The only music flights allowed are demo ones. I for one agree with this, never appreciated flight to music.

This would be a great thing, any country can have their own comp just like F3C and send their best to the WC's.

I'm not so sure about the freestyle round as that's subject to the judges personal tastes. Compulsory only would be ideal, everyone can see any mistakes you make. Just like F3C, a pure level playing ground. Back to technical precision 3D I say!

It could replace 3DM. What you guys reckon??

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08-06-2009 11:53 AM  8 years agoPost 2
Taipan

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If the link doesn't work, download the heli document here; http://www.fai.org/aeromodelling/documents/sc4

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08-06-2009 12:00 PM  8 years agoPost 3
baby_zyklon

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I thught it already started out in UK?

Any idea how different is it from the current 3d competitions like 3dx, 3dmasters and xfc?

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08-06-2009 03:07 PM  8 years agoPost 4
Olivier31

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Hello,

we have it in France since this year with a national championship at the end of August

You can see some videos of F3N on the MHM (Munich Heli Master) website.

Olivier

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08-07-2009 02:36 PM  8 years agoPost 5
dahld

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My son Kyle Dahl (Team Mikado) will be traveling to Germany in Sept. to compete in the Munich Heli Masters, which is conducted with the F3N format. It will be our first exposure to the format. I believe the format is still a provisional event with the FAI.

The organizers have modified the format slightly, in that one of the freestyle rounds will be set to music. This makes it very similar to the 3D Masters format, which includes mandatory maneuvers picked by the pilot from a published list, freestyle flights (no music), and flights set to music.

Although everyone's not in agreement on this, we think the format tests all the skills of the modern 3D pilot. The mandatory maneuvers test the pilots pure technical skills (which many "smack down" 3D pilots never learned), the music tests his ability to be creative and daring, but because the beat of the music is fixed, he must constantly be at a point in space and at a point in time throughout the flight (tough to do well). And the freestyle flight allows for maximum craziness, since he can fly purely for effect, without having to be "technically correct" (i.e. maneuvers centered, entry/exit altitudes identical etc.), and no music choreography to constrain him.

Personally, I hope the format becomes the standard.

Take care, Dave Dahl

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08-07-2009 03:01 PM  8 years agoPost 6
Climax

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It sounds like F3N is slowly gaining momentum, I'd love to see it succeed and have the FAI govern a 3D discipline.

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08-08-2009 10:39 PM  8 years agoPost 7
WJackson

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Sounds sweet, I actually liked the Vegas Comp with having two rounds an FAI style and a 3D music round. This sounds very similar and really, really interesting!!!!

RIP Roman
Bill Jackson
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08-11-2009 09:34 PM  8 years agoPost 8
kej

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I have had the pleasure of partisipating in Munich Heli Masters 3 times since 2006. Additionally we have used the F3N format for our national 3D comp. I have also partisipated in 3DM 4 times, and there are significant differences in the formats.

I feel confident F3N has potential to get very popular. Compared to 3DX it focusses more on technical precision, than pure smack and ultra risky flying (demo style). My impression is F3N has used more energy on making the format (good manouvre descriptions and judge schemes) than obtaining commercial publicity. Hopefully FAI can help get peoples awareness now, and then people can start supporting this exiting platform. The fact that an official WC can be made in this format at some point, sure also adds potential.
The good manouvre descrpitions and judge schemes makes it less difficult to make quality local comps. Furthermore I am sure nobody will claim you violate any rights if you use F3N for your national comps.

Additionally, the team behind Munich Heli Masters has certainly pulled off some awesome events over the years. These guys are very serious about this.

The 'inertia' of FAI organisation will most probably cause the set manouvres to seem less difficult than 3DX (as standard they can not be changed as often as 3DX does it), but make no mistake. Any deviation from manouvre descriptions are firmly punished by the judges. I kind of like that, because it forces everybody to be very specific when describing what will be given max score.

Kim Jensen

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