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08-13-2010 01:38 AM  7 years agoPost 21
deanguy

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Yeah I sat and watched two of Nicks's rounds in the golf cart.. one on Weds and the other on Thurs.. Curtis's dad was calling for him.. He is a very, very talented young man to pick F3C up that quick, and the first areo manoever where you do a cuban eight per say and then a forward flip in the total opposite direction in the middle of the eight.. high speed down leg.. pointed at the ground.. if you blink with the wrong input in collective you are smoking in to the ground.. period. No room for any error.. That manoever seperates them all right off the bat.. I could tell a "distinct" difference in the 1st one and the second one that he did as far as form and how the flip was centered.. He's got the skills.. It will be really interesting if he wins that big cup and that $7000 cash prize tomorrow in the one flight 3D thing too.. He will be unstoppable at that point.. And I hear he flies airplanes the same way.. Changing of the guard! Nick Maxwell aside, congragulations to CY for winning his 19th F3C USA title! I'm putting together his new kit as I type this.. So team USA in Italy is Curtis, Nick, and Wayne Mann.. His Caliber was on rails as well.. and he dropped flying a Staysee 2 fuse just for these new difficult schedules..

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08-13-2010 04:16 AM  7 years agoPost 22
Santiago P

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what happened to santiago.
I got a serious back injury on Monday, and was paralized from the pain on Tuesday, stayed on the motel bed missing both rounds. Managed to pull enough strength or stupidity to fly again on wednesday, but there was no point to continue pushing with so much pain. I get to miss the Jamboree too.
Got to thanks all the folks that help me around, Tom Erb, Doug Trent, Craig Bradley, Bill Tinsley, Peter, and Teresa for the blanket today.

By the way, many years ago, before Nick became the 3D master he is today, he flew precission AMA at the Nats. That is a big foundation of why he is so good now. He did not just picked up F3C last weekend

Congrats to the new US F3C team and the winners of all the other classes.

Santiago

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08-13-2010 05:32 AM  7 years agoPost 23
youthflyer

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Congrats Curtis, Nick, and Wayne! You guys will do us proud in Italy!

19 Nats titles for Curtis? Wooowww! I think it's safe to say that no one will ever come close to that mark. That's just incredible!

Jamie Robertson

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08-13-2010 09:48 AM  7 years agoPost 24
deanguy

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By the way, many years ago, before Nick became the 3D master he is today, he flew precission AMA at the Nats.
I have no idea what "precission AMA" is.. but I have been keeping track of the helicopter NATS for a long time and I have never seen Nick Maxwell's name on any scoresheet..except for last year.. So I don't know what the "" eyeball roll was for? But last time I checked being a 3D Master has nothing to to with F3C? And what I meant by "walking in" is many of these pilots have practiced for years and years.. As Dr. Ben stated to practice for a week and "jump" if you will straight into F3C is a major achievement! Also that manuever in the last F3C schedule where they roll upside down and then do the flip point by point and roll out right side up and keep the altitude the same level is absolutely amazing! When I was a kid and everyone flew rate gyros where when you turned the heli on you could hear it spin up.. (Futaba 151 or 451 or something like that) there was this guy named Ray St. Onge who was one on the pioneers of 3D that used to do a manuever like that called the "tumbleweed".. Not as pretty as what I saw today though.. Mr. Kunii doing it with a full fuselage was very cool!

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08-13-2010 12:43 PM  7 years agoPost 25
joec

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Here's a link to the videos of Nick flying NATS in 2006.

https://rc.runryder.com/helicopter/...ntest/NATS2006/

And did you know that even Alan Szabo competed in NATS a few years prior to Nick?

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08-13-2010 01:55 PM  7 years agoPost 26
Dr.Ben

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Indeed, Alan actually won class III and flew in FAI the following season. Prior to last year, Nick had entered a "test" 3D class at our Nats. He had some equipment issues when he entered the usual AMA class either that year or in one prior to that.

Nick returned from the 3DM and practiced until he left for the Nats, missing a few days for weather and other details. Nick has a lifetime of practice. Each of the events like the 3DM and XFC has a set of compulsories which need to be flown with centering, precision, and to a judged standard. Thus this gentleman is WELL experienced in how to prepare for these kinds of events. His practice ethic and discipline are simply stunning. In the relatively few number of says that Nick had to practice, he flew more times per day than many guys fly over a period of months. He was furthermore being coached by arguably one of the finest mentors one could have, Dr. Dave Youngblood. He'll be a force with which to be reckoned in Italy, and I promise you that Mr. Ito, who was here at our Nats as a caller for Mr. Kunii and demo pilot, was watching Nick VERY closely.

Well done, Nick.

Ben Minor

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08-13-2010 05:33 PM  7 years agoPost 27
Santiago P

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deanguy

I apologize for the roll. AMA class I, II, and III are also known as helicopter Precision Aerobatics . Nick flew in these several times 7 or 8 years ago before he became a prominent 3d pilot. So it had always been his goal to conquer this discipline. Most of the top 3d guys like Nick, and Alan, have a background in precision aero.
The Freya chasis I fly today used to be Nick's class II or III heli.
As for the rest, Ben summarized it well on the previous post.

Let's continue cheering for this great young man career in RC modeling.

Who won class II?

Santiago
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08-13-2010 07:39 PM  7 years agoPost 28
nighttrain

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WOW! Great Nats! Congrats to the US Team! The only thing hotter than the weather was the flying! Thanks to Dave Sellers, Kevin Cordell, and Craig Bradley for nearly 1000 judged flts! They were Ironmen judges. They can tell us how many. That is some serious dedication!
We had a ball. If you weren't there, you missed a lot.
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08-14-2010 02:56 AM  7 years agoPost 29
Dr.Ben

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Don't forget Dennis Purduski. He was the other one in the Ironman trio of FAI judges.

Ben Minor

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08-14-2010 03:03 AM  7 years agoPost 30
WreckRman2

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1000 judged flts
38 total pilots, 7 rounds each = 266 flights

plus I think the f3c boys dropped a round of flying...

How do you get 1000 judged flights?

Shouldn't count out the guys at the other end of the flight line... George, Don and the guy from Canada who judged Class 1 for 3 rounds of flying.

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08-14-2010 03:03 AM  7 years agoPost 31
nighttrain

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Oh yes. I apologize. I went too fast. Sorry Dennis.

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08-14-2010 04:20 AM  7 years agoPost 32
Santiago P

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It was the best Nats we had in many years, maybe not for me, but I enjoyed every minute I got spend at the field with you all. And yes Dave, many of us helped ironman Bradley make it happen.

I hope the H pack continue promoting the sport as successfully as we did this year.
Note aside, Will really prefer if they separate the Nats and IRCHA.

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08-14-2010 01:12 PM  7 years agoPost 33
nighttrain

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Maneuvers judged, or scores, may be close to 1000. Think about how hard it is to decide your exact score for just one maneuver, and how important that one score is to Curtis, Nick, Kuni, Wayne, Dwight, etc... I can testify that it's very nerve wracking. This was the US Team Trials. To endure the whole ordeal and responsibility, we owe them a big applause. They did a splendid job, and Dennis had to fly too. I judged the finals also out of duty, but the weight of the responsibility was enormous. The US Team selection is very serious business. These guys made a big contribution.

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08-14-2010 01:27 PM  7 years agoPost 34
MarkToo

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I'd like to thank all the Yanks for the hospitality - you fellows are a great bunch, and made us feel welcome. Thanks to the Bradley's as well for their efforts and patience.

Judging the Class I fliers I believe, was a more difficult task than flying competition. There are a good many that will be serious competition next year in II. I was impressed with the skill levels of some of the fellas with the upstairs routines.

I look forward to coming down again next year - time permitting.

Mark Everett

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08-14-2010 03:20 PM  7 years agoPost 35
altima1779

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I had a great time, learned a lot about competition flying.

Thanks to the class II judges for stepping in and doing a great job judging when F3C was not able to. It was also nice to get solid feedback from pilots in the higher classes.

I also have to thank Esprit Model for their support.

My personal story losing by less than 2 raw points after 7 rounds was a little tough. I feel that i flew well for the limited time i had available to practice and not having a competition ready heli before two weeks before NATS. My only hope is James will move up a couple classes next year

Next year i hope to be more prepared.

Great job to every one and a special thanks to George Matthews for all his help and bugging me for three years to compete.

Till next year!!

Dave Canfield

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08-14-2010 04:49 PM  7 years agoPost 36
12FGHeli

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Here are some photos from the awards ceremony.

Class I

Class II

Class III

FAI F3C

Team USA

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08-16-2010 11:45 AM  7 years agoPost 37
GM1

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Upon Return Home
I had a great time at the 2010 Nats and was pleased to see we have started a "changing of the guard" as we have a couple of young guys that are flying extremely well and will be a threat to win both in the US and internationally for a long time to come. I would love too see two or three more with the same great attitudes and skill sets to join and participate. Congratulations to 19 time US Champion Curtis Youngblood and the guys on the US team. ALso congratulations to Nick Maxwell for making the Team and Daniel Hiatt for being selected as an alternate. Both young men have tremendous skills and, even better, are great people. I think the future of US F3C is in good hands.
Gordie

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08-16-2010 01:41 PM  7 years agoPost 38
kcordell

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Dave Sellars and I calculated that with class III and F3C we judged 940 manuevers, not including Ito's 2 demo flights.

Team Futaba, Team Synergy/Rail, Team Scorpion, Team Castle Creations, YS Engines, VelTye

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08-17-2010 12:18 AM  7 years agoPost 39
ymuraki

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Dave, Kevin, Dennis, Ben, and Doug, thanks for judging for us.
Great job and you guys certainly deserve Iron man awards.

I too was impressed with the quality of flying on Class 1 & 2 guys. I hope all those guys come back next year with more of the friends that kind of quality.

Nob

Futaba/Hobbico
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08-17-2010 01:47 PM  7 years agoPost 40
Rchflyer

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WOW, what an experience. As a first time Class 1 flyer and being judged by the FAI guys was nerve racking, but the time and feedback they provided to us the contestants was extraordinary and invaluable. Actually all the participants in every class was willing to help, what a great bunch of people, even Mr. Ito clarified somethings for me.

A special thanks to the Bradley's, as I asked a lot of questions trying to understand things.

Congrats to the new USA team

Dennis

BTW: Nice pictures Dave!

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