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08-10-2016 01:39 AM  15 months agoPost 1
GM1

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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 Wloclawik 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.

On a dog sled team, if you're not the lead dog, the view never changes.

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01-10-2017 12:33 AM  10 months agoPost 2
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Update

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 Dwight Shilling has stepped down as a Team member and has been replaced by former World Champion Cliff Hiatt.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.

On a dog sled team, if you're not the lead dog, the view never changes.

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01-10-2017 10:22 PM  10 months agoPost 3
fueline

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Thank you all for your hard work!!!

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01-11-2017 12:36 PM  10 months agoPost 4
fastflyer20

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Thanks to the team for your dedication.

The blog is great, last year it was captivating to read about the journey.

Tom
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01-16-2017 02:11 PM  10 months agoPost 5
iyoy

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Włoclawek

I was there in 2007. It's a wonderful place to host the Worlds

iyoy

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02-02-2017 07:18 AM  9 months agoPost 6
iyoy

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Practice and preparation

Hi GM1,
Thanks for creating this blog. I am interested to learn how the team pilots prepare and practice for big events such as the F3C World Championships. Could you please post some examples? Thanks!

iyoy

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03-31-2017 03:12 AM  7 months agoPost 7
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Progress

We have started getting the logistics of the trip together. I think we all have hotel reservations, except maybe Greg. Most have flights scheduled except me. I still need to get flights, car rental, and a hotel in Warsaw on the way back. I also must get my international drivers license renewed as they are only good for one year.
I really have to give Nick credit as he is doing the double, both F3C and F3N. It requires twice as much practice and twice as much preparation, 4 models instead of two so twice as much shipping, and split time for practice when in Poland.
Nick, Daniel, and I are going first with Jamie and Cliff coming a couple of days later. We are staying in the same hotel as last time, which is very nice, includes breakfast, has an excellent restaurant, and is convenient but quiet at night. No AC but usually it cools off quickly after dark.

On a dog sled team, if you're not the lead dog, the view never changes.

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03-31-2017 02:11 PM  7 months agoPost 8
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Hotel

Is that the hotel on the town square with a catholic church next door to it?

iyoy

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07-17-2017 10:20 PM  4 months agoPost 9
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Arrival

After a tedious and boring 14 hrs of flying (and waiting) and a 3hr drive, I am in Wloclawek Poland, site of the 2017 F3C/N World Championships. Nick Maxwell and Daniel Hiatt were already here and checked in. Cliff Hiatt and Jamie Robertson are due in shortly, Cliff tomorrow and Jamie the next day.
After assembling models, Daniel, Nick and I headed for our private practice field about an hour away but at an aeroclub field that we used previously in 2013. We got there and checked in. It took a while to paint the course and get everything set for practice. Since it is our first day, and we are all jet lagged, we spent most of the day checking to be sure all the models were functioning normally and we had everything we needed. The wind was blowing pretty hard but also pretty steadily, which, if you must have wind, is what you want.
Daniel test flew both of his models and Nick flew all four of his. Daniel had a slight issue that since it is colder here than in Huntsville, he had the wrong dampers installed so he changed those out and after some quick changes had dampers that seemed to perform well. Tomorrow we will all have had a good nights sleep and will be almost adjusted to being 6-7 hours out of sync. I woke this morning at 8:00 AM and went all day but am really tired so bed is calling. I'll try and update this every day and keep you informed on what's happening
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On a dog sled team, if you're not the lead dog, the view never changes.

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07-17-2017 10:43 PM  4 months agoPost 10
fueline

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Thanks for the updates!! You all stay safe.

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07-18-2017 12:46 AM  4 months agoPost 11
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Thanks for keeping us updated! I hope all of the team pilots fly well and a special thanks to Cliff for stepping up to fill my vacancy. Go Team USA!!!!!!

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07-18-2017 02:48 AM  4 months agoPost 12
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Thanks for the update Gordie!

Good luck Team USA!

  

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07-18-2017 10:28 PM  4 months agoPost 13
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Thank you for the update

Tell the whole team good luck we are all pulling for them

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07-18-2017 10:42 PM  4 months agoPost 14
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Day 2

Up at 7:30, a quick breakfast, and head for the practice field. We stopped at the OBI store and bought a set of grass shears. When we got to the practice field we did a little grounds keeping. We cut the grass in the circle to keep the tail rotor blades out of the grass and keep the models cleaner. It also made the circle easier to see.
Nick's F3N models are looking great and working well. Yesterday we got all the models built and flying. Today we started working on improving how we do maneuvers. I have never called for F3N but from what I see, I can get it pretty quickly.
Daniel again had some issues with the model nodding. He spent quite a bit of time working with both models and by the end of the day, they were sitting very still and looking good.
Cliff arrived this evening. He had a delay due to weather in Orlando and missed his connection in Frankfort so was later than expected. He has arrived with his models. After a nights sleep, he will assemble models in the morning and head for the practice field.
we are short batteries right now as FedX here has a bunch of "official" paper work that must be done. Nick has worked really hard on it and we think we have it settled and we should b
get our batteries in the next couple of days. As is, each model has one set so you must wait for them to charge between flights.
Some of the other Teams are starting to arrive. The Austrian Team is in our hotel and the Japanese and British Teams are due in tomorrow.

On a dog sled team, if you're not the lead dog, the view never changes.

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07-19-2017 12:31 AM  4 months agoPost 15
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Thank you very much for the efforts and the blog. I anxiously await each new blog entry. Good luck to the entire TEAM!!

Steve

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07-19-2017 01:21 AM  4 months agoPost 16
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Thanks for the updates, Go USA!

Tom
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07-19-2017 02:15 AM  4 months agoPost 17
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Thanks for the updates Gordie. Go Team USA!

J. B. Jones

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07-19-2017 10:28 PM  4 months agoPost 18
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Day 3

Our day started great. Both Nick and Daniels models look and sound great. We made some improvements in positioning and I feel really good about the effort the guys are putting in. Cliff got a nights sleep and this morning assembled his models and hit the practice field. His primary model was okay out of the box. His back up model required a little retuning but was certainly improving.
I got a text from Jamie saying he had arrived in Poland and hoped to see us this evening. I got a call from him later. His models had not arrived on the plane he was on and they did not exactly know where they were, probably in Chicago. The earliest they can get here is tomorrow. Fortunately, that still gives him plenty of time. The story gets better. He has a rental car reservation, BUT they will not release the car to him without a credit card number for a damage deposit. All he has is a debit card which in the States also acts as a credit card but for a car damage deposit, debit cards are limited to your account balance so they require a credit card. I drove to Warsaw and we got it straightened out so he has a car. His models are supposed to be delivered but I would not be surprised if he has to drive back and pick them up.
FedX is STILL holding our batteries and none of us can figure why so we are operating with only one battery per model right now. While in Chopin Airport I saw and spoke to the Japanese Team at the rental car counter. They had a BUNCH of great big model boxes so the fun is about to begin.
After the round trip to Warsaw, I am pooped so am heading to bed.

On a dog sled team, if you're not the lead dog, the view never changes.

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07-19-2017 11:13 PM  4 months agoPost 19
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Fedex

Al Glenn, his son AC Glenn. Al works for Fedex and has been instrumental in F3A Team events and all things shipping. Perhaps he can help??

Best of luck to everyone!!

Team Futaba

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07-20-2017 08:11 PM  4 months agoPost 20
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Day 4

We had a little bit of bad weather today. We got out to the practice field and each pilot got in a couple of flights then it started to rain. We took a break and went into town for lunch. By the time we finished lunch, the weather had pretty much cleared and we were able to finish the day in the sunshine.
On the trip back to the hotel we travel through some really pretty rural countryside. The river runs along one side and the forest on the other. Along the way there are people along the road selling fresh products, currants, mushrooms, and you never know exactly what you will see.
We went to the pizza parlor we went to 4 years ago and it is still there and still as good. Dinner was great and we were able to get back to the hotel before 11:00 PM.
Tomorrow is our last free day as we have registration and model processing the following day the we get to practice on the official site. Each pilot gets a 15 minute window to test the site. I have to go to the site tomorrow and get our time slots.
Still no extra batteries but the US Consulate is now and they say they should be here in a couple of days.

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