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08-10-2016 01:39 AM  9 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  4 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 Dwight Shilling has stepped down as a Team member and has been replaced by former World Champion Cliff Hiatt.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  4 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  4 months agoPost 4
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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
CAUTION - my posts are based on my experiences, yours may be different.

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01-16-2017 02:11 PM  4 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  3 months agoPost 6
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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  57 days agoPost 7
GM1

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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  57 days 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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