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07-21-2017 02:55 AM  9 months agoPost 21
Salesmanheliboy

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Thanks Gordie!

Really appreciate the updates.

Good luck to all of our pilots.

Tim

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07-21-2017 05:40 AM  9 months agoPost 22
Wayne Mann

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Hi Gordie,

I talked to Cliff the other day. He had just got in his rental car and heading to the hotel. You guys have fun, kick some butt and tell everyone that I said hi.

Wayne

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07-21-2017 06:03 AM  9 months agoPost 23
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Good Luck Team USA

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07-21-2017 09:08 PM  9 months agoPost 24
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Day 5
Weather was worse today but we still managed to get work in. I got both the F3C and F3N Teams registered and we have processing and official practice times scheduled. Tomorrow is F3C processing and official practice and then at 4:30 there are the opening ceremonies. Since alphabetical, the USA team is last to practice.
Jamie's models are still lost. He has made arrangements to borrow a model from a UK F3N Team member but it had a V Radio and Vbar in it so he is busily changing the radio out to a CGY 750 and Futaba receiver tonight.
Our F3C Team batteries are still in limbo although there is a possibility they may show up tomorrow. The contest starts Sunday so if worse comes to worse, we can fly the practice batteries we have and hope for the best. The worst case is for Nick in F3N as he is using older batteries as practice batteries and really wanted/needed the good ones for F3N official flights.
We did cold flights this morning, no warm up, just go out and do a contest flight. I was pleased at how we looked. There were some mistakes but not big ones. We worked on the issues we had and by the end of the practice day, a lot of that had been fixed.
Looking forward to tomorrow as I go to the Team Manager meeting and (hopefully) get the flight order. Since Nick is flying both F3C and F3N, we may have some challenges as far as scheduling. Both he and I will have to pay attention. A good thing is F3N does not start until Tuesday.

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07-22-2017 07:54 PM  9 months agoPost 25
Andy from Sandy

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Don't you just love the heli community?

Even in a competition one of my countrymen is good hearted to lend a model.

Unless they know they are going to beat you hands down. lol.

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07-22-2017 08:29 PM  9 months agoPost 26
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Day 6
It was an eventful and busy day. Today we had official practice and model processing. We stayed in town and went out and visited with the Japanese. They are good guys that we have had a long running rivalry, but good natured. They invited us to fly at their field and we each got a turn and got to watch them fly. It was seven very impressive flights.
We loaded up and went through model processing without any issues. At lunch I ordered a small pizza and it took over and hour. Hmmmm. The FAI judges came in to eat at the same time and I got to speak to the ones I know. After lunch we went to the official site and each put in our practice flight. No issues there.
We went back to the main office and had opening ceremonies with speeches from the mayor, a member of Parliament, the president of the FAI Jury, and had a local group of singers in traditional dress. After that we got a really pretty cool airshow from a German pilot in an Extra. Pretty cool
I had a Team Managers meeting after that and we set the flight schedules for the preliminary rounds. Cliff is 4th, Daniel is 20th and Nick is 26th. The gloves come off tomorrow and it gets real.
Still no batteries. On the bright side, Jamie's models finally showed up. He has picked them up and is on his way back from Warsaw airport. He has tomorrow and Monday to practice so he should be OK.

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

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07-23-2017 12:22 AM  9 months agoPost 27
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Great news on Jamie's heli's making it in time.

Tom
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07-23-2017 05:06 PM  9 months agoPost 28
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Day 7
F3C Round 1 is in the books. It was a cool rainy day but we managed to get in a full round so it counts. The guys did great. Nick is 4th with a 241.75, Daniel is 10th with a 234, and Cliff is 17th with a 218. Ito won the round with a 256, followed by Dobashi, and Graber. Nick ran out of space on his rolls which were beautiful, went a little out of the 60 degree box, and incurred a 3 point penalty else he would be in second. Darn! But the fix is easy and he is in the thick of it. Daniel and Cliff have a clear opportunity to move up as the judges warmed up in the afternoon.
F3C doesn't fly quite as early tomorrow as we did today so I don't have to get up at 6:00 AM. We have model processing tomorrow for F3N and our official practice is also tomorrow. The first round of F3N is Tuesday but the weather is supposed to be awful so that may be the rain day.

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

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07-24-2017 09:32 PM  9 months agoPost 29
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Day 8, Round 2
We had a beautiful day, the winds were pretty calm and the judges were primed. All our scores went up. Unfortunately so did everyone else. Ito and Graber tied for the lead with a 261. Nick had a very good flight and scored 250. Daniel had a very strong 244.75. Cliff ran into a model issue and still improved his score to 226.25. Final results for the day had Nick in 5th, Daniel in 12th, and Cliff in 25th. We still have two days of preliminaries to go and the results will change dramatically, especially if the weather changes like tomorrow is predicted. Nick flies early tomorrow so hopefully he gets the calm before the weather. Cliff is around 2:00 and Daniel is dead last at 5:10, all predicated on no weather delays.
Tomorrow is the first two rounds of F3N. We got Nick and Jamie's models processed today and had our official practice flights. Jamie is up fist for us in the set maneuvers at 8:30. Nick follows at 10:40. I have no idea how this works so we will struggle through it.

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

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07-24-2017 10:10 PM  9 months agoPost 30
Santiago P

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Thanks for the update, Go USA!

Santiago
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07-24-2017 10:12 PM  9 months agoPost 31
Aswick3

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Good stuff! Great to see the updates, keep working it boys! Good luck as always

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07-25-2017 05:07 AM  9 months agoPost 32
EEngineer

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Great updates....

Go Team USA!

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07-25-2017 06:21 AM  9 months agoPost 33
CHiatt

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Thanks Gordie!
Gordie is an awesome Team Manager, coach and cheerleader. Without him, we would be in pretty sad shape.

Go Gordie! And thanks for all you're doing for us!!

Cliff

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07-25-2017 09:07 PM  9 months agoPost 34
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Day 9, Round 3 for F3C, Round 1 for F3N
It was a cold and rainy day. Nearly everyone flew in some sort of rain. Nick was up fairly early and flew in a drizzle but managed a 242.75 and 5th place right now. Cliff flew also in a light rain and had his best flight, a 242 that moved him back into 17th, in sight of a flyoff spot. Daniel was up last. All 5 of the pilots before him, including Ennio, had dead calm. Ennio made the most of it with a round high 261.5, which raised the bar pretty high for a fairly low scoring round. Daniel went out to fly and the wind picked up. He hung on and managed a really nice 244 and 11th place. We have one more preliminary round of "P" schedule tomorrow and then the flyoffs begin.
In F3N, Jamie was our first pilot and put in a nice flight of 3881.5 and 2nd place. Nick put in his flight at 3818.5 and 5th place. Eric Weber of Germany had the high score 4083. The second round was delayed by rain so tomorrow they will fly three rounds.
Our batteries were finally delivered today so we have some full capacity batteries now and Nick can go all out and not worry so much about running out of battery. Kenny Ko had that happen today and damaged his model though it was repairable.
All our guys have worked really hard and are giving max performances. It is unfortunate that we only have two guys on our F3N Team as we could be a serious contender for a world championship team. The Brits have all four of their team in the top 10 including their junior. In F3C, in the top 15, the Japanese have 4 pilots, the French have 3, the Swiss have two, and we have two. It's going to be a dogfight for the Team podium finishes.

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

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07-27-2017 06:37 AM  9 months agoPost 35
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DAy 10, Round 4 for F3C, Rounds 2,3,4 for F3N
Today was the last day of the preliminaries for both eF3C and F3N. The morning was cold and overcast with wind, just what you don't want I n F3C Cliff flew first in really poor conditions and managed a very respectable 232.75.
Daniel flew next and, even in less than ideal conditions, scored a 243.00. He tried doing a couple of things in a different style and looks like the judges liked them.
Nick flew at 4:30. It was still windy but he changed style just a little and finally managed to bust the 250 mark with a 253.00 in not perfect conditions.
Ito flew in heavy wind but could only manage a 254.25. Both Graber and Pierre Gutierrez of France caught a break and had less wind and took advantage. Graber won the round with a 263.00 and Pierre had a 260.75. WOW! The French team is very strong this year including a junior Axel Mondet that finished in 9th place.
Preliminary results.
1 Graber Swiss
2. Ito Japan
3. Gutierrez France
4 Maxwell USA
5. Iso Japan
6. Roberts GBR
7. Rettenbacher Austria (a junior, great kid)
8. Poyet France
9. Mondet France
10. Hiatt USA
11. Duzzi Swiss
12. Dobashi Japan
13. Del Lungo Italy
14. Wachsmuth Ger
15. Kunii Japan

Mark Christie was 16th, Stefano Lucci was 17th and CLiff was 18th. the next Swiss [pilot was Marc Emmenegger at 22. As it stands it will be a dog fight for the podium. Right now it looks like Japan and France will fight it out for the top spot and Switzerland and the USA for 3rd.
In F3N, there were three rounds
IN Freestyle, Jamie was up first for the US and scored a 449, good but not his best as weather did not help him at all. Nick flew later and had a 476. Kenny Ko won the round with w 494,and Eric Weber had a 486.
IN round 3, set maneuvers, Jamie broke 4000 with a solid 4116.00. I think he was disappointed but he flew well. Nick put in a 4028.00, again solid but not his best. Kenny Ko won the round with w 4268.00 with Weber in second at 4250.00
Late in the afternoon was Round 4, freestyle to music. I missed Jamie's flight as Nick had an F3C flight at the same time but Julie, his caller, said it was great and he scored a 522.00. I had seen Nick practice his music flight but he was always using head phones so I had never seen it while hearing the music. It was amazing. The judges thought so too, scoring a 537.00. Kenny Ko won the round with a 541.5, Nick was second, Lucas Pescante was third with a 535, and Weber was 4th with a 534.
Results for F3N Preliminaries
1. KO TPE
2. Weber Ger
3. Pescante Italy
4. Maxwell USA
5. Robertson USA
6. Osbourne GBR
7. Baeumener Ger
8. Hansen Den
9. Hawtin GBR
10. Jakobsen Den

With a respectable third pilot, the USA would be right in the thick of the medal hunt and a spot on the podium but with only two, we have no shot. It looks to me like the GBR and German teams will flight it out for the top spot. Kenny Ko is right now the favorite to win but ANY of the top 6 can blister the finals and win.
Thursday is a practice day so we will head to the field and work all day. Finals start Friday.

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

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07-27-2017 12:22 PM  9 months agoPost 36
3dDevin

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Worlds
Good job guys. Which Devin could have went but school comes first. James

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07-27-2017 03:36 PM  9 months agoPost 37
Salesmanheliboy

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We are proud of all of the team USA; it's no trivial job to prepare, not to mention the stress of traveling and loss of models and batteries; one hell of a job guys!

Good luck and enjoy the experience.

Gordie, thanks for doing the multi task TM and for the great updates. I look forward to following the next few days and have a safe trip home.

Tim

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07-27-2017 05:40 PM  9 months agoPost 38
EEngineer

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Great job/work by team USA....we'll keep our fingers crossed for the finals....

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07-27-2017 09:49 PM  9 months agoPost 39
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Day 11
Today was a practice day before the finals. We decided to go to our practice field all day and work on things that we think will help us score better. We are finding there is a very different "style" than we are used to seeing. In F3C both Nick and Daniel have adapted pretty well and their scores keep climbing.
In F3N by watching the guys that are scoring well, you can pick up some tendencies. Nick is very good at that.
The finals start tomorrow, two rounds of F3C, F schedule, and two rounds of F3N, set maneuvers and freestyle. Daniel flies first at 10:00 AM.

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

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07-28-2017 02:58 AM  9 months agoPost 40
ymuraki

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Thanks for the report Gordie.
I know how busy you'd been at there.

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