Congratulations to Joseph Szczur, 14, for his great performance at the F3P US team trials held in Akron, OH March 21st-23rd. Joseph will be joining pilots RJ Gritter, Devin McGrath, and Ryan Clark in Warsaw, Poland next April at the 2015 F3P world championships event. Joseph qualified for the team after finishing first in the junior pilot category.
The young pilot flew an aircraft called “Excel v1” designed by Scott Barnhart. The plane weighed a scant 86 grams without the battery. His equipment included a Spektrum DX 18 radio control transmitter with Spektrum 2010 servos and was powered by an e-flight 250 motor running on a Thunder Power 7.4 volt battery about the size used in a typical pocket cell phone.
“It’s an honor to be with guys that are pretty much the best indoor radio control pilots in the country and to fly with them at the world championships,” said Joseph after the win.
Joseph is an 8th grade student at Rocky Run Middle School in Chantilly, VA, where he is the president of the STEM-focused Model Airplane Student Club (MASC). This is the second FAI category in which Joseph has represented the United States. Last August he flew with the United States team in F3A, outdoor international aerobatics category during the world championships in Johannesburg, South Africa.