The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and the National Model Pylon Racing Association (NMPRA) are pleased to announce that 10 teams will be participating in the 2022 FAI F3D/F3E World Championships for Pylon Racing Model Aircraft, which is scheduled to take place July 8-12, 2022, at the International Aeromodeling Center in Muncie, Indiana.
We appreciate those teams that have made the commitment to attend and hope that additional countries will decide to participate.
FAI # 130341 Chris Wood F3D Team Manager, Caller 3
FAI # 54344 Tyler Mees F3D Pilot 1, F3E Pilot 1
FAI # 135912 Andrew Wall F3D Pilot 1
FAI # 130340 Matthew Wood F3D Pilot 3
FAI # 54345 Warren Mees F3D Caller 1, F3E Caller 1
FAI # 91142 Tony Singleton F3E Pilot 2, Caller 3
Steven Hughes F3E Caller 2, Pilot 3
Jade Hagan Supporter
FAI # 30320 Wim Lentjes F3D Team Manager, Caller 1
FAI # 30319 Bram Lentjes F3D Pilot 1
FAI # 163113 Marcelo Carvalho F3D Pilot 1, F3E Caller 1
FAI # 163111 Daniel Coe F3D Pilot 2
FAI # 163112 Richard Beers F3D Pilot 3
FAI # 163494 Salvador Chavez F3D Caller 1, Caller 2, Caller 3
FAI # 163495 John Kane F3E Pilot 1
Emanuel Fuzaro Supporter
FAI # 89756 Paul Gibeault F3D Team Manager, Caller 2
FAI # 26768 Roy Andrassy F3D Pilot 1
FAI # 67853 Jiri Novotny F3D Pilot 1, Caller 2
FAI # 54637 Tomas Andrlik F3D Caller 1, Pilot 2
FAI # 16959 Roman Pojer F3D Pilot 3, Caller 3
FAI # 65451 Tomas Ciniburk F3E Pilot 1
FAI # 65452 Jan Sedlacek F3E Caller 1, Pilot 2
FAI # 60797 Jiri Klein F3E Pilot 3
Vera Krlinova Supporter
Marta Kleinova Supporter
FAI # 60515 Sebastien Lemonnier F3D Team Manager, Caller 1
FAI # 60119 Olivier Allais F3D Pilot 1
FAI # 60286 Frederic Gregoire F3D Pilot 2, Caller 3
FAI # 60451 Mathieu Dubard F3D Caller 2, Pilot 3
FAI # 68565 Andreas Kaiser F3D Pilot 1
FAI # 163551 Leonas Kaiser F3D Caller 1
FAI # 19915 Julio M. Quevedo F3D Team Manager, Pilot 1, Caller 2
FAI # 19917 Julio Q. Quevedo F3D Caller 1, Pilot 2
FAI # 19912 Eduardo Mmelville F3D Pilot 3
FAI # 68229 Gary Freeman Jr. F3D Caller 3
FAI # 21412 Robbert Van Den Bosch F3D Team Manager, Pilot 1
FAI # 116350 Ray Van De Klok F3D Pilot 2, Caller 3
FAI # 70193 Rob Metkemeijer F3D Caller 1, Caller 2, Pilot 3
FAI # 70214 Peet Doddema F3E Caller 1, Pilot 2
FAI # 95509 Joris Crevecoeur F3E Pilot1, Caller 2
Jan Van De Klok Supporter
Caroline Metkemeijer Supporter
FAI # 24733 Gunnar Broberg F3D Team Manager, Caller 1
FAI # 30235 Emil Broberg F3D Pilot 1
FAI # 24773 Thomas Eriksson F3D Pilot 2
FAI # 24770 Simon Nyholm F3D Pilot 3
FAI # 163905 Taru Hintikka F3D Caller 2
FAI # 24754 Thomas Nyholm F3D Caller 3
Camilla Broberg Supporter
FAI # 82883 Tom Scott F3D Team Manager
FAI # 79472 Gino Del Ponte F3D Pilot 1, Caller 3
FAI # 76107 Randy Bridge F3D Pilot 2
FAI # 111285 AJ Hemken F3D Caller 1, Pilot 3
FAI # 158129 Leo Nordell F3D Pilot 4
FAI # 162428 Dennis Cranfill F3D Caller 4
FAI # 81814 Ray Brown F3D Caller 2
FAI # 68229 Gary Freeman Jr. F3E Pilot 1
FAI # 141273 Mike Helsel F3E Caller 1
FAI # 68198 Charles (B) Brown F3E Pilot 3
FAI # 163951 Mark Parker F3E Caller 1
FAI # 92987 Trey Witte F3E Caller 2, Caller 3
Sandy Helsel Supporter
Gregg Hemken Supporter
Patrice Hemken Supporter
Gary Freeman Sr. Supporter
Ana Brown Supporter
Mike Del Ponte Supporter
Domonic Del Ponte Supporter
Chuck Bridge Supporter
Ola Nordell Supporter
FAI # 82911 Raul Segnini F3D Team Manager, Caller 1
FAI # 82909 Gabriel Rami Tahhan F3D Pilot 1
Vicky Tahhan Supporter
Miranda Tahhan Supporter
The event organizer will take any and all precautions to provide a safe and comfortable environment for those attending the World Championships.
Bulletin 2 will be released soon and will contain additional information regarding any COVID-19 restrictions, shipping information, and information about local lodging, food, and other amenities.
We look forward to a successful and exciting competition.
AMA has announced which pilots and callers will be representing Team USA.
The youngest pilot is Junior Leo Nordell. Leo, age 15, has been flying for six years and Dennis Cranfill will serve as his caller. Leo will compete in F3D with his A1 Composites Vector.
Also competing in F3D as a Senior will be Gino Del Ponte, Randy Bridge, and AJ Hemken. Tom Scott will serve as team manager. “Rocket” Ray Brown will be serving as a caller.
Competing in F3E will be Gary Freeman Jr., Mike Helsel, and Bruce Brown.
Gary Freeman Jr., age 43, has been a systems engineer for LMC for the past 22 years. His interest in model airplanes began at age 3. He has competed on several world championship teams for F3D and F3E. He was part of the gold medal-winning Team USA F3D in 2009. He currently holds the US record for F3E.
Mike Helsel has been flying for 70 years. His aeromodeling accomplishments include third place in the FAI Sopwith Cup 1973; first-place finishes in the AMA Nats Q-40 in 2000, 2001, 2005; first place in Q-500 at the 2005, 2011, 2019 Nats; and he is an NMPRA Hall of Fame member.
Trey Witte and Mike Parker will be callers for the F3E pilots.
This post will be updated as more information is released. Good luck to Team USA!