August 3, 2021: RC Helicopter

By Mike Unger

Day 2 of the Heli Nats was one of the best days weather wise we have had in years at the Nats.  Temps in the mid-70s, low humidity, nearly clear skies, and low wind. 

We started at 8:02 a.m. with the first flight of the Sportsman class and ended about 6:15 p.m. with the fourth round of the F3C class. 

Day 2 also brought in the Scale helicopters, with one round of static judging and two rounds of flights. The Scale pilots put on quite a show with some very impressive craftmanship and impressive flying.

First thing in the morning Monday, we had a late entry to the Sportsman class, making the total number of new pilots 10!! It’s great to see so many new pilots getting into the sport.

We had them spend some time discussing their flights with the judges before each round.  All of them are learning quickly, and it is showing in their scores. After the day of flying, the Sportsman and Advanced classes flew 3 complete rounds. 

After 3 rounds

Sportsman (dropping the lowest round)

Chris Goodin                      2000.00

Cliff Lewis                            1973.94

Charles Crespo                  1879.32

Michael Lewandowski   1837.72

Richard Sowers                 1663.26

Nathan Essex                     1604.13

Geena Tucker                    1495.50

Derek Townsend              1403.58

Advanced (dropping lowest score)

Daniel Tureac                     2000.00

Peter Bisbal                        1703.43

In the F3C and Masters classes, two additional rounds were completed, bringing the total to 4.  This closes out the “Preliminary” round for the F3C class.

This means starting for round five, we with switch to a completely different set of maneuvers, adding more difficulty to an already very challenging class. The Masters class will continue with the Preliminary Maneuvers for remainder of the event

After 4 rounds

F3C (all 4 rounds normalized)

Nick Maxwell                     1000.00

Clifford Hiatt                       862.75

Yasunobu Muraki             856.62

Michael Goza                     793.91

Timothy Diperi                  757.60

Chris Diamonte                 720.76

Robert Montee                 678.16

Masters (dropping lowest score)

Gordie Meade                   3000

Jim Hall                                 2804.60

Michael Parker                  2591.18

Angel Rojas                         2586.66

Lots of tight battles are still to come, as we are a still 3 rounds from finishing this event.

Day 2 also saw one static and two rounds of flying for the Scale crew. These machines are simply works of art sitting on the stand, but are even more impressive in the air. The pictures are impressive, but simply don’t do the aircraft justice. 

At the time of this writing, scoring was still being done so check the summary for Day 3 for updates. As always, if you are in the Muncie area, feel free to swing by and see some awesome flying.

4 comments

    1. #1 – … its hot
      #2 – No idea who’s this is, but if I tinker with it perhaps I’ll win
      #3 – Ooops wrong transmitter
      #4 – Pilot had to run
      #5 – Ahh thats how LyPo’s are laid/made
      #6 – Taking off was the easy bit
      #7 – Cobra doing a gun run over a target circle
      #8 – Lets land here out of the way of the Cobra
      #9 – Ahh thats where I left my transmitter
      #10 – ???
      #11 – ???
      #12 – Wonder if I have a VPL?
      #13 – Wheels up/down maybe
      #14 – I’m off, I need to write some captions
      #15 – ???
      #16 – Easiest way of taking off is – throw it straight up and then hit full power.
      #17 – See it works!!!

  1. Pizza man Charlie Crespo is holding on to 3rd place in sportsman class….. he promised free pepperoni pizza for everyone attending IRCHA if he wins 3rd place or if he can complete a loop in the last round 🙂

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