iHobby 2008 World Micro Heli Cup
Rosemont IL October 18-19, 2008
Team Futaba members Kyle Stacy and Nick Maxwell abused the competition by taking 1st and 2nd at the 2008 World Micro Heli Cup. This yearly competition is held during the iHobby show. The event is a great crowd draw, and allows the public to see just what these machines are capable of.
Kyle flew virtually flawless routines; however, his required maneuvers are one thing that really set him apart from the rest of the competition. It was clear that Kyle had spent a lot of time getting ready for this contest. Kyle also won the micro class.
Nick flew his normal smooth, but hard core routine; making his Furion feel the beat of the music and the crowd hear the blades as they worked through the pitch changes.
Both Kyle and Nick flew the new Miniature Aircraft Furion 450 (distributed exclusively by Great Planes Model Distributers). It was fun to see the crowds reaction when they heard the Furion's spool up after they had been watching the micro class. They really did not know what they were in for with these high head speed machines.
On the aircraft side; Team Futaba member Jason Danhakl flew his Great Planes Yak 54 (foamy) to a fourth place finish after having to skip the entire first day of competition in order to work in the Great Planes booth.
Congratulations to all Team Futaba members on another great showing!
Team Futaba at the 2008 IRCHA Jamboree
Team Futaba at the 2008 Helicopter Nats
Left to right: Wayne Mann, Doug Trent, Tom Erb, Ben Minor, Gordie Meade,
Dwight Shilling, Cliff Hiatt, Daniel Hiatt, Tim DiPeri
Music City Helicopter Championships
Team Futaba made a clean sweep of the recent Music City Helicopter Championships in both Class III and F3C classes.
Pictured from left to right: Dennis Purduski, David Sellers, Gordie Meade,
Doug Trent, Tim DiPeri, Dwight Schilling, Ben Minor, Don Wade
Tim DePeri's Heli Demo for Cub Scouts
Team Futaba member Tim DiPeri recently was asked by a local hobby shop in a suburb of Nashville TN if he could get free for a day to do a helicopter demonstration and answer some questions for a large group of Cub Scouts (and their parents). During the summer time, there are several day camps in the state to help scouts get ahead on there requirements.
The helicopter demonstration was there "grand finale" of there week. The kids were great and had great questions. Hopefully we will see an entire new
group of pilots in a few years!
Congratulations to Tim's two boy's as they are at the end of their scouting adventure. His oldest just got his Eagle and his younger is in the process of obtaining it. Very significant achievements indeed.
Congratulations to all Futaba XFC Pilots!
Muncie IN - June 13-15, 2008
It's not very often that you see an awards podium like Team Futaba experienced last weekend at the Extreme Flight Championships; it was pure orange; first through third in both airplane and helicopter!
Andrew Jesky flew his big PL Extra with 14MZ FASST guidance so smoothly and precisely that the judges could find little fault with his performance. His Freestyle included a heart- stopping, knife edge dive to inches above the ground that went right into a high-alpha rolling harrier. Andrew was crowned the 2008 Champion for airplanes (his second XFC win).
Dominik Hagele (Germany) made his helicopter dance to the music so perfectly that he won both of the final two rounds. He started the contest in first place and ended there. Dominik used the FX40 (tray version of the 14MZ) FASST for guidance. He must have liked the look that the Team Futaba (North American) pilots had as he talked Frank Noll into a Team Futaba Shirt and hat to wear for the finals on Sunday. Dominik is the 2008 Helicopter Champion.
On the airplane side: Jason Noll put in another super performance this year finishing in second place. Jason and Andrew switched back and forth between first and second places all weekend. When the smoke cleared only a couple of points separated Andrew from Jason. Jason used a 14MZ FASST to guide his Yak.
Kelly Gerber was right behind Jason in third in the airplane division. Kelly's flights were the epitome of smooth. 14MZ FASST guidance.
Yuri Higuchi finished in fifth place with a very unique (and risky) start to his Freestyle. After an almost vertical climb to a very high altitude Yuri killed the engine and dove at high speed towards the ground. Once enough speed was built up he did a midair re-start! It worked every time! Yuri used a 14MZ.
Jason Danhakl flew his Aeroworks Extra hard and fast earning him seventh place. Jason's high energy routine always got the crowd pumped up. 14MZ FASST for guidance.
Nick Maxwell, in his second XFC once again flew both airplanes and helicopters. Flying the Great Planes 38% Extra in the airplane category Nick landed in tenth place. He is also the first person to fly in both categories and make the finals in both categories. Nick used a 12Z with FASST.
Rounding out the top ten was Manuel Santos from Mexico. Manuel probably had the most fun of anyone. When it was announced that he had made the finals most would think he had just won the entire competition based on his level of excitement! Manuel flew his beautiful 14MZ FASST guided bird to a well-deserved tenth place.
Mark Tent rocked his beautiful Bud Light sponsored Yak with 14MZ FASST guidance to seventeenth place.
On the helicopter side; Bobby Watts threw down the "high voltage" performance he has become known for to earn him second place with his Miniature Aircraft helicopter guided by a 14MZ FASST with O.S. Engine power.
Nick Maxwell, proved that he can fly it all WELL with a hot third place finish. Also flying a Miniature Aicraft heli with O.S. Engine power and 12Z FASST guidance.
Consummate competitor, Colin Bell once again was a crowd favorite with his great routines. Colin finished in a solid forth place using a 12Z FASST.
Jason Krause flew the T-Rex 700 he designed with O.S. Engine power and 14MZ FASST guidance. As always "JK's" flights rock and have huge crowd appeal.
Matt Botos finished in fourteenth after an argument with the ground cost him a zero. His flights were excellent as always. 14MZ FASST for guidance.
Mark Fadley, flew his Miniature Aircraft helicopter to expertly choreographed, unique routines that are great fun to watch. Mark finished in eighteenth place. 14MZ FASST for guidance.
Everyone here at Hobbico congratulates these great pilots and representatives of the sport on their achievements at this year's XFC!
A.J. Seaholm's new pylon ship
Space City Pattern Contest
May 3, 4 2008
Left to right: Glen Watson (Contest director), Ron Barr (FAI), Brett Wickizer (FAI), Mike Harrison (FAI)
Team Futaba members did well at the Space City Pattern Contest, Brett Wickizer placed 1st in F3A, Mike Harrison was 4th and Ron Barr was 5th.
NMPRA Gold Cup
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
The NMPRA Gold Cup Race was held April 19th-20th in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Team Futaba members Ray Brown, Marcus and Bryan Blanchard, Pete Reed, and AJ Seaholm were in attendance. AJ Seaholm took 4th place and set Fast Time with a blistering 59.56.
Garrett Morrison in India
Garrett Morrison traveled to the Wings India air show in Aamby Valley India.
Garrett is in the middle wearing the Orange Futaba shirt. Surrounding Garrett are the flyers using Futaba at this event.
Graeme Mears and David Shulman get the attention of the USAF Thunderbirds!
When Graeme Mears (builder) and David Shulman (pilot) started putting together their entry for this years Top Gun Invitational, I bet they never thought the model would get them a personal audience with the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds!
In David's own words...
"The past week sure has been an interesting one. As you can see by the photo's, our new Team Scale entry for Top Gun (Graeme Mears - builder, me - pilot) has garnered the attention of the USAF Thunderbirds team and warranted a special up-close and personal meeting with them at the "Sun-N-Fun" event last weekend here in Florida.
The team was thoroughly impressed by the craftsmanship and you should've seen the look on there faces when we told them, yes, it does fly!"
We passed these incredible photographs around the office here at the Great Planes offices and Don Anderson summed all of our feelings up best when he stated " ...this is one of those few memorable achievements in modeling that makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck. That doesn't happen very often any more, but it did when I viewed this picture."
Graeme and David, congratulations on an outstanding achievement! Everyone here is proud to have you as part of Team Futaba and we all wish you the very best at Top Gun!
Team Futaba Cleans up at 2008 ETOC!
Andrew Jesky (C), Jason Noll (L) and John Glezellis (R) took the competition by storm at the 2008 ETOC.
Team Futaba invades the Toledo Weak Signals RC Show 2008
Team Futaba takes a break for a photo at the 2008 Weak Signal RC show in Toledo OH.
Many team members worked in the Futaba exhibit all weekend long.
Tampa Helicopter Contest
From left: Dave Sellers, Nob Muraki, Wayne Mann, Cliff Hiatt, Gordie Mead, Dwight Shilling
Phoenix Gold Cup Race
Team Futaba at Phoenix Gold Cup 2008
Springfest Q-500 Race
Jim Allen receives his award for winning the Q-500 (428) class and setting fast time.
Springfest's stylish ride to the flightline!
AMPS Aerobatic Challenge
Miami, FL February 23-24, 2008
Left to right Ivan Christensen, Don McClellan, Don Hamilton,
Jim Woodward, Stephen Hamilton, Steve Dionne.
Team Futaba members had a great time and did very well at the AMPS Aerobatic Challenge. Ivan Christensen reported that all of the Futaba equipment performed "flawlessly".
Ivan brought home a second in Unlimited with Stephen Hamilton 3rd, Donny McLellan 4th and Steve Dionne 5th.
Congratulations to these team members!
Q-40 Classic 2008
Speedworld RC Flyers
February 23-24, 2008
Team Futaba members AJ Seaholm, Gary Schmidt, Jim Allen, Gino Del Ponte, Mark Parker, Rusty VanBaren, Jaime DeLaVega, Lyle Larson, Pete Reed, and Tanner Pacini turned in great performances at the Phoenix Q-40 Classic hosted by the Speedword RC Flyers.
Speedworld R/C Flyers Winterfest
Phoenix on January 20-21, 2008
Gino Del Ponte, 1st Place Q-500
Team Futaba member Gino Del Ponte raced in Q-500 at the Speedworld R/C Flyers Winterfest in Phoenix on January 20-21, 2008. Gino's low time was 1:06.46 and he ended up with 38 points which gave him first place. Team members Jim Allen and Gary Schmidt also raced placing 11 and 31 respectively.
Gino reported that his Futaba FASST systems worked perfectly during the entire race.
Congratulations to Gino, Jim and Gary!