Meet Team Futaba
Team Futaba at the Pylon Nationals in Muncie, Indiana
Father/son team Marcus and Bryan Blanchard won the Q500 Class at the Pylon Nationals. This makes the second national championship for Marcus, who scored his first 2002.
Jim Allen placed first in Quarter Midget US Nationals (Pylon): "I started out the first round of qualifying with a 1:02.26 that ended up being fast time for all of qualifying with only a few people withing 2 seconds of me. I put my Strega away and got out my Proud Bird QM back-up and finished qualifying, making the finals easily. In the finals, I started out with a 1:01.07 and followed in the second round with a 1:01.53. From there, I flew the next three rounds getting out in front and only going as fast as I had to and went on to win by 2 points over 2nd place. The 1:01.07 stood for fast time of the event too. Mark Parker called for me in Gary Schmidt's absence and did a great job for me."
Team Futaba at the Bakersfield, California IMAC contest
L-R: Garrett Morrison, Kirt Campbell, Frank Kelley, Matt Stringer, Rob Sarlan
Mesa AZ Pattern Contest
L-R: Chris Gini - Kirt Campbell - Rusty Fried - Bill Adams
Space City Pattern Classic
Scott McHarg - 1st place at the Space City Pattern Classic, Katy Texas
Jack Buckley - 4th Place in Expert at Top Gun - Lakeland, FL
Mike Barbee - 3rd Place in Expert at Top Gun - Lakeland, FL
Frank Noll/Mike Barbee - 2nd Place in Team Scale at Top Gun - Lakeland, FL
Denis Lyon Memorial Race
This past weekend, at the Denis Lyon Memorial race, Jim Allen flew both 426 Q500 and 422 Quarter Midget, scoring 2nd in Quickie on Saturday and 1st on Sunday along with fast time both days. In Quarter Midget, he got third and fast time both days but the highlight of the weekend was breaking the National Record and resetting it with a 0:57.22 second time, over 0.6 faster than the 8 year old previous record.
US F3J Tour
The inaugural US F3J Tour has completed its first year with a lot of momentum. There were competitions in Phoenix, Houston, Denver, Muncie, Albuquerque, and final stop was on the east coast.
It's a fantastic concept, and helps bring some recognition and prestige to F3J in the US. Daryl Perkins (pictured) was fortunate enough to win it this year making Futaba the National J Tour Champion.
L-R: Tom Erb, Paul Soha
Chad Northeast. Plane: Avanti (jet). 18MZ Guidance
Jerry Smith. Plane: Jerry's Big Fun. 14SG Guidance
Bakersfield, California IMAC Contest
L-R: Frank Kelley, Rusty Fried, Bill Adams, Garrett Morrison, Rob Sarlan
Pattern in the Valley Contest
1st Place: Chad Northeast
2nd Place: Michi Akimoto
Top Gun Scale Contest in Lakeland Florida, April 30-May 4, 2014.
L-R: Dennis Crooks, Jack Buckley, Mike Barbee, Dean Copeland, Brian & Bonnie Omeara, Dave and Vicki Pinegar
Team Futaba pilots at the Bear Mountain Spring IMAC Classic April 12-13, 2014
L-R: Bill Adams, Rob Sarlan, Garrett Morrison, Rusty Fried, Frank Kelley
Southwest Classic Soaring Contest
Congratulations to Team Futaba member Daryl Perkins on his Unlimited class win at the Southwest Classic Soaring Contest this past weekend! This was a huge event with the best of the best flying. Fellow team member Darwin Barrie took 9th in Unlimited.
The picture shows two happy Team Futaba members (Darwin on the left, Daryl on the right).