Meet Team Futaba
District 7 Pattern Championships
L-R: 1st Place Masters - Matt Stringer, 1st Place FAI - Chip Hyde
Central Valley RC Fall Soaring Festival
Team Futaba in attendance at the Central Valley RC Fall Soaring Festival October 5 and 6, 2013. From Left to right Darwin N. Barrie, Bill Malvey, Andy Thonet, Edgar Vera.
Andy Thonet preparing to launch Darwin's 4.0 Meter Explorer MkII. 18MZ with SBus utilization in the wing.
The throw and it is off on the winch. Near vertical performance. Cool shadow!
Darwin's Explorer nailing a max point landing with a 25 and exactly 10 minutes.
Canadian IMAC Nationals
L-R: Don McClellan (1st), Guillaume Saucier (3rd), Ivan Kristensen (2nd)
USA Pattern Nationals
Chip Hyde wins his 14th US Nationals Championships! He accomplished this with his Futaba 18MZ radio.
Warbirds over the Rockies
L-R: Brian Omeara (event Director), Tony Quist, Ryan Haldenwanger, Frank Noll, Frank Kelley, Bill Hempel & crew
Ryan Haldenwanger is pictured flying his ME-262
Matt Stringer, winner of the Masters Class at the US Nationals.
Showing some Futaba Orange at the City of Arvada Air Show.
L-R: Bonnie & Brian Omeara & Ryan Haldenwanger
Northern Alliance Military Fly-In at Owatanna MN
The event is the Northern Alliance Military Fly In in Owatonna, MN. It's in it's 9th year. It attracts Warbird and Classic Scale pilots from all over the US and Canada. This year there were over 125 registered pilots. The event is unusual as it draws some of the larger scale models, many with 14' plus wingspans and weighing over 100 pounds. Ryan Haldenwanger was awarded Best Jet Runner up for his 103" turbine powered Grumania Me-262 C1a version.
Team Members (L-R): Brian & Bonnie Omeara, Dennis Crooks, Scott Russell, Pete Rosas, Ryan Haldenwanger
Front Row: AJ Seaholm (winner)
Back Row: Joe Tropea (7th), Marcus Blanchard (caller for Bryan), Bryan Blanchard (6th).
National Aeromodeling Championships
Team Futaba soaring pilot Darwin Barrie flew to third place finishes in both 2-meter and Unlimited classes at the National Aeromodeling Championships last week in Muncie IN. Darwin uses the Futaba 18MZ to handle the complicated flight programming required by modern sailplanes.
The National Aeromodeling Championships are held annually at the AMA's International Aeromodeling Center in Muncie, IN. Thermal Duration Soaring requires precision in both flight time and spot landing.
Futaba and Hobbico congratulate Darwin and all other Futaba pilots that competed in this year's Soaring National Championships!
AJ Seaholm and Scott Causey from the Ft. Lauderdale NMPRA Race
AJ and I just finished the NMPRA Gold Cup race in Ft. Lauderdale hosted by another team pilot Ray Brown. After two days of racing, AJ took first place and fast time and I took the third place finish.
Team Futaba Member Matt Stringer & his current planes
Team Futaba Member Jun Catacutan at the John Erickson Memorial contest