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August 5, 2020: RC Helicopter

black and yellow rc helicopter on the ground

By Mike Unger Tuesday: Day 2 and the final day of the Heli Nats is now in the books. We arrived at the field to low cloud cover and cooler temps than expected, so we delayed the start of the final rounds of competition a few hours. This gave everyone time to charge batteries, tweak helicopter settings, and mentally prepare for the final three competition flights of the 2020 Nats. Once the clouds burned off, we started with F3C flying the F schedule. The F schedule is not only another set of maneuvers to learn, but it is also more difficult than the P schedule. After the F3C class finished its fifth round, the Advanced pilots did a back-to-back session and completed rounds five and six. We paused for lunch, enjoyed watching Nick Maxwell do a quick F3N Freestyle session, and then were back at it. On the south flightline, Tim Diperi and Michael Zamborowski completed their final round of Scale competition flying their beautiful, detailed helicopters. This round went to Tim Diperi with Mike a very solid second. The final round started around 1:30 p.m. and, with everyone’s cooperation, went off without a hitch. Flying finished at 4:30, and the awards ceremony followed. Over two days of flying, 59 total competition flights were completed, and 177 individual score sheets were generated, and tabulated to decide the podium finishers for the for the 2020 Helicopter Nats. F3C| First: Nick Maxwell Second: Yasunobu Muraki Third: Michael Goza F3N First: Nick Maxwell AMA Advanced First: Michael Parker Second: Angel Rojas 518 Scale First: Michael Zamborowski Second: Tim Diperi I personally would like to thank all the competitors for attending our event this year. I am hopeful that, in 2021, things can get back to normal where all the classes are represented and, as a Contest Director, I am busier than ever. Until then, stay safe and keep flying. Check out all 2020 RC Helicopter Nats coverage HERE.

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