By Wally by Golly
It was a great contest for sure. The ping match between Eitan Rotbart and James Hohensee was amazing to watch.
The weather forecast was abysmal, and after meeting with the LES CD and support group, they decided to cancel. The F3K folks decided to try and get 3 rounds in prior to the storm’s arrival.
The good news was that F3K got in 10 rounds that day, as the storm stayed just west of the field. Site 4 sits in a protected area of the AMA property, so the wind was not that bad. When the dust had settled, James Hohensee came in first, Eitan Rotbart came in second, and Ivan Mackenzie came in third . We had great support form Canada this year and folks from the West Coast.
I love hand launch in that the conditions play an integral part of the contest, whether it is all up last done, or Poker. The pilot skills are so integral. The defacto scoresheet is provided below.
The picture below is the new timer in use by the F3K gang and is very Wally proof.
This is a timer you can get off Amazon for cheap. The screen is good and holds an 800 mAh LiPo. Recharging through a USB-micro port is easy.
We started the day off with the thunderstorms out in the distance. They never really got close, and as the contest ended at 2 p.m. is when the rain started.
Here are Canadian and US pilots having a fun time together.
Here is a Ph.D student timer and Scott doing their thing! Mengchen is from China and wins furthest distance travelled. What a great competitor and timer.
What a great combo. Reid is from Colorado and David is from Pennsylvania. Everyone supports everyone. David is calling some air for Reid.
David is coaxing his DLG into better air while informing Jason of his options. This was a great pair for sure, as Jason helped David to achieve numero uno on the podium.
Gavin Trussell is timing for Jeff Carr and is hamming it up for the camera. They support Horizon Hobby as team pilots and a better pair you will not find. Horizon Hobby is a great support of modeling in general, and these two make it even better.
F3K would not have happened this year without this handsome man, Micky Nowell! Micky provided the scoring system and annunciation files for F3K. He was instrumental in saving the ship, so to speak.
There’s nothing better than brothers from Canada getting involved in F3K. Along with Eitan, they pounded some great scores throughout the event.
There’s also nothing better than a son and father colluding in a hobby. Also, there’s nothing like the son kicking the Dads blutarsky into next week, scoring well ahead of his mentor!
Ladies and gents, this thing kicked some major league koondingy. Besides toppling circus tents, port-a-potties, and LSF sheets, it really spread a lot of 60-80 mph wind everywhere. Muncie had trees down everywhere and we took some funnel cloud pictures to boot.