The 2012 Indoor FF season is in full swing, and we’ve already had a number of of great flying events across the country.
I attended the July 4 contest at historic Hangar 1 in
Lakehurst, New Jersey, where the Junior and Senior F1D
teams got in some last-minute practice for the World
Championships that were held August 8-13, 2012, in Belgrade,
The World Championships will be completed by the time
you read this; use the link in the “Sources” list to find out the
individual and team results.
Senior team member, Brett Sanborn, has been working
hard on his program, reworking nearly every aspect with
exceptional results. He has combined key elements from other
successful designs and added his own twists.
Most striking are his sparless, carbon outline propellers,
pioneered by German Lutz Schramm, and combined with the
composite construction that reigning world champion Ivan
Treger applied to Bernard Hunt’s variable-pitch hub design.
Brett’s propellers are on the heavier end of the spectrum, but
he’s put other parts of the model on a diet to keep the overall
The propellers and the model’s other improvements look
great and perform even better. How much better?
Brett won the team selection contest with a national
record of 38: 36, bumped it up to 39: 15 a couple of weeks
ago, and then blew it out of the water at this contest with a
national and world record of 42:03!
Brett’s success has prompted me to examine my own
program, and I realized that I was flying 10-year-old models
that were exhausted. The sturdier, plastic-covered models
resulting from the 2000 rule change certainly last longer than
their microfilm predecessors, but I’m finding that they can last
As the second Senior team member, I’m taking the role
seriously and have begun refurbishing my top models. There is
much work to do and little time to do it.
Senior team member Nick Ray and Junior team members
Parker and Spencer Tyson attended and worked hard on their
preparations. Wish our team luck!
F1D Team Sponsorship
I want to offer a special thank-you and extend a welcome
to Cooper Tires, new sponsors of the US F1D Team. The
company’s generous support will help keep the team
Our new team jerseys will feature the Cooper Tires logo
prominently displayed, along with a nifty new team logo
designed by Brett Sanborn and me.
Indoor FF Nats/USIC
We had a great 2012 Indoor FF Nats/USIC at the Mini-Dome in Johnson City, Tennessee. Fifty-one competitors,
plus approximately 20 kids from the Smyrna, Georgia, Flying
contributed to his
new F1D world record.
Photos by Nick Ray
and Michael Hnatov.
129 Model Aviation OC TOBER 2012 www.ModelAviation.com
42:03: Brett Sanborn’s new F1D
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