Empire Hobby is
well known for its
fireworks show at the
event. This year the
weather was fantastic
for this presentation.
Jack Burnside, loves
to put on a good show
for everyone so he
prepares for months.
Blade 500 X
sent in videos of
hoping to be
selected for this
Winners took home
(L-R) Gaui Girl Brooke Bayless and Gaui/Empire Hobby
Team Manager Andy Panoncillo presented Nick Maxwell
with the ONE trophy for winning this prestigious contest.
Nick flew a Thunder Tiger Raptor G4 with a Futaba radio
to capture the title.
There are seminar tents behind Stage
Center where you can learn about
everything from building your first heli
to programming a computer transmitter.
There are plenty of top pilots hanging
around, too. They are usually friendly
and helpful if someone has questions
about any aspect of helicopters.
There is a special noontime event
at Stage Center each day building up
to the ONE contest on Saturday. The
ONE contest is an invitational event
sponsored by Empire Hobbies and Gaui
for a selected group of top international
Seven competitors have 7 minutes
to put on a flying performance to wow
both a judging panel and the crowd. In
fact, a decibel meter is used to record
crowd noise and that figure is added
to the competitors’ scores. The highest
combined score wins and the lucky flier
gets his or her name on a permanent
trophy along with a briefcase containing
$7,000! That makes for a great incentive
to see the super-radical flying everyone
The huge crowd gets into the
competitive spirit by clapping, yelling,
and whistling during the flights. Heck,
there have even been occasional full
dance sessions break out among the
crowd. It is the most exciting display of
unbridled 3-D flying in the world.
This year, Nick Maxwell put his
Thunder Tiger G4 heli and Futaba
radio equipment through the paces and
was crowned the ONE immediately
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