The MD 530’s Sport Scale
declaration statement page lists the
work Michael did to the helicopter.
Michael Zabrowski’s original Nats entry, the
Winco MD 530, is shown before its mishap.
Michael displays his
backup aircraft, the
Nothing garners more attention than a great-looking scale helicopter. Did you know that you could also enter your scale helicopter in a national competition? It sounds scarier than it actually is, and with the provisional
Sport Scale category, it is even easier to get started in the AMA
Scale Nats, held at the International Aeromodeling Center in
I recently talked with team Futaba member Michael
“GrimRacer” Zabrowski about his experience last year in
competing in the Sport Scale category for the first time. Michael
showed me how, with a little determination, you could also
compete in the Nats.
Chris Mulcahy: Can you tell us a little about the provisional Sport
Michael Zabrowski: The largest challenge with any type of
contest is getting people to participate, and the AMA 518 Scale
Helicopter class is no different. [AMA event] 518, as written, is
a challenging class and hard to get started in this aspect of the
In steps the idea of Sport Scale, which gives pilots the
opportunity to participate in a Scale contest, but on a simpler
level. If you built or bought your model, you’re welcome to
participate in the class by following a
simple set of requirements:
1. Fill out a declaration statement
about your model with a three-view
[drawing] and declare what, if anything,
you did special to your model. Did you
paint it? Add a cockpit, guns, rivets, etc.?
2. Assemble a flight routine. A list of
simple to more-advanced maneuvers is
3. Practice your flight routine.
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