• (Optional) circle
• Fly to extent right turn 180°
• (Optional) missed approach
• Fly to altitude center
• (Optional) high hover
• Fly to extent and do a high flyby and
set up for landing
In all, I made more than 40 practice
flights. After work each night I would
run out to the field and put in about
three to five flights. Wind, cold … I did
But, the last flight of the Winco MD
369 was just two short weeks before the
start of the contest. Yes, I had a crash.
Unexpectedly, I lost a cyclic servo. It
was my fault. I had overvolted the servo.
Rats. In the blink of an eye, the MD
369 was gone—all the setup, tuning was
gone. I was dejected, but not going to
give up. I laid it all on the line and made
the commitment to make the event and
I was going.
I pulled out an older machine I had,
and had flown just one practice flight
with it before the crash. What was I
thinking I had flown it some in the past,
but not as much as the Winco machine.
I had only flown my Augusta 109
one time this spring. I did not have a
declaration page made for this machine,
but I was going to press on. I posted
my update online and wrote, “I crashed
my machine, but I am coming anyway;
I don’t care, win or lose. I worked this
hard and I am going to fly this event!”
I packed up my backup Augusta 109,
camping supplies, [and] transmitter.
I hooked up the trailer, filled up the
Express “extended stay” with gas, and
away I went.
CM: What was the best part of the
experience for you?
MZ: I can sum this up simply—the
people The helicopters are nothing more
than the common media that brings us
together. When I reflect on the contest, I
always have a face, comment, or a smile
from somebody that sticks in my mind.
The contest itself has great memories
too, but it’s the people who make this
hobby great. Dedication to your build,
dedication to practice, anticipation of
the coming event, helping others …
to me, these are the best parts of the
CM: What words of wisdom can you
impart to someone thinking about giving it
MZ: It’s so cliché to say “just do it,” or
“you have to experience it to really
appreciate it,” but the reason those
words keep coming up is [because]
they are true. The very worst part of
a contest like this is you might bang
up your machine and or (gasp) lose!
“Forgetaboutit.” In the grand scheme of
things you will gain so much more in
learning, friendship, and memories. Win
or lose, you’re going to have a great time.
Scale helicopters are for everybody.
Anybody can commit, compete,
and have a good time. Sport Scale
helicopters are fun to work on and the
flying maneuvers are challenging. The
beauty of the Sport Scale class is it
makes organized Scale flying easier for
those who feel they don’t have the time
or skills to compete, but want to.
I am working on my building skills to
someday compete in a Scale Helicopter
518 event. If you are on the fence about
competing with a scale helicopter, you
no longer need to be. Contesting is
fun and the friends and memories last
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