Kyle Stacy proved why
he is “The One” with an
3-D flight during the One
Competition. Seven of
the world’s top pilots
competed for $7,000.
Shown with Kyle (L-R in
back) are Art Hughes,
and Nik Johnson. Kyle’s
dad, Ray (in the back) is
Kyle’s number-one fan.
Ten pilots were chosen
to take part in the Great
Gaui Heli Build Off on
Saturday; five built a
Gaui X3 and five built
a gas-powered Gaui
NX4, with all electronics
included except a
radio and receiver. The
contestants had three
hours to finish the build
and hover to qualify as
a winner, although all
of the pilots got to take
home everything used on
their building tables.
I asked Dave what it was like for him to see an event such as the
Jamboree come together. He told me that when he gets to the flying site,
it is a big, empty field. He and roughly 100 volunteers mark out the field
for flightlines and vendors and he gets to watch it grow into the mega
event it has become. By the time the Jamboree is over and Dave leaves,
he says that the site has returned to an empty field.
One of Dave’s pivotal moments was when he was driving around the
Jamboree in 2013 and it suddenly hit him just how big the event was.
Whether because of the huge crowd or the on-site full-scale flying, it was
that perfect moment when he realized just what IRCHA had created.
An interesting note is that AMA’s National Model Aviation Museum
holds documentation of the history of IRCHA, courtesy of Mark Wilson,
who had collected the information throughout the last 25 years.
Dave gave me a sneak peek of what to expect next year. Much like
the Speed and Scale flightlines, multirotors will
have their own separate flightline. They are still
welcome to fly at the main flightline, but there
will be a place where multirotor pilots can
gather, set up, share ideas, and show off their
It reminds me of what Dave had said about
the early days of IRCHA. This could very well
be the early days of multirotors. Who knows
what we will see from them in 25 years!
IRCHA Speed Cup
The Speed Cup is an annual event during
the Jamboree. The goal is for pilots to compete to see who has the fastest
helicopter. The Speed course was set up at Site 3, one of the flightlines on
the AMA flying site. Pilots could compete throughout the event without
worrying about conflicting traffic on the main flightline. The weather was
perfect, with light winds in the morning, and enough clouds to block the
sun from interfering with pilots’ sight.
There were 37 registered pilots from around the world flying in
Sportsman (flying a shorter course), Open, and Unlimited. This year,
everyone flew electric power.
The Sportsman competition saw mostly stock machines, which were
limited to 50. 4 volts (12S). The Open class flew modified machines that
were limited to 58. 8 volts (14S). Unlimited aircraft were full-speed-bodied fuselages, with some using forward-tilted main shafts, and limited
to 67. 2 volts (16S). A newly implemented technical inspection worked
flawlessly and helped speed things along (no pun intended!).
The man behind the Speed Cup, Santiago
Panzardi, remarked about the increase in speed
across the board from last year. The course had
two gates set up at either end, and each run
consisted of two passes. The high speed on each
leg of the run was averaged for that run’s result.
Pilots flew to the opposite end of the course
and entered into a steep dive to gain speed.
They would then level out before passing
through the first gate. The run was timed as
soon as they passed the second gate. If the heli
was not straight and level through the first gate,
the run didn’t count.
Of the 12 entries in the Sportsman class,
Scott Gray placed first flying a JR Forza 700.
23 Model Aviation DECEMBER 2014