Fireworks and helicopters paired up Saturday
night to create a spectacular show. Empire Hobby,
Gaui, and Scorpion up the ante every year by
sponsoring the fireworks show as the finale to the
The midway—or Vendor Row—was the place to find and purchase products and
talk to distributors, manufacturers, and retailers. It stretched from one end of
the flightline to nearly the other. Almost all of the well-known names in the RC
helicopter industry attended the event.
Photos by the author and Jennifer Orebaugh
His average speed was 130.03 mph and his fastest downwind leg was
142 mph. Matt Botos came in second with his Synergy E7 SE Speed. His
average speed was 120. 64 mph with a 130. 82 mph fastest downwind leg.
Hiroki Ito finished third flying his JR Forza 700. Hiroki’s average speed was
120. 37 mph, and his fastest downwind leg was 137. 66 mph.
Seven pilots entered the Open competition. Stefan Segerer took first
flying a Henseleit TDR. His average speed was 146 mph and his fastest pass
was 156. 43 mph. Chip Pairett finished second piloting a Goblin 700 Speed.
His average speed was 138. 57 mph with a 136. 90 mph fastest pass. Flying a
Henseleit TDR, Oliver Jellen had a third-place finish with an average speed
of 136. 90. His fastest pass was clocked at 140. 25 mph.
There were six entries in the Unlimited class. Miles Dunkel took first
flying a Minicopter Diabolo S. His average speed was 168.05 with his fastest
pass at 179.68 mph. Miles set a new IRCHA record!
Oliver Jellen flew to second place with a Henseleit TDV. His average was
155. 53 mph, with his fastest pass at 160. 93 mph. Richard Zappe was third
flying a Minicopter Diabolo S. Richard’s average speed was 153. 39 mph,
and his fastest pass was 161.51 mph.
Several Unlimited pilots pushed their machines to the maximum
aerodynamic limits. This included a high-speed wall-type maneuver,
where the helicopter suddenly pitches straight up at high speed. This
phenomenon is caused by a retreating blade stall, where the rotor blade on
the rear of the disc loses its lift ability, leaving only the front half of the disc
producing lift, causing the drastic pitch-up maneuver. This caused some
disastrous results during practice, but there were no actual crashes during
The flightline was pushed out much farther from the pit area this year,
providing an additional layer of safety, and there were many great prizes
provided by sponsors for the Speed pilot raffle.
One note of interest is that all but two of the entries used off-the-shelf
products for their speed machines. There has never been a better time to try
out Speed heli flying, and it will be interesting to see how people improve
their machines for next year.
24 Model Aviation DECEMBER 2014