Richard Zappe begins a pass with his
minicopter Diabolo S during the IRCHA Speed
Cup competition. Richard placed sixth in the
SAB Heli Division debuted
one of its newest helicopters,
the Competition Urukay, in
a choreographed sequence
featuring smoke. The
Competition Urukay was
and designed for FAI F3C
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“The mandatory maneuvers are the same as those used in
the 518 Precision Scale event. They are hovering with clearing
turns, followed by a 45° climbout, and a translational landing
into the circle from where you started.
“As the flying started, the pilots were a bit nervous in front of
the judges, but as the flight rounds went on, you could see that
the confidence and smooth flying came back to them. After
the flying was complete and the scores tallied, the top finishers
were announced. Congratulations to all. Please stop by next
year and take a look at some of these amazing machines.”
Thank you, Stan!
IRCHA Speed Cup and FPV Racing
The 2015 IRCHA Speed Cup marked the event’s fifth
year and it definitely lived up to all of the excitement
surrounding the increase in speed popularity. With 29
competitors representing Germany, China, Taiwan, Japan,
England, and the US, the IRCHA Speed Cup was a truly
The Speed Cup consists of four classes. Sportsman
features commercially available helicopters assembled by
the manufacturer using the company’s original components.
The 12S maximum Pro-Modified class is for helicopters
manufactured in mass or limited production, and conversion
kits. Modifications to the kits are allowed.
The 14S maximum Unlimited class features any helicopter
model, including those with full bodies, tilted main rotors, and
one-off prototypes, and the 16S maximum Mini-Unlimited
A&B class was created for 250 to 480mm-size models, in order
to open up the competition experience.
According to Justin Pucci, although the Speed Cup was
fundamentally an event in which each pilot pitted himself
or herself against the other competitors to see who came out
on top, the atmosphere was much more of an Olympic one.
At a basic level, the idea is to get from point A to point B in
the shortest amount of time and then turn around and do it
again in the opposite direction. Fellow speed enthusiasts came
together to share their love for this awesome sport and didn’t
let competition get in the way of camaraderie.
New to IRCHA this year was the FPV area. Dan Lucente
describes this new segment of the hobby.
“FPV, or First-Person View, multirotor racing has seen an
explosion in popularity in the last few years. This type of
racing puts the RC pilot ‘in the cockpit’ of the model via a live
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