Sandy Jaffe’s Vario NASA/Army B-model C- 47
Chinook uses special rotor heads, blades,
and driveshaft to keep timing between the
intermeshing rotor heads. It weighs approximately
28 pounds and flies for 8 minutes.
The view behind the lens
was what kept pilots at
the IRCHA FPV SmackFest
racing line. Large
monitors were in place
in the AMA Education
trailer for spectators to see what the
pilots were viewing in their goggles.
IRCHA Speed Cup competitors (L-R): Hugo
Markes, Dimitri Sidorov (behind), and Heiko
Fischer goof around for the camera while
waiting their turns to compete. The IRCHA
Jamboree and RC helicopters transcend any
language barriers that might be encountered—
Hugo is from Switzerland, Dimitri is from
Russia, and Heiko is from Germany.
Matt Botos (R), owner of Synergy R/C Helicopters,
congratulates the IRCHA grand prize raffle winner.
The prize included a Synergy 766 helicopter, Futaba
radio and servos, Castle Creations ESC, Scorpion
motor, and Rail Blade rotor blades.
color, and political views are all put aside for those brief few days to share in the
passion that we all have in this amazing hobby. We all get to create new friendships
that last a lifetime then look forward to the next Jamboree to create even newer
Michael Robinson noted that the IRCHA Jamboree was more than just
seeing the latest and greatest products and the best pilots in
the world. “It’s always been more about meeting new friends
and getting a chance to enjoy some time with old friends.
I love this hobby for the people as much as the flying. The
absolute sense of brotherhood and sisterhood is what the
Jamboree is all about.
“It’s also a great time to pay it forward and give back some
of the help that has been given to me over the years,” Michael
continued. “My highlight of the 2016 Jamboree [was] seeing
the Gaui team pull together and help a young kid who crashed
during our team fun-fly. It’s just a great example of what this
hobby brings out in people.”
That young kid was 7-year-old Shayan Sakkaria. Shayan was
diagnosed with cancer when he was 41/2 years old, spending
a lot of time in the hospital while receiving his treatments. To
stay motivated, he learned how to fly small quadcopters and
helicopters, even getting a couple of doctors interested in the
When Shayan completed his treatments, he received a bigger
heli and learned new skills by watching videos and using the
simulator. Kader, Shayan’s father, also posted a thread on the HeliFreak helicopter
forum in search of help to teach Shayan how to fly 3-D maneuvers. A young man
named Brian Durocher answered the request.
This year’s IRCHA was Shayan’s second visit to Muncie. Last year was still too
tiring for him, but this year Shayan had the strength and excitement to visit many of
the vendors, including Gaui and OXY Helicopter. He had never flown either brand
of helicopter, but was interested in both.
Shayan approached Jack Burnside
with Empire Hobby/Gaui, telling Jack
that he wanted to fly for Gaui. Although
Jack had never had a team member
younger than 9 years of age, Shayan was
invited to try out for the team during
the team-only evening flying session.
On Friday afternoon, the Gaui team
gathered at the pilots’ station next to
where Shayan was getting ready to fly
a used Gaui X5 that his father had just
purchased. Unfortunately, two minutes
into his flight, the helicopter crashed.
Shayan was in tears that he could not
show his skills to Jack and the Gaui team.
“What happened next was epic,”
Kader said. “The entire Gaui team came
running to him. JC (Zankl) and others
picked him up and carried him back to
the pilot station. I have never seen such
a smile from Shayan until that moment.
“The Gaui team worked hard to fix
his X5 and also upgraded some of his
components, got the flybarless [unit]
tuned to his style, and gave him extra
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