Exhibit B: Mike Alurac vs. Andy Minor. Both pilots
are watching their own models. Andy walks a fine
line, close to the edge of the circle.
Exhibit A: Aimee Olson Bagley vs. Cary Minor. Notice
how both are focusing on the other’s airplane.
A great turnout of 29 contestants attended the March
Madness F2D Combat Challenge, held March 11-13,
2016. Photos courtesy of James McKinney.
They’ve done it again. This past March, Lance Matassa and his crew put on another great
installment of the season-opening March
Madness F2D Combat Challenge in
Phoenix. I’m not sure how many years
the March Madness has run, but the two
Phoenix contests—March Madness and
the Red Flag in November—are now
established as the unofficial bookends of
the US F2D season.
It had been several years since I was
able to attend, but as luck would have it,
this time it fit in perfectly with my work
travel schedule. It was a great pleasure to
The stars aligned this year to give us
a great turnout of 29 pilots for triple-elimination F2D. This was one of the
best turnouts I’ve seen in a while, and
it meant a lot of flying and
long hours on the field.
the time the finals were over, many
competitors had to leave. The finalists
were left scrambling to pack up in the
dark and racing to make it to their flights
The season opener is always an
interesting time. Although many of us
have competed for more years than we
can count (or more than the number of
hairs left on our heads), there are many
basic things that have to be relearned.
After a slow winter, many of these issues
come to the forefront. Therefore, in
addition to providing a great weekend
of warm, sunny weather, flying, and
camaraderie, the March Madness
presents us with a mirror to analyze
our own performances, strengths, and
James McKinney was on hand this
year, and put in a solid performance,
earning his way to a fourth-place finish.
In the midst of all of that flying and hard
work, he also somehow
managed to capture a
number of great photos
and graciously offered to
share them with us. Let’s
take a look, and analyze a
bit while we’re at it.
Exhibit A: Aimee Olson
Bagley vs. Cary Minor
This is how it’s done. Notice
Aimee’s intense focus as
she sets her stare straight
on Cary’s airplane,
while controlling her own aircraft over
and behind her head. Cary also has his
eye on the prize. Both pilots look solid
and in control. This is Combat 101,
displayed in excellent form.
Exhibit B: Mike Alurac vs. Andy Minor
Throughout the past few years, Mike
Alurac has helped to energize the Control
Line Combat community in Southern
California. In addition to his enthusiasm
for flying and his dedication to practice and
improvement, Mike has put in countless
hours of service to the community. We
should all thank him for that.
Meanwhile, look at how Mike and
Andy are doing in the circle. Here we see
both pilots looking at their own airplanes.
Oops. Another potential
problem is afoot, however.
117 Model Aviation JULY 2016
Phoenix F2D March Madness
by Mark Rudner
CONTROL LINE COMBAT