Lee Hines’ evening 12-inch Catapult Glider mass
launch is loads of fun.
Photos by the author except as noted.
Twelve individual World Champions in Free Flight were among the approximately 200
international competitors at Lost Hills,
California, February 6-14, 2016.
The potpourri of Free Flight, which
has come to be known as Fabulous
February, is actually six contests in
one. It begins with the Issacson Winter
Classic, a multifaceted tapestry of Free
Flight including AMA and Nostalgia
(1950s) events and entry-level events
such as P- 30 and E- 36.
Concurrent with the Issacson
Winter Classic weekend is the Kiwi
Cup of New Zealand, the first of
three FAI World Cups for F1A, F1B,
F1C, F1P, and F1Q. On Tuesday
there’s another World Cup for F1A,
F1B, F1C, F1P, F1Q, and the Pan
American Cup of Canada, followed
by two World Cups for F1E (Slope
Soaring) gliders. The main event on
the final Friday through Sunday is
the Bob White Max Men International
Fabulous February, sometimes called
Fab Feb, has become the lengthiest
Free Flight gathering in North America
and second in total attendance only to
the AMA Outdoor Free Flight Nats in
International Free Flight Events
F 1 A : These are Towline Gliders with a total area of between 32 and 34 square
decimeters (496 to 527 square inches), and 410 grams ( 14. 46 ounces)
minimum weight. There is a 50-meter maximum towline length. F1A
includes a World Championship and World Cup event for Juniors and Seniors.
F1 B : This is an event for rubber-powered Wakefield models with a total area
of 17 to 19 square decimeters (263.5 to 294.5 square inches), 200 grams
( 7.07 ounces) minimum empty weight, and 30 grams maximum rubber
weight. It includes a World Championship and World Cup competition for
Juniors and Seniors.
F1 C: These are glow-powered, alcohol-fueled models of approximately
600 square inches, with a maximum power loading of 300 grams per cc
( 10. 58 ounces per cc), powered by up to 2.5cc (. 15 cubic inch) engines on
a 4-second maximum engine run. It includes a World Championship and
World Cup event for Seniors.
F 1 E: These magnetically steered Slope Soaring gliders have a maximum
area of 150 square decimeters ( 2,325 square inches) and a maximum
flying weight of 5 kilograms (176.37 ounces). The event includes a World
Championship and World Cup competition for Seniors.
F 1 Q : This event is for electric-powered models of approximately 400 square
inches weighing 15 ounces. Motor-run time is based on a maximum of 5
joules allowed per gram of total weight. It is a World Cup event for Seniors.
F1 H: F1H is for small towline gliders with a maximum area of 18
square decimeters (279 square inches) and a minimum model weight of
220 grams. There is a maximum towline length of 50 meters.
F1 G: Models in this category are small, rubber-powered Coupe d’Hiver
aircraft. The minimum model weight is 70 grams empty. The maximum
rubber weight is 10 grams.
F1J: This category is for small, glow-powered models with 1cc (.061
cubic inch) maximum displacement. The minimum weight is 160 grams ( 5. 63
ounces), with a maximum engine run of 5 seconds. There are no fuel restrictions.
F1S: This is the new small-electric class. Models must be powered by
two or fewer LiPo battery cells ( 7. 4 volts maximum). The model must
weigh a minimum of 120 grams, with a projected wingspan maximum
of 36 inches ( 92. 30 centimeters).
33 Model Aviation JULY 2016
Free Flight’s Fabulous February CO COMPETITION HAS INTERNATIONAL APPEAL
by Don DeLoach