No one wanted to go home without seeing elephants!
Le Roux and Tetsuo Onda from Japan, distanced themselves
from the rest of the pack.
The finals were not without incident. Gerhard Mayr, an
innovative young pilot from Austria, had difficulty initializing
his ESC and was forced to skip his flight when his time ran
out. Sebastiano Silvestri (of SebArt models fame) had a
catastrophic occurrence when the high winds and high drag
of his contra-powered biplane used too much battery, causing
him to run out of power as he finished his flight. He was
unable to make it back to the runway and the bottom of his
airplane was badly damaged. In the end, Christophe Paysant-Le Roux would not be denied his seventh individual World
After 15 days of dawn-until-dusk intensity and all things
model airplanes, we were ready to pack it in, but we were in
Africa! None of us were willing to travel 10,000 miles each
way and not see an elephant. A few went home immediately,
but most of the team stayed an additional day to go on a one-day safari. It was simply incredible and it belongs on everyone’s
A full picture diary of our entire trip, along with my daily
blog, can be found at the link listed in the “Sources” section.
The next World Championship will be held in Dübendorf,
Switzerland in 2015!
Team USA F3A website
Team USA blog
2013 F3A World Championship website
National Society of Radio Controlled Aerobatics (NSRCA)
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