Jody Miller, the third
member of the US F3J
team, is getting ready
to launch an Explorer at
the J-Tour Season Finale
which was part of the
Eastern Soaring League’s
series in beautiful
Last year, a new Soaring competition series debuted: the US F3J Championship Series, or simply the J-Tour. The inaugural year met all of the expectations for a National Soaring Tour and Championship. There were 180 entrants with 106 individual participants in six events spread across the country.
Other club events in Arizona and California were successfully launched with an additional 41 participants.
More than 30 pilots flew the F3J format for the first time! This is more than twice as many F3J entries as
there was the previous year. J-Tour events were held in Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Indiana, New Mexico, and
Virginia. The feedback from the new participants was great.
The National Championship scoring was based on the top three events out of the six possible contests in
2014. F3J is one of the most exciting and largest FAI categories in which US pilots participate. The tasks are
relatively straightforward: launch, 10-minute duration ( 15 minutes for flyoffs), and a spot landing with points.
US F3J Championship Series
by Michael Verzuh
39 Model Aviation MAY 2015