Sixteen competitors from 14 countries participated in the F3T RC Pylon Racing event at the
2015 FAI World Air Games in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photo by Randy Smith.
Team USA competing at the FAI World Air Games (L-R): Tony Lopez, Jim Allen,
Dan Kane, Travis Flynn, and Robert Holik. Smith photo.
FAI World Air Games in Dubai
by Aaron “AJ” Seaholm
Randy “Mr. 59” Smith submitted this report about the FAI World Air Games.
The FAI World Air Games were
held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates,
during the first week of December 2015.
Millions of dollars were spent on the
Olympic games of aviation, consisting of
more than 30 disciplines and more than
850 international competitors.
Model aviation was represented by
F2D Control Line Combat, F3N RC
Helicopters, F3P Indoor Aerobatic
Model Aircraft, and F3T RC Semiscale
Pylon Racing. F3T Pylon Racing is a
slight variation of AMA’s popular Event
422, commonly known as Q- 40. The
differences between F3T and Q- 40
include additional legal airframes, a third
approved motor (DKT), and the F3D
course. The F3D course is shorter and
wider than the AMA Long Course, but
the total distance flown is similar.
There were 16 pilots representing
14 countries in RC Pylon. The race was
held at the Sky Dive Dubai Palm Drop
Zone, right by the ocean. We flew at the
base of the big palm resort development
that you can see on Google Earth. The
drop zone is also close to the marina
district and a number of towering
The competition consisted of 10
rounds of elimination races. Every pilot
raced every other pilot at least once.
After these 10 rounds, the top eight
for two rounds
the top four
to a sudden
The top four
the finals were
Mario Muller of
Germany, Bruce DeChastel of Australia,
Paolo Mucedola of Italy, and Jim Allen
of the US. It turned out to be a truly
international final race. When the smoke
cleared, the gold medal was captured by
Bruce DeChastel. Silver went to Mario
Muller, and bronze went to Jim Allen.
Jim posted the fastest time for the event
with a 1:01.35.
F3T is a new event in RC Pylon
111 Model Aviation MAY 2016