Winners of the F2D World Cup in Bitterfeld,
Germany. On the podium (L-R): Audrius
Rastenis, Sergei Tsukov, and Mark Rudner.
Junior champions (L-R holding diplomas): Eriks
Kochunts (second place), Ivan Chornyy (third
place), and Illia Rediuk (first place).
Ole Bjerager models his stylish, Danish-designed pitting belt.
F2D World Cup competitions
by Mark Rudner
The 2015 Combat season is now in full swing. At the time of this writing, all of my friends back home in the US are eagerly preparing for the Kansas City F2D contest. Although I haven’t had a chance to attend it, I have heard many great
things about this annual competition hosted by Andy and Cary Minor.
It’s always good to see new big contests popping up on the calendar, and I know
that those people are sure to put on a top-notch event. Assuming that it will be held
again next year, I encourage as many of you as possible to go and support the effort.
Meanwhile, back in Europe, the Dreilander Pokal just wrapped up with its final
stage in Aalborg, Denmark. The Dreilander (three lands) Cup is an annual series of
three World Cup competitions in Germany, Sweden, and Denmark in the month
of May. Three major F2D competitions in one month makes for an intense time,
especially with the final two in Sweden and Denmark, which are typically held on
This year, the first leg was held in Bitterfeld, Germany, May 2-3. The US had great
representation with Alex Prokofiev, Andrey Nadein, and Radik Magzianov flying in
from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Alex flew to Copenhagen, and the two
of us drove together to the competition.
This was my first time in Bitterfeld. Overall, I thought it was a good contest. The
Combat area was rather tight, with not much space to set up a pit area. At first it
looked as though it would be a problem, but it wasn’t an issue after the contest got
A more unfortunate aspect of the site is the lack of a practice circle. When we
arrived Friday evening, the fight for air time to test models was so great that pilots
were flying two and even three at a time in the circle.
There were 40 entries, which is a
good-sized meet. With only one flying
circle available, pilots were forced
to land as soon as each match was
Although this rule has been in effect
for a couple of years now, many still
elect to crash-land their models rather
than use an on-demand shutoff system.
It’s hard on equipment, but for some
I suppose it outweighs the risk of a
“false fire” shutdown during a match.
With this time-saving measure in
place, however, the contest wrapped
up in good time.
There were many good matches. In
the end, the top three places went to
Audrius Rastenis of Lithuania, Sergei
Tsukov from Estonia, and Mark Rudner
from the US. Andrey Nadein finished
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