Results of Saturday's Precision Aerobatic Contest:
Thirteen radio-control enthusiasts showed up at the Sea World field on Saturday, and found the flying conditions Way Better than forecast. In fact, it was a great day for an EMAC contest ........except maybe for Steve Manganelli, who was unveiling his new Yak competition ship when the power plant stopped responding. So, after collecting the errant aircraft from the weeds, he withdrew from piloting but continued to assist with running the contest. Thanks, Steve.
That left 12 guys, in three divisions, to demonstrate their cleanest point rolls, loops, snaps and all that other good stuff that Electric Miniature Aerobatics demands. Steve Dente dropped by to do some judging, but didn't fly. Guess he was too busy with the duties of celebrating his 60th birthday. At least he got a donut with a candle in it....
In the Basic Division, Ron Schark and Robert Harris really went down to the final maneuver in the final sequence! Ron's final score was computer tallied to be 2998, which just nipped Robert's 2991 (by the generous margin of one fourth of one per cent! Whoa.)
The convincing winner in Sportsman Division on this day was Howard Pilcher, a "celebrity guest" who flew some nice rounds on Pedro's plane having never piloted the thing before! Ray Fulks powered his big Yak to a strong second place, apparently not distracted by the tourists who always want to photograph his plane and ask all the usual questions.
Check out Saad Attie and Steve Neu, who finished the contest separated by only 3 points! And Chris Walker, newcomer to EMAC, continues to improve every time I see him.
The Advanced Division was a real shoot-out! Pedro Brantuas was the class act of the day, besting a strong field of some of the best precision pilots this side of Gila Bend!
Steve Nelson, who took second, also clinched first place in the Season Standings for EMAC 2012. Tim Attaway, the season's second highest scorer, was third place on this day. Fourth spot went to Curtis Pilcher, who (like his father earlier) stepped in "cold" and flew Pedro's Extreme Flight 78" Extra. Impressive! Jeffrey Kuehn, in fifth, moved to Advanced level half-way through the season and continues to improve.
notes by Mike E, who did the computer scoring and probably ate the most donuts.
Results of 6th Event
The club’s own Electric Miniature Aerobatics Contest season for 2012 consists of 6 local contests, all held at the Sea World field. Pilots fly set sequences of 10 maneuvers each, demonstrating skill and daring, accuracy and artistry, wind correction and concentration……OK, so luck helps. And, in December, participants will tally their top four scores for seasonal awards and bragging rights at the Holiday Banquet.
“Membership Mike” Eberle