Popwing Racing Contest Results

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PopWing ReCap for March 2024

Group Shot.  Click for the entire album of pics
Well racers, we are FINALLY under way!  With the weather scrubbing last month, we finally have points now. Weather was fantastic, the field was in great shape, and the turnout was light. The turnout for March was only 8 racers, likely due to the fact that there was another club’s swap meet going on in town.
Racing was really fun! Everyone was having a great time getting laps down,  we had old and new PopWings running,  and it sure does appear that there is no true difference between the models,  the old ones are just as fast as the new ones, and vice versa.   There is a condition we are finding with the new PW’s and that is the ESC seems to either work,  or not.  If it does not,  you can use any ESC that is clearly marked 20 amp.
Racing happened fast as we are only doing 5 lap races, and each pilot gets 2 races.  There was some action (a mid-air) and some amazing races. 
The Hitec media boys stopped by and if you “instagram” check out their feed as they did a nice video of the races.
The new scoring system seems to be easy enough to tally,  and it keeps the points curve pretty flat.   I don’t want the leaders to “get out of reach” from the pack.  Small point values keeps everyone close!   
After 1 month of racing our stats are:
SCORES
Brad          2
Brian         2
George H.  2
Corey        3
Alex          2
Larry         4
Tom          1
Jim           5
PopWing aircraft are available at Motion RC  https://www.motionrc.com/products/skynetic-popwing-black-900mm-35-4-wingspan-arf-bundle-sky1017-002   so you are not left out of the crazy fun!  If you have been thinking about joining in on the fun,  THINK NO LONGER!  Pull the trigger and get 1 (or 2) PopWings so you can get in this fun game.

PopWing Recap for Feb 2024

Well fellow pilots, February did not want us to Race, so there was no PopWing racing during our “TORNADO WATCH ’24” !
We will resume in March,  and finally get some laps down for points. As usual, PopWing follows T-28 racing.
This month’s Club Event is the favorite “Don’t Spill the Beans”,  where our trusty treasurer Steve M.  is looking for your BEANS! He will purchase each of your magic beans that you take off, do a loop, and land with.  You start with 20 beans, and Steve gives you $1 for EACH BEAN that you deliver to him via your flight!
Club events happen on the 4th Saturday of every month (weather permitting) and are followed by the club meeting and BBQ.  This month,  Mark Davis is taking the month off and we are getting that we hope matches the awesomeness of Mark’s Salsa & chips!
See you all on the 24th,  games start at 10:00a.
Jim

PopWing Racing Report for Jan 2024

Return of PopWing Racing!
Hello racers!
January’s PopWing event was met with a LOT of participants,  and for that ,  I personally THANK YOU for RACING!
I’ll say first that we are SCRUBBING the points for January.   Going to consider that a practice run,  and yea,  revise the program.
There were some new rule changes, as well as some changes to the format.   Some worked,  some did not do so well.
So,  we will tune the event to be a bit less stressful on the racers, callers, turn marshals’ and even the event coordinator.
All good intentions aside,  it was pretty evident that 8 aircraft in the air at a time was just too much. I wanted more than 3 aircraft races, but when we got to 8,  it was clear that it just got too messy to keep track of the positions.  I’ll try a max of 5 aircraft (but that is always dependent on how many show for the event on race day).
Having the race “End” at the crossing of the leader (at 10 laps) was also just too confusing as callers cannot be responsible for knowing the pilot’s position also.  Sure, if we had electronic lap counting that would be easy, but we do not!    Making it smooth and easy is the key to success, so we are just letting everyone go to 10 laps,  even if it takes them 10 minutes….
10 lap events are not a problem for batteries,  I did 2 races on 1 battery pack (1800mAh) and still had plenty of electrons for later.
 There was also a bit of trouble hearing the starting countdown on the PA system,  I will modify that for next month so we can hear the tones.
Even with the program changes, everyone still had a great time lapping the flags again,  and I’m sure it will grow as members see what fun it is on a smaller budget.
See you next race!!
Jim

Pop Wing Race Results 2016


Kudos to our points leaders who made were sure to make it to each race, and truly hold that competitive spirit.   Brad,  who had 6 consecutive 10 point days (broken only by the one month we skipped),  Jim, who also had 6, 10 point days (non-consecutive) and Eric & Randy who each had 4, 10 point days during the season.
 
Here are our final, 2016 standings:

 

 

Popwing Final Score 2016

 

 

 

Thank you to everyone that participated, and all the other club members who let the field have these special events month in, and month out.
If you would like to participate next year, simply visit our website and review the rules: https://www.sefsd.org/index.php/ct-menu-item-31/2015-12-04-22-48-51/popwing-rules-information
Go to Nitroplanes.com or HobbyKing.com for the aircraft.  Often they are on sale for $59,   and usually have a regular price of $65.  Just put your number on as specified in the instructions.
Racing is FREE. There are no entry or participation costs above your regular club membership.
 
See you next year!

PopWing Racing Recap for 2018

By Jim Bonnardel

PopWing racing this year was just a small speck better than last year, when the championship was determined on the very last race possible.  Eric Shapiro took the first place award home with only a margin of 9 points, racing well enough to hold off Jim. Brad had a lock on 3rd place when the nearest racer Tuan, was not able to attend the last meet, Sorry Tuan!!  We have agreed that PopWing racing will continue again for 2019, and I urge you all to join in on the FREE FUN as there is never a charge to play in a club sponsored event.  Each time you show up on the 2nd Saturday of the month to race, you get a raffle ticket for the end of the year prize raffle.  Raffle winners do NOT need to be present to claim their gift.  So, get yourself a PopWing, and join the fun in 2019.  First race is JANUARY,  12th, so put a PopWing on your Christmas list for Santa, and be ready for the first race of the season where we always have a clinic before the race to talk about setup, and strategies.  PopWing is a 100% open event where any trick for success is openly shared.  We want you to come down, race, and HAVE FUN! 

Thanks to all for playing our reindeer games!!  See you next year!

PopWing Race Results for 2016

Popwing Results – Final Score

 

By Jim Bonnardel

What a fitting end to a great season! The last race had all three of your top points leaders battling it out for a great finish.
2016 was the third season for PopWing racing, and I am pleased to tell you that it is growing and becoming more popular because it is just so darn fun.
This season we had return pilots, as well as plenty of newbies joining in on the controlled chaos that is pylon racing with a near-disposable, very durable, low budget aircraft.
PopWing racing requires cooperation as well as a competitive spirit.  It succeeds because we all want to race, but we all want to help others race too.  Each month, I witness people helping other racers keeping their wings race-ready.  Whether it is giving someone an O-ring, a prop, or fixing a break with some CA glue, everyone works together to keep the races going.   PopWing also requires people to work together as callers and turn marshals.  PopWing racing also allows you to sharpen your skills when flying other aircraft as you soon learn how when the race timer goes “DING”, you need to control your nerves to stay on a clean line through the course.
PopWing racing was designed to bring club members together for some common fun, not close the field for a full day, and give back to the participants.  This year due to our 400+ club member totals, we were graciously granted the largest value ever for end of year prizes and awards. Trophies, gift certificates and airplanes were given out.  Most of the prizes were raffle-based, so anyone that participated in 2016 had an equal chance to take home some goods. In a slight twist to the usual “must be present to win” raffle, all the racers present for the last day agreed to include EVERYONE that participated during 2016 season into the raffle, not just the members present for the last day. That actually worked out well as some of the goods were awarded to members not present or participating at the last race.
Scoring will have a slight tweak next year,  we will be awarding 1~4 points for qualifying positon as an incentive to not sandbag during qualifying runs since main event points are the same across all the mains. We will also hold a “PopWing Clinic” before our first race in 2017 on Jan 14th.  Be sure to plan accordingly so you can learn some tips, tricks and secrets to tuning your PopWing as a worthy racer.
Kudos to our points leaders who made were sure to make it to each race, and truly hold that competitive spirit.   Brad,  who had 6 consecutive 10 point days (broken only by the one month we skipped),  Jim, who also had 6, 10 point days (non-consecutive) and Eric & Randy who each had 4, 10 point days during the season.

Here are our final, 2016 standings:

 

Popwing Final Score 2016

 

Thank you to everyone that participated, and all the other club members who let the field have these special events month in, and month out.
If you would like to participate next year, simply visit our website and review the rules: https://www.sefsd.org/index.php/ct-menu-item-31/2015-12-04-22-48-51/popwing-rules-information
Go to Nitroplanes.com or HobbyKing.com for the aircraft.  Often they are on sale for $59,   and usually have a regular price of $65.  Just put your number on as specified in the instructions.
Racing is FREE. There are no entry or participation costs above your regular club membership.

See you next year!