T28 Contest Results

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T28 Racing Report for Feb 2024

There was no T28 racing this month due to the heavy rains we had which made the pit area and runway just too wet for people and planes. Assuming the weather gods smile on us we will be back to our regular schedule with the next race on March 9th starting at 10am. 

A few tips for going fast in no particular order:

1) Practice flying the course!

2) Check the CG—with a 1000mAh battery or larger the planes often are nose heavy. They will turn better with at least a nickel for weight added to the tail. 

3) Reduce your control throw on the elevator and ailerons ! You are racing—not doing 3D aerobatics—you want to fly smoothly.

4) If you have a stability equipped radio consider using it to help keep the track straight between pylons .

5) Warm batteries hold a higher voltage—put the packs on the dashboard to warm them up before racing.

You can find more details on T28 racing here: https://www.sefsd.org/club-contests/t28-racing/t28-rules-information/

T28 Racing Report for Jan 2024

Our first T28 race of the year had 15 pilots going for the gold. The weather was nearly perfect with calm winds. We had most all of the usual suspects plus several new faces. Alex made the trek down from school up north to race—dedication!
 
With large numbers of pilots we had numerous fast paced 4 plane heats with lots of wing tip to wing tip duals resulting in one injured plane(mine). My backup T28 was standing at the ready for the next round—as Brad likes to say “Rubbing is Racing”! 
 
After the dust settled for the preliminary rounds and the results totaled the matchups for the finals was set. The 10 lap finals tend to reward consistency over risk taking.
 
The finals results were as follows:
 
Bronze: Jeff
Silver: Steve
Gold: Max
 
After the medals were passed out we had a raffle for the pilots and people who helped run the contest as a way to say thanks! 
 
For those interested in joining our monthly races, getting a FMS 800mm T28 is pretty easy with planes available at our local Discount Hobbies in Kearney Mesa of from various online retailers. One of the rules is that each plane needs to have a “racing number” displayed on both the top and bottom  of their wings to help identify the planes to the turn judges. If you need a number please send me a email and we will get one assigned to you. Additional information on the racing format and the planes can be found here:https://www.sefsd.org/club-contests/t28-racing/t28-rules-information/
 
That is it for this month—be sure to “ go fast and turn left”!
 
Steve Neu

T28 Racing Report for December 2023

Click the pic for all the racing pics

We held the final T28 race of the year on December 9th. We had a strong turnout with 12 pilots battling it out . Several of the races were very tight with less than 5 feet between first and second places at the finish line.  After the battles of the preliminary round matchups and results for the finals were  as follows:

Bronze:

1) Jeff
2) Larry

Silver:

1) SteveM
2) Corry
3) Carl
4) Fritz

Gold:

1) Max
2) SteveN
3) Glen
4) Brad

Next year we will be continuing with the same successful rules and format. For those new to our T28 racing please read about the rules here: https://www.sefsd.org/club-contests/t28-racing/t28-rules-information/

All planes should display their 2 digit number as per the rules—if you need a number please contact me at sneu@mac.com and we will get one assigned to you.

Also if you have any questions about setting up or trimming your T28 feel free to see me at the field( most Sundays) or by email at the above address. There is no secret tuning or tweaks to the T28 planes, motors/props or controllers that make much difference in speed—all planes are very close. The differences have to do with trimming and practice. Settings for sport flying usually result in a plane that is difficult to fly smoothly 10 feet off the ground—spend some time on setup!

For those looking to acquire a T28 there will be 4 given away at the annual party in January!

The January T28 races will be followed by the return of Pop Wing racing. Be sure to bring lots of charged batteries!

Repeat after me “ go fast and turn left” !

Steve Neu

T28 Racing Report for November 2023

We had a good turnout with 10 pilots signing up to guide their FMS T28s around our race course. We had near perfect sunny and warm weather with calm winds making for some very close flying. We flew our usual 3 qualifying 5 lap races followed by the 10 lap finals. The results of the finals were as follows:
 
Bronze:
1) Artie
2) Larry
3) George
 
Silver:
1) SteveM
2) Carl
3) Fritz
 
Gold:
1) SteveN
2) Glen
3) Brad
 
I notice that many T28 pilots follow the FMS instructions in regards to control throws—which is way too much when you are trying to fly less than 10 feet above the flowers/weeds. Think about the amount of roll and pitch control that you really need to fly a smooth course. The plane moves from wings level on the straights to knife edge —this is a gradual change taking no more than 0.25 inches  of aileron travel—elevator takes even less to get the job done. In my setup I pull full aft stick when rounding the pylon—makes it easier to keep the plane on the right flight path without over controlling. You might want to set the racing travel rates to your flight modes or dual rates to get you enough travel for fun flying and landings. Expo is also useful to tame things down. One last suggestion is  to check and adjust the CG—I have found with the standard 1000mAh battery in the nose it takes some weight on the tail to get the pitch response I want. I usually add a quarter to the bottom of the horizontal stab.
 
Anyone who wants some help with trimming their T28s just ask and I will be happy to help—I am at the field most Sundays from 11:30am to 2:30pm. If there is enough interest we can arrange a “tips and tricks” clinic.
 
For those that want to use the APC 7x6E props let me know and I will give you an CNC machined adapter and washer—I usually have them with me so just ask. They are free.
 
Some pilots are flying without numbers—if you don’t have a race number email me with your  3 favorite numbers between 1 and 99—most of the low(<20) numbers have been taken already. Numbers need to be displayed on the planes to assist in ID at the turns.
 
Our last race of the year will be on December 9th at 10am. 
 
Steve Neu

T28 Racing Report for October 2023

We had a very good turnout for our October T28 racing with 13 pilots doing battle for the medals. This inspite of 3 regulars missing this race. With the large turnout we had several 4 plane races providing lots of excitement with tight races just about every time. Jovi totaled the results of the preliminary rounds which set the matchup for the final medal rounds. The results were as follows:

Bronze:
1)George
2)Larry
3)Fritz
4)Carl
5)Quan

Silver:
1)Jeff
2)Corey
3)Artie

Gold:
1)SteveN
2)Glen
3)SteveM

It is worth mentioning that in the gold race SteveM managed to get his plane across the finish line just ahead of SteveN  taking first place which resulted in some early celebrating which turned to tears when our west turn judge eagle eyed Carl came walking towards race center—when asked if there were any cuts Carl replied “Oh Yea”. SteveM it turned out racked up 8 cuts in the 10 laps resulting in going from 1st to last in an instant. Everyone had fun  with is what really counts.

In easy you missed it FMS the manufacture of the 800mm T28s we race has given SEFSD a $10 discount for members for purchases of $100 or more–it is a one time use per member. Use the code “SEFSD” when checking out to get the discount. It can be used for any FMS purchase—not only T28s.

Our next races are scheduled for November 18th.

Steve Neu

T28 Racing Report for September 2023

We had a strong turnout of 12 pilots for our September 9th edition of T28 racing in spite of some of the regulars being absent. As is often the case the qualifying races were all very tight including a spectacular midair between George and Otto that looked looked much worse than it really was. In a show of great sportsmanship Otto and George shared Otto’s backup plane allowing both to compete in all the races. After the dust settled from the preliminary rounds the finals awaited. The results were as follows:
Bronze:
1)Bruce
2)Quan
3)George
4)Larry
Silver:
1)Corey
2)Carl
3)Otto
4)Fredrick
Gold:
1)Steve
2)Jeff
3)Brad
The gold group race results could easily have been reversed if it weren’t for a “race to the bottom” between Steve and Brad resulting in a “unscheduled landing” by Brad’s T28—to add insult to injury our eagle eyed turn judges awarded him a cut. The good news was that the damage was minor to his plane.
A special thanks to Frank, our official photographer for documenting our race in spite of his son Alex being away at school. In addition I also want to thank Dennis and Carl our sharp eyed turn judges.
Our next T28 races will be October 14th at 10am.
 Some good news from FMS the T28 supplier—after they got wind of our racing series using their T28s they contacted me to get some info regarding SEFSD. After some discussion FMS is offering all SEFSD members a 10% discount any airplanes and accessories. The discount is good for a single purchase by each member. The discount applies to prop and EDF models— simply use the discount code SEFSD at checkout. https://www.fmshobby.com/pages/rc-airplanes
Steve Neu

T28 Racing Report for August 2023

The August SEFSD T28 races gave come and gone with some of the closest racing of the year. We had 9 pilots signed up by 10am and started racing shortly afterwards. How did it go you ask? Well with many very competitive wing tip to wing tip races the makeup of the preliminary rankings as well as the finals all came down to the number of cuts the leaders in each heat made—resulting in Dennis and Randy having to give Jovi the “bad news walk” many time more than usual. Surprisingly the third place finishing pilots for the silver and gold races ended up taking the wins as the first and second across the finish had collected between 1 and 4 cuts resulting in the upside down results. Just goes to show that flying safely and staying out of trouble can be rewarding. On the flip side I can personally say nose to tail and wing tip to wing tip racing is well worth a few cut penalty points against the score. Brad’s saying applies—“if it ain’t rubbing it’s not racing”! I recall that Jeff had part of one wing tip eaten away by Brad’s hungry prop! Both completed their races successfully—I am happy to report that all the planes that started were flyable at the end.

Here were the final results:

Bronze:
1) Jeff
2) George
3) SteveM

Silver:
1) Larry
2) SteveN
3) Alex

Gold:
1) Cory
2) Quan
3) Brad

The next scheduled T28 race is coming up on Saturday Sept 9 at 10am. A couple of things—if you don’t have race numbers yet please contact me and I will get you a number assigned. The assigned numbers are placed on the top and bottom of the wings to help the turn judges identify the planes. Members who want to find out more about our T28 racing can find additional information on the cub web site here: https://www.sefsd.org/club-contests/t28-racing/t28-rules-information/ The planes are the 800mm FMS T28s that come pretty much ready to race out of the box—we use the stock motors and speed controls. They are made with EPP foam and are pretty durable. The planes are available at our local Discount Hobby Warehouse or on line at several outlets. Current prices range between $139 and 169—keep a eye out for specials and discounts.

Steve Neu

T28 Racing Report for July 2023

9 pilots with their T28 racing planes were present for the July edition of our long running T28 racing series. Weather was clear and warm with light wind down the runway—nearly a perfect day. One of our long time regulars was missing –Alex is headed up north to attend SJSU to study to become a professional pilot. Let’s hope he can come down visit us when he gets breaks in his schedule.
 
The three qualifying rounds were flown without any accidents or crashes. The results were totaled and the matchups for the finals set. The finals races were as follows:
 
Bronze
1) Steve M
2) Cory
3) Larry K
 
Silver
1)Fredrick
2)Fritz
3)George H
 
Gold
1) Steve N
2) Otto
3) Brad B
 
It is somewhat notable that our club treasurer (Steve M) collected the award for the most cuts. We had the usual pilot and helpers raffle with various electric goodies being given away. 
 
The next T28 race is on the schedule for August 12th starting at 10AM.
 
Steve Neu

T28 Racing Report for June 2023

By Steve Neu

We had a record turnout for out June T28 races with 14 pilots in the hunt for the awards! With such a large group most all the preliminary heats had groups of 4 pilots which resulted in some close racing—in one case too close. In the third preliminary heat I Otto and I were running wing tip to wing tip when our planes tangled together just before the second pylon—tangled up pretty good as they stuck together all the way to the ground—both were damaged enough so both us flew our second planes for the remainder of the races. 

With such a large field we tried to work out way to accommodate everyone in the finals which resulted in 6 pilots on the gold race—I think the resulting fur ball of planes was a bit much and next time we have a large field of pilots we will figure out how to distribute the  groups so we don’t have more than 4 planes in the air at a time.

A final thing—we had a few pilots whose planes “lost their landing gear pants” at some point. Our T28 races are “spec” races which means the planes must be completely stock with all the plastic bits that come with the plane present when you place the plane on the runway. So please review what is and is not allowed for our series—the planes and motors must be the ones that came with the plane. You can change out the controller and use a APC 7x6E prop—see me for the prop adapter bits if you want to change to the APC prop. No modifications to the airframe are allowed. The compete rules can be found here: https://www.sefsd.org/club-contests/t28-racing/t28-rules-information/   Keep your pants on when racing!

See the Race Pics Here.

The results:

Bronze:

1) Carl
2) Cory
3) Larry
4) George

Silver:

1) Max
2) SteveM
3) Quan
4) Fritz

Gold:

1) Otto
2) SteveN
3) Brad
4) Alex
5) Glen
6) Fredrick

Our next race will be July 8th!  As usual if you need a racing number assigned let me know by email (sneu@mac.com)

For those that can make it the Weedwackers are hosting a T28 race this coming Saturday the 24th using the same format as our series does. See above flyer for details.

T28 Racing Report for May 2023

We had 13 pilots show up for our May edition of the T28 races with several newcomers to the series. 

The preliminary rounds were all hard fought contests with lots of wing tip to wing tip encounters. In the finals Alex decided he wanted to take the checkered flag at all costs—the only one in site was the turn two marker flag which he center punched perfectly stopping his plane in its tracks—with zero damage it turns out. Advice: next time go a couple feet further –then turn!
 
The results of the preliminary rounds produced the following matchup for the finals:
 
Bronze:
1) Corey
2) George H
3) George S
 
Silver:
1) Fredrick
2) Steve N
3) Quan
4) Steve M
 
Gold:
1) Otto
2) Brad
3) Larry
4) Alex
All in a a fun Saturday morning. The next T28 race will be June 10 at 10am. Get your planes trimmed for racing. There are setup tips for racing on the SEFSD web site:https://www.sefsd.org/club-contests/t28-racing/t28-rules-information/
 
If you need a prop adapter to use the APC 7x6E prop see me—I usually have some in the car.
 
Steve Neu
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T28 Racing Report for April 2023

We had a great turnout for the April 8th edition of our T28 racing series with 13 pilots in attendance. The weather was near perfect with clear blue sky and calm winds. 

The preliminary rounds had lots of very close racing with the placings often being determined by who made the fewest errors. In one case Otto was attempting to catch me by flying very low—I was at maybe 5 feet above the ground  heading west and he was at 3—but the daisies were at 4 feet resulting in Otto having a unplanned layover in the flowers for his plane—which was undamaged and able to fly the rest of the event!

The finals results were as follows:

Bronze:

1) Otto
2) Fredrick
3) Quan
4) Artie
5) George

Silver:

1) SteveM
2) Mark
3) Brian
4) Fritz

Gold:

1) SteveN
2) Brad
3) Alex
4) Daric

Our May race date is May 13th at 10am. All planes should have their assigned number on the top and bottom to help the turn judges in identifying the planes. Also I would like to thank Jovi for being being the race day marshal and also to Carl and Dennis as our turn judges. 

If you break the stock 3 blade T28 it can be replaced with a 7x6E 2 blade APC prop. I made up a batch of CNC aluminum adapters that make it easy to install. The APC works just as well as the stock for 1/3 the cost and it is much stronger and less likely to break in the first place.

See you at the next race—

Steve Neu

T28 Racing & Safety Report for March 2023

The rain gods decided that they would work overtime —the result was a very wet race day with the field being closed and locked to prevent damage to the soft runway by people walking on it. Our next scheduled race day will be  April 8th starting at 10AM. If you need a racing number please contact me by email.

For those new to or interested in more information on our T28 racing series follow this link to additional information and rules: https://www.sefsd.org/club-contests/t28-racing/t28-rules-information/

The series of rain storms that have come through San Diego in the past few weeks have required us to limit access to the field for a day or two after we have heavy rain. This is done by an additional lock that is painted RED. Until this lock is opened  the field is closed to all flying. The reason is to limit damage to the runway surface from people walking on it before it has had a chance to dry. 

 

Thank You
Steve Neu

T28 Racing Report for Feb 2023

On February 11th we held our second monthly T28 race. Initially we had 7 pilots but when “usually late” Quan arrived 15 minutes after the official starting time we had a total of 8 ready to do battle in the sky.

This month the final results were heavily influenced by the number of cuts committed. The honors for the most cuts in the preliminary rounds went to Quan with 5 cuts. There were also a couple cases of CFIT. (Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT) occurs when an airworthy aircraft under the complete control of the pilot is inadvertently flown into terrain, water, or an obstacle. The pilots are generally unaware of the danger until it is too late.) After the dust settled from the preliminary rounds the and the placings and cuts added up the groupings for the 10 lap finals was set as follows:

Bronze:

1) George
2) Quan
3) Brian

Silver:

1) Brad
2) Fredrick

Gold:

1) SteveN
2) SteveM
3) Artie

For those that need a racing number I have done some housecleaning of the list. #2 and #5 are available. Let me know by email to “sneu@mac.com” if you need a new number or want to change an existing.

Our next race will be March 11th starting at 10am. Here is a link to the rules as well as tips for setting up your T28 for racing——hint it is quite different than the setup for fun flying! https://www.sefsd.org/club-contests/t28-racing/t28-rules-information/

Thank You
Steve Neu

T28 Racing Report for Jan 2023

We took a weather gamble and lucked out for our first T28 racing session of 2023. The forecast was for rain by early afternoon which gave us the motivation to expedite getting through the racing in  record time. We got all the racing done and awards presented in a little under an hour. A special thanks to Jim for being the race master and keeping things running fast and smooth. 

Now to the actual results. We had 8 pilots dueling for top honors —after the preliminary rounds the order was set for the finals. The results were as follows:
Bronze:
1) Frederick
2) Fritz
3) George
Silver:
1) Otto
2) SteveM
Gold:
1) Brad
2) SteveN
3) Alex
In general the quality of flying is getting better with fewer errors and cut pylons and more wing tip to wing tip flying resulting in more planes separated by just a few feet when crossing the finish line. 
Our next T28 race is scheduled for Feb 11 at 10AM. There was a small fleet of T28s awarded at the club banquet —for those who won a plane and want to join the fun please follow this link to read up on the rules and tips to setup the planes to race: https://www.sefsd.org/club-contests/t28-racing/t28-rules-information/ New pilots needing a race number please email me and we will get you setup.
Steve

T28 Racing Report for Dec 2022

We had 10 pilots show up for the last T28 race of 2022. Weather was clear and cool with light winds—just about a perfect day for flying!
 
In the preliminary rounds there were several very tight races that could have gone either way. After the dust settled the results for the preliminary rounds were totaled and the flight groups for the final rounds were set. The results were as follows:
 
Bronze:
1) Artie
2) Alfred
3) Fritz
 
Silver:
1) Alex
2) Glen
3) Larry
4) Bob
 
Gold:
1) SteveN
2) Otto
3) SteveM
 
I would like to that all the helpers throughout the year that have made the events run smoothly with special thanks to Jovi and Jim for officiating the races. 
 
A note on next years T28 racing schedule. As Glen announced at our last race, we will be working with the WeedWackers club in Santee to coordinate racing
Steve Neu

T28 Racing Report for Nov 2022


We had a good turnout of 9 pilots for the second to last T28 race for the year. Many regulars attended along with a some new racers. Things started out with SteveM and Alex trading places numerous times in the first round followed by Brad and SteveN having a similar battle for the checkered flag in the second heat. There were a few touch and go midair love taps but no major damage. The one more serious solo crash happened when Artie’s T28 decided to dive into the ground near pylon one in the second round. A few new parts and it will be back in the mix next time.


The results of the 3 preliminary rounds set the order for the final bronze, silver and gold races with the results as follows:

Bronze:
 
1st) Jeff
2nd) Fritz

Silver:
1st)Alex
2nd)Quan
3rd)SteveM

Gold:
1st) SteveN
2nd) Brad
3rd) Glen

We are planning for one more T28 “bonus” race on Dec 10th at 10AM. It turns out we have a set of medals and we need to use them. If you have not already got a T28 check out the FMS web site or Discount Hobbies to find stock. There is more info on the planes and racing format here: https://www.sefsd.org/club-contests/t28-racing/t28-rules-information/

New T28 pilots needing a race number please email me to get one assigned. sneu@mac.com

T28 Race Report for Sep 2022

This will be quick as there was no race due to the weather that came through. Racing will return next month on the 8th at 10am. For those who want to learn more about the rules and general information please visit https://www.sefsd.org/club-contests/t28-racing/t28-rules-information/.  You fill find the rules and tips and tricks for setting up your T-28. Please come on out to fly or watch—there is usually something exciting to see! 
 
Steve Neu

T28 Racing Report for Aug 2022

The August edition of our T20 racing was a fun event with a good turnout of 12 pilots . We had most of the usual locals in attendance along with a couple visitors one from the Weedwackers (Glen) and one from Switzerland( Urs) flying a borrowed plane. 
With Jovi handling calling up pilots and scoring things ran smoothly. With the 3 plane heats there was a lot of close wing tip to wing tip racing in the preliminary rounds. After the scores were totaled for the preliminary rounds the results were as follows for the finals:
Bronze Cup:
1st Carl L 
2nd Bob S
3rd Alfred
4th Larry
Silver Cup:
1st Brad
2nd Quan
3rd Glen
4th Steve M
Gold Cup:
1st Steve N
2nd Alex *
3rd Otto*
4th Urs*
The Silver and Bronze Cups went off without much drama but the gold cup was not so lucky. It started off with Urs watching the wrong plane when taking off resulting in 4 pilots watching 3 planes climb  out from take-off as they should but with a lone  plane having a low level adventure into the parking area( minor damage). Down to 3 planes…next I believe Otto flew so low a bush reached up and grabbed his plane —now  2 planes left—next Alex had something happen—I don’t recall what happened but it did not help his flight. The net result was at the end of 10 laps I was alone in first place. It sure would have been more fun if everyone had gone the full ten laps—there is always next time!  One takeaway from this story is that it makes sense to decorate your plane so as to avoid situations where you end up trying to fly the wrong model. Also note that if you don’t have racing numbers on your plane please get them installed. If you need a number email me with your  3 choices between one and 99( most of the numbers < 20 are already taken)
Next race day is Sept 10th at 10am. As usual visitors from other clubs are welcome to fly in our T28 races. 
Go fast and tun left!
Steve Neu

T28 Racing Report for July 2022

The July edition of the SEFSD pylon racing came off as it usually does without a hitch—but there was some drama in the air as pilots battled for bragging rights and a medal. We had 9 pilots at the ready when we started flying at a little after 10am on July 10th. 
The preliminary rounds were hard fought with some very close races and lots of cuts. When the dust settled and the points tallied the order of battle for the finals was set. The bronze class was between Fritz, SteveM and Larry with  Larry taking the win —his first in racing the T28 class. The silver class racing was between Bob, Frank and Brad with the winner being Frank as he did not have any cuts unlike his fellow pilots. The gold race had Alex, SteveN and Otto going all out—Otto jumped the start had to go back putting him down by half a lap from Alex and Steve who for the next 9 laps were trading places for the lead. We should have been keeping an eye on Otto as he was closing the gap and by lap 10 all three planes were wing tip to wing tip rounding the last turn. While nearly even at the finish the crossing order was Otto, Alex and SteveN—but when the bad news from the  turn judges was factored in the order was SteveN, Otto and Alex. One last award went to Bob who got the coveted “BLNT” (Better Luck Next Time) medal for acquiring more cuts than anyone else that day.  
Thanks to everyone who helped make the event fun! The next race is August 13 at 10am. For those that are new to the club or want to get in to the T28 racing follow this link to our T28 rules and information page:https://www.sefsd.org/club-contests/t28-racing/t28-rules-information/
Steve Neu

T28 Race Results for June 2022

June T28 Race Report
The June edition of SEFSDs T28 racing series went off on Saturday the 11th with a good turnout. We had aa total of 10 pilots in spite of several regulars not being in attendance. We had an out-of-town visitor from Kansas(Daniel) flying in his first T28 race with a “rental” plane provided by Steve Neu. 
The preliminary rounds had some drama with one plane hitting the ground due to some confusion just before the start of the race with the needing some TLC as a result. The results of the preliminary rounds set the groupings for the finals. 
The Bronze class results:
#1 Fritz
#2 Carl
#3 Quan
Daniel jumped the start for the Bronze race and he elected to do a quick 360—as it turned out a little too quick resulting in an unplanned landing—so he did not finish the race. I think he will be back for revenge.
The Silver class results:
#1 Bruce
#2 Mark
The Gold class results:
#1 Otto
#2 Brad
#3 Steve
The Gold class had some serious drama just as the three planes crossed the starting line when my plane tangled with Brad’s plane—the net result was my plane listing 3 propeller blades and Brad’s plane sporting some bite marks on the stabilizers along with a souvenir propeller blade embedded in the stabilizer. Brad continued to race his wounded plane and finished the race although the resulting drag slowed the plane making easy for Otto to get the win.As a consolation I managed to land back on the runway with no marks on my plane as a result of the tangle.
I will remind T28 racers to review the suggested setup tips for racing a FMS 800mm T28. Pay close attention to control travel suggestions—many problems that people tend to have are related to too much control travel. Follow this link:https://www.sefsd.org/club-contests/t28-racing/t28-rules-information/
Steve Neu

T28 Racing Report for May 2022


Our May T28 races were held May 14th with most of the usual suspects in attendance.  Racing got underway at a little after 10am . Larry had some bad luck starting out when his plane decided to make a hard left turn after takeoff right in to the side of Jovi’s  pickup truck—most of the damage was limited to Larry’s pride but the crash put him out of the rest of the races. After that most of the races were mostly without drama—there were a number of very tight races with planes crossing the finish line wing tip to wing tip. Several of us got tagged by eagle eye Jovi at the starting line for crossing early—protests proved pointless:) 
 
After the preliminaries were out of the way the finals proved to have some great racing with the Bronze class having a great battle between SteveM and Alex with Steve getting the win. Silver was less eventful with 2 planes dropping out early leaving Alfred and SteveN to go at it with SteveN taking the win. Gold race was a battle between Brad and Otto with Brad proving that you usually will come out the winner if you avoid mistakes–like not cutting turns or jumping the starts!
 
The next scheduled T28 race is June 11th at 10am. As usual  newcomers and other interested people can find setup and info on the planes and how to set them up at: https://www.sefsd.org/club-contests/t28-racing/t28-rules-information/ 
 
Until next month—go fast and turn left!
Steve Neu

T28 Racing Report for April 2022

We had a lite turnout for the April edition of our T28 racing series with 7 planes and pilots present. The preliminary rounds had some hard fought rounds with the lead being swapped numerous times and the leaders being separated by just a few feet. After the  dust settled from preliminary rounds the scores were totaled with the results setting the finals flight groups for the medal round. 
The bronze medal was contested by Larry K and Carl L with Larry taking the win. The silver medal was by far the closest racing of the day between Bob S and Steve M. Bob took the checkered flag by just a few feet only to have a turn judge give him a cut—handing the silver medal to Steve M. The gold race between Brad B and Steve N started out wing tip to wing tip with Steve N getting the lead by the end of the race for the win.
Our next race will be the following Saturday on May 7th at 10am—usual format.
Go fast and turn left!
Steve Neu

T28 Racing Report for March 2022

We had a good turnout for the March edition of our T28 racing series with 10 planes present to do battle. The preliminary rounds had some hard fought rounds with the lead being swapped numerous times and the leaders being separated by just a few feet. After the preliminary rounds the scores were totaled with the scores setting the finals flight groups.
The finals results were as follows:
Gold: Alex Sutton
Silver: Carl Lewallen
Bronze: Frits Logan
The Weedwackers club has invited our interested club members to come to their T28 races which will be Saturday the 2nd. The format is a little different than ours with 3 rounds with 6 lap races. See the flyer that has been sent out for the details. Lets support them!
Our next race will be the following Saturday on April 9th at 10am—usual format.
Go fast and turn left!
Steve Neu

T28 Pylon Racing Report for Feb 2022

By Steve Neu

We had our largest turnout yet with 16 pilots with most of the usual suspects as well as a 5-6 new  pilots. I suspect the fact that our local Discount Hobbies got a fresh shipment of T28s is the cause of the increase. It was great to see so many new pilots!


With 16 pilots we conducted the preliminary races with four planes in each flight group. After the dust settled from the preliminary rounds and the results tabulated the finals racing groupings were set. There were a couple accidents putting a couple of planes out of action but most should be repairable.



The Bronze class was hard fought with Steve M and Fritz dueling for first place with Steve crossing the finish line first.

The Silver class race had some drama with Larry Kosta and Quan planes tangling near the downwind pylon resulting in DNFs for both. Brad and Alfred took first and second place.



The Gold class race was hotly contested with Otto and Alex trading places for most of the 10 laps——I was about half a lap back following the battle up front—then near the race’s end, Alex lost control of his plane for a split second loosing his line and allowing me to slip ahead of him—but Otto still crossed the finish line first but as fate would have it Otto had a cut recorded earlier while trying to keep ahead of Alex—handing first place to me.

The February event saw the debut of our new awards that sport an image of a T28 courtesy Frank Sutton—they look great!

See you at next months races! Next month we will try a new racing matrix that should save 10-15 minutes off the process of setting flight groupings for the preliminary rounds—thank you Steve M.

T28 Racing Report for Jan 2022

The first T28 race of the new year is in the books. There were most of the usual suspects along with some newcomers The 3 preliminary rounds ran very smoothly with the 3-4 planes in each heat. There were plenty of tight races with planes trading positions multiple times. The scores for the preliminary round results were totaled and the 10 lap final rounds were set with the results as follows:

Bronze Cup

  1. Frank Gagliardi
  2. Alfred Ramirez
  3. Fritz Logan

Silver Cup

  1. Quan Nguyen
  2. George Sullivan
  3. Larry Kosta

Gold Cup

  1. Steve Neu
  2. Alex Sutton
  3. Bob Stinson
  4. Steve Manganelli

It was notable that there were zero cuts during all the preliminary flights or the finals—a first. There was some speculation that the absence of Otto Dieffenbach at this months race might have been a factor in the absence of cuts—after all Otto is one of the hard core racers that is often pushing the limits and others follow his example…….

There were several fresh new T28s in the flight line—now that they are back in stock at Discount Hobbies. If you have been waiting to get involved in our T28 races now would be a good time to get a plane setup and going. New pilots will need to get their race numbers assigned —-email me with your choices and I will get check to see if it is available—-numbers should be between 1 and 99. The numbers under 20 are all taken so select accordingly.  The rules and setup tips can be found on the SEFSD web site here:https://www.sefsd.org/club-contests/t28-racing/t28-rules-information/

Our next T28 races will be February 12th at 10am. Be ready to go fast and turn left!

Steve Neu

T28 Racing Report for December 2021

Last T28 race of 2021!
We closed out the 2021 racing year with some of the tightest racing ever—4 plane heats with nearly all the planes within 25 feet of each other for the entire race. On a whim I took my backup T28 with me when I headed out to the field. As it turned out that it was fortuitous as in the second round Alex and I had an epic midair—both planes came down in in parts. Alex managed to do a rapid repair with duct tape and CA to put his busted fuselage back together along with a servo and other parts borrowed from my crashed plane and got it ready for the next round. I had it easier as I just picked up my second T28 and flew it.
Click the Pic above for the entire album of Racing Pics
After the dust settled the order for the silver and gold cup races was set as follows:
Silver:
Alex
Quan
Logan
Bob Stinson
Gold:
Otto
Steve M
Bob Simon
Steve Neu

The finals had 4 plane heats. 
The Silver cup was a good battle with the lead being swapped several times. Quan came across the finish line first, Alex second and Logan third—but wait! The initial order did not have the pylon cuts included—after they got factored in the ranking was reversed with Logan in first, Alex second and Quan in third—with a race leading 6 cuts counted. 

Bob Simon, Otto, SteveM and myself were in the gold cup race with every lap being contested—The finish was Otto, Steve Manganelli and me and then Bob Simon—after the cuts were counted Otto and Steve M slipped positions. After the cuts getting factored in the finish order was as Steve N, Bob Simon, Steve M and Otto. 

We will continue our T28 racing series in the new year on the same monthly schedule. All pilots should get a number to help identify their plane—you can pick your favorite number by emailing me—I keep the list and will tell you if the number is available or not. Numbers up to 99 can be picked but all the numbers below 20 are already taken.

Discount Hobbies got a good sized batch of FMS T28s in stock. The new ones come with some upgrades including a stabilization system—the sale price has increased but what hasn’t. If you are new to T28 racing go back and read up on the SEFSD web site on the rules and suggested modifications and setup tips. 

Go fast and turn left!
Steve Neu

T28 Race Report from Weedwackers Field for November 2021

We were asked by the Weedwackers to run a demo race at their Veterans Day fly in at their field in Santee. Flying at the Weedwackers club on a nice smooth paved runway was a treat for those of us used to our Mission Bay dirt patch. We had seven veteran T28 pilots show up to represent SEFSD with batteries charged. We only had a limited time window to fly which limited up to flying 3 preliminary rounds and no finals. The hope is to get some interest going within their club which might lead to bit of fun with a cross town rivalry.
We had two flight groups in each round. Randy had a little bad luck in the first heat of the  first round–he found a pole near the far pylon which turned his T28 1 piece wing in to a  two piece wing putting him out of action—but as it turned out Quan who arrived late was able to fill the open slot in the flight order for the rest of the rounds without interruption .
The rest of the rounds had less drama with only one minor equipment failure when Otto’s motor quit running at the start of the third round. With no finals racing we decided to save the awards for the December race—so we will reconvene for the year end T28 race on December 11th at 10am. Bring charged batteries and be ready to battle for bragging rights and some electric flight goodies in the raffle!
It looks like the long awaited shipment of the 800mm FMS T28 might be close to arriving in country—The Horizon web site now allows you to actually order the planes. A fresh crop of planes would be great!
Steve Neu

T28 Racing Report for October 2021

While we had a light turnout for this months T28 racing it did not mean we did not have some wingtip to wingtip drama over the race course!
The preliminary rounds were 5 laps and for the most part went without much drama aside from a few pilots cutting a pylon or two—or maybe 3? The results of the preliminary rounds was as follows with cuts factored in:
1) Brad B
2) Steve N
3) Steve M
4) Alex S
5) Otto D
6) Bob S (Tie)
6) Frank G (Tie)
The finals were as often is the case where the most excitement occurs—and this time was no different. 
The Bronze Cup was first up with Bob and Frank going head to head—Bob took an easy lead and never looked back for the entire 10 laps. It was clear that Frank needed some better batteries( later he won a new pack in the raffle). 
The Silver Cup was more crowded with  SteveM, Alex and Otto doing battle. Otto and Alex went head to head with each trying to gain the advantage—Otto crossed the finish first but did not get the medal because of a cut pylon turn.
The Gold Cup race was between Brad and SteveN. The entire race was wing tip to wing tip for 10 laps with at least one instant of a “bump and go” with no resulting damage. In the end SteveN crossed the finish slightly in front of Brad. There was some sad news that the course judges provided after the landings—SteveN had made 3 cut pylons and Brad had 6. In the end a good time was had by everyone! We had a raffle with various items for the helpers and pilots—most everyone was able to take home a prize.
The Weedwackers in Santee have invited us to run our next T28 race at their field on November 13th—the details and time are still to be worked out and we will send out a email to everyone as we know more of the details. For now we are planning on having our next race there. 
Stay safe and enjoy nice flying weather!
Steve Neu

T28 Race Report for September 2021

See the racing pics.

See crash video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-9CFgHBTMs

We had another fun knock down drag out series of T28 races on Saturday 9/11. Prior to the start of racing at 10am we had a very nice flyby with Larry Kosta flying his Piper Cub towing an American flag as remembrance of 9/11.

We had a good turnout with most of the regulars in attendance. We followed the regular format with the preliminary rounds being 5 laps followed by the finals with 10 laps. It worth noting that the overall quality of flying for the T28 races is improving with this set of preliminary races having very few cuts and accidents.

The Bronze and Silver class results came in as follows:

1st) Daric Knight
2nd) Mark Davis
3rd) Ty Thompson

1st) Steve Manganelli
2nd) Bob Stinson
3rd) Alfred Ramirez

Things got a bit more aggressive with the Gold Cup heat races with more cuts and yours truly trying to shorten the course by flying through the west end pylon! The winner it turns out was the one who stayed out of trouble —no cuts or pylon clipping!

1st) Quan Nguyen( zero cuts)
2nd) Alex Sutton (second most cuts)
3rd) Brad Bender( had the most cuts)
4th) Steve Neu( got pole position)

For those getting a new T28 ready to race and are looking for the APC prop adapters see me and I will give you one–I had a batch machined. They are is no cost for these. Also for those new to our racing series I encourage you to look at the SEFSD web site and read the various articles from the last year and a half—there you will find some useful tips for racing and setting up your plane.

Our next race is set for October 9th at 10am. I understand that a new shipment of FMS 800mm T28s should be arriving soon—so for those who have been looking, the drought should be ending soon!

Last thing—if you don’t have a pilot number yet please email me with your request—FYI most of the numbers below 20 have been taken already! The number you pick should be < 99.

Steve Neu

T28 racing Report for August 2021

We had good turnout of 11 pilots show up for T28 race day. Prior to the start of racing Otto Dieffenbach and I hosted a short talk on useful “tips and tricks” for pilots looking to improve their racing results. We can do this again if there is interest—let me know.
Racing started a little after 10 with the usual 3 preliminary rounds. We had some exciting  and close races—once the dust settled the scores were totaled and the flight order was set for the 10 lap cup race round. The results were as follows:
Bronze class:
1) Ty 
2) David
3) Larry
Silver class:
1) Steve M
2) Alfred
3) Bob 
Gold class:
1) Steve N
2) Brad
3) Alex
4) Otto
5) Randy
The gold class race was rather crowded as there was a 4-way tie in the preliminary results for second place—so the race dictator (me) decided that a 5-plane heat would be a fun. The race was pretty rough with 4 of the pilots recording at least one cut and one clipping the pylon resulting in a busted prop and an early off field landing—no real damage done.
Mark your calendars for the next race on Sept 11 at 10am. Email me if you need a race number sneu@mac.com
Steve Neu
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