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sport & aerobaticsPark Pilot


Indoor aerobatic competitions


Dave Lockhart davel322@comcast.net


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Indoor aerobatics are alive and well in the northeastern US and


neighboring Ontario, Canada. I attended four indoor aerobatics competitions this past winter in Canada, New York, and Ohio. The NEA


(Northumberland Electric Aviators; maac.ca/en/clubs_ details.php?club_id=771) fl ies indoors regularly in a large gym at the Cobourg Community Centre in Ontario, Canada. The NEA annually sponsors spring/fall aerobatics competitions for F3P, Advanced, Intermediate, and Sportsman classes. The most recent competitions were held on November 18, 2017, and March 10, 2018. The March event was used to select the Canadian team (facebook.com/ f3pteamcanada) that will participate in the next FAI F3P World Championship for Indoor Model Aerobatic Aircraft, to be held in Heraklion, Crete, Greece, in March 2019. The 2019 Canadian team consists of Pat MacKenzie (captain), Xavier Mouraux, Alex Gareau, and James Millson (Junior pilot). The student aviation club at North Penn High School in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, hosts an annual indoor fl ying session. The event is


a fundraiser for the North Penn Aviation Club, which is mentored by longtime RC pilot and incredibly energetic technology and engineering teacher, Dr. Michael Voicheck. North Penn High School aviation student projects have grown to include support from Montgomery County Community College, Temple University, and even NASA! On March 17, 2018, for nearly eight hours, the double-wide, large gym was fi lled with all varieties of sub-10-ounce aerial vehicles. Aerobatic 5- to 8-ounce EPP foamies were one of the most popular aircraft types. West Michigan Park Flyers (wmparkfl yers. com) and Twisted Hobbys (twistedhobbys.com) are popular suppliers for these versatile and durable indoor/ outdoor airplanes. The Twisted Hobbys Clik R2 is an excellent choice as an entry-level model for Indoor Precision Aerobatics. NEF (Northeast Ohio Electric Fly-In; ohioelectricfl y. com) was held March 23-24, 2018. It took place at the large Stile Athletics Field House at Akron University in Akron, Ohio. More than 100 pilots attended and fl ew in multiple fl ight areas. The large venue has room for dedicated areas of “racetrack” fl ying of larger models, 3D aerobatics, micro fl yers, helis/quadcopters, and an aerobatics contest. The NEF club hosts regular fl ying


24 PARK PILOT [Summer 2018]


(L-R): Pat MacKenzie (captain), James Millson (Junior pilot), Xavier Mouraux, and Alex Gareau (not pictured) will represent Canada at the 2019 FAI F3P World Championship in Greece.


North Penn High School Aviation Club students (L-R): Matt Knoebel, Ryan Winkworth, Jai Dadarwala, James Carnal, and Jean- Mark Parmiter. Michael Voicheck photo.


sessions during the winter. The Electric Powered Aeromodelers (facebook. com/Electric-Powered- Aeromodelers-RC- Club-140843772633277) of Schenectady, New York, hosts regular indoor fl ying sessions at the Schenectady Armory. On April 14, 2018,


the armory was the site of the Team Trials to select the US F3P team to participate in the FAI F3P World Championship for Indoor Model Aerobatic Aircraft in Greece. The 2019 USA F3P Team is Dave Lockhart (captain), Devin McGrath, Joseph Szczur, and Greyson


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