The 62nd Annual

AMA officials have told us that the SW Regionals is among the longest running contests in the US! We're proud of our history and we're going to try to keep doing our best for as long as we can.

Southwest Regionals Model Airplane Championships

will be held on 14, 15, 16 January, 2012 at Eloy, Arizona


3 contests at the same field, same weekend:

AMA/NFFS/SAM Free Flight - The Randy Archer Invitational FAI Free Flight - SAM RC Old Timers

There will be a Swap Meet at the field at the AMA officials area on Saturday afternoon at 2pm. There are no charges for sellers or buyers. Vendors are welcome. Sellers will need to provide their own tables.


AMA [etc.] Free Flight    FAI Free Flight     SAM RC Old Timers

Contest Site     

Camping and Facilities    Sponsors:

Map to the site

Contest entrants must be 2012 AMA members (i.e. display license, cancelled check, or a CD's receipt). Licenses may be purchased at the field. There are no admission charges for spectators.

AMA - NFFS - SAM Free Flight: Running all 3 Days!

This is a National Cup 'Exempt' contest !

NOTE these special event schedules:

-Tomboy Saturday and Sunday *

-Half-A-Wake on Saturday or Sunday**

-Nostalgia Cabin on Sunday

-e36 Electric on Saturday / Combined A & B Electric on Sunday

-Jetex/Rapier on Sunday

-Twin Pusher Mass Launch at 11 am on Sunday

* One best flight determines the Tomboy winner

** Fly Half-A-Wake either day but flights must be completed that day

-Awards Each Day 

Contest Director: Al Lidberg
1127 W. Dunbar Dr
Tempe, AZ 85282



Due to concerns over liability and abuses in the past, we must require:

1. That you have a 2012 AMA license or a receipt from the AMA or a contest director showing you have paid for current membership. You can pay for your license at the site, and we will give you a receipt.

2. That ALL fuse dethermalizers employ a positive extinguishing device (snuffer)

3. That all models entered display the modeler's AMA license number

If you do not comply with items #1, 2 and 3, you will not be allowed to fly on the venue of SWR.


Contest  is Cat II


Saturday 8am~4pm

  Sunday 8am~4pm   Monday 8am~2pm
A Gas Hand Launched Glider   C Gas Nostalgia Wakefield   1/2A Gas Small Rub. Stick
D Gas Junior Classic Tow   Classic 1/2A Gas Half-A-Wake   B Gas Catapult Glider
Classic AB Gas Junior H. L. Glider   C Nostalgia Jimmie Allen   Classic CD Gas A1 Towline Glider
1/2A Nostalgia E36 Electric   Nostalgia Cabin  Moffett Rubber   1/4A Nostalgia  
B Nostalgia     OT Gas Fuselage Junior Cat. Glider   Early 1/2A Nos.  
Small Rub. Fuselage     Large Rub. Fuselage Classic Open Towline    A Nostalgia  
Large Rub. Stick     P-30 Electric A&B Comb.   OT Gas Pylon  
Nostalgia Rubber     Junior P-30 Juniors: Delta Dart   .020 Replica  
Half-A-Wake     Twin Pusher Mass Launch 11AM   Mulvihill Rubber  
Tomboy - Saturday & Sunday      

  Delta Dart: Jrs only; Free ; Build model at the field or fly your own. Kit, supplies, tools, place to work & build/fly assistance are provided.

  Catapult & Hand Launched Glider: Time cards must be posted after each two flights.

  Jetex/Rapier: - to be flown generally to the rules listed for AMA Free Flight Rocket, event #162. Any Jetex or Rapier motor is allowed. Entry is free and certificates will be awarded.

Classic Towline Rules: [A1 follows same rules except for model size - use the old A1 size rules. Model can be of any design.]:

Classic Towline Rules

Half - A - Wake 

Half - A - Wake Rules

Nostalgia Cabin

Nostalgia Cabin Rules

Tomboy event:

Tomboy Info and Rules

  Twin Pusher:

1. SAM rules. 2. 11 AM mass launch Sunday.



News bulletin for AMA - NFFS - SAM Free Flight Contestants:

National Cup: The SW Regionals was honored in year 2000 to be the very first NFFS National Cup Contest. Points are awarded for placing in specified events and selected contests for each year, with awards presented at the close of the year. 

For 2012, The Southwest Regionals is again honored to be classified as an Exempt contest.

National Cup events [each separately recorded and reported] for the 2012 SWR are: 

For Senior/Open modelers: all AMA gas events 1/2A through CD, Nostalgia gas 1/4A, 1/2A through C and Early 1/2A, Classic Power 1/2A through CD, Mulvihill, P-30, Moffett, Nos. Rubber, Nos. Wakefield, Classic Towline, and Catapult plus Hand Launched Gliders.

For Juniors: Junior 1/2A AMA Gas & 1/2A Classic Gas [combined], Junior P-30, Junior Hand launched Glider, Junior Classic Towline [new for 2009] and Junior Catapult Glider.

FF Entry Form


FAI Free Flight

The Randy Archer Invitational

Contest Director: 
Peter Brocks, 9031 E. Paradise Dr. , Scottsdale , AZ 85260


Saturday Jan. 14 Events

Sunday Jan. 15 Events





F1C /F1P




  Awards through 3rd place, plus perpetual awards for winners of F1A, F1B, F1C/F1P, F1G, F1H, F1J & F1Q. 
• F1A, F1B, F1C, F1G, F1H, F1J, F1Q & F1P are America ’s Cup events.
• F1A, F1B, F1C/P & F1Q will be flown in 7 one-hour rounds beginning at 8:30AM. Fly-offs in 10 minute rounds after the 7th round for 5, 7, 9 min max flights. If necessary, a 10 min fly-off will be held Sunday morning. Sunday’s Mini events will start at 8:30 and have 5 one-hour rounds with 2 min maxes, followed by 3, 4, 5 min max fly-offs.
* F1P will be combined with F1C.There will be special certificate awards for Juniors. 

Important Notes: Timekeepers will not be provided. Please find someone to fly and time with you. Please note that in case of inclement weather events and fly-offs may be flown on Monday, Jan. 16. Motorcycle flapping or circling with a motorcycle under a model will not be tolerated. Also, glider towing through the flight lines of other events and through the parking area is not ok. Both are unsafe practices.


To avoid the early Saturday crush to enter the contest, please pre-enter by mail before January 1, 2012. Send check or m.o. payable to 'Southwest Regionals', plus copies of your 2012 AMA license and this filled-out page so we'll know what you're entering. Late entries after Jan. 1 will be charged an additional $5.00

Mail Entry Form to:     Peter Brocks, 9031 E Paradise Dr , Scottsdale , AZ 85260-6888     

FAI Entry Form

SAM RC Old Timers

Contest Director: Bob Angus
6640 N. Columbus
Tucson, AZ 85718

Saturday Jan. 14 EventsSunday Jan. 15 EventsMonday Jan. 16 Events
Pure AntiqueAntiqueElectric LMR
B GlowOhlsson Sideport1/2A Tex. Scale
Electric TexacoC Glow LERBrown Jr. LER
C Ignition LERTexacoA Glow
1/2A TexacoSpeed 400 LMR Special Event**A Ign LER
B Ignition LERElectric Replica***Spirit of SAM
Wakefield Class LMR Electric*  

* Wakefield RC LMR special event

Wakefield Rules


**S400 LMR Event  

S400 LMR Rules


    ***Electric Replica

Electric Replica Rules

The Contest Site

The SWR site is known as Webster Field, in honor of Quentin Webster who was a longtime sponsor of the Phoenix Model Airplane Club and supporter of modeling in Arizona. The field is 1/2 mi (N to S) X 1 mi (E to W) and lies in the middle of about 20,000 fairly clear acres providing easy chasing in any direction for 3 to 4 miles. Toltec Road forms the eastern boundary of the field.

Field map



Free flight, both AMA and FAI, will begin each day with the flight line to the north of the parking area.  Because of expected changes in wind direction, at some time each day we will move the flight line to the south side of the parking area. It is therefore important that you confine parking to the designated area.

Use caution when using a chase bike. Things that you need to be aware of  include animal burrows, tire tracks, irrigation ditches, and the possibility of a one-wire electric fence [no guarantees, but the fence is rarely 'live'] around the field. If you unhook the fence to allow passage, re-hook it up - we have a responsibility to the owner of any cattle on the field. 

Our flying field is located in the middle of formerly irrigated land. The ditches are laid out in a 1/2 mile grid pattern. Permanent bridges are generally located at the corner of each field. We have added dirt filled bridges along the south, west and north sides of our primary field, indicated by the Xs on the field map. Many of these crossings are marked by white PVC pipes stuck vertically into the ground.  

The prevailing wind is generally out of the south at 8:00 AM, usually dies off into a midday lull, and picks up in the afternoon and comes from the north. Early morning temperatures can be in the mid 30s to low 40s, warming to mid 80s in the afternoon. The temperature drops rapidly as the sun sets. Although the field is large, we generally fly Cat. II as people seem to like to enter a lot of events.

Campers can use tents, trailers and motorhomes, but the only facilities we offer are J-Johns. 

Hope to see you here! / AL

Camping, Hotels, Motels and other Facilities

Camping is allowed at the contest site, but please recognize that this is state land, used by us with permission of the leaseholder, which must be kept clean and safe.

 There are a number of gas stations, restaurants, hotels and motels at Toltec Road and I-10 (Exit 203):
-Super 8, I-10 & Toltec Rd, 520-466-7804
-Red Roof Inn, I-10 & Toltec Rd, 520-466-2522

There is another group at Sunland Gin Road & I-10, about 3 miles NW (Exit 200):
-Motel 6, 4965 N. Sunland Gin Rd, 520-836-3323
-Days Inn, Sunland Gin Rd. at I-10, 520-426-9240
-Sunland Inn, 7190 Sunland Gin Road, 520-836-5000

Additional facilities will be found in Casa Grande and Eloy:
-Holiday Inn Casa Grande, 777 N. Pinal Ave, Casa Grande, AZ 85222, Call 520-426-3500 or 1-800-465-4329. 
-Best Western, 665 N. Via Del Cielo, Casa Grande, 520-836-1600
-Super 8 Motel, 2066 E. Florence Blvd, Casa Grande, 1-800-800-8000
-At Exit 211; Picacho KOA, 520-466-7401
-In Eloy; Eloy Mobile Home Park, 612 W. Frontier, 520-466-7411


This contest is brought to you by the Southwest Regionals Modelers Association, Inc., a non-profit organization intended to continue and improve the SWR. Pres: Al Lidberg; Sec: Bob Angus; Treas: John Nystedt; Members at large: Elmer Nelson, Greg Tutmark, Steve Riley, Peter Brocks, Randy Archer, Hermann Andresen.

This year - 2012 - marks the 62st annual SWR! 

Help us to make this one the best ever. Your comments and feedback will be appreciated!

Webmaster: AL 


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