The 63rd Annual

Southwest Regionals Model Airplane Championships
will be held on 19, 20, 21 January, 2013 at Eloy, Arizona

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.


Changed details regarding Free Flight access to fields for chasing

Added info about prizes for Jetex/Rapier event

Changed effective dates for Half-A-Wake to 1937-1950

Changed Nostalgia Rubber to 'small' & 'large'



 We have new field restrictions that were just dictated to us by the farming operation that surrounds us.  We have no alternative but to comply.  We are no longer free to roam in all directions to recover our models.

Here are the new rules.

Keep your chase bikes, quads, bicycles of all types, and all other types of vehicles off of the farm land.  There is a “No Trespass” sign at all of the entry points.  There is also a notation below each sign that states we are welcome to come onto the farm fields to retrieve our models, but we must walk.

If you are observed by any of the workers to bring your chase bike onto the farm land, the sheriff will be called and you will be issued a citation for Trespass. 

We ask for your cooperation and your assistance to “spread the word” so that all who are here can enjoy our contest to the maximum extent possible.

FYI:  We have started to search for a different location, but it will take time.

If you have questions about this policy, feel free to call the following:

            Al Lidberg; Cell 480-309-6564

            Peter Brocks: Cell xxx-xxx-xxxx

            Elmer Nelson: Cell 602-300-3908


Thanks to Robert McKeon for this logo!


3 contests at the same field, same weekend:

AMA/NFFS/SAM/FAC 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 2013 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 !  

Plus, we also have a Grand Champion Award! [see note below event table]

NOTE these special event schedules:

-Three FAC Mass Launch Events: One Each Day

-Tomboy Saturday and Sunday
[One best flight determines the Tomboy winner]

-Half-A-Wake has been combined with Jimmie Allen [FAC rules] on Saturday

-E36 Electric on Sunday / Combined A & B Electric on Monday

-Jetex/Rapier on Sunday

-Twin Pusher Mass Launch at 11 am on Sunday


-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 2013 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.


Note that we now have some restrictions regarding access to surrounding fields for chasing. The farmer does not allow wheeled vehicles [bicycles, motorcycles, cars/trucks] on any of his fields - which are ALL of the fields surrounding our original 1/2 mile X 1 mile field. This includes fields on the east side of Toltec Road..

Contest  is Cat II


Saturday 8am~4pm

  Sunday 8am~4pm   Monday 8am~2pm
A Gas Junior Classic Tow   C Gas Catapult Glider   1/2A Gas Junior P-30
D Gas Junior H. L. Glider   Classic 1/2A Gas Large Nostalgia Rubber   B Gas A1 Towline Glider
Classic AB Gas Small Rub. Fuselage   C Nostalgia Moffett Rubber   Classic CD Gas Elec. A&B Comb.
1/2A Nostalgia Large Rub. Stick   OT Gas Fuselage Junior Cat. Glider   1/4A Nostalgia Classic Open Tow 
B Nostalgia Small Nostalgia Rubber   Large Rub. Fuselage E36 Electric   Early 1/2A Nos. Mulvihill Rubber
OT Gas Pylon P-30   Small Rub. Stick Juniors: Delta Dart   A Nostalgia  
Hand Launched Glider Half-A-Wake/Jimmie Allen FAC      Jetex/Rapier   .020 Replica  
      Twin Pusher Mass Launch 11AM      
FAC WW II Mass Launch 10AM    FAC Greve/Thompson Mass Launch 10AM   FAC High Wing Scale Mass Launch 10AM
Tomboy - Saturday & Sunday      

SWR Grand Champion

For SWR 2013 we will be awarding a SWR AMA Grand Champion trophy. This award is open to contestants whose events are administered by the “AMA” scoring table. (Greg's table)

Participation is free.

The GC will be determined by:
5 events - each contestant may pick any 2 classes, PLUS 3 more obligatory classes consisting of: 1 rubber, 1 glider and 1 power.
~you MUST earn points in the three obligatory events to be scored
~you MUST declare your intention to participate
AND select your classes BEFORE closing of the day the class is flown. Sat & Sun: 4pm; Mon: 2pm. This is announced by the blowing of a car horn.

You will receive points as follows for each class you declare:
1st - 40, 2ng - 30, 3rd - 23, 4th - 17, 5th - 13,6th - 9, 7th - 6 -
(each place score is three-fourths of a preceding score, rounded to the nearest whole number)
Additionally you will receive 3 bonus points for every person you beat in each declared class.
Ties will be broken by the total number of bonus points received
Most points wins.


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: Flights must take place from the pen. 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. In addition, we have received 2 Jetex 50 type engines newly built by Claudio Bormida in Italy that are 1st and 2nd prizes in this event!

Classic Towline: [A1 follows same rules except for model size - use the old A1 size/weight rules]:

Classic Towline Rules

Half - A - Wake 

Half - A - Wake Rules

Small & Large Nostalgia Rubber - Rules will be published soon but have been told that the break is at 150 sq inches; same as SAM "small' and 'large'.


Tomboy event:

Tomboy Info and Rules

  Twin Pusher:

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

 FAC Mass Launch:

FAC Mass Launch Rules


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 2013, The Southwest Regionals is again honored to be classified as an Exempt contest.

National Cup events [each separately recorded and reported] for the 2013 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 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. 19 Events

Sunday Jan. 20 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, 2013. Send check or m.o. payable to 'Southwest Regionals', plus copies of your 2013 AMA license and the filled-out entry 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. 19 EventsSunday Jan. 20 EventsMonday Jan. 21 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 contest field is known as Webster Field in honor of Quentin Webster who was a long time sponsor of the Phoenix Model Airplane Club and supporter of modeling in Arizona .  We recently added an additional a  section of land to our site.  The site is now 1.5 miles along its North – South axis and is 1.0 miles deep along its East – West axis.  Toltec Road is the eastern boundary of this complete piece.  Our original field makes up the southern 1/3 of the total field.  Our original entrance remains and is at the southern edge of the field.

The SAM RC area will be located in the SW section of the field and is reached using our south entrance. Be sure to stay to the right [north side] of the irrigation ditch.

The prevailing wind is generally from the South in the morning hours.  There normally is a mid day lull with a wind shift of 180 degrees coming out of the north.  Early morning temperatures can be quite chilly.  While normally in the mid 30s we have seen temperatures below 20 degrees.  Day temps usually rise rapidly, warming into the 70s~80s by mid afternoon.  As the sundown approaches, temperatures fall off rapidly.  We plan to fly to Category II times.

Camping is permitted on the field.  Porta Potties will be located in our major flight line areas.


Chasing.  We now have active/irrigated farm land on the north, east, south, and west sides of our field.  YOU MAY NOT ride your motorcycles onto the plowed or planted areas, including the graded access roads around them. We must walk from the edges onto the field to retrieve our models.  Anyone violating this rule will be immediately ejected from the field.

Local Speed Limits.  The City of Eloy has a 25 mph speed limit on all roads unless otherwise posted.  This includes most of the 5 miles along Toltec Road south of I-10.  Be particularly mindful of your speed descending down the off ramp as you approach the TA Truck Stop.  The speed limit in this section is 25 mph and is often radar enforced.

Safety.  We have several irrigation ditches within the boundary of our field.  We have foot bridges over all of them and most are marked with a PVC pole.  Be watchful of animal burrows, tire tracks etc when you ride.  At times there may be a single wire electric fence surrounding the flying field.  Be watchful for it.  If you unhook it to cross it, hook it up again.  We are responsible for the cattle that might be on the field.




Note that in view of the widely scattered flight lines, we are not expecting to have on-field food service.

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

Camping, Hotels, Motels and other Facilities

Camping is allowed at the contest site, but please recognize that this land is used by us with permission of the leaseholder, and it 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 - 2013 - marks the 63rd annual SWR! 

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

Webmaster: AL 


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