The 64th Annual

Southwest Regionals Model Airplane Championships
will be held on 18, 19, 20 January 2014 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.

24 DEC 13


For Free Flight, we have acquired a new site! It's about 3 miles west of the old site - see the new map below.

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 FF 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:


Free Flight events will take place at the field labeled "Webster West" that is reached via Exit 200/Sunland Gin Road as shown on the map below. Watch for signs as you get near the 7.1 mile point. 

SAM RC Old Timers will take place at the field labeled "Webster", accessed via Exit 203/Toltec Road.

Phillips Road has a nice gravel surface and can take you between Sunland Gin Road and Toltec Road. Phillips Road, by the way, is the last marked road off Sunland Gin before you get to the Free Flight turnoff.

Contest entrants must be 2014 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 have a Grand Champion Award! [see note below event table]

NOTE these special event schedules:

- 1/4A AMA / 1/4A Nostalgia Combined on Saturday

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

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

-Dawn Unlimited Rubber 7:30~7:45 Sunday Morning

-Penaud "Planophore" event on Sunday

-Twin Pusher Mass Launch at 11 am on Sunday

-FAC Mass Launch Events: One each 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 2014 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~4:30pm

  Sunday 8am~4:30pm   Monday 8am~2pm
A Gas Junior Event   C Gas Junior Event   1/2A Gas Junior Event
D Gas 1/4A AMA & 1/4A Nos.   Classic 1/2A Gas Catapult Glider   B Gas A1 Towline Glider
Classic AB Gas Small Rub. Fuselage   C Nostalgia Large Nos. Rubber   Classic CD Gas Elec. A&B Comb.
1/2A Nostalgia Large Rub. Stick   OT Gas Fuselage Moffett Rubber   Early 1/2A Nos. Classic Open Tow 
B Nostalgia Small Nos. Rubber   Large Rub. Fuselage E36 Electric   A Nostalgia Mulvihill Rubber
OT Gas Pylon P-30   Small Rub. Stick Planophore   .020 Replica  
Hand Launched 
Half-A-Wake/Jimmie Allen FAC   Dawn Unlimited Rubber 7:30~7:45: time to be resolved by the entrants      
FAC WW II Mass Launch   FAC Greve/Thompson Mass Launch   FAC High Wing Mass Launch
      Twin Pusher Mass Launch 11AM      
Tomboy - Saturday & Sunday      

SWR Grand Champion

For SWR 2014 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.


Penaud Planophore: Often termed "The Father of Flying Models," Alphonse Penaud was the first person to build and successfully fly heavier than air rubber band powered model flying machines. He flew his remarkably modern looking Planophore at Tuileries Gardens in Paris, France, on August 18, 1871. The Planophore, powered by a rubber band driven pusher propeller, flew 181 feet in 11 seconds. 

Planophore Rules

Another Aeronautical Experiment Re: Planophore [Dave Harding contribution]

Translation from French of writings by Penaud [more from Dave Harding]


Planophore trophy:


  Catapult & Hand Launched Glider: Flights must take place from the pen. Time cards must be posted after each two flights.

  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 - See NFFS for the rules


Tomboy event:

Tomboy Info and Rules

  Twin Pusher:

1. See SAM rule book. 2. 11 AM mass launch Sunday


 1/4A AMA and 1/4A Nostalgia combined. [National Cup points for 1/4A Nostalgia flights only.]

1/4A AMA / 1/4A Nos Rules

FAC Mass Launch events will be under the direction of Don Deloach and Jerry Murphy. We should be receiving time and location rulings from them soon and will post them here as received.

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 2014, The Southwest Regionals is again honored to be classified as an Exempt contest.

National Cup events [each separately recorded and reported] for the 2014 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, Large Nos Rubber, Small Nos. Rubber, 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. Note that the event list shows 'Junior Event' on each day. Juniors can enter any Senior/Open event and will be ranked with all entrants. Juniors may also fly any of the listed Junior categories listed in this paragraph for National Cup points and certificate awards. There is no entry fee for Juniors.

FF Entry Form


FAI Free Flight

The Randy Archer Invitational

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


Saturday Jan. 18 Events

Sunday Jan. 19 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. 20. 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, 2014. Send check or m.o. payable to 'Southwest Regionals', plus copies of your 2014 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. 18 EventsSunday Jan. 19 EventsMonday Jan. 20 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 original 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 .  Toltec Road is the eastern boundary of the field.  The original entrance 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 the marked entrance. Be sure to stay to the right [north side] of the irrigation ditch.

Due to chasing difficulties for Free Flight models, we have acquired a new FF site as noted above.

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.


Local Speed Limits.  The City of Eloy has a 25 mph speed limit on all roads unless otherwise posted. This includes most of the area along Sunland Gin Road and Toltec Road south of I-10.  Be particularly mindful of your speed descending down the off ramp on Toltec Road 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 site, Webster Field on Toltec Road. We have foot bridges over all of them and most are marked with a PVC pole. Do not ride chase bikes over the bridges and onto the farm fields surrounding Webster Field.  Walking is OK.  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 owners and the leaseholder at Toltec Rd., 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):

The Super 8 in Eloy has blocked out 30 rooms for SW Regional entrants. These rooms will be held for us until 10 JAN 14. The rate is $59.95/night for 2 people in a room with 2 beds; additional person is $10/night. We don't have any special code word but you can tell who ever answers that you're with the Southwest Regionals that's happening on 18, 19, 20 January 2014 and that you understand that the General Manager Vijay Sethi has approved this offer. The phone number is 1-520-466-2522.

The Super 8 is located off Toltec Road [Exit 203], just north of its intersection with I-10. Look to the left as you enter Toltec Rd.

We have been told:

All rooms come with a desk area, a 3-drawered dresser, coffee makers(complete with Regular, and Decaf Coffee), a Microwave, fridge and all your basic amenities.Upon your stay, you will enjoy a complimentary,"Super Start" Breakfast, which offers; Fresh waffles that you can make yourself, Assorted Cereals, Assorted Bread, and English Muffins, .Assorted Danishes, Assorted Fruit, Assorted Juices (Apple and Orange), and Assorted yogurt. Also, upon showing your room-keys to any 
restaurants in the area, you will AUTOMATICALLY receive up to 20 percent off your entire order(s). The following restaurants that participate with this offer 
are; TA Travel Center - Which has a delicious sit-down restaurant inside, as well as a Taco Bell, and an A&W), Carl's Jr., McDonald's, and Also Pizza Hut, 
and Dominos.


-Red Roof Inn, I-10 & Toltec Rd, 520-466-2522

There is another group at Sunland Gin Road & I-10 at Exit 200:
-Motel 6, 4965 N. Sunland Gin Rd, 520-836-3323. This motel is offering us a group rate that may be a good deal. The attached restaurant is also recommended. More details as I get them.
-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, Tom Gaylor, Peter Brocks, Randy Archer, Hermann Andresen.

This year - 2014 - marks the 64th annual SWR! 

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

Webmaster: AL 


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