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
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.
This is a National Cup 'Exempt' contest !
Plus, we have a Grand Champion
Award! [see note below event table]
NOTE these special event
- 1/4A AMA / 1/4A Nostalgia
Combined on Saturday
-Tomboy Saturday and Sunday -Half-A-Wake has been combined
with Jimmie Allen [FAC rules] on Saturday
-Dawn Unlimited Rubber
7:30~7:45 Sunday Morning
event on Sunday
-Twin Pusher Mass Launch at
11 am on Sunday
-FAC Mass Launch Events: One
Contest Director: Al Lidberg
1127 W. Dunbar Dr
Tempe, AZ 85282
NOTE these special event schedules:
- 1/4A AMA / 1/4A Nostalgia Combined on Saturday
-Tomboy Saturday and Sunday
-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
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
|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|
|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.
Another Aeronautical Experiment Re: Planophore [Dave Harding contribution]
Translation from French of writings by Penaud [more from Dave Harding]
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 Info and Rules
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
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.
FAI Free Flight
The Randy Archer Invitational
Peter Brocks, 9031 E. Paradise Dr. ,
Jan. 18 Events
Jan. 19 Events
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
• 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.
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.
|Saturday Jan. 18 Events||Sunday Jan. 19 Events||Monday Jan. 20 Events|
|Pure Antique||Antique||Electric LMR|
|B Glow||Ohlsson Sideport||1/2A Tex. Scale|
|Electric Texaco||C Glow LER||Brown Jr. LER|
|C Ignition LER||Texaco||A Glow|
|1/2A Texaco||Speed 400 LMR Special Event**||A Ign LER|
|B Ignition LER||Electric Replica***||Spirit of SAM|
|Wakefield Class LMR Electric*|
**S400 LMR Event
S400 LMR Rules
Electric Replica Rules
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
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
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.
There are a number of gas stations, restaurants, hotels and motels at Toltec Road and I-10 (Exit 203):
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
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,
-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
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