The 69th Annual

Southwest Regionals Model Airplane Championships
will be held on 14, 15, 16 January 2017 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.

Rev: 12/12/2016


Note the new site is about 3 miles west of the old site - see the 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. 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:


All 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. 

Phillips Road, by the way, is the last marked road off Sunland Gin before you get to the Webster West turnoff.

Contest entrants must be 2017 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:

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

-Twin Pusher Mass Launch at 11 am on Sunday

-FAC Mass Launch Events 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 2017 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 Junior Event   C Gas Junior Event   1/2A Gas Junior Event
D Gas 1/4A Nostalgia   Classic 1/2A Gas Cat Glider   B Gas A1 Towline
Classic AB Gas Small Rub. Fuse   C Nos Large Nostalgia. Rub.   Classic CD Gas Electric  A&B Comb.
1/2A Nostalgia Large Rub. Stk   OT Gas Fuse Moffett Rub   Early 1/2A Nos. Class Open Tow 
B Nostalgia Small Nostalgia Rub   Large Rub. Fuse. Jimmie Allen   A Nos Mulvihill Rub
OT Gas Pylon P-30   Small Rub. Stick High Start Glider   .020 Replica  
HL Glider E36 Electric   Dawn Unlimited Rubber 7:30~7:45   FACJet Catapult  FAC Embryo 
FAC WW II Combat Mass Launch 10am   FAC Greve/Thompson Mass Launch 10am   FAC Modern Civilian Mass Launch 10am
FAC WW I Combat Mass Launch 12am   Twin Pusher Mass Launch 11am      


  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


Small & Large Nostalgia Rubber - See NFFS for the rules


Twin Pusher:

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

FAC Mass Launch events will be under the direction of Mike Bower.We should be receiving time and location rulings from him 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 2017, The Southwest Regionals is again honored to be classified as an Exempt contest.

National Cup events [each separately recorded and reported] for the 2017 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. 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, F1S & F1Q. 
• F1A, F1B, F1C, F1G, F1H, F1J, F1Q & F1P are America’s Cup events.
• F1A, F1B, F1C/P & F1Q will be flown in 5 one-hour rounds beginning at 8:30AM. Fly-offs in 10 minute rounds after the 7th round for 6, 8, 10 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.

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, 2017. Send check or m.o. payable to 'Southwest Regionals', plus copies of your 2017 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 [PDF]


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 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.   Be watchful of animal burrows, tire tracks etc when you ride. At times there may be a single wire electric fence surrounding Webster 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 that field.

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 property 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):

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

There is group of motels at Sunland Gin Road & I-10 at Exit 200:
-Motel 6, 4965 N. Sunland Gin Rd, 520-836-3323 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; Bob Angus; Elmer Nelson, Greg Tutmark, Tom Gaylor, Peter Brocks, Christopher Lidberg, Randy Archer, Hermann Andresen.

Your comments and feedback will be appreciated!

Webmaster: AL 


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