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.
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
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.
This is a National Cup 'Exempt' contest !
NOTE these special event
-Twin Pusher Mass Launch at
11 am on Sunday
-FAC Mass Launch Events Each
Contest Director: Al Lidberg
1127 W. Dunbar Dr
Tempe, AZ 85282
NOTE these special event schedules:
-Twin Pusher Mass Launch at 11 am on Sunday
-FAC Mass Launch Events Each
Contest Director: Al Lidberg
-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 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
|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
1. See SAM
2. 11 AM mass launch Sunday
Launch events will be under the direction of Mike Bower •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
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.
News bulletin for AMA - NFFS - SAM Free Flight Contestants:
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.
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.
•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.
FAI Free Flight
The Randy Archer Invitational
Peter Brocks, 9031 E. Paradise Dr. ,
Jan. 14 Events
Jan. 15 Events
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
• 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.
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.
FAI Entry Form [PDF]
|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 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
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):
-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