The 59th Annual

Southwest Regionals Model Airplane Championships

will be held on 17, 18, 19 January, 2009 at Eloy, Arizona


3 contests at the same field, same weekend:

AMA/NFFS/SAM 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 3pm. You may set up at 2:30. There are no charges for sellers or buyers. 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 2009 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: Now running all 3 Days!

This is a National Cup 'Exempt' contest !

NOTE: These Special Events

-e36 Electric on Sunday

-Jetex/Rapier on Sunday + Carlo Godel Postal Contest for Rapier models

-SAM rules Twin Pusher Mass Launch at 11 am on Sunday

-Taibi POWERHOUSE event on Monday

-Tomboy all 3 days 

Contest Director: Al Lidberg
1030 E. Baseline, Suite 105-1074
Tempe, AZ 85283
480-839-8154 6-10PM MST


Due to concerns over liability and abuses in the past, we must require:

1. That you have a 2009 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   Sunday   Monday
Plaque Awards Certificates Plaque Awards Certificates Plaque Awards Certificates
1/2A Gas Classic CD Gas A Gas Classic AB Gas C Gas Classic 1/2A Gas
A Nos Early 1/2A Nos. D Gas Junior Classic Towline C Nostalgia Junior Cat. Glider
B Gas Junior 1/2A Gas and 1/2A Classic Combined 1/2A Nos Junior H. L. Glider OT Gas Fuselage Moffett Rubber
OT Gas Pylon 1/4A Nostalgia B Nos E36 LG Rubber Fuselage Junior P-30
.020 Replica A1 Towline Glider Small Rub Fuselage Jetex/Rapier P-30 Taibi Powerhouse 
Mulvihill Rubber   Large Rub. Stick Juniors - Delta Dart Nostalgia Wakefield Classic Open Towline 
Small Rub. Stick   Nostalgia Rubber   Jimmie Allen  
Catapult Glider   Hand Launched Glider      
    Twin Pusher Mass Launch 11AM    
Tomboy - all 3 days

  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: 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. 


  Carlo Godel Rocket Event: 

Carlo Event Rules


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

Classic Towline Rules


Taibi Powerhouse event:

Powerhouse Rules


Tomboy event:

Tomboy Info and Rules


Twin Pusher:

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

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 2009, The Southwest Regionals is again honored to be classified as an Exempt contest.

National Cup events [each separately recorded and reported] for the 2009 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 [new for 2009] 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. 17 EventsSunday Jan. 18 Events
F1A F1G 
F1C /F1P*F1J 

If Saturday or Sunday has inclement weather, then Monday will be the reserve day.

Awards through 3rd place, plus perpetual awards for winners of all 6 major FAI events.
• F1A, F1B, F1C, F1G, F1H, F1J,F1P and F1Q are America’s Cup events.
• F1A, F1B, & F1C/F1P 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 begin at 8:30AM and have 5 one-hour rounds with 2 min maxes, followed by 3, 4, 5 min max fly-offs.

*F1P is combined with F1C

**F1Q ~ FAI electric will be flown in 7 rounds. No entry fee and certificates will be awarded.

Important Timing Note: Due to no timekeepers available, timers will not be provided. Please find someone to fly and time with you.

FAI Entry Form

SAM RC Old Timers

Contest Director: Bob Angus
6640 N. Columbus
Tucson, AZ 85718

Saturday Jan. 17 EventsSunday Jan. 18 EventsMonday Jan. 19 Events
Pure AntiqueAntiqueElectric LMR
B GlowOhlsson Sideport1/2A Tex. Scale
Electric TexacoC Glow LERBrown Jr. LER
C Ignition LERTexacoA Glow
1/2A TexacoUnlimited Class LMR Electric*A Ign LER
B Ignition LERSpeed 400 LMR Special Event**Spirit of SAM
Wakefield Class LMR Electric*  

* Two new RC LMR special events for electric rubber models:

Wakefield & Unlimited Rules


**S400 LMR Event to be held at the 2009 SWR – ELOY, Az  

S400 LMR Rules



The Contest Site

The SWR site is known as Webster Field, in honor of Quentin Webster who was a longtime host of the Phoenix Model Airplane Club and supporter of modeling in Arizona. The field is 1/2 mi (N to S) X 1 mi (E to W) and lies in the middle of about 20,000 fairly clear acres providing easy chasing in any direction for 3 to 4 miles. Toltec Road forms the eastern boundary of the field.

Field map



Free flight, both AMA and FAI, will begin each day with the flight line to the north of the parking area.  Because of expected changes in wind direction, at some time each day we will move the flight line to the south side of the parking area. It is therefore important that you confine parking to the designated area.




Use caution when using a chase bike. Things that you need to be aware of  include animal burrows, tire tracks, irrigation ditches, and the possibility of a one-wire electric fence [no guarantees, but the fence is rarely 'live'] around the field. If you unhook the fence to allow passage, re-hook it up - we have a responsibility to the owner of any cattle on the field. Our flying field is located in the middle of formerly irrigated land. The ditches are laid out in a 1/2 mile grid pattern. Permanent bridges are generally located at the corner of each field. We have added dirt filled bridges along the south, west and north sides of our primary field.  

The prevailing wind is out of the south at 8:00 AM, usually dies off into a midday lull, and picks up in the afternoon and comes from the north. Early morning temperatures can be in the mid 30s to low 40s, warming to mid 80s in the afternoon. The temperature drops rapidly as the sun sets. Although the field is large, we generally fly Cat. II as people seem to like to enter a lot of events.

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

Hope to see you here! / AL

Camping, Hotels, Motels and other Facilities

Camping is allowed at the contest site, but please recognize that this is state land, used by us with permission of the leaseholder, which 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:
-Hotel 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 - 2009 - marks the 59th annual SWR! 

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

Webmaster: AL; email:
© 2008 SWRMA