The 56th Annual

Southwest Regionals Model Airplane Championships

    Eloy, Arizona      

14, 15, 16 JAN 06

[updated: 3 FEB 06 pm]

We had a great time at SW Regionals 2006! Numbers of entrants were up slightly at: AMA etc 49, FAI 46, and RC OT about 30. There were 8 folks who entered both AMA and FAI which is more than usual.

The temperatures were good, but with the very long dry spell we've been having, conditions were expected to be dusty and we posted 5 mph speed limit signs on the trails to FF and farther out to RC OT. A number of drivers disregarded the signs and we were troubled with dust clouds at times.

This year, we were prepared to use either a north side or south side flight line at Free Flight - to accommodate the expected wind shift. In spite of the dryness, brush and small trees are thriving on the north side of the field and this forces us to locate farther south. This in turn caused RC OT to move farther west to give everyone as much space as possible. 

At AMA, we had some strong performers and Bob Hanford filed for a record based on his 1/2A Classic gas model's flights.

Pictures have come from John Patton, Mike Woodhouse, Steve Riley, Hank Nystrom, Dave Harding, Eut Tileston, and Dan Keegan.

 

Here are pics from Free Flight - both AMA and FAI:

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Dan Keegan with his Piper rubber model

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Dennis Donnely's grandson threw this HLG for what seemed like hours - having a grand time!

 

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Dick Nelson flew this big Sattellite-ish model.

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Jean Andrews had a good time flying this CO2 powered BV141 - from a kit by AL

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Katy Patton took lots of pictures to help with husband John's SWR report for Model Aviation magazine

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David Ramsey, Flying Models mag columnist, flew this Alert with ED Hunter diesel in OT pylon

 

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Jean Andrews on the left, Greg Tutmark on the right. Greg sponsored the FF Powerhouse event which Jean won - and Jean will sponsor it next year

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Frank Roberge with his 750 Lucky Lindy - a hot climber!

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Elmer Nelson, Phoenix Model Airplane Club President, with his Coupe.

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Nick Ellington in his first contest, may have set a record!

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Faust Parker with his F1C

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Ken Kaiser and Ram Rod

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Mike Woodhouse from UK joins us each year to fly Wakefield

 

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Steve Riley pointing out 'something' on Ted Hidinger's Lucky Lindy

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Randy Archer launches for son Ryan

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Randy and Ryan Archer were selling these folding wing catapult gliders

 

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Somebody's Wake climbing strongly

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Sattellite time!

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Ted Firster winds his Coupe

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Jean and the BV in action. A friend wants to make one up as a P-30 - that will bother some folks!

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Elmer Nelson winding

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Someone lost this Detroit Balsa Bugs hat. It's kind of faded, but I'm sure he'd like it back! Contact AL at aalmps@aol.com

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Mike Woodhouse took this pic of a roadrunner. We've seen one at Eloy, but believe that he lives up at the truckstop, about 5 miles north.

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This stand is useful for rubber models and we've seen variations that accept the wings of power models. In each case, it pivots freely and lets the model go to the downwind side

 

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John Epley. long time FFer, just watching this year

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Bob Goldie 

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Bud Romak with the famed Oakland Cloud Dusters trailer

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Part of the AMA official crew:

Greg Tutmark, Katy Patton, and John Patton

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Randy Archer and Terry Kerger retrieving

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Carl Redlin and Bob Goldie between flights

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There it is!

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This is a really neat  chase bike! Don't know if it's home made or a commercial item, but it does look 'right'.

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There were lots of dust devils this year.

 

 

 

Greg Tutmark comes down from the Seattle area each year to work the AMA official's desk. He really enjoys his visits with us and gets to know most of the flyers. Here's what he had to say about SWR 2006:

This year was, well, er, ah ‘different’. Some of the things I expected to happen, did and some things I hadn’t expected did, some times with a vengeance. Many of the faces I’ve grown used to seeing each year were there again; some weren’t. To those of you who couldn’t make it, I hope all is well, you were missed.

First, I want to congratulate Nick Ellington. This was his first contest, and he dominated B gas. What makes it even more impressive is Nick rekitted his Satellite on Saturday morning testing. He flew all his flights on his backup airplane. We will be hearing from this young man in the future. Well done Nick.

Saturday morning was spent renewing friendships with all the folks I’ve not seen since last year. It was great to have Dan and Marion Keegan down from Carson City again. I’m pleased  to say that Marion still makes some of the best coffee anywhere. Thanks. It is doubly nice to note that Dan has become a serious and quite competent competitor.

Steve Riley – this may be Steve’s last SWR. He and Jeri have decided to move to New Mexico . As he did last year, Steve put together our trophy package. Last year he did such a great job, I couldn’t believe he did even better this year, Great job, Steve. I for one will miss you terribly - if you ever come back to SWR to visit, I’ll be very happy to see you.

Powerhouse—I just love that airplane.  This year I decided to sponsor a special Taibi Powerhouse event. I even put together an airplane to compete with. Unfortunately, Sal was not able to be with us; maybe next year. I’m sure he would have gotten a kick out of it. Testing on Friday, I broke the gearbox on my plane, (yes, it is electric) the rest of the day was spent scouring the greater Phoenix area for a replacement. No joy- there were none to be had. I tried to glue all the pieces together with the hope that I could get in flights Sunday morning. First thing Sunday, Jean Andrews got in three respectable flights. I decided to wait until afternoon for the wind to die down – BIG mistake. Jean won. Jean has offered to have a new date plate made for the trophy for next year. So, there will be a Powerhouse event for SWR ’07.

As my trips to SWR are also part on my vacation, I try to get in as much sightseeing as possible. This year I made a trip to the Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson. That place is fantastic. Living in the soggy northwest, I find the desert doubly fascinating; the museum is a “must see” for anyone interested in desert flora, fauna, and ecology.

Everyone in the contest committee puts out a tremendous effort to put on a safe, enjoyable event. This year was no exception. Next year we gonna be even better

greg

 

 

Southwest Regionals AMA/NFFS/SAM Free Flight

14-15 JAN 2006 Eloy , Arizona

[ ] = No. of Entries      c = Certificate Award     AZ etc = Home State  

Numbers in brackets, [8], are how many actually flew - some Sunday events were blown out

1/2 A Gas [6]

 

 

 

 

1/2 A Classic Power [4] c

 

 

 

 

A Gas [5]

1st

Bob Hanford OK

1162

1st

Bob Hanford OK

1207

1st

Bob Hanford OK

900

2nd

Faust Parker TX

720

2nd

Tom Carman CA

525

2nd

Jeff Ellington CA

676

3rd

Ken Kear AZ

527

3rd

Bill Langelius

387

3rd

Tom Carman CA

180

 

Classic AB Power [2] c

 

 

 

 

B Gas [4]

 

 

 

 

C Gas [2]

1st

Bob Hanford OK

900

1st

Nick Ellington CA

1759

1st

Bob Hanford OK

470

2nd

Dick Nelson AZ

874

2nd

Dick Nelson AZ

987

2nd

Dick Nelson AZ

360

3rd

  

3rd

Jeff Ellington CA

840

3rd

  

    

 

Classic CD Power [1] c

 

 

 

 

D Gas [3]

 

 

 

 

1/4A Nostalgia [0] c

1st

Tom Miller AZ

9

1st

Jeff Ellington CA

720

1st

  

  

2nd

  

  

2nd

Bob Hanford OK

360

2nd

  

  

3rd

  

  

3rd

Dennis Donnely AZ

180

3rd

  

  

 

Early 1/2A Nostalgia [3] c

 

 

 

 

1/2A Nostalgia [3]

 

 

 

 

A Nostalgia [9]

1st

Jackie Shefer AR

505

1st

Jackie Shefer AR

456

1st

Gene Smith OK

884

2nd

Tom Carman CA

404

2nd

Gene Smith OK

436

2nd

Jackie Shefer AR

845

3rd

Ken Kaiser CA

218

3rd

Ken Kaiser CA

180

3rd

Norm Peterson CA

709

 

B Nostalgia [7]

 

 

 

 

C Nostalgia [11]

 

 

 

 

.020 Replica [6]

1st

Norm Peterson CA

900

1st

Frank Roberge AZ

1620

1st

Tom Carman CA

527

2nd

Dennis Donnely

835

2nd

Norm Peterson CA

1080

2nd

Ron Thomas CA

448

3rd

Jackie Shefer AR

707

3rd

Dick Nelson AZ

873

3rd

Jerry Murphy CO

407

 

O T Gas Pylon [4]

 

 

 

 

O T Gas Fuselage [2]

 

 

 

 

Junior P-30 [1] c

1st

Walt Conrad NV

720

1st

Dick Nelson AZ 

540

1st

Logan Tetrick CA

165

2nd

Ron Thomas CA

484

2nd

Ron Thomas CA

512

2nd

  

  

3rd

Dick Nelson AZ 

442

3rd

  

  

3rd

  

  

 

P-30 [3]

 

 

 

 

Nostalgia Rubber [4]

 

 

 

 

Nostalgia Wakefield [4]

1st

John Koptonak AZ

306

1st

Don Deloach CO

961

1st

Don Deloach CO

780

2nd

Paul Andrade CO

263

2nd

Bud Romak CA

760

2nd

Jean Andrews AZ 

393

3rd

Ted Firster CA

215

3rd

Jean Andrews AZ

520

3rd

Bernie Crowe CA

120

 

Moffett Rubber [2] c

 

 

 

 

Mulvihill [4]

 

 

 

 

O T Rubber Small Stick [10]

1st

Paul Andrade CO

485

1st

Carl Redlin UT

1287

1st

Bernie Crowe CA

720

2nd

Jean Andrews AZ

94

2nd

John Koptonak AZ

1080

2nd

Phil Klintworth TN

543

3rd

  

  

3rd

Paul Andrade CO

941

3rd

Bob Goldie CA

530

 

O T Rubber Large Stick [2]

 

 

 

 

O T Rubber Small Fuselage [5]

 

 

 

 

O T Rubber Large Fuselage [ ]

1st

Dan Keegan NV

360

1st

Alan Monteath CA

673

1st

  

2nd

Carl Redlin UT

180

2nd

Bud Romak CA

540

2nd

  

  

3rd

 

3rd

John Koptonak AZ

420

3rd

  

  

 

Catapult Glider [3]

 

 

 

 

Hand Launched Glider [4]

 

 

 

 

Towline A1 [1] c

1st

Tim Batiuk CA

480

1st

Tim Batiuk CA

348

1st

Chris Lidberg AZ

117

2nd

Lee Hines CA

285

2nd

Lee Hines CA

288

2nd

  

3rd

Jack Buschmann CO

82

3rd

John Koptonak AZ

158

3rd

  

  

 

Classic Towline [1] c

 

 

 

 

Jetex/Rapier [1] c

 

 

 

 

Jimmie Allen [2]

1st

Tim Batiuk CA

506

1st

Rick Carnrick TX

29

1st

Alan Monteath CA

343

2nd

Matthew Kruse CA

103 

2nd

  

2nd

Jack Phelps 

323

3rd

  

    

3rd

  

3rd

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taibi Powerhouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st

Jean Andrews AZ

408

 

 

 

2nd

Greg Tutmark WA

DNF

 

 

 

 

 

3rd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southwest Regionals FAI Results

Mike McKeever   F1A 1541   1
Brian Van Nest   F1A 1535   2
Risto Puhakka   F1A 1517   3
 
Charlie Jones   F1B 1841   1
Blake Jensen   F1B 1830   2
George Batiuk   F1B 1825   3
 
Randy Archer   F1C 2025   1
Ed Carroll   F1C 1994   2
Don Chesson   F1C 1946   3
 
Jerry Murphy   F1G 839   1
Elmer Nelson   F1G 768   2
John Clapp   F1G 590   3
 
Brian Van Nest   F1H 600   FLY-OFF
Jim Parker   F1H 600   FLY-OFF
Mike McKeever   F1H 582   3
 
Faust Parker   F1J 600   FLY-OFF
Randy Archer   F1J 600   FLY-OFF
Terry Kerger   F1J 571   3

 

RC Old Timer

 

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Dave Harding on the left with Jack Hiner working on Jack's winning electric Wakefield model

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Aerial photo from Eut Tileston's camera plane, looking east from RC OT

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Eut and the camera plane

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Mike Myers, our SAM President, flying his 1/2A Texaco, with Steve Roselle observing

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The crowd at RC OT

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Dave Warner launching Rob Warner's electric Wakefield

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The 'bones' of a Stahl Hurricane - for SOS - Dave Harding's, but it didn't get completed in time

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Steve Roselle's Nomad

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Eut with the special Stahl Scale SOS award

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Lewie Kear with 1/2A Texaco scale MO1

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The Sunday evening bar-be-cue is an Eloy institution

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Gerald Martin entertains with his guitar and songs

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Bar-be-cue viewed from over Gerald's shoulder

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Doesn't look all that cold

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John Richard's SOS plane won a concours award at Las Vegas. It and Eut's model were flying with 2.4 ghz radios.

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Von Warner's 'mystery' Texaco plane - any one know what it is? It's not a Scram.

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Eut's winning SOS plane - Miles Magister

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Bob Angus sets up the RC OT flight line with outdoor carpet to minimize start-up dust

 

RC Old Timer Results

Event Event
Contestant Plane Area Engine Time Contestant Plane Area Engine Time
A-IGN LER Ohlsson Sideport
Dave Warner 348 Von Warner Scram 854   641
  Gerald Martin Alpha Corsair 601   420
B-IGN LER  
Don Bishop Playboy 582 McCoy 29 14:31* Antique
Bob Hawkins Bomber 618 Torp 29 13:04* Bob Angel Bomber 1260 McCoy .60 1200
John Edris Bomber Shillen 29 4:30* Rob Warner Scram Ohlsson 60 908
Dave Lewis 536 Peder Samuelsen Anderson Pylon 1500 Nelson .60 278
       
C-IGN LER Pure Antique
Bob Hawkins Bomber 1260 McCoy .60 14:43* Bob Hawkins Bomber 1260 McCoy 60 14:36*
Bob Angel Bomber 1260 McCoy .60 13:45* Don Bishop Bomber 1206 McCoy 60 13:24*
Bob King 9:05* Von Warner Scram 854 Ohlsson 60 947
Peder Samuelsen Foote Westerner 750 And Spitfire 0* Peder Samuelsen Bomber 1260   875
Von Warner Scram 854 Ohlsson .60 780  
John Edris Bomber McCoy .60 760 Foxacoy
Don Bishop Bomber 900 McCoy .60 582 Mike Warner 154
Rob Warner 203  
  Electric LMR
AB-Glow Steve Rosselle Playboy Cabin 382   708
Bob Angel Stardust Spcl 600 A&B 29 960 Dave Warner   522
Bob King 948 Rob Warner   360
David Warner 838  
Dave Lewis 721 Electric Texaco
  Robin Bithell Bomber 500 Himax 50:54
C-Glow LER Phil Pearce Astro 50:13
Bob King 1080 Steve Roselle Playboy Cabin 48:35
Don Bishop Bomber 900 K&B 65 1080 John Richards Playboy 400   48:14
Peder Samuelsen Anderson Pylon 1500 Nelson .65 989 Jack Hiner Bomber 370 Astro 43:55
Mike Warner Playboy 800 McCoy .35 248 Ed Rutherford Bomber 625 Desire 05 39:16
  David Warner Playboy 581   27:42
1/2 A Texaco Rob Warner   23:55
Dave Lewis 1197 Von Warner Playboy 459   13:07
Bob Angel Playboy Jr. 350 1145 Jean Savoie Bomber 630 11:09
Bob Hawkins Bomber 320 479 Mike Myers Playboy Cabin 540   0:05
Jack Phelps Playboy Sr. 288 397  
Ken Kullman Comet Mercury 288 317 Spirit of SAM    
  Eut Tileston   781
Texaco Jack Hiner   647
Von Warner Scram 854 Ohlsson .60 613 John Richards   310
  Luther Peters   200
   
Wakefield Not Flown Due to Weather

1/2 A Texaco Scale

Ohlsson .23

Brown Jr. LER

Old Time Glider
Jack Hiner Stahl Gypsy Speed 300 600
Rob Warner Gypsy Speed 300 517
Dave Harding Jack North Speed 300 196
 
Run by SAM 31

Bob Angus - CD

Walter Angus - Co CD
* = Flyoff
DNF = Did not fly
 

 

Well, that's our contest. We [SW Regionals Modelers Association] may have as much fun putting the contest together as the contestants do flying in it!

We would like to see YOU here at Eloy next year - watch for announcements for the MLK long weekend in January, 2007.

Sponsors:
Southwest Regional Modelers Association
AL Lidberg, John Nystedt, Elmer Nelson, Steve Riley, Bob Angus, with a lot of assistance from Greg Tutmark, John Patton, Herman Andresen, Peter Brocks, and Walt Angus.

Watch for Elmer Nelson's FF writeup in the NFFS mag - and John Patton's article on the whole  contest in Model Aviation!

Contact webmaster Al at   aalmps@aol.com