Here are a few pics of this event.
On the 25th and 26th of May was the first F3A WorldCup from the 2019 season in Leiria, Portugal. It´s around 130 km north from Lisbon close to the Atlantic.
From our club was not only myself attending this event, also Daniel Setzer who come back to F3A competitions after almost 20 years.
On Thursday we flew with our team from Frankfurt to Lisbon. All except me started 6 A.M. with Ryanair. My flight was around 2h later with Lufthansa, because I took the big box with the 2 airplanes inside.
Arrived in the hotel, we assembled the planes and took the rental cars to explore the area around. For the dinner we found an excellent restaurant directly on the Atlantic, recommended by Rui Ferrera. So the first day was a real success !
Friday was very windy but a perfect day for practice. The competition started Saturday morning.
There were 21 Pilots from Spain, Portugal, Israel, Germany and Brazil. Peter Uhlig was part of the Judging team together with 2 Spanish and 2 Portuguese judges. Roland Podevin from France was there to run his Notaumatic calculating programe which worked fast and excellent.
Daniel flew very well on saturday and ended up this day at 11th. On sunday he went back one position and finished the competition with a fantastic 12th place.
For me it was a tough battle with Juan Rombaut for the win. Saturday I was very close in pole position, after the finals we changed the positions and he won, I became second. 3rd place was 14-year old very talented Yuval Ben Israel from Israel.
It was also great, that my friend and boss of CM-Jets (one of our partners) Carlos Marquez visit us there and spend one evening with us!
At the end it was a very valuable weekend with a lot of fun, nice people, perfect weather and superb food in nice community! We would really like to come back next year!
A special thank you goes to Filipe Dinis Bernardino for driving my box from the airport to the hotel, the support there and the organization of this nice competition!
Noch bis Ende April läuft beim VTH-Verlag die Adler-Wahl 2019. In jeder der 9 Kategorien wird der FMT-Adler verliehen.
Bei den Foamies ist die RT ULTRAmate EPP nominiert, in der Kategorie Kunstflug der Acrostar mk2 60E.
Ich würde mich freuen, wenn zufriedene und überzeugte ULTRAmate- und Acrostar-Piloten sich 5 Minuten Zeit nehmen und für meine Modelle abstimmen würden.
Es gibt tolle Preise zu gewinnen 😉
Die beiden Berichte aus der FMT von Nils Brückner gibts hier nochmals zum Nachlesen!
After my tripto China in April, I had the chance to go there once more end of this year. In that time there was China´s biggest airshow which takes part every two years in Zhuhai. It was possible to spend one day at this event to check out some beautiful aircrafts and amazing flight displays.
From Zhuhai I went to some factories to check out their shop, the work and their airplanes. In that time we traveled over 2000 km with the car and train. Between the days in the factories I had the chance to spend one day together with Chinese F3A pilots on the airfield to fly and setup their planes.
At the end of my tour I spent three days in FALCON to see the latest stand of KARAT and gave a presentation to all workers involved in the project and informed them what happened in the past and what is next.
After nine exciting days in China I went back to Germany.
Here are a few pictures from my trip:
At the Rotor Live Helicopter fair in Iffezheim, I discovered for the first time the innoflyer light system, which was new in the product line of Hacker Motor. I became impressed by the innovative, simple and efficient handling. During dinner with Andreas Golla from Hacker and Christoph Raible from innoflyer we started speaking about my special project, the turbo KARAT.
As the Turboprop and the lighting are both from Switzerland, I decided to adjust the color scheme of the Ptrouille Suisse so it matches the KARAT.
The plane now has about 30 flights and everything still works fine.
At the end not the most spectacular plane I’ve ever built, but definitely one that I have the most fun with!
And just the worlds first F3A turboprop biplane – turbo KARAT.
Many thanks to Philipp Rösner for another great video of turboKARAT!
The title is very special to me because it was the first time I took part with my own designed KARAT biplane.
The formation of the national Team next year is not certain yet and will be planned by the federal commission of the DAeC.
Die first part sets for KARAT biplane have arrived and go straight to their customers.
But before I would like to show you some impressions.
The weight of all plane parts incl. battery plate, servo plate, motor plate, landing gear and pants is around 2150g.
Prices and delivery time on request or via our distributors.
F3A Europameisterschaft in Grandrieu, Belgium 19.- 28. Juli 2018
TEAM GERMANY 3rd RANK
Gregor Wetzel, RANK 34
Christian Niklaß, RANK 8
Robert Forster, RANK 16
Robin Trumpp, RANK 7
Constantly changeable weather conditions sometimes about 35 degrees C bothered not only the judges but also impacted the technology in a way. Also consistently hot temperatures and sometimes very changeable conditions, made the European Championship a real challenge for all participants.
After a break of four years (two EC´s), Christophe Passant Le Roux became European champion for the 9th time.
It was an honor to have had the opportunity to fly with such an exceptional pilot, but much more because he is an extraordinary and fair sportsman. Together in a team with his brother he is also a very important role model for our F3A community.
Places 2 and 3 went to Lassi Nuria (Finnland) and Gernot Bruckmann (Austria). In the team classification, France prevailed over Switzerland and Germany. The junior ranking went to Andrea Cervi (Italy) ahead of Ignace Pawlenko (Belgium) and Omer Ben Ami (Israel).
A few weeks prior to the F3A World Cup in Liechtenstein I lost my 2017 World Cup KARAT, due to an empty receiver battery.
After a few night shifts with my father, we finished the two new KARAT biplane for the upcoming season.So one week before the Liechtenstein competition, both biplanes were complete and I was able to start my training again.
Regardless of the little practice I had before the competition, everything went surprisingly well, thanks to the even better KARAT than in the previous year.
At the end I was able to achieve the 3rd place behind Stefan Kaiser and Lassi Nurila.
From 14th until the 23rd of April I visited the area around Beijing to see where so much stuff of our hobby is made.
The first days I spent in the Hawk Model factory, they are the manufacturer of KARAT biplane. I visited the factory and looked all projects they are doing. But the focus of the trip was my F3A biplane. I could check the latest version of KARAT and all the weights of the parts. I also had the chance to talk and discuss details with to the responsible persons of the KARAT-project. The last day in Hawk I held a short presentation about KARAT and what is coming next.
At the free day we went to another factory where many well-known German companies produce their full-composite gliders and also some planes of Skymasterjet.
After that, we went back to Beijing to prepare the Falcon-booth for the Model Hobby Expo. I had 2 very exciting days at the fair in Bejing city where I also had the chance to made some demoflights at the indoorshow.
The same time was also the “The festival of jet in Beijing” around 50km outside of the Beijing center. On sunday I was there.
Sheng Orville, CEO of Dualsky gave me his sport jet to join this event also as a pilot- thanks for this opportunity!
On Monday I already flew back to Germany.
Thanks to all for made this trip possible, thanks for many new friends and an amazing time with you!