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Posted by Norm Furutani | Nov 17, 2017 @ 03:22 PM | 9,042 Views
It’s coming! The Isaacson Winter Classic / “Kiwi” World Cup and the 2018 edition of Fabulous February! A week of Free Flight at Lost Hills, CA. It begins with the Ike, February 10 and ends with the MaxMen International. Registration for the FAI events will actually be Friday, February 9th.

Three NEW events for the Isaacson: See the flier for specific times/details.

The E36 World Challenge will be held on MONDAY! Thanks to Bill Vanderbeek, we will have $1000 in prize money. Special T-shirts will be available. Monday to maximize international competition.

Sunday - Don DeLoach’s Rocky Mountain 5X5 Hand Launch Glider event. 5 rounds, 5 minute window, 15 minute chase period. Max time 90 seconds. All flights count. $100 cash prize for 1st place! A special prize for the best 3 man team.

Hulan Mathis’ Old-Time Sport Glow - RPM limited, glow powered, Old Timers! Ex. Strato Streak powered by an OS Max15. Special, hand crafted awards. See: for rules

We’re going to again do Tahn Stowe’s Aussie Scramble, so dust off that Dakota/Ebeneezer etc. and join the fun. Tahn’s bringing more Flying Carpets and a beautiful little diesel for a prize! After the awards ceremony.

See the attached Ike flier for a list of all the events.

Norm and Roger, CD’s
Posted by Norm Furutani | Nov 23, 2016 @ 03:07 PM | 11,639 Views
The Aussies are sponsoring an Aggregate/Scrambles event, complete with Flying Carpets! Join the fun, probably after the awards ceremony.
Nostalgia Electric event has been added.
Prize for highest placing Golden Age 1/2A in AMA Gas.

February 11-13, 2017, Lost Hills, CA is the date and place for the Isaacson Winter Classic. This has become the largest FF contest on the West Coast and may be the largest nationwide except for the Nats! Join us!

FAI pre-registration is at: CLICKY
AMA event registration is on the field.

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Phone: (661) 836-9800

Norm and Roger
Posted by Norm Furutani | Feb 15, 2016 @ 08:59 PM | 13,463 Views
We were fortunate to have four fantastic photographers at the Ike. In addition to Brian's pics below, we have my high school buddy, Tom Faith's at:

From Australia, Malcom Campbell's at:

And Merry Smith's at:

We had a total of 310 entries in the 2016 Ike/Kiwi Winter Classic!
145 in F1A,B,C,E&Q
58 in the mini FAI
107 in the AMA/NFFS events.

Weather was near perfect, Lost Hills at it's best!

Check out Brian's photos:

Kiwi World Cup results:
Posted by Norm Furutani | Dec 22, 2015 @ 01:21 AM | 14,049 Views
The 2016 Isaacson Winter Classic flier is attached below. The Ike/Kiwi World Cup has become the largest FreeFlight contest in the U.S.A outside of the Nats! The best flyers in the world in all FF events will be in attendance.

For Lost Hills info, go to:
Posted by Norm Furutani | Feb 25, 2015 @ 08:39 PM | 16,577 Views
The 2015 Isaacson Winter Classic/Kiwi Cup is over! Largest turn-out ever with a total of 269 entries. Over 20 countries were represented. Everything was fine except for the weather! Beautiful days before and after the contest, during, we had rain and wind. Fortunately, we got the flying in and most of the bad weather occurred at night but it did leave us with sticky mud. Son, Brian, has pictures posted at: and fellow photog from down under Malc Campbell has his posted at:

The results are attached.

Join us next year!


Posted by Norm Furutani | Dec 03, 2014 @ 03:19 PM | 17,187 Views
Lost Hills, February 6-8, 2016

The 2016 Isaacson Winter Classic/Kiwi World Cup has become the largest FreeFlight contest on the west coast, maybe the the USA! Part one of the Fabulous February week, it is the only contest featuring FAI, AMA, and NFFS events. In addition to our North American guests, we are expecting contestants from Asia, Europe, South America and down under.

Join us in Lost Hills, February 6-8, 2016!

Norm and Roger
Posted by Norm Furutani | Sep 22, 2014 @ 04:56 PM | 15,978 Views
Forget The Kids!
They'll do fine without us. I taught HS band for 30+ years. These kids are as sharp or sharper than we ever were. They have the patience and skill to master a musical instrument or a piece of equipment way beyond many of our abilities. Sure, expose them to the hobby, help them if they show interest, but we're never going to see 50 - 75 kids lined up waiting for a timer at the Nats!

A lot of us came from an era when we could take our Firebaby to the empty lot next door and fly til' dark. Today, how do you justify building a plane and then getting your folks to drive you 30 miles to a controline field (70 - 200 miles for FF!)? Kids want something they can do everyday, not once a month and that's something we wanted and did when we were young.

How can we help our hobby? What's been the driving economic force for the last fifty/sixty years? The Baby Boomer's. From Howdy Doody, the Ford Mustang, SUV's, fast food, you name it. It's been geared to this generation and whats happening to them now? - they're retiring. They have money, transportation, time and desire - the best part? They remember that Firebaby they flew as kid!

A lot of them are flying R/C. Join the local R/C club and show your ukie. Build an electric and fly it in your local park. Ask if you can display a U/C in the local big box hobby/toy store (instead of complaining they don't carry stunt fuel). Post your club info on the bulletin board.

When the guy shows up at the field, say hello, answer his questions, stick a handle in his hands - keep Mr. Negativeknowitall away from this guy.

BTW , even if the guy is an R/C'er, you can help them. It's about model planes.

My 2cents

- Norm Furutani, AMA 9408
Posted by Norm Furutani | Feb 23, 2014 @ 11:42 PM | 18,739 Views
2014 Isaacson Winter Classic/Kiwi Cup
February 8-10, Lost Hills, California

Roger counted 30 countries and USA flyers from coast to coast, top and bottom. Lots of new faces and many old friends.

Of the three Fab Feb contests, the Ike (Isaacson Winter Classic) is the only one to offer a mix of AMA, FAI, NFFS and even a couple SAM events. You can contrast the huge floating Big E’s of Bud Romak’s buddies, with howling D gas against a monster FAI flightline.

Among the new events this year were the World competitions in HLG/CLG glider and E-36. Thanks to generous donors, we were able to offer cash prizes in the three classes.

In spite of the breezy weather, the Ike drew just over 250 entries. Rain on Thursday helped keep the dust down and puddles were gone by Friday. The field was absolutely barren of vegetation. The California drought is real! The wind did knock down participation so you won’t see results (no one flew) for many of the events offered.

Do check out the many great pictures shot by son, Brian ( and our down under friend, Malcom Campbell (

Norm Furutani

The Results:

Paul MacCready HLG
Pl Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total
1 Stan Buddenbohm 120 120 120 120 80 560 $200
2 Don DeLoach 66 120 48 120 120 88 448 $125
3 Bill Koran 62 52...Continue Reading
Posted by Norm Furutani | Feb 12, 2014 @ 12:36 PM | 17,114 Views
Report will come later. Here's the link to Brian's pics

Over 200 individuals signed up!

Posted by Norm Furutani | Nov 19, 2013 @ 03:32 PM | 17,497 Views
Up date!
To speed up registration, we are going to use a pre entry form. Go to the file folder below and open "Ike pre entry" Copy and paste to your email.



February 8-10, 2014 - Lost Hills, CA

The 2014 Isaacson Winter Classic/Kiwi World Cup FF Contest

The flyers are up!

The big news is three new money prize events. 2014 will have the first “Paul MacCready Human Power World Championships” for handlaunch and catapult gliders, $900 in cash. Don DeLoach is bringing us the first “E-36 World Open” $450 in cash. Details are in the attached flyers.

In addition, Bud Romak and his pals are flying “Big E” 300 plus unlimited rubber. On the other end of the size scale, Derek McGuckin and Bruce Hannah are cooking up an event for the new E-20 class.

The last 3 years we’ve been running entries close to 250! The only “Fab Feb” event that features events from the FAI, AMA, NFFS and SAM rule books.

Brian’s pictures from last year are posted below.

You’re invited!

Norm and Roger
Posted by Norm Furutani | Feb 15, 2013 @ 09:03 PM | 19,079 Views
Brian's photos of this year's Isaacson FreeFlight Contest are on line at:

Three days of fantastic weather!
Posted by Norm Furutani | Oct 29, 2012 @ 03:30 PM | 19,034 Views
These were shot by my son, Brian. Enjoy!
Posted by Norm Furutani | Dec 16, 2011 @ 04:57 PM | 19,955 Views
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Lil' Sweep standard class cat. iv indoor catapult glider. Best single flight 1:40
Posted by Norm Furutani | Feb 16, 2011 @ 03:35 AM | 21,112 Views
Brian's pics are posted here:

Lost Hills was at it's best! Over 250 entries!
Posted by Norm Furutani | Nov 16, 2010 @ 10:49 AM | 21,186 Views
2010 FF Champs
More pics from Brian
Posted by Norm Furutani | May 21, 2010 @ 12:03 PM | 21,374 Views
Chino Airshow;

Brian shot a bunch of pics at the May 2010 Chino show. See:
Posted by Norm Furutani | May 02, 2010 @ 01:22 PM | 21,390 Views
Here's a link to a bunch of pics from our recent indoor contest in the Tustin blimp hangar. Son Brian took the shots.