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Jul 01, 2003, 05:37 PM
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F3A Nordic Championships 2003, Finland

Hi all,

F3A Nordic Championships 2003 will be held in Jämijärvi airfield, Finland, 10-13th of July.

I´ll be giving you daily competition reports with photos in this thread.

We expect 34 competitors with helpers from Norway, Denmark and Sweden, plus our own Finnish team of course.

Offical webpage of the competition is

Let´s hope for good weather towards the end of next week!

Petri Nygrén
Information Officer, F3A NC 2003
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Jul 10, 2003, 02:27 PM
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Hey ho, lets go!

F3A Nordic Championships started in Jämijärvi, Finland. Conditions were not exactly ideal with brisk wind directly across the flying direction, but let´s look at the bright side: it did not rain (anything ).

Most of the competitors were at the location already before thursday, some of them as early as sunday. Practise, practise! Thrusday morning started with raising the national flags and model processing. All the parts of A and B models were marked, models´s rule conformity was checked as well as the FAI licences of the pilots. F3A model needs to be less than 2m in length and span, it must not weigh more than 5000 grams and it must not create more noise than dictated by the rules. Meanwhile, teams used their last offical practise slots.

Pilot briefing, and the ”race” was on. First two competitors took their models to the ready box. Takeoff clearance, and through the P-03 –routine, P-03 meaning “Preliminary round routine/2003”.

As mentioned, conditions were demanding. Wind tried to push models off course towards pilot. In F3A, it is the models CG-point that has to be taken through maneuvers, irrespective of what attitudes it takes from a model to achieve the task. It takes a seasoned pilot to fly all maneuvers with continuous wind correction. Four-time Nordic Champion Ola Fremming was most certainly the pilot who knew what wind correction means. Result: best after first round.

The best six:

1. Ola Fremming NOR
2. Bernt Olsson SWE
3. Anders Johansson SWE
4. David Lundström SWE
5. Ole Kristensen DEN
6. Knut Franzen NOR

More results and pics at

Until tomorrow!

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Jul 11, 2003, 05:17 AM
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Photos from thursday

Markus Aaltonen´s Enigma + Y.S. Dingo coming in for a landing.

Photo: Kari Sällinen
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Jul 11, 2003, 05:23 AM
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"Sound Check"

Flight line director checking the noise levels. See the mike behind his leg.

Photo: Kari Sällinen
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Jul 12, 2003, 01:42 AM
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Day 2

Fremming(NOR) leads the FAI, Forslöf(SWE) is best in Nordic after two rounds.

Friday report at:

For the technical details of the models in NC, go to:

A quick look to the equipment shows what an average F3A-model looks like today:
- It is often a product of either ZN-Line or PL Prod
- Has an Y.S. or O.S. engine
- Hatori/Greve header and pipe
- APC 16-17"x12" prop
- Futaba of Graupner radios and servos
- Tx is often held on a tray
- Model burns 15-20% of nitro similar amount of synthetic oil
- Slightly more than half of models have fixed undercarriage.

Tomorrow we´ll know the finalists!


Photo: Mintor dual-plug head in a O.S. 140 RX. A common sight among participating models (courtesy of Matti Höglund).
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Jul 12, 2003, 01:45 AM
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A peaceful co-existence of glow and electrics: glow model being charged with Schulze charger!

Photo: Matti Höglund
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Jul 13, 2003, 01:20 AM
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Day 3

Saturday morning we were supposed to continue with FAI rounds. However the cloud base was at about 800ft which is not enough for certain manuvers in P-03 routine. Starts were delayed.

At 1100AM cloud base had lifted somewhat but still not enough to make all FAI pilots feel comfortable. F3A-Nordic -class does not involve as high-reaching manuevers as F3A-FAI, so Nordic round was started.

In the afternoon it started to rain and flights were stopped, but fortunately all Nordic flights were through by that time. Final individual standings in F3A-Nordic NC 2003 are:

1. Pål Westerhaug NOR 1000
2. Lassi Nurila FIN 991
3. Urban Forslöf SWE 990
4. Bjarne Bakken NOR 964
5. Karl Petter Kjellesvig NOR 962
6. Jani Loikkanen FIN 945
7. Per Morten Strömmen NOR 937
8. Bjarne Madsen DEN 935
9. Kimmo Kaukoranta FIN 919
10. Lars Höi DEN 913
11. Bo Hansson SWE 864
12. Lars Bramsen DEN 861
13. Håkan Mattson SWE 825
14. Raimo Ruokonen FIN 805
15. Tomas Johansson SWE 570

Congratulations to new Nordic Champion, Pål Westerhaug from Norway!

It must be pointed out that silver medalist, Lassi Nurila is only 16 years old which probably makes him the youngest F3A-Nordic -pilot this high in the scoreboard ever! Good work.

Team results, F3A-Nordic
1. Norway 1000
2. Finland 975
3. Denmark 925
4. Sweden 829

Lets hope we can get enough weather to get the FAI finals running.

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Jul 13, 2003, 07:33 AM
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Day 4

Cloud base did not lift properly and we saw mostly just showflying today.

F3A-FAI 4th preliminary or finals could not be flown, so end results are based on 3 preliminary rounds. According to them, OLA FREMMING IS NOW FIVE TIMES NORDIC CHAMPION!!! Congratulations on the behalf of organisers!

After Fremming, there were two swedes; Bernt Olsson and Anders Johansson. Swedish Teamwork was so good that they secured the best position among teams by good margin. Well done!

There were two short speeches in prizegiving ceremony held by CD Erkki Haapanen and flightline director Erkko Saviaro. Prizes were hand out and Championships were declared over. What was remaining still was some show flying. Fremming gave marvellous demonstration of smooth precision and control, flying rolling circles with one roll, hammerhead loops and 360 inverted circles with his Synergy. Tuomas Tanska hovered his Midas -F3A-model also. Other show flyers were electrics: 3D- Diablotin, Electric F3A-Midas, indoor bibe and a couple of fast gliders.

Fly Pattern!

Photo: Any idea what "Telemark style" means? Ola gives an idea in prizegiving... /C Juho Karppinen
Jul 13, 2003, 07:37 AM
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Winners of FAI

Winners of F3A-FAI from left to right: Bernt Olsson SWE (2.), Ola Fremming NOR (1.), Anders Johansson SWE (3.) Photo: Juho Karppinen
Jul 13, 2003, 07:40 AM
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Winners of F3A-Nordic

From left to right: Lassi Nurila FIN (2.), Pål Westerhaug NOR (1.), Urban Forslöf SWE (3.)
Jul 13, 2003, 07:43 AM
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Markus Aaltonen flies his 3D electric Diablotin in the show. Lipolymers + Flyware 350/25-28,5 + Varioprop three-blader. Flying time in 3D use about 20minutes. Awesome performer!
Jul 16, 2003, 02:51 PM
Thanx for the updates, Petri, much appreciated!

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