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Jul 25, 2017, 01:10 AM
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F5J at Santa Margarita Ranch - Aug 27-28, 2017

This is the first year for F5J in the central coastal area of California. Santa Margarita Ranch is a 3600 acre commercial ranch that is used to host a wide variety of events (for ranch, motel, and airport info see the National Tour Events RCG post here).

Location: Santa Margarita Ranch, Santa Margarita CA, GPS: 3523'43.11"N 12036'32.46"W

Date: Aug 27-28, 2017

Hosting Clubs: San Luis Obispo Flyers Inc., Pismo Beach Soaring Society

Site Organizer: Rick Johnston

CD: Chris Bajorek

Event sponsor: SoaringUSA

F5J USA Tour Event

This is an F5J USA Tour event and will be conducted in accordance with Tour rules and guidelines and FAI F5J rules. Pertinent information can be found at Each model flown must be equipped with an approved F5J limiter (see list below). Per Tour rules for this season motor restarts will be allowed but will result in a zero flight. Contest Rules and Processes are posted here.

Currently approved limiters are:
Altis v3
Altis v4+
Altis v4
Altis Micro
Grk Elec Altmr2
RCE #2Basic
RCE Multi 2
SM Unilog 2
This competition will be scored using Gliderscore with smartphone scoring. A community laptop will be provided for those without smartphone access.

REGISTRATION is open at The entry fee is $85 for just F5J, $140 for both F5J and F3J (F3J is Aug 25-26 just preceding the F5J event). You can pay via Paypal or by US mail. View the pilots list here.

AWARDS will be given out to the top 5 pilots based on their fly-off ranking.

POST-CONTEST DRAWING: A drawing will be held following the fly-offs on Monday. Each pilot will be given a single ticket that will be used in a drawing for merchandise donated by the event sponsor. Items in the drawing are given in the post below.

Looking forward to seeing you there!
Chris B.
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Jul 25, 2017, 07:14 PM
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SoaringUSA Drawing - Full set of MKS servos

Thanks to Bob and the crew at SoaringUSA we're going to have another great F5J drawing at Santa Margarita.
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SUSA is donating a full set of 6 MKS servos, any combination of HV6100, HV6110, or equivalent value for other MKS models. Perfect for your next F5J build.

Thanks SUSA!
Jul 26, 2017, 12:58 AM
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Great raffle prize!! Looking foward to being there!

Aug 02, 2017, 11:35 AM
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Pilots list

Six signed up so far. Pretty sure at least 10-12 more will jump on. More would be even better since we have tons of room for the flight line at Santa Margarita. View the pilots list HERE.
Aug 02, 2017, 11:41 AM
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Come guys! GREAT comp at a great Venue,, let's DO this!! ;-)
Aug 03, 2017, 01:42 AM
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You might want to consider adding the volunteers to the raffle group as well, or have a separate worker raffle (as is usually done). It is, after all, the only real "incentive" they have to look forward to...

Aug 06, 2017, 07:34 PM
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Helloooooo, anyone out there?

Well guys the pilot count is still sitting at 6. I know August turned into a busy F5J month with multiple western US events so something had to give. Next year we will do a better job with contest spacing, for sure!

In the meantime here are a few things to noodle. The minimum F5J USA Tour contest pilot count is 6 so there will be a contest and the results will count toward the season standings. I have spoken with a number of pilots who say they are waiting "to see what happens." Well, nothing magical is going to happen other than those who come are going to have a great time flying on a beautiful property.

Also, our generous sponsor SoaringUSA would really appreciate more activity as they have kicked in a very nice drawing prize. Let's not let them down, okay?

If you kinda sorta want to come then now's a great time to sign up. If you don't and we have the contest of the century in Santa Margarita with dancing maidens and stuff like that then don't say I didn't warn ya

Aug 06, 2017, 09:54 PM
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Dancing maidens? OK, I'm in.
It's just a short 21 hour drive.

Aug 06, 2017, 10:07 PM
Camber down and screw it up.
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I'm not too familiar with dancing maidens. Are these similar to the milking type, and will there be eight of them ?

Aug 06, 2017, 10:39 PM
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I figured you'd be staying in Hawaii for a few weeks Lenny. One per pilot, Greg. Here's a recent shot from the MacDonalds in Santa Margarita . All the girls in S.M. look like this.
Aug 06, 2017, 10:51 PM
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That's it I'm staying at mcdonalds
Aug 07, 2017, 12:43 PM
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Wow, 15 prospective pilots have already clicked on the dancing maidens pic. And VOILA! Lenny from Colorado just signed up. Lenny, one of these events the drawing is going to be for gas money in your honor. Glad to see you're coming!
Aug 07, 2017, 02:06 PM
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Ya a drawing for Gas Money in Lenny's honor would be good!!
He's a contest driving maniac! Glad to have you at another comp Lenny!
Aug 09, 2017, 08:48 PM
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Well someone else is the in
Aug 09, 2017, 09:50 PM
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Glad to have you onboard again John! :-)
Think any of your Arizona buddies might wana join us??

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