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Aug 14, 2017, 08:48 PM
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You did GREAT Brian! Your DEFINATELY ready!
You should come fly with us at SM.
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Aug 14, 2017, 08:53 PM
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I agree with Jerry, you will have a blast. You're driving down there anyway. If you're a pilot you could win the servos set from SUSA. Come on down!
Aug 14, 2017, 08:55 PM
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And S.M. will be perfect "practice" for the SVSS 2-day F5J
Aug 16, 2017, 08:13 PM
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F5J in Sacramento announcement now on RC Groups

Jerry just posted our official announcement for our 2-day F5J, Sept 16/17. You can view the announcement here. For all you SVSS locals we hope many of you sign up and get involved in SVSS F5J. You will really enjoy it, guaranteed.

Any questions let us know.
Aug 17, 2017, 04:08 PM
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Sponsor for Sacramento-RC Dude Hobbies

The F5J USA Tour is pleased to announce a sponsor for the F5J in Sacramento event. RC Dude Hobbies has signed up for Sacramento and will be providing the following really nice components for your next F5J plane build:
(1) Castle Creations Phoenix Edge 50A Lite ESC (link)
(4) Hyperion G7 HV 90C 3S 900mah lipos (link)
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Thanks Randy and the RC Dude Hobbies team!

Aug 24, 2017, 12:35 AM
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F5J in Sac, Sept 16-17

Sacramento Valley Soaring Society (SVSS) and the SVSS F5J Team* welcome you to F5J in Sacramento. This is your chance to experience F5J at one of the west coast's premier RC soaring locations with irrigated green grass, wide open spaces for miles, abundant thermals, and usually plenty of soaring birds too. Our site has a large shade structure with tables and a large parking lot adjoining the field. It doesn't get much better than this. * Lou Fox, Jerry Molnar, & Chris Bajorek

Location: Grasslands Regional Park in Yolo County just outside of Davis,CA , 4mi south of I-80 on Mace Blvd/county road 104. The site is 23mi from Sacramento International Airport. GPS coordinates: 3829'49.37"N 12141'29.49"W

Dates: Sept 16-17, 2017

Pilots meeting: 8AM Saturday and Sunday with first flights at 8:30 AM

Breakfast: Bagels and Cream Cheese each morning provided by SVSS F5J Team member Jerry Molnar.

Event Organizer: Lou Fox [email protected]

CD: Chris Bajorek Assistant CD: Jerry Molnar

Event sponsor: RC Dude Hobbies

RC Dude Hobbies will be providing a Castle Creations Phoenix Edge 50A Lite ESC and four (4) Hyperion G7 HV 90C 3S 900mah lipos. Each pilot will receive one drawing ticket. Drawing details below.

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: (note that the pilot's meeting is 8:00 each day, not 7:30 as listed in the standard rules page).

Currently approved limiters are:
Altis v3, Altis v4+, Altis v4, Altis Micro, CAMF5J, Grk Elec Altmr2, Mvario2_JetiBox,
RCE #2Basic, RCE Multi 2, SM Unilog 2

LOANER CAMf5j units will be available to club members, first come first served

This competition will be scored using Gliderscore with smartphone scoring. A community laptop will be provided for those without smartphone access.

REGISTRATION is now open at You can pay via Paypal or by US mail (by mail, make checks payable to SVSS) The entry fee is $ 55 with a Lunch Option of $10 for Subway sandwiches delivered to the field both days.

Pilots list can be viewed here:

LODGING and CAMPING: Dry Camping at the field. Nearby motels are 4mi down the road in Davis including Motel 6 and Days Inn.

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

PRE-CONTEST PRACTICE: The Davis field will be open for practice all day Friday 9-15

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

Hope to see you there!
Aug 26, 2017, 11:22 PM
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Lou Fox, Brian Chan, and me are flying at F5J in Santa Margarita. It is a small pilot's list of enthusiastic guys including the top pilots in the F5J USA Tour. Been fun so far and we haven't even flown a round yet <g>. More soon.
Aug 29, 2017, 12:14 PM
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Final scores for Santa Margarita were posted yesterday evening here. It was a small but challenging event.

Now we all shift focus toward F5J in Sacramento. If you are reading this and are an SVSS dude now is a great time to sign up.
Aug 31, 2017, 06:42 PM
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F5J practice contests, next 2 Sundays

The F5J in Sacramento event is only a little over 2 weeks away. If you missed it the official announcement is here. Register by clicking here.

In prep for the contest we will be staging another couple of practice contests this Sunday (Sept 3) and the following Sunday (Sept 10). We did this 2.5 weeks ago and had a great time. Here's how it works:
Pilots meeting 8:30am (to beat the heat). We will set up a series of F5J landing tapes and a battery-powered speaker for the timing announcements. We will fly 4 rounds. Before each round we will huddle and discuss F5J strategy, then launch. I'll do the official scoring when I get home later.
If you do not have an F5J limiter I will bring a few CAMf5j units that are made available courtesy of the F5J USA Tour. Several other club members have extras to loan too if they come.

This is a Share-the-air day so the field will be open to all SVSS rule-abiding flyers.

RSVP Please -- We will only do this if at least 4 people come. If I don't get 4 responses then I'll send an email out and cancel; otherwise it's a go!

Bring water and a snack if you need it. We should be done by ~10:30.

Hope to see you there
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Sep 01, 2017, 02:34 PM
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I plan to make both Sundays
Sep 02, 2017, 10:31 PM
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Sorry but no practice F5J comp tomorrow (Sunday), forecast heat is keeping a few away. Next opportunity is Wed if you have a flex schedule, then the following Sunday Sept 10.

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