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Oct 28, 2017, 10:54 AM
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2017 F5J in the Desert December 2nd & 3rd - Arizona

We will be holding the 3rd annual F5J in the Desert at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek Arizona. This event is the 1st stop of the 2018 USA F5J Tour season.

Cost for the 2-day event is $60 payable using the F3XVault address below, and includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday. You can also pay cash the morning of the event. If you decide to pay the morning of the event, PLEASE let me know so you can be placed on the roster.

Payment information, as well as hotel information is listed in the post below. The pilot's meeting will take place at 09:00 AM Saturday morning.

Contest Details

We will be adhering to standard F5J rules with the following modifications: you may use an Altis V4 or similar controller capable of logging F5J height and terminating motor run time a maximum of 30-seconds after throttle on. You will be permitted to run Altis F5J firmware (does NOT allow motor restart) or run the standard Altis firmware in F5J mode (does allow motor restart). There ARE power lines on one side of the field as well as trees surrounding the park, so we are allowing emergency power up to increase airplane safety.

You must use the standard firmware settings pictured below that adhere to F5J rules and mark the F5J launch height as "---" if a motor restart is detected. Any motor restart will receive a zero flight score for that round.

All F5J launch heights must be verified on the Altis screen by the timer at the conclusion of each flight. F5J launch heights displaying "---" will receive a zero flight score, so ensure your Altis controllers are setup and tested before the event. There are cases when noise spikes from dirty ESC power will cause an Altis "---". If this happens we will allow verification of motor shutoff height using the Altis flight logs. This must be verified by someone at the scoring tent.

For information on Altis setup, see the manual:

FAI F5J approved altimeter list:
Altis v3
Altis v4+
Altis v4
Altis Micro
Grk Elec Altmr2
RCE #2Basic
RCE Multi 2
SM Unilog 2
Unilog 2

FAI F5J 2017 rules:
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Oct 28, 2017, 10:55 AM
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Contest and Field Information

F3XVault signup:

Farm Google Maps coordinates:

GPS Coordinates: 33.221385,-111.593177

Contest Sound File Broadcast: FM 97.10

Schnepf Farms Camping Information:

NOAA weather and wind for field

Hotel Information

Best Western Legacy Inn in Gilbert
Phone: 480-457-8181 or 877-210-4009
Rate: $119 King or $125 per night (rates may change)

DoubleTree Hilton in Gilbert
Phone: 480-809-4100 or 800-222-TREE
Rate: $129 per night (rates may change)

Additional Hotel Information from Google:,2017-11-21
Last edited by RotorCycle; Oct 28, 2017 at 11:05 AM.
Oct 28, 2017, 10:55 AM
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Pilot Roster

John Armstrong
Charles Martin - paid
Lee Wolfe
Rick Johnston - paid
Don Scegiel - paid
Lenny Keer - paid
Edward LaCroix - paid
Brad Juntunen - paid
Randy West - paid
Justin Rizor - paid
Jim Velleman
Robert Burson - paid
John Hsu - paid
Scott Todd - paid
Oleg Golovidov
Chris Bajorek - paid
Brent Monroe
Charlie Morris - paid
Philip Brister
Efrain Vila - paid
Mike Roseberry
Kirby House
Myra Morris - paid
Terry Pierce - paid
Dustin Young
Toby Herrera
Steven Willcox - paid
David Sieger - paid
Ali Khani - paid
Jon Garber
Frank Campbell
Matt Mahoney
Last edited by RotorCycle; Nov 30, 2017 at 07:59 PM. Reason: Added pilots
Oct 28, 2017, 11:17 AM
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2016 event pictures
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Oct 28, 2017, 12:56 PM
Where is the lift?
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Myra and I will do our best to attend. I won't know if I have the days off until Nov 16.

Charlie and Myra
Oct 29, 2017, 08:17 AM
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Im signed up.

Oct 29, 2017, 08:24 PM
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Me, too!

Nov 03, 2017, 09:29 PM
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Sign me up. I'll pay at the field.

Jim V.
Nov 04, 2017, 07:20 PM
AZ Outback
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Signed up.
Last edited by Robert Burson; Nov 07, 2017 at 10:10 AM.
Nov 04, 2017, 08:34 PM
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I’m in!!! No kidding, for reals this time....
Nov 06, 2017, 11:34 PM
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I am signed up


Nov 10, 2017, 09:32 AM
Oleg Golovidov
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I am planning to attend!
The preliminary plan is to camp, but if somebody needs a roommate to share the hotel room I would be glad to do that. Or maybe a place in a camper
Nov 11, 2017, 03:58 PM
Where is the lift?
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Awesome Oleg!

Charlie & Myra
Nov 14, 2017, 12:40 AM
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Just signed up, looking forward to the first F5J USA Tour event of the 2018 season. Woo hoo!
Nov 14, 2017, 01:25 AM
Overkill is underrated
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Thanks Chris! Put the spurs to anyone else in your area that should be here as well. We’d really like to see 40 or more pilots.


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