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Jan 05, 2018, 06:41 PM
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F5J USA Tour 2018

Welcome to the 2018 F5J USA Tour! This is our second season and already we have a good starting lineup of events in the Calendar including many this time from the eastern half of the US . The F5J USA Tour season is Dec 1-Nov 30 which made last December's F5J in the Desert (Phoenix) our first 2018 season event. Full Tour info is here where rules and guidelines are posted. F5J tutorials and field setup tips are also up on the site.

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Register your event -- Clubs and organizers are invited to register their 1 and 2-day events by filling out our online event application. One of the main benefits of having your event on the Tour is that we expect it to encourage more pilots to attend. Note there is a $3/pilot fee to clubs (due when you send us your scores) to cover end-of-season award expenses.

Rules and Guidelines -- Whether you are hosting your first event or back for a second year we suggest that you take some time to review the Tour Rules and Guidelines that can be found on the F5J USA Tour page. These pages have important information to know before you run your Tour events.

F5J USA Tour Advisory Group -- This group is responsible for managing the Tour and includes the following key supporters and pioneers of USA-based F5J: Chris Bajorek, Lee Wolfe, Steve Neu, Lenny Keer, Larry Jolly, and Jim Monaco. Each advisor brings significant experience and energy to this group.

Hope to see you at the next F5J USA Tour event and, as always, thanks for your ongoing support of US-based F5J.

The F5J USA Tour Advisory Group

2017 season reference: F5J USA Tour is on for 2017
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Jan 05, 2018, 06:56 PM
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Don't forget: sometime during the 2nd half of 2018 there will be a Team Select (TS) multi-day contest that will be used to determine who is on the F5J USA team for the 2019 world championships in Slovakia. Stay tuned in the Electric Competition Soaring section of RCG for details.
Jan 06, 2018, 11:36 AM
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F5J USA Tour 2017 financials

Our season runs from Dec 1 through Nov 30. Given that 2017 was our first ever season we wanted to establish an "open book" policy by fully sharing our season-ending financial numbers. Attached below is our 2017 ledger showing income and expenses along with the award plaques order invoice. All Tour income came from $3 per pilot fees; expenses were exclusively for the end-of-season award plaques.

Bottom line: the F5J USA Tour Paypal account is carrying forward $92.37 into the 2018 season.

Any questions please let me know.

Jan 06, 2018, 12:33 PM
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Good job Chris! Keep up the good work!
I'll see you at Team Select comp

Jan 12, 2018, 12:35 AM
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F5J fly-offs in Weilheim Germany, Sept 2017

For any clubs just starting to fly F5J the strategy transition going from qualifying rounds into fly-offs is significant: just ask anyone who has flown F5J. 15min rounds are harder and the competitive pressure is greater.

Here's a nice Eurotour F5J finale contest (fly-offs only) video from Weilheim Germany in Sept 2017. The video was shot by our favorite European F5J videographer Jure Pečar. Jure is an F5J pilot himself and does a great job of narrating these videos.

10 pilots in fly-offs, 3 fly-off rounds, 15m duration rounds per FAI rules. 40min video. I highly recommend you watch it on the biggest screen you have--the quality is very good in HD.

FAI F5J Weilheim 2017 (40 min 54 sec)

Round1 - @1:30 - Cloudy, lowest launch was 50m but most went much higher, everyone got their times. Beautiful flying against backdrop of solid cloud cover but buoyant air.

Round2 - @10:30 - More aggressive launches this time. Thermal conditions were not as good. 1 pilot landed early.

Round3 - @19:30 - Sparrows flying close to ground just before launch. Jure says "it should be interesting." Everyone launching "really really low." Very aggressive, some just over the treetops. Gutsy. Pilots running toward the treeline to see their planes better. 1 down, 2 down, 3 down, 4 down; 4 pilots gambled really low and didn't make their times. The remaining 6 made their times.

Makes me want to go out and fly--NOW

Jan 12, 2018, 10:09 AM
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Fly-offs are a sore (soar?) subject always and will continue to be. We have had these same issues in F3K contests for many years now.
For most of the contest pilots fly-offs are a waste of time that could be used either as one more regular round, or as time to make some progress on the drive home. This makes fly-offs a big headache for the organizer.
But for those pilots who do make the fly-offs - the experience is totally different from the regular rounds, and cannot be reproduced in any other way. There are very few chances that exist for pilots to get that feel and experience the pressure of the fly-offs.
Jan 12, 2018, 10:21 AM
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Diversity of opinion! Pilots will always have opinions about various parts of the F3J/F5J/etc rules (e.g. the throw-out, US motor restarts, fly-offs, ...) but they are in the FAI and/or Tour rules. Anyone preparing to fly in the Team Selects this year knows which ruleset to follow. In any case it's fun to watch Jure's videos which usually are the fly-offs for contests where he didn't make it into the fly-offs
Jan 12, 2018, 02:04 PM
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New tour event posted- RISC Red Rooster F5J-April 28 2018

A new F5J USA Tour event has been registered for the 2018 season and is posted in the Tour calendar: RISC Red Rooster F5J on April 28-29 at North Kingston, Rhode Island (2-day EAST event). This event is hosted by the Rhode Island Soaring Club and is the second Tour event registered by RISC for 2018. CDs for the event are David Beach and Maarten Broess. More info is available in this thread.

Welcome aboard!
Jan 15, 2018, 12:14 AM
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Another great F5J fly-offs video: wind!

This one is from Trnava in western Slovakia August 2017. Two main reasons to watch: (1) this is the exact field for the 2019 F5J world championships, and (2) it is an example of flying F5J in high winds. The winds make the audio harder to pick up but it's not too bad. I recommend watching this vid in HD 720p or higher since much of the activity is way upwind and/or high where the planes get small.

FAI F5J 2nd World Challenge, Trnava 2017 (44 min 33 sec)

Round 1 most guys launched too low and it was apparent that a fair # of planes were also too light.

Round 2 (@11:30) They all launched higher, still a challenge to make 15 minutes. 5 planes got their full times. Did you see the "trick" that 2 pilots used to get a better read on the air before they launched?

Round 3 (@26:00) They go high again, all now seem ballasted well, many have to follow pretty far downwind to stretch their times. Planes trickle in throughout the final 7 mins. 2 planes make their full times.

They know how to do an awards ceremony don't they? And the top 3 guys look pretty young to me...

Great contest, thanks Jure for the beautiful video.
Jan 15, 2018, 12:40 PM
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Interesting video,, what was wind speed?? I thought I heard 30knots? Just goes to show, even many of the pros not very prepared to fly in wind like that.
Jan 15, 2018, 05:06 PM
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It was something like 6-10 m/s with gusts. Never flew in Trnava that wasn't windy. If it was calm, it was raining

Yes, wind noise is hard to filter out when you record with a mobile phone ... I'm just browsing for some half serious video gear and I hope future videos will be better in this and other regards.
Jan 16, 2018, 08:06 AM
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Originally Posted by jpecar
Yes, wind noise is hard to filter out when you record with a mobile phone ... I'm just browsing for some half serious video gear and I hope future videos will be better in this and other regards.
Hi Jure, I heard that the "deadcat" muffs are pretty good against wind.
Jan 17, 2018, 11:33 AM
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No worries Jure on the Video quality. You have done very well. If you get some new equipment, we will really be the beneficiaries of some great video.
Keep up the good work.
Jan 18, 2018, 12:51 AM
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2019 Team Selection Program posted

The AMA F5 Committee has just posted the Team Select program in this thread. The committee is inviting clubs who wish to run the event at their field to respond with a proposal by no later than March 31.

In a nutshell the TS event will run for 3 or 4 days sometime between July 1 and Oct 31 this year. All pilots will compete for all days in the event. There will be no fly-offs and only 1 throw-out for the entire event. All rounds will be 10 minutes except the last day where they will be 15 minutes. Details available in the program document in the first post of the thread.
Jan 19, 2018, 12:31 PM
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New tour event posted- F5J in Sacramento-Sept 15-16 2018

A new F5J USA Tour event has been registered for the 2018 season and is posted in the Tour calendar: F5J in Sacramento on Sept 15-16 at Grasslands Park near Davis CA (2-day WEST event). This event is hosted by the Sacramento Valley Soaring Society (SVSS). CDs for the event are Chris Bajorek and Jerry Molnar. Details coming.

Note that this date may need to change after the Team Select event date is determined (in a few months).

Welcome aboard!

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