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Dec 16, 2018, 06:33 PM
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F5J USA Tour 2019

Welcome to the 2019 F5J USA Tour! This is our third season during which we fully expect to continue the trend of healthy growth in USA F5J, and especially in the eastern region. Already we have a good starting lineup of 2019 events in the Calendar. The F5J USA Tour season is Dec 1-Nov 30 which made the December F5J in the Desert (Phoenix) our first 2019 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 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 will 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 and related expenses.

Rules and Guidelines - If you plan to host a Tour event 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: Lee Wolfe, Steve Neu, Lenny Keer, Larry Jolly, Jim Monaco, David Beach, and Chris Bajorek. Each advisor brings significant experience and energy to this group.

2018 financial statement - Following the end of each season we publish a financial statement (our ledger) that shows the Tour's sources and uses of funds. You can find our 2018 season ledger at the bottom of our Financial Declaration page.

Join our email list - In 2019 we will start using email to deliver occassional announcements and even a newsletter every now and then. If you received an email recently for the pilot poll then you are already on our list. If not then you can sign up on via the "F5J USA Tour email list" box located in the right-hand sidebar of every page.

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

2018 season references: RC Groups 2018 Tour thread --- 2018 Calendar archive
2017 season references: RC Groups 2017 Tour thread --- 2017 Calendar archive
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Dec 18, 2018, 01:32 AM
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Gonna be another good year!
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Dec 18, 2018, 11:18 AM
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I agree Jon and it's gonna be especially exciting for you and your WC team members. We're starting to fill the Tour calendar, already 6 events and many more coming e.g. Spring events in Visalia, Farmville NC, Vegas, Santa Margarita, and fingers crossed for somewhere in Norcal. We will do everything we can to line up some challenging events for you guys to fly in before your trip to Slovakia in August.

Latest event added: ESL F5J in PA in July.
Dec 20, 2018, 12:01 AM
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Please donate to GliderScore!

GliderScore has become the world-wide F5J* score-keeping standard thanks to the tireless efforts of Gerry Carter, the chief developer of the program. With the major enhancements like smartphone scoring and flexible support for LED displays that Gerry has added over the last several years, running a large F5J event has been made significantly easier. A majority of USA clubs that host F5J Tour events know what I'm talking about.

There is no charge to download and use GliderScore. The cost of maintaining the program is 100% dependent on donations so please send a donation soon via this link:

Thanks much to those clubs and pilots that take a moment to send him a donation.


* GliderScore supports a very long list of contest formats beyond just F5J.
Dec 26, 2018, 12:12 PM
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December update

Hope you had a Merry Christmas and will continue to have a nice holiday season and New Year's celebration. I for one am glad that we are past the winter solstice with the days starting to get longer again. More sun, more thermals.

Contest calendar

We just added a new event to the Tour Calendar: the Southwest Classic F5J on February 23-24 and hosted by the East Valley Electric Flyers (EVEF) in Phoenix. CD is John Armstrong, event organizer is Charlie Morris, details coming soon. This event is at the same fantastic sod farm field that they secured for the recent F5J in the Desert early this month. The roots of this event go back many years when the predecessor club to EVEF (CASL) hosted their annual Southwest Classic TD event. So the Classic is back!

Woodies, foamies, and other lower cost planes are invited!

Based on multiple requests in our recent Tour pilot poll we are formally inviting lower cost planes to participate in F5J USA Tour events. We have posted a GliderScore tutorial ("How to add classes for woodies & other basic planes") that explains how to add one or more classes for woodies, foamies, and other lower cost planes. Clubs can then separately recognize and give out awards for pilots flying in those classes. All of this can be done legally per FAI F5J and Tour rules. The whole idea is to encourage more pilots to get started in F5J.

More soon.
Jan 04, 2019, 01:16 PM
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January 2019 tour newsletter just sent

This year we will be using emailed newsletters and announcements to keep our pilots up to date on Tour events and happenings. Since not everyone checks this RC Groups thread often emails will give us a broader and more immediate way to keep you informed.

Last night we sent out our maiden issue: the January 2019 newsletter. If you are already on our mailing list then you should have received it by now. If you are not yet on our list you can subscribe on The subscribe box is in the right hand sidebar of every page on the website.

For anyone who subscribes over the coming week I'll make sure you get the January issue sent to you too.

One more thing: please feel free to suggest topics that you would like us to cover in our newsletters.

Thanks much!
Jan 04, 2019, 01:50 PM
Oleg Golovidov
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Chris, that was a very nicely done newsletter.
Can you by chance save the newsletters on the website?
This way we can always either send the link to somebody (club members) or read old newsletters.
Just a thought...
Jan 04, 2019, 10:39 PM
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Hi Oleg, thanks for the suggestion. Yes I do eventually plan to maintain a newsletter archive on For now it's an email-only thing until I get more time to set that up.
Jan 09, 2019, 01:06 PM
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New EAST event just added: Mar 2-3 in Florida

I'm pleased to announce a new F5J USA Tour event in the eastern region that has just been added to the Tour calendar: the Warm & Sunny in Florida F5J on March 2-3 and hosted by the St. Augustine RC Flyers. They are also planning to run an F3J contest the week after this event. Details are coming. Welcome to the F5J Tour, guys!

Jan 10, 2019, 12:22 PM
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New WEST event just added: May 5-6 in Vegas

We just posted another event to the calendar: a return of the popular 2-day F5J in Vegas event. This is "Part 2" of the combined F3J/F5J event at the same Sandy Valley sod farm site as was used the last 2 years. Hosted by RMSA by organizers Jim Monaco and John Lovins the F5J competition will run on Sunday/Monday. Details here.

The 2019 F5J USA Tour calendar is filling out nicely. I'm aware of at least one more west event that is coming in the first half of the year. There is also the possibility of a late June event in Northern California but details are still being worked out. Maybe a few more coming in the east too?

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