23rd Annual Worldwide Free Flight Postal Competition, 2014-15, Results

23rd Annual Worldwide Free Flight Postal Competition Results

by Caley Ann Hand

First of all, I would like to thank everyone who participated, and who assisted me to get this event off the ground. I’ve only been flying free flight off and on for about 10 years. Needless to say, my knowledge is very meager, and without your help, I would have had a much more difficult time of handling the Postal.

We had 25 participants flying in 18 events. The results will follow, but I wish to apologize if I did not include your participation in a particular event. I basically followed what you sent me, with a few exceptions of where I could safely include your scores in more than one event with the same model airplane. I believe that next years Postal will be a lot smoother.

Now I can tell you that I will not be continuing the handling of the Postal after this year. I have had many problems physically, and in other areas of my life, and I need to devote more time to getting those areas fixed, or corrected. I have been fortunate enough to have another, more knowledgeable and experienced person volunteer to take over the reins of the Postal. This person is Gary Hinze. Many of you may know him from his work with the web pages, “Endless Lift”. Gary has already created a special page on those web pages. Here is what he wrote for his announcement for the 24th version of the Postal:

Hello fellow Aeromodellers,

The Worldwide Postal Competition will be continuing for its 24th year. Twenty one events may be flown locally at your convenience within a one year time window. The Internet permits us to have a worldwide event in the spirit of a friendly local club contest. For details, see the description and rules here:

http://www.endlesslift.com/24th-worldwide-postal-competition-2015-2016/

Feel free to forward, post or publish this wherever you think it may be seen by interested parties.

Gary Hinze

AMA 29828

San Jose, California

Please give him your full support. He will be making changes to the events flown, which you will see on the web pages. I believe his reporting system will be easier also.

Again, Thanks so much for your support these past two years.

Sincerely

Caley Ann Hand

Results

There were no entries for Freewheel Rubber, Novice Stick Fuselage, Novice Built Up Fuselage, Novice P-30, FAC Low Winged Trainer, FAC Golden Age, FAC Modern Military, FAC Pioneer Scale, FAC Jimmy Allen, FAC Old Time Stick, FAC Old Time Fuselage, FAC 1/2 Wakefield, FAC 2 Bit + 1 OTR Fuselage, FAC No-Cal, FAC Jumbo Scale, FAC Giant Scale or Tiny Gliders 6″ HLG.

Event

20” Rubber
Place Name Model 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Total
1st Hope Finn Phantom Flash 60 60 60 120 90 390
2nd David Aronstein Mini-10 10” 60 60 60 113 293
3rd Joshua Finn Phantom Flash 60 60 60 90 270
4th Jim Moseley Pussycat 60 60 60 58 238
5th Haoyang Wang Sky Bunny 60 60 60 180
6th Dick Baxter Big Pussycat 60 37 51 148
7th Manual Cisneros 32 39 60 131
8th Bill Vanderbeek Sky Bunny 44 38 47 129
9th Ben Tarcher Sky Bunny 24 30 47 101
10th Ates Gurcan Sky Bunny 60 60
11th Fred Terzian Sky Bunny 18 41 59
12th Manual Cisneros Sky Bunny 40 40

Event

25” Rubber
Place Name Model 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Total
1st Jim Moseley Hump 2 60 60 60 93 273
2nd Joshua Finn Zephyr 60 60 60 90 270
3rd Hope Finn FA Moth 60 60 60 180
4th Jim Moseley Mini Hobbies 60 44 58 162
5th Jim Moseley Morgan Spirit 42 38 59 139

Event

30” Vintage/Old Timer
Place Name Model 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Total
1st David Aronstein Dirk Obarsk (Tandem) 27.5” 90 90 90 120 117 507

Event

42” Vintage/Old Timer
Place Name Model 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Total
1st David Aronstein Farthing “Lightweight” 120 120 120 150 131 641
2nd Jim Moseley Senator #2 120 96 120 336
3rd Jim Moseley Vargowock 101 120 113 334

Event

P-30 (Open)
Place Name Model 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Total
1st Chuck Powell Boomer MkIII 120 120 120 180 168 708
2nd Joshua Finn P-30 120 120 120 360
3rd Jim Moseley Saturno 5 97 120 120 337
4th Jim Moseley Maximus 48 87 77 212
5th Caley Hand Majestyk 120 120

 

Event

Unlimited Rubber

Place Name Model 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Total
1st Jim Moseley Wren 120 120 120 180 124 664
2nd Joshua Finn Shortcut 30 120 120 120 132 492
3rd Jim Moseley Ellipsis 150 120 120 120 360
4th Jim Moseley Senator #3 120 120 119 359

Event

KK Senator

Place Name Model 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Total
1st Howard Gostelow 120 120 120 180 540
2nd Peter Brecker 120 120 120 145 505
3rd Jim Moseley Senator #2 120 120 120 144 504

 

Event

Cloud Tramp 8” Prop

Place Name Model 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Total
1st Peter Brecker (100) 135 125 122 (140) 382
2nd Jim Moseley 58 (87) 49 (46) 58 165
2nd Luke Napier 66 49 50 (40) (82) 165
3rd Alex Stocker Cameron (44) 47 (51) 47 47 141
4th Eric Grigg (33) 50 42 37 (61) 129
5th Ron Boots 35 (47) 40 35 (31) 110
6th Dave Gee (21) 38 (47) 28 43 109
7th Don Smith 31 32 36 (29) (57) 99

Event

36” Bungee Glider

Place Name Model 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Total
1st Jim Moseley Mini Walkin’ Shoes 60 60 60 55 235
2nd Jeff Newton ½ S186 Odenman 31 40 37 108
3rd Jim Moseley 36” Walthew A/2 60 60

Event

Small Catapult/HL Glider
Place Name Model 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Total
1st Peter Brecker Wildkatze 11.75” 60 60 60 60 60 60
90 120 120 690
2nd Peter Brecker Krazy Katze “W” 8” 60 60 60 60 60 300
3rd Graham Lovejoy Lunchbox #11 60 42 56 45 43 45 291
4th Jim Moseley Sparrow 21 33 23 25 31 25 159
5th Allen Shields XP-84 15 25 32 72

Event

Large Catapult/HL Glider
Place Name Model 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Total
1st Graham Lovejoy Scalded Cat # 3 60 60 60 60 56 60 356
2nd Graham Percival 56 60 45 50 52 60 321
3rd Graham Percival 42 29 44 43 55 55 268
4th Des Richards RPG 54 56 13 16 46 33 218
5th Jim Moseley 16” Swallow 29 12 21 23 27 10 122

Event

FAC Embryo

Place Name Model 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Total
1st Joshua Finn Featherlight 120 120 120 123 483

Event

FAC Dimescale

Place Name Model 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Total
1st David Aronstein Convair XB-46 95 100 105 300

 

Event

FAC Modern Civilian

Place Name Model 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Total
1st David Wagner 24” Found Centennial 79 91 61 231

Event

FAC Phantom Flash
Place Name Model 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Total
1st Hope Finn 60 60 60
1st Joshua Finn 60 60 60

Event

FAC Catajet

Place Name Model 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Total
1st Allen Shields XP-84 15 25 32 72

Event

Tiny Gliders 8” HLG
Place Name Model 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Total
1st Gary Hinze Guillow’s 25-1 5 7 4 16

Event

Tiny Gliders 6” CLG

Place Name Model 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Total
1st Manual Cisneros 49 60 36 145
2nd Fred Terzian 38 24 39 101
3rd Ben Tarcher 14 15 20 49
4th Haoyang Wang 6 6

Event

Tiny Gliders 8” CLG
Place Name Model 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Total
1st Peter Brecker Krazy Katze “W” 60 60 60 98 118 396

 

Reports from the Field

I wish to share a few photos and comments from a few of the participants of this years Postal.

First is a picture from David Wagner out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, who flew his 24 inch wingspan Found Centennial in the FAC Modern Civilian event. What a wonderful looking model, and it flys as good as it looks.

Wagner1

The next photos are from Jeff Newton of Lytham St.Annes, Lancashire, England. One shows him with two of his models, one of which he flew in the Postal, a 36 inch Odenman Hi-start glider.

Jeff Newton and his Airplanes

The other photo is of it circling happily above the flying area, a local school playing field.

Odenman Hi-start glider

From Dick Douglas, Oakland Cloud Dusters CD. “The OCD held their latest Lagunita contest and tried out new events for us, which were 20” Rubber, E-20 electric, and 6” Catapult glider. Firstly, “Lagunita” is roughly translated as Little Lake in Spanish. Frequently it has water in it, but in these drought years it has been fairly dry. The lake area is kind of small and is ringed by trees so max flights are held to 60 seconds. If a contestant has three 60-sec maxes, then he flies one 60-sec “time-target” flight and the one closest to 60 sec wins. Your rules say keep going but that isn’t possible here. So, keeping that all in mind, here are the results to be entered in your postal competition.

Ates Gurcan flew into an Oak Tree on his first flight with Sky Bunny. Fred Terzian landed in a puddle with his Sky Bunny on the second flight and the wings came apart.”

Members from the Oakland Cloud Dusters, L to R, Haoyang Wang (winner), Manuel Cisneros, Bill Vanderbeek (2’nd place), Fred Terzian, Ates Gurcan, and Ben Tarcher, hold their Sky Bunnies they flew in the Lagunita Contest. Two events were the Sky Bunny and Tiny Gliders.

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Lagunita is on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, California. For more about OCD, click HERE.

Graham Perceival, of Grantham, England flew his events, one on November 9th, 2014, and the other April 3, 2015. He writes: “The flights took place on a field around 20 miles from home. The November day was particularly memorable for the time of year, as it was sunny and warm, with only a slight breeze. This is not what we expect here in November. In contrast, the April day while still showing a slight breeze, was dull and damp (mostly drizzle). The clouds were very low. Clearly the air was still helpful, and my scores don’t usually come out like that.”

8″ Tiny Glider

Guillow's Eagle 046

The only thing I had handy for the Postal was the 8″ Guillow’s 25-1 glider that I built for my post on EndlessLift. This is a kids throw toy, not a competition glider. But it is very safe to fly in the tiny city parks I have to fly in. Not that I can’t loose them into trees. Last day of the contest, I ran over to the park just as the sun was setting.  I flew 10 series of three, never exceeding the max. My best was the second set:
4.77+ 6.85+5.48 = 17.10
Well, I had fun. I think I can do better if I can get some more of the loop out of it, but it is very sensitive to elevator trim.
Gary Hinze
That was all I was sent this year. I hope you will support Gary, as he gets the 24th Annual Worldwide Postal off the ground. Please send him your scores, any write-ups and photos you might have to help him prepare his reports.

Thanks again for the help provided.

Sincerely

Caley Ann Hand