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Old 07-08-2008, 08:43 PM
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It’s that time again for the US Nationals. Even though they are 2 weeks away, what better time to start up a thread. I’ll be heading up to Andrew’s for some more practice in the next day. After a week up there, I’ll be off to Muncie to get ready for the contest.

Here are a few pics of the Central Florida crew getting ready for the Nats. We had a 4-day weekend of flying, and there was a lot of it. Here are some shots of last minute motor swaps, time down between flights, clouds from the incoming rain and some of the planes. As it turns out, most of these Integrals are also for sale at the conclusion of the Nats .

What are all of your stories getting ready for the Nats? Lets here about them...
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Old 07-08-2008, 08:45 PM
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a few more...
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Old 07-08-2008, 09:35 PM
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Gettin' #2 ready to go....test fly this weekend and leave town next Wednesday. Will hit Muncie the morning of the 18th.

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Old 07-08-2008, 09:58 PM
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Practice at the field today in Kansas. A few pictures of a tornado visible from my field.

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Old 07-08-2008, 10:08 PM
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Joe, thats crazy... did you fly near it to see how the plane handled Muncie style wind

This was our Sunday night home drive. Sorry about the shakes but it looks like it was less than when I fly.
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Old 07-08-2008, 10:12 PM
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Jason,

It's actually about 15 miles away from the field. We had a good view of the back side of the storm. Very weak tornados compared to what we had earlier this year.


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Old 07-08-2008, 10:28 PM
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That's good to hear. I haven't been around a big tornado and not looking forward to it if it happens.
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Old 07-08-2008, 10:39 PM
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Just wanted to wish everyone good luck this year at the NATS. Unfortunately I wont be there this year for the first time in 7 years. Will definitely miss it.

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Old 07-09-2008, 07:26 AM
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2008 Futaba Flight Achievement Award

“2008 Futaba Flight Achievement Award” Will be awarded to the pilot who earns the highest "raw" score versus the potential maximum score and is open to any 2008 AMA Pattern NATS pilot, competing in Intermediate, Advanced, Masters and F3A. The “Champion” is determined by non-normalized, combined judging panel totals of individual Pilot flight scores from preliminary and Semi-Final "Complete and Official" rounds, as determined by the Contest Director. (Masters and F3A Finals will not be included)

The 2007 winner was Glen Watson, who coincidentally, was the 2007 Masters Champion.

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2008 AMA Pattern Nationals

2008 Futaba Flight Achievement Award

Here is the link from the 2007 RCU thread:

http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_59...tm.htm#5916324


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ORIGINAL: rcpattern

Just wanted to wish everyone good luck this year at the NATS. Unfortunately I wont be there this year for the first time in 7 years. Will definitely miss it.

Arch
Arch I'm sorry you won't be there. I'll fill in for you. OK? Keep up the good work in Iraq for us. See you next year, Mike
Joe the weather this year in the Midwest has pretty much sucked. Tornado's? What next? See you at the Nats, Mike
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Old 07-09-2008, 09:25 AM
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[img][/img]I have been out doing a little bit of flying as well. It will be a good time when Jason gets up here. I will have to school him on ridge racer for Playstation 3!!
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Old 07-09-2008, 11:22 AM
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Dang... taking me to school again. Wasn't showing me up the first time enough...LOL. I'll make sure to practice all day while you're at work, at least then it won't be as bad. See ya in about 36 hours.
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I think I signed Brett up, I guess I need to check.
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All packed, for 4! Only things I didn't pack were the kitchen sink and whatever I forgot.
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All packed, for 4! Only things I didn't pack were the kitchen sink and whatever I forgot.

Did I see a jug of fuel, or, that's cooking oil? ...
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Hmmm, I don't see any suitcases or clothing. I know who I'm standing up wind of<g>
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Here is a picture I took of Muncie the day before the D4-D5 shootout.

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All packed, for 4! Only things I didn't pack were the kitchen sink and whatever I forgot.

Jason 5 Integrals??? Are all of them yours? What is the purpose of all 5, during practice?

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Here is a picture I took of Muncie the day before the D4-D5 shootout.

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Hey Ray by the time I got to the shootout this is how I remember it looking from my car window. This picture says it all.
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Good luck at the NATS this year everyone. I won't be able to make it as I am serving a one year tour in South Korea back flying the F-16. It's not a pattern plane, but it will do until I get back to the states.

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I think I signed Brett up, I guess I need to check.

If you didn't... you're too late. []
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I think that was a jug of steroids... Jas' car has grown over the last year or so... [8D]
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Jeff, good to hear from you. We'll miss you at NATS!

Look forward to seeing you back state side.

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Arch/Jeff, we'll all miss you guys this year, but thank you for all your hard work, and see you next year.

Here's a few more pics before heading out to practice with Andrew.

Drive up was uneventful for the most part. There was a 3-to-1 lane reduction on I-75 which turned out to be an over turned truck. Several heavy rain storms along the way. Typical Atlanta traffic at 4pm. My luck didn't run out either. The officer that probably could have had me (didn't realize it was 65, not the 75 I had been used to seeing) and coasting into the gas station to save 12+ cents a gallon of fuel (the "Beast" gets 14 mpg and has at least a 30 gallon tank).
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