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    Contributed by: RCU Staff | Published: April 2004 | Views: 113561 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    RCuniverse coverage of ETOC 2004

    RCUniverse is proud to offer you video and photo coverage of the 1st Annual Electric Tournament of Champions (ETOC). The ETOC was hosted by TNT Landing Gear Products and organized by Tom Kroggel and Bob Sadler. FLY RC magazine was the host print media publication and RCUniverse.com was the host online community for the event.

    There were a total of 11 of the worlds best freestyle pilots competing for the change to be crowned the champion of the first annual ETOC. Each pilot flew 2 choreographed freestyle routines to music. After the second round, the top 6 pilots flew a final round of competition to determine the overall winner with $250.00 for third place, $500.00 for second place, and $1000.00 being awarded to the champion.

    The ETOC included the following pilots:

    Frank Noll
    Jason Noll
    Chip Hyde
    Jason Shulman
    Quique Somenzini
    Sean McMurtry
    Andrew Jesky
    Mike McConville
    John Glezellis
    Darren Eaton
    George Hicks

    RCUniverse and Fly RC magazine will be working together to publish an in-depth event coverage article for an upcoming issue of the magazine. In the meantime please enjoy the videos and photos that we have provided for you of the event.

    Congratulations to George Hicks for his 1st place win, Quique Somenzini for coming in second, and John Glezellis for his third place finish.

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    Video Clips from the first round of the competition
    Pilot Round 1 Round 2 Finals
    Pilot Intro 1.81 MB med
    6.23 MB high
    1.44 MB med 856 KB med
    4.84 MB high 2.86 MB high
    1.59 MB med 1.07 MB med 1.59 MB med
    5.43 MB high 5.85 MB high 5.43 MB high
    Quique Somenzini 2.19 MB med 2.14 MB med  
    7.51 MB high 7.47 MB high 6.02 MB high
    1.71 MB med 1.70 MB med 1.64 MB med
    5.82 MB high 5.90 MB high 5.66 MB high
    1.51 MB med 1.84 MB med 1.79 MB med
    5.12 MB high 6.33 MB high 6.21 MB high
    1.75 MB med 2.17 MB med
    5.96 MB high 6.05 MB high 6.75 MB high
    1.84 MB med
    6.29 MB high 6.41 MB high 5.96 MB high
    2.03 MB med 897 KB med
    6.92 MB high 2.91 MB high
    1.60 MB med 1.80 MB med
    5.43 MB high 6.25 MB high
    1.80 MB med 1.79 MB med 1.98 MB med
    6.16 MB high 6.22 MB high 6.85 MB high
    1.81 MB med 1.81 MB med
    4.17 MB high 6.22 MB high
    And the Winners
    3.61 MB med
    12.8 MB high

    Some of the Entertainment between rounds

    And the Winners are...

    First Place - George Hicks

    Second Place - Quique Somenzini

    Third Place - John Glezellis

    More Great Pics!!

    Pilots Meeting

    TNT's Tom Kroggel

    Jason Shulman and George Hicks

    MC - Bob Sadler

    ETOC Competitors

    Bob Sadler introducing RCU's Marc Vigod

    Mike McConville

    Jason and David Shulman

    Jason hovering his self-designed airplane

    Awesome hover

    Chip Hyde's Prototype Bipe from Hobby Lobby

    Chip Hyde flying around himself

    Chip's tail touch

    Jason Noll takes off from a vertical table

    Frank Noll

    Frank Noll's Plane

    John Glezellis's Championship Winning Bipe

    Hovering through the rafters

    Chip Hyde flies Hobby Lobby's Mini Gee Bee

    Fly RC's Editor in Chief - Tom Atwood

    Chip Hyde

    Andrew Jesky hovers his plane in front of the crowd

    Mike McConville in a hover!

    Fly RC's Chief Test Pilot - Dave Baron is test flying a NE Sailplanes Blade

    NE Sailplanes Blade

    Hobby Lobby's Jim T Graham (AKA Billy Hell)

    The final six!

    George Hicks

    Crowd of over 1200+

    Huge Crowd

    Mike McConville and his prototype bi-plane

    Quique Somenzini hovers his prototype Yak 54

    Chip Hyde flying a high-speed knife edge around himself

    Team RCU's Chip Hyde poses with his plane

    RCU's Marc Vigod and Michael Kranitz pose with Chip Hyde (not only can they design a killer website, but they can hold up a banner like nobodies business!)

    ** For more detailed information, be sure to check out an upcoming issue of Fly RC.
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