who still think that a wing's shape is primarily responsible
for an airplane's lift have never experienced the drag-defying,
gravity-governing maneuvers of an ETOC foamy in the hands of
a champion pilot.
The 2005 ETOC was the largest indoor flying event yet, attracting
an estimated 1,800 people. Hosted at the Waite Gymnasium,
bleachers on both sides of the venue were packed with fans
waiting to see the graceful air ballet routines of many of
the world's best 3D pilots. Set to personal music compilations,
each routine was filled with some of the most difficult and
entertaining maneuvers one can imagine. Having an over-powered
foam airplane that essentially flies like both a helicopter
and an airplane was absolutely necessary as hovering formed
the foundation for many of the aerobatics.
Although the list of pilots was impressive (see below), it
was the work of a lesser-known individual named Scott Foster
that caught the fancy of the fans. Working with a Nikitis
Aircraft "Animal" 4D airplane outfitted with a variable (reversible)
pitch propeller, Scott mesmerized the crowd by torque rolling
his plane directly toward the ground only to stop it in mid-air
before it hit and reverse it! The scene was reminiscent of
Roadrunner cartoons in which Wiley Coyote would ride a missile
to the ground, pausing mid-air for a second to wave before
pummeling himself into the ground. The difference is that
Scott did not pummel his plane, and instead pulled off some
brand new maneuvers using the variable pitch propeller. He
also was able to hover the plane nose down for several seconds
which was a sight to behold
The crowd was also treated to Quique Somenzini's graceful
and agile aero-ballet as Quique performed flawless knife-edge
passes, rolling harriers, knife-edge box loops and more. Team
RCU stick jockey, Mark Leseberg showed that he is clearly
the master of foamy hovering by hanging his plane with nearly
motionless precision and authority. Team RCU veteran, Chip
Hyde drew cheers for his masterful control of the aircraft
from both the sidelines and mid-court. It is also worthy of
mentioning that Sebastiano Silvestri's plane gave us a glimpse
at the future of 3D foamy aircraft. No longer relegated to
flat and formless features, Silvestri's foamy sported a "3D"
fuselage, translucent green canopy and sweeping curves that
gave the indoor flyer the lines of a hot Italian sports car
(what else would you expect from Silvestri?).
Our coverage of the event will give you a taste of the show.
We are pretty certain that after watching the videos, you'll
begin making plans to attend next year's show. At the very
least, you'll want to pick up a video copy of the entire event
SKS Video Productions.
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ETOC & E-X Games 2005 Dual DVD
For additional coverage of the 2005 ETOC, you can look for
an upcoming issue of Fly
RC magazine, and SKS
Video Productions will have full video coverage featuring
all 3 rounds of the event as well as the awards ceremony on
DVD and VHS in the upcoming months.