Team RCU - Len Sabato


Team RCU Pilot Len Sabato
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Len Sabato

  • 3 Time IRCHA F3C Grand National Champion
  • 2003 USA F3C World Team Member
  • 2003 F3C World Championship Finalist
  • 3 Top 5 F3C Team Trials
  • 6 Top 10 US F3C Nationals in last 6 Years
  • Multi-Time IRCHA Closed Course Champion
  • Multi-Time IRCHA Speed Champion
National Championships
AMA US National FC3
AMA F3C Team Trials Placements
2000: 1st
2001: 1st
2002: 1st

2001: 7th
1998: 9th
2002: 6th
1999: 8th
2003: 4th
2000: 7th
1999: 5th
2001: 5th
2003: 3rd

About Len:

Sabato is currently an FAI and Freestyle pilot, choosing FAI as his main flying discipline. He is a 3-time IRCHA F3C Grand National Champion, a 2003 USA F3C World Team Member and finalist and has racked up six top-10 US F3C Nationals in the last six years. He also has won the IRCHA Closed Course and IRCHA Speed Championships numerous times.
Sabato is the president of RC Helis Plus, Inc. ( Prior to that, he served for 10 years as Horizon Hobby's JR Radio and Helicopter Product Line Manager. He currently lives in Central Illinois on a 2.5 acre site, complete with private flying field known to his Team JR Flyers as the "Heli Dude Ranch."

Although Len has been very successful throughout his F3C competitive career, he is also as much a modeler as he is a pilot. He enjoys developing his own fuselages and specialty parts for his models. Len does all of his own building, modification, painting, and setup on his models. "I just would not get the same enjoyment out of the hobby if I did not build the models I am flying," said Sabato. "My interest in RC Helicopters started at the age of 5 when my father (Len Sr.) designed and developed his first helicopter, a fixed-pitch RC Jet Ranger way back in 1971." The model was manufactured during 1972 and 1973 under the brand name "RC Helicopters Inc.," and the prototype model is on permanent display at the AMA National Aero Modeling Museum.

Len states, "The pinnacle of my flying career to date was making the 2003 USA F3C Worlds team! I had been working towards this goal actively since my return to contest flying in 1998, and had been dreaming about making the team since the late 1980's. Making the team and being able to compete at the World Championships was at the very least a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget."

Len is currently preparing 3 identical Vigor CS Heli's to complete with his own design "Eclipse" fuselages with retractable landing skids for the 2004 F3C contest season, and with some luck, a spot on the 2005 USA F3C Team for the next World Championships in Spain.


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