Team RCU - Quique Somenzini


Team RCU Pilot Quique Somenzini
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Quique Somenzini


  • 9 Times TOC competitor with record of:
  • 4 Times TOC Champion '94,'97,'98,'99
  • TOC Free Style Champion '90
  • Second place winner '96, '92(free style), third place '92, 2002 and fourth 2000.
  • 2 Times F3A US National Champion 2001 & 2002
  • 3 Times F3A Vice-world champion 1991, 2001, 2003
  • 11 times F3A world championship competitor
  • 21 Times Argentina's F3A National champion
  • 6 Times South America's F3A champion
  • Don Lowe Master Champion 2003
  • Free Style "World Champion "2003, not FAI Official sanctioned
  • 1st Artistic Aerobatic international contest winner 2001
  • World Record as the youngest pilot to compete at F3A world championships at the age of 12 years old and not broken yet.

Quique Competing at the 2004 E-TOC in Toledo, OH
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About Quique:

Born in Rio Cuarto, Argentina, active modeller since he can remember getting involved first with free flight, hand launch models, and U-control airplanes to start to fly R/C when he was 9 years old.
His dad Mario supported him and coach to become soon in the F3A activity. At the age of 10, he placed first in the F3A Argentina National Championships, while his dad was winning an other National title. For those years his dad was the top start in South America, also F3A South American champion, so Quique had one of the best coaches at that time helping him to become very soon the Argentina's F3A National champion back in 1979 at the age of 12. That year his dad finished second just behind Quique and from that date Mario stop competition and devoted all his experience to Quique and support him till he got his own "wings". At that year Quique set a world record not broken yet, to be the youngest pilot ever to compete in a F3A world championship, that was back in South Africa 1979. From that year is when start his international career and compete in hundreds of competition, from nationals, continentals, world championships, TOC.

QuiQue Somenzini flying
his own design Yak - 54
Together with his dad they designed over 11 aerobatic model airplane, being the most known the Extra 300L that won 3 out of the 4 TOC victories by Quique.
Quique by him self has designed about 12 aerobatic model airplanes, with his latest creation the Yak54.

Currently working for Horizon Hobby JR radio division, promoting, testing, competing, flying the products,etc! sponsor by major brands that has trust on his name and reputation to promote, test or design all sort of product for aerobatic model airplane being the most noticeable the 3W engines under his own signature series called QS (Quique Somenzini).
Since he started to fly Quique always search for new things, new maneuver and that has being always his biggest goal. Back in 1985 when he first showed to the world the rolling vertical maneuver, such rolling loop, eight, etc. shocked the world. The biggest accomplishment of his career probably is to be the creator of now known as the 3D aerobatic. Since his first TOC 1990 most of time he competed at TOC he introduced to the world a new maneuver that just amazed everyone, and slowly over the years converted the flying style of the four minutes free routines at TOC, showing the world the best way to fly winner free style aerobatic, he was building through those new maneuvers not less than the 3D aerobatic.

As result of this Quique has been writing articles and having column on magazines around the world, monthly columnist for Radio Control Technique magazine (Japan) for 7 consecutive years, also for RCM France, RCM Spain, Modelismo em Noticias Brazil, Model Airplane News USA, Aeromodelismo Argentina, Radio Control Technique Corea, helping to popularize the 3D aerobatic technique around the world..
Quique Moved to the States back in 2002 along with his wife Sandra who was born in Valdivia Chile. Now they live in Summerfield, North Carolina and his wife baby's due is for this coming January 12!, they expect a boy, they will name Luciano.

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