F3C contests


I never thought that I would be a competition pilot, but  I`m really enjoying competing in F3C. It is so much harder than it looks, and I think that`s why I like it so much. I`ve always been the type who loves a challenge, and the harder the challenge, the more I like it.

F3C has given me all of that and more. It gives me something to work for, and it`s just a lot of fun. Instead of going to the field and doing fast 3D flying, I`m getting used to flying slowly, and precisely. Which is very difficult...especially with windy conditions.

I`m definitely not at the master level, (I compete in sportsman class right now) but I`m progressing nicely, and maybe by next year I can moved up to the next class.

 I have competed in three contests to date, with the Helicopter Nats in Muncie Indiana being my second contest. I placed 7th of 10 at the Nats, and I`m very pleased with that. I was up against some very good pilots, so 7th, was a real accomplishment. I earned 2nd place finishes in the other two contests, first one was in Homestead Florida and my second contest was in Tampa Florida.

The helicopter I compete with is my Miniature Aircraft Whiplash 730E, which has been set up strictly for contest flying. So it will no longer see any 3D or hard flying. I don`t want to take a chance of crashing it, because it takes forever to get them set up and tuned for F3C competition.

I have my Whiplash Nitro, and Fury 57 for when the 3D bug hits me, so there is no reason to risk damage to my contest helicopter. However, with that being said. Miniature Aircraft did present to me another Whiplash 730 kit,(which I am VERY grateful for) to have as a backup to my main contest helicopter.

Once I get it build, set up and tuned.....it will also be reserved for F3C.

New Transmirrer Update


So, a few weeks ago, I posted about my purchase of a new Jeti DS-16 G2 transmitter, in red which I ordered from Aeropanda.com. Turns out they didn`t have a red one in stock, so I opted for my second choice. An all black one.

I have been flying it for a couple of weeks now, and I`m really enjoying it. It`s not a whole lot different from the older DS-16, but it does have some things that the older model does not have. Such as a mic to create custom voice announcements, Dual band (2.4 ghz/900 mhz) RF output, a colour screen, and voice commands to name a few.

I do have to adjust the stick tension on the rudder, because it is a little tighter than I prefer to have it. But other than that, it`s perfect. I did change the stick ends though. Being a thumb flyer, the stock ones are way too long for me. Especially with my small hands. Danny from Aeropanda realized that, and gave me a set of shorter SeaCraft stick ends to go on it. They got the sticks short enough for me to fly comfortably, and I love them.

New Transmitter Day


I have been flying with a Jeti DS-16 carbon edition transmitter for close to five years now, and it has performed flawlessly for me from day one. I have been considering getting another Jeti for buddy boxing new prospective pilots, and today, I decided to go forward with that decision by purchasing another transmitter.

But rather than purchasing a DS-12 or a DS-14, I thought......why not upgrade my main transmitter, and use my current one for the buddy box transmitter? Sooooo.... I went ahead and ordered a newer DS-16 G2, to use as my primary system. I chose the carbon red one, and it looks HOT.

I will be taking delivery of it on Saturday 8-21-21, and I should have all my models in it by the following weekend. I`m really excited about this, and I can hardly wait to get my hands on it. The photo below, is from aeropand`s ( www.aeropanda.com ) website, and not my actual transmitter. I will be posting an unboxing video soon, on my youtube channel.  ( https://www.youtube.com/user/GeenaTucker ) and posting more blogs about it as well.

2021 IRCHA and Helicopter Nats


The past week for me, was simply amazing! First... on August 2-4-2021, I competed in my first ever Helicopter F3C Nats in Muncie, Indiana. What a rush it was to be surrounded by so much talent, and to be able to compete in an event of this caliber. 

I compete in the Sportsman class, which is basically beginner, but I hope to move up to the next class as soon as I can. The Nats was only my second contest, and I admit.... I was a little nervous at first. But the guys made me feel at home, and the nervousness soon passed.

There were 10 pilots in Sportsman class, and ended up finishing in 7th place. Although I didn`t do as well as I would have liked, I`m very happy to have been able to compete on such a level. Finishing 7th is my motivation to train harder and do better in my next contest, and to be more prepared to compete in the Nats next year.

Next came IRCHA. I missed part of the first day, because the Nats went a little over time due to the number of competing pilots. Which is ok, because nothing exciting really every happens on the first day anyway.

The fist few days were kind of quiet. We walked around, checking out all of the helicopters and paid the AMA museum a visit. Thursday, friday and Saturday were the big days for me. Thursday and Friday, I worked in the Kontronik Drives booth, and also worked a little in the Miniature Aircraft booth. Thursday afternoon, I did a demo flight for Kontronik, during our power hour. Friday was my demo flight with Miniature aircraft, which I did with my Whiplash nitro.

Saturday, at about 4PM, was the golden hour for me. I was selected by Kontronik, to represent them in the Battle of The Brands on center stage. Battle of the Brands, is a 3D flight to musik competition, and I was up against some of the top pilots in the world....Yeah, I was terrified. But not only did I compete in the Battle..... I made a little IRCHA history, by being the very first woman to EVER compete in Battle of The Brands.

There were 13 pilots competing, and after we all flew, the crowd voted for their favorites by how loud they cheered for each of us. They must have liked me, because the officials informed me after the contest, that I had gotten 3rd place. I feel so honored that Kontronik trusted me with performing for them in the Battle of the Brands, and I really hope I get to do it again.

More Miniature Aircraft goodness


I have been busy for the past few weeks, building two more Miniature Aircraft helicopters to add to my fleet. The first one, is my F3C contest helicopter. A Whiplash 730E.

I got it build and set up a couple of weeks before this blog post, and I have about a dozen flights on it so far. In true Miniature aircraft form, it flies great. It takes saddle packs, which I was never a huge fan of.

I usually prefer stick packs on a slide in tray, but Miniature aircraft did the saddle pack mounting system right....and I have changed my mind about saddle packs now. They are SO easy to put in and take out, and only takes a few seconds to do.

Another feature I love about all of my Miniature aircraft helicopters, is the layout for installing the electronics. They thought of EVERYTHING when it comes to installing the speed control, receiver battery, governor.......and so on.

They must have been thinking of Kontronik when they designed the ESC mount, because there are holes pre-cut into the tray, to accommodate the mounting tabs on the Kontronik ESC, and they even supplied blind nuts to press into the holes to fasten the speed control to the tray. Just Brilliant thinking.

I also couldn`t help but notice how quiet and smooth the drive train is, and there is almost no gear noise at all. The canopy is also large enough to house my Kontronik 170A Hvi speed control, without having to modify, cut or damage the canopy. yet it still has very nice lines, and a streamlined look.

The Whiplash 730 E is a well built, well thought out design, and it flies like a dream. It weighs just over 8 pounds without the batteries and just over 12 pounds with the batteries in it. But it does not feel like a 12 pound helicopter in the air. It`s quite snappy in 3D flight, but settles in good for doing F3C flying. Kind of a perfect balance between the two worlds.

The next helicopter in my arsenal, is my Miniature Aircraft Fury 57. This little machine is a lot like the Fury 55 of years past, but better. Jut like the Whiplashes, it has plenty of electronic mounting options to fit any needs.

They added a gyro tray to the front of the helicopter, which eliminates the need for the upgrade tray that was available for the Fury 55 way back when. Plus there is a gyro tray on the rear of the frames as well, if you prefer the gyro on the back. I prefer mine to be on the front, under the canopy so the oil from the exhaust is blocked from getting on the gyro as much as it can with the gyro on the rear....Just my own preference.

The Fury 57 is belt drive, just like the Fury 55 was, and the tail rotor is on the left side of the tail box. I like that they added a bottom plate to the kit too, which comes with the kit now instead of being an upgrade.

They also slotted the mounting holes in the landing gear struts, to force the landing gear to break on the outsides of the frames when you crash. The slotted holes, along with the bottom plate will help save the frames in a crash.

I`m very happy to be flying Miniature Aircraft helicopters again, I hope to be with them for a long time.