ISA F3F Competition 22 March 1997
What is F3F?
F3F is a test of pilot skill and the model's efficiency.
The model is flown as fast as possible between two pylons placed 100m apart on the edge of the ridge.
The flight is timed over five laps. The pilot has thirty seconds from launch in which to gain height before starting his run.
Buzzermen at each pylon use a button linked to an electronic timer to register laps.
F3F models have a similar layout and construction to F3B i.e. 3m (10 ft) span approx, with composite carbon/glass/kevlar construction.
The ISA F3F competition was held at Ivinghoe Beacon, a popular slope site 35 miles from London, England.
12 competitors took part. Several Ellipse and Calypsos were flown as well as traditional models such as the Phase-6, Middle Phase, and an own design rudder-elevator model.
Dave Woods flew the new Mini-Ellipse by Jaro Muller (see pic at end) .
The event provided a great opportunity for new F3F flyers to get tips from the more experienced competition flyers in the ISA club.
Beat the Clock
Five rounds were flown, worst score discarded.
Lift ranged from non-existent to reasonable but most models had no difficulty completing the full five laps of the course.
There were no major mishaps. John McCurdy landed prematurely while apparently attempting to manicure the grass. No damage though, and he went on to win the competition flying in his usual attacking style.
Ellipse owners took first, second and third places. Richard Frawley brought in the sole Calypso into fourth place (see pic below).
1. Overall Results
2. Handicap Results
Handicap multiplier applied to run times as follows:
>=2.5m A/E = 1.00