Best in the West 2014
15 - 19 October

by: Dustin Buescher

  The third week in October marks the great pilgrimage west for some of the East Coast Jet Pilots; this year was no different. After I prepped two of BVís planes, the Cougar and eBandit, Bill Freeland graciously delivered them to Rei Gonzalezís toy hauler located in South Florida. With the driving duties left in the hands of Lucas Martinez, a 6 hour plane ride was all it took for me to meet up with friends at the Best in the West Jet Rally.
  Joe Castaleo and his Crew did a superb job keeping the 135+ pilots and helpers organized. We were fortunate to receive near perfect flying conditions all four days. The on-site dinners and evening entertainment were very enjoyable.
  As always, I had a great time catching up with customers and friends, most I only see once a year. With great food, great flying, and lots of laughs, this is a must attend event!

Photo Gallery
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Gregg Fullington recently completed this Jets Munt VT-80 powered BobCat.  It flies straight as an arrow in any wind with the help of a Cortex.
   
New California resident, Steve Dimaio, made sure the batteries were cycled often during the event. I think this eBandit is his latest favorite. Steve won the "Best Electric Jet Performance" trophy. Congrats!
   
Gerardo Diaz finished his Skymaster Cougar just in time for the event.  He uses a Cheetah 140 for power.
   
Rei Gonzalez is very pleased with the performance his Cheetah provides in the 1:6th scale BVM F-16.
   
Barry Hou is officially the master of the Skymaster F-14. Barry used all 18 channels on the DX18.
   
I made sure to get plenty of stick-time on the factory eBandit. Since I was still on Eastern time, flying at sunrise was the norm.
   
Steve and I tried some formation flights with the BVM Cougar and the BVM Sabre.
   
Roger Ko is caught securing the hatch on his KingTech K-60G powered Sabre Jet. This is a perfect combo; easy to transport and easy to fly.
   

   

Ron Ivaldi brought his two new jets, the Bandit and BobCat. Ron let me exercise each one several times throughout the event.

   
Roger Ko enjoys his new P-120 powered KingCat.  This is a perfect weekend jet.
   
Gonzalo Martinez is pleased with his Skymaster A-10. Gonzalo has added subtle details to the aircraft and has dialed in his flying.
   
Ken McSpadden preparing the cameras for another formation flight with Mike Adams. This duo is very well practiced. They make formation flying look easy, even the smoke is synchronized. How do they do it?
   
   


Photo from Miramar Air Show

   
Marcos Liu took the BVM Cougar for a spin, I think he liked it!
   
Dr. Ken Wagner and Col. Thacker were seen on the flight line often. "Wags" had a great time flying his Bandit ARF.
   
BVM is well represented in Southern California by these three active turbine and electric builders and pilots. Thank you Roger, Steve, Gregg for your hard work and constant support.
   
 Dan Avilla just completed another flight with his trusty BVM 80" F-86.
   
I really enjoyed flying and buddy boxing the BVM Cougar. This one uses a JetCat P-100RX for power. 7 minute flights are typical. The Cougar is a very stable aircraft with no bad habits in the landing pattern.
   
Gerardo and Steve flew Sabres in formation. One electric (12S), the other turbine (K-60) powered. Good show!
   
Mark Ferreira of Dinogy Lipos flew his early Aggressor II.
   
Shaun Robee won the "Rookie of the Year" award with his KingCat.
   
Ron Derhacopian treated many of us to Carne Asada and Chicken Fajitas. Ron is an amazing chef as well as a modeler. Thanks Ron!
   

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