event is unique in Aeromodeling. It's specifically
for electric jets, during a perfect time of year in Ohio, at
a perfect model club facility, operated by a most
energetic and enthusiastic club that truly makes attendees
from around the world feel welcome. The "Torks" like electric
jets, and so does BVM!
Our 28ft Feather-Lite Trailer and Explorer Van hauled 11
ready-to-fly EVF powered jets to Grove City and we flew
all but one F-80. It's sister ship the T-33, was
just recently finished, so it consumed my attention.
That attention to perfection did pay off. BVM's
E-Jets dominated the large jet category with 24
registered entries and controlled the airspace most of
the time. There were "zero" problems with EVF power
systems at the event.
The "Torks" noontime airshow is a key element in their good
neighbor policy with a patriotic sky jumper act and a
"Ranger" helicopter candy drop for the little ones.
This effort helps the local spectators get involved
in the spirit of jet model aviation. We then put
on a impressive electric jet demo highlighted by Sabres
and MiG's in a formation routine.
The Scale Event
"Torks" wanted to promote the value of larger scale "E"
powered jets that can fly a 6+ minute flight with as
many as 10 maneuvers similar to a Top Gun routine.
The "wow" factor bonus points were awarded for
builder/pilot applied skin details and finish plus
mechanical options such as: retracts, gear doors, flaps,
speed brakes, tank drop, etc. The scoring system
allowed factory painted ARF's to compete, but gave
advantage to the "builder and finisher" of the model
entries. The pilots who actually participated
agreed that this system and scoring were fair and
enjoyed the low key nature of the event.
The Speed Runs
event emphasizes technology and pilot skills and the
ground rules are set by the event hosts with
considerations for safety, the wind, and surrounding
houses, barns, e.t.c. The qualification runs at E-Jets were
accomplished with a steady 10 mph headwind. The
top 5 qualifiers then had to fly consecutive upwind and
downwind passes to establish a best 2 way radar clocked
average. Again, the pilots who actually
participated in the event were pleased with the
procedures and satisfied with the results.
The top 3 speedsters were 100% BVM products with ThunderPower 65C
batteries. We actually ran the exact same set-ups
as we did last year. Our speeds were down a bit.
The wind and atmospheric conditions can easily account
for a 5-10 mph difference. There was also no
challenge to increase the Watts. From this manufactures'
point of view, speed runs demonstrate efficiency of
design and therefore reinforce our customer's confidence
in their decision to buy BVM.
We know that our customers want reliability and flight time and
therefore our 10s and 12s EVF's are designed to draw a
maximum of 115 amps. When matched with light
weight and efficient airframes, the customer benefits.
High amperage E.D.F.'s waste flight time, batteries, and
money. A "Slug" that flies for 3 minutes
or less is
of little value to most jet pilots. See below for
Speed Run results.