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District IV Represents at FAI World Championships for Space Models

Members from District IV joined space modelers from around the country to represent the USA in the recent FAI World Championships held in Lviv, Ukraine from 8/24- 8/30. The contest consisted of flying multiple space modeling disciplines to determine the best individual and teams in each event. The US team consisted of 39 fliers and supporters, in both the junior (under 18) and senior divisions. Each event category is flown by a team of up to 3 pilots. Each day of the contest has 2 events for the seniors and 2 events for the juniors. The same 8 categories are normally flown: S1- Altitude. Who goes the highest, using an electronic altimeter to score the flights. S3- Parachute duration. Use 2 models to fly 3 times, try and score a 5 minute max. S4- Boost glider duration. A rocket-powered, free-flight glider, 3 minute max. S5- Scale altitude. Model a real rocket, then see who goes the highest, scale score + altitude = place. S6- Streamer duration. Use 2 models to fly 3 times, try and score a 3 minute max. S7- Scale. Build a replica of a real rocket, and make a successful flight. S8- RC rocket glider. Rocket powered thermal seeking gliders. District IV attendees were: Stoil Avramov from MD flying Jr S2P, S3, S4 and S8D Dimitre Avramov from MD as a supporter Jim Filler from MD flying Sr S3 and S5 Kevin Johnson from MD flying Sr S8E John Langford from VA Sr Team Manager Jay Marsh from NC flying Sr S6 Dave O’Bryan from MD flying Sr S4 and S6 Ed Pearson from MD FAI...

RC Rocket Glider Kits

Designer Frank Burke says his design philosopy is simple: “Make things that fly well, are simple to build, and that look like a real airplane or rocketplane.”

Estes Announces 1/45 Scale Little Joe II Re-issue

One of the most sought after model rockets from the “golden era” of kit manufacture is getting a new version. The original Little Joe II version released by Centuri has long been the holy grail for many collectors. Now Estes has created a new version with added detail that will sure to be a big seller. Set to release in late December, the new skill level 4 kit features molded plastic fins, vacuum formed plastic body wraps, detailed escape tower, plastic molded dummy nozzles, and a 25mm motor mount for D12 power. The real Little Joe II was used during the Apollo program to test the escape rockets for the crew capsule. Here are the photos released on http://www.estesrockets.com of the new...

Capitol Cup 2015

An international rocket contest was held September 19-20 at The Plains, Va. Participants from Canada, Bulgaria, and the USA competed in several FAI sanctioned events.

Model Rockets and the AMA

Model Rockets and the AMA

The AMA covers model rockets in its National Model Aircraft Safety Code, so as long as you follow the code, you can enjoy flying model rockets, or using model rocket motors in your RC projects at your local flying field.