F1J Euro Challenge

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2013 marks the launch of a new Europe wide challenge for the FAI Free Flight mini power class F1J, this will complement the challenges already in place for the rubber F1G and glider F1H classes.

The idea is to raise the profile of F1J on a European basis and encourage participation in what is an exciting and relatively cost effective class. It will work in a similar way to the F1G and F1H versions on a league system run throughout the season. A beautifully crafted bespoke trophy has been commissioned and donated to be presented / posted to the winner to be held for 1 year.

It is hoped that organisers of events for 2013 will include the mini classes alongside the senior classes or indeed run dedicated mini contests. All European countries are welcome to participate, as long the contest is an open event and is publicised in advance. Each Country can submit upto 3 events to be included, with each individual competitor allowed to count their best two results from their home country counting towards their best 5 results overall.

There is no charge to register an event and anyone competing will automatically be entered into the challenge. All events must be logged with Simon Dixon before 15th October 2012 to be included for the 2013 season and all subsequent results after the event sent to Simon for collation. For a full set of rules and to get your event included please send details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The rules for the class are quite simple: Minimum weight 160g, maximum engine size 1cc (0.061 cu in), 5 second engine run, 2 minute maximum – that’s it.

Whilst most people favour the modern carbon composite construction approach, a balsa / tissue conservatively proportioned model is still a lot of fun with a good engine and there is always a chance of placing well. A good selection of hot engines are available with Cyclon and Fora producing very nice powerful units and quite recently Profi have launched an engine developed from control line flying which seems to be slightly more powerful and lighter than the two previously mentioned. Martin Gregorie’s website is a good source of data for details of the various engines available – as with any power model the choice of engine is key. www.gregorie.org/freeflight/f1j

For more details and updates on the F1J Euro Challenge take a look at the website http://f1jeurochallenge.jimdo.com/

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