F5J World Championships (WC) News

The USA WC Team website is up and running thanks to the efforts of team manager David Beach.

Get the latest information about the team and their contest schedule on the site. Please also consider making a donation to the team raffle on the site.

Team Selects for 2019 WC

Team Selects is the process of conducting one or more competition events with the goal of defining the team of USA pilots who will fly at the WC event in 2019. The USA Team Selects event was held in Denver on Sept 1-3 2018, details here, results here. Congrats to #1 Oleg Golovidov, #2 Charles Morris, and #3 Jonathan Garber for making the seniors team. Also congrats to #4 Toby Herrera for making it as a team alternate.

F5J WC Overview

As reported on RC Groups by Steve Neu (member of F5J USA Tour advisory group) on May 2, the first-ever FAI World Championships (WC) for F5J was set at the FAI meeting held in April of 2017. The F5J WC will be held August 12 – 17, 2019 in Slovakia for Juniors and Seniors. The F5J USA Tour was actively involved in planning for this effort, including work on securing WC approval for F5J with the AMA and providing program recommendations.


F5J WC approval process with the AMA

The AMA has a formal program for supporting and sponsoring WC teams that includes funding assistance and insurance coverage for Team Selects and WC events. This program is thoroughly explained in the AMA’s World Championship Teams “Blue Book.” It is beyond the scope of this summary to cover all the details but suffice to say there were a number of formalities that had to be worked through but now the AMA has accepted F5J as a new WC competition format.

Funding Options

One of the biggest hurdles for pilots participating in WC events is how to handle the expenses for all members of the team. Since the 2019 WC is in Slovakia there will be significant travel, lodging, and equipment transport expenses. Funding for these expenses comes from multiple sources, including the AMA, contributions from product vendors and distributors, funds from the team raffle, and from the pilots themselves.

Last updated: 12-21-2018