Latest F5J World Championships (WC) News
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 has been 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.
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. F5J has been accepted by the AMA and a formal Team Selection committee has been formed. They will be responsible for determining the format and location for the Team Selects event.
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 can come from multiple sources, including the AMA, contributions from product vendors and distributors, funds from the pilots themselves, and funds from team fundraising efforts.