Latest F5J World Championships (WC) News

For the latest info on the F5J 2019 WC please refer to this RC Groups thread:  First F5J WC 2019


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 is actively involved in planning for this effort, including work on securing WC approval for F5J with the AMA.

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 are a number of formalities that have to be worked through before the AMA accepts F5J as a new WC competition format. The F5J USA Tour is working to navigate through these processes with the goal of F5J being approved in time for a Team Selects event to be conducted in 2018.

AMA Team Selects pilot interest list. In order for the AMA to approve F5J as a supported event there are a number of requirements to be satisfied. One of them is to provide a list of AMA pilots that are seriously interested in participating in a Team Selection event. In order to satisfy this requirement we need to collect the names, AMA numbers and email addresses for interested pilots. We will be conducting this survey through August 31, 2017. Note that this is NOT a registration for the F5J TS Event, but is a list of interest. If you are interested and seriously considering participation in the F5J TS event to be held at a TBD location in 2018, you can add your name to the list at

Team Selects

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. Once F5J has been accepted by the AMA a formal Team Selection committee will be formed and will be responsible for determining the format and location(s) for the Team Selects process.

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 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.