The 2014 XFC was held at the Academy of Model Aeronautics Headquarters in Muncie, Indiana once again. It is always a great place to have the event in the wide open site! This year was the 12th anniversary event. It took place June 13th-15th. This year was a little different in the criteria and format. Instead of doing the usual 4-Minute Known choreographed to music with three required known maneuvers and the 4-Minute Freestyle, this year there was a 3-Minute Known, a 3-Minute Freestyle, and a 3-Minute Smack. The Known included four maneuvers and was not flown to music. The knowns were pretty interesting because of the no music and uniqueness of the maneuvers:
2014 XFC Airplane Known Maneuvers
Flown in the order listed!! The competitor must complete all maneuvers in his 3 minute flight window. If a maneuver is not completed, it will be a downgrade to his overall score.
The model enters inverted from either direction. Centered in front of the pilot, the model performs 2 consecutive flat spins (1 in each direction). Immediately following the second spin, the model performs an outside waterfall back to inverted. The model immediately performs 2 flat spins (1 in each direction) as performed in the beginning of the maneuver.
Judging will be based on:
The model enters upright from either direction. Centered in front of the pilot, the model enters a loop, performing (1 roll - integrated) in the first 180 degrees. At the top of the loop, the model slows down and executes (1) outside waterfall (inverted to inverted). After the waterfall, the model completes the second half of the loop with (1 roll - integrated) in the opposite direction.
Judging will be based on:
Four point roll with opposite snaps
The model enters the sequence with a positive snap followed by the 1st of a 4 point roll in the opposite direction to knife edge. At this 90 degree point, the model then performs an (opposite) positive snap back to knife edge and then executes the 2nd of the 4 points to inverted. The model then executes a negative snap roll followed by a ¼ roll to the 3rd point which ends up in knife edge. The maneuver then continues with an opposite negative snap roll to knife edge, and then executes a ¼ roll to upright followed by a positive snap back to upright. All roll directions are the same, and all snap directions are the same but in the opposite direction. Each snap roll is 360 degrees, and each roll is 90 degrees.
Complete Use of the Flight Envelope Utilizing the Exploitation of Aerodynamic and Gyroscopic Forces (20K)
Execution of Individual Maneuvers (50K)
Wide Variety of Figures Flown on Different Axes and Flight Paths (30K)
Pleasing and Continuous Flow of Figures with Contrasting periods of Dynamic and Graceful Maneuvers (30K)
Overall Positioning (20K)
Here is my final freestyle flight from the Sunday Finals thanks to Fred Midgett from Higher Plane Productions. The Extreme Flight 104 Extra is a freestyle monster and performed perfectly each flight in the knowns, unknowns, and the smack!:
The Smack was new this year and it also was 3-Minutes. This flight was designed to let the pilots go out and wring it out. There was no criteria on using the whole airspace or positioning. Music wasn't even required so there was no score on choreography or flow. The criteria was Precision (50K), Wow Factor (50K), and Wide Variety (40K).It was a very fun round to watch and the pilots had to push themselves to their best ability every flight. There were many close calls and sometimes there were pilots who pushed it a little too much. Here is a video of my Final Smack Flight courtesy of Fred Midgett from Higher Plane Productions:
2014 XFC Final Results:
1. Jase Dussia
2. Gabriel Altuz
3. Spencer Nordquist
4. RJ Gritter
5. Devin McGrath
6. Joe Smith
7. Ben Batts
8. Chris Hass
9. Johnathan Jennings
10. Jacob Pollack
11. Zach Bloomquist
12. Kal Reifsnyder
13. Andrew Ritschel
14. Michael Leonard Jr.
15. Chris Thorpe
16. Jacob Ramsey
17. Matt Britt