1st Igor Dementiev-visit from Moldava (current European Champ)
2nd Mark Rudner
3rd Mike Willcox
4th Andy Mears
37 Pilots. Full double.
Very smooth contest.
Our RC club hosted this contest. Very pleasant. Nice covered pavalion with work benches.
Both days club kitchen was a big plus with burgers, dogs, bake beans and potato salad.
I had great help with judges: Chris Hess, Neal Rose, and Allan Green. Muffy Rudner (Chuck's wife and Mark's Mom) and my son Michael's future better half, Marina, did all the match posting and behind scenes work/
I did the "forestry tape" streamers with enhanced tab (5" piece folded back three times to make approx 1" tab) and this wrapped with strapping tape which had opposing 45 degree angles to help with stress failures as pictured in rule book.
Only one DQ for shutoff failure. The new rule of CM doing a grounding of both pilots when in a line tangle is a disaster.
Did a 5 column 40 person matrix which was "massaged" a few time to make a better contest.
My RC club members I think enjoyed this "new" aspect of the hobby.
Houston F2D - May 1st and 2nd
Our man, Mister Mark Rudner, had a very impressive finish
Mark beat the reigning f2d world champion
(and only lost by a hair to the current European f2d champion),
both of whom came from Moldova in Eastern Europe to compete.
There were 37 contestants, including most of the
US and Canadian teams for the upcoming world championships.
Lots of great matches.
Report below from Pat Wilcox
The trophy winners were Igor Dementiev (1st), Mark Rudner (2nd) and Mike Wilcox (3rd)
The photos below are from the final match
Houston F2D Combat-May1&2, 2010; 36 Pilots; Full Double Elimination
Blackwell, Steve-10248919th-tie Cleveland, George-342115th-tie Culachkin, Stas-Moldava9th tie Delgado, Arnie-Mex1004D27th-tie Dementiev, Igor-Moldava1st DeVeuve, Allen-12584813th-tie Edwards, Dave-9734427th-tie Ellison, Derek-69309019th-tie Ellison, Josh-69308819th-tie Haury, Lester-1790619th-tie Hebestreit, Kevin-85956727th-tie Johnson, Jeff-1574013th-tie Lopez, Richard-L-0727th-tie LaPoint, Brad-MAAC-527th-tie Lovgren, Dave-MAAC-117619th tie MacKenzie, Pat-MAAC-8177L9th tie Mears, Bobby-4788113th-tie Melnikov, Yaoslav-MAAC-8052013th-tie Minor, Carey-6381519th-tie Nadein, Andrey-56752527th-tie Owen, David-9673013th-tie Plunkett, Pete-3870419th-tie Prokofiev, Alex-87970527th-tie Quezada, Arial-Mex-6003D27th-tie Quezada, Fred-Mex-6002D27th-tie Rennick, Alex-86584827th-tie Rudner, Chuck-187465th-tie Siegler, Tom-7312419th tie Silva, Leonardo-7951213th-tie Stubblefield, Richard-1764819th-tie Voytenkov, Alexseyi-9227535th-tie Willcox, Michael-332643rd Williams, Howard-22661619th-tie Wornell, Greg-795125th-tie
Pat Willcox-CD (part time relief other capacities)
Judges-Neal Rose, Allan Green, Mike Moreland
Admin: Muffy Rudner , Marina