Maine Jet Rally 2014


SEPTEMBER 6, 2014 - SANFORD, ME - The Maine Jet Rally was a four day extravaganza that featured radio control airplanes, of all types, with an emphasis on RC jets. There was also RC helicopters, off-road RC car racing, model rockets, control-line flying and last, but not least demos featuring real air show pilots. The New England Combat Association was privileged to receive an invitation to run a control line combat contest as part of Saturday’s schedule. Participation in this event, which attracted thousands of people, exposed what we do to a wide cross section of people, who already have an interest in aviation. The weather was very warm, partly sunny with a strong breeze.

Following the first round Chris Sarnowski and Neil Simpson were in the lead each posting two cut 725 point wins. In round two Chris and Neil flew to a one cut apiece draw leaving them tied atop the leader board at the halfway point. In round three Neil flew Joe Fustolo to a 410 point draw while Chris and Paul Kubek were posting the same score.  As a result Neil and Chris remained tied and in the clear contest lead. The final two matches would determine the winner. In the first of these matches Joe and Chris flew to 510 point draw. This seemed to leave the door open for Neil as he faced off with Brian Stas in the final match. Brian had been having a bad day due to a variety of circumstances that have humbled all of us in various matches and at various contests, however in this match Brian would not be denied getting the best of Neil three cuts to one. When the cumulative scores were tallied Chris had finished first, Neil second and Paul Kubek, who had flown steady all day, was third.

Thank you to Ray and Robin’s Hobby Center and all the great sponsors of this year’s Maine Jet Rally. There support and financial considerations allowed for our participation in this event. Thank you to Ara Dedekian who was the point man, not only for our event, but for the control line activity that spanned all four days of the air show. Thank you to Sandy Schmidt who cd’ed the control line venue. To everyone on the organizational side please know that our group is very grateful to have been part of the show.

Maine Jet Rally 2014
Formula GX Combat
5 contestants
10 matches (1 mid-air)

Chris Sarnowski-Bedford, MA2155pts
Neil Simpson-East Brookfield, MA 2055pts
Paul Kubek-Brockton, MA     1735pts
Joe Fustolo-Stoughton, MA   1730pts
Brian Stas-Kingston, MA1640pts

The top three were Chris Sarnowski (1st), Neil Simpson (2nd) and Paul Kubek (3rd)

photos courtesy of Brian Stas