Wingbuster Fall Fly-Off


NOVEMBER 2, 2008 – MIDDLEBORO, MA – This year the Wingbuster Club Field in Middleboro, Massachusetts was chosen as the site for our annual post-season contest. In addition to being a great late season Formula GX event, this post season contest has become the forum at which the top finishers in the New England season point championships receive their awards. The weather was seasonable, with temperatures peaking in the forties.  There was a warm sun, as the day rolled on, another good day for combat. This year’s event attracted eleven pilots, to draw down the curtain on a very successful 2008 Formula GX season.

Round one saw Shay Vader get off to the best start posting a three cut win.  In round two Shay matched up with Brian Stas. Brian was ahead two cuts to one when a mid-air in the final minute ended things. Meanwhile Chris Sarnowski used a three cut round two win to move into the contest lead followed closely by Shay and Brian. In round three Shay stayed hot earning an airtime win over Chris. Later in round three, Jeff Vader used a one cut win over Paul Kubek to move into serious contention. Going into round four Shay had 1750 points, Jeff had 1550 points with Brian, Chris, Roy Glenn, Neil Simpson and Joe Fustolo all within striking distance just a hundred or so points behind Jeff. Early in round four Joe posted his third good win in a row with a one cut win over Paul Kubek. Next, Brian and Roy faced off in a match that ended in a mid-air early hurting both their chances. After that, Chris and Neil had a good match going that ended in a mid-air in the final minute. In the finals Shay matched up with her dad, Jeff. They each had a cut but a missed airtime gave Jeff the match and the contest win, as well. The final order of finish was Jeff, Shay and Joe. Shay took home the sportsman “gold” by virtue of her second place finish.
Thank You, from everyone, to Rick Clark, who secured the sanction and helped bring this contest to fruition. Thank you, again this week, to the Wingbuster Model Airplane Club for the use of their fine facility and thanks to all the guys who helped judge the matches, not just on this day, but all year long. 

Wompatuck Fall Fly-Off
11 contestants ( 7 from MA ) ( 3 from NH ) ( 1 fron NJ )
22 matches - 3 mid-airs

(A) Jeff Vader/Franklin, NH    2170pts
(S)  Shay Vader/Franklin, NH2050pts
(E) Joe Fustolo/Stoughton, MA     1960pts
(E) Glenn Simpson/Worcester, MA       1940pts
(E) Neil Simpson/E. Brookfield, MA      1845pts
(S) Chris Sarnowski-Brookline, MA       1740pts
(E) Roy Glenn-Southampton, NJ   1645pts
(A) Brian Stas/Kingston, MA        1540pts
(S) Jake Vader/Franklin, NH         1510pts
(A) Paul Kubek/Brockton, MA       1420pts
(A) Rick Clark/Hingham, MA         810pts

The trophy winners were Jeff Vader ( 1st ), Shay Vader ( 2nd ) and Joe Fustolo ( 3rd )
Shay also took home the Sportsman Division "gold"

Jeff Vader photos