Wingbuster Fall Fly-Off

NOVEMBER 1, 2009 – 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 seasonably warm, with temperatures well into the fifties.  There was a very warm sun, as the day rolled on, another good day for combat. This year’s event attracted nine pilots, to celebrate  a very successful 2009 Formula GX season.

Round one saw Jeff Vader and Matt Stas get off to the best starts each posting two cut wins.  In round two they matched up in a tremendous match that went the full five minutes Jeff squeakin past Matt two cuts to one. This gave Jeff the conteat lead, however, Matt was still close along with Glenn Simpson who had earned a three cut round two win over Paul Kubek. Brian Stas was also close, however he had the misfortune of drawing Jeff to start round three. Jeff stayed hot earning the win in a match tied at one cut apiece when Brian lost track of where the ground was hiding. Round three also saw Neil Simpson emerge as a contender earning a two cut win over Joe Fustolo in a very well flown match.

Going into round four Jeff had 1970 points, Neil had 1545 points, Matt had 1525 points with Glenn, Paul, Brian and Joe all within striking distance just a hundred or so points behind Matt. Early in round four Joe flew Chris Sarnowski to a 510 point draw while Glenn and Brian were busy eliminating each other chances with a mid-air early in their match. In the semi-final Matt was leading Paul two cuts to one when a mid-air late in the match ended things. In the final Jeff and Neil matched up. After some good action for a minute or so Jeff had an equipment failure that gave Neil an airtime win. The final order of finish was Jeff, Neil, Matt, Joe and Paul. Jake Vader took home the sportsman “gold”.
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. 

Wingbuster Fall Fly-Off
9 contestants ( 7 from MA ) ( 2 from NH )
18 matches - 5 mid-airs

(E) Jeff Vader/Franklin, NH2070pts
(E) Neil Simpson/E. Brookfield, MA  2065pts
(A) Matt Stas/Kingston, MA     1930pts
(E) Joe Fustolo/Stoughton, MA 1730pts
(A) Paul Kubek/Brockton, MA   1620pts
(E) Glenn Simpson/Worcester, MA   1530pts
(A) Chris Sarnowski-Brookline, MA   1435pts
(E) Brian Stas/Kingston, MA    1420pts
(S) Jake Vader/Franklin, NH     1300pts

The trophy winners were Jeff Vader (1st), Neil Simpson (2nd), Matt Stas (3rd)
and Jake Vader (1st Sportsman)

photos below compliments of Jeff Vader