Wingbuster Fall Fly-Off


NOVEMBER 4, 2012 – HALIFAX, MA – This year the Wingbuster Club Field in Halifax, Massachusetts was once again 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 sunny and seasonable, with temperatures into the fifties and a moderate breeze. This year’s event attracted eleven pilots to celebrate a successful 2012 Formula GX season.

Round one saw Brian Stas and Neil Simpson get off to the best starts each posting 620 point wins. In round two Brian and Neil flew to a one cut apiece draw to remain very much in contention, however, round two also saw Chris Sarnowski post a two cut win over Joe Fustolo to assume the lead at the halfway point. Round two also saw Ken Hargreaves earn a one cut win over Paul Kubek posting his second good score in the process. At the halfway point Neil, Brian and Ken were just off the pace being set by Chris. Round three started with Neil earning a one cut victory over Chris in a well flown match. Next, Brian got a two cut win over Ken to jump into the contest lead. Going into the final round Brian had 1855 points, followed by Neil (1750 points), Chris (1535 points) with Ken, as well as Paul Kubek and Rick Clark, who were both flying steady, all closely bunched just behind Chris. Early in round four Ken earned a one cut win over Glenn Simpson to assume the clubhouse lead. In the semi-final Neil earned a one cut victory over Paul in an exciting match that went buzzer to buzzer. In the final Brain and Chris squared off. They waged war. Early in the match Brian took all of Chris’ streamer and shortly after that a mid-air ended things. When the scores were tabulated the order of finish was Neil, Brian, Ken, Chris and Paul.             

Thank you to Cecil Horton and the entire Wingbuster Model Airplane Club for the use of their fine facility and for the courtesies extended to us all season long.

Wingbuster Fall Fly-Off
11 contestants (8 from MA) (2 from NH) (1 from ME)
22 matches - 4 mid-airs

(E) Neil Simpson/E. Brookfield, MA2370pts
(E) Brian Stas/Kingston, MA  2055pts
(E) Ken Hargreaves/Worcester, MA       1850pts
(A) Chris Sarnowski/Bedford, MA   1635pts
(A) Paul Kubek/Brockton, MA1630pts
(E) Jeff Vader/Franklin, NH     1435pts
(S) Jake Vader/Franklin, NH   1430pts
(A) Rick Clark/Hingham, MA  1335pts
(E) Glenn Simpson/Worcester, MA1100pts
(E) Joe Fustolo/Stoughton, MA      1040pts
(A) Ara Dedekian/Yarmouh, ME       400pts

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

photos below courtesy of Jeff Vader