Congratulations to Brian S.!
We are so proud to announce that Brian placed 7th and won "Rookie of the Year"!
Checkout footage of his amazing skill with the massive 100cc Slick!
On Saturday, everyone was treated to a Night Fly Competition. Flights choreographed to music and Fireworks. Brian really tore up the sky and his custom lighting looked great on his RedwingRC 50cc Extra 330! Check out the images from the Night Fly!
We asked Brian to answer a couple of questions and give us some thoughts on the experience of competing at XFC and here is what he had to say:
Redwing RC asked: What do you think of the overall experience of competing at XFC?
Brian Strachan responded: Overall XFC was a very positive experience for me. When I first learned I was on the list to compete I was ecstatic. While I was aware that the road of preparation ahead of me would be long, I was blown away that I finally had the chance to make it to such a well known event. When I arrived at XFC on Thursday before competition, the atmosphere was healthy and fun. I shook hands of old friends, met new ones and began practicing. Over the next few days I built relationships and had experiences I will never forget. Being able to compete among some of the best pilots in the country is nothing small. While nerves and feelings get in there, most everything I felt was happy and totally fulfilling. I am extremely glad I went!
RWRC: Both of you young men have your priorities of school. Since it’s so close to the end of the school year how much time did you get on the airframe before the event?
BS: Before XFC I was able to get around 50 flights on the airframe. Despite making constant hardware and setup changes I was able to lock down a pretty good idea of how the plane was flying before hand. On top of the continual changes, I managed to fracture my wrist earlier in the year which drastically diminished the amount of flying I could do. Regardless, I feel like my preparation with the plane was solid.
RWRC: There are lots of pilots that would aspire to do what you did this past weekend. What is the most important advice you would give to a new pilot wanting to compete?
BS: To any new pilot competing or even finally making it to XFC as I did, focus upon organization. Have your plane ready to go. Have tools where they should be. Make sure your equipment is up to par and put where it needs to be. The XFC is a mentally and physically demanding event. The amount of stress you and your equipment will face can be considerably diminished by being totally set straight before your wheels even begin turning to head to Champaign.
RWRC: We are excited to know, are you planning to compete again?
BS: Absolutely! The XFC was far too fun and challenging not to return. I was thrilled with my making it into the finals on my first try at XFC. The memories I made and the things I learned only make me yearn to come back next year and do even better. If all things go accordingly, I will certainly come back to the XFC.
RWRC: Is there anything else you would like to add?
BS: I'd like to thank my Mother most of all. She has been my biggest supporter and the largest reason any of this has been possible. She's truly amazing.
I'd also like to thank: Gary ford for his unending support for me
Tim & Heather at Redwing for allowing me to work with and represent them
Ed Valls for helping me get my aircraft and equipment to 100%
And my sponsors -VP Racing Fuels -Jordan Morse @ Mad Fab -RC Redwing RC
Congratulations to all of the XFC competitors especially Jase Dussia and Nick Maxwell. Y'all were impressive and truly fun to watch!