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XFC Was a Success!

Redwing was well represented

Congratulations Brian S. and Tim K.

 


RedwingRC @ XFC!

WHAT A BLAST WE HAD THIS WEEKEND!!!

Redwing RC had TWO pilots in the top 10!!! And boy, did they show up!

As most of you already know the (XFC) Extreme Flight Championships were this past weekend in Champaign, IL. Hosted by the Champaign County R/C Club.

Redwing RC was there to sponsor, participate and represent in this important contest. What may very well be the most important contest in the hobby. So many young men and young women aspire to win this very competitive event.




Our very own Tim Kunath and Brian Strachan (pronounced Strawn) showed up and did their best and we couldn’t be more proud of these two young men. Beyond their piloting skill, they are great ambassadors of the hobby. The way these guys conduct themselves, gives RC flying a good name!

For any who doesn't know; Airplane and Helicopter pilots compete separately in three categories over the course of two days, unless they are one of the lucky finalists. The top 7 finalists compete for first, second and third on the last day. And WOW do they ever compete! You can view coverage of the event below



Even more exciting is the sense of community among the participants! All from different areas, with different strengths, competing against one another for a shot at the podium. If you see them, you think they are just a bunch of friends hanging out together to have fun - because ultimately that’s what this is all about, right?

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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!

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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!

 



Congratulations to Tim K.!

Tim placed in the TOP 10! Way to go!

Tim put on a great show with the RedwingRC 100cc Slick on Friday and Saturday. We are really proud of his achievement!

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We also asked Tim to answer the same questions and share his 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?

Tim Kunath responded: I thought that the XFC this year was awesome and I had a lot of fun. It was nice to see everyone again and the competition was exciting.

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?

TK: I only had less than 20 flights on the plane before the competition and the plane still handled great for me.

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?

TK: For anyone that wants to compete I would tell them to just have fun because you are flying toy airplanes after all, so just have fun with it.

RWRC: We are excited to know, are you planning to compete again?
TK: I am definitely planning on competing again next year.

RWRC: Is there anything else you would like to add?

TK: I would like to thank my mom and dad for allowing me to go to events like this and motivating me. I would also like to thank Tim and Heather at RedwingRC for getting me the airframe for the competition and the rest of Team Redwing for making the competition even more fun than last year.

Congratulations to all the winners and my teammate Brian Strachan.



XFC Coverage

Checkout all the amazing photos and Videos from the weekend.

See everything from the Thursday Hangout to the Saturday Night Fly & Fireworks to the Finial Smackdown! It was an action packed weekend!

A big thanks to Flying Giants and Giant Scale News for collecting some great footage from the weekend event!

We would also like to send out our Congratulations to Jase Dussia, the 2016 XFC 1st Place Winner. Spencer Nordquist, the 2nd Place Winner, and Jonathon Jennings, the 3rd Place Winner. Great flying everyone! We can't wait to see you you all next year.

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