The 2019 Heli Extravaganza Sliding Auto Contest
This should be amusing!
Ready for a break from piro flips, hurricanes, and inverted auto overspeeds? Something relaxing and amusing? Random RC is sponsoring a Sliding Autorotation Contest at the 2019 Heli Extravaganza at the Triple Tree Aerodrome. There's no cost to enter and you get a cool T-shirt for participating.
Sign Up Now**You can sign up for the contest at the event but if you want a T-shirt, you must register before September 15th, 2019
The Contest Rules
*This method eliminates the need for spotters and marking the initial touchdown point.
All three winners will receive:
Expert Instruction and Practice - You can DO this!
OK, so maybe you can do autos but you're not completely comfortable about it. Or you're pretty comfortable with autos but you've never slid one. Well, we have two guys who can help you.
On Friday during the event Robert Montee and Steve O'Connor will demonstrate their skills at sliding autos and will provide one-on-one instruction on the techniques you'll want to learn to do massive sliding autos. Together, they'll get you not just comfortable, but ready for the Saturday contest. (And if Robert and Steve are feeling really frisky, maybe we can get them to ski the pond 😎
Skis? Why Skis?
Because you can slide like a monster, farther than you've ever slid before. OK, this silliness started several years ago and was made famous by one of our Instructor Pilots, Steve O'Connor, who successfully skied the POND at Triple Tree. Then, Raja Bortcosh asked for some wider skis that would allow him to ski on snow with his gassers. One thing led to another and here we are.
The skis are 1/16" thick aluminum, 2-3/4" wide. They'll add about 320 grams to your heli. There's a spreader between the skis that keeps them flat to the bottom of the heli—preventing them from rotating in flight (ask me how we learned this was important).
We've got set ups for pretty much anything you bring to the contest, including 8mm, 9mm, 10mm, and 12mm skid pipes as well as Goblin-style CF skids. We've even got a special set up for Diabolo and TDR CF skids. We'll have enough sets of skis to keep guys flying their practice runs and the contest runs without waiting. And of course the winners get to take theirs home.