The 2019 Heli Extravaganza Sliding Auto Contest
This should be amusing!

It's Free!

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.

Sliding Auto Contest T-Shirt

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 Program

  • Before the Contest: Visit the Pilots’ Lounge for your Official Contest T-Shirt
  • Friday, 10/11/19: Practice and expert (Steve O’Connor & Robert Montee) instruction
  • Saturday, 10/12/19: the Contest (approximately 2 hours)

The Contest Rules

  1. Helicopters must be 550 size or larger.
  2. Each helicopter will have Random RC skis attached to the skids.
  3. Each pilot will fly up to four autos.
  4. The autorotation must begin at or above 50’ AGL (OK, we'll eyeball it).
  5. Initial touchdown must be within the marked 30' long 'touchdown zone.'
  6. (The touchdown zone has a 'foul line.' The helicopter must touch down before the foul line in order for a slide to count.)
  7. Sliding distance is measured from the foul line to the position of the main rotor shaft at the end of the slide.* (Pilots should endeavor to touch down as close to the 'foul line' as possible to have the maximum amount of their slide distance included in their score.)

*This method eliminates the need for spotters and marking the initial touchdown point.

The Winners

  • Longest Single Slide
  • Longest Combined Three Slides
  • Longest Failed Auto 'Tumble' (or debris field)

All three winners will receive:

  • A set of Random RC skis (slightly used) with Skid Clamps mounted to fit their heli,
  • Bragging rights for at least until the next contest.

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 😎

Robert Montee Instructor Pilot at Heli Extravaganza

Robert Montee — Instructor Pilot

Steve O'Connor Instructor Pilot at Heli Extravaganza

Steve O'Connor — Instructor Pilot

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.

Random RC Skis for Sliding Autorotations

See you at the Heli Extravaganza!