I am an outdoor R/C [pylon racer. I had never done indoor. I know what I know now from coaching these kids, starting in 2016 with WS. I coach mid and high school teams flying events, because I was the only Dad that knew anything about flying! The kids then wanted to try AMA competition (mainly because I had 6 kids wanting to fly and only 2 per team could compete), so we built LPP's last Spring and competed in Eager AZ. I built one, but was so busy cutting rubber and advising the kids, I got 4 flights in 3 long days.
Due to our strong victory in WS this year, we were encouraged to try out for US Junior Team. Again. not knowing anything, I relied heavily on advice from people like Mike Kirda, Dave Lindley, Brett Sanborn, and Kang Lee to buy stuff, arrange builds, and learn how to fly. The kids started F1D builds in mid August, and just completed. I would love to build one myself, but there was no time. It took about 50 hours per plane, and each kid built 2 planes.
These kids are SOLD OUT to flying. I have explained to them they MUST do well in all other events so we can make it to Nationals. So they put in the effort, just so they can get to Nationals and fly. Because of the F1D commitment, I have 4 returning HS kids, as I did not want to take on new kids with a short WS schedule this year. Three of these kids are doing F1D, and all four do LPP. Being from NM, getting past State is not as great a challenge as, say, Michigan, but it is also not a given. The AMA competition gives a fallback if we do not make Nationals.
It is a VERY different competition. There is not the 8-minute clock, you can focus all day (or multiple days) one one class of competition, and put in 6 or more official flights (depending on the contest).
The Junior team trials are Oct. 12-14 at Lakehurst Hanger 1 (Think Hindenburg). This has been a MAJOR time and funds commitment. We have logged the building noted above, plus building spare parts, plus over 25 hours in the gym, mostly at 6:30am, testing and learning. I am SO PROUD of these young adults, as they have accomplished everything they set out to do, in a ridiculously short time.
Maybe once we get through this year I can take up Indoor as a hobby!
Coach, Albuquerque Area Home Schoolers Flying Events
2016 C WS 8th place
2018 B WS 2nd place
2018 C Heli Champion
2019 B ELG 3rd place
2019 C WS Champion
AMA Results: 3 AAHS members qualify for US Jr Team in F1D, 4 new youth senior records