USA 2016 Nationals, Nephi

The USA 2016 Open, 15m, and Standard Class Nationals just finished in Nephi, Utah. JS was in the privileged position to attend this breathtaking event flying with the top USA pilots.

Conditions were really strong, with average tasks speeds of over 100mph on flights exceeding 400mi. Team JS (Uys and AP) were allowed to participate in the Open Class with a JS1-C 21 (1C). Unfortunately, the USA rules only allowed for two foreign pilots, positions already taken by the two other foreigners, interestingly also JS1 owners, Bruce Taylor from Australia and Conrad Harter from Germany.

The JS1-Cs came out on top, with Team JS in the first position (as a guest). Keith Essex, who received his JS1C merely a month ago, took the USA open class gold medal, followed by Dick Butler in his mighty Concordia and Bill Garthrop, in 3rd place.

Dave Coggins (DT) finished in a well-deserved 4th place with Steve Nichols (N1K) in 11th place after losing most points landing back on day 5 with a faulty TE probe.

Congratulations also to the standard class winner, Bif Huss, and the 15m class winner Peter Deane.

Keith Essex also received the trophy for the highest speed in Open class, at 113.2 mi/h.

Although Team JS did not qualify for a real trophy, a well-designed handmade-tinfoil-and-duct-tape trophy was awarded for their fine efforts.
 


 

 

 
 

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