hard fought, but after an initial error in
calculating the results, Kyle Stacy became
the first champion in the history of the
event to successfully defend his title.
Another IRCHA competition I never miss
is the Speed Cup, in which competitors fly
through speed gates vying for the highest
average east and west speeds. There are
now classes for Unlimited, Pro Modified,
Sportsman, and Mini. In the Unlimited
class, 2013 champion Oliver Jellen returned
to the winners’ circle, flying his brand-new
Henseleit TDS to a final average of 177mph.
His fastest pass was a jaw-dropping
182.6mph. Second place was Chen Kun
Hsuang of Taiwan, flying a Minicopter
Diabolo-S, and third went to Robert Sixt of
Germany, also flying a TDS.
The final contest of the weekend was
the Saturday night fly. As with last year,
the format made the pilots anonymous,
and voting was done online using a
QR code supplied in the each pilot’s
packet. While there were some
outstanding routines, Dunkan Bossion
was voted the winner for his awesome
I attend flying events all over the country,
and I can honestly say the IRCHA
Jamboree is like nothing else. If you’ve
never been, you owe it to yourself to go,
and I hope to see you there next year. I’ll be
the guy without a surgical boot.
Are you kidding? Kyle Stacy climbed on the Iron
Throne to wow the crowd with a 3D routine in
FPV goggles. As if that weren’t enough, his Goblin
700 had four solid rocket motors. Later, Kyle’s
crew catapulted another Goblin 700 out of a large
box, and after a dazzling flight, he landed it back
in the box!
Left: I was really excited to see Gaui’s new R5 speed design.
The R5 is designed for the new “Mini B” class and turns Halo
580 blades with a 520kV Scorpion motor. I particularly like
the pivoting keel that rotates 90 degrees to act as a landing
skid. Mitch Morazos put on a terrific display, showing the R5’s
abilities from low-speed acro to howling speed runs.
Above: The Speed Cup is one of my favorite events. Germany’s
Oliver Jellen regained the championship, flying his brand-new
Henseleit TDS. Olli clocked an unofficial world-record average
of 177mph, and he made one pass at 182.6mph!