2013 marked the launch of a new Europe wide challenge for the FAI Free Flight mini power class F1J, this now complements the challenges already in place for the rubber F1G and glider F1H classes.


The idea was to raise the profile of F1J on a European basis and encourage participation in what is an exciting and relatively cost effective class. It works in a similar way to the F1G and F1H versions on a league system run throughout the season. A beautifully crafted bespoke trophy was commissioned and presented to the first ever winner, Mick Lester from the UK.


It is hoped that organisers of events will include the mini classes alongside the senior classes or indeed run dedicated mini contests. All European countries are welcome to participate, as long as the contest is an open event and is publicised in advance. There is no charge to have an event included and once its on the list the top 10 competitors will automatically qualify for points. This year individual competitors will be allowed to count their best 5 results overall for the year.


All events to be included must be logged with Simon Dixon by January 1st of each year and the results after the event sent to Simon for collation. To get your event included please send details to Dixonfamily100@yahoo.co.uk .


The rules for the F1J class are quite simple :-

Minimum weight 160g, maximum engine size 1cc (0.061cu in), 5 second engine run, 2 minute maximum – that’s it.


Whilst most people favour the modern carbon composite construction approach, a balsa / tissue conservatively proportioned model is still a lot of fun with a good engine and there is always a chance of placing well. A good selection of hot engines are available with Cyclon and Fora producing very nice powerful units and quite recently Profi have launched an engine developed from control line flying which seems to be slightly more powerful and lighter than the two previously mentioned. Martin Gregorie’s    website is a good source of data for details of the various engines available – as with any power model the choice of engine is key. www.gregorie.org/freeflight/f1j  



Simon Dixon