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NATS Information - From Jerry Budd, Nats Event Director (updated 7/17/2024)

As we get additional information about the Nationals, we'll post it here.

 

July 29 - August 2, 2024

AMA International Aeromodeling Center

5161 E. Memorial Dr., Muncie, IN 47302

 

7.6.2024

Please be aware that registration has CLOSED.

We have 69 contestants total with the following breakout by class:
 
  2 - Sportsman
  3 - Intermediate
14 - Advanced
28 - Masters
22 - F3A

 

Each contestant will receive two T-shirts commemorating the event.  One T-shirt from AMA with the Nats logo on it, and one from NSRCA that is (Pattern) specific to our event.

For the NSRCA T-shirt, please send me your shirt size (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL) after you complete registration on the AMA site.  Please include your name, shirt size, class, AMA#, and cell phone # in an email to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If you want an additional shirt ($15) include that in your email (and the size if different than the first shirt).  Failing to do so may result in you not receiving an NSRCA T-shirt in your size!

 

Nat's Notes

I've created a series of Nat's Notes containing information of general interest to both competitors and supporters.  I will add updated Notes as additional information becomes available.  Check back often!

Nat's Notes - 6.6.2024 - Initial document containing an overview of the Nat's schedule and general information.

Nat's Notes - 7.6.2024 - An overview for the contestants who registered for the event.  This is the info that was emailed out to them on 7.5.2024.

 

6.10.2024 - This was in an email from Yolanda at AMA that I received a while back and managed to overlook (sorry!).  If you're planing on camping onsite you should probably consider looking into this (as well as everyone else).

As discussed we are moving forward and trying a new platform to use for communication so if you haven’t already done so,  please be sure to join AMA Muncie Flying Site camping & Event BAND Group  https://band.us/n/a7a60ezbb6l2V.  

This communication platform will not only be used for Nats but, also will be used to share and post import information such as schedules changes, weather forecast, food vending location ect.. for all events that are held here at the IAC.  So please encourage your groups and contestants to join this platform.

As always if you have any questions, please let me know.

Yolanda

 

Lots of people asking how can they tell who's registered so far:  Current Registration by Class

 

6.28.2024 - From Colleen Pierce at AMA regarding the Team Selection Program:  "I have attached the Entry Form with payment needed. All I really need is payment in order to get you entered into the program, feel free to give me a call next week."

 

Judge Certification

Please note that the US Nationals judging assignments are largely staffed by competitors, and that (on average) each entrant is required to judge at least (1) round of the competition.  Failure to do so will result in that competitor to forfeit their highest score in the preliminaries (for Master and F3A), and their highest score of the 8 flown in Sportsman, Intermediate, and Advanced.  As we are flying new sequences in all classes (other than Sportsman), every judge (competitor) is required to take, and pass, the Judge Certification Test.  Failure to pass the test by Midnight (12:00 AM EDT), Tuesday, July 30th, will result in the competitor not being allowed to fly their Round 1 & 2 flights that day.  Failure to pass the test by Midnight (12:00 AM EDT), Wednesday, July 31st, will result in the competitor not being allowed to fly their Round 3 & 4 flights that day (and so on).  If this sounds harsh, please keep in mind that we are depending on competitors to be trained and available to fulfill their judging assignments.  If they are not, we have to locate acceptable replacement judges on very short notice.  Please help avoid this unpleasant situation by completing the Judge Certification requirement as early as possible.  Also note that NSRCA members can take the test for free as part of their membership.  If one is not an NSRCA member, there is a $5 fee to take the exam.  If for some reason you are having difficulty taking the exam, please contact Chief Judge This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or myself (info in the Org Chart below) for assistance.

Note - We've received a report that attempting to take the exam with an iPad was unsuccessful, until they switched to a MacBook.

 

Please note that there is a recent rule interpretation update published by the Judging Committee regarding the Comet turnaround maneuver flown in the P-24 sequence.  While the example shown is specific to P-24, in general, the interpretation given is also applicable to the Advanced and Intermediate classes.  Also, be aware that additional interpretations for judging takeoff and landing in the AMA classes are in work and will be posted shortly.

Some minor changes to the scheduleWe moved Advanced to the morning to better balance the judging assignments across the classes.  Accordingly, that means that Sportsman and Intermediate will fly in the afternoon, which will provide slack time in the schedule in case of weather delay.  Also, processing for the Event Staff flying in the contest will be at 8 AM on Monday, July 29th.  Once we have processed the Event Staff that are flying in the event, processing will be opened up for everyone else (likely between 8:30 and 9 AM).

Banquet TicketsThere has been some misunderstanding about the Banquet Tickets that were available for purchase when the pilots registered.  A Banquet Ticket is automatically included in each competitor's registration fee.  You only need to purchase an additional ticket if another person (non-competitor) will be attending the banquet with you (spouse, child, travel companion, etc).  If you purchased additional tickets by accident when you registered, I'd suggest checking with others in need of a ticket, listing your extra ticket(s) as available on social media, a 4-Sale sign at processing, etc).  Please note that additional banquest tickets will be available for purchase at the Pilot's Meeting, 6 PM, Monday, July 29th, as well as during the week.

 

Note - To avoid any confusion regarding who the 2024 Nats Team is, and what everyone is doing, I have created the following Organization Chart.

 2024 Nats Team Org Chart

Event Schedule

RC Aerobatics - Sites 1, 3 & 4

Monday, July 29

Event Registration and Model Processing, 9:00 AM - 3 PM, McCullough Center

Ice Cream Social, 5 PM, McCullough Center  -  Sponsored by Rusty & Tom Dose

Pilots Meeting, 6 PM, McCullough Center

Tuesday, July 30

8 AM - 12 PM, Site 1 & Site 3, FAI (406), Preliminary Rounds 1 & 2

8 AM - 12 PM, Site 4, Advanced (403), Rounds 1 & 2

1 PM - 5 PM, Site 1 & Site 3, Masters (404), Preliminary Rounds 1 & 2

1 PM - 3 PM, Site 4, Sportsman (401) and Intermediate (402), Rounds 1 & 2

NSRCA "Get Together", 7 PM, location TBD

Wednesday, July 31

8 AM - 12 PM, Site 1 & Site 3, FAI (406), Preliminary Rounds 3 & 4

8 AM - 12 PM, Site 4, Advanced (403), Rounds 3 & 4

1 PM - 5 PM, Site 1 & Site 3, Masters (404), Preliminary Rounds 3 & 4

1 PM - 3 PM, Site 4, Sportsman (401) and Intermediate (402), Rounds 3 & 4

Thursday, August 1

8 AM - 12 PM, Site 1 & Site 3, FAI (406), Semifinal Rounds 1 & 2

8 AM - 12 PM, Site 4, Advanced (403), Rounds 5 & 6

1 PM - 5 PM, Site 1 & Site 3, Masters (404), Preliminary Rounds 5 & 6

1 PM - 3 PM, Site 4, Sportsman (401) and Intermediate (402), Rounds 5 & 6

7 PM - Finals Announcement, McCullough Center

Immediately after the Finals Announcement Meeting Ends - FAI Finalists Equipment Impound (registered fuselages), McCullough Center

Friday, August 2

7:30AM - 8:30 AM FAI Finalists Equipment Impound Release, McCullough Center

8:30 AM - 3 PM, Site 1, FAI (406) Finals Rounds 1, 2, & 3

8:30 AM - 3 PM, Site 3, Masters (404) Finals Rounds 1, 2, & 3

8:30 AM - 12 PM, Site 4, Advanced (403) Rounds 7 & 8

12 PM – 3 PM, Site 4, Sportsman (401) and Intermediate (402) Rounds 7 & 8

Awards Banquet, Horizon Convention Center, 401 S High St, Muncie, IN 47305

6 PM Doors & Bar Open

8 PM Dinner Served (Desert Served After Meal)

8:30 PM Program Begins

10:00 Bar Closes

10:30 PM Event Ends

 

Updated - 7.17.2024

The following information is for the 2024 AMA Precision Aerobatics Nationals.  Please click on the document to display the information.  If you click the NATS News logo above you'll be taken to the AMA NATS News page.  NOTE - The following links are for information that we hope to provide as it becomes available.  If you click a link and get an Error page, it simply means the information is not yet available.

 

Judging Assignments

Flight Orders

Semi-Finals and Finals Flight Orders

F3A Unknowns

 

Results will be posted after the day's flights have been completed.

 

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Pilot Reports
Sportsman Sportsman Sportsman Sportsman
Intermediate  Intermediate Intermediate Intermediate
Advanced  Advanced Advanced Advanced
Masters  Masters Masters Finals Masters
F3A  F3A Semi Finals F3A Finals F3A