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<< Blue Skies Over Arizona F3K Event >>

Charles Martin

Contest Format

Traditional F3K and e-F3K planes (1.5-meter wingspan, aka F5K) are welcome. There will be separate F3K and e-F3K scoring. Fly together, score separately.

12 preliminary rounds - 8 rounds Saturday and 4 rounds Sunday.

4 rounds of flyoffs on Sunday. The Flyoffs will be made up of the top 30% from each class of plane up to a total of 10 pilots.

NOTE: e-F3K planes will be fully integrated into the contest and will fly the same tasks as F3K planes. 

e-F3K planes must set their AMRT's for a 50m launch cut-off and 7 second motor run. To perform a turnaround, e-F3K pilots may either catch or land their planes
. 1S or 2S Lipo only.


OPEN - any pilot under the age of 60 flying a hand-launch glider (F3K) for the entire contest.

EAGLE - any pilot 60 years or older flying a hand-launch glider (F3K) for the entire contest. If you are 60
 at the time of the contest, then you can register as an Eagle. 

MOTO - any pilot flying a motorized 1.5-meter glider (e-F3K, F5K) for the entire contest. 


The contest will be run using the F3xVault, and all scores will be visible to everyone after the official contest start. We will use paper tickets to document flight times and record using smartphones. Every round will be audited before scores are uploaded.

Start/End Times

Pilots meeting 8am both days - first flight soon after. We aim to have the contest completed no later than 2:30 pm on Sunday.


SWSS contests are known for their awards. In 2023 the Blue Skies ushered in a whole new level of award. A traveling award called THE BELT:

The BELT features engraving plates on each side of the center plate for recording each year’s hand- launch winner. Upon completion of the contest, SWSS will have the belt engraved and forwarded to the victor so it may appear in the winner’s countless social media posts and selfies. It is required that the holder of the belt either return to defend it (preferred) or ship it back to SWSS so it may be awarded at the next Blue Skies.

Be sure that the inaugural 2023 winner Joseph Dougherty will return to defend the belt. It means more to him than all his other worldly possesions!

There will be awards of recognition for 1st through 10th place in hand-launch and 1st through 3rd place in eF3K.


On-site RV (no hookups) and tent camping are welcomed. The nearest town to the flying site is Maricopa, a 15 minute drive to the east of the ranch. Visit our club's Location page for Silent Wings Ranch details and nearby accommodations that are 20 to 45 minute drive from the ranch. Use the Expedia link to see the nearest hotels.


Lunch will be provided Saturday and Sunday as part of the entry fee.

Field Access for Practice

Silent Wings ranch will be accessible to all contest pilots starting Friday, December 6, at 10am.

Site Weather

We have a weather station on site and are tied into other weather services. See weather resources on our Weather page.

Note: SWSS Member Discount applies to this contest. See Benefits of Membership 
Saturday, December 7, 2024, 8:00 AM until Sunday, December 8, 2024, 2:30 PM
Silent Wings Ranch
See Silent Wings Ranch Info
Maricopa, AZ  85139

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Charles Martin
Edward LaCroix
Multiple Day Event
Registration is required before Tuesday, December 3, 2024 at 11:59 PM
Payment in Full In Advance Or At Event
Registration cancellations will be accepted until Friday, December 6, 2024 at 11:59 PM
Cancellation Policy:
We provide refunds for events if you cancel before the specified cancellation cutoff date and time. In this case the deadline matches that of registration close.