Competition Category F3B

What is F3B?

The FAI has divided model flying into classes and grouped them under the F register. The 3 stands for the fact that the model aircraft are remote-controlled and the B for the fact that they are not powered, i.e. they are gliders. Behind the designation F3B are comprehensive regulations, which are only briefly described here: glider models suitable for use in the F3B class have wingspans of around three metres and a mass of around two kilograms. Such models are partly produced in small series and can be purchased, or they are built by the pilots themselves using state-of-the-art materials. Three different flight tasks must be completed with one and the same model, namely time, distance and speed flight. The first two tasks are flown in groups. In speed flight, one takes off after the other. These three tasks denote one round.

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Start – a dynamic feat of strength. The glider models are started on electric winches. These winches are limited in power to ensure equality of opportunity. The high-launch ropes are made of polyamide and have a diameter of between 1.0 and 1.4 millimetres. Depending on wind, weather and technology, the heights achieved are between 200 and 350 metres. The models are subjected to 30 times the acceleration due to gravity when they are released.

Duration – performance in direct comparison. Up to ten pilots must complete a ten-minute time flight with a final target landing within a twelve-minute time frame. Deviations from the target time as well as an inaccurate landing will result in points being deducted. The best pilot in the group receives 1000 points, the others proportionally less.

Distance – Exciting races. A 150-metre course must be flown through as many times as possible within four minutes. Groups of up to five pilots have seven minutes to make tactical decisions. Acoustic and optical signals indicate to the pilots that a route has been flown through.
Here, too, the best group receives 1000 points.

Speed – Pure nerve. In this task, the 150-metre course must be flown through four times as fast as possible. This task must be completed within a time frame of four minutes. The world record (link: http://www.f3b.de/uploads/Speed-Weberschock-12.93s-019.wmv) is 12.93 seconds, which corresponds to an average speed of 180 km/h. The best pilot will receive the coveted prize.
Here, the best flier receives the coveted 1000 points.

Text: Hans-Peter Gölz (translated by CONTEST)

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F3B results

Preliminary CONTEST results F3B 2022

F3B Hall of fame

Hall of Fame of the CONTEST Eurotour F3B

YearEurotour WinnerNation2. WinnerNation3. WinnerNationWinner ModelNmb of Competitors
1996Göbel, StefanGERKowalski, PeterGERHortzitz, ArminGERViper19
1997Liese, ReinhardGERHofmann, RolandSUIStahl, JoakimSWWEV-Ultra plus119
1998Liese, ReinhardGERGöbel, StefanGERHortzitz, ArminGERV-Ultra plus90
1999Göbel StephanGERPerlick, DieterGERVäisänen, PasiSWEHSW93
2000Liese, ReinhardGERWeberschock, MartinGERDuchesne, DenisBELEstrella264
2001Liese, ReinhardGERKnechtle, StefanSUIHoffmann, PeterAUTEstrella267
2002Böhlen, AndreasSUIKnechtle, StefanSUIHoffmann, PeterAUTSupermaster249
2003Liese, ReinhardGERKnechtle, StefanSUIHirt, WolfgangAUTEstrella294
2004Hortzitz, ArminGERPerlick, DieterGERBöhlen, AndreasSUIEstrella256
2005Hubbertz, PeterGERLiese, ReinhardGERHerrig, MartinGERCaracho 3000251
2006Weberschock, MartinGERBöhlen, AndreasSUIHerrig, MartinGERRadical250
2007Herrig, MartinGERWeberschock, MartinGERHerrig, AndreasGERRadical250
2008Herrig, MartinGERHerrig, AndreasGERBöhlen, AndreasSUIFreeestyler 3256
2009Herrig, AndreasGERHerrig, MartinGERWeberschock, MartinGERFreeestyler 3254
2010Herrig, AndreasGERPölzl, JürgenAUTHerrig, MartinGERFreeestyler 3251
2011CANCELLED
2012Böhlen, AndreasSUIDylla, ThomasGERBaudis, JiriCZEFosa Lift161
2013Böhlen, AndreasSUIKunz, AndreasGERHerrig, AndreasGERFosa Lift184
2014Kunz, AndreasGERDylla, ThomasGERKohout, JanCZEFreeestyler 3152
2015Huggler, NiklausSUIBöhlen, AndreasSUIHerrig, AndreasGERRadical Jazz177
2016Buchert, JensGERHerrig, AndreasGERHerrig, MartinGERFreeestyler 3132
2017Herrig, MartinGERHerrig, AndreasGERBöhlen, AndreasSUIFreeestyler 5141
2018Herrig, AndreasGERWeberschock, MartinGERFrank, ThomasGERFreeestyler 598
2019Herrig, AndreasGERBöhlen, AndreasSUIFrank, ThomasGERFreeestyler 5132
2020Cancelled due to COVID 19
2021Cancelled due to COVID 19

Hall of Fame of the FAI World Championship F3B

YearLocationIndividual ClassmentTeam Classment
1977Vorwoerdburg, RSAMiller USA
Roos RSA
Bannister GBR
USA
GBR
AUT
1979Amay, BELWackerle AUT
Decker, Ralf GER
Spavins SFA
AUT
RSA
NED
1981Sacramento, USAHolley USA
Bannister GBR
Schäffer GER
GER
USA
RSA
1983York, GBRDecker, Ralf GER
Quabeck, Helmut GER
Worral GBR
GER
GBR
AUS
1985Waikerie, AUSDecker, Ralf GER
Worrall GBR
Wasner AUS
GBR
GER
AUT
1987Achmer, GERLiese, Reinhard GER
Hoffmann, Peter AUT
Villani ITA
AUT
GBR
GER
1989Melun, FRAWright, Nic GBR
Hoffmann, Peter AUT
Ten Holt, Joris NED
AUT
NED
GER
1991Sterlet, NEDWurts, Joe USA
Perkins, Darryl USA
Haley GBR
GER
GBR
USA
1993KevarSava, ISRDuchesne, Denis BEL
Wurts, Joe USA
Kowalski, Peter GER
GER
AUT
USA
1995Brasov, ROMPerkins, Darryl USA
Duchesne, Denis BEL
Wurts, Joe USA
USA
GER
AUT
1997Ankara, TURPerkins, Darryl USA
Vaisanen, Pasi SWE
Stahl, Joachim SWE
SWE
GBR
USA
1999Rustenburg, RSAPerkins, Darryl USA
Perlick, Dieter GER
Hofmann, Roland SUI
SUI
GER
FRA
2001Chrudim, CZEPerkins, Darryl USA
Wurts, Joe NZL
Knechtle, Stefan SUI
SUI
GER
SWE
2003Kirchheim, GERBöhlen, Andreas SUI
Väisänen, Pasi SWE
Liese, Reinhard GER
SUI
GER
SWE
2005Lappeenranta, FINBöhlen, Andreas SUI
Herrig, Andreas GER
Liese, Reinhard GER
GER
SWE
USA
2007Emmen, SUIHerrig, Martin GER
Herrig, Andreas GER
Frick, Fiedel LIE
GER
SUI
USA
2009Ivanice, CZEHerrig, Martin GER
Hubbertz, Peter GER
Müller, Stefan SUI
GER
SUI
AUT
2011Laiwu, CHNHerrig, Andreas GER
Herrig, Martin GER
Kunz, Andreas GER
GER
USA
FRA
2013Nardt, GERHerrig, Andeas GER
Herrig, Martin GER
Dylla, Thomas GER
GER
AUT
USA
2015Arnhem, NEDHerrig, Martin GER
Herrig, Andreas GER
Böhlen, Andreas SUI
GER
SUI
SWE
2017Jesenik, CZEFlixeder, Bernhard AUT
Herrig, Andreas GER
Krischke, Johannes GER
AUT
GER
SUI
2019Jesenik, CZEBöhlen, Andreas SUI
Thomas, Frank GER
Kübler, Thomas SUI
SUI
GER
SUI
2021CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 19

Hall of Fame of the FAI World Cup F3B

YearCompetitorNationModel
2011Böhlen, AndreasSUIFosa / Fosa Lift
2012Böhlen, AndreasSUIFosa Lift
2013Böhlen, AndreasSUIFosa Lift
2014Herrig, AndreasGERFreestyler 3
2015Buchert, JensGERFreestyler 3
2016Herrig, MartinGERFreestyler 4 / Freestyler 5
2017Herrig, AndreasGERFreestyler 5
2018Herrig, AndreasGERFreestyler 5
2019Herrig, AndreasGERFreestyler 5
2020Cancelled due to COVID 19
2021Cancelled due to COVID 19

F3B Tourmanager

Thomas Schorb, was born on 28.01.1964 and is a graduate engineer in surveying in real life. He lives near Karlsruhe/Germany and leads the Modellfluggruppe Pfinztal e.V. there. Furthermore he is vice chairman of GPS-Triangle, member of the LOGO-Team and IG F3B Switzerland. He has been doing model flying since 1979. He has been doing competition model flying in F3B since 1989, GPS Triangle SLS, 1:3 since 2016, GPS Triangle Sport since 2018 and F3G since 2019.

His greatest achievements in the past:
2001 1st place F3B contest / pre-competition to the F3B World Championship in Chrudim, CZE, Team manager of the Swiss national team at the World Championships 1999 and 2003 to 2017 with several podium places in the individual and team rankings
2004 German Champion Large Glider DMFV
2004 12th place annual ranking F3B Contest
2009 1st place F3B Contest Arnhem, NED
2010 3rd place German Championship F3B
2012 2nd place German Championship F3B
2012 7th place annual ranking F3B Contest
2013 3rd place German Championship F3B
2013 9th place annual ranking F3B Contest
2019 7th place annual ranking GPS Triangle Sport Class Contest.

His goals are: The promotion of model aviation on an international level, exchange with like-minded people, fun and enjoyment of the competitions.

Thomas Schorb

Contests

DAeC – F3B – Termine, Rangliste, sonstige wichtige Infos
F3B.de bei Facebook – Wettbewerbsplattform – aktuelle Ergebnisse und liveticker 
F3B.de – allgemeine Wettbewerbsplattform – Ergebnisse
https://www.mg-airsports.eu/ – Anmeldeplattform

F3B – FAI Rangliste und Veranstaltungskalender
F3B – CONTEST Rangliste und Veranstaltungskalender (2017 kein deutscher Wettbewerb dabei)

rcsolutions.ch – F3B-Wettbewerbsergebnisse online
f3xvault.com – F3B-Wettbewerbsergebnisse online und mehr

National Associations / Teams / Blogs
F3B team lomcovak (=> Roman Voijtech ) http://lomcovak.cz/wp_eng/
F3B team Kulmbach (=> Christian Fiedler ) http://f3-zone.blogspot.de/
F3B team foo – https://fooblog.de/
F3B in Österreich – http://f3b.lexsoft.at/
F3B at home (=> Sergi Valls ) http://f3bathome.blogspot.de/
F3B in England – http://f3b-uk.blogspot.co.uk
www.f3b-fin.blogspot.fi  Die finnische F3B-Szene im Internet
www.modellsegelflyg.se  Die schwedische Modellflugszene im Internet
www.modellflug.ch  Die schweizer Modellflugszene im Internet
www.f3x.org  Die tschechische F3B-Szene im Internet
www.f3b.it   Die italienische F3B-Szene im Internet

F3B in Forums
RCgroups ( english )
F3news ( francais )
rc-network ( deutsch )

F3B international at Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/groups/484754904927177

F3F / F3B Sailplanes & Technic.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/914895951937438

F3B in Chile
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0SS3lZkmkA

Others:
F3B-Stimmung super eingefangen, 2013 in Lünen (deutsch)
F3B-Lektüre: MCM-Magazine (deutsch)
F3B-Geschichte – Sammlung auf RCgroups ( english )
F3B-FAQ – gesammelte Fragen und Antworten zum Thema ( english )
Filme: David Olsons youtube-Kanal (english) – https://www.youtube.com/user/Benchmark67/videos
linksammlung zur 2017er WM und teams auf dem fooblog

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