What is the IMAC World Championship?
In July 2012, the IMAC Board of directors announced the first IMAC World Championship, to be held September 2-6 2014 in Muncie, Indiana (full IMAC announcement). Pilots will compete for individual titles as well as a team trophy, to be won by one country (details to be announced).
How are competitors chosen?
IMAC invited each country to send a delegation. The details of the selection process were left up to each country’s scale aerobatics overseeing body (in Canada’s case, the MAAC scale aerobatics committee). IMAC, however, set in place a few guidelines:
- Each country can send up to 36 pilots (9 in each of the following classes: Sportsman, Intermediate, Advanced and Unlimited).
- Partial teams (less than 36 pilots) will be accepted.
- All pilots need to be eligible to compete in the IMAC category that they enter (i.e. we need to take into account the possibility that people may be forced to move up due to several wins the year before
- All pilots need to be IMAC members. There will be a provision in the registration fee structure that will ensure that all memberships are paid up.
- To be on a particular country’s team, you must fulfill at least one of the following conditions: (1) Be a citizen of that country and/or (2) Reside in that country. If you have any questions about specific circumstances, please contact us.
In addition, in Canada we must follow a few MAAC guidelines:
- The Scale Aerobatic committee is given the responsibility for putting forward the names of the team.
- The names must be submitted at least 8 months in advance of any World event for an official discipline of MAAC. Therefore, the selection must be done by winter 2013.
In November 2012, the USA published the first details of the USA selection process followed by Canada (see below).
Team Canada selection process
(une version finale en français sera aussi postée sur www.ScaleAerobaticsCanada.com sous peu, en attendant veuillez m'adresser toutes questions)
The selection process for Canada has been approved by the MAAC Scale Aerobatics Committee. The choice was based on the most popular option as voted on by pilots who had filled out the 'intent to register' form.
Since the season is starting, we are circulating a brief description below. A few details and official wording are still pending but this should be help you plan your season. The official version will be posted on www.ScaleAerobaticsCanada.com in the coming weeks.
TEAM CANADA SELECTION PROCESS
For the 2014 Scale Aerobatic Team Canada (to be entered in the IMAC World Championship) we will be using a points based ranking system to determine the pilots that will be in the field for the Sportsman through Unlimited categories.
Any scale aerobatic contest will potentially count toward qualification for points provided that it is appropriately advertised at least one month in advance. Examples of appropriate advertising include www.mini-iac.com, www.ScaleAerobaticsCanada.com, MAAC magazine or MAAC website. For each contest, the pilot gets 15 points for 1st place, 14 points for 2nd place and so on, down to 1 point for 15th place. Additionally, the pilot gets 1 point for each pilot they beat.
During the time period of January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013 pilots may fly in as many contests as they like. Only contests in the class entered at the Worlds will count. Example: contests flown as Sportsman would not count toward entry in Intermediate.
We will take their top 3 point rankings from among these contests. These 3 contest points will be added. This is their total season point ranking.
Example: A pilot flies in 4 contests.
Contest 1: 3rd place out of 10 pilots in their class. 13 points for 3rd place, plus 7 points for beating 7 pilots, for a total of 20 points.
Contest 2: 1st place out of 8 pilots. 15 points plus 7 points, for a total of 22 points.
Contest 3: 16th place out of 22 pilots. 0 points plus 6 points, for a total of 6 points.
Contest 4: 2nd place out of 5 pilots. 14 points plus 3 points, for a total of 17 points.
Total points: Best 3 contests,
20+22+17 = 59
The pilot will be responsible, by a certain date to be announced (this wwill be after the conclusion of the contest season), for submitting their top 3 scores of 2013 and indicating which contests they were obtained at, for verification by the MAAC Scale Aerobatics Committee. At least two out of those three must be contests taking place in Canada, up to one may be a contest out of the country.
What happens if we don’t have a full roster of 36 pilots?
Since the team trophy details are not published yet, it is now entirely clear what the impact would be if we don't have a full roster of 36 pilots. However, enough information has come out to safely say that even if Canada doesn’t have 36 pilots, we'd still be in the running for the "Team trophy" and individual awards). So A full team is a good goal to set but if we don't get a full team, it's fine too.
How will Team Canada prepare for the World championship?
The possibility of seminars / get togethers to start preparing for the World Championship has been discussed and more details will be posted here as they become available. These seminars could be part of the regular judging/flying seminars or separate, it has not been decided yet. If you are interested in helping out with something like this in your area, please let us know.
How will information be distributed?
The information for the sign up sheet and the coordinates of this page will be distributed by as many means as possible (including: RcCanada, IMAC webpage, ScaleAerobaticsCanada.com (webpage and user list), SA committee members, MAAC magazine, etc). Once the sign up process is completed, the main communications channels will be this page and an email list compiled from the sign-up sheet. You can request to be added to that list at any time. Major announcements will also be published by as many means as possible but the surest way to be kept abreast is to keep checking this page, to fill out the sign up sheet, or to request to be added to the mailing list.
It's very difficult for pilots to know what class they may be in (and if they feel competitive in that class) when it's 2 years away, how can we address that?
That is true and we have to keep in mind two things: we need to submit a team list after next year's competition season and we need to take into account the 'move-up rule'. When you submit your intent to participate, try to figure out which class you'll be in, as best you can. That will give us a general idea of what we are looking at, and then we can revise it by the end of next year.
What fundraising efforts will be undertaken?
Funding will be requested from governing bodies and possible corporate sponsors. If you know of any other source of funding, please let us know. However, for a large team (36 people!)we can start by operating under the assumption that we will have to mostly fund ourselves, and then if we find some sources of support we can decide how to best handle it (for example if we get a small sum of money, it may not makes sense to divide it up by 36 but we could think about paying for a couple trailers from various regions (this is just an example).
How can I sign up as a volunteer?
Volunteers can also use the sign-up sheet ("Intent to participate") to sign up as volunteers (i.e. non-pilots). You will be routed through the questionnaire differently depending on whether you want to volunteer, or fly.
If you have a question to add to this FAQ, need additional information, or for any comments, suggestions, etc, please email
, chair of the MAAC Scale Aerobatics Committee. Check back often for updates!
2013 Great Hobbies intro challenge winner announced!
David Mott, a Basic class pilot from Chatham, Ontario, won a choice of a 1000$ gift card or 50 cc plane & engine, donated by Great Hobbies! Congratulations David! Members of the MAAC Scale Aerobatics committee and organizers of the intro challenges were invited to witness the draw. We had 156 entries in total (pilots who participated in Basic, Sportsman or a Great Hobbies intro challenge). Download the challenge kit here
Canadian Scale Aerobatics National Championship (August 23-25, 2013 in Ottawa) scores are available!
Visit the club website for more details
Great Hobbies IMAC intro challenge - win a 50cc plane (airframe and engine!)
2013 Canadian schedule (for registration forms, see www.mini-iac.com)
May 11, Judging seminar, Orleans library near Ottawa
June 1-2, Chatham, Ontario
June 8-9 Club Mars, Quebec
June 8-9 2nd Annual Medicine Hat IMAC Competition, Medicine Hat, Alberta
June 29-30, Québec, Québec (Club Aéromodéliste)
July 6-7 Stoney Creek, Ontario
August 3-4 Sudbury, Ontario
August 3-4 Calgary Aerobatic Stampede, CRAMS Field, Calgary, Alberta
August 10-11 Amidair, Quebec
August 23,24,25 Canadian Scale Aerobatics Nationals, Stetson Flyers, Ottawa, Ontario
September 7-8, Alberta IMAC Finals, SCRCMC Field, Calgary, Alberta
September, 14-15: Quebec Finals, St-Liguori, QC
September 14-15: Flying Tigers Scale Aerobatics encounter
2014 World Championship announced by IMAC
2012 Great Hobbies intro challenge winner announced!
Benn Lann, a Sportsman class pilot from Nova Scotia won a choice of a 1000$ gift card or 100cc plane, donated by Great Hobbies! Congratulations Benn! The draw was witnessed by members of the MAAC Scale Aerobatics committee, organizers of the intro challenges, and Team Great Hobbies. We had 146 entries in total (pilots who participated in Basic, Sportsman or a Great Hobbies intro challenge. Download the challenge kit here
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| April 28|| Ottawa Judging Seminar, Orleans library|| Register me||Attendee list || |
| May 26|| Ottawa bootcamp, Stetson Flyers, ON (10am-4pm)|| Register me||Attendee list|| |
| June 1-2|| Medicine Hat, Alberta|| || || Results|
| June 23-24 || Ottawa Rideau Flyers, ON || Register me||Attendee list|| Results|
| June 30-July 1|| Quebec, QC|| Register me||Attendee list|| Results|
| July 7-8|| Flying Tigers, Cayuga, ON || Register me||Attendee list|| Results|
| July 14|
Freestyle & IMAC demo and Great Hobbies intro challenge Cornwall, ON
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| July 21-22|| Ottawa Stetsons Flyers, ON|| Register me|| Attendee list|| Results |
| July 21-22|| Airdie, AB|| || || |
| August 4-5|| NOIC Sudbury, ON|| Register me|| Attendee list|| Results|
| August 11-12|| St-Liguori, QC|| Register me|| Attendee list|| Cancelled (weather)|
| August 24-26|| NATS (Arnprior, ON)|| Register me|| Attendee list|| Full results |
| September 8-9|| Calgary, AB|| || || |
| September 8-9|| Stoney Creek, ON|| Register me|| Attendee list|| |
| September 15-16|| Finales du Québec, Victoriaville, QC|| Register me|| Attendee list|| |
At the Ottawa IMAC contest in May, we met a great father & son team, Allen and Kevin Denton. We learned that at 77 years old, this was Allen Denton’s first IMAC contest, and we interviewed his son Kevin, also a first-time competitor in the Basic class, to find out more about their family’s history in RC. Here is what Kevin had to say about his dad Allen. “My father started flying RC in the early 70's. A childhood friend of my fathers the late Don Paquette (a good friend of Bob Forest) introduced my father to the world of model planes. He was in his early twenties and it started with control line and it grew from there.
There are different ways to assign the throttle, rudder, aileron and elevator controls to the transmitter sticks – which one is most suitable for precision and scale aerobatics pilots? In the following article, Ivan Kristensen shares his insight on the subject.
"I have been told that 4 out of the top 5 at the recent Pattern (F3A) World Championship in Argentina used Mode I stick configuration on their transmitters. This gives me reason to promote my Mode III stick set-up which I have been using for many years. Futaba makes this Mode available in most of their transmitters but they call it "Mode IIII".