first World Championships, were held in London, Ontario, Canada
on July 14th-19th 1985.
This, the first ever F3C World Championship was initiated by Mr.
Walter Knaus (Chairman) and Mr. Nick Mechaus (President) of the
Canadian A.M.A. And we should all thank them for 'getting the ball
The event started with practice on a Sunday, at a last minute change
of venue, in the rain on a decidedly muddy field (part of which
had just been removed - it was a turf farm!).
The first round was flown on Tuesday morning in glorious sunshine.
For this event the schedule had optional choices depending on the
pilots preference of hovering or aerobatics.
The winner, Mr. Shigetada Taya (Japan) chose the hovering biased
In all 37 pilots competed, most notably Pedro Caldentey (Spain),
who turned up having never done a roll, a loop or a split S. He
flew his Schulter Helistar attempting all maneuvers with tremendous
success! He even autorotated for the first time - he was the star
of the show.
Some of the other memorable names were: Robert Gorham (USA), Yoshiaki
Nagatsuka (Japan), John Wallington (GB), Daniele Graber (Switzerland),
Vago Nordigian (GB), Len Mount (GB), Ewald Heim (West Germany),
Josef Brennsteiner (Austria) and Clifford Hiatt (USA).
The top ten were:
1. Taya S. JAP 4691
2. Heim E. GER 4619
3. Nakajima A. JAP 4325
4. Nagatsuka Y. JAP 4311
5. Gorham R. USA 4242
6. Muller U. SWI 4201
7. Hiatt C. USA 4082
8. Graber D. SWI 4030
9. Mount L. GBR 4025
10. Deproft F. BEL 4013
12. Nordigian V. GBR 3864
17. Wallington J. GBR 3619
18 pilots flew Mode II, 9 Mode I (out of 37). 20 pilots used fingers
and thumbs, 7 thumbs. 27 flew fixed wing. 23 prefer to fly scale
fuselages. 6 prefer pod and boom.
Side Note - the Hirobo Shuttle first went
on sale, a revolution starting the plastic fantastic kits. Indeed
Taya went on to help design the Kyosho Concept releashed 1998.