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Old 04-10-2013, 10:10 AM
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Gritter wins 2013 RCGroups.com ETOC with the Futaba 8FG Super

Again, super happy for RJ and all the 2013 RCGroups.com ETOC pilots. The flying this year was INSANE!

April 5-6, Toledo, Ohio

Team Futaba member RJ Gritter wowed the crowds at the 10th Annual RCGRoups.com ETOC (Electric Tournament of Champions). Pilots from all over the world were at this two-day event. ETOC has two components. Each round has a Known segment in which each pilot must fly the same sequence of maneuvers with exact precision. The second part is the Freestyle segment, in which each flight is choreographed to music. RJ won the first Known round and jumped to an early lead.

After the first day, only seven pilots remained. RJ and fellow team member Devin McGrath both made it into the semifinals. Both pilots flew different, specially modified aircraft in each round. Their Known round aircraft featured twin co-axial counter-rotating propellers and special air brake- like devices on the trailing edges. These allowed the aircraft to fly very slowly and consistently in any attitude.

Their Freestyle aircraft had variable pitch propellers and thrust vectoring in the yaw axis. As a result, RJ and Devin performed incredible maneuvers, backing up vertically from the floor to the ceiling and dancing their aircraft while flying virtually in place. The contest was very close. Only three pilots
remained, but it was RJ and another competitor who were closest in overall points. RJ’s flying was
awesome throughout, but his choice to fly the final Freestyle routine with a brand-new music mix and maneuvers clinched the win. RJ pulled off several absolutely incredible maneuvers. His airplane literally danced to the music to secure the 2013 ETOC Championship!

Of course, his Futaba 8FGS transmitter performed flawlessly during the entire competition. Hobbico and Futaba congratulate RJ Gritter on becoming the new ETOC Champion!


RJ's FINAL FREESTYLE

RJ's FINAL SEQUENCE
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:14 AM
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congrats RJ
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:52 AM
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You deserved it RJ! Congratulations buddy!
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:23 PM
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Congrats. That was some stellar flying.
JM
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:19 PM
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Way to go RJ, You have worked hard for this ejoy the victory.

Primo
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Old 04-10-2013, 02:03 PM
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WOW, those variable pitch propellers are insane! Very cool to watch.
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:30 PM
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Fine job young man Congrats!
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Old 04-10-2013, 05:54 PM
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what airplane is that? Saw alot of pictures of it. Its got the huge aileron counterbalances
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:32 AM
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Absolutely beautiful known flight.
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:33 AM
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Great Job RJ!
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:13 PM
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Congrats RJ !!!!
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Old 04-11-2013, 02:07 PM
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what airplane is that? Saw alot of pictures of it. Its got the huge aileron counterbalances
Looks like TAS foamies new epp extra 300
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Old 04-11-2013, 03:26 PM
Wah wah wee wah!!
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Looks like TAS foamies new epp extra 300
Nope. It's the latest version of my MX3 design, a descendent of the original Fancy Foam MX2. This year's is the same exact design I flew at ETOC last year!

Thanks for all the support, everyone!!

RJ
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Old 04-11-2013, 10:15 PM
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Woot woot Rj
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