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FAI F1D World Championship Team Manager's Report



Brett Sanborn            2018 F1D World Champion - FAI Gold Medal

Senior Team USA      2018 F1D Team Champions (Sanborn, Palmer, Kagan) - FAI Gold Medal

Junior Team USA       Third Place Junior Team (Clements, Luo, Szczur) - FAI Bronze Medal


       The 2018 World Championships began with a traditional pre contest. The Jim Richmond Open to honor Jim, an eight time World Champion. The contest also served as two additional practice days for competitors to trim planes for the upcoming World Championships.

       The weather outside was cool and cloudy and the air inside was just as bad with drift and areas of both lift and down air. Conditions were nearly unflyable early in the day. Jim Richmond managed to have the best time for the first day with a 24:15, a flight that had both lift and down air. The weather improved on Sunday with some afternoon sun. Several flights in the afternoon were in the mid twenties. Former Junior Champion Evan Guyett won the contest with a two flight total of 48:46. Brett Sanborn finished second and Mark Benns third.

      The cold and overcast outside weather made flying nearly impossible for the first three rounds. West Baden had a winter advisory on Tuesday that left us with two to three inches of snow. The air near the walls had lift but if a plane ventured anywhere toward the center of the floor the downdraft would ruin the flight. Many flights were less than ten minutes. All recorded flights for the first three rounds were under twenty minutes.

      Sun was shining through the windows into the atrium at the start of round four. The air improved throughout the round. Reigning World Champ Juan Kang Lee managed a 22:57. Kagan flew for 21:43. Jake Palmer launched early in the round when the air was hit or miss and went up and then down in 12:16. Sanborn went up late in the round and had a record flight of 27:11.

      The contest was going to be decided with flights made in rounds five and six. The conditions outside were the best they had been all week; mild temperatures and some sun. Air inside the atrium would improve as the day went on.

      Jake Palmer just couldn’t get a break and after four rounds had a two flight total of only 18:05. If Team USA was going to be on the podium Jake needed to have decent flights in rounds five and six. In hopes of better air it was decided that Jake fly last in round five. Waiting as long as possible and still be able to get all three flights in, Kagan had to start the round. The air was still questionable. John’s flight went up and down in 17:12. Sanborn was getting ready to wind when a plane hung on an artificial tree directly behind him. The ensuing retrieval debacle postponed Brett’s launch by about fifteen minutes. Time management was going to be crucial if Jake was going to get his flight in before the end of the round.  As soon as Brett landed Jake started winding. The first motor broke but was able to get the flight off with about seven minutes before the round ended. It started out as a respectable flight. About six minutes into the flight a collision occurred. The flight landed with a time of nearly eighteen minutes. The air seemed to be improving so Jake chose to take a re-flight. That turned out to be a good decision as the re-flight during the lunch break was 22:36.

      The winners would be determined by their performance in the final round. The air was the best it had been all week and any of the top six had a chance to be the winner. Brett had a 27:11 going in but a backup of only 18:53. SunOS, Mangalea, Benns, and Kagan all had a decent two flight total going into round six. Jake Palmer did a 24:46, his best flight. His final flight made it possible for Team USA to take top team honors. Brett put it all together late in the round and flew a tremendous backup of 27:01 that gave him a two flight total of 54:12. World Champion! His total time was more than six minutes more than second place Zoltan Sukosd. Corneliu Mangalea finished third.

      This was a great World Championship held at a world class venue. Unfortunately the cool overcast weather of early spring made flying conditions challenging for everyone. Special thanks go out to Bud Layne for his generous sponsorship, Leo Pilachowski for the hours in planning and dedication to detail as the primary organizer, Colleen Pierce for her work as AMA FAI Coordinator, Steve Brown Contest Director, and Ray Harlan Technical Director.


Tom Sova

 2018 F1D Team Manager   

Created By: Horace Hagen 4/11/2018 8:47:08 AM | Updated By: Horace Hagen 10/5/2018 11:10:18 AM
Base Access


 REGULAR ACCESS (Every weekend plus national holidays)

Lakehurst Naval Air Station's Hangar 1 is located on an active military base. To gain regular base access you must have an Air Force issued DBID badge (Photo ID) or a Contractor Access Card (CAC).  To get a DBID badge please follow the below procedure:

  • You must be a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA Website
  • Email club president Horace Hagen at to get the Lakehurst Base Access Form (BAF) and fill it out. You will also receive a criminal history background check (CHBC) form. The CHBC form must be filled out and presented to the Lakehurst Welcome Center (LWC) not the club president. 
  • Join the club by mailing the completed BAF, club dues ($20.00 check made out to ECIM) plus Self Addressed Stamped Envelope (SASE) to the club president.
  • The president will send you an ECIM membership card in the SASE.
  • Go to the LWC with the completed CHBC form and present a photo ID.  The LWC will issue a DBID badge only on weekdays between 07:00 - 15:00 hours.  If you are unable to get to Lakehurst on a weekday you can get your DBID at the McGuire Air Force Base welcome center.  They are open 24/7.  If you already have a valid DBID badge do not renew it until the end of March when our AMA insurance certificate and Air Force license are renewed. 


OCCASIONAL ACCESS (Less than 29 days per year)


  • You must be a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA Website
  • You do not need to get a criminal history background check.
  • Send an email to club president Horace Hagen at to get a Lakehurst Base Access Form (BAF) and fill it out.
  • Join the club by mailing the completed BAF, club dues ($20.00 check made out to ECIM) plus Self Addressed Stamped Envelope (SASE) to the club secretary.
  • The secretary will send you an ECIM membership card in the SASE.
  • Go to the Lakehurst Welcome Center (LWC) between 07:00 and 15:00 hours on the Friday preceding the weekend and present a photo ID.  The LWC will issue a paper pass for the weekend.  If you are unable to get to Lakehurst on a weekday you can get your paper pass at the McGuire Air Force Base welcome center. They are open 24/7.

For assistance call / email club Secretary Horace Hagen at 732-741-3097 /

Created By: Horace Hagen 7/11/2011 7:05:36 AM | Updated By: Horace Hagen 10/5/2018 10:59:48 AM
2017 Christmas Party

Created By: Horace Hagen 9/6/2017 11:13:52 AM | Updated By: Horace Hagen 12/18/2017 10:01:37 AM
Welcome to the ECIM Club Web Site

Welcome to the ECIM club website, a central place to quickly disseminate information to everyone . As the club has grown, so have the administrative duties. We have almost 100 members and contacting everyone in a timely manner is expedited via this site. The site will contain information for present and new members as well as schedules, photos and contest information.

Horace Hagen
Club President
Created By: Keith Inglin 7/2/2007 4:56:16 PM | Updated By: Horace Hagen 8/12/2017 4:03:46 PM
FAI F3P Indoor World Championship
I recently looked at the web site for the 2016 FAI F3P Indoor World Championship to find out how ECIM members Devin McGrath, Dave Lockhart and Joseph Szczur placed.  The Championship took place from February 19 thru 25 in Strasbourg, France. Some of our members that visit Lakehurst Hangar 1 frequently have watched them practice for this competition. Personally I have watched them in awe while their very light F3P planes performed precision manoeuvres. You can look at the results on the event's web site But to summarize Joseph Szczur placed 2nd out of 12 in the junior class and Dave Lockhart and Devin McGrath placed 38 and 39 respectively out of 50 total competitors. Congratulations to our F3P pilots.

Created By: Horace Hagen 5/5/2017 11:41:28 AM | Updated By: Horace Hagen 5/5/2017 11:41:28 AM
Created By: Horace Hagen 12/10/2016 9:02:07 AM | Updated By: Horace Hagen 3/28/2017 11:55:08 AM
Congratulations - ECIM F1D Pilots

Please join me in congratulating our fellow ECIM club members who participated in the recent FAI/F1D World Championships in Romania.  I received the following results directly from the FAI CIAM.  John Kagan placed 6th overall assuring the FAI gold medal for the USA team.  


Title : FAI World Championship for Free Flight Indoor Model Aircraft

Sport : Aeromodelling – FAI F1D - (Indoor Model Aircraft)

Date :  31.03 - 05.04.2014

Location: Slanic Prahova (Romania)

Final Results :


1st : Kang Yuan Lee USA - ECIM
2nd : Brett Sanborn USA - ECIM
3rd : Ivan Treger SVK

6th : John Kagan USA - ECIM

Senior - Team

1st: USA - ECIM
2nd: Romania
3rd: France

1st : Evab Guyett USA
2nd : Calin Bulai ROU
3rd : Antonin Ricou FRA

Junior - Team
1st: Romania
2nd: France
3rd: USA

Created By: Horace Hagen 4/23/2014 8:33:21 AM | Updated By: Horace Hagen 7/24/2014 9:25:47 AM
ECIM: What We Do

ECIM provides access to historic Lakehurst Hangar 1 every weekend and national holiday throughout the year for free flight and slow fly RC enthusiasts. As far as we know, ECIM is the oldest operating model aircraft club in the nation. We have been flying in the Hangar for over 80 years! We host sanctioned free flight record trials throughout the year, and our members regularly set national records, competing on a world class level.

inside hanger no. 1 at Lakehurst NJHangar 1 provides one of the largest indoor spaces on the planet. Its interior dimensions are: 800' long X 250' wide with a 180' ceiling. The Hangar was originally constructed during the heyday of Zeppelin development and is most famous for housing the Hindenburg between its Trans-Atlantic flights. Hangar  1 is part of the Navy Lakehurst Air Engineering Facility, which provides the US Navy with developmental support. Today it is a national historic site and part of the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB-MDL).

ECIM maintains a close relationship with the base and is considered part of Hangar 1's history.

ECIM is a chartered club (#414) with the Academy of Model Aeronautics.



Created By:  7/2/2007 5:37:22 PM | Updated By: Horace Hagen 11/20/2013 12:55:28 PM
Brett Sanborn sets new Duration Record
Here is Brett's quick report of the flight last Saturday July 7. 2012:

"The winds outside were relatively low, and the temperature was quite warm at 104 F.  At 6 PM when the flight was launched, the ground temperature in the hangar was about 94 F.  My first flight of the day was a 38:04, which got up about 150' and landed with some rubber windings left. The next flight got much higher at 165' and had many more windings. The plane went straight up and did not drift much; the first steer was required at about 17 minutes in.  The second short steer happened around 23 minutes and finally the plane was descending in the center of the hangar past the tent drying rack where it was launched.  At around 36 minutes the plane looked like it needed another steer to avoid the carrier deck, but then drifted into the prime "landing zone" near the drying rack. Only a small bit of pole steering near the end was required to avoid the rack, and after subtracting the prop stop time, the plane landed at 42:03; 21 seconds longer than the old record flight of 41:42 set by Aurel Popa nine years earlier at the Cargolifter hangar in Germany, which has a ceiling height of 300', almost twice as high as Hangar 1 Lakehurst which is 177'.

Minutes after the flight landed, a strong thunderstorm rolled in; luckily the flight was not launched later. The hangar went dark and everyone scrambled to put their models away since it became quite windy and wet inside. Fortunately, the control room on top of the carrier deck had lights, which is where the model was processed by John Kagan."

Please join me in congratulating Brett for his wonderful achievement. Brett and John are assembling the proper documentation for submission to the AMA and the FAI for recognition as an official USA and World record. We wish you good luck in your effort! The below picture of the record setting model was taken by new ECIM member professional photographer Michael Hnatov.
Created By: Horace Hagen 7/12/2012 1:16:13 PM | Updated By: Horace Hagen 5/17/2013 6:15:33 AM
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