Meet the Team

 

RJ Gritter

RJ is 23 years old from Greensboro, NC. and is currently studying Aerospace Engineering at North Carolina State University.  He started flying at the age of 12 and quickly became interested in “foamies” after seeing the Electric Tournament of Champions (ETOC).  After practicing for this contest, he became excited about indoor pattern flying and started flying FAI F3P.  Indoor aerobatics has always been a favorite because of the ability to design and build whatever airplane one can imagine.  He also flies outdoor precision and freestyle aerobatics.

Accomplishments:

  • 2011 Holiday Electric Festival: Champion, Aeromusical
  • 2012 Holiday Electric Festival: Champion, Aeromusical
  • 2012 Holiday Electric Festival: 3rd Place F3P
  • 2012 E-Fest: 2nd Place, F3P
  • 7 Invites to Electric Tournament of Champions - 2013: Finalist, 2013: Champion
  • 6 Invites to Extreme Flight Championship, 2012: 4th Place, 2014: 4th Place.
  • 2014 Ohio Electric Festival: 1st Place, F3P Team Trials

Devin McGrath

Devin is 26 years old and lives in Rochester NY and has been flying for the last 15 years.  He enjoys flying just about anything including indoor competition models, scale warbirds, discus launch gliders, giant scale aerobatics, helicopters, and anything else he can get his hands on.  He has been competing in various aerobatic contests since 2006.  Devin finds F3P the most fascinating of all facets of the hobby. To him the challenge of F3P is that one controls all aspects of ones performance starting with the airplane design abilities, building abilities, and finally with ones piloting skill.  F3P indoor aerobatics has the potential to challenge every competitor on many levels.

Accomplishments:

  • 2012 EFest: 1st Place, F3P
  • 2012 Electric Tournament of Champions: 2nd Place
  • 2012 Canadian Championships: 1st Place, F3P
  • 2012 Holiday Electric Fly: 2nd Place, Aeromuscial
  • 2012 Holiday Electric Fly: 1st Place, F3P
  • 2012 Extreme Flight Championships: 8th Place
  • 2013 Canadian Championships: 1st Place, F3P
  • 2013 Electric Tournament of Champions: 4th Place
  • 2013 E-Fest: 1st Place, Gauntlet
  • 2013 E-Fest: 1st Place, Aerobatic Air Race
  • 2013 E-Fest: 1st Place, Freestyle contest
  • 2014 E-Fest: 1st Place, Gauntlet
  • 2014 E-Fest: 1st Place, Aerobatic Air Race
  • 2014 USA F3P Team Trials: 2nd Place
  • 2014 Extreme Flight Championships: 5th Place

Ryan Clark

Ryan Clark is 21 years old from Canton, Michigan and has been flying for 10 years and started competing in 2008.  He is currently in his senior year at Eastern Michigan University studying Aviation Flight Technology and his goal is to become a professional pilot after graduating.  Ryan enjoys all aspects of RC and will fly everything from indoor-micro to giant-scale gas powered aircraft.  His first contest was the 2009 Electric Tournament of Champions (ETOC) in Toledo, Ohio and he has competed at numerous IMAC/Freestyle events and indoor competitions.  He flies FAI F3P because it combines two things that he really enjoys - pattern style flying and indoor aircraft.  In addition, F3P advances so quickly that there is always something to improve and learn.

Accomplishments:

  • 2009 Electric Tournament of Champions: 7th Place
  • 2009 IMAC North Central Regional Finals: 1st Place Intermediate and Freestyle
  • 2009 IMAC US Nationals: 1st Place Intermediate
  • 2010 Electric Tournament of Champions: 7th Place
  • 2010 IMAC North Central Regional Finals: 1st Place Advanced
  • 2010 IMAC US Nationals: 1st Place Advanced
  • 2010 Extreme Flight Championship: 10th Place
  • 2011 Electric Tournament of Champions: 4th Place
  • 2011 Extreme Flight Championship: 8th Place
  • 2012 Electric Tournament of Champions: 5th Place, EX Games Champion
  • 2014 Ohio Electric Festival: 3rd Place, F3P Team Trials

Joseph Szczur (Junior)

Joseph is 15 years old and is from Chantilly, VA. and has been flying for about 10 years, and competing for the last 5 years.  Some of his mentors are his Dad (Don), Andrew Jesky, Gernot Bruckman and Quique Somenzini.  He got the pattern bug from his Dad when he was about 3 years old, and the reason that he flies FAI F3P is because it is enjoyable and challenging.  Other things that he likes to do in RC are IMAC, 3D, FAI F3A, and RC Cars.  Joseph was the youngest ever F3A competitor at the 2009 US NATS at 9 years old.

Accomplishments:

  • 2008 US Nationals: 10th place, Intermediate
  • 2009 US Nationals: Best Junior, F3A
  • 2010 US Nationals: 2nd Place, Advanced
  • 2011 US Nationals: Champion, Advanced
  • 2011, 2012: Invited to and competed in Electric Tournament of Champions
  • 2012 US Nationals: 10th Place, F3A
  • 2012 Mocksville IMAC Classic: 1st Place, Sportsman

Other accomplishments:

  • 8th Place at regional pinewood derby
  • Second degree black belt in Tae Qwan Do
  • Started Model Airplane Club STEM program at his Middle school
Don Szczur - Joseph's caller
 
Don is Joseph's Dad and is from Chantilly, VA.  He began flying RC when I was 15 years old and his first pattern contest was 1982 and has flown FAI F3A since 1992.  He enjoys indoor RC and has been attending a variety of indoor events in the northern Virginia area since they began.  His first indoor aerobatic model was a Horizon Hobby “Tensor” model and he hosted the first FAI F3P competition on the central-east coast.
 
Accomplishments:
  • 2000, 2002: Invited to and competed in Tournament of Champions
  • 7 time Don Lowe Masters competitor. 2003: 2nd Place
  • US Nationals, F3A. 12 Time Finalist.  2003: Champion
  • US Team Trials, F3A.  2003, 2005, 2007, and 2011: U.S. F3A Team Alternate
  • Electric Tournament of Champions: 2008, Competitor. 2013, EX Games Champion
  • 2013: F3A World Championships Team Caller for Joseph

Dave Lockhart - Team Manager

Dave is from Medford, NJ, and has been flying for 38 years, learning from his Father at the age of 6.  In the mid 1980s, they both were bit by the pattern bug, enjoying the challenge of precision flying and the unmatched aerobatic performance of a good pattern plane.  He has been competing in the FAI F3A class since 1999 and was one of the first in the US to fly FAI F3P indoor pattern.  Going back to 2008 (KIEF indoor pattern, Muncy, PA), he has organized many of the largest F3P events in the US, including the 2014 US F3P Team Trials.  He also enjoys flying a variety of glider, sport, aerobatic, 3D, and fun fly planes.  Pattern has the greatest appeal because the event is fueled by technology, innovation, and creativity; continually pushing the planes and pilots to ever higher levels of performance.  Outside of RC flying, he enjoys snow skiing and playing cards.

Accomplishments:

  • US Nationals:
    • 1985: Top Junior, Sportsman
    • 1988: Top Senior, Advanced
    • 1998: Champion, Masters
    • Eight time F3A finalist
    • 2011: Champion, F3A
  • US Team Trials, F3A - Three time Finalist
  • 2008 – 2010 Keystone Indoor Electric Fly: Champion, F3P
  • 2009 South African Nationals: Champion, F3A
  • 2011 World Championship: F3A, Worked as Technical Aircraft Inspector, Sound Steward, and completed demonstration and judge training flights
  • 2012 Eastern Canada Championship: 2nd Place, F3P
  • 2012 Efest: 3rd Place, F3P
  • 2013 Electric Tournament of Champions: 5th Place
  • 2013 Eastern Canada Championship: 2nd Place, F3P
  • Twenty Five time Pattern Champion Northeastern US Region
  • 2014 Ohio Electric Festival: 5th Place, F3P Team Trials