Andrew Jesky

This is Andrews 6th time returning to the World Championships and he's very excited for the contest to be in Argentina.  He's looking forward to seeing the competitors from all over the world and meeting new people.

His F3A accomplishments are as follows:

  • 5-time US F3A Nationals Champion
  • 6-time US F3A World Team Member (2007-2017)
  • 4-time US F3A World Team Captain

Sponsors: Futaba, Hacker, Thunder Power, Powerbox-Systems, ADC Graphics, Falcon Props, F3A Unlimited, Central Hobbies

Andrew & Kevin (Small)

 

Jason Shulman

Jason is 40 years old and lives in the Orlando, Florida area.  He has been around model airplanes all his life, flying them for 37 years.  His flying history runs 3 generations deep with his grandfather Leon, father Don, and brother David, and they all still fly.  The 4th generation has dabbled a bit with flying as his niece has flown a few times already and his nephew isn’t far off from giving it a try.  He has been competing in pattern since his first contest in 1981 and competed in F3A since 1990.  He has also been flying Giant Scale for 23 years and competing for 22 years in various events.  Jason has also performed in numerous airshows and training seminars around the world and also enjoy flying electrics, pylon, gliders, scale, jets and helicopters.  He's honored to have flown Unmanned Aerial Vehicle’s doing training for the government as well.

His F3A accomplishments are as follows:

  • 10-time US F3A World Team Member (7-Time Finalist, 6-times in the top 7)
  • 3-time US F3A World Team Captain
  • 3-time US F3A Pattern National Champion (2004, 07, 08)
  • 2009 Australian F3A Pattern National Champion
  • 2008, 2012 and 2014 PanAmerican Open Internacional F3A Champion

He is looking forward to going to Argentina with the team and helping bring home the Gold again!

Sponsors: Futaba, Shulman Aviation, JTEC, Kirby's Kustom Graphics, Vel-Tye, Falcon, FTE, CA Model, Plettenberg

Dave Stoddart - Jason's Caller

Jason's caller is Dave Stoddart and he began flying RC in Trinidad in 1985, just before he emigrated to the US with his wife Catherine.  They had three boys in 1986 and lived their first year in the US on the West Coast, in a small town called Corvallis, two hours from Portland, Oregon, before they headed east and made thei home in Orlando, Florida.  He joined RCACF model club in 1987 and has been a member for 27 years.  In 1991 after watching a youngster flying Pattern, named Jason Shulman (who at the time was just 15 years old), he decided that I would like to fly Pattern.  Naturally, he just wanted to fly like Jason, and they became friends ever since and Jason has been his mentor.  His first contest was in 1991 at the RCACF field and he flew in Novice Class with an Ugly stick.  After flying that contest, he got the Pattern bug and have competed in Sportsman, Advance, Masters and eventually FAI.

In 1999, he flew at the World Championships for his country, Trinidad and Tobago, in Pensacola, FL, and then again in Ireland in 2001.  In 2003, he teamed up with Jason as his caller and attended World Championships with the USA Team in Poland, France, Argentina, Portugal, South Africa and Switzerland.  He currently flies in the Masters class and still enjoys competing and flying all the challenging maneuvers very much.

Jason & Dave (Small)

 

Brett Wickizer

It all started with a trainer about 11 years ago, built from a kit by his dad.  His dad was looking for something to do with the kids, but Brett doesn’t think he could have ever imagined what his dad was getting himself into.  In April of 2005, at fifteen years old, Brett attended his first pattern competition.  Since then he's had an enormous amount of support from his friends and family to get him to where he is now.  They have been behind him through two undefeated national championships, a finals finish his first year in F3A, and four F3A World Championships (as of 2015).  Nothing has ever challenged Brett so much, and nothing has ever been as rewarding.  His pursuit for that perfect flight is never ending, and his desire for the win is insatiable.  Pattern has become an awesome aspect of his life that has taught him lessons of focus, dedication, and preparation that he will carry with him for the rest of his life.  On top of it all he's become acquainted with some of the best friends he has ever had and is having a fantastic time every time he goes to the field.

In real life Brett is an aspiring airline pilot, Formula One enthusiast, and overall aviation nut.  He love all aspects of aviation from full scale to RC, floatplanes to helicopters.  His RC pursuits are focused on F3A but enjoys it all.  He is honored to have the opportunity to represent his country once again in Argentina!

Sponsors: CK Aero, Futaba, Morgan Fuels, YS Performance, Central Hobbies

Brett & Bryan (Small)

Joseph Szczur (Junior)

Joseph & Don (Small)

Mark Atwood - Team Manager

My RC background began at the age of 13 building a Heathkit 5 channel radio. I had always had a love for all things that fly, but at that time Heathkits were my passion. Seeing the transmitter and accompanying airplane at our local Heathkit store was more than I could resist. From there I became an avid sport flyer, dabbling in every flying fad from pylon to combat to profile fun fly and helicopters over the next 15 years. Then I discovered pattern in 1989 and never looked back. It’s been my primary passion ever since. My own accomplishments include an Advanced National championship in '97, 2nd in Masters in '99, and a perenial semi-finalist and one time finalist in FAI. 

Outside of the hobby, I’m a computer geek by trade, working these past 20+ years for a small consulting firm here in Cleveland where I’ve lived most of my life. I have 2 children, my daughter Taylor, a 4th year student at the University of Cincinnati and Sean, my 18yr old son who is a senior in high school and accomplished pattern flyer moving into masters this coming season.

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