This is Andrews 7th time returning to the World Championships and he's very excited for the contest to be in taly. He's looking forward to seeing the competitors from all over the world and meeting new people.
His F3A accomplishments are as follows:
- 6-time US F3A Nationals Champion
- 7-time US F3A World Team Member (2007-2019)
- 5-time US F3A World Team Captain
Sponsors: Futaba, Hacker, Thunder Power, Powerbox-Systems, ADC Graphics, Falcon Props, F3A Unlimited, Central Hobbies
Jason is 44 years old and lives in the Orlando, Florida area. He has been around model airplanes all his life, flying them for 41 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, niece and nephew, are both flying now. 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 31 years and competing for 27 years in various events. He is the current 2018 IMAC World Champion in the Unlimited class. Jason has also performed in numerous airshows and training seminars around the world and also enjoy flying electrics, pylon, gliders, scale and jets. He's honored to have flown Unmanned Aerial Vehicle’s doing training for the government as well.
His F3A accomplishments are as follows:
- 11-time US F3A World Team Member (8-Time Finalist, 7-times in the top 7)
- 3-time US F3A World Team Captain
- 4-time US F3A Pattern National Champion (2004, 07, 08, 17)
- 3rd place at the 2017 F3A World Championship in Argentina
- 2009 Australian F3A Pattern National Champion
- 2008, 2012 and 2014 PanAmerican Open Internacional F3A Champion
He is looking forward to going to Italy with the team and helping bring home the Gold again!
Sponsors: Futaba, Shulman Aviation, JTEC, Thunder Power, Tuny Pro, Powerbox, AJ Aircraft, Vel-Tye, Falcon, FTE, CA Model, Plettenberg, Kirby's Kustom Graphics, Brenner Contra
Dave Stodart - Jason's Caller
Jason's caller is Dave Stodart 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 28 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.
Kal Reifsnyder (Junior)
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.