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2017 Raffle Prizes

We are exceptionally fortunate to have so many generous sponsor supporters in the RC Soaring community. They are contributing an amazing array of RC and soaring goodies for you to enjoy. The Tickets are available at the Team Store and the more you buy the better the odds of your success. The raffle draw will take place after the Worlds in August 2017. We would particularly like to thank all of our very generous sponsors and encourage everybody to visit their websites and support them. They are the backbone of our hobby and without them we would not have such wonderful toys to play with.
Click here to buy Raffle Tickets.
Tickets are now available according to the following chart:
• 1 for $5.00
• 3 for $10.00
• 7 for $20.00
• 20 for $50.00
• 50 for $100.00
• 125 for $200.00
• 400 for $500.00
• 1000 for $1000.00

Bookmark this page, return regularly and scroll down to see the thousands of $$$$ in prizes and their donors. Please make sure you visit the sponsors online stores also.

  • Prize No. 1 won by Ticket Number – 6478 – Don Richmond
    donated by Bob Breaux and Soaring USA

    is a Brand new F3J Xplorer II Lite Team plane. These models were built specifically for the US Team and are one of the best iterations of the Xplorer for all round robustness at a light overall weight. Bob is a phenomenal supporter of our hobby and we would never be able to compete on the World stage without his amazing help. The Xplorer II 3500 F3J Lite version features a brand new airfoil and lighter Spread Tow lay-up. This new Lite layup offers improved torsional strength, improved overall stiffness, and a significant reduction in weight!! The Spread Tow Lite Lay-up is the choice of the top contest pilots around the world due to it’s amazing strength to weight ratio. Flown by the entire US Team and so many more pilots around the world it is clear this model has what it takes to showcase your piloting skills.

    NAN models in Bulgaria represents their continued dedication to producing some of the finest, best value models in the world. The Xplorer raises the bar to a new level with higher quality, better fit and finish into a lighter stiffer airframe. Nikolay has been working hard on the production of this new model for some time, and once again, he has come up with a winner!Soaring USA Logo
    This model is perfect in any soaring pilot’s stable and remains my first choice to get the job done.

  • Prize No.s 2, won by Ticket Number – 97 – James Schoon, Prize No 3 won by Ticket Number – 943 – Maarten Broess, Prize No 4 won by Ticket Number – 5845 – Don Richmond, Prize No 5 won by Ticket Number – 6079 – Don Richmond and Prize No 6 won by Ticket Number – 1077 – Ian Gittins – donated by MKS Servos USA
    and Thomas Cooke are 5 pairs of the highest quality servos available anywhere in the world. Trusted by the best pilots and used by all the USA Team pilots these servos are simply second to none!

    Prize Number 2 and 3 are each a pair of HV6130 servos. These High Voltage servos are happy at 4.8 volts or they will work just fine in your wing with a couple of unregulated lipos powering your system at 7.8volts. Go with the peace of mind that only relying on the finest servos can bring.
    Motor Type Coreless Motor
    Potentiometer Drive Direct Drive
    Bearing Type 3x Ball Bearings + 2x Jewel Bearing
    Gear Type Metal Alloy gear
    Dimensions 30x10x29.8 mm (1.1811X0.39X1.17 in)
    Weight 23g (0.81oz)

    Prize Number 4 is a pair of HV6125e servos. The MKS HV6125E is part of the latest range from MKS. Once you have tried MKS, you will know you have tried the very best! Never has a glider servo been so accurate and tight! This is what we all have been searching for!! The HV6125 has a full CNC Aluminum case that has been milled to the highest of tolerances.
    Motor Type Coreless Motor
    Potentiometer Drive Direct Drive
    Driver Type FET
    Bearing Type Dual Ball Bearings
    Gear Type Chrome-Titanium alloy gear
    Programmable No
    Connector Wire Length 15.0 cm (5.89 in)
    Dimensions 23X12X27.25 mm (0.9X0.47X1.07 in)
    Weight 21.21 g (0.74 oz)

    Prize Number 5 is a pair of HV6110 servos. These little gems are just perfect for aileron servos and do the job at all voltages from 3.8 to 8.4 without uaing a regulator.
    Motor Type Coreless Motor
    Potentiometer Drive Direct Drive
    Driver Type FET
    Bearing Type 2 Jewel Bearing + 1 Bronze Bushing
    Gear Type Metal + Aluminum-magnesium alloy Gears
    Connector Wire Length 15.0 cm (5.9 in)
    Dimensions 22.5X10X23.5 mm (0.89x 0.39x 0.93 in)
    Weight 10 g (0.35 oz)

    Prize Number 6 is a pair of HV6100 servos.
    Motor Type Coreless Motor
    Potentiometer Drive Direct Drive
    Driver Type FET
    Bearing Type 2 Jewel Bearing + 1 Bronze Bushing
    Gear Type Metal + Aluminum-magnesium alloy Gears
    Connector Wire Length 15.0 cm (5.9 in)
    Dimensions 22.5X10X23.5 mm (0.89x 0.39x 0.93 in)
    Weight 10 g (0.35 oz)
    Thomas Cooke has once again very generously donated these precious units to the Team and has shown unwavering support for the USA Teams of all kinds for many years. Please support Thomas and MKS Servos USA by going to the MKS USA Servos website and buying the best insurance your model can have.

    Graupner USA

  • Prize No. 7 won by Ticket Number – 2221 – Douglas Cronkhite donated by Graupner USA is an amazing MZ-24 PRO 12 channel radio as being used at the 2017 World Championships by Team pilot Tom Kiesling. The Graupner MZ- 24 Pro has everything from Voice Announcements to built in Telemetry.

  • Beautiful ruby-red color
  • Machined-Aluminum quad bearing 4096 resolutions gimbals
  • External accessible stick tension adjustments
  • Real-time SD-card data logging of critical flight information
  • Balanced weight distribution of radio with comfortable rubber hand grips
  • External DSC port for flight simulator connections or third party devices
  • External data port for optional Bluetooth
  • 5000 mAh LiPo battery
  • Updateable firmware with Graupner Firmware Update Studio
  • Mz-24 PRO Transmitter
  • One GR-16L 8ch Receiver
  • Two GR-12L 6ch Receivers
  • 5000mAh LiPo Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • USB PC Interface Set, Cable and Adapter Wire
  • SD Card Adapter and Case
  • Micro SD Card
  • USB Adapter Wire
  • Neckstrap
  • Instruction Manual
    Bright colors, voice announcements and a TFT touch screen is what makes the Graupner mz-24 PRO one of the most versatile radios on the market, and at a price that can’t be beat! Experience a new level of connection between you and your model with 12 channels and built-in real-time voice telemetry. Colorful menus and displays make usability easy to navigate through the menus and setup options with the touch of your finger or a stylus. Traditional navigation keys provide an old-school experience if you prefer to push physical buttons.
    This a a “state of the art” radio with many more features than we can mention here. Go to this Graupner Web Page to learn more.

    Horizon Hobby

  • Prize No. 8 won by Ticket Number – 9472 – Michael Seid –
    donated by Horizon Hobby
    is the fabulous new Convergence VTOL by EFlite. VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) RC models are usually a mixed bag when it comes to performance. If they are stable, their speed and agility is often lackluster. If they are nimble, pilots have to work harder to transition between hovering and airplane flight. The Convergence™ VTOL park flyer changes all that. Its unique design and exclusive flight control software give you the best of both agility and stability while making the transition between multirotor and airplane flight so smooth and predictable, you will feel right at home your first time on the sticks.

    Sleek and Simple
    Unlike complex VTOL aircraft that rotate the entire wing and require as many as four motors to achieve vertical and forward flight, the Convergence™ park flyer uses a simple, yet sleek, delta-wing design with three brushless motors – two rotating motors on the wing and a fixed-position motor in the tail.
    In multirotor flight the wing-mounted motors rotate up into the vertical position to provide lift and flight control along with the motor in the tail. In airplane flight, the wing-mounted motors rotate down into the horizontal position and the model’s elevons take over pitch and bank control. Yaw control in airplane flight is provided by differential thrust from the wing-mounted motors.
    Key Features

  • Multirotor versatility and sport plane agility
  • Designed by champion pilot, Mike McConville
  • Exclusive flight control software makes it incredibly easy to fly
  • Stability and Acro Modes provide a wide performance envelope
  • Powerful brushless motors for outstanding speed and climb performance
  • Super-simple transmitter setup – no complex programming required
  • FPV-ready with camera and video transmitter mounting stations
  • Durable Z-foam™ material

  • Horizon Hobby

  • Prize No. 9 won by Ticket Number – 7124 – Jack Dubich
    – donated by Horizon Hobby
    is the phenomenal Opterra™ 2m flying wing. A collaborative effort of George Hicks and Mike McConville – two of model aviation’s premier aircraft designers. Together, they have created some of the best flying RC airplanes in the world. This one is no exception. Its lightweight construction, long wingspan and efficient aerodynamics give it a wide range of capabilities that includes everything from sport aerobatics to soaring. It even gives you the ability to put yourself in the pilot’s seat with FPV gear while using a GoPro Hero 3, Hero 4 or similar class camera to record HD video at the same time.* This Plug-N-Play® version comes with the motor, ESC and servos installed. All you need to do is finish some final assembly, install the receiver, charge a battery and fly.

    Advanced Aerodynamics and Lightweight Construction
    Central to the aircraft’s amazing capabilities are the advanced aerodynamics that shaped its design. In addition to its efficient airfoil, winglets and fins on the fuselage help the model track true in all kinds of air. Vortex generators near the leading edge of the top of the wing, and just ahead of the elevons on the bottom of the wing, enhance slow speed stability and control. The airframe itself is constructed of carbon-reinforced, hollow-core Z-Foam™ material that keeps weight to a minimum while maintaining strength and rigidity.

  • Fun to fly and FPV/HD camera ready
  • Up to 3 camera mounting stations
  • Plug-in wing and winglet sections for easy transport
  • Powerful brushless motor with folding prop installed
  • Digital metal-geared servos installed
  • Carbon-reinforced, hollow-core construction with durable Z-Foam™ material
  • Lightweight design with a wide performance envelope
  • Vortex generators for better slow-speed stability and control authority

  • Horizon Hobby

  • Prize No. 10 won by Ticket Number – 9173 – Michael Seid – donated by Horizon Hobby is the UMX Waco BNF biplane. Own a piece of history and get a taste of what the early days of aviation were like with this scale reproduction of the classic Waco biplane. The E-flite® UMX™ Waco BL blends classic style with state-of-the-art features to give you one of the most rewarding flying experiences at any size. It comes out of the box with scale touches which include molded surface details on the wing and fuselage, carbon-fiber flying wires, windscreens and more. You even get a pilot figure complete with a flying scarf. All this detail is brought to life by a 180-size brushless power system. This power system, along with the model’s light wing loading and AS3X® technology, gives you a wide flight envelope to play with. Firewall it to fly aerobatics or throttle back and cruise – the UMX Waco BL will deliver smooth, stable response whatever you want to do.


  • Classic Scale Details
  • Exclusive AS3X® Stabilization Technology
  • Wide Flight Envelope with Brushless Power
  • Spektrum™ DSMX® Receiver
  • Spektrum Performance Linear Servos
  • No Assembly Required
  • Classic Waco Trim Scheme
  • Scale Landing Gear with Wheel Pants and a Steerable Tail Wheel

  • Horizon Hobby

  • Prize No. 11 won by Ticket Number – 6870 – Pavel Safarik donated by Horizon Hobby is the E-flite® UMX™ Whipit™ DLG. A sailplane that combines convenience and affordability so that the fun of pure flight is possible to enjoy regardless of experience level. Like the high-performance discus-launch gliders (DLG) popular in competition, this ultra micro aircraft features ultra-lightweight construction with carbon fiber for strength. But it’s also simple like that free flight chuck glider we played with as kids, only now we’ve made it radio controlled.

    The wing is removable for easy storage and is reinforced for right or left handed launches. A protective pod cover on the nose easily reveals the simple two-channel Spektrum™ DSMX® control system and battery compartment. With just a single 150mAh 1S Li-Po battery you can expect long flight times either in your backyard, a local park or just about anywhere you want to harness the power of nature.
    Key Features

  • Ultra-lightweight construction
  • Removable, carbon reinforced wing
  • Simple rudder and elevator control
  • Spektrum™ DSMX® 2.4GHz receiver/servo unit, installed
  • Carbon-fiber boom with internally located pushrods
  • Lightweight foam fuselage pod, wings and tail surfaces
  • Long flight times on just a 1S Li-Po battery
  • Graceful, slow-flight performance
  • Easy to fly and launch by hand

  • Horizon Hobby

  • Prize No. 12 won by Ticket Number – 9432 – Michael Seid –
    donated by Horizon Hobby
    is just what everybody needs – an X2 AC Pro 2 Port AC/DC Multi Charger by Hitec. Get yous by investing in our raffle. Expanding on the success and reliability of Hitec’s X2 AC Plus, Hitec offers its pumped-up brother, the X2 AC Pro! Our AC/DC dual port charger/discharger delivers 200 watts of total power in AC mode, and up to 300 watts total output in DC! Its versatile power distribution mode lets you optimize the output in AC mode for maximum charge efficiency. Additionally, the X2 AC Pro is equipped with a built-in heavy duty 60W soldering iron with adjustable operating temperatures from 400 to 840° F (200-450°), making it a convenient and handy feature at the field as well as at home. Easily store and recall 20 charge/discharge profiles.

    Capable of charging all battery chemistries, including the latest high voltage LiPo’s (LiHV), this all-in-one charger has advanced functions such as Battery Meter and Battery Internal Resistance Meter modes. For the ultimate convenience, you can also configure your settings and keep an eye on your charge progress with your Smartphone or PC! Charging gets better with Hitec!
    Key Features

  • Twin Channel Charger with Two Independent Circuits
  • 200W Total Output
  • Built-in Switching AC Power Supply
  • Includes 60W Soldering Iron, 400 to 840° F
  • USB support for PC and Wi-Fi Smart Phone Interface

  • Prize No. 13 won by Ticket Number – 2325 – Thomas Broeski –
    donated by the fine folk at Castle Creations
    is a Phoenix Edge Lite 200 ESC perfect for that big electric sailplane build. Castle Creations make the highest quality electronic speed controllers available in the world. The Phoenix Edge Lite 200 ESC has the same amazing features and functionality of the Edge series but the Edge Lite offers a slight weight reduction for big sailplanes and applications that are tight for space or weight. Simply put, the same brawn with less body – Phoenix Edge Lite.


  • Input voltage: MIN: 2S LiPo MAX: 8S LiPo
  • Max continuous amperage at full throttle: 200 amps
  • BEC voltage: User selectable choice from 5 to 8.4 volt output
  • BEC output amperage: 5 amp peak.

  • Prize No. 14 won by Ticket Number – 1773 – Douglas Cronkhite – also donated Castle Creations is a Phoenix Edge Lite 130 ESC perfect for any electric sailplane build. Castle Creations have endowed this quality electronic speed controller with some amazing features and is the perfect big model ALES solution for a motor controller. The white auxiliary wire can be used for helicopter governor gain input adjustments mid-flight, serve as an audible beacon after an “unexpected landing”, act as an RPM output for 3-axis gyros that support RPM sensors, be used as an ESC arming lock (coupon for free Arming Lockout Key included) or as a receiver arming lock. Combined with the data logging capability the Edge series of controllers offer, users can enjoy unparalleled versatility.


  • Input voltage: MIN: 2S LiPo MAX: 8S LiPo
  • Max continuous amperage at full throttle: 130 amps
  • BEC voltage: User selectable choice from 5 to 8.4 volt output
  • BEC output amperage: 5 amp peak

  • Prize No. 15 won by Ticket Number – 1073 – Kerry Cochrell – is the Castle Creations Phoenix Edge Lite 100 ESC and is perfect for any ALES or F5J sailplane build. Castle CreationsThe Phoenix Edge series is intended for use in helicopters ranging from 450 to 800 size, and fixed wing aircraft up to 1.20 size and larger. They have seen service in sailplanes all over the world as electric launch has become more and more popular. The most reliable, dependable electronic speed controllers available anywhere you can be sure of first class quality by choosing Castle Creations. As always, the Edge series of controllers offer industry-leading software functions, data logging, and USB programming capability via Castle Link USB adapter (free with included coupon).


  • Input voltage: MIN: 2S LiPo MAX: 8S LiPo
  • Max continuous amperage at full throttle: 100 amps
  • BEC voltage: User selectable choice from 5 to 8.4 volt output
  • BEC output amperage: 5 amp peak

  • Prize No.s 16 through 25 won by Ticket Number – 593 – Douglas Cronkhite
    won by Ticket Number – 3575 – Steven Bixby
    won by Ticket Number – 1576 – Alexander Hall
    won by Ticket Number – 4673 – Alexander Hall
    won by Ticket Number – 3909 – Anker Berg-Sonne
    won by Ticket Number – 1539 – Alexander Hall
    won by Ticket Number – 7884 – Jim Monaco
    won by Ticket Number – 6285 – Don Richmond
    won by Ticket Number – 368 – Douglas Cronkhite
    won by Ticket Number – 9437 – Michael Seid
    are 10 Gift Vouchers to be spent at Castle Creations.
    A wide variety of BEC’s and ESC are available from Castle Creations and this Kansas company is supporting the needs of ALES or F5J sailplane enthusiasts. Castle Creations has become one of the world’s largest manufacturers of electronic speed controls by combining state-of-the-art technologies with high volume manufacturing. The principles that helped us grow from one man with a desire for “something better” are still our driving force. We constantly work to bring our customers products that are unmatched in quality, design, and reliability at a competitive price.
    Every day we strive to provide superior products with unequaled service and support. Our technical support team has set the industry standard for knowledgeable advice, troubleshooting hints, and the most courteous customer service available anywhere.
    Castle Creations is located in a suburb of Kansas City. We are proud to employ more than 95 people, and that number is growing all the time!


  • Prize No.s 26 through 35. won by Ticket Number – 4999 – Curtis Suter
    won by Ticket Number – 8588 – Sheldon Smith
    won by Ticket Number – 2638 – Thomas Cooke
    won by Ticket Number – 622 – Douglas Cronkhite
    won by Ticket Number – 7501 – James Martin
    won by Ticket Number – 3773 – Steven Chan
    won by Ticket Number – 6196 – Don Richmond
    won by Ticket Number – 4903 – William H Kuhlman
    won by Ticket Number – 8419 – Michael Smith
    won by Ticket Number – 8078 – Maarten Broess
    – – donated by Zap Adhesives and Frank Tiano Enterprises
    are 10 fantastic Team Zap adhesive kits including ZAP Thin CA, ZAP Medium CA, ZAP a Gap Thick CA, ZAP Rubber Toughened CA, Zap Foam Safe CA and ZAP Kicker and spray. The kits are in a convenient plastic tray with lid and simply perfect to have with you at the flying field for field repairs or stored on your work bench for when you need the best adhesives for your next build. Frank Tiano also has provided the US Soaring Team with extra adhesives for use as team supplies in Jesenik. Please visit Franks website and check out the great range of Zap adhesives available.

  • Prize No. 36 won by Ticket Number – 5330 – Don Richmond
    – Barry Kennedy of Kennedy Composites always supports the US Teams. He has again generously donated a great little DLG.
    The ELF is a small discus-launch glider ideal for sport flying while on travel or in your neighborhood park. The ELF is based on MIT’s Dr. Drela’s HLG glider design, the Apogee. Due to it’s low weight, with a scant wing loading of 2.77* oz./sq. ft. ready-to-fly, the ELF is able to sustain flight in the smallest and lightest of thermals.

    Pod – Features a transparent yellow or white injection-molded pod. A custom carbon boom is connected into the pod, on which the receiver battery (a one-cell 240mAh LiPo pack with an integrated charging circuit), two servos and the receiver are mounted on. A removable nose cone allows for easy access to RC components.

    Wing – Carbon D-Box construction and carbon-capped balsa ribs combined with a vertical balsa grain spar provide a stout one-piece wing. The wing features the AG series of DLG airfoils designed and refined by MIT’s Dr. Drela. A carbon “T” launching blade that is capable of being installed on either wing, allows for comfortable launches. The wing is professionally covered in Violet, Blue or Red Oracover to provide strength and stiffness.

    Tail – The tail surfaces are composed of light-weight foam, which is reinforced with carbon, fiberglass and then vacuum-bagged. A one-gram miniature v-mount allows for the full flying stabilizer to give the pilot infinite pitch control. Carbon push-rods are pre-installed.

    A complete hardware package, carbon pushrods and horns are included.


  • Prize No. 37 won by Ticket Number – 8054 – Maarten Broess
    – The legendary Winchdoc Pulley – donated by WinchDoc, (aka Douglass Boyd)
    manufactures the very best soaring winch turnaround pulleys on the planet. This is the “go to” pulley of the US F3B and F3J teams and the quality is outstanding. According to Jim Monaco, “The Rocky Mountain Soaring Association have 6 of these for the RMSA club winches and they are flawless…” The Winchdoc pulley uses a 3″ low mass delron needle bearing sheave. It’s all machined aluminum and anodized to prevent oxidation. Two bolts pop it apart for cleaning and lubrication. The machined halves are cut so that the line can not get around the sheave sides and so that the line does not wear on the side plates. Thank you Douglass.


  • Prize No.s 38 and 39 won by Ticket Number – 5434 – Don Richmond,
    won by Ticket Number – 4989 – Curtis Suter
    – A Fabulous Super Chute – donated by the famous Mr Kite, (aka Craig Christensen)
    who has been making the very best RC Soaring chutes in the world right here in good old USA. Both the USA F3B and F3J Soaring Teams have been using the “Underdog” chutes as our official Team chutes for the last 3 World Championship cycles as there is no equal manufactured anywhere in the world. The Underdog chute is much smaller than the MrKite Superchutes in our raffle and are designed to the minimum requirements the FAI requires for competition. The raffle prizes are actually the larger SuperChutes (the best MrKite makes)and are made by Craig from the finest materials and of the highest quality and are perfect on any winch or bungee. Thank you for the years and years you have supported the USA Teams Craig.

    3 DVDs

  • Prize No.s 40, won by Ticket Number – 10012 – Douglas Cronkhite, Prize No 41 won by Ticket Number – 10348 – Douglas Cronkhite and Prize No 42 won by Ticket Number – 2868 – Kyle Paulson

    – The excellent and very informative Build Videos donated by Curtis Suter and Tailwind Gliders. Curtis is a very dedicated RC Soaring pilot when he isn’t at 20,000 above the Rockies piloting passengers somewhere in USA. You may have seen some of his excellent “office” photos taken from among the clouds that Curtis often posts on FaceBook. The lucky winners of these prizes will each receive a DVD. DLG and ALES Build. A Beginners Guide to Composite Pod and Boom Fuselages. A Beginners Guide to Cutting and Bagging Foam Wings. Thank you Curtis for creating these fantastic resources and thank you for supporting the USA F3B Team with this kind donation.