May 2-6 2018
Top Gun Invitational is exactly what the name says. It is the best of the best by invitation only competing for over $25,000 in cash and prizes, and to see who may acquire the title of “Mr. Top Gun”. There are also numerous awards of excellence given out each year. Top Gun is the equivalent of a world championship!!!
Top Gun is a scale contest, and by that we mean that each aircraft entered is a replica of a full-scale aircraft. Scale aircraft from each era of aviation from WWI through today’s jet aircraft are flown, both civilian and military. From the model aircraft’s outline, color scheme and attention to details, a static score, of 100 points maximum, is generated from a panel of judges. Those static scores are not released until late in the completion. After static judging, each pilot will fly his aircraft four times, for a flight score of 100 points maximum. In each round of flying the pilot completes ten maneuvers, and each is scored on a scale of 0 – 10. The highest three flight scores are averaged and that result is added to the static score for a final score which determines where the competitor has placed in the competition. An overall champion, in addition to class champions, is determined at the conclusion of the event. That overall champion – “Mr. Top Gun” is one of the single most coveted awards an r/c model aviation pilot may ever earn.
Various classes include: Expert, Masters, Team, Unlimited and Pro-am. Up to five places earn awards at the end of the event in each class. There are many r/c pilots who travel to central Florida each year from distant origins. About 30 – 40% of the contestants are international.
The Half Time Air Show presented on Saturday will include some of the finest, most unusual “acts” you may ever see. There will be several Aerobatic Demonstrations from world renowned pilots flying models that are half the size of the real aircraft.
There is parking available for Motor Homes. The fee for parking overnight-camping is $20 per night; dry, no hookups. All contestants and guests are obligated to pay the fee. We have more than enough spaces. When you arrive call the phone number posted at the gate entrance.
Do you have the need for speed? There will be plenty of vendors and specials if you feel you might want to start a new hobby! Everything from fully built models to accessories will be there.