Team News


July 28th, 2015

By now, I’m sure you’re aware, the 2015 F3K World Championships is over. HUGE congratulations to Junior World Champion, Team USA’s own Dillon Graves! Team USA’s Juniors also made the podium, finishing 3rd and claiming the Bronze Medal!  Senior Team USA Member, Charlie Morris finished 5th! Full report and update coming soon!

July 8th, 2015

Wow. Less than a week to go. Excited? Yep. Nervous? Absolutely. Ready for fun? More than ready! Team USA is prepared! Daily summary reports will be published here. Once the actual contest flying is underway, our Team Manager will be doing (mostly) live commentary over on RC Groups. We’ll be sure to post a link to that thread once it starts.

PLEASE NOTE: Any donations made from July 8th to the 28th will be processed when the team returns from Croatia. All donations are hand processed, but rest assured, your donations will be recorded. Thanks!


June 29th, 2015

Hey all,

We’re now only 2 weeks out from leaving for Croatia. As of right now, we’re about $1500 short of our goal. It’s amazing how quickly things add up! That said.. From now until we leave (July 13), all donations over $20 on the webstore will receive an additional 25% in tickets.

I know you guys have given us great support so far. I’m hoping you can dig a little deeper and contribute just a little more. The raffle is full of some amazing prizes, including FIVE modern F3K airplanes, ready to fly, some of which will have been actually flown by the team in the World Championships!…=0&sort=normal

$20 gets you 7 tickets, + 2 bonus tickets.
$50 gets you 20 tickets, + 5 bonus tickets.
$100 gets you 50 tickets, + 13 bonus tickets.
$200 gets you 125 tickets, + 31 bonus tickets.
$500 gets you 400 tickets, + 100 bonus tickets.



June 11th, 2015

Hey all out there in F3K land.. Still not much to discuss yet. It’s hard to believe we’re just a little over a month away from departing for Croatia! The team is working hard preparing and by all accounts is firing on all cylinders. The Senior team is solid and working extremely well together. Team chemistry is huge, and everyone is clicking! Our Juniors are really kicking major tail and will be a force to be reckoned with for sure!

We’d also really like to thank all of our sponsors for their support. From the major manufacturers to those individuals who’ve given us the $5 they could spare. Every donation is GREATLY appreciated, no matter how big or how small. Words somehow seem inadequate to show our gratitude for your efforts. The response from the USA Soaring community has been awesome!

Right now, we appear to be a bit short of our goal, but we’re hopeful by the time we board the planes that we’ll get there!

Once in Croatia, our Team Manager, Doug Cronkhite, will be updating here and on our Facebook page with daily news updates of how the event is progressing, and hopefully words and thoughts from all the team, so those of you back home can feel like you’re there with it in more than spirit!

May 18th, 2015

Hello all.. Not a lot to report right now. The team has been competing in local contests, and is looking very well prepared! We’re less than 2 months from heading to Croatia, but our work is not done yet. We still have quite a ways to go on our funding goals. If you’ve been waiting to donate or buy raffle tickets, what are you waiting for? The prizes already listed are incredible, and some are one of a kind items you won’t get anywhere else! We still have plenty of T-Shirts available as well in all sizes! Your support is greatly appreciated as always. More news to come soon!

April 20th, 2015

And yet another airplane is added to the Team USA F3K Raffle! Team USA Alternate Toby Herrera is donating a RTF Vibe to the raffle. That brings the number of RTF airplanes to SIX!

In other news, our 1st batch of T-Shirts have been ordered, and should be available to purchase at the International Hand-Launched Glider Festival (IHLGF) if you’re attending and save yourself the shipping charge. Of course, you can always buy one in the web store and we’ll ship it out to you ASAP.


April 8th, 2015

Hey gang! Some great new prizes have been added to the raffle.

Team Pilot Jon Finch will be donating a custom-built Team USA Snipe that will be flown in the upcoming World Championship!

Team Pilot Jon Padilla will be donating a special custom built Team USA Vortex 2 that will be flown in the upcoming World Championship!

If you’ve been holding out, or just putting it off, now is the time to get in on this and maybe win yourself some great stuff! Both of these aircraft are limited edition, and made only for the US team! This is your chance to maybe get your hands on some truly rare sailplanes!


Mar 30th, 2015

Hey all..

In looking at our funding vs expenses so far, we’re still well short of our goal. Any donation, no matter how small, is definitely appreciated. Just a reminder, there are 2 ways to donate to the team.

1) Send money to the AMA in care of Team USA F3K. This donation IS tax deductible.
2) Make a donation through our web store right here. Just click the tab above to go to the web store! This donation is NOT tax deductible, but you might just win some cool F3K related stuff!

You can also purchase our official Team USA F3K apparel at the webstore as well. Jerseys and T-Shirts are available for purchase now.


Mar 3, 2015

Exciting news! Our official team jerseys are now available for sale on the web store! These are the exact jerseys we will be wearing in Croatia while competing in the World Championship! They are made using a full dye sublimation process so the colors will never run or fade, and the fabric is a lightweight, but sturdy, breathable sports fabric.  And to top it off, we have our first sale, from a gentleman in Switzerland! Team USA is international! 🙂

Feb 17th, 2015

The raffle prizes have been updated again thanks to the generous efforts of John Graves and Graves R/C. As many of you know, John is USA Jr Team member Dillon Graves’ father, and he’s a huge supporter of Dillon and all of Team USA soaring! Be sure to thank him, and all our sponsors by buying raffle tickets! Your support is how we’re getting to Croatia in just 5 months from now!

We’re hoping to add a lot more to the raffle in the coming months!

Jan 29th, 2015

Big thanks to all our supporters so far. I wanted to clarify some sponsorship details though as there have been several questions. In order to be listed on our sponsors page, the following levels of support are required:

  • Individuals – $250
  • Businesses
    • $500 – name on our competition jerseys
    • $1000 – prominent position on competition jerseys
    • $2000 – Primary Sponsor

Furthermore, we want to ensure that nobody feels like their donation isn’t appreciated. In the next week or so, we’re going to be adding a page to the website which lists all donations to the team, large or small. It doesn’t matter if you send us $1 or $1000. We appreciate ALL of the support we get from the soaring community!

Jan 13th, 2015

Get your raffle tickets! The 2015 Team USA F3K web store is now open! Apparel is still in the design phase, but will be coming soon! Thanks in advance for all your support.

Jan 7th, 2015

Happy New Year! Just a couple quick notes. The logo is all but done. The plan is to release it early next week. The raffle will be opening shortly as well, just as soon as we wrap up a couple small details. There are already 3 great ready-to-fly airplanes, and a great radio system in the raffle, and we’re still working on more! To those who have donated already, we can’t thank you enough. To those that haven’t yet, what are you waiting for? 🙂  Seriously though, getting to Croatia is going to be expensive. We can’t do it without your support!

Dec 19th, 2014

Happy Holidays from Team USA F3K. We are hard at work on the official logo and apparel will follow shortly thereafter. As soon as we have finalized the team logo, we’ll post it up to the website. Stay safe this holiday season, and we’ll see you in the new year!


Dec 9th, 2014

Just a heads up. We’re holding off on opening the store until after the 1st of the year. We feel people are already focused on Christmas, vacations, etc. and don’t need another hand out asking for money just yet. You can expect the store to be open with raffle tickets, and apparel shortly after the new year! Thanks!


Nov 26th, 2014

We’re alive! Team USA F3K for 2015 is go! We are currently accepting donations to help offset costs of traveling to Croatia. Donations can be made in the store found elsewhere on this website. Additionally, we are working on a fantastic raffle, as well as some exciting apparel. Please check back often to see what’s new and coming soon! Thanks!