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Scott Gray

Get To Know "SCOTT GRAY"

“Munich Heli Masters 2009″ is the biggest 3D heli event in Europe was held on September 11–13, 2009.

Scott Gray was invited as a special guest and he did extremely nice performance!  Many people came to the booth asking for Vibe90SG and Vibe 500E after looking his performance.

The 1st China(Beijing) International Aero Model Show was held on sometime in October 2008 over 3 days at the National Air and Space Museum near Beijing China. They have built a special r/c airfield at the museum for r/c demonstrations with paved runways and permanent seating for spectators.

Scott Gray was invited to grace the show.


He is at present the 2009 US Nationals Champion. Among all US team pilots who used electric model, Scott Gray competed with his tried and true nitro-powered JR Sylphide 90 that made him grabbed the first place from Curtis Youngblood, who came in second this year, in the 83rd National Aeromodeling Championship - Helicopter Division held at AMA, Muncie, Indiana on July 7-11, 2009.

Scott and Curtis have been battling the F3C Nationals for 15 years now. What they both strongly have in common is that they both belong to the JR team and they are masters of F3C Precision Flight or Extreme 3D manuevers. Being good at precision control flight as well as chaotic extreme manuevers clearly puts them in a category of distinction in the RC Heli Hall of Fame.

According to a witness in the contest, some of Scott’s figures just seem to have slightly better symmetry - which is what the judges look for in the said contest.

The third place was taken by Dwight Shilling.

Below is the Official Scores for 434 F3C Helicopter:


Place Full Name
Location Score


Here are some of the videos taken from the competition. See how Scott beat the other well known heli flyers:
1) Scott Gray
2) Curtis Youngblood
3) Dwight Shilling


Right after the US Nats, The Academy of Model Aeronautics, in association with its Special Interest Group for Radio Control Helicopters - IRCHA (International Radio Control Helicopter Association) hosted the 2009 F3C World Championships in AMA, Muncie, Indiana from August 5 - 11, 2009.

In this event, Scott bagged Second Place next to Hiroki Ito (JR Team Japan), who garnered First Place, while Curtis Youngblood (JR Team - USA) took the fourth place.


Herewith is the Final Standing for the FAI WC 2009
4 rounds of Schedule A, drop the lowest round, normalized. 3 rounds of Schedule C. 4 total scores, drop the lowest.


Place Name
Country Score
1 Hiroki Ito World Champion Japan 2974.49
2 Scott Gray Canada 2969.811
3 Ennio Graber Switzerland 2949.987
4 Curtis Youngblood USA 2922.797
5 Manabu Hashimoto Japan 2903.087


Scott was also invited as a special guest during the biggest 3D heli event in Europe “Munich heli masters 2009″ held on September 11-13, 2009 to which he did extremely nice performance! During the event, the Super Gracy show of Scott was the most wanted one on all days. Many people came to the booth asking for Vibe90SG and Vibe 500E after looking his performance.


There are almost no limits for what radio controlled helicopters can do, yet only a few in the world can compete, demonstrate and design radio control helicopters professionally… like Scott Gray, to name one. He is one of only a handful to master precision and extreme 3D flight. His passion is to build, design and fly aircraft of all kinds, to which it also doubles as a profession.

Known as one of the most distinguished name in RC helicopter industry and is world renowned for his extraordinary radio control helicopter piloting skills, Scott has mastered this exceptional skill. His unique flying routines feature aerobatics exceeding speeds of 120mph and 1000ft altitude, extreme 3D freestyle displays, and eye pleasing precision maneuvers.

His father has a hobby store Flite Craft in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, that is why at the age of four his father, Steve, had taught him to fly radio controlled airplanes. Since then, flying have always kept Scott learning and focused on modeling.

A long history of competitive flying representing Canada has earned him multi-time Canadian and US National titles, and consecutive World Championship medals. He is currently ranked as Canada’s number one helicopter pilot for more than 13 years in both precision FAI-F3C and 3D freestyle competitions.

Furthermore, for more than 17 years Scott focuses on competition in World Class events and helping others in the hobby. He has travelled around the world doing what he does best - flying helicopters at contests, demonstrations and air show events.

Below is the list of accomplishments Scott Gray is able to capture, to wit:

Canadian Nationals
1995- present
• 8-time Canadian F3C World Championship Team Member

USA FAI-F3C Nationals
• 4th 1997 • 1st 2003
• 3rd 1998 • 3rd 2004
• 3rd 1999 • 3rd 2005
• 2nd 2000 • 1st 2007
• 2nd 2001 • 2nd 2006
• 2nd 2002 • 2nd 2008
• 1st 2009

World Championships FAI-F3C
• 31st 1995 Japan (youngest competitor age 15)
• 15th 1997 Turkey
• 11th 1999 Poland
• 7th 2001 USA
• 5th 2003 Japan
• 2nd 2005 Spain
• 2nd 2007 Poland

XFC Extreme Flight Championships
• 4th 2003
• 6th 2004
• 3rd 2005
• 1st 2006
• 4th 2007
• 5th 2009

Taiwan HTC 3D Top 10 World Cup
• 2nd 2006

3D Masters World Competition
• 4th 2002 Master Category
• 4th 2003 Master Category
• 8th 2004 Master Category
• 6th 2006 Master Category

IRCHA - International Radio Control Helicopter Association
• Jamboree - demonstration pilot
• 1st 2000 Night Fly Champion
• 1999 Grand National Champion
• 2000 Grand National Champion

Thailand 3DX 2008, Bangkok
• 3DX Contest Judge and Demo pilot

Japan KFC 2008 3D Jamboree
• Featured Demonstration Pilot

Indonesian Aeromodelling Festival 2007
• 20,000+ public airshow, Jakarta
• Featured Demonstration Pilot

Czech Republic 3D 2006
• Demo Pilot

Australian 3D 2005, Melbourne
• Demo Pilot

Hong Kong Helicopter Cup 2004
• Featured Demonstration Pilot

Demo Pilot
• K-W Scale Rally 1994-2008 day and night pyrotechnic flight show, Kitchener ON
• Quebec Provincial Heli, Quebec City QC
• Club C.R.A.S.H. Heli, Montreal QC
• Rochester NY
• Pt. Charlotte FL
• Detroit MI
• Mt. Pleasant TX

Kyosho Challenge
• 1st 1997
• 2nd 1998

Nashville F3C Championship
• 2nd 1999
• 1st 2000

Wireton Airshow
• R/C Helicopter Demonstration Pilot

Friendly Foes Above the Falls Air Show (view website)
• DH-82C Tiger Moth demonstration pilot (full scale)

During the US Nationals 2009 competition, Scott used the Sylphide that has been top of the F3C world for years. Throughout this long stretch of time it has proven itself to be the most mechanically robust and advanced design on the precision F3C heli scene. The solid aluminum chassis is unbelievably strong and stable. Scott was impressed when he first tested the machine and saw how quiet the heli was when it lifted off. The robust structure leaves little for the big 90 engines to vibrate and strong chassis transmits the power very efficiently. Scott believed that he finally found a heli that was designed for a 90!

kit alone without engine, retail price is $3000 or approximately P150,000.00

The oversize clutch and bell is a solid unit that works flawlessly and turns a spiral cut 11 tooth pinion and 88T main gear for zero backlash and very smooth gear train operation. No alignment is required on the Syphide because the machined pinion BB block bolts to the aluminum chassis with a perfect mesh and no fuss. With Sylphides, everything fit and no “upgrades” were added… AT ALL!

with a Super Gracy body and Vigor Head, the cost is approximately $300-350

Scott also used the Vibe for his other competitions. First designed by Curtis Youngblood, Scott was able to improve the Vibe to what is known today as the JR Vibe 90SG. This machine is the culmination of years of experience from Scott and Team JR’s top pilots’ requirements packaged into one all-new machine.

Today, the JR Vibe is now taken to the next level - the Vibe 90™SG. An addition to the Vibe family of helicopters, Vibe 90™SG offers the ultimate in aggressive flight performance and is designed to withstand the stresses of the most extreme aerobatic and 3D maneuvers even those that have yet to be imagined.

Vibe 90™SG is equally capable of FAI-F3C precision flight. The special features like the oversized tail and main shafts, the oversized Sprag autorotation clutch and 7mm spindle shaft that can handle the most aggressive maneuvers, a robust split gear constant-driven tail rotor, and a lightweight, rigid structural design make the Vibe 90™SG an unbeatable choice for heli pilots who want to push 3D performance beyond the edge. A helicopter design that has unlimited flight performance with the reliability and the durability to handle the most demanding aerobatics is here!!! Once you take the controls of the Vibe 90™SG, you’ll know how worthwhile your wait is.

JR Vibe 90™SG Pro 3D Setup Suggestions:

Sport 3D

Extreme 3D

Cyclic Servos (3)

JR DS8915

JR DS6305

Gyro JR G770T JR G770T
Tail Servo JR DS8900G


JR DS8900G


JR RD721

JR RD721 or RD921




Regulator Power w/ 2S LI-PO for Receiver & Cyclic Combo

Reactor X


Reactor X


Engine w/ Pump


YS 91SR Engine w/ Tank Pressurized System


YS 91SR Engine w/ Tank Pressurized System

Main Blade


MS Composit 710mm “Red Tip” Champion Series


MS Composit 710mm “Red Tip” Champion Series

Tail Blades MS Composit 105mm MS Composit 105mm

Scott further promoted the new Vibe 90™SG when he made a demonstration flying at the IRCHA Jamboree right after the World Championships in Muncie, Indiana.

The ReactorX
Another of Scott’s accomplishment is the ReactorX. Known to be the first voltage regulator system of a helicopter that offers dual regulators with servo power bus connections, it generates noticeable servo power, consistency and agility for 3D and F3C flight.

It is designed to be the unfailing heart of a heli and is the first of its kind to provide split power output and servo bus technology to heli industry.

Reactor-X have the following features and specifications:
1) “Never-shut-down” circuitry ensures constant power delivery in any possible condition with system always reverting to power ON;
2) Exclusive Voltage Bus selectable output setting, no setup required;
3) Quick-charge cable, direct power to servos, redundant RX power, and fail-safe-on logic switch;
4) Use on/off switch harness of any type, or power on with removable pin-switch jumper included;
5)Triple redundant receiver power and direct current to CCPM Servo Bus.

Here are what other heli flyers say about Reactor X -

I´m really impressed. The machine feels really agile and strong with 6.8V on the cyclic servos. It simply works like it has to! -Dominik Hagele 3D Master

It’s pushing 1000 flights! - Colin Bell

Wow. $135 seems inexpensive with great customer service like this. -D.A.

The ReactorX is the only regulator that we recommend - Aerotech Indonesia

Man that thing’s awesome! Thanks again, and awesome product! - C.K.

Can’t ask for any better service than that. - T.V.

This product is awesome!! - Helitechnics Belgium

Another reason why Scott is a JR die-hard is because of its Radio Controls. He have used it for over 20 years and he describes these JR radio controls as confident and reliable. The transmitter is the heart of R/C flying, connecting pilot to machine. It is this connection and quality that JR is known for, and the reason Scott flies JR.

The 12X is known to be JR’s ultimate combination of pro-class performance, security, convenience and quality. As a product of inspired collaboration between JR and Spektrum engineers, the integrated 12X 2.4 and module-based 12X MV represent a true breakthrough in pro-class radio control. Some of the features that make the 12X stand out are the pitch and throttle curves, CCPM mixing, program mixes, gyro, and governor pages.

Using a prototype JR® 12X 12-channel computer radio system with Spektrum’s integrated 2.4GHz DSM ® technology, pilots have demonstrated to the world how valuable the new 2.4GHz frequency can be. It’s even faster than the 9303 – and pilots feel even more connected with the model. Point rolls, snap rolls are all incredibly precise.

The faster speed is a result of JR’s engineering – they were able to develop an optimized special channel sequencing that resulted in improved performance. Of course, this same performance will be built into every 12X shipped to customers worldwide.

When Scott made a go with the 12X, it is a step up in quality and programming that is not just about looks - it’s about functionality and results. He choose the 12X to fly his helicopters and airplanes because of JR’s renowned quality and programming features that are easy to use.

Scott highly recommended the 12X to any heli pilot looking for a system that is big on features that matter and make every model easy to setup and flying more enjoyable.

In Asia, the DSM 12X 2.4 integrated is known as JR DSX12. Both are exactly the same execept the model name.

The DSM12X 72/2.4 MV (module version) is usable with 72MHz and 2.4GHz, and is called PCM 12X in Asia.

Herewith is a video of the DSM 12X, American version of the JR DSX 12

In like manner, Scott have also been using the JR 9303 2.4 since 2007. It has made a strong impression in the heli market with its versatility and 2.4ghz modulation. It is considered great for the sport pilot, all the way up to competitive levels. This radio was used by the top three pilots of the F3C 2008 World Championships.


JR DSX9 is the Asian version of JR 9303 (US version). JR DSX9 is almost the same with JR X9303 2.4 since both are DSM/DSM2 compatible. It has a 7-point throttle and pitch curves, five CCPM mixes (2s 180, 3s 120, 3s 140, 3s 90, 4s 90), pre-programmed cyclic-to-throttle mixes, pre-programmed Governor mixes, 6 progammable mixers (2 multi-point style), and 3-axis dual rate and expo. Not only can data for 30 models of all types be programmed into the transmitter, but owners of the conventional radios will be able to transfer their models’ programming data directly to their new 2.4 transmitters.

Scott notice a very connected feel when flying with JR/Spektrum 2.4ghz radios that is not quite present in other radios. The low latency connection definitely can be felt by the pilot. Not to mention the peace of mind knowing there is no chance at large events for interference from other radio systems.


Aside from being a heli flyer, Scott is also a holder of a commercial multi-engine pilot license. He flies regularly several fully restored 1939 De Havilland Tiger Moth aircraft and be a part of the Tiger Boys Aircraft Works in Guelph, Ontario. This group of enthusiasts are always at work on various war-time vintage aircraft, restoring them to better-than-new condition.

Other than competitive R/C flying, Scott has experience flying UAV helicopters and camera equipped, custom built helicopters for low-level aerial photography and HD video, Scott is also a mechanical designer and consultant doing 3D CAD designs for medical, industrial, and R/C equipment.


Below is an article by Simon Lockington during an Australian FunFly:
“Scott Gray and his wife Lauren had come out to Australia for an event we were holding here. While they were here, Scott took the time to help out Andrew and I with our setups. He improved the setup of our helicopters and also our flying at the same time by imparting some of his knowledge. We feel indebted to Scotty and really wanted him to do well in this competition.

As I said, when he was out here, Scott flew Sylphides quite a bit while refining the setup. His view of it was that it was the best metal blade grip head he’d flown (Scott prefers plastic blade grips) and he really liked how quiet it was.

Next thing I know, Scott’s flying Sylphides at the US nats! Although he won’t admit that flying my machine made him change from the Vigor to the Sylphide (he reckons he had one all along…), I can’t help but think that maybe my humble Sylphide helped with his decision!

Scott’s machine is a standard Sylphide wrapped in a Super Gracy body, but with a Vigor head on it.

We were all very interested to watch his flights and he didn’t disappoint. His hovering was great, but his aerobatics were stunning. His lines were so consistent it’s like his helicopter had a ‘snap to grid line’ feature going on! His loops were beautiful, some guys, including myself, begin the pull up for their loops very gently, Scott did his smoothly but there was a kind of ‘snap’ to it that left you under no doubt that the maneuver had begun. It’s very difficult to describe, but it was beautiful to see.

Scott’s practice flight left pretty much everyone convinced that he was going to be a top contender in this competition.”

Scott has also appeared on Discovery Channel documentaries, RCTV, and The History Channel documentaries.

Below are some of the phenomenal videos of Scott Gray
Scott Gray flying at the XFC

2007 Futaba XFC - Scott Gray

Northeast Heli Jamboree - Scott Gray Part 1 110MPH Sylphide

Northeast Heli Jamboree - Scott Gray JR Vibe 90

Scott Gray’s JR Vigor