Jamie Robertson is one of the world’s leading pilots. Winner of the XFC 2011 as well as 3D Masters 2011, he is one of only three pilots to win these two events at the same year. Seeing as we are nearing the start of the 2012 season, we had the chance to interview Jamie and find out what’s in stored for us:
Question: When did you start flying RC Helis and who brought you into the hobby?
Started flying in the Summer of 2006. My dad bought a simulator and I started messing around on it a little bit and eventually taught myself how to hover, then it progressed from there and I started watching videos of Alan and Curtis and other top pilots at the time and wanted to push myself to get to their level.
Question: How would you sum up the passing year?
If I could sum up 2011 in one word it would be “unfulfilling”. XFC was a good win and left me with some confidence heading into Masters. Even though I won Masters it didn’t really feel all that great because the final round on Sunday was rained out, and I know that certain people do not think I would have won if we had flown all the rounds. And finally at the IRCHA competition I didn’t fly well and got beat by Kyle Dahl who was a far superior pilot that day, which left an aching feeling in my stomach. So I definitely feel like I still have a lot to prove and accomplish.
Question: Will you fly the new XXtreme this season?
I will most likely stick with the Logo 600 this year for competition because I feel like it fits my aggressive flying style better than the XXtreme.
Question: Will you be competing in the new FAI F3N league?
I haven’t heard a whole lot about the new FAI/F3N league, if it allowed flybarless models to participate then I would be interested for sure. I am always looking for new challenges and/or competitions, that’s what gets my adrenaline going, that’s what I love.
Question: What are your plans for the coming year and what events are you planning to attend?
My plans for 2012 include XFC and Masters of course. Also I’m going to England in May to compete in the Zone Knockout Competition put on by the Smith brothers. I also plan to compete in Asia for the first time in November at 3DX China. Some well known funflys I plan to attend include Las Vegas, Birmingham, Huntsville, IRCHA, and Orlando in the US; and the Alpine Heli Smackdown in Switzerland. I will also be attending some smaller funflys throughout the year as well.
Question: Where do you see yourself in five years?
In 5 years I see myself about to graduate college with a degree in journalism. As far as helicopters go I would like to think that I will still be competing at a high level, time will tell.
Question: Who do you consider are the people who affected you most in the hobby?
I would say my dad has had the most affect on me in the hobby just by always making sure that I stay humble and make good decisions. He also does a great job keeping all my equipment in top notch shape. Another person that has had a pretty significant impact on me is Curtis Youngblood, from the time I got into the hobby I became fascinated with everything he has accomplished over the years, and I was fortunate enough to be sponsored by him for a few years and through that time we spent together I gained some great knowledge from him about helicopters and just life in general. He will always be the godfather of RC helicopters in my opinion.
Question: What difference do you see in the flying style over the last few years?
The flying styles have definitely changed since I first started flying. One of the major factors in that I think was probably the emergence of large electrics which everyone now competes with. They allow you to do far more power hungry maneuvers than were possible 5 or 6 years ago with nitros. Also pilots such as Daniel Jetschin who really made piro maneuvers in opposite directions popular, and Nick Maxwell who has innovated some great maneuvers over the past few years have contributed a lot to the always developing 3D flying styles.
But if it wasn’t for Curtis then we wouldn’t even be close to where we are today, he really started it all.
Question: What do you foresee as the next big thing in heli products or technology?
The next big thing used to be flybarless systems, but I would say that is no longer a legitimate statement because flybarless is the present, not the future. I think soon you will see battery technology get even better and more advanced where flight times will go up while holding the same power throughout the duration of the flight. I personally would like to see wireless servos with no lag time. Just a thought.
Question: What was your favorite period in the hobby?
I have only been in the hobby for about 6 years so I haven’t seen a whole lot in the big picture of things. But I would say that the popularity of large electrics is cool to see and really pushes pilots to come up with even crazier 3D maneuvers that weren’t possible before.
Question: What was your proudest moment and/or greatest achievement?
I have been fortunate enough to have a few proud moments in my career but I would say the best moment was winning XFC 2011. I also won XFC in 2009 but at the time I don’t think I really appreciated it and realized what I had done, it just kinda happened, I think I kinda got lucky in a way. But when I won it in 2011 I had a whole lot more experience under my belt and definitely appreciated it more, so that has been my greatest achievement in my estimation. Like I mentioned earlier the 3D Masters win in 2011 left a bad taste in my mouth so that’s why I don’t consider it to be as good as XFC.
Video of 3D Masters Freestyle round, Jamie’s favorite flight:
Thanks Jamie for the interview and we wish you all the best!!
Reported by: Helidaily Team