World Championship F3K 2011 - preliminary info

Posted this somewhere els and thought about starting a thread instead. First F3K world championship is soon here! I'll post updates when they are finalized...

Contest city, Arboga you'll find here...

WC schedule 2011 is as follows (MIGHT BE UPDATED):

July 2-3 Open International F3K Competition
July 4 Registration and processing
July 5-8 Competitions days (current idea is Round 1-15 senior and round 1-9 junior)
July 8-9 Flyoff days for both Junior and Senior
July 9 Prize giving and banquet
July 10 Departure


The contest site will be open for practice from June 29. An Open International F3K competition will be held on site 2010. An excellent possibility
to get early knowledge about the site and facilities!

Entry fee
Competitor 195 Euros
Supporter 35 Euros

The Championship will be arranged as a ”Green” environment friendly competition.


• Camping at the competition site with toilets, showers and wireless Internet
• Several hotels in Arboga
• Rental cabins 15 km south of the competition site.

Preliminary organisation
Contest director Rolf Påhlsson Experienced contest director, including F4 world Championships 2006
Deputy director Bengt Lindgren Chairman Swedish Model Flying Federation
Scoring Mats Josefson Experienced contest administrator

Travel arrangements
Stockholm-Arlanda, 170 km by car (major airlines)
Stockholm-Skavsta, 150 km by car (Ryanair)
Västerås, 55 km by car (Ryanair)
Commuter to Stockholm ~1h 15 min
Arboga railway station ~5 km from competition site

The History of Arboga
Arboga and the surrounding area boast a number of important historical sites from events which have influenced the entire country at various times during the last 1000 years. Settlements in Arboga date from as far back as the Stone Age and there are several historical sites revealing remains from various periods in Arboga’s history in the surrounding area. Götlunda (10km from Arboga) has remaines from the 11th Century which features a rune stone called Kung Sigges sten (King Sigge’s stone). Between Arboga and Götlunda is the ancient castle Halvardsborg, which is one of three in the parish of Götlunda. Arboga’s town centre was already developing into a busy community in the 11th Century, with the first of five churches, St Nikolai’s, being completed 100 years later. An exciting period in Arboga’s history was when the Franciscan monks settled here during the 13th Century; Gråbröderna (the grey brotherhood), as there were called, were known for participating in communities which they thought had the potential to expand and develop. This was true of Arboga and the town owes a lot to the work of the monks, e.g. the monastery they built which later became the church of the Holy Trinity in Arboga. The monks also tended to the poor and the sick as well as teaching reading skills to children. There are many stories of an old network of underground passages in which the monks could move around the town in secret. The monks stayed in Arboga until the 16th Century, when King Gustav Vasa broke with the Roman Catholic Church, took over all the monasteries and drove the monks out of Sweden. 

Arboga was an influential town during the middle ages; the Arboga River gave the town a trade route to Stockholm and the rest of the world. The iron ore trade was also an important commodity during Arboga’s history, where it was weighed and stored at Ladbron. Unfortunately the trade route was iscontinued after construction was completed on the Hjälmarkanal (Hjälmar Canal), but then the new canal did have some positive effects on Arboga. Arboga was also host to a number of important historical events including Engelbrekt’s first assembly of the Swedish parliament in 1435. The town was also a residence for monarchs – during the 16th Century Gustav Vasa and his daughter, Cecilia, lived here. Cecilia later became Countess Cecilia of Arboga and lived in the church building Helge And, which later became the town hall and remains so today. Arboga, with its well preserved medieval character, is a beautiful and charming town. The ancient cobble stones of Västerlånggatan(the riverside street, lined with period wooden houses) have been trodden by the feet of many locals and travellers throughout the ages. Close by is the old village chamber, famous for its special stories. It was here that Lasse-Maja, a master thief known throughout Sweden, was almost captured -affording Arboga another interesting episode in its long history. Further information on Arboga’s interesting history, people and places can be obtained by booking dramatized guided tours and organized walks, as well as visiting Arboga Tourist Information.

/Jonas Ekman ,Sweden