Pilot Profile

Team JR MacGregor Pilot Jon Tappin

Jon Tappin

Current Equipment:

  • JR Propo 28X Transmitter
  • DLE-170 Petrol Engine
  • JR Propo XBus
  • JR Propo NX servos
  • JR Propo 8911 servos
  • MacGregor JR Team pilot since 1990
  • 3 Times Jet World Masters Open Class Champion 1997, 1999, 2007
  • 2 Times Jet World Masters Open Class Runner up 2001, 2005
  • 2 time F3A UK Team Member
  • 6 times F3A England Team Member
  • 4 times runner up F3A National Championship
  • 5 times England Jet World Masters Team member
  • Special effects model pilot on James Bond 'Goldeneye'
  • Currently competing in IMAC Unlimited Class with a Hanger 9, 3.1 Sukhoi 26MM with Dle 170, XBus, JR NX servos and an Extreme Flight 104" Extra 300, JR 8911 servos.
  • Member of Wimborne Model Aero Club
  • WMAC instructor for 35 years
  • BMFA Examiner
  • JR 28X and ever reliable 10X!

I started flying RC at the age of 13 doing my first solo in 1977, having done free flight and control line previously to that. I have been a one club man and was a club instructor by the age of 16. I have always enjoyed teaching new members to fly not only through basic training but also advanced training including coaching for F3a and IMAC competition.

Although I still love heading up to the field or the local slope for some fun flying with club mates, I have always enjoyed competitive flying, starting in F3a, then Jets and now more recently in IMAC. I find the discipline required for regular practice not only leads to more rapid improvement, but prevents any chance of getting bored!

I started flying F3a competition in 1987 which led to being invited to join the MacGregor demo team in 1990 with John Palmer and spent many happy years flying synchro aerobatics at the Sandown Park Model show among others. I am very fortunate and grateful to have had support from MacGregor ever since.

I went on to fly for the UK Team in 2 F3A world Championships, but never quite managed to win the Nationals, placing second, four times to four different pilots!

I was lucky enough to be invited to join Ian Richardson to compete at the Jet World Masters in the team event when is was held in the UK in 1997, we won the event and went on to compete at 5 World Masters events around the world with 4 different models. In the later years the F100 Super Sabre and F86 Sabre used in 3 of the events were fully equipped with JR equipment courtesy of Macgregor.

Following our final Jet event in 2007, I didn't fly anything competitively for several years. Although I was still flying regularly during that time, I missed the buzz of competition, so after a clubmate who was flying IMAC persuaded me to have a go, I have been competing in the Unlimited category since 2011 and really enjoying it.

I used the bullet proof JR 10X for 16 years and this year have converted over to JR DMSS with the fantastic 28X also trying XBus for the first time, which I have found to be very easy to use both in installation and programming.

If you ever see me at a contest or show, please come and have a chat, I'm always happy to talk flying particularly anything to do with aerobatics or JR Radio!

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Team JR MacGregor Pilot - Jon Tappin


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