Student Achievement: Daniel Arapakis, Year 11 John XXIII

Daniel Arapakis flew his racer F3D aircraft at the 2017 FAI F3D World Championships in Sweden from 25-29 July, with 45 pilots from 17 countries competing at this year’s event. All the way from his home field Western Port Model Aero Club (WPMAC) Crib Point, Daniel did Australia very proud bringing home the Gold Medal. He is now is the Junior World Champion!

Dan is the first Australian junior to ever win a World Championship in any facet of Aeromodelling. Daniel was race prepared, equipped with the finest aircraft, engines and propellers fastidiously engineered by Barry Murphy. Dan flew his custom-built Minute Master racer for 14 rounds over 3 days winning the junior category. Dan's times also complimented the Aussie seniors’ outstanding performance, resulting in Australia winning Gold for the Team event.

These methanol burners top speed at 350+ km/hr and are piloted around a pylon course 400 meters long racing for 10 laps. The 4000m race is flown by 3 pilots at once competing against the clock with target total time of less than 60 seconds. Dan averaged 59.44 seconds for the event also giving him 9th overall in the open division.

Upon return to Australia, Daniel was presented with a Life Membership at WPMAC for his achievements which was most certainly an honour to receive at only 16 years of age.