Vario Helicopter

Radio Controlled Model Helicopters

Sandy Jaffe


What is your favorite engine?

I fly both Electric and Turbine. With electric I like the value of Scorpion motors, but appreciate the outstanding quality of Kontronik Pyro motors. For Turbines I prefer Jakadofsky. For "everyday" type flying I like electric, for something special I love Turbines.

Which RC system do you use?

Jeti DS-16. I really appreciate the quality and the telemetry.

What is your favorite Vario model and why?

My R22 (converted to electric motor) has been my favorite for many years, but the new CH-47 Chinook is so different, and flies so well it is starting to take over as my favorite.

Which models of Vario have you been possessing or flown so far?

MD520 NOTAR (nitro converting to electric)
MD900 Explorer NOTAR (converted to electric). I have had two different models.
R22 (petrol converted to electric)
CH-47 Chinook
Cobra (Electric, modified to a "Fire watch Cobra")
Vario Lama T-Rex 700

Which is your favorite fly-in?

Southern Scale Challenge in Dalton, GA USA

How long have you been a helicopter pilot?

Since 1985

Which events do you plan to attend this year?

Spring Fling in Fredericksburg, VA
Joe Nall in Woodruff, SC
New England Heli Crew Scale event in Mansfield, MA
SCRC Air Show in Center Hall, PA
Northeast Heli Jamboree in Macedon, NY
Southern Scale Challenge in Dalton, GA
Fall Heli Mowdown in Fredericksburg, VA