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Local Bishop High School students took top honors at a free flight competition for model airplanes held in Eloy, Ariz. two weekends ago.
A newcomer to the event, sophomore Garrett Tremayne placed first; junior Logan Tetrick, third. The wins placed both boys in the top three in the United States. Both qualified for the World Championships Model Airplane held in Solanta, Romania this July where they will compete with entries from 16 countries. The international event is held every two years.
This is the third consecutive championship Tetrick has qualified for in his division. It will be Tremayneâ€™s first.
The airplanes have 90-inch wing spans and weigh approximately 14.5 oz. The planes are launched from a 50-meter tow line and have to stay in the air for three minutes.
The competition consists of seven three-minute flights, one every hour. Perfect scores are tallied at the end of the seven flights, then the flight time is increased until each plane is eventually dropped. Tremayneâ€™s first place was determined by a seven-minute flight; his was the last plane in the air.
Tremayne is the son of Tim and Susie Tremayne; Tetrick is the son of Jason and Sunnee Tetrick. Tetrickâ€™s grandfather, Brian VanNest, is the boysâ€™ mentor and has flown in many international and world championship competitions.