MESSAGE FROM THE TRIAD
Radio Frequency Safety and Frequency Pin Control
As many of the members know, we now have a new radio impound
shed at our field. This has been done to increase the safety of our field. As we have
continued to grow in members, it is important the senior members teach the new members
correct frequency control and flying courtesy. Radio impound will be policed by the Club
Officers and Field Marshals, but it is the responsibility of all members to ensure the
impound rules are being followed. All members are authorized to enforce all field rules
(remember, it can be your aircraft lost needlessly). Members caught not impounding radios
will be asked to impound radios. If they will not comply, they will be required to leave
for the day. Repeat offenders can get 30 day suspensions and possible termination of
membership. (try flying at other AMA sanctioned clubs without impounding your radio!) If
there are any disputes over impound situations, Please contact a club officer ASAP. Latest Announcement on Radio Impounds.
The following guidelines need to be used by all members-NO EXCEPTIONS:
1. All transmitters will be impounded when you arrive at the
field. Do not leave them in your vehicle, (radios may be left in the case if case is open
to inspect if transmitter power is on or not).
2. Retrieve your radio with the PIN to fly your aircraft when
ready to fly.
3. When flight is complete, return radio to impound shed and
return PIN to pin board. Do not keep radios at the tables when you are not flying. Impound
after each flight!
4. Retrieve radios when departing field.
Remember to clearly mark your name and frequency (use frequency
flags) on your transmitter. This will prevent someone from taking the wrong radio
from the impound (we have many members with the same transmitter model!)
A Note on Frequency Pin Courtesy:
All members need to familiarize themselves with other members
at the field with the same radio frequency as you have. It is common courtesy to return
the pin to the pin board after each flight (when you impound your radio) to allow other
members to use the frequency. When multiple people are on the same frequency, please
restrict frequency pin use to less than 30 minutes to allow other members to fly.
BY ROB JENSEN
All Electric Pylon Race a Huge Success!!
On Sunday April 8th. an all electric pylon race was held
at a top secret 22 acre flying field on the outskirts of Santa Rosa. Pilots from as far
away as San Jose, Lodi and Half Moon Bay came to try their luck at the pylons.
Racing began about 10:30 with 14 pilots registered to race and.
many more in attendance. I, along with Steve ,Cole, were in the first heat along with two
of the out-of-towners. 3-2-1-LAUNCH and here we go! I jumped out to an early lead, man my
plane was moving! I was a bit nervy and ended up cutting out in the first heat. Steve and
I had some great side by side racing action though! Steve won the Heat. Team Red's Racing
aided by factory sponsored (Red's Hangar One) specially propped race motors had a definite
edge on the rest of the entrants. There was one other plane there that was noticeably
faster than ours called a "Stinger.' Luckily for us, he was having technical
problems, so he was not in contention. It was really fast owing to its small design and
all molded construction. The "Stinger" is built in the Czech. Republic where the
dollar is strong so we can get them here for about $150.
In the second round, Steve and I again faced the out of
towners. I had to change to my back-up motor due to a bad landing in the previous heat and
was a little slower. I got a good start and got out in front and flew wide laps to make
sure I didn't cut! Steve came up through the pack and by lap 8, I was fighting to hold on.
In the last turn of the last lap Steve pulled tighter and got by me to take the win by
less than 5 feet!! Wow, what fun! We were hollerin' and laughin' and havin' a great time.
In the third heat, I cut out again and Steve came in second
behind another Sokol that had found a little extra speed in the pits. With two 1sts and
one 2 nd , Steve was the overall winner.
We also had a bunch of fun flying in between heats. Some great
Foamie aerobatics with a few hair-raising low upside down passes (not by me!!) and just
generally a good time! We BBQ'd burgers and dogs and told some lies.
There were three very impressive Noon demos, too. There was an
electric Mig-15 that went 159+ mph on Radar!! and flew for probably 6 minutes. Steve Cole
did a wild 3-D Heli demo that had the whole crowd applauding, and Greg Penning brought his
newly-completed 118" Aeroworks Extra IMAC plane out for its third flight. You need to
see this thing fly!! Greg has an awesome smoke system on it that literally fogged the
We had more racin' and fun flyin' then we got out the Radar gun
to see what our planes were doing. Steve had an MVVS powered FW-190 pylon plane at 130. My
Switchblade went 107 and Steve's Sokol went 112!! Wow! Pretty good for a $9 motor.
A good time was had by all, and we are trying to put together a
small 4 or 5 field circuit. Should be a blast. See ya next time.
BY TOM NOWELSKY
Since I have been a member, I have noticed that our Newsletter
does not regularly document what goes on at the flying field. Just in the last few months,
many noteworthy things have taken place, which. I'm sure, many members would like to hear
Some of the happenings which immediately come to mind include a
certain trainer which tried to mate with a Ford Mustang, a killer heli demo given by a
visitor from Texas, some interesting dogfights entered into by several of our warbird
enthusiasts, a hand-launched, main-gear-less Kadet .40, and some very low
"valley" flying. All of this occurred in just the past few weeks.
Many of the incidents I have witnessed were unfortunate crashes
and perhaps, the victim would just as soon forget the carnage. Nevertheless, perhaps the
circumstances, when documented, may serve to improve the survival rates of other member's
aircraft, or to increase field safety. And lets not forget that some crashes are also just
plain entertaining in their own right. (In that category, I place my own dumb-thumbing of
my brand new Kadet LT40, which is now only a memory.)
But I don't intend to only document re-kitting. There are many
happy interesting things which happen at the field. I am referring to the maiden flights
of some beautiful planes and heli's, new solo pilots experiences, some very special
flights, and demonstrations by many of our advanced pilots. Even some on-field "major
modifications" to get back in the air are of interest, and those members not lucky
enough to be there in person would enjoy a "blow by blow" description.
So this is my goal......to write an interesting column, to
publicize some of our member's activities, and to document in real time (or at least real
date), what happens "at the dump."
On Saturday, March 24th, Loren Fong came to the
field with a new Heli kit. It is a Augusta A-109 Power Heli from the German Manufacturer
Graupner/Heim, and includes complete mechanics (less rotorblades), and a beautiful
fiberglass fuse, including retractable landing gear. Loren explained that he found this on
the internet, Ebay??, for $700.00 complete. It appears that the retail is about twice that
price. This beautiful ship caused quite a stir at the field, and I was later informed that
Loren is trying to get three more of these, which our heli enthusiasts will surely snap up
The heli-gods, however both giveth and taketh away, for the
following weekend, Hai Nguyen subjected his X-Cell Heli to some ignominious damage.
According to the pilot, he was practicing an auto-rotation, in gusty conditions, when the
heli approached the ground in a tilted position. Unfortunately, Hai applied the opposite
of corrective input, causing a main rotor strike. Damage included the main rotors, and
many other parts. At last check, however, Hai indicated that the damage is well on the way
to being repaired, and by the time you read this, the X-Cell may have returned to the air.
Perhaps there were many other interesting happenings in March,
but they are not chronicled. Next month, hopefully, I will have a more complete report.
I would like to end with a plea. Since no one can be at the
field all the time, I am bound to miss many historically significant events. If you are
present for such an event, please give me a call and fill me in. I will take your verbal
description, and write it up.....giving you credit for the tip, if you wish. I can be
reached at 836-1037, at home, or at 799-6536 on my cell phone. Thanks for your help.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
By Larry Miller
The meeting was called to order by Rob Jensen at 7:30 pm. There
were 40 members present and no guests this evening.
Several new members were asked to stand up and introduce
themselves and tell us a little about themselves.
The first important order of business was to hold the drawing
for the door prize which was won by Steve Cole. (Again).
The Treasurer's report was next followed by a report by the
Secretary who informed the membership that the AMA Club Charter is in hand along with
insurance policies for the flying field, the float pond, and the meeting room at the Vets
Rob reviewed the new points system for the new members and some
of the old ones who had questions that needed clarifying. -
Larry Childs reported on his quest for a Tuff Shed for the
field. After much research and many phone calls, he has decided he can build a comparable
building for half the price. We told him to go ahead.
Doug Boucher announced a club social event is planned for the
near future to be held at Larry Childs home. This will be potluck except for the meat,
which the club will furnish. There is plenty of room around Larry's house to fly electric
aircraft. The date will be announced in the very near future. He also stated that he is
still working on the party for next Christmas. In case you haven't noticed, Doug is our
new club social director.
Tom Nowelsky has volunteered to be our field reporter. If you
see something or do something fellow club members would be interested in hearing about at
the field, give Tom a call or E-mail him the information. He can be reached at 836-1037 or
The first Fun Fly of the season is scheduled for Saturday June
9th. There will also be a BBQ and a swap meet.
We had several models brought in for show and tell. Paul
Kramosil showed a very nicely done I/I 2th scale combat plane. Doug Boucher brought in his
Breitling acrobatic aircraft powered by an OS 160 twin.
A raffle was held next with the 50-50 winner being Richard
Lange. There was also many other prizes so many other folks also went home with some very
The meeting was brought to a close with a slide show
presentation put on by Rob of photos taken over the years by Lany Frank at the many
contests and fly-ins that he had attended. Larry had intended to do the presentation but
he wasn't feeling well the day of the meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 pm.
Discussed the need to certify flight instructors. If you would
like to be an official instructor, contact a board member to make arrangements for
certification. In the future, only certified instructors will be allowed to buddy box a
student. This is a safety issue.
Observations at the.field. If you see garbage laying around on
the ground, please pick it up and dispose of it in the trash cans provided. Also, take
your crashed airplanes and empty fuel jugs home with you. Last week the garbage cans were
over flowing with crashed planes and fuel jugs and someone had to make a special trip just
to empty the cans, at a nominal fee to the club, I might add. Another observation. When
you are done with your flight, please put the frequency pin back on the board. It's not
fair to the other flyers to hog a frequency. It's only common courtesy. Enuff said.
Larry Childs reported that by the time you read this, the new
shed should be erected at the field.
There being no more business to conduct, the meeting was
adjourned at 8:30 pm.
Tentative Schedule of
Events For The Year
June 9th - First fun fly of the year, CD'ed by Doug
Boucher, open to all flyers. A BBQ and swap meet will also be held. Classes for beginners
and experts alike. Lots of great prizes. Maybe even a raffle.
Late June or early July Learn-to-Fly Day. Our most popular
event where we let the public try their hand at buddy box flying. Food will be available.
Date to be announced later.
Late July or early August Fun Fly, swap meet, open house, and
BBQ. Date to be announced later.
September Annual Neil Taylor picnic and fun fly. This is a
family event. Free BBQ for club members.
There are also several unscheduled events planned such as
social events and pylon racing. The dates for these will be announced when plans are
Our neighboring club to the north, the Ukiah Propbusters, has
several exciting events scheduled for the year. Some of these are invitational but I'm
sure we're welcome to watch and maybe even get invited to join in. The most impressive of
these is the Dan Sullivan Scale Contest, to be held on June 2nd and 3rd. Expert scale
builders and flyers from all over the state participate with some incredible scale models.
An event well worth seeing. On May 13th, they will be having a float fly at Lake
Mendocino. This is also invitational but should be interesting to watch. Then on July 14th
and 15th there is a Golden Age fly-in scheduled for their field in Ukiah. Again
invitational but there will be some beautiful models to watch fly. On September 8th and
again on November 10th they will be hosting fun flies at their field which are apparently
open to anyone to participate.
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