MESSAGE FROM THE TRIAD
It has been a busy month for the club. Many of the field
upgrades have been performed, and we would like to thank all the people who have taken
time out of their schedules to help out at the field. Without their efforts, we
couldnt continue to improve our Club. The field looks great! The last work party
painted everything! If it was there, they sprayed it.. The impound shed is going to get a
few improvements based on input from members. We appreciate the input and suggestions from
the membership. This is how we continue to grow and improve our Club. Our fencing around
the pilot stations and pit area is in a state of disrepair and we are looking at some new
plastic coated fencing to replace it. We will also use this fencing for the spectator
We have had many new aircraft show up at the field for first
flights this month. I would like to see Dougs new Skywalker banned from the field as
it is way too high on the awesome factor and puts many of us to shame! On the note of
first flights on aircraft, take the time to have a senior flier safety inspect the
aircraft before you fly it. Many times they may catch an error that could cause the loss
of an aircraft on the first flight. It is time well-spent even for the experienced
Please remember to attend the next club meeting. We are having
a great time and have good prizes (is Richard still eligible to buy 50/50 tickets?). Also,
remember to mark your calendar for the Learn To Fly Day on Sunday, July 8th. It
will be a great day again as it has always been in the past. (Corrected Event Schedule)
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By Rob Jensen
Hi all. It seems lately I have been flying electrics
because of there ability to fly almost anywhere. My flying time is severely limited it
seems! Anyway, I have a soft spot for small planes. Combine this with a Warbird and I'm
hooked. While cruising the net I came across some micro WWII kits for indoor electric.
They are called the "Roadkill" series by DJ Aerotech. Roadkill because they are
profile or flat fuse. Wing span is 20" and all up weight is 3 oz! I built the P-51
and it is really cool! It has ailerons, elevator and rudder with a steerable tail wheel in
the scale location! It does the most realistic take-offs...it goes awhile then the tail
comes up and it gets light on the mains before finally breaking ground. Very cool. The
battery pack I am using is a little on the heavy side, so performance suffers a bit. I
should have a new pack ready for some flying at the next meeting. Come check it out.
Progress on the Speed Sea Plane project has been slow but we have moved forward some! The
most notable item being the engine. I contacted Performance Specialties and purchased a
Nelson .40 F.I.R.E (front intake rear exhaust) FAI pylon racing engine. In FAI they use no
nitro at all. Dave at Performance Specialties has modified it to use nitro thus increasing
overall power. This one of a kind engine will turn 30+ RPM and deliver over 3HP! The size
of the intake alone has to be seen to be believed! I will have it at the next meeting. We
have finalized the wing airfoil/platform and are well into the final design phase. My hope
is to be cutting metal for the molds in 2 months. It will be called the Piranha. C-ya at
the meeting, Red
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BY TOM NOWELSKY
As anticipated, April turned out to have significant
field activity, some pleasant, some tragic, as we shall see.
On Saturday, April 14th, there were many pilots and
planes at the field, and the weather was very nice. Larry Miller flew his F-15 Jet, which
is quite fast. It looks very scale in the air. I brought a new Tiger 2 to the field. With
the help of Steve Cole, it had a nice maiden flight, and I actually took the controls for
a bit. Mike Beito brought his StuntWagon, which cut quite a swath through the sky.
Tom Haddorff came to the field with a new Kadet LT40, (not the
ARF), which he had modified as a tail-dragger. It flew very well, but the engine had some
Phil Heidt landed short with his new Extra 300, causing some
damage to the leading edge of the wing.....could have been much worse. It seems the engine
quit and Phil set up for a dead-stick landing. Unfortunately there was a stiff head wind,
preventing the craft from making the runway. It caught the bushes at the North end of the
Larry Miller was, of course, flying his 1/4 scale Sig Extra
300. This plane is really a very impressive flyer.
Richard Lange was present and flying his Freya Heli. The craft
had sustained major damage the previous week, when it landed very hard, but was now back
in good shape. Having had many parts replaced, there was some re-setting-up needed to get
it flying well.
The following day, Easter Sunday, Richard was again flying the
Freya, when some kind of mechanical failure occurred. The Heli crashed to ground, and was
a total loss. According to Richard, only the engine and some servos were able to be saved.
Coming on the heels of a major repair job, this was a really tough break.
As of this writing, Richard is, once again, flying his Raptor.
On Saturday, April 21st, there were many planes at
the field. Greg Penning arrived with his new 37% Extra 330 L. This is an awesome aircraft,
powered by a Desert Aircraft DA150 twin cylinder gas engine, turning a huge three-bladed
prop. With the wings and horizontal stab removed, the fuselage barely fits in Gregs
minivan from between the front seats, all the way to the tailgate. Those of you who have
seen the plane in person know just how huge it is. The plane looks and flys like the
full-size aircraft, and includes a great smoke system.
On Sunday, April 22nd, John Gorsich came to the
field with a new Great Planes ARF Spacewalker. This is really a good looking aircraft,
which has that "old-time" appearance, even though the design of the full sized
plane is not all that old. Johns plane was powered by an OS .91. It appears as
though the control throws were set-up too high and the plane was very unstable in the sky.
Less than a minute into its maiden flight, it spun in and was virtually destroyed.
The radio and engine were saved, but it was a big disappointment to John and the
spectators as well.
On the same day, the author managed to destroy his new Goldberg
Tiger 2 ARF. Im just not ready for low inverted flight, and I learned the hard way
that you should NEVER pull up elevator when you are low and inverted. Anyway, Ill
have another Tiger 2 soon, as it is a great flying airplane.
On Saturday, April 28th, the weather was beautiful
down in town. At the field, however, there was a very strong North wind that must have
been 25 knots, gusting to 35. This did not deter Greg Penning with his big Extra 330, but
the flying was greatly curtailed.
Mike Beito did fly his Stuntwagon, which took off from East to
West (across the runway, instead of up or down). It was very interesting to watch the big
Extra land. Greg Penning would line up on the center line, and point the nose of the plane
45% toward the pits. The Extra would fly crabbed, tracking the runway perfectly until just
before touchdown, when Greg would kick the tail straight with the rudder, and land. Just
like the real thing, and very impressive.
Loren was there with his new Augusts A-109 Power, scale Heli.
Although not yet painted, and missing a few windows, he did fly it. This is the item
described in last months column. When flying with the gear retracted, the heli looks
very cool, indeed.
On Sunday April 29th, there was much less wind, and
many more flights. Doug Boucher flew his Breitling CAP 231, which had been giving him many
problems with radio interference. On this day, Doug had a new PCM receiver, but it did not
help. There were still glitches and Doug was just happy to get the plane back in one
piece. (Doug has finally fixed this problem, by finding out that there was a loose wire in
the on-board ignition system.) Once this was fixed, the plane has subsequently flown fine.
As a final note for this month, Larry Miller was good enough to
send me the following report about some recent field maintenance. We all owe these guys a
big THANK YOU for the work they did at the field.
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REPORT FROM THE FIELD
On Wednesday, May 2nd, Doug Boucher, Larry Miller,
Jeff Costa, Dale Chiaroni, Bill Jones, and Steve Birkhofer met at the field for a work
The new impound shed, the storage shack, and all the tables
were painted, top and bottom. The tables were put back in alignment and IT IS REQUESTED
THAT THEY NOT BE MOVED. The pit area was enlarged slightly for safety reasons. Also, the
outhouse was moved to a more central location, with the storage shack to be moved in the
Dale serviced the lawn mower and Larry put it to use, mowing
the pit area and anything else he could find. Note: The air cleaner on the mower had at
least an inch of crud covering it. It should be checked more frequently. The mower now
runs great. Several folks brought their own weed whackers from home and waked all the
grass the mower couldn't reach. We loaded Jeff's pickup with trash and made a dump run. (A
very short trip) Jeff also brought some Roundup from home and sprayed weeds until he ran
The field now looks one hundred percent better. New fencing is
in the planning stage and, if we can con Novak out of some more Pennzoil pennants, we'll
have the best looking flying field around.
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STYROFOAM PARK FLYER
By Gary Child
I have really enjoyed flying slow flyers and park
flyers. It gives me the chance to fly after work or on short notice. I have found several
interesting places to fly where I do not bother neighbors, but can get to within a few
minutes from my home. I already have a Wingo (doesnt everyone) and an electric
Zaggi. These fly great and are perfect for what I want. However, just as I am always
looking for another great park to fly, I am also looking for the next fun Park Flyer for
I had seen the Crazy Sparrow for some time and thought it
looked fun. It is a symmetrical mid-wing, Styrofoam, aerobatic park
flyer powered by a geared 280 motor and is reminiscent of the open
cockpit racers of the 1930s. I just had to get one. Red ordered the kit for me and
when it came I was really pleasantly surprised. The detail of the ARF "Plug and
Fly" is incredibleprepainted foam, rivets, plastic cowl already attached and a
nice sheet of decals are only a few of the features of this little plane. When I picked up the parts, it was like picking up an egg shell. In fact, it is made
from the same material and about the same thickness as an egg carton from the grocery
store. I had to be careful not to crush each piece as I handled it during the brief
building process. The whole construction time was about 10-12 hours, including the
decoration. The wings plug in to the fuselage and are held in with epoxy. The stab and fin
have pre-cut slots for perfect alignment. The tubes for the control wires are already
installed and are a snap. Once everything gets glued into place, the strength of the
Sparrow increases dramatically. I found the instructions a little confusing since they are
translated from Korean (?) and only the most simple of pictures show
how things go together. I had to read the instructions and look at the pictures several
times and then assemble each step in a "dry run" fashion to avoid making simple
mistakes. Actually there is very little you can do wrong! I used the wheels that came with
the kit except for the tail wheel, which I thought was "flaky." I just replaced
it with a light ply skid. I had difficulty finishing my final
pre-flight check because I did not have the correct battery, but Red got me new one and I
was ready to try the first flight.
The Sparrow is so light that a calm day is a must. I went to
the field since I wanted to let it take off from a runway with enough room for possible
mistakes. I placed it on the runway, sttod way back and threw the throttle forward. Then
is when I discovered why they call it a Sparrow. It hopped (sort of) as it rolled slowly
along the ground. Maybe my pilot was afraid of heights or maybe there were too many
vultures overhead, but there was no flight. Only once when a gust of wind hit it head on
did it even slightly hop into the air. I used the speed 280 geared motor that came with it
and it just did not produce enough rpms to do much more than taxi.
The next day I went back to the workbench and modified the
plane to accept a geared speed 400 motor and I increased the battery from a 350 mAh to a
500 mAh with Deans plugs. The weight was only slightly
increased from about 16 ounces to about 19 ounces and the CG hardly
changed at all! After several frustrating attempts to get it into
the air, and after Reds skillful assistance, I finally got it to flyfor s very
short and disappointing flight. On landing in the grass at the park it ripped the wheels
off. I flew it twice more and tore off the motor and did major damage to the fuse and
wing. The plane is just so fragile that it cannot withstand any roughness at all. I intend
to "beef" up the egg shell, rebuild it and try it again. Hopefully with better
luck this next time.
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GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
APRIL 12, 2001
By Larry Miller
The meeting was called to order by Larry Childs at 7:30 pm.
We had 24 members present.
New member Doug Cameron introduced himself to the membership.
His main interest is helicopters.
The first order of business was the drawing for the door prize,
a Cermark power panel, which was won by Richard Lange.
It was announced that the newsletter will be published on the
web site monthly and that our web site is now linked to the AMA web.
The Treasurers report was given by Dale Chiaroni followed by a
report by the secretary.
The membership thanked the crew who built and installed the new
impound shed. Check the web site for photos of the shed and the guys who did all the work.
Doug Boucher announced that he and Larry Miller will be
painting the buildings and all the tables at the field. Any help would be appreciated.
The Triad reminded everyone of the impound rules. These will be
Dale Chiaroni was thanked for taking his tractor to the field
and doing some major grass mowing. Our power mower hasn't been running well lately so
Steve Cole volunteered to work on it in the near future.
The raffle was held next and Richard Lange won almost
everything. He should have gone up to Reno right after the meeting.
This was followed by show-and-tell with Rob Jensen and his new
electric racer called a Stinger. It's made in Russia, all molded with a 75 square inch
wing area, and expected to go over 120 mph with an inexpensive stock motor.
Larry Childs showed a video of the Woodland-Davis Jet Rally.
Steve Cole showed us photos of his flight in Lefty Gardner's
P-38. One lucky guy.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 pm.
NOTE: There will be a vote at the next meeting on purchasing
the paint for the field.
This is a major expenditure so we need a vote by the
Also, this month a special person will be having a birthday.
Glen Ballard will turn 90 years young. Have a very Happy Birthday, Glen, from all of us.
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MAY 1, 2001
The meeting commenced at 7:30pm at Red's Hangar One Hobbies.
Doug Boucher, our entertainment director, updated us on his
plans for the year.
Steve Cole reported that he had worked on the lawn mower and it
seems to be running better.
We had a long discussion on field safety. Some people seem to
be ignoring the rules.
We have received permission to install more permanent fencing
at the field so we are looking into getting materials to build sturdier barriers.
There being no more pressing business, we adjourned the
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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. Date to be
July 8th Learn-to-Fly Day. Our most popular event
where we let the public try their hand at buddy box flying. Food will be available.
(This is the corrected version of the
schedule as of 5/12/01)
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 finalized.
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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