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Next meeting: Tuesday the 15th of April 2003. Time: 7:30 P.m.

Veterans Memorial Bldg. (Northwest Room) Across from Fairgrounds
Get there early for your free door prize raffle ticket!

2003 Club Officers:

President: Steve Cole (707) 566-8838

Vice President: Red Jensen (707) 585-3170

Secretary: Larry Miller (707) 577-0496

Treasurer: Tom Haddorff (707) 526-7058

Member @ Large John Reade (707) 545-9831

Newsletter and Website

Newsletter: Phil Leech (707) 538-8557 leechstudios@sonic.net

Stevo Smith (707) 523-4703 stevocs@yahoo.com

Website: Stevo Smith (707) 523-4703 stevocs@yahoo.com

or bigtex@speakeasy.net

EDITORíS NOTE


Hey Guys, Tom Haddorff tells us that the dust has settled for the 2003 membership and all the dues that are going to be paid have been paid and we stand with 93 members. Tom has done a lot of work to keep the roster updated and Stevo and I spent last Sunday afternoon working on updating the E-mail addresses. Looks like we have 71 members with E-mail addresses. In the past we have sent hard copies to a number of you who have E-mail capability but it looks to us like we could save about $250 per year by sending hard copies only to members who donít have E-mail. Weíre pretty sure that we have the list updated and accurate but let us know if you have any problems receiving your Newsletter. We will always bring a few hard copies of the Newsletter to the General Meeting if you want one.

 

A WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS

New members this month include:
Joseph Geiger Santa Rosa

Bennett McMicking Windsor

Darren Black Healdsburg

Duane "Big D" Hope Petaluma

FIELD HAPPENINGS

Submitted by Phil Leech

I got a call early on a Friday morning recently from Stevo. " Hey Phil, want to go flying?" Art Sutter and I are going to the field about 9am or so and we are thinking about flying for a couple of hours." It didnít take me long to decide to join them. When we arrived at the field we had four airplanes between us. I had my Kadet (the only plane I have) Stevo had his new Venus and Art had a V-tailed 40 size Predator and a custom Bi-plane. Art flew the Bipe and then I flew the Kadet practicing landings. Wasnít long though before I crashed into the safety fence tearing off the tail feathers. Art and Steve decided to fly the Predator and Art asked Stevo if he would try the Predator. Stevo was willing and proceeded to put it through its paces. After a successful take-off and a few very fast laps around the pattern, Stevo said, "Thereís no control". And sure enough there wasnít any. The Predator was over the Jungle at full throttle heading for terra firma at about a 45 degree angle. He cut the throttle but the plane had other ideas of its own and went to full throttle. We helplessly watched as the plane disappeared below the treeline. Art and I got in his (what is that thing you drive anyway) 4WD vehicle (this thing was a SUV before they made SUVís) and made our way down the back road that leads past the Jungle. The County hasnít done any maintenance on this road for a while and some of the ruts were almost 2 feet deep. Art said, "looks like I better put it in 4WD". So Art got out and changed the front wheel hubs (this SUV is from the stone age). We spent about 20 minutes or so looking for the plane without any luck and Art finally said, "to hell with this Iím losing too much flying time." Back at the field Stevo was adjusting the high and low end on his OS 46 mounted on the Venus. Finally satisfied with the engine he flew the Venus for several minutes before he announced, "Oh, oh dead stick". The engine had quit and Stevo didnít have much altitude. He attempted a sharp turn to bring it back to the runway only to see the plane stall straight ahead and crash just beyond the Mound. Stevo sayís "If I had just 3 more feet of altitude I could have landed. Of course thatís what we all say isnít it. Better luck next time Stevo.

What a day. We had three for four in just under 2 hours. Arenít we haviní fun?


Spring Fling Air Show and Swap Meet May 17, 2003

Submitted by Phil Leech

Plans are being made for the opening event of our 2003 season. Steve Cole and Rob Jensen are the Co-Event Directors for this one. They plan to offer Swap Meet spaces to anyone that wants to get rid of all of those kits that you will never build and those old engines that you canít remember where you got for $5 for each space. And there will be our traditional BBQ with burgers and dogs and plenty to eat at noon.

They are planning the day around the idea of an Airshow with a number of continuous events. We will have a P/A system with an event announcer (Stevo or Gary Child?) to keep us informed of whatís coming up next. Hereís what they are thinking about for the show. They plan to have a Combat session and a Racing event. Weíve seen Robbie and Steve fly with Phil Heidt and we hope that some of you guys will dust off an old combat plane or racer to join in the fun. There will be Helicopter demos by several of our ace heli pilots and some 3D flying from the airplane guys. There will be some time set aside for Electrics too. There are a number of scale planes that we hope to see in the air too.

Start thinking about what youíd like to fly or how you might participate and give Steve or Robbie a call so they can put together a schedule for the day. There wonít be any fees for flying and we all look forward to a really fun day.

MINUTES GENERAL MEETING 03/18/03

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 pm by president Steve Cole.

There were 27 members present. After new members were introduced, the drawing for the door prize was held with Tom Haddorff walking away with a gallon of fuel.

The secretary's report was approved as published followed by a report from the treasurer.

He also reported that we have 91 paid up members as of this date.

Under old business, the dates for our upcoming events were finalized with the first event coming up on May 17.

Jeff Costa gave us an update on his progress in securing the use of the float pond from the County. They are tough to deal with and things don't look too promising for us.

John Reade reported on conditions at the field. He has cleaned up and reorganized the shed and picked up all the trash. (Note) His job would be a lot easier if everyone picked after themselves before they left the field for the day.

There being no more business to take care of, the raffle was held with the 50/50 drawing won by Jim Dearduff ($58). Steve Cole won a Lazer 3D kit, Sid Maxwell got a charger, and lucky Gil Delagnes took home a brand new straightedge.

For show and tell, Doug Boucher brought in his Sig Senior Kadet, set up for night flying.

When we turned off the overhead lights, it lit up the whole room. And then it started blinking and flashing. It's quite awesome to see up in the dark sky at night. It lights up the field from fifty feet up.

Jeff Costa brought in his recently finished Aeromaster Bipe powered with a Saito .91 up front. Very pretty and flashy color scheme. It flew for the first time last weekend and proved to be quite airworthy though a little tricky on the ground. Jeff is very pleased with it.

There being no more business, the meeting was adjourned at 9pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Larry Miller, Secretary

MINUTES BOARD MEETING 04/01/03

Member present were Phil Leech, Tom Haddorff, Stevo Smith, Gary Child, Steve Cole, John Reade, Rob Jensen, Larry Miller, and Guy Nicholas.

Steve updated us on information he received from Jeff Costa on the status of the float pond. It seems the County does not want us to fly there any longer. They want to convert the property into a serene park with no noisy model airplanes to disturb the visitors. A special thanks goes to Jeff for all the effort he put into trying to secure this site for us, albeit in vain.

 Rob is still looking into getting a new frequency pin board for the field. He is also redoing the club application form soon to be completed.

John alerted us to a planned work party for May 10, the weekend prior to our opening day fly-in and BBQ.

Phil, chairman of the finance committee, voiced his concern over the fact that we spent more money than we took in last year. We decided that we would try to cut expenses this year but not at the expense of eliminating things we have done in the past. Food prices should go up slightly in order cover the cost of the food as an example. And maybe not spend so much on prizes for the meetings. The money is there to spend on the members. To quote one of the members present, "We're not a bank".

A discussion was held on organizing the events for the year, such as CDs, cooks, etc.

We also talked again about updating the bylaws.

There being no more business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Larry Miller, Secretary

 

PILOTS IN TRAINING

The following is a list of guys that are currently in flight training and havenít soloed yet.

Let us know if we missed anybody.

Lou Winnard

Ollie Burns

Stuart Dobbie

Bilal Maqsood

Alec Sherrill

Robert Sherrill

Bill Boitano
Jordy Strong

 

Membership Roster
Submitted by sTevo Smith

On the next couple of pages you will find the 2003 roster. Phil and I spent 3 hours making sure the emails were correct according to info that we had so if you see something that needs correcting, let me know. We also want to thank Tom Haddorff for putting together the roster, theres no telling how many hours he has spent making sure it get done every month. Thanks Tom! If you would like a version that includes email address let me know.

WCF 2003 Roster

Adkins

Stanley

Santa Rosa CA 95407

999-5004

Alvarez

Julio

Santa Rosa CA 95403

837-1739

Amrein

Ronald

Santa Rosa CA 95405

526-4316

Ballard

Glen

Santa Rosa CA 95401

823-7354

Beito

Michael

Campbell CA 95008

1-408 379-6929

Birkhofer

Steve

Guerneville CA 95446

869-3909

Black

Darren

Healdsburg CA 95448

836-9017

Blackburn

Brian

Geyserville CA 95441

857-3740

Blake

Tommy

Windsor CA 95492

838-0853

Boitano

Bill

San Rafael CA 94903

1-415-479-4590

Boucher

Doug

Santa Rosa CA 95409

539-3373

Burns

Oliver

Santa Rosa CA 95409

538-1855

Chiaroni

Dale

Santa Rosa CA 95404

585-0476

Child

Gary

Santa Rosa Ca 95404

579-2325

Childs

Larry

Cotati CA 94935

794-8487

Cingari

Mike

Santa Rosa CA 95401

527-7345

Coffman

Daniel

Windsor CA 95492

541-7231

Cole

Steve

Santa Rosa CA 95407

566-8838

Collins

Jack

Cloverdale CA 95425

857-3607

Costa

Jeff

Santa Rosa CA 95403

573-5816

Dearduff

Jim

Santa Rosa CA 95403

546-9172

DeConti

Roland

Healdsburg CA 95448

433-7930

DeLagnes

Gilbert

Windsor Ca 95492

837-9496

Dobbie

Stuart

Santa Rosa CA 95403

546-8850

Ferguson

Robert

Santa Rosa CA 95409

539-5665

Film

Robert

Sebastopol CA 95472

823-1165

Fong

Loren

Santa Rosa CA 95404

578-0232

Frank

Larry

Santa Rosa CA 95405

546-8753

Frederick

Wayne

Santa Rosa CA 95404

525-8815

Garcia

Ed

Santa Rosa CA 95407

Geiger

Joseph

Santa Rosa CA

537-7217

Gorsich

John

Novato CA 94945

1-415-897-2497

Green

Charles

Forestville CA 95436

887-7044

Grella

Ralph

Santa Rosa CA 95405

539-0187

Haddorff

Tom

Santa Rosa CA 95406

526-7058

Harris

Don

Santa Rosa CA 95409

525-1974

Harris

Grant

Santa Rosa CA 95409

538-5136

Heidt

Philip

Santa Rosa CA 95407

586-1732

Hiner

Kurt

Santa Rosa CA 95405

579-5973

Hope

Duane (Big D)

Petaluma CA 94975

578-7316

House

Dino

Cloverdale CA 95425

894-7878

Howe

Michael

San Geronimo CA 94963

1-415-488-9509

Jensen

Steve

Santa Rosa CA 95407

528-3966

Jensen

Rob

Santa Rosa CA 95403

544-2827

Kagan

Joe

Cotati CA 94931

792-4494

Konnoff

Kris

Santa Rosa CA 95401

578-3332

Kowell

Jeff

Healdsburg CA 95448

431-8500

Larsen

Eric

Santa Rosa CA 95403

575-9684

Larsen

Rich

Santa Rosa CA 95403

575-9684

WCF 2003 Roster

Leech

Philip

Santa Rosa CA 95404

538-8557

Lehtio

John

Rohnert Park CA 94928

584-7001

Locatell

Dave

Santa Rosa CA 95409

539-6996

Low

Tom

Sebastopol CA 95472

823-2915

Low

Jake

Sebastopol CA 95472

823-2915

Makepeace

Lewis

Santa Rosa CA 95409

792-6219

Mannie

Rik

Santa Rosa CA 95407

542-5942

Maqsood

Bilal

Windsor CA 95492

837-0678

Maxwell

Sid

Rohnert Park CA 94928

584-4428

May

Robert

San Rafael Ca 94903

1-415-479-1278

McCracken

Mickey

Windsor CA 95492

838-2029

McMicking

Bennett

Windsor CA 95492

433-3388

Meech

Duncan

Guerneville CA 95446

869-8010

Miller

Jerry

Dillon Beach CA 94929

878-2055

Miller

Larry

Santa Rosa CA 95403

577-0496

Muehlbauer

Ryan

Santa Rosa CA 95409

537-1718

Neel

Justin

Santa Rosa Ca 95404

570-2393

Nelson

Don

Santa Rosa Ca 95405

526-1329

Nicholas

Guy

Santa Rosa CA 95403

544-2141

Olson

Joe

Santa Rosa CA 95405

542-1359

Ostlind

Ben

Healdsburg CA 95448

433-3151

Penning

Greg

Sebastopol CA 95472

823-0444

Rafanelli

Ron

Healdsburg Ca 95448

433-8328

Rankin

Kevin

Cloverdale Ca 95425

894-3272

Rankin

Bryan

Cloverdale Ca 95425

894-3272

Reade

John

Santa Rosa CA 95401

545-9831

Riecke

Kevin

Novato Ca 94947

1-415-898-1174

Rodgers

John

Sebastopol CA 95472

823-0281

Shapiro

Desmond

Santa Rosa CA 95404

527-8614

Sherrill

Alec

San Rafael Ca 94903

1-415-472-4005

Sherrill

Robert

San Rafael Ca 94903

1-415-472-4005

Shvarzberg

Leonid

Santa Rosa CA 95403

545-9589

Smith

Steven (Stevo)

Santa Rosa Ca 95405

523-4573

Spaeth

Allen

Santa Rosa CA 95407

528-9544

Stiefer

Stacey

Rohnert Park CA 94928

585-9777

Strong

Hans

Healdsburg CA 95448

431-8052

Sutter

Art

Healdsburg CA 95448

1-415-957-1355

Sweeden

Bob

Santa Rosa CA 95401

544-7374

Tremeroli

Matt

Sebastopol CA 95472

481-1345

Whitt

Gary

Sebastopol ca 95472

829-9361

Wilcox

Ross

Santa Rosa CA 95409

538-2169

Williams

JT

Santa Rosa CA 95403

576-7626

Winnard

Louis

Windsor CA 95492

836-0249

Winterbourne

Larry

Santa Rosa Ca 95409

538-9791

 

 

Redís Corner

Submitted by Red Jensen

You know, it must be something in the air. Every year around this time I get an urge. I always know its coming, but Iím never quite ready for it. Speed. I need to fly something fast. Now.

Iíve been flying my Quickie 500 with a measly O.S. LA .40 on it. It goes pretty good for what it is. Started out about 97 mph, but I changed the prop, sealed the aileron gaps plus some other top secret sh*t. Now Iím seeing 105 mph level and I think that combo is topped out. Is anyone interested in some simple racing with these? Plane and motor comboís are cheap! ($100-$125) Iíll gladly help set up anyoneís plane and give you all the top secret sh*t you can handle!

So what next? Well, the International Slope Races in Davenport are coming up May 3&4. I will be taking my open class glider to compete. Iíve been practicing at Goat Rock for a few weekends. Loaded with lead, weighing 9 Ĺ lbs.,speeds exceed 140+ mph at the start. It bleeds down to about 90 after a couple of laps Thatís a pretty good rush. For a more sustained sensation of speed, Dynamic Soaring is the ticket. This has to bee seen to be believed. Basically you are slope flying on a very peaked hill. You drop into the lee (back side) of the hill and do circuits in and out of the swirling boundary layer of air. This produces an amazing rate of acceleration. In three or four laps in a wind speed of 15 mph you can easily top 100 mph, and if you hold on long enough (and your plane stays together) you might equal the world record of 193 mph. Iíve seen a constant 137 mph coming into the wind. Downwind its faster but I have no idea how much. I have video if youíd like to see.

Steve C. And I are working on a couple of 1/12th scale Reno type racers, his is a little further along than mine, but they should be done in a couple of weeks.

Project Pirana, my attempt at a FAI world record has been stagnate for quite some time. I now have a new lap top which will run the

 

 

 

demanding solid modeling software thatís required for the complex design. Iím back

 

 

finalizing it and should be cutting metal for the molds in about a month. Iím shooting for 200 mph.

Iíve got it bad, and the only cure is more. Anyone else want to go along for the ride?

Name that Plane
Submitted by Red Jensen

O.k. Two for one on this one. Two questions with two different answers, one prize. Name the plane that has the most examples built? Name the plane that was the first turbo prop airliner. See you at the meeting!

Donít forget to come to our Spring Fling fly-in, Air show & Swap Meet. It will be Saturday May 17. Bring out your friends and family for a day filled with relaxed flying mixed in with some great flight demos too. There will be combat, racing, extreme helicopter flying, wild 3D aerobatics plus maybe a turbine and a mini full scale aerobatics show! Oh donít forget the pizza box! This will not be one to miss. Swap tables will be $5, so dig out that unwanted stuff or buy some new. BBQ lunch too. Open to all A.M.A. members, Bring a buddy!

The Hangar

Submitted by sTevo Smith

Pardon the blank space, the Hangar will return next month.

See ya later,

sTevo

EVENTS CALENDAR 2003

Spring Fling Airshow and Swap Meet

May 17 (Saturday)

Learn to Fly Day

June 28 (Saturday)

Fun Fly

July 27 (Sunday)

PCAM Show

August 23 & 24 (Sat & Sun)

Neil Taylor BBQ

Sept 6 (Saturday)

Christmas Party

Dec 13 (Saturday night)

OK, Mark your calendars cause we have the whole season planned for you. Weíll publish this calendar every month and also on the web site. There may be one or two additional events that weíre not sure about at this time but weíll keep you informed. Check http://www.wcflyers.com/ often as there may be changes to some of the dates due to unforeseen circumstances

 

 

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