MESSAGE FROM THE TRIAD
Well, the triad took over a little sooner than anticipated, but
things are rolling smoothly enough. We had a pretty good turn out at the last meeting, and
we hope it only gets better. We raffled off a Dazzler fun fly kit which Steve Cole won.
This next meeting we will have lots of things to give away. Besides the kit raffle, we
will also do a 50/50 raffle for 1/2 of the cash, as well as door prizes and rewards for
the "Name That Plane" series. Our aim is to make the meetings more fun, and move
most of the important business to the Board meetings.
Rob Jensen will be giving a foam wing cutting demonstration,
the first in a series of "How-To" sessions aimed at the scratch builder and kit
basher. Future demo's will include Airfoil Theory and Aerodynamics, Mold Making and
Composite Construction, Propeller Balancing and Enhancement, Engine Clinics and Advanced
Trimming for Aerobatics.
We would also like to see more stuff for show and tell, so
bring in your latest project finished or not. If there is anyone who has a trainer that
they would like to have checked out before its maiden flight, please bring it to the
meeting so it will be ready when you take it to the field. Rumor has it that an indoor
"Flying Grandma" as well as a couple of free flight planes will be there for
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In last months Model Airplane News, Maynard Hill wrote
an article detailing his efforts in establishing a closed course FAI World speed record
for a model. I wrote to him and asked him for some insight as to what I might expect in my
attempt at the seaplane record.
It seems that in the 70's the FAI changed the rules. It decided
that to set an all out, or straight line record, there must be three official timers
present, and all their watches must read to within 1/IOOth of a second of each other for
the record to be considered official. Well, if that sounds impossible, it is!
So where does that leave me? I still want this record, so I
must come up with a timing system accurate to 1/1OOth of a second. This pretty much
dictates some sort of automated optical timing device. I know that there are such things
out there that are similar in nature that may be modified to suit my needs. I have sent a
few E-mails, mostly to F3B glider guys asking for help. If anybody has any ideas, I'm all
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Congratulations to Jeff Costa for correctly naming the Convair
Sea Dart as last months mystery plane.
This month we will talk about copy cats. The Russians are
infamous for copying Western aircraft design on such planes as the Tu-144 (Concorde copy)
to the Buran (Space Shuttle Orbiter rip-off). Name the US WWII bomber that they copied
nearly bolt for bolt.
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PROFILE - ROB JENSEN
BY JEFF COSTA
For this month I have chosen the younger version of last
month's member profile. Rob (AKA Robbie, Red, or whatever else you want to call him) has
been a member of WCF since its inception. Rob was born in Eureka, California and moved to
Santa Rosa when he was 6 months old. He and his wife Carole have been married about 6
years. They have 3 children, Taylor, 3 1/2, and twins Macey and Jack, 4 months.
Rob is a graduate of Montgomery High School While attending
school here be took a drafting class that he says helps him to this day drafting his own
airplane designs. Rob also learned a lot about airfoil designs from Daryl Perkins and Mark
Alien. These two guys are world class R/C glider pilots.
Rob works for Automotive Paint Systems delivering automotive
paints from Santa Rosa to San Rafael to Napa. Prior to this he worked as a painter for
Anthony's Auto Painting for 10 years. He also worked for 8 years part and full time for
Toy and Model in Coddingtown when he was 15 years old.
As any of us who spends much tune at the field knows, Rob is
one of the most skilled R/C fliers in our club. As I learned doing this profile, the
reason he is number one, is his enthusiasm for the hobby. Also, Rob has spent a great deal
of time in the past flying gliders. He told me that flying gliders taught a lot about
airfoils and building clean. They also made him a better flier because "there is no
power to bail you out." A favorite glider of his was called the Gentle Lady. It was
with this plane that Rob mastered his skill of flying low and then catching it by hand.
Many of us have seen him do this with his Wingo. Rob soloed at age 6 with a plane called
the Mini-Mambo. It was a .25-sized plane that met its end by flying into a fire hydrant (a
little to low eh Robbie?). The first plane he built was a Carl Goldberg Eaglet.
Rob estimates that between himself and his dad they have built
probably a couple of hundred planes. I asked him to recollect what his best crash was and
be told me that it was with a .25 sized pattern plane called a Curare when he was 10 to 11
years old. He said that he lost it in the sun and when it came out it was inverted and he
pulled full up elevator and it was quick history.
Rob told me that his most memorable moment in flying R/C was
last year at Woodland in a combat competition. The last event of the day was a 17 (Yes,
SEVENTEEN) plane heat. I can only imagine how wild that must have been.
I think it is safe to say that if something flies, Rob has an
interest in it. Especially if it is fast. One of his most recent projects is called a
SwitchBlade. It is a small electric plane powered by a Speed 400 motor. It is capable of
speeds m the neighborhood of 85 to 90 mph. Flying fast (and low) and test flying someone
else's brand new plane are what Rob especially enjoys. He told me that the most
challenging plane be has ever flown was one that he, his dad and Bill Jones built. It was
a flying car. You can see it at our website under Experimental It was scratch built from
plans found it RCM magazine.
Before the existence of our Club, Rob flew at a large field on
the corner of Calistoga and Middle Rincon Rd. He also flew a lot at the old Cotati Drag
strip. Rob has competed at IMAC events, jet fly's, glider races, combat meets and fun
flies at various clubs. He has also designed his own Quickie 500 Pylon Racer. While at his
house he showed me his latest creation. It is called a "Flying Grandma." It is
about 3 to 4 inches long and the head and body make up the fuselage, the legs make the
tail and the arms make up the wings. It really does fly too. It can be seen at a website
Rob is also one of the members of our Club's new triad with
Steve Cole and Larry Childs. They are going to be splitting up the President's
responsibility. This club is very fortunate to have Rob who very unselfishly gives a lot
of his time towards not only helping members with any questions or problems regarding
modeling, but also test flying new airplanes and helping new fliers learn the basics. He
was our Newsletter editor for a year and did everything from generating articles to
getting it in the mail to all the members. He has organized and orchestrated every fun fly
our Club has had since I have been a member. I don't even want to think of what our club
would be like without this guy.
Besides flying Rob has tried his hand at playing guitar and he
used to enjoy playing softball. In the near fixture be is also going to be attempting to
break the world record for the fastest model seaplane. I have no doubt that somehow he
will manage to do it too.
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By Steve Cole
Sorry this did not make the last Newsletter, but I wanted to
make sure that this does not go unnoticed. There was small group, Steve Berkhofer, Richard
Lange, Gary Whitt, Des Shaipiro and myself that finished the assembly of the setup tables.
Unannounced, Steve B. showed up at the field with bis arsenal of tools and started going
to town. Richard Lange, not being too shy, jumped right in and helped Steve with cutting
the table tops and constructing the table bottoms. Gary and I went out and grabbed a few
tables that needed new tops and replaced them with fresh ones. Des, realizing that we
needed to finish the job with some paint, made a mad dash to Gairett Hardware. Now brushes
and paint in hand we finished the job in the familiar gray motif. Everyone in this work
party will receive points towards next year's dues.
Remember that you can help the club out in a number of
different ways, not only would it benefit the club but you help yourself in the process.
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The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM. Rob Jensen was
chairman. We had 24 members present. We had three new members who introduced themselves
Joe Olsen, John Reed, and Tom Nowelsky. Welcome to Wine Country Flyers.
The Treasurer, Dale Chiaroni, gave us his monthly report. Dues
for next year are starting to come in. Dont forget to send a copy of your 2001 AMA
card with your check.
Jeff Costa reported on the recently scheduled work parties.
Most have been rained out but some of the guys have, on their own, taken care of some of
the most needed chores. Thanks a lot guys. You know who you are.
No more news from the county on the noise issue. I'm sure well
hear from them eventually, though.
Larry Frank reported that Susan Classen of the county has been
invited to attend our New Years party as our guest.
Hal Meyers has picked up the new combination locks and they
will be on the gate soon.
The Web Site committee, consisting of Dino House, Richard and
Jean Lange, Rob Jensen, and Mike Cingari, gave us an update on their progress. Dino also
showed us some samples of the new name badges to be considered for next year.
A raffle was held with the prize being a Dazzler fun fly kit by
Great Plains. This was won by Steve Cole.
The answer to the name the plane question was the Convair
For show-and-tell, Larry Childs brought in his ARF Sig Extra
with a Saito 150 for power. He says it is a great flyer and well constructed for an ARF.
Looks great, too. Also, Robbie brought in a speed 400 electric pylon racer called the
'Switchblade'. I've seen it fly and it is fast. Robbie also stated that he now has
a vinyl cutter so if anyone needs numbers, lettering, graphics, etc. for their aircraft
give him a call.
Larry Frank gave us the final details on the New Years party.
This should be great fun. Jeff Costa will again be the master of ceremony and some
terrific entertainment is lined up again for this year. Besides Jeff that is. The meeting
was adjourned at 8:45 PM.
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Board Meeting Dec. 5, 2000
The meeting was held at Robbie's house at 7:00 PM.
A decision was made on the name badges for next year. Hall's
Trophies will be doing them for us.
A decision on purchasing the Tuff Shed for the transmitter
impound was postponed pending approval from the county.
It was suggested that we make up some certificates for the
folks that solo for the first time.
A kit that was donated by Tom Wikie some time ago was
rediscovered and will be a future raffle prize.
A form for keeping track of points for next year and more
training guides will soon be printed up.
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