MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Our second annual "Learn-To-Fly" day is June 3rd.
Bring those airplanes out and an instructor will help. It will be helpful to bring a buddy
box and cord if you have them. The Club owns two buddy boxes, but we will need more to
accommodate the number of visitors who would like to learn to fly. Sunday May 28th, Steve
Cole took the transmitter impound board to repair it after many long seasons of wear. The
board will be returned in better shape than ever. Dale Chiaroni and crew installed a
nonpotable water system for us to wash hands. The on-off switch will be inside the shed
and must be turned off by the last person of the day. The Board decided to purchase two
more shade awnings, one to replace the middle one with the worn-out frame and one more at
the end of the field. Due to occasional high winds, the shade covers should be put in the
shed at the end of each day. This takes only a few minutes. The first one blew on to our
runway the last time it was left out. Remember, each day we need to put all the awnings
away and to lock all doors, the frequency pin board and gates.
Anyone interested in flying at our pond must first read the
rules and sign a waiver. Waivers are available through Chuck Green.
Due to an unfortunate accident to one of our members, we now
have a new First Aid kit in the shed. Also, we have posted directions to the nearest
Hospital on frequency pin board and in the First Aid kit. It is important to know the
directions to nearest Emergency care in case needed.
New members who bring older radios to the field must first
check the frequency of their radios. The radios and their frequencies have changed since
1991. Old transmitters can pick up or give interference to other modelers. If in doubt,
contact one of the Board Members.
July 8th, is our first "FUN-FLY" event for this year.
Any ideas for an event for the Fun Fly can be submitted at our next Club meeting on 13th.
We will also need to have participants to help out with the various events, the Bar-B-Que,
Food pick up, timers, etc. Please contact me if you can help us with any of these items.
We would also like to thank Bob Barnes and the El Portal Mobile
Estates for graciously allowing our Club to hold our regular Club meetings in their
recreation room. Until further notice, we will still hold our meetings in their facility.
Till next month. Bill.
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BY JEFF COSTA
Gene Novak is the subject of the Member Profile for June.
Gene was born in Omaha, Nebraska, one of four sons. He and his wife, Cheryl, have been
married for 20 years. They have 2 children. Their daughter, Melissa, attends Chico State
College and is majoring in psychology (maybe she can get into dad's head to see what makes
him tick). Their son, Michael, attends Windsor High School and will graduate next year.
Gene has been a representative for Pennzoil Quaker State motor
oil for 19 years. His primary focus is helping entrepreneurs start their own Quick Stop
Oil and Lube businesses in exchange for using Pennzoil Quaker State products. Sad to say,
we will be losing Gene as a member next year after their son graduates from high school.
Gene and his wife will then be moving to Sacramento.
Gene has been flying R/C airplanes for about 5 years. He got
interested in the hobby through his son, who wanted to give it a try. They both went to
the old Toy and Model store in Coddingtown Mall and bought a Great Planes Piper Cub (which
he still has) and built it together. They contacted Larry Frank who suggested that they
start with a trainer. So Gene purchased an Easy Fly 40 and they were on their way until
his son discovered girls, leaving the airplanes to dad.
Gene worked with the early members of Wine Country Flyers to
negotiate the contract with Sonoma County for our field. Back then there was no astro-turf
runway, just gravel. Gene buddy-boxed mostly with Larry Frank and occasionally with Larry
Gene has owned 8 planes since getting started. His favorite was
a Royal Staggerwing. I personally saw Gene fly this several times and it was a beautiful
model. Unfortunately, Gene said it was a very difficult plane to land and after a small
number of repairs it now hangs from the ceiling in his office. His most memorable moment
flying was with his Easy Fly trainer. He was helping a new person learn when the plane
became unstable. Gene took over control of the plane, the wing came off and the fuselage
became an earthbound lawn dart. Gene had not used enough rubber bands to hold the wing on
and the rest is history.
Besides flying model airplanes. Gene's other hobby is sailing
which he plans to pursue more after his move to Sacramento next year.
Gene is and has been a very active member of Wine Country
Flyers. He has volunteered many hours of his time towards the betterment of our Club. We
wish him the best of luck in his new venture. He will be missed. Hopefully, Gene will come
visit us from time to time.
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By Jeff Costa
Due to my recent injury at the field on Opening Day, I have
decided to address a serious safety concern regarding how to safely handle models when
starting and preparing them for flight. For those of you who are not aware of my accident,
I will briefly describe the details here. I was standing in front of my new Extra 300 and
had just started it and adjusted the highspeed needle valve. I then reached across my body
with my left hand to set the throttle stick on my radio. As I did so I exposed my left
forearm to the spinning propeller. The result was a very deep 4-inch long gash in my arm
that required almost 20 stitches to close at Healdsburg General Hospital. It was not fun.
I had plenty of time on my hands while I was healing to think about what happened and why.
So, what I would like to suggest to EVERYONE is first and most importantly, GET SOMEONE TO
HOLD YOUR PLANE while you are starting it and preparing it for flight. If I had had
someone helping me by holding my plane this accident would have never happened.
I would also suggest that as soon as your engine has started
get back behind the prop and then remove your glow starter and make any necessary
adjustments. NEVER reach over or around a spinning prop to make these adjustments. It will
just be a matter of time before one of your planes will get you.
Some good things have happened as a result of my accident. We
now have at our field a much better first aid kit (hopefully we will never need it). We
also realized that very few people even knew where the nearest hospital was from our
field. So, inside the first aid kit there is a map showing how to get to Healdsburg
Memorial Hospital. Take the time to know the contents of our first aid kit and the
location of the Hospital.
I was very fortunate that we had a doctor. Dr. Richard Neel, at
our field with his two sons at the time of my accident that treated me until I could get
to the hospital. He has been an emergency room doctor and he calmly stopped the bleeding
and wrapped the wound in a compress until I could be taken to the Hospital.
Lastly, I want to say that I feel very fortunate to enjoy this
hobby with some great people. Robbie Jensen, Bill and Kim Jones and many others helped me
by packing up all my ice chests, taking my two planes apart and loading all my other
property into my truck. Robbie then drove my truck home and parked it in my garage. Dino
House and Dave Stevens drove me to the hospital and stayed with me until my wife arrived.
Dino even accompanied my wife to the pharmacy to pick up medications for me because she
did not know where the pharmacy was. When I got home about four and half-hours later, I
had about 8 .messages from various members calling to ask how I was doing and to call if I
needed anything. As bad as my arm felt, it made me feel pretty good to know that you all
cared. Thanks again to all.
So please, do not feel as though you are imposing on or
bothering someone by asking him or her to hold your plane for you when you are starting
it. I cannot imagine anyone that I know in our club feeling "put out" by
assisting a fellow flier. I would hate to see anyone experiencing anything like what I am
still healing from.
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Hey guys. ...looking for a little spring fun? Want to try
something new? I have always liked gliders for their simplicity and shear fun. Until
recently, I had to pick between going to the "hill" to go glider flying, or up
to the "field" to go power flying. I was in Hangar One the other day and noticed
a new gizmo. It is a glider launcher that is put on the wing of a power plane and carries
a glider up to altitude piggyback style. It attaches to the mother ship with simple rubber
bands and also holds the glider on the same way, with an additional servo for release.
Larry Miller volunteered his Kadet "0l' Faithful" to be the launcher. I have a
hollow molded 60" span racing glider that I wanted to try on it. We attached the
launcher to Larry's plane then my glider to that. Take off was pretty normal, but climb
out suffered a little with the three pounds of extra weight and the extra drag. You need
to use quite a bit of rudder to turn, but other that that it worked great! We climbed high
as I dared and then he let me go. I just cruised around for about 30 seconds to get it
trimmed out, then it was a 1/2 roll to straight down for a SPEED RUN!!!! Wow! If any of
you have never seen (or heard) a high performance glider on a worm burning 100+ MPH pass,
you are really missing something spectacular! The screaming sound of the wings tearing
through the air will definitely get your attention. We did this a couple more times until
Larry's TX battery gave up.
The next weekend dawned with some modifications. Larry brought
his quick charger for the TX and "01' Faithful" received a much-needed upgrade
in the horsepower department getting a Saito .80 to replace the tired 65. I added some
wood to the launcher to make the glider sit in a more level attitude. Word spreads
fast...there were 4 gliders here today? Larry put a radio in his 72" span Gentle
Lady, and Bill Jones did the same to his 60" T-tail racer. Steve Cole brought his
Slope Scale MB-109 and I had my Revolution again.
The Saito .80 was a Godsend. Now we were able to climb to
release height very quickly, drop the glider and then roll over, put in full flaps and
make a straight down approach for landing to pick up the next rider. What fun! The wind
was blowing pretty good from the Northwest. It didn't bother the heavier gliders but
Steve's and Larry's really suffered from it. Larry had a hard time just getting back!
Looks like I will have the launcher in my flight box at all
times now. If you have a glider and want to give this a try, just call me or meet me at
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MINUTES OF MAY MEETING
The meeting was called to order at 7:40 p.m. There were 18
members and I guest present. New member, Harold Meyer, and guest, Joseph Kagan, were
introduced to the membership. The Treasurer, Dale Chiaroni, gave his monthly financial
report indicating that we have funds in the bank for Club needs. The Secretary, Larry
Miller, gave his report consisting of a few contest announcements. The minutes of the last
meeting were published in the April Newsletter and were approved by the membership.
Vice President, Jeff Costa, gave us his account of his accident
at the field. He suffered a severe laceration of the left forearm when he got caught in
the propeller of his plane during start up which required many stitches to close. The
first aid kit we had at the field at the time proved woefully inadequate for such an
injury. We have since purchased a new and more complete kit with the assistance of an
Emergency Medical Technician. It is now in the shed at the field. It is suggested that
everyone familiarize themselves with the kit and how to use the items contained in the
The Opening Day Bar-B-Que was very successful with over fifty
people in attendance. We all had a good time with good food and great flying. The weather
managed to cooperate until we were almost finished for the day and then it started to
rain. Most people had packed up and we on their way home by the time the rain started.
Chuck Green reported that the float flying pond is set up for
the summer with the retrieval boat on site. Chuck also brought in a glider he no longer
wanted and offered it to anyone who wanted it. Needless to say, it was grabbed up
A couple of reminders. When using the JR buddy box, please try
to remember to disconnect the cord from the box to avoid draining the battery and ruining
it. We have already had to replace it several times. This not only becomes expensive, but
also makes it useless the next time someone wants to use it. The Pacific Coast Air Museum
show is coming up in August. We will be looking for volunteers to help man our display.
Associate member, Bob Barnes, reminded us that we need to find
a new facility for our regular meetings very soon. If anyone has any ideas, please contact
one of the Board Members as soon as possible.
For "Show and Tell", Larry Frank brought in his
beautifully built scale model of a Douglas 0-38 bi-plane complete with all the flying
wires and machine gun. On Sunday, the 21st Rob Jensen took it up for its maiden
flight. It flew as beautifully as it looked. Very scale-like and smooth, although he did
need to keep some power on during landing. He commented that it flew a lot like a Curtis
The drawing for the door prize was held and the lucky winner
was Bob Film. A gallon of fuel was awarded for merely coming to the meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.
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JUNE 13th: REGULAR CLUB MEETING @ 7:30 P.M. AT EL
PORTAL MOBILE ESTATES. 3010 SANTA ROSA AVE.
JUNE 3rd LEARN-TO-FLY DAY---BBQ, RAFFLES &
JULY 8th: FUN-FLY CONTESTS FOR ALL CLASSES OF
BBQ, RAFFLES & PRIZES.
MID-AUGUST: PCAM SHOW. Exact date to be announced.
LATE AUGUST: YMCA PATHFINDERS FAMILY YOUTH GROUP.
SEPT. 9th: ANNUAL NEIL TAYLOR DAY-BBQ, CONTESTS
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