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Friday, May 26, 2017

Fun-Fly Report for May 13th

I got a report from Sonny. There were only two fliers, Ken Conway and Kenny McMullen, at the scheduled Saturday morning Fun-Fly. Apparently there was no interest in having a competition. They just wanted to fly on that nice day. Ken Conway sprayed for weeds and then flew his Telemaster. Kenny flew his beautiful MX. See picture below:

Anyway when his 55 AX suddenly quit, Kenny proceeded to get it down quick and had to land across the width of the runway.. The result was a torn off landing gear. He is planning to repair the the damage from the "dead stick" landing.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A New Mystery

So a few days ago Gary Iovinella was driving into our flying field and his pathway was blocked by a brand new wooden flight stand. He opened the gate and proceeded to drag the stand to the flight line.

The photo below is the new mystery stand. Gary has his new Telemaster resting on the new stand.

So now we need to know who is the mystery donor. I have an idea but does anyone know? We need to thank the person who constructed and donated this wonderful gift.        

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sky Corral Big Birds Fun Fly Event coming up soon!!!

The Sky Corral RC Club has once again invited us to attend and participate in their fantastic Big Birds Fun Fly Event being held at the Col. Brad Dolliver RC Field in Pueblo West, Co.

 They sure do a lot of support for our activities so let's all get together and give them a big show of support for this great event in return please.

 There will be lots of raffle prizes and door prizes along with goody bags for registered pilots and once again there is also the 11th annual BBQ held that Saturday also.

 You do not want to miss this fantastic fun fly event they put on at their nice facility!!!

 August 29th and 30th 2015.

I sent out an email to everyone with the flyer attached for more information.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

First Fun-Fly of 2015!!

Can you believe it ??? Our first fun-fly happened Saturday. It took Cloyce to get everyone motivated and get started competing in a "Climb 'n Glide". And almost everyone there competed. Climb for 30 seconds and then glide for as long as possible (more on the "possible") and total flight time was recorded. So here are the results:

Pilot               Plane                  Time Min:Sec

Cloyce           Senorita             6:26
Dennis           Pilot                     4:14
Cloyce           Twist                   2:09
Ron                E-Stick                2:05
Bobby            Twist                   2:04
Marlowe        Drastik                 1:55
Larry              Arrow                   1:40
Gary              Arrow                   1:39

An interesting observation is how little time it takes from engine quit until meeting the ground unless you have a light, high wing plane.

In order to extend the "dead stick" landing, many of the pilots chose to stretch it too much resulting in some crashes. One Twist was destroyed and a Stick pancaked hard just to squeeze out a few extra seconds. But a good time was had by all.

Cloyce lecturing to a bunch of the guys.
Notice how the new, but incomplete, sunshade is being utilized by everyone who can fit underneath it.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Repair Report & Mystery Solved

I've had some guys ask me about my J-3 Cub which was in involved in a minor crash last year. It jumped off the runway after a short takeoff roll, and flew about 100 feet and crashed. It didn't have much airspeed and it was rather uncontrollable. Anyway, yesterday I finally got around to fixing it.

Most of the damage is to the wing hold down structure 
I started on the repair job by mixing up a small batch of 30 min. epoxy and joined the broken fuselage stringers. As I was working around the fuselage, I spotted the view below.  

No elevator control!!
The clevis had separated from the threaded control rod. There wasn't much depth of threads on lhe clevis. I think this was the reason for the loss of control. All these months I have felt bad about my poor piloting job. I feel much better now.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Flying Report for Saturday

An excellent day for flying today. Comfortable temps and mild winds. It doesn't get much better that today. We had a good turnout of flyers.

from left to right:
Ken Conway's GP Big Stick 60, My Durafly Das Ugly Stik, and Ed Vincent's Large Yellow Stick
 How often do three Sticks show up on the flight line? Today we had three, and they all flew quite well.

The progression of Larry Shivers in his training and learning is going quite well. He demonstrated his flying skills and appears to have moved beyond the "buddy box" stage.

I got the opportunity to get in a few flights with my Stinger II. I really enjoy flying it and the OS 55AX is a great power plant for it. It also conveniently fits into my car without having to remove its wing.