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Monday, January 19, 2015

Aircraft carrier takeoffs and landings for RC planes

Ed Vincent asked me to post this link for him......it's about a video for RC planes doing takeoffs and landings on a scale sized aircraft carrier........pretty neat!!!

Click the link below:

http://sploid.gizmodo.com/taking-off-and-landing-on-the-avengers-helicarrier-dron-1679424712


Sunday, January 4, 2015

More Photos From the 2015 Nitro-Chili-Burn Fun-Fly event.

What a fun time we had. I took a few pictures, I hope the captions explain them.
At first the snow fell hard. Most everyone stayed under the shelter near Mark's propane heater, or inside the impound building which had a small propane heater in use in there also.

Tony Brotherton's Polaris demonstrating snow skipping

This is what it took to fly the Polaris. From the left Chuck Starck,
Hannah Marie Brotherton, Tony Brotherton and Mark Siemen.

A special thanks to Mark Siemen for hand launching my Spitfire.

Can you imagine, jumpers landing at our field! That skdiver pictured heading in to land in this picture is our Club President's son Ryan Vincent.

More skydiving jumper action.

Everyone's eyes were on the sky.

Same too with this group.

Hans Miesler flying his RV-4 trailing orange smoke. He flew descending circles around the outside perimeter of the skydivers as they descended to our runway.

More jumpers on our runway. The flags were the jumpers target.

Hanna Marie held by her Dad. This was her third Nitro-Chili-Burn event.

Jumpers headed to the shelter and some snacks too.

Mark Sullivan firing up his nitro powered and ski equipped Uproar. He made a beautiful landing on those skis.
I wish I had caught a pix of it. 
So ends FCRCC's 4th annual New Years Day fun-fly event. Mark you calendar for January 1st of 2016. It will be bigger and better next year!!!
Submitted by Marlowe Cassetti


Added by Mark Sullivan: There were several pilots from our club and surrounding clubs flying both during the snow squall and after the snow had stopped falling and I would like to note that, especially while it was snowing hard at the field, that the visibility was quite limited to a very short distance away from the pilots due to very low cloud cover and heavy snowfall, but their expertise in piloting their aircraft shone thruough very brightly on a cold blustery winter's day as they welcomed in the New Year. The food shared by everyone was again fantastic as it always has been in the past during this event and the company  of fellow full scale pilots, skydivers and RC pilots from several clubs aroud the region was phenomenal too!!! I'd like to get a full group picture of everyone attending and supporting this fun-fly at our next event to share with everyone too!!! See you in 2016 for more fun and food!!!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Some pictures of todays Nitro Chili Burn fun fly event

Sharing this link with the group from Ed Vincents posts who took these pictures today.....thanks Ed.....


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=766071943441908&set=a.766071400108629.1073741830.100001173296108&type=1&permPage=1
Our RC Club's annual "Nitro-Chili-Burn" fun fly event was a rousing success!!!!........I woke up to overcast skies and low cloud cover with zero wind but the temperature at that hour of the morning around 6 AM MST was a balmy -9 degrees Fahrenheit here at the house.....once at the field around 9:20 AM the conditions had worsened and as we were setting things up for the event the snow started falling slightly......within maybe 15 minutes or so, it was really starting to snow good, but I went ahead and fueled up my Nitro burning airplane engine and gave it a go........A white colored aircraft disappears rather quickly when the background clouds are white and down on the deck along with the white snow.......a bit of a fun challenge and a lot of fun flying in close and fast like that tho.......There were also several members of the local Experimental Aircraft Association that showed up to watch the action and we all appreciate all the support they give us all the time too....... numerous pilots got in lots of great flights from RC clubs all around the region that showed up here to support our annual event......the full scale aerobatics and skydivers were grounded with the low ceiling and minimal visibility conditions however though which wasn't a good thing..........but within about another hour and a half or so the conditions improved and the snow stopped and clouds lifted long enough for the aerobatics and skydivers to perform their feats of daring for us mere mortals stuck flying on the ground.........they put on a spectacular display to a rousing applause from everyone present watching them perform so spectacularly.......I was very relieved that we were able to get the surprise event in for all the folks there enjoying the event and we all got to see the skydivers land just a few feet away from all of us gathered out near the runway and to watch the aerobatics being performed simultaneously overhead.......once all the feats of skill and daring were completed it was time for folks to get back up flying their RC aircraft of all types and styles....there were several shared items of food to enjoy along with two huge batches of chili which were enjoyed by everyone there along with hot apple cider and hot chocolate and sweet desserts to keep everyone warm....it ended up being a really huge turnout of folks both flying and watching the fun and I am humbled by everyones show of support for this annual club event........I can not thank everyone enough for all their hard work helping out with this event and showing up and flying and having a great time ringing in the New Year......Thanks again everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!


 I posted this report on other social media and other sites earlier today and I wanted to let everyone know just how much they are all appreciated for their support and help year in and year out with our club and for helping all of the members also.
 I'll see you at the club meeting on Friday January 2nd at 7:00 PM MST to report on this event at the meeting also. Whoever had taken pictures and videos of this event please contact me ASAP so that I can get copies of the videos and pictures to post on our club web site here, and to also email some of them to other supporting clubs and their members who requested pictures and videos that they would appreciate being shared with them also.
 Once again I'd like to say thanks to everyone for their support and help with this event and to wish each and every one of you reading this a Very Happy New Years!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

New Years Day Nitro-Chili-Burn fun fly event update

Just a quick reminder to everyone that we are still on for the New Years Day fun fly event.
Starts at 10-10:30 AM MST at the Fremont County Radio Control Club flying field no matter the weather. Cold, wind, snow, rain or sunshine this event is a go!!!
Bring yourself and family members and all your friends. Everyone is welcome to join us in this fun filled annual club event. We've had a tremendous turnout of flyers and spectators during the past events and this year promises to be more of the same with even more surprises in store for everyone's enjoyment. There will once again be a shared pot of chili for everyone to enjoy and to ward off the weather along with shared pot luck dishes brought by the good folks attending this event. I will be supplying the propane heaters and wind breaks in case of cool temperatures so that everyone can enjoy the festivities throughout the day during this fun fly event.
 I have heard from several members of other RC clubs in the region and expect a large turnout of support from these clubs in our region again this year also enjoying themselves flying and having a great time welcoming in the new year with us.
 If you would like to bring a dish to share with everyone that would be greatly appreciated or even some sort of other liquid refreshments to go along with the food to share with friends and family.
 The weather forecast is looking for temps nearing the 40's in the long range forecasts I've been reading and seeing and low winds too, so it looks like a great day to go flying!!!
I look forward to seeing everyone at the field this coming New Years Day and I'm gathering everything up to make it another memorable fun fly event again.
 Happy New Years to everyone from the Fremont County Radio Control Club!!!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Flying today...........12-21-2014

I arrived at the field around 9:30 AM or so to notice that the wind sock was barely moving at times and other times it was moving slightly, but the air had a slight chill to it but I started unloading my UPROAR airplane and got busy prepping it to fly..........I ended up having some fuel needle jet clogging issues with my engine and while working to solve the problem our fellow club member Dennis Sporing arrived and came up with the proper diagnosis to solve my fueling issues......Thank you again Dennis.........by the time I got things going the winds had started to pick up more as the cold front started blowing in to the region, but I got in a couple of decent flights including some very slow hovering into the wind type of flying real low to the runway.......that was quite a rush doing that down low to the ground like I was doing but it sure was a lot of fun too!!!
The wind really started getting blustery and bumpy upstairs while flying and trying to hover and land while having almost no forward ground speed kept things interesting to say the least.....once I decided to actually land and stay down it was time to get in out of the wind gusts so Dennis and I went into the impound building for comfort from the gusty winds. He found a pair of someone's glasses that had been left behind at the field earlier in the week and they're locked up inside the impound building for whoever left them behind to claim.
 I'd like to take this time to remind everyone of our clubs upcoming Nitro-Chili-Burn fun fly event that will be held on New Years Day of 2015, the same as we've been doing the past few years now, so dont forget to bring a plane and your appetite since we will be sharing a pot luck meal with everyone in attendance that morning starting around 10 - 10:30 AM MST on New Years Day.
 Don't forget to bring your camera as there will be several things going on during this fun fly and hopefully another new surprise coming up that morning for everyone's enjoyment also.......
 Dont forget to renew your annual club dues and yearly AMA membership if you haven't done so already. Marlowe has said he will be bringing the necessary items with him to renew anyone's membership dues during the fun fly event also, or to start any new members membership that day also for everyone's convenience.
 I'll be changing the gate combo soon after the New Year and you can get the new combo from Marlowe that day also.
I hope that everyone is having a terrific time this joyous holiday season and I look forward to seeing everyone at the club field on New Years Day, along with their friends and families too.
Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Test Flying on Tuesday

Well I had a lot of things going on Tuesday including going into Canon City for some necessary shopping. However just before I left home I checked airport weather and it showed calm winds. So I tossed a plane into my car and headed to Canon City with an intermediate stop at our flying field. It was late in the day, but I thought there was enough time for a couple of flights before the sun set in the West. Within a minute of arriving at the field (I was alone there) I installed the LiPo battery in my Spitfire and set off for the first flight. The wind was slight and from the East. I switched on 3 axis stabilization and proceeded the takeoff roll. As it picked up speed it was straight arrow down the runway. The first left hand turn required both rudder and aileron to overcome the stabilization. No problem. After a few minutes of flying I switched off the gyros and realized it needed a few clicks of down elevator and a lot of clicks of left ailerons. It loops and rolls quite well and although it doesn't have unlimited vertical its power is okay. Again switching on stability I brought it into a landing approach. After rolling out onto final the gyros were locked in right down the runway and I controlled the rate of decent via the throttle. My mouth dropped open as the Spitfire made a picture perfect landing. It looked as if it were on an invisible wire. Before it came to a full stop I gunned it and pulled another takeoff. I wanted to see if I could repeat another "perfect" landing. Sure enough, with stability still turned on, it was another two great landings. However on the last landing I didn't bleed off enough speed before I turned to the right and partially collapsed and bent the right landing gear. I couldn't fly again until I bent the gear back.

Just then my cell phone rang and my wife just had to give the good news about her medical tests. So we chatted for a while until I had to explain that I was at the field and the daylight was beginning to fail. After the call ended I hurriedly got out the needle nose pliers and started bending the gear back when all of a sudden the Spit squirted out of my grip and dropped upside down on the ground, damaging the rudder hinges. That ended flying for Tuesday.

Spitfire from Hobby King
Note the separation of the rudder from the fin, caused by dropping it on the ground
Speaking of Spitfire we saw a full scale replica being constructed at the Aircraft Museum in Pueblo. It is quite an undertaking. See photo below.


Anyway, with a successful test flight,  I'm contemplating utilizing 3 axis stability on a larger nitro powered plane in my inventory. So many pilots of high dollar investment (jets & warbirds) planes are turning to 3 axis stability. I can understand why.