Echoes from Far Valley

 
Flight operations at the Northern Ontario Zone's newest and smallest club are now underway!
 
The Far Valley Model Flying Club's well maintained flying site is situated on beautiful St. Joseph Island, where we have flown since the 1980s. We are a multi disciplinary club, and although R/C (electric & glow) remains our primary interest, we also enjoy free-flight (with or without R/C assist) and control line flying models.
 
For more information about the club, contact us and we'll put you in touch!

 


March 8, 2020

 
Just as the indoor season was coming to a close, three members mustered at an undisclosed location on the frozen surface of Lake Huron for some winter flying.

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(photos by Chris Moes)

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April 23, 2020 - Greg's Four-Star 20

 
With the "stay-at-home" guidelines in effect, Greg Farish was finally able to focus on his Sig Four-Star 20.
 
It is powered by a vintage OS Max 20 (2 stroke). This is one of two engines purchased from Soo Modeller (late) Tom Bateman circa 1980. Greg paid $20 for the pair. At $10 each, not a bad investment!
 
As the owner of a "1:1 scale" Beechcraft Muskateer, Greg has a soft spot for this aircraft, and the colour scheme for this model is based on the CT-134 - the RCAF trainer version (above).
 

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(photos by Greg Farish & Chris Moes)

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June 14, 2020 - Sunday

 
After a delay because of "you-know-what", our airfield is now officially open!
 
Physical distancing rules are in effect. We also ask participants that have been outside the Algoma region, to wait at least two weeks before returning to the field.
 
The weather was beautiful, and we enjoyed lots of flying. It was a pleasure to have Tom back at the field. A regular for many years, he was too busy at work to fly with us last year. At one point, his war weary Eindecker foamie was joined by Greg's Stik - with similar livery, and they made an interesting pair. Oh... and the models too.
 
Bernie's glider "Swiss Miss" and towplane "mini Robot" made the first aerotow of the season. All went well until an unanticipated "technical" issue caused the glider to come down in the bush. Thanks to the glider's emergency remote locator (loud audible beeper) and our intrepid search team the Swiss Miss returned safe and sound.
 
As if this excitement wasn't enough, the ancient OS Max .20 in Greg's new "Four-Star" actually started! After some taxi testing, the model was soon airborne and flies well!
 

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June 20, 2020 - Saturday

 
The "Swiss Miss" was back, and made several flights. However, her telemetric variometer/altimeter (aka the "Kiwi") was acting up. Maybe it was trauma from the previous session.
 
Greg's Four-Star made several flights. It's a smooth flyer and well suited for our small site. Click on the image (left) for the video!
 

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(photos by Chris Moes)

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June 28, 2020 - Sunday

 
Three of us enjoyed the the fine flying weather this morning  - no wind, clear skies, and still nice and cool. Later in the day, the temperature would exceed 30C, which is why we like to fly early! We made several aerotows of the Swiss Miss to over 600ft AGL, but the downside of morning flying is that the thermals are very light. Nevertheless, it takes several minutes to descend from this height, so Bernie had lots of stick time.
 
The ancient O.S. Max .20 in Greg's Four Star seems to run better with each flight, and Greg made several. He even let Chris fly it! It's an excellent flyer - smooth and responsive. Chris' Avro 504N made it's first flights of the season - three flights, and the engine (O.S. Max .40 4-stroke) started first flip every time! The model is a superb flyer and very realistic.
 
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And now for something completely different... my "Breezi Bipe" c/l model was designed to be flown indoors, and made several "interesting" flights at Boreal School before the unexpected end of season. Peter took some excellent photos here.
 
In the calm of the morning, this model is great fun to fly on slightly longer lines (30 ft)and no ceiling to worry about! Click on the image (right) for the video (recorded Jun 29).
 

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(photos by Chris Moes & Bernie Helbling)

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July 5, 2020 - Sunday

 
A busy morning, with five members taking enjoy near calm conditions before the daytime heat. We are in the midst of a heat spell these days, with daytime temperatures >30C. The sky was overcast at times by high clouds, which made visibility difficult on occasion - the models often appearing as no more than a silhouette, regardless of the colour of the airframe. Tom's Lancaster was a particular challenge (see photo).
 
Tom's "Seawind" made it's first and second test flights. It is a fine flyer and shows great promise - as long as the battery is fully charged, eh Tom?

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