Active 55+ Program - September 2018 thru February 2020

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September 28, 2018

 
WOW look at all that flying space !!!
 
The first 55+ indoor flying session was incredible! Can you believe it? We had half of the indoor soccer facility to fly in. Stan, Steve Daly, Earl, Clarence, Peter Smith and myself flew for two hours in "pure ecstasy"!

Compared to a hardwood floor, the artificial turf requires larger wheels - such as those on Earl's Sopwith and Pietenpol, to facilitate smoother take-offs and landings without nosing over.
With the advent of a larger surface area and higher ceiling height, we will be allowed to fly larger electrics with a maximum wing-span of 1 metre (40 inches). I can hardly wait to see what the next session has in store!

'Till then, "the flying fool"...
Cecil
 

Photo above - Earl's Pietenpol (Stevens Aero kit) has been a regular flyer outdoors this summer, and is equally at home in this large indoor facility.

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(photos by Peter Smith)


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October 26, 2018

 
Our second session at the "indoor turf facility", and what a time we had!
 
Participants included Cec, Clarence, Peter, George, Vanessa, Earl, Greg F., Norm & Chris.
 
Earl almost scored a goal with his Sopwith (or without) Camel, and Cec learned that an "outdoor" plane is a handful when flown indoors - even in this large venue!
 
<<< Click on the photo (left) to watch the video!  (courtesy Vanessa Lefebvre)
 

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(photos below by Peter Smith, except #12 by Vanessa Lefebvre)


November 30, 2018

 
Our third session at the "indoor turf facility" and lots of R/C flying of course! Always keen to try something different, Chris and Earl brought a pair of control line models, and both flew successfully on 36ft lines. Pilots holding the handle at the centre of the circle this week included Chris, Greg, George, Vanessa, and Earl. We haven't flown control-line indoors since 2012!   <<<video here >>>
 
When Chris emailed me on Monday with the idea of "slapping together" an indoor control-liner for Friday, I initially thought of bringing my FT foamboard Pietenpol out of retirement, but realized all my models were high-wing with a fair amount of dihedral. What I needed was a straight – midwing design.
 
I happened to have a copy of Sport Aviation on the coffee table with a picture of an aircraft called a “Midwing Special” on the cover. This was a Piper PA18 Super Cub, with the top cut down, the wing clipped, and mounted at shoulder-level - single-seat, open cockpit, and ideal for performing at airshows. The light bulb in my head went on! I had previously built a FT foamboard Super Cub & decided to borrow the power-pod (FT “C” pod, consisting of an Emaxx GT2215/09 outrunner motor, BL Heli 30 amp ESC, and 10”x4.5” propeller with a 3 cell 1350mAh battery) and landing gear (since the super cub was currently on floats) and just build a new airframe from a couple of sheets of Elmer’s foamboard.
 
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The wing ended up with a 30” wingspan (the length of a sheet of foamboard) and ½ inch trimmed from the chord. Starting with the Simple-Cub plans, I shortened the tail by 1 inch and moved the wing down to just above the power pod & forward ½ inch. I also moved the landing gear ahead ½ inch & re-drew the fin & rudder to match the picture in the magazine. A bellcrank attached to the elevator horn, a windshield, and turtle-deck  - and that was it – a couple of evenings of relaxed model building. I was really happy about the way it flew, although I need to study up on phugoid dynamics as it doesn’t really want to fly straight & level, especially when the power is more than about 2/3 throttle.
 
Earl Turner

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(photos by Peter Smith)


January 29, 2019

 
A handful of aeromodellers braved the bitter cold outdoor temperatures to enjoy two hours of indoor flying fun! Two visitors were also in attendance - to watch us fly. We need a trainer to get them started!

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(photos by Peter Smith)


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February 26, 2019

 
An excellent turnout of pilots this month, plus two enthusiastic visitors. One gentleman stayed for the duration and asked lots of questions, perhaps we will see him at the field when the weather warms up. A younger fellow joined in the fun by retrieving any models that couldn't taxi back to the pits for one reason or another. Much appreciated!
 
'Alex" from SaultOnline was also "on the scene", and recorded this video (click on image left). Bravo Peter for being such a finespokesman for our hobby and the club!
 

 

March 26, 2019

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A portion of the flightline: (l-r) Cecil, Clarence, Joe, Bernie, Bill, and Chris. Missing from photo - Earl, Peter, Craig & Vanessa

 
An excellent turnout this month - with two hours of non-stop indoor R/C flying fun!

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(photos by Peter Smith)


April 30, 2019

 
A smaller group this month, but the flying was non-stop and everyone had a great time!
 
Bill's "micro Magnum Reloaded" was back. This model first flew at "Alexander Henry" six years ago (2013) - as seen in <<< THIS VIDEO >>>  with George Federley at the controls.

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(photos by Peter Smith)

 

May 28, 2019

 
Photos from our final session of the first season, courtesy of Peter Smith

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October 2019

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 (photo by Craig Knight)   

 

The photos in the gallery (below) were taken on Tuesday October 22. It was another windy rainy day outside, but inside the soccer facility it was warm with a light breeze from the heating system. We all had a great time and we were again joined by some spectators.    ... Peter.

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(photos by Peter Smith)


November 2019

 
A selection of photos from the flying sessions in November - courtesy of Peter Smith.
 

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December 2019

 
A selection of photos from the flying sessions in December - courtesy of Peter Smith.
 

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January 2020

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Photo above:   Jan 14th - A view of the flightline from Craig's drone. (l-r) Craig, Mark, Tom, George, Peter (with camera), Bob & Cec.
 

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February 2020

 
A selection of photos from the flying sessions in February - courtesy of Peter Smith.

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