Flying - March thru June 2017

 

March 25th - Frozen Finger Fun Fly

 
After ten long years we finally had a "frozen finger fun fly"and WOW, what a time we had!
 
Thirteen members showed up to either fly or "cheer us on". The weather was chilly at 10am and a "tad" breezy. Ok... REALLY breezy! But, the sun shone and by noon the temperature was just fine.
 
Quads, nitros, and electrics dominated the air space. Stubborn nitros were given a shot of lighter fluid to "kick start" them and the electrics were "plug and play".
 
Around 1:30 we headed to "Wendys" to refuel our bodies and rehash what fun we had. It was a real blast, and hope this becomes an annual event!
 
Cec

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(photos by Peter Smith)


April 9th - Sunday

 
Cecil, Craig, and I were at the field to check it out this morning. The field made it through the winter well and is in good shape. The road is a little damp and needs a little more drying, but is useable if you drive carefully. There are no puddles on the field but a couple of damp spots at the northwest. The dock is still in position and made it through the ice well. The road out to the dock has a couple of snowy sections deep enough to make travel tricky but not impossible. There is still quite a bit of ice in the river.
 
Peter

(photos by Peter Smith)

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April 14th - Good Friday

 
A beautiful sunny day, and the Soo Modellers get an early start to the season!
 

(photos by Peter Smith)

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May 4th - Thursday

 
In the morning, three “hearty souls” braved the heavy dew and “cold air” to get a “jump” on Club Night! Pat and I put in a few flights each, but Peter had “engine problems”and didn’t get airborne... bummer! Oh well, we're very pleased he brought his camera!
 
In the evening, we had our first official Club Night Thursday for 2017 - and what a time we had!
 
Mark Primavera was there with his powered glider. He must have had a half dozen batteries or so ‘cause he put in a lot of flights. Rick Lorie only got in one flight due to a broken prop on landing. You have to bring spare props next time Rick! Stan had his favourite “electric foamy” and put in multiple flights. What a good flying plane!
 
Yours truly had his electric foam Beaver and put in a few flights when not helping/training Rick.
 
We had our “newest member” Gilbert Belair “burning up the sky” with his OS46 powered Escapade. He may have been out of the hobby for a while but he didn’t forget a thing - a skilled pilot he is!
 
‘Till next time.....Cec

(photos by Peter Smith)

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June 8th - Club Night Thursday

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(photo by Craig Knight)

At last.....Fine flying weather on a Thursday evening, and what a time we had!
 
The flies weren’t bad and the wind was mild for the 23 members and guests that were present - including Stan, Brad, Peter, Rino, Matt & Ian Dunlop, Gilbert Belair and his two sons ,J.P., Mark Primavera and his friend Rob, Steve Quenneville, and Mark Bariciak (Terry's dad).
 
Instructors Pat, Dave, Craig, Cec, and Steve Dew (back after a short "hiatus”) guided trainees Vanessa, Larry, and Rick through their paces.
 
Pilot extraordinaire Terry B.brought along a young prospective future member, Reid Tull, to get some stick time. I set up the Kadet LT40 on the buddy box system and Reid got two 15 minute flights. By the second flight he was flying without any input from the instructor! 14 year olds sure catch on fast.....he’s hooked!
 
The night wasn’t without a few “aquatic mishaps”.
 
Gilbert Belair's Escapade found out that water is neither soft nor forgiving, but balsa pieces do float! Remember Gilbert, when inverted - up is down and down is up! RIP Escapade. Boat required...
 
Rick Lortie's NexStar clipped the top of a tall tree on landing approach sending the wing into the bush and the fuse into the lake. No boat required, this time, but not a pretty sight.
 
Vanessa was also plagued with woes when she discovered her Alpha Trainer didn’t have enough down elevator while flying inverted too close to the water 10 feet off-shore! We did manage to get it rolled upright just before “the splash” - the only damage being a broken nose side cheek and a wet interior. A certain embarrassed and "un-named" instructor let her use his trainer the rest of the evening!
 
As the sun set in the West and the mosquitoes rose in the East, we headed to the “coffee shop” to rehash the evenings events!
 
'Till next time, the  "Flying Fool” - Cec

(photos 1-11 by Peter Smith, 12-14 by Vanessa Lefebvre, & 15 by Craig Knight)

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June 15th - Club Night Thursday

 
The weather was ”iffy” at best, with a relatively strong SE wind that presented a challenge for the pilots. Nevertheless, eleven brave souls: Craig, Stan, Rino, Pat, Vanessa, Larry, Dave, Cec, Peter, Terry B and “newcomer” Reid Tull, braved the elements!
 
Larry's plane cart-wheeled on take-off causing “major damage” to his Aeronca trainer. Stan's DuraPlane was plagued with "mechanical problems” and was grounded after an initial flight. Vanessa's “Alpha trainer” got pushed out of control on a landing approach and got dumped in a clearing behind the tree line --- Moderate damage and will fly again!
 
All being said, a couple of “un-named” instructors where sent to the "timeout bench" to ponder their misgivings on the control (or lack there-of) of their students' planes!
 
As daylight faded and night drew nigh, we headed to the coffee shop to close-off the evening with some ”cheerful banter”.
 
‘Till next time, the “Flying Fool” - Cec

(photos by Peter Smith)

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June 22nd - Club Night Thursday

 
This photo set courtesy of Peter Smith

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