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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(photos by Chris Moes)


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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)


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)


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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(photos by Chris Moes)


August 2020

 
A busy month at Far Valley!

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(photos by Chris Moes, except #7 by Greg Masters)


September 5, 2020 - Saturday

 
Beautiful flying weather this morining, and lots of flying in the near still air until the breeze picked up.

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(photos by Chris Moes)


September 26, 2020 - Saturday morning

 
Another beautiful morning, with almost no wind. It was just Earl and Chris today, but we brought a wide variety of planes (photo below) - and flew them all!

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(photo by C. Moes)

First in the air was Earl's float equipped "FT Fun Cub" (far right). It had some difficulty taking off from the grass, but was coaxed into the air with a gentle hand launch. Chris' brand new O.S. Max .15 powered "Touchdown" (in front of the Cub) made it's second flight, and it's a great flyer. It made it's first flight earlier this week. The throttle channel - possibly the servo - has "issues" to be resolved. This is a vintage design built from plans published in Flying Models - 1966!
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The other glow powered models that flew today (lower right) both have a Cox .049 up front - Earl's "Lil Wizard" and Chris' "Little Toot". Both flew for the first time ever using Earl's wacky R/C robot arm. This contraption (equipped with battery, BEC, Rx & servo) was designed for indoors - but works equally well outdoors (with no wind) - as seen in the video (left)
 
 
 

October 17, 2020 - Saturday morning

 
It's getting cooler in the valley, but we lucked out this morning, with clear skies and no wind. Greg Masters' mini Robot has been a regular performer this summer. Earl's Paracoupe is also a regular flyer, and after some initial niggles, it is a superb flier despite it's diminutive size. Chris' 1/8 scale "Avro 504K" made two flights - the second one with Earl at the sticks, so I could snap some photos. As usual, we wrapped up the session with some control line flying, Earl & Chris reliving their youths with the 'Lil Wizard. 

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(photos by C. Moes)


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October 22, 2020 - Little Toot Thursday

 
 
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October 24, 2020 - Soggy Saturday

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(photo by C. Moes)

It was just Earl and Chris this morning, but as usual we brought a wide range of models and flew most of them (photo above).
 
There are several tall trees at the perimeter of Far Valley MFC, which have been known to jump up and snatch a passing model if it flies too close. So far this season, we've managed to avoid the treetops, but our perfect record would be shattered today.
 
Indeed, it was Earl's lovely Taylor Cub E-2 (far right) that flew just a little too close to one of the tall poplars west of the field, and it's intended flightpath rudely interrupted by leafless branches. Of course it's a swampy area, made even more so by the recent rains, and our socks were soon soaked during the retrieval process. Our trusty Husqvarna (chainsaw) showed the poplar who's the boss, and the little Cub was retrieved, albeit with some damage to the rear lower longerons.
 
Oh well, one less tree on the western horizon next season!
 

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October 31, 2020 - Frosty Saturday

 
The temperature was -6C, winds were calm (for an hour or so), and the sky mostly overcast, but it takes worse conditions than this to keep us on the ground.
 
The frozen turf (see photo) made takeoffs and landings "interesting".
 
Earl's Taylor Cub has been repaired after its embarrassing incident last week, and was airborne again. Perhaps it was my imagination, but it was flying just a little higher over the trees this week!
 
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