Next Stealth Squadron meet is October 8 at Woodsom Farm (View Flyer)
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Great Weather, Great Flying!
Well gang, the club flying events have been coming in rapid succession as the curtain begins to draw on the outdoor season.
Yep, between Woodsom Farm (Amesbury MA) and Whites Farm (Durham CT) a whole lot of Free Flight model flying’s been going on.
And it’s not over. Our next meet is at Woodsom Farm on Oct 8. Check out the event Flyer and see you on the field!
Pinkham Field Stick
The inaugural Pinkham Stick event at Woodsom Farm was a success. Steve Evans brought his new “Goose” and won the event. Steve sent along a plan for the high-flying Goose and we’ve posted it for download on our new Pinkham Stick web page. Build one!
A new event has been added to the upcoming Stealth Squadron meets – Pinkham Field Stick.
This is an event for simple quick-to-build, stick fuselage models intended to maximize participation and fun on the field with minimal up-front investment in time and resources. The rules/guidelines for this event are as simple as the models themselves:
The folks in Durham, CT have been flying this event for years and at the Mid Summer Melt meet a couple of weeks ago a new Pinkham Field Stick record was established with a 17min on-the-field flight. This is the longest flight we can recall where the model was launched, landed and retrieved from the same field.
These simple free flight models can deliver thrilling thermal flights. They’re a great first step toward a full-bodied FF rubber sport or scale model and a fantastic way to hone your FF flight trimming chops.
There are many rubber-powered FF stick model designs out there. The recent Pipit one-design is good to fly in the event so if you’ve got one bring it to the meet and you’re in. The great flying AMA Alpha ready-to-fly model also qualifies and may be the quickest and simplest way to get into the event. Plus the Alpha comes with a winder that you’ll be able to use with your next rubber powered free flight model. The Alpha is available from local supplier Peck & Polymers .
We’ve set up a new Pinkham Field Stick Plans & Tips page on this site to support this event. The plans are free to download – check them out and maybe one will catch your eye. Or better yet, design your own model. Keep your eyes peeled for design, construction and flying tips as well!
Lots of Events over two days on the beautiful rolling fields of Woodsom Farm.
We’ll be flying a couple of new events including Pinkham Field Stick for simple easy to build stick models. Bookmark this web page now and check back often as we’ll have more on this soon! Think plans, tips, etc.
Fall is the best time to fly on Woodsom Farm. See you on the flightline skyster!
As of mid-week, the Hay Field at Woodsum was un-mowed. With waist high hay, model retrieval will be very difficult and models will likely be lost.
The brass hats have decided to cancel the Free Flight Model Airplane Contest and replace it with a Fun Fly on one of the smaller mowed fields at Woodsom.
We will run a morning Fun Fly and with some luck run the 10% ML events and maybe Embryo, Dime Scale and Simple Scale. We’ll be meeting at 9AM in the Woodsom Farm parking lot off Lions Mouth Road in Amesbury.
Hope to see you there tomorrow morning for the Fun Fly.
Also, please remember that we’ll be running a two day Contest at Woodsom on September 10,11. Check out the Contest Flyer and get your models ready for that meet!
You may have seen clubster John Koptonak’s 10 Step Trimming Guide in a recent Flying Aces Club newsletter. It’s a great piece and has been helpful to many folks in getting their Free Flight models to fly.
Sam Brauer goes a bit further with his article presented here. Sam focuses on low-winged models which we all know can be tricky to trim out. In his article, Sam discusses on-field aerodynamic adjustments (washout, decalage, rudder, thrustline and weight) and their impact on model airplanes in free flight.
(NOTE: Webster’s defines decalage as the difference in angle of incidence of the two wings of a biplane, but for our purposes decalage is the difference in angle of incidence between the wing and the horizontal stabilizer of a model airplane.)
Sam knows what he’s talking about. At the recent 2022 FAC Nationals meet in Geneseo, he ran deep into the final heats of several very competitive mass launch events.
Great job carrying the torch for the Stealth Sqdn, Sam. And thanks for sharing your flight trimming techniques!
Woo Hoo! We’re back flying on the big field at Woodsom Farm for our next two meets. Grab that pencil and mark your calendars now gang, ’cause you don’t want to miss any of the ozone-splitting free flight aero-action!
Ah yes! Mecca for FACers worldwide and the stick and tissue FF modeling paparazzi for the last 4o years.. the Big Show..G-town.. G-tropolis.. the Flying Aces Club Nationals at Geneseo in beautiful upstate New York.
This year the big Meet ran from Wednesday July 13 through Saturday July 16. The weather was fabulous with light and variable winds on several of the flying days and no rain. Saturday was magical with bright skies, thermals and nary a breath of wind for most of the day. Many long cloud-hopping flights were put up, often with the model landing a short stroll away from the launch point.
The Stealth Sqdn, Glastonbury Modelers and Pinkham Field Irregulars were well represented with several clubsters placing high among the finishers in several big events.
A special shout out is in order for clubsters Claudette M and Imelda K who helped FAC IT czar Rick P with Entrant Registration for the Contest. Claudette also spent a lot of time in the GHQ tent processing timing slips – and she even helped run at least one mass launch event out on the field. Our hats are off to you both – you’re the best!
Speaking of the best – John R was there with his trusty iphone capturing the action as it unfolded. We’ll let his pictures tell the story. We’ve posted a few here, but you can see the full FAC Nats 2022 collection HERE. Many thanks for these John!
We know a bunch more Stealth Squadroneers would have loved to have made it to the Nats. Hopefully next year we’ll see you there skyster!
Clubster John R. took some great photos! Check them out HERE
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Great weather, Light Turnout
Some folks were on vacation. Some folks were at the beach. And some folks were enjoying a long leisurely bike ride (clubster Steve K did stop by on his Cannondale to check out the flying action).
Maybe it was the rescheduled date from the previous weekend which was very windy. Regardless, it was a terrific flying day with light winds and thermals. A couple models landed in the nice shade trees ringing the field, but were retrieved without damage. Flying at the Pony Express field was low-key with lighthearted yet keen competition. A fine time was had by all.
A hearty thanks goes out to Rich Z who made the arrangements for the field and worked with the town to reschedule the meet to a day with better weather. Well done!
Genial John R. drove up from Boston and had his iphone working overtime capturing the action. It’s always fun to see John’s pictorial take on our meets.
Due to high winds, the 6/18/2022 meet at the Pony Express Field in Ipswich has been RESCHEDULED TO SATURDAY 6/25/2022. Same place (Pony Express, Ipswich), time (9AM start) and events (view the full Contest Flyer with Directions to the field HERE – note this flyer still carries the old date).
The weather is looking much better for the 25th and we hope to see you all there!
Supercapacitors offer many advantages as power systems for lightweight Free Flight models
Not Your Grandpa’s FF Model!
How often have you heard a bystander say “I used to build models like that as a kid”?
Of course we know our simple stick and tissue models are a combination of art, craftsmanship and engineering. And yes, that rubber strand power source has been around since the beginning of the hobby itself.
A rubber motor is a simple, cheap and incredibly efficient power source, but advances in small electric power systems provide us with an alternative.
Clubster Sam Brauer has been messing around fitting simple and cheap supercapacitor power systems to his small Free Flight models. And he’s had tremendous success as witnessed by our roving reporter at a recent Pinkham Field meet in Durham, CT.
Sam is back with another article sharing his learnings, explaining the advantages of supercap systems and even recommending where to get the components to make your own system. Many thanks to Sam for sharing!
Click the link below to read his article and do keep us posted if you try out a supercap power system!