In Isolation 5-17-2020

So with the long haul of being in isolation and the parks closed there hasn’t been much activity for me with the group here. Grassy Knoll might open back up soon but I haven’t heard yet.

I have been slowly working on the Caudron and it’s still not done but close and I know of some unused farmland local to me where I plan a test flight next week.

Beyond that I have many, many kits to build still and hope to get back to it but the studio has been busy filling orders for our products, working on customer projects and more.

It’s my plan to build another Volare kit as soon as I can.

Time for an update! 4-27-2020

We have been in lock down and everything from hobby shops to fields are closed down. our efforts to locate a filed have been at a stand still for now but we will start looking again soon.

I have been busy at our study with work however I’m trying to finish the Caudron so I can move onto other builds. That pile of kits is getting bigger all the time.

It’s always important

I have often been beaten up by the public in regards to my fanaticism about the importance of model aviation and rocketry.
It is. Very important because everything you use daily from flying from one country to the next to the tech you use started with the toy rocket or airplane. They are the gateway. This is why we are fighting so hard to keep the right to build and fly these models.

I received this letter the other day. And I have had others. These kids are our future and it with don’t give of ourselves to them then we change the future and not for good either.

Dear Steve,

I am 11 years old and have already made two model airplanes and I’m making my third right now.My first model was a Guillows Focke-Wulf and my second was a Piper Cub.I’m working on Spitfire right now.I REALLY want to start a club in my city but like you I can’t find anybody interested in model aviation. I really agree with you on getting kids like me interested in model aviation and you are right it is are future.Continue the good work.After reading your article I’m going to do my best to encourage my friends into getting interested.

Many Happy Landings Aaron

And I leave you with this image as food for thought. It was the cover of the Academy of Model Aeronautics magazine. Neil Armstrong started with toy airplanes ad know where that got him-us. 

Caudron Progress 3-27-2020

My studio has been pretty busy lately so getting to my builds has been difficult at best. I have managed a bit more work on the Volare Products Caudron.

I made my own spinned and vacuum formed it. Got it covered. Still getting the wrinkles out.

Great build, great kit!

This is real and it’s horrible

Be aware. In America this is real and hard to believe. But our right to fly a model airplane is being slowly chipped away at by laws and regulations I feel is motivated by the commercial drone industry who is putting a lot of money in the back pockets of your elected so called officials to clear us from the skies. Read on:

Good morning fellow FAC member,
As you are probably aware, the FAA is considering the adoption of wide-ranging policies to monitor and control the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).  The public has been invited to comment upon the proposed policy, and has until March 2nd—this coming Monday–to do so. 
While the proposed policies are aimed squarely at the R/C community, there are very real issues at stake for the Free Flight community as well.  In a nutshell, among other things the proposals place very strict and time-limited rules upon the establishment of recognized flying sites, provide very limited means by which to change the geographic boundaries of that site, and do not allow for additional sites to be registered after the initial one-year sign up period.
It is not hard to see how this could result in the gradual, permanent loss of R/C flying sites across the country, and by extension, the loss of Free Flight sites as well. Think of Muncie.  Think of Geneseo. Even those of us who quietly conduct our hobby out of obliging farmer’s fields are likely to feel the impact, as awareness grows of the restrictions and Farmer Joe gets cold feet.  These are not political issues;  they are issues of public and commercial policy that will touch each and every one of us, one way or another. 
You may or may not agree that the AMA has done a thorough job of representing the interests of the wider aeromodeling community.  Whatever your feelings about AMA, drones, giant R/C ships and the rest, their fate affects ours. At the very least, I urge you to go to the AMA site using the links provided below, follow their lead, and add your input.  You are of course free to write whatever you want, independant of AMA’s suggestions.  Whatever your course, I would further urge you to make your input as respectful and constructive as possible.  Your input makes a difference!  Imagine YOU are the one whose job it is to wade through the public comments, and that it is your job to separate the wheat from the chaff.  
In closing, I believe that while the Free Flight community is largely flying under the radar of these policies, as currently written the issues of site registration and retention will have a dire impact upon our hobby, sooner or later.  They warrant special attention in your comments.
Dave Mitchell CinC, Flying Aces Club

As you are aware, the FAA is proposing Remote ID rules for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).  Because FF and CL do not navigate in the airspace remotely using devices like a transmitter or app, AMA advocates that those models are not a UAS.  We are hopeful the FAA will adopt this position, as other North American and European countries have. While we work through these FF exemptions, the remaining aeromodelling community needs your help in writing comments to the FAA to shape the proposed Remote ID rule.  We encourage you and anyone who supports our great hobby to visit  There you can find links to a templated comment.  Please edit it to include your personal experience, or create your own message entirely. Then visit and click on the “SUBMIT A FORMAL COMMENT” button at the top of the page to insert your comments. Complete the form and click on the “SUBMIT COMMENT” button at the end. Please note that comments and information provided are public knowledge.   Thank you!Chad Budreau, AMA Executive Director.

Making rubber motors

Spent the entire day making rubber braided motors for many of the planes I will fly Sunday at the Grassy Knoll.

George made me up some 3/32 rubber for his Volare Model Products Peanut Corsair kit. I think I added a gram of led to the nose and the CG is a bit aft of the recommended location but it flies great there for some reason.

The motor is one strand, one loop braided. I’m starting to get the hang of motor making after a year of the craft learning from the masters.

I Made up motors for the Breda 88. Trying at best to get them both the same. Very important with a twin as you need to have both motors putting out the same thrust. In addition to that they both need to wind down at the same time.If one keeps running loner that the other and you can have a wing over death spiral.

I managed it.

Mystery tailless has a new braided motor also made from Georges 3/32 rubber. I thought the recommended 1/8 rubber was a bit much for the fragile airframe.

The test flight I had at sunset in front of our building was just amazing she just flies perfect every time landing on her wheel.

BF-109 got a new motor. 1/8th , two loop braided.

Most of these motors are all low starters for the maiden and trim flights. Later on I will slowly increase. I have learned a lot from all this especially when first testing with an unbraided single loop to a braided 2 loop or even a single.

It takes more winds to get the same torgue off the bat as you do with a single loop unbraided. I had to wind the braided motors a great deal more to get that punch on launch but got longer flight times and less CG shift. I’m still not there yet but as I kept yelling out to Mary yesterday, “I’m getting better at this!”. 😉

As always keep a log book with a listing of what you did to each plane.