Gone West: Phil Thomas

From Roger Willis:

We have lost a wonderful guy, a great builder and flyer…..PHIL THOMAS has passed away in Albuquerque New Mexico. He had recently had heart surgery and never truly recovered from that surgery. He was a Veteran with four Purple Hearts.
Phil had attended most of our Nationals and every WESTFAC. He was the WESTFAC Historian and the artist for all of our trophies and T-shirts.  He was the Squadron Leader for the RIO GRANDE Squadron. He will be missed by all who knew him. Rest in Peace Phil…….
The picture below shows Phil on the left with some of his Squadron members.

 

2018 – Happy New Year – 2019

Keep your eyes open – this baby should be flying by next Monday night!

Here is hoping that all FACers have a wonderful end to 2018 and are looking forward to an even better 2019.

See you on the flying field!

2019 FAC Wall Calendar – Redux

I APOLOGIZE FOR THE BAD LINK BEFORE – IT HAS BEEN FIXED

Tom Hallman has assembled another great selection of FAC photos for the 2019 calendar. You can find it in his FAC CafePress site – and all profits go to the FAC! You can see all of the monthly photos below.

ORDER HERE: https://www.cafepress.com/flyingacescalendar.357265555

Happy Thanksgiving! – From GHQ to You

It might be early, but better than late!  From all of us at FAC-GHQ – have a great Thanksgiving!

2019 AMA Indoor Nats – and more contests

Don DeLoach is the Manager for the AMA Indoor Nats. It will be in Eagar, AZ in a football dome with a 100-foot clear-span ceiling (Cat III). This will be at the end of May (30 May – 02 Jun). The place looks incredible.

Another thing Don is doing is trying to set the schedule of events. Often events are announced and plaques made with little regard to potential participation. Don has set up a questionnaire regarding what potential participants might want to fly in 2019.  This questionnaire will close TONIGHT at 5pm, so if you are pretty positive that you will attend, take a moment to log your desired eventsThere WILL be many FAC events!

Survey – click HERE

Images of Round Valley Dome HERE

Dome Specifications

  • Dome Diameter: 400 Feet
  • Footprint: 152,000 Sq. Ft.
  • Height: 104 Feet at Center
  • Field Area: 120,000 Sq. Ft.
  • Total Floor Area: 189,000 Sq. Ft.

OTHER CONTESTS – don’t forget to check the FAC Contest Calendar  (HERE) – there are several contests already logged through the winter, with more to surely come in the future.

 

 

30 New Plans Available!

Do you need more models built from plans?  How about plans from a legend?  Last month at our local meet, I asked Dave Livesay if he would be willing to donate his plans for FREE DOWNLOAD on the FAC website – he said YES.

You can find 30 of his plans in PDF format RIGHT HERE (go to FAC Library/Plans) then scroll down.

So,next time you see Dave, tell him “thank you!”

Dave Livesay, Feb 2018, with his Peanut Pogo

Gizmo Geezer Products Update – Great News!

FAC-GHQ received this from Marcy Green (Orv’s widow).

Letter to the Editor:

In 2000, when Orv (and I) started GizmoGeezer Products, the business plan was a well-thought-out document. It revolved around the desire to invent revolutionary products for a hobby he loved. He wanted to share ideas and experiences with like-minded flyers. He wanted to be able to travel and write off the costs as business expenses lol. And importantly – it was about “becoming famous – not making money!” I teased him that he was successful on at least the second part of that last point! I think we came to the conclusion that, really, the best thing about GizmoGeezer was the wealth of friends we made and the fun times we had with those friends.

I’d like to thank the people who sent along their kind thoughts since September; the house has been pretty quiet and your notes have made me smile. I’ve passed them all along to our kids.

I’m also absolutely thrilled to let you know that John and Brenda Wiebe of Model Aviation Products (MAP) in Manitoba will be picking up the GizmoGeezer line: nose buttons (they are being assembled at this moment) and freewheelers (John has decoded the magic and has the moulds in hand, so watch the MAP website for updates). John and Brenda also sell balsa and model kits. MAP contact information is www.modelaviationproducts.com  (204-324-9741)

Thermals! Marcy

2019 FAC Wall Calendar Now Available!

TOM HAD AN ISSUE WITH THE ORIGINAL LINK.  HERE IS A NEW LINK

Tom Hallman has assembled another great selection of FAC photos for the 2019 calendar.  You can find it in his FAC CafePress site – and all profits go to the FAC!  You can see all of the monthly photos below.

ORDER HERE: https://www.cafepress.com/flyingacescalendar.357265555

Contest Calendar – Somewhat

I have a rudimentary Contest Calendar started (again).  You can find it HERE or on the menu bar above.

A few things to note:

  • this calendar – any calendar – is the most tedious aspect of the site.
  • if you are a CD – send your announcement to ME via email (don’t make me dig for it, because I won’t).
  • Rick Penzick and I are working on a new system for recording upcoming contests – and notifying local FACers.  More to follow.

John Donelson – California – Gone West

Roger Willis reports that California FACer, John Donelson, has passed away.  John was a charter member of the WESTFAC Working Committee.

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