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.

Oliver Sand – AMA Scholarship Winner!

The FAC’s own – Oliver Sand – has been awarded two scholarship awards by the Academy of Model Aeronautics!  Well done, Oliver – and best of luck at Brown!

Read Oliver’s release HERE

And about all of the winners HERE

Photo from AMA page

2018 Ted Dock Memorial Results

Immediately following teh Thursday/Friday FAC outdoor Champs was the Saturday/Sunday Ted Dock contest.  We had just over 30 people registered and flying – a great turnout.  Here are the Kanones – more details to follow in the Newsletter.

  • 2-Bit Plus 1:  George Bredehoft – King Harry
  • Dime Scale:  Gary Morton – Chambermaid
  • Embryo:  Jim DeTar – Freshman
  • FAC Rubber Scale:  Wally Farrell – Me.609
  • FAC OC non-Winners’ Flying Horde:  Ted Allebone – Vega Starliner
  • Golden Age Combined:  Wally Farrell – Cessna Airmaster
  • Greve Race:  DJ Ruhland – Folkerts SK-2
  • Jet Cat:  Gary Morton – P-59
  • Jimmie Allen:  Pat Murray – Skokie
  • Modern Military:  Wally Farrell – Nomad
  • NoCal:  Mark Rzadka – Mr Smoothie
  • OT Fuselage:  Pat Murray – Jabberwock
  • OT Stick:  George Bredehoft – Wanderer
  • OT Dawn Unlimited:  Pat Murray – Jabberwock
  • Phantom Flash:  Wally Farrell
  • Simplified Scale:  Wally Farrell – Trojan
  • Thompson Race:  Wally Farrell – Cessna CR-2
  • WW-I Dogfight:  Pat Murray – Fokker D.vii
  • WW-II Combat:  Wally Farrell – Heinkel He.100

DJ Ruhland with his Greve-winning Folkerts SK-2 AFTER his 10+ minute flight!

2018 FAC Outdoor Champs Results

We had over 40 registrants and several cross-over flyers from the SAM Champs.

Kanones awarded; full results and details to follow in the newsletter:

  • FAC Peanut:  Paul Boyanowski – Baby Cyclone
  • FAC Rubber:  Wally Farrell – Me.609
  • FAC Jumbo:  Wally Farrell – BN-1
  • Low Wing Military Trainer:  Wally Farrell – Trojan
  • Golden Age Multi-wing:  Wally Farrell – WACO SRE
  • Golden Age Monoplane:  Wally Farrell – Interstate Cadet
  • Hi-Start Scale Glider:  Dave Niedzielski – Slingsby Prefect
  • OT Stick:  George Bredehoft – Wanderer
  • OT Fuselage:  Pat Murray – Jabberwock
  • 1/2 Wakefield:  George Bredehoft – Yankee IV
  • Dime Scale:  Harrison Knapp – Gadfly
  • Embryo:  Jim DeTar – Debut
  • Jet Cat:  George Dalecki – Heinkel He.280
  • Thompson Race:  Pat Murray – Mr Mulligan
  • Greve Race:  Rich Adams – Folkerts SK-4
  • Goodyear Race:  Paul Boyanowski – Baby Cyclone
  • WWI Dogfight:  Wally Farrell – Bristol Scout
  • WWII Combat:  Pat Murray – Avenger
  • Martin Mauler One-Design:  Jim DeTar
  • No Blue Max Embryo:  Ray Rakow – Big Cat

NON KANONE EVENTS

  • FAC Outdoor Champs Grand Champion:  Wally Farrell
  • SAM Best of FAC Models:  Rich Adams – R.A.F. Be.12
  • FAC/SAM OT Stick Mass Launch:  George Bredehoft – Wanderer
  • FAC/SAM OT Fuselage Mass Launch:  Ted Allebone – Orr’s Pacemaker
  • FAC/SAM Jimmie Allen Mass Launch:  Rich Adams – Skokie
  • AMA P-30:  Harrison Knapp – Souper 30

FAC Awards Presented:

  • Chris Boehm – 100 Kanones Milestone Plaque
  • Rich Adams – Blue Max
  • Ron Joyal – Blue Max
  • Marty Richey – Blue Max

Rich Adams’ Be.12 – SAM voted Best of FAC Models – and it flies!

 

Orv Olm – Gizmo Geezer – 25 Sept 2018

As we gathered in Muncie last Wednesday, several of us received an email from Marcy Green letting us know that Orv Olm had passed away.

Orv was known, if only by his nickname, throughout the Free Flight world.  He changed the way that many, many Free Flighters prop their rubber planes and adjust their thrust settings.

He suffered in the last several months with what turned out to be some sort of cancer, with lung cancer being the secondary cancer (he chose to stop research and treatment when they realized there was “more”).

I don’t know what to say…I’m sure most are already aware of his passing, but I feel we need to acknowledge what he meant to us – which was a lot.

Thermals, Orv.

(photo from his website)

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