2020 FAC NATS CANCELLED, but CARRY ON!

Hi Flyers,

With heavy heart, I’m formally declaring that the 2020 FAC Nats in Geneseo, NY are cancelled. At this time, we do not anticipate rescheduling the event for 2020.

New York has been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak. It appears highly unlikely that SUNY-Geneseo will be open over the summer; the National Warplane Museum is considering cancelling their July airshow. We can wait for our decisions to be made for us, or we can exercise good sense. Let’s be proactive, and do our part to stem this tide.

Does this mean Free Flight modeling stops for a year? Certainly not! We are a resourceful lot. For proof, check out the “1/2 No Cal—Home Front Corona Combat” postal contest George Bredehoft has cooked up over at Volare Products: https://volareproducts.com/blog/?p=5717 Now, I know for a FACT the rules of this thing are getting bent all over the place, as modelers get down and dirty with the realities of trying to make a mere snippet of a model airplane fly in their living room. It ain’t easy! For some of us, it MIGHT be impossible! So what? The point is, you gotta figure out ways to get your FREE FLIGHT FUN in, and we will do our best to help inspire you. For some of us, that will mean finishing up dormant projects (you’re going to have plenty of building time). Maybe it’s time to start that big project that you’ve always meant to get to. Some of us might actually *gulp* clean up our workshops….someday….

Well folks, I say that someday is NOW. Use the good wood. Take pictures of your projects and send them to your favorite newsletter editors, or post online. Fly locally, if, when and where you can—safely. Reconnect with the simple pleasures of a hand-wound flight in the yard. Support your friends and neighbors. Communicate. Give freely (psst—anybody got extra toilet paper?). Keep your eyes on the horizon. We’ll get through this.

Thermals,

Dave Mitchell, FAC CinC

The KUDZU CLASSIC FF Contest – CANCELLED

This just in from Jimmy Jordan:

THE KUDZU CLASSIC FREE FLIGHT contest, scheduled for May 16-17, 2020, in Raeford, N. C. has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus concerns. KUDZU is an annual contest sponsored by the D. C. MAXECUTERS and the CAROLINA AREA FREE FLIGHT ASSOCIATION. The organizers of the contest believe that this is the most sensible decision to make. Rescheduling has been discussed but the uncertainties of when it will be safe to travel and when group gatherings will be allowed again made setting a new date impossible. CAFFA will continue to make plans for the OCTOBER HURRICANE contest scheduled for October 17-18, 2020.

Jimmy Jordan, Secretary, Carolina Area Free Flight Association

Cloudbusters Indoor Fling – CANCELLED

The Cloudbusters Indoor Fling, scheduled for 03 May 2020 has been CANCELLED.

We are looking at a possible rescheduling for late October or early November, but this is entirely dependent on facility availability.  Without the rescheduling, we will defer to the 2021 Indoor Fling.

 

Texas Scale Champs Date and Location Change

Duke Horn and Rich Adams have rescheduled the Texas Scale champs from April to the 13th & 14th of June – AND – they changed the location to Hamilton Municipal Airport (TX).  This will now be in conjunction with the Texas Cloud Climbers FF contest.   The FAC Calendar has been updated.

NOTE:  ALL Contest Directors should contact me for updates on your specific contests.  Please let me know if they have had their dates changed – or if they have been canceled all together.  I will update the FAC Contest Calendar

–george

Another Legend – Bill Warner – passes

Frank Scott reports that Free Flight Legend, Bill Warner, went into hospice last week and passed away last evening (12 March 2020).  Frank also says “Jeanie wants us to keep encouraging kids!

Personally, I give Bill a large amount of credit for helping me (indirectly) get into and learn Free Flight.  I was picking up Model Builder magazines about the same time he was writing his “Hey Kid…” articles.  They helped me tremendously.  I didn’t know him personally, but we had a very brief email correspondence a few years ago and I found him to be a very kind and generous person – you could just tell in how he was writing and what he said.

He was a member of the NFFS and FAC Halls of Fame.  You can read his AMA biography here:  https://www.modelaircraft.org/sites/default/files/files/WarnerBill.pdf

2020-21 Rule Book NOW ONLINE

The latest FAC Rule Book is now online.  There are very minor changes, all in red text.

  • One of the “biggest” changes that there is now no minimum wingspan for Simplified Scale (so your Dimers now qualify for Simplified – although you cannot fly the same model in both events at the same contest).
  • Polyspan and similar tissue-like films are permitted, however “plastic” coverings are still prohibited. (You can use mylar – but you must cover it with tissue.)
  • A clarification on undercambered airfoils for Scale models – they are permitted where the original had undercamber.  They are prohibited where the full scale never had it – and prohibited in Dime, regardless of the original configuration.
  • Phantom Flash – minimum weight for “normal” events is 5g.  Lighter ARE permitted, if the CD announces a “master” class event without weight restrictions.  Both events can be run in one contest.
  • Goodyear Races now permit “designed and built for”, not just “flown”.

That’s it!  Download the new rules RIGHT HERE (or on the Rules page above on the menu).

 

 

Gone West – Larry Coslick

Another legend is gone.  On January 1st, Larry Coslick passed away.  Many FACers probably do not know Larry, but he was an excellent Indoor Flyer and flew enough outdoor to earn a Blue Max.  I believe he was on the 2000 World Championship team (F1D) and many probably know of his “Hobby Shopper” EZB design.  He was elected into the NFFS Hall of Fame in 2011.

Larry Coslick with his FAC Blue Max, presented at the 2018 AMA Indoor Nats in Rantoul, IL.

New Plans Archive – PRES BRUNING

Let’s start the new year 2020 off with a HUGE BANG!

Pres Bruning has given us permission to share his plans on the Flying Aces site!  It took a bit of time, but I now have them all (all that I have) on the site. This includes most of his “wildlife bostonians”.

You can find OVER 80 plans here (menu bar/Library/Plans – Page 2):

PRES BRUNING PLANS ARCHIVE

 

Gone West – Mike Nassise

Today, we learned that the long-time editor of the “Tailspin” newsletter, Mike Nassise passed away in late November.  Tailspin newsletter subscribers received a letter from his widow informing them of the sad news.  I found his obituary online, if you care to read it:  http://hosting-6751.tributes.com/obituary/show/Michael-D.-Nassise-107810810

Besides editing the newsletter, Mike drew dozens and dozens of plans for the issues.  He certainly has many, many admirers of his plans as they build well and fly well, too.  He was elected to the FAC Hall of Fame in 2006. We certainly have lost another giant.

Mike Nassise – photo from his obituary page

CALL for NOMINATIONS – 2019 NFFS Model of the Year

EDITOR:  Do NOT post nominations here.  Read the message and send via email

I’m the Chair of the National Free Flight Society, (NFFS), Model of the Year Committee. I am very interested in finding out which designs or innovations impressed you most in 2019. We are looking for innovation, an excellent design or craftsmanship, and/or a stellar contest record. Models in consideration shall have been built and demonstrated recently, not in decades past.

We have an excellent committee of expert modelers who will select the winners. The winners will be widely publicized, and also displayed in the NFFS Symposium. The Symposium will be published and delivered this summer. It will be available through NFFS.

I would like nominations in Scale, FAI Outdoor, AMA Outdoor, and AMA/FAI Indoor. Or some technology, technique or device that is revolutionary.

Any modeler of any country is free to make a nomination or receive the award.

Send your nominations to me at tum25@bellsouth.net. My name is Dohrman Crawford.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Dohrman Crawford

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