2020 WAWAYANDA is ON!

The 2020 Barron Field Air Races is ON!  Tom Hallman and Mark Houck are hosting the contest on October 3rd and 4th, but with some minor changes.  Here is what Tom and Mark have sent out:

In light of Covid-19, we’re having duplicate contests on Saturday and Sunday, so that you can pick your best day, and treat it like a day trip, and avoid an over-night stay. These will be two complete contests.  Starting and ending on the same day.

For those who want to be there both days, hotels are open and camping is permitted on the field.

***Please note, depending on the ever changing Covid-19 impact, things could change, so we’ll make every attempt to keep you updated as the contest date nears.***

We ask that you practice social distancing and wear masks when in close proximity to other flyers.  Bring your own pen or pencil for entering scores. Hand sanitizer and wipes will be available at GHQ, but certainly bring your own.

To honor our late flying friend John Houck, we’ll have a special tribute both days by flying a few of John’s models. Ships that we’ve all come to know, love, and…fear!!  I’ll miss his enthusiasm and dedication to free-flight.

Hopefully the Weather Gods will give us a beautiful event, along with future days of great weather. It’s all about flying, time with friends, and taking in this special hobby that we all share & love.

Please share this with friends who might be considering Wawa this year.

Tom Hallman
Mark Houck

Check the FLYER HERE!

Local Contests – and Kanones!

Kanones awarded, including FIRST Kanones!

Over the last month, I’ve received several contest reports for local events from Michigan, Illinois, Colorado, Florida, New York, and Georgia.  People are getting together in small groups and flying.  As Chris Boehm would say, it is good therapy.

Of note, is the First Kanone for a third generation flyer, Owen Houck.  He took first in Blue Ridge Special at the Yankee Air Pirates’ meet at Geneseo!  Congratulations, Owen!

Owen Houck and his 1st kanone.  Photo submitted by his dad, Mark Houck

THREE Contests – and Other Stuff

The August 2020 Pirate Challenge (Geneseo) is STILL a GO, but with minor changes.  CHECK THE FLYER (and the FAC calendar).  NOTE:  the State of New York has a required 2-week quarantine for visitors from some/most states (likely you).

The September 2020 Rocky Mountain Champs (Colorado) is a GO.  It is on the FAC Calendar, but right now, I don’t have a flyer.  Its a 3-day event with 10 FAC events and a bushel of AMA/NFFS flying, too.

The October 2020 Texas Scale Champs is a GO.  Check the Flyer (and the FAC Calendar).

The 2020 FAC Postal Mini-Nats are OVER.  No winners have been announced yet.  But if you didn’t get your postcards sent in, TOO BAD, you missed out.  I am sure the mini-CDs will reveal the hat-drawn winners soon.

One note coming out of the Mini-Nats: Wally Farrell notched ANOTHER Minute-Plus JetCat flight!  Dave Mitchell timed his T-37 Tweet to 68 seconds before it came down in some trees.  He has been logged (again!) on the Sierra Hotel list.

The Kanone List ( and the Memorial List) have been updated this morning (some local contest have been taking place).

Since a lot of us are having issues flying this year, some of us tossed together an unofficial fun event for Small Fields.  Similar to Half-Wake, it is 50% Old Timer.  Check out my previous post for details.  Build ’em up, Buttercup!  Let’s see yours!

A New Fun Event for Small Fields – 50% Old Timer

Here is an idea that a few of us have been tossing around.  It won’t be an official FAC event (or even an official proposed event) unless the ground swell on this is popular.  That is:  Half Scale Old Timers.  Here are some basic guidelines:

Small Field HSOT/OSOT

A fun event for small fields – Half Scale Old Timers (HSOT) and Originally Small Old Timers (OSOT)

HSOT: Any Old Timer (Cabin or Stick) reduced to 50% span
– must have enclosed motors
– Maximum span is 18″
– If your Original was greater than 36″ span, reduce it until it is 18″ or less
– Maintain outlines and proportions
– Ribs and Sticks may be reduced in quantity, if desired.
– if you reduce 2-Bits, they need to be 13″ or less (50%) – not 18″
– props and rubber is your choice.

OSOT: Originally Small Old Timers
– must have enclosed motors (Phantom Flash and the like are not eligible)
– Original Old Timers with 18″ span or less
– built per plan, no reduction or enlargement
– no stick or rib modifications – per plan
– building per plan allows their eligibility in OT Stick, OT Fuse or 2-Bit

Total of Three Flights (TOTF)
– max time is CD’s discretion

The aim of this is to create and Old Timer Fun Event for small fields.  Note: Old Timers were built to fly and these will probably still fly away!  These will build to Dimer size or Embryo size (to give an idea of accuracy or performance).

Peanut-sized Flea

Pacific Ace Jr (OSOT)

Half Gollywock

2020 Pirate Challenge @ Geneseo – IS ON !!!

While the Great Grape Gathering and the Empire State FF Champs at Geneseo were cancelled, the WNYFFS has decided to continue with the 2020 Pirate Challenge, 21-23 August at the National Warplane Museum.  This is an All FAC Contest.

Mark Rzadka has indicated that All POWER Events have been removed from the schedule.  Also the field size has been considerably reduced.

Please read the NEW FLYER – ESPECIALLY the SECOND PAGE!

http://flyingacesclub.com/ContestFlyers/2020PirateRev2.pdf

 

WESTFAC WarmUp – CANCELLED

This just in from Tom Arnold:

Hello Flyers,
The WESTFAC Staff has reluctantly decided to cancel the October 16-18 WESTFAC Warm-up for the not-surprising reasons of the Covid 19 epidemic. We were hoping that things would be looking positive by this time but as you all can see and read, things are the same if not worse in some places. Arizona is actually experiencing a back lash of sorts at the moment.

The supreme irony is that there is probably no healthier place to be than chasing airplanes in the fresh air and sunshine of an Arizona alfalfa field but the travel, hotels, and restaurants that we all would be patronizing for the week is not. Considering that a large majority of the attendees would fall into the high risk categories, to skip the event this year is small price to keep somebody off a ventilator a few weeks later.

The plans for next year are still in flux as we are going to follow the FAC GHQ’s decision on when their schedule will be, i.e. what year will be the next FAC NATS. We will always pick the off-year for WESTFAC.

Sorry guys, nobody is as bummed out as I am as I really look forward to my time chasing airplanes with old friends. One of my great joys as my hair gets grayer. The upside is that we should all have a fabulous fleet of models for 2021, well trimmed and ready to go when the vaccine finally comes out. I was actually thinking of doing a rubber twin of a C-119….is this madness or just having way too much time to pour over old magazines and books? We will keep you informed for next year’s events.
Don’t pick your nose,
Tom

The 2020 POSTAL FAC MINI NATS – the Green Flag Has Been Waved!!!

On July 4th, the 2020 Postal Mini-NATS started off with a Bang (from the fireworks)!  You can start logging your flights!  SEE THE FLYER!

Soon the Mini-CDs will send me contestants and times to post on this here web site!

Here is a breakdown of the events:

Event # 36 Jet Catapult
Event # 16 Scale High Start Glider
Send to Rick Pendzick (see FLYER for address)

Event # 1 Peanut Scale
Event # 31 Simplified Scale
Send to Paul Stott (see FLYER for address)

Event #32 Dime Scale
Event #23 2-Bit +1 (Hand Launch OK!)
Send to Ed Novak (see FLYER for address)

Event # 33 No-Cal Profile
Event # 40 National Air Racers (no Greve or Thompson!)
Send to John Stott (see FLYER for address)

NOTE:

  • You MUST enter via POST CARD ONLY
  • You may only enter ONCE per Event (you may enter two events on one card, but they have to go to the same mini-CD)
  • All events are Best 3 of 6 flights, with those three AVERAGED
  • No Bonus Points or Scale Points – only flight times.
  • Winners will be the flyers that come closest to a randomly-picked time without going over
  • KANONES WILL BE AWARDED
  • the Contest ends on 31 JULY 2020 (get ’em in the mail!)
  • READ THE FLYER!!!

FAC OUTDOOR CHAMPS and TED DOCK – CANCELLED

It’s surely disappointing, but the CDs of these two back-to-back Muncie September classics have decided it is better that we cancel them rather than risk our friends getting sick.

Yes, flying outdoors is relatively risk-free (if we cut down on all that hugging), but large multi-day contests require that contestants travel from far away and come in contact with a wide variety of people in many different places, like motels and restaurants, etc.

With any luck, we’ll see you all next year!  Get in some flying locally, if you can.

Sky Bunny Flights Last Sunday (07 June)

Frank Scott has asked me to post this:

If you flew your Sky Bunny last Sunday  at 4:00PM (07 June), please let him know so he can tabulate the results in Bill Warner’s memory.  Pictures, times, and stories would be welcome!

send him an email:  eiriktheelder@gmail.com

 

 

2020 AMA FREE FLIGHT Nats CANCELLED

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