Photo from the FAC Outdoor Champs

Here is a photo that was sent in to us.  This is Jim Gerszewski with his P-30 that won the P-30 event we had at the FAC Outdoor Champs.  As you likely know, P-30 is not an FAC event, but we host the AMA event when we fly at the AMA Flying Site.

Jim is from Wisconsin and we see him at the large FAC events we host in Muncie and he is always a top competitor in OT Stick and OT Fuse.  Well done, Jim!

Blue Max Ceremony!

At the Flying Aces Outdoor Champs in Muncie two weeks ago, we awarded TWO Blue Max medals to well-deserving FACers.

The first mentioned was Chuck Hickson, from the Cloudbusters.  Chuck is a dedicated flyer and through his persistence, he has gained his 16 kanones by beating some of the biggest names on the list – it has taken him awhile, but he has done it!

The second recognized was Duke Horn from Texas.  Duke has been a long-standing member and has an active online presence.  We are glad to have Duke travel up to Muncie each fall.

The awards ceremony was not without its hiccups.  Evidently, I forgot to bring medals AND I forgot to check the list prior to leaving.  During the summer, I knew that we would award Duke in September, but it slipped my mind and he had to remind me.  Such shame upon me.  Chuck was awarded my medal and Duke was mailed a medal just after I got home.

For those of you interested, here is how I can call up individual performances (or maybe you are interested in what they fly to win):

 

Non-Nats Registration!

DON’T FORGET TO REGISTER for the non-NATS!  Mail in your forms and you will get your Pilot Number.

THEN – Don’t Forget to Register all of your models.  This is not a requirement, but it just makes it easier for all involved.  Most of your models that you flew at the Nats last year will have the green light, just indicate it during the model registration.

After that, you will receive your Time Cards, pre-filled – making THAT easier, too!

And lastly, consider volunteering your time.  It doesn’t have to be all day; the GHQ can use all kinds of short-term help.

See you in Geneseo!

Weather Report

Muncie and Geneseo – and probably other flying sites – have been hit with very wet conditions this year.  FAC’er Tom Hallman sent in this “video of a modeler and equipment”.  It’s not far from the truth…

Fly when you can!  I’m sure I won’t be the only one at the non-Nats with untested planes!

–george

CONTEST RESCHEDULE – McCOOK @ Muncie

Due to interminable rain and wetter than usual conditions of the field, CD Pat Murray has postponed the annual McCook Squadron contest at Muncie.  Scratch this weekend (8/9 June) and pencil in next weekend (15/16 June – yeah, that’s Father’s Day) .

See you there – bring all your big ships!

–george

2019 non-Nats Preparations! Get Ready!

It’s that time again!  Here is the registration package (you can also find it on the Contest Calendar event for the Non-Nats).  It is in PDF, so you should be able to open it from where ever.

http://www.flyingacesclub.com/ContestFlyers/2019nnRegPackage.pdf

NOTE!!!!  You need to send in your registration to the address on the form (not to Rick or any other place).

Once you receive your Nats Registration Number, you can pre-register your models online.  This has proven to speed up the process immensely.  YOU MUST HAVE A REGISTRATION NUMBER or you cannot enter your models.  You will receive that number in an email once you are registered.  In addition, you will receive a link to the Add Models form online.

 

 

BLUE MAX! – John Diebolt

After many years of fits and starts, John Diebolt finally receives his Blue Max!  It was presented by our CinC, Dave Mitchell.  Photo by Wally Farrell.

Gone West: Jane Schlosberg

This comes from Bob Schlosberg and Tom Arnold:

“It is with sadness that family, friends, and the FAC has lost Jane Schlosberg, the first woman holder of the Blue Max. Jane, husband of HOF member Bob Schlosberg, built and flew scale models for years in the Southern California and Arizona contests and regularly handed us our heads on a plate. Her aircraft
were the equal of Bob’s and flew better as far as I was concerned. If you saw her entered into your event, you had better be playing your A game as she would take that Kanone in a heartbeat if you didn’t.  Jane’s wins were all against men—there were no powder puff events against just women. Her qualifying Blue Max win was in a WWI Mass Launch in the days of endless rounds down to the final two. HOF
member Dick Howard was her mentor in flying twins and her Arado 240 as an FAC Scale entry was magnificent on the judging table as well as in the air. That building and flying ability put her at the FAC rank of Brig. General with 26 Kanones. While she might have been a fierce competitor on the field, at the banquets and gatherings she was a warm and gracious friend that made you feel good just to be around her. It was no mystery why her husband had been chasing her since the 9 th grade. Their long and happy marriage was an inspiration to all. Jane’s flying was slowed by severe arthritis but then stopped abruptly by a stroke and she was in a nursing home for the last few years. She was visited faithfully every day by Bob until she finally slipped away. We will miss her terribly.

—–Tom Arnold”

photo from her online obituary

Kanones Updated!

The Kanone and Memorial lists have been updated.  This occurs at the beginning of every month – if I remember (hence the delay this month).

Significant notes:

One flyer earned a Blue Max (16 kanones) – Duke Horn from Texas.  We plan to award this in September at the FAC Outdoor Champs.

One Blue Max shipped to a recipient this month –  Don Smith from California.  Don does not plan to attend any upcoming “big” events, so we shipped it to his squadron leader for presentation.

Three flyers earned their first kanones this past month:

  • Ondrej Mitas
  • Scott Richlen
  • Steven Wrigley

Congratulations to all!

CDs – Outdoor flying season is nearly here – don’t forget to send in those contest reports (you can email results to kanonereport AT gmail.com)

Builders & Flyers – check out your local events – you don’t have to fly to get inspiration.   Look for one near you on the Calendar Page.

See you on the flying field!

’19 non-Nats News, Notes, and Nuances!

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!  Prepare your planes; picayune to ponderous!  The Event Schedule for the Flying Aces Club 2019 Non-Nats Contest has been FINALIZED!  Find it HERE.

Note these Special Events!

  • Battle of Britain Mass Launch!  ONLY these planes on THIS LIST are Eligible! YES – that HIGH-WINGER IS ELIGIBLE!
  • One Design- EKW C-3603 TOTF!  This is the 2019 Cloudbusters One-Design for the non-Nats and Outdoor Champs. Artwork HERE.  (Rumor has it you can get a short kit somewhere – ask around).
  • the new NATIONAL AIR RACES Mass Launch!  For 1920 – 1939 racers that Raced in the US.  (verified Greve and Thompson planes NOT eligible – check the new rules.)

Note These Rule Clarifications!

  • FAC Peanut event – ALL Peanuts eligible. (no HWP at this non-Nats)
  • FAC Scale will be AVERAGE of THREE FLIGHTS with INVERTED SCORING (to continue testing of this scoring system)
  • FAC Peanut, Jumbo, and Giant will be Best One of Three Flights
  • ALL TOTF Non-Scale Events MUST have time-slips in by 4:30 to permit time for flyoffs, if needed.

And there’s more!  No-Blue-Max events!  On-Field BBQ!  Mega, Mega, Mega!  Golden Hour Flying!!!  The biggest FAC Contest of the year!  Be there or be square!

Check the FAC Calendar:
http://flyingacesclub.com/wp/fac-contests/fac-contest-calendar/

2019 non-Nats flyer: 
http://www.flyingacesclub.com/ContestFlyers/2019nonNats.pdf

Battle of Britain List:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aircraft_of_the_Battle_of_Britain#Full_list_of_aircraft

See you there!

 

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