Month: August 2018

New Library Contents!

New in the Library today:

  • FAC Plan Packs 1-6 (back online)
  • 8 Janick Peanut Plans (thanks to Claude Powell)
  • 8 Comet Catalogs (thanks to Paul Bradley and others)

Go here:


The Library is Now OPEN!

So here is the start of the Library:

  • FAC New Back Issues (268 issues already on line)
  • KAPA (Kits & Plans Antiquitous) Newsletter 1993-2012 (80 Issues)
  • PFFT (Pensacola Free Flight Team) Article Archive  (850+ tips!)

Find it on the Top Menu Bar (or just click HERE)

More to come!


MIke Zand – Gone West

Sad news out of the Cleveland Squadron late last night:  Mike Zand passed away.  Here is a note from Rich Weber.

“It is my sad duty to inform the club of the passing of our old friend 
Mike Zand. I received this message from Irene earlier today:

> To our friends, brothers, sisters, and classmates,

> Michael entered into hospice care on Fri. and I am deeply saddened to announce his passing at 5:30 PM on Aug. 27th. Michael may now rest in peace.

> Further details will be announced on and Please feel free to share.

> Peace be with you,  Irene

Mike was a member of the Cleveland Free Flight Society since the early days, and served in every capacity as a club officer over the years. He was the club’s secretary/treasurer for as long as I’ve been associated with the organization, ably keeping our club records and finances on track. I never knew him to miss a meeting in all those years, until health issues prevented him from participating recently. He was also a top notch modeler in every respect, with 125 kanones to his credit over his modeling career. As a side note, Mike was the first CFFS fellow I met, and he introduced me to the joys of FAC style building and flying.

He will be missed…


I knew Mike as part of the influential (to me) Cleveland Free Flight Society – the Stork Squadron.  He was one of the friendly and supportive members that got me started down this Free Flight path.  He was always made a point of saying “hi” and asking about my family.   He would ask about Costa Rica and talk about his international travels and his music.  Here is a photo I took of Mike at one of his last visits to Muncie.

Mike Zand launching a Jimmie Allen Parasol at Muncie in 2014.

Here is a link to his obituary and visitation times:


The FAC LIBRARY is Coming!

As you know, the FAC Newsletters are on site and downloadable.  I am taking this farther and we (the FAC) are going to create the Flying Aces Club Library.  This will be a repository of information and files with the purpose of helping you – the modeler – and anyone building our models now and in the future.

The newsletters are a start, and a good one, but it is just scratching the surface.  In the next few days, I will be creating a couple of pages to manage the next portion of the library.  Today, I uploaded nearly 1,000 files at over 1.5 MB (total).

Stay tuned!



Did you know – Newsletter Download!

Did you know that the FAC Council had voted to have ALL the back issues available for FREE DOWNLOAD?  It’s true!  All of the old issues have been scanned (mostly by Claude Powell – thanks!) and include the plans that were in each issue.

Now, to keep interest in subscribing and receiving your hard copy newsletters, the cut-off for availability is nothing newer than five years ago.  Most of the newer ones can be had by ordering from the limited number of hard copy over-prints available.

Last night, we uploaded the first seven issues of the Rich-Weber-era (boy, they look good) and will get the remaining six or so posted to catch us up to that five-year mark.

Where are these treasures” you might ask – well, take a look at the menu bar at the top or the navigation list at the right and you should be able to find the Back Issue page (you can also find hard copy ordering info on that same page).  Or – you can just click THIS LINK to take you right to the page.

Now, some of the issues are a pretty large download, especially the color-filled new ones.  And they are in PDF format, so you will need an Acrobat Reader (or equivalent).

Happy reading!



the NEW FAC-GHQ Website is LIVE!

I believe I have replicated and redirected all of the old website.  If you find errors or missing pages, please let me know.

Things remaining to do:

  • update the Contest Calendar
    • it is a big task to enter each contest
  • add photos and/or a gallery
    • it would help if I had a large repository of photos (I know photos are out there!)
  • generate content
    • I will be creating an account for the CinC so he can post when he likes
  • create a “how-to” and “newbie” section for those wanting to learn more
  • while the newsletters are available, I think a plan download area would be great.
  • there will NOT be a forum/discussion area
    • you CAN comment on any post or page that is on the site.  This will be moderated and responses provided in an appropriate manner
    • if you want to discuss the world of the FAC and Free Flight, in general, I encourage you to have these discussions on the FAC-GHQ Facebook page:  I maintain and moderate that group.



No Problems with Geneseo Field.

??????: a rumor has been going around that the GREAT GRAPE GATHERING has been cancelled and the Geneseo Field has been lost – ???? ??? ??????. Carry on as planned (and stop spreading rumors).


Webmaster Words – 05 August 2018

Coming out of the 2018 FAC-Nats, I assumed responsibility for the FAC-GHQ website.  Dave Mitchell had been webmaster, but surrendered that mantle when he became Commander.

For the last week or so, I have been transitioning the site content into a new structure – what you see here.  Currently, there is little new; most is just what Dave had created, content-wise.  I have created a near-live kanone list – and it is sortable (by name or by kanones).  I will probably update that monthly.  Also, Rick Penzick created a Squadron Map – now you can see where the squadrons are located (in the continental US).

I hope this new site is an improvement.  the conversion is not complete and the old site still exists – however that will slowly go away, being completely replaced by the new site..

If you have comments, let me know.

–george  bredehoft


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