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2018 FAC Outdoor Champs and Ted Dock Memorial

The two-day FAC Outdoor Champs and the two-day Ted Dock are happening on the last weekend of September this year: Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun 27-30 September.

The BIGGEST news regarding this is that we will be running concurrently with the 2018 SAM CHAMPS, 23-28 September.  As you may know, there are several overlapping events between FAC and SAM.

More News:  If you register at the FAC Outdoor Champs, you can fly in the SAM events FOR FREE!

Even More News:  There will be a Concourse display for models on Wednesday evening at the AMA Museum and SAM will be awarding a nice trophy for the best FAC model.

MORE More News:  SAM will be sponsoring trophies for THREE overlapping events:  OT Fuselage, OT Stick, and Jimmie Allen!

Check our EVENTS CALENDAR for the two FAC contest details.

Downloadable FAC Newsletters – Complete

Thanks to Stew Meyers, all* of the back issues are now downloadable.

* – Here’s the hitch:  the Council voted to have all newsletters – minus the most recent 5 years – available.  So what we have today is up to and including Sept/Oct 2013 (#273) online.

“Check them out” in the Library!  And there is no need to return them to the library once you check them out – HAWWWW!


Comet Model News Video

A short 15-minute video on the history of Comet Model Airplane Company from 1929-1941 is NOW AVAILABLE online!

I have added a new link to the Comet Catalog Page.  (A little cross-contamination to my business history) – when I took over my business, I had a small supply of these DVDs and was able to sell them.  I was pleased to find this official copy of the DVD online the other day – it is free to watch for everyone.

HERE is the link, but you can always find it on the Comet Catalog Page in the Library.

Kanone and Memorial List Updated

Both lists updated as of 01 September.   The Kanone List includes the kanones awarded at the 2018 FAC Nats.

My intention is to update these lists the first of every month.

View HERE.


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.


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