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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

Site Update – Nov 2019

Just a note to let everyone know of new things on the site:

Kanones have been updated (after a couple months).

Newsletter back issues have been updated – now available through #280 (Nov/Dec 2014)

Don DeLoach and I added a new page – Sierra Hotel Jet Cat Pilots – for Official (CD verified) single Jet Cat flights over 1 minute.  Find it on the menu bar under FAC Awards.

2020 FAC Calendar – Available Now!

This just in from Tom Hallman:

Hey guys-

Here’s a slide show of the new 2020 Flying Aces Club calendar, showing models by various FAC flyers.  I’m very pleased with the results.  Thx to the photo contributors.

You can order the calendar directly from this link:

https://www.cafepress.com/flyingacescalendar

Also, check out these two links to FAC & aviation related gift items.
All profits support FAC activities.

https://www.cafepress.com/flyingacesclub
http://www.cafepress.com/centergravity

Cheers.

Tom

A Great Article on the FAC

Today, I stumbled upon this article written by our own Dennis Norman and published in the AMA’s Model Aviation magazine in 2016.  It is full of interesting history and is good reading for new members and older members, alike.

http://modelaviation.com/flying-aces

 

 

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