In case you missed it, the 2022 FAC NATS are a GO!
13-16 July 2022 at the National Warplane Museum Field in Geneseo, New York!
Find your event list and registration package HERE.
See you there!
The biannual review and update to the FAC Rule Book has been completed and the new Rule Book has been posted online.
You can find the new Rule Book in the same location as before; here is the LINK (your old links will work just fine).
There are a couple of minor changes, but the major news is the formal addition of TWO popular events to the Official Rules and Events:
BLUE RIDGE SPECIAL and SCALE GLIDER have moved from Provisional to Official Events, based on their popularity. Note that for Scale Glider, the launch may be acheived by a Hi-Start OR a Towline Reel – even at the same Event/Contest.
Looking for a challenge? GHQ has approved the Comet Nickel Series for Kanones! Fly any of the qualifying 11 models in TOTF or Mass Launch, Indoors or Outdoors for lots of micro-fun! These 10″ span models make the cutest subjects!
All plans are available for free download on the FAC Plans Page #1.
The FAC’s Information Technology (IT) Guru, Rick Pendzick was awarded the FAC Blue Max at the September Outdoor Contest at Pinkham Field in Connecticut. Of course, Pinkham Filed is the birthplace of the modern-day Flying Aces Club and John Stott presented the medal to Rick. These photos are by Tomm Nallen II and in a recent Facebook video posted by John Koptonak, the awardee was serenaded by Vance Gilbert and the rest of the Pinkham Field Irregulars with a chorus of “Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines”. Congratulations, Rick!
Curious about the FAC Blue Max award? Read HERE.
AMA Indoor Nats News!
EasyBuilt Models presents Pres Bruning with the FIRST Production kit of his famous Flying Fish! Pres has been flying this model for several years. We did not include the plan in the Free Pres Bruning plans that are online because we knew Dave was working on the kit. This presentation was made as a surprise for Pres at the Indoor Nats last week in Pontiac. His family brought him up and I think he was suitably surprised! This is a fitting honor for Pres, whose plans have inspired so many around the world. Here is the write-up by the AMA staff (the text was likely written by Mike Welshans):
(photo from the article)
Flying season (and contests) are back and people are itching to fly. Wally and Julie Farrell traveled from Virginia to Muncie, Indiana to fly in the windy McCook Meet over the weekend. He won 10 of 19 events, leaving everyone else to fight over the scraps.
Wally also made a deal with Hung and logged TWO Sierra Hotel JetCat flights (any official JetCat flight 60 seconds or more)! Truly Impressive!
In all seriousness, it was great to get back out flying on big fields and with friends from far and wide (Dave and Ann Niedzielski from Alabama also came up to Muncie)!
From the CinC!
FAC NEWSLETTER UPDATE 4-19-21
We continue to have significant USPS mail delivery problems.
Following are the dates that each recent issue was presented to the USPS for delivery.
#316 (Nov-Dec 2020) — Nov. 3, 2020
#317 (Jan-Feb 2021) —Jan. 4, 2020
#318 (Mar-April 2021) —Mar. 2, 2021
Note that it some cases it is taking 4-6 months for delivery of issues!
The problem is NOT that we are late getting the newsletter published.
If you have not done so already, please let Rick Pendzick know if you are missing an issue. One notice is enough; Rick is maintaining a list. We are asking you to allow a very long window for missing issues to be be delivered. Your patience is appreciated. If you have FINALLY received a late issue, we would appreciate you letting Rick know.
DO NOT chew out Rick or any other FAC admin, either by e-mail or phone.
The main two (2) people who coordinate publication of the newsletter are even more unhappy than you are. This mess has made a LOT of work for those few who bust their butts for the FAC out of love for the hobby.
The problem lies ENTIRELY with the USPS.
Please read the above sentence again.
Check back here for updates.
To all: be safe – like this turkey!