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Today’s Youth and Model Building!

A message from FAC Member, Jimmy Jordan:

Many of you know and have flown with my grandson Matthew. He has been building and flying rubber powered Free Flight since elementary school (3 FAC Kanones – verified by your editor). His high school CAD “drafting” class project has been design and construction drawings for an ultralight airplane. Last night he was one of only 38 students from the nine local high schools to be inducted into the National Technical Honor Society. Comet Models’ old saying, “Model Building Builds Model Boys”, is as true today as it was in the middle of the last century!

Jimmy Jordan, the proud Granddaddy!

Well Done, Matthew! – from all of us at FAC-GHQ

BIG NEWS! Official FAC Rulebook – 2019 Rev 1

The 2019 Revision of the FAC Rulebook has been finalized.  Find the link below this message from the CinC:

Hey Skysters! The 2018-2019 Rule Book has been edited and revised for the 2019 flying season, and is now available on the FAC website—check it out. There’s a few very minor edits which appear in blue type; major revisions will appear in red.

What ARE those major revisions? First off, we decided that DT’s don’t belong on Dime Scale models. That’s not likely to affect a whole lot of you, but for those that may have already built one into their latest 10-cent masterpiece, don’t fret. Disable it during competition you’re OK.

The OTHER big news is that we have expanded the Mass Launch race plane events. You’ll recall in the last issue of the FAC News (#305 – Jan-Feb 2019) we announced that we would be bringing back the old Bendix event? Well, we have … sort of. After much hemming and ha-a-awing and throwing of rules proposals back and forth, we finally settled on calling the new event the NAR, short for National Air Races. The NAR joins the Thompson Trophy and the Greve Race events, and gives you need-for-speed mass launch modelers a whole new hangar of aircraft to explore. Take a gander at the new event rules on page 16 of the 2018-2019 Rule Book, Rev.1. Read ‘em close, so we don’t have to waste time answering your questions when we could be out FLYING.

Also, direct your attention to the polished-up official FAC Thompson Trophy and Greve Race plane lists that are now included as appendices in the Rule Book. Refer to these lists if you’re at all unsure what event to fly your racer in. You may ask, “Where is the official NAR list?”. Well, given the catch-all nature of the NAR, we though it would be better to leave it up to YOU to populate that list. Notice the expanded date range for NAR racers, 1920-1939. You might start some of those neat Pulitzer Prize racers you’ve always wanted to model, or perhaps with some obscure high-wing racer that strikes your fancy, and go from there. If you can document that it raced, and it’s not already on the Thompson or Greve lists, it’s eligible. Speaking of high wing models, does it occur to you that we didn’t have any mass launches for high wing aircraft before? We think you’re gonna like this new event…

Aside from a few other very minor edits, that’s about it. So get your x-actos to work and get ready for some fun—spring is closer than you think….

Dave Mitchell, CinC

Always find the latest Rules and Lists on the OFFICIAL FAC RULES PAGE (click that link).

 

 

Web Site News – Quick Notes – January 2019

Contests – Don’t forget the online calendar!  it is filling and we have contests logged into July already, with more coming weekly.  CDs:  Get with Rick (email) and he will help you submit them – THEN check the dates after the contest has been added to the Calendar.  Members:  Check the calendar for contests you might be interested in.  Also, you will probably get an email from Rick if you are within a certain range.  Good stuff!

Kanones – Thanks go out to a couple of members for submitting names of members that passed on years ago, but were still on the Active Kanone list.  Two things following:  1) if you know of someone that is still on the Active list that has passed away, let me know, and 2) I update the online lists within the first week of the new month.  And, as always, thanks to the CDs for submitting their reports in a timely manner!

Rules Update – we are HOURS away from the annual Rules Update.  In fact, it will likely be my next post here, probably today or tomorrow.

–george

 

2018 – Happy New Year – 2019

Keep your eyes open – this baby should be flying by next Monday night!

Here is hoping that all FACers have a wonderful end to 2018 and are looking forward to an even better 2019.

See you on the flying field!

Happy Thanksgiving! – From GHQ to You

It might be early, but better than late!  From all of us at FAC-GHQ – have a great Thanksgiving!

2019 AMA Indoor Nats – and more contests

Don DeLoach is the Manager for the AMA Indoor Nats. It will be in Eagar, AZ in a football dome with a 100-foot clear-span ceiling (Cat III). This will be at the end of May (30 May – 02 Jun). The place looks incredible.

Another thing Don is doing is trying to set the schedule of events. Often events are announced and plaques made with little regard to potential participation. Don has set up a questionnaire regarding what potential participants might want to fly in 2019.  This questionnaire will close TONIGHT at 5pm, so if you are pretty positive that you will attend, take a moment to log your desired eventsThere WILL be many FAC events!

Survey – click HERE

Images of Round Valley Dome HERE

Dome Specifications

  • Dome Diameter: 400 Feet
  • Footprint: 152,000 Sq. Ft.
  • Height: 104 Feet at Center
  • Field Area: 120,000 Sq. Ft.
  • Total Floor Area: 189,000 Sq. Ft.

OTHER CONTESTS – don’t forget to check the FAC Contest Calendar  (HERE) – there are several contests already logged through the winter, with more to surely come in the future.

 

 

30 New Plans Available!

Do you need more models built from plans?  How about plans from a legend?  Last month at our local meet, I asked Dave Livesay if he would be willing to donate his plans for FREE DOWNLOAD on the FAC website – he said YES.

You can find 30 of his plans in PDF format RIGHT HERE (go to FAC Library/Plans) then scroll down.

So,next time you see Dave, tell him “thank you!”

Dave Livesay, Feb 2018, with his Peanut Pogo

Gizmo Geezer Products Update – Great News!

FAC-GHQ received this from Marcy Green (Orv’s widow).

Letter to the Editor:

In 2000, when Orv (and I) started GizmoGeezer Products, the business plan was a well-thought-out document. It revolved around the desire to invent revolutionary products for a hobby he loved. He wanted to share ideas and experiences with like-minded flyers. He wanted to be able to travel and write off the costs as business expenses lol. And importantly – it was about “becoming famous – not making money!” I teased him that he was successful on at least the second part of that last point! I think we came to the conclusion that, really, the best thing about GizmoGeezer was the wealth of friends we made and the fun times we had with those friends.

I’d like to thank the people who sent along their kind thoughts since September; the house has been pretty quiet and your notes have made me smile. I’ve passed them all along to our kids.

I’m also absolutely thrilled to let you know that John and Brenda Wiebe of Model Aviation Products (MAP) in Manitoba will be picking up the GizmoGeezer line: nose buttons (they are being assembled at this moment) and freewheelers (John has decoded the magic and has the moulds in hand, so watch the MAP website for updates). John and Brenda also sell balsa and model kits. MAP contact information is www.modelaviationproducts.com  (204-324-9741)

Thermals! Marcy

2019 FAC Wall Calendar Now Available!

TOM HAD AN ISSUE WITH THE ORIGINAL LINK.  HERE IS A NEW LINK

Tom Hallman has assembled another great selection of FAC photos for the 2019 calendar.  You can find it in his FAC CafePress site – and all profits go to the FAC!  You can see all of the monthly photos below.

ORDER HERE: https://www.cafepress.com/flyingacescalendar.357265555

Contest Calendar – Somewhat

I have a rudimentary Contest Calendar started (again).  You can find it HERE or on the menu bar above.

A few things to note:

  • this calendar – any calendar – is the most tedious aspect of the site.
  • if you are a CD – send your announcement to ME via email (don’t make me dig for it, because I won’t).
  • Rick Penzick and I are working on a new system for recording upcoming contests – and notifying local FACers.  More to follow.

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