Dohrm Crawford from Georgia was awarded his Blue Max at Muncie. He is currently at 20 wins.
Rick Pangel/AMA photograph
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!
I have three announcements regarding the Hall of Fame voting.
1. Many of us are just now receiving our Nov-Dec FAC Newsletters. This makes finishing the Hall of Fame voting by Dec.1st of this year virtually impossible.
Therefore, voting for the 2020 Hall of Fame inductees is extended to Dec. 15th!
2. I failed to include one of the submitted nominees on the list published in the FACNL: Fran Ptaszkiewicz.
Please take a look at THIS REVISED LIST of nominees as you consider your votes.
3. Some of you are on the ball, and have already submitted your votes!
Where this is the case and you want to support Fran’s nomination, you may vote for a third candidate if you choose.
Please send your votes to Don Deloach at:
Thanks, and Happy Thanksgiving!
Jim was a member of the Cleveland Free Flight Society and was a gregarious guy – always smiling and joking and having a great time. He’s one of the last of that old CFFS crew that helped me at the beginning of my modeling. Here’s what Rich Weber sent out earlier in the week.
Greetings fellow Free Flighters,
Once again it is my sad duty to report the loss of another Stork Squadron member. Jim Hyka went west last Thursday.
Jim was an active member of the Cleveland Free Flight Society from it’s earliest days. You could count on him to be in attendance at nearly every club function, always willing to lend a hand. He became Russ Brown’s “wing man” at the contests in later years, helping out with hauling all the equipment and paraphernalia required to run the show. He especially enjoyed the Saturday club building sessions, and rarely missed one. He was a frequent participant in the FAC Nats at Geneseo over the years, and a proud recipient of the Blue Max. Jim’s smile lit up his whole face. I’m going to miss him and that smile a lot.
Use the good wood.
Here is a link to his obituary: https://www.hinefh.com/obituary/james-hyka
Tena was always at Vic’s side flying his airplanes.
Here is the obituary: