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Kanones Updated!

The Kanone and Memorial lists have been updated.  This occurs at the beginning of every month – if I remember (hence the delay this month).

Significant notes:

One flyer earned a Blue Max (16 kanones) – Duke Horn from Texas.  We plan to award this in September at the FAC Outdoor Champs.

One Blue Max shipped to a recipient this month –  Don Smith from California.  Don does not plan to attend any upcoming “big” events, so we shipped it to his squadron leader for presentation.

Three flyers earned their first kanones this past month:

  • Ondrej Mitas
  • Scott Richlen
  • Steven Wrigley

Congratulations to all!

CDs – Outdoor flying season is nearly here – don’t forget to send in those contest reports (you can email results to kanonereport AT gmail.com)

Builders & Flyers – check out your local events – you don’t have to fly to get inspiration.   Look for one near you on the Calendar Page.

See you on the flying field!

’19 non-Nats News, Notes, and Nuances!

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!  Prepare your planes; picayune to ponderous!  The Event Schedule for the Flying Aces Club 2019 Non-Nats Contest has been FINALIZED!  Find it HERE.

Note these Special Events!

  • Battle of Britain Mass Launch!  ONLY these planes on THIS LIST are Eligible! YES – that HIGH-WINGER IS ELIGIBLE!
  • One Design- EKW C-3603 TOTF!  This is the 2019 Cloudbusters One-Design for the non-Nats and Outdoor Champs. Artwork HERE.  (Rumor has it you can get a short kit somewhere – ask around).
  • the new NATIONAL AIR RACES Mass Launch!  For 1920 – 1939 racers that Raced in the US.  (verified Greve and Thompson planes NOT eligible – check the new rules.)

Note These Rule Clarifications!

  • FAC Peanut event – ALL Peanuts eligible. (no HWP at this non-Nats)
  • FAC Scale will be AVERAGE of THREE FLIGHTS with INVERTED SCORING (to continue testing of this scoring system)
  • FAC Peanut, Jumbo, and Giant will be Best One of Three Flights
  • ALL TOTF Non-Scale Events MUST have time-slips in by 4:30 to permit time for flyoffs, if needed.

And there’s more!  No-Blue-Max events!  On-Field BBQ!  Mega, Mega, Mega!  Golden Hour Flying!!!  The biggest FAC Contest of the year!  Be there or be square!

Check the FAC Calendar:
http://flyingacesclub.com/wp/fac-contests/fac-contest-calendar/

2019 non-Nats flyer: 
http://www.flyingacesclub.com/ContestFlyers/2019nonNats.pdf

Battle of Britain List:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aircraft_of_the_Battle_of_Britain#Full_list_of_aircraft

See you there!

 

North Goes South!

I just recorded the results from the King Orange contest.  Of note:

Vic Nippert won three kanones and

John Houck SR took Two Firsts and Two Seconds!

Well done!

NEW SQUADRON! – the Ventura Model Aviators

Steve Neill in California has started a new FAC Squadron.  He is calling the group the Ventura Model Aviators and has been assigned Squadron #50.  He has just a handful of members right now and is looking for more.  If you are a modeler in the area, just let him know!

Check out their web site – it looks like a good one!

https://theventuramodelaviators.home.blog/

CDs – Submit Your Contests!

The Contest Input Form is ACTIVE!

After a couple of hiccups (and back-burner naps), the Add Contest Page is active.  Thanks to IT Guru, Rick Pendzick, we have a way for you CDs to submit your local events.  Two important things will happen when you do this:  1) your contest will be logged on the FAC Contest Calendar (see the Calendar HERE) and 2) FAC members in the “local” area will be notified of an upcoming contest via email.  That email will contain all relevant contest information – AND – a Google Maps routing to the contest location!

CDs – PLEASE USE THIS FORM!  Find it HERE (also on the above menu under FAC Contests).

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

 

Gone West: Phil Thomas

From Roger Willis:

We have lost a wonderful guy, a great builder and flyer…..PHIL THOMAS has passed away in Albuquerque New Mexico. He had recently had heart surgery and never truly recovered from that surgery. He was a Veteran with four Purple Hearts.
Phil had attended most of our Nationals and every WESTFAC. He was the WESTFAC Historian and the artist for all of our trophies and T-shirts.  He was the Squadron Leader for the RIO GRANDE Squadron. He will be missed by all who knew him. Rest in Peace Phil…….
The picture below shows Phil on the left with some of his Squadron members.

 

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!

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