The Radio Control Club of Detroit
|AMA Chapter # 368||
An AMA Charter Club Since 1953
IMAA Chapter #206
News Archive - 2009
November 5th Meeting - Member presentations
|11/09/09||2010 Membership Renewal
When filling out your renewal form please read it carefully. Regular dues are $75.00 and senior dues are $55.00. If you have your work card to send in, you deduct $2.50 for every hour worked up to $25.00. With 10 hours or more deduct the full amount of $25.00, making the regular dues $50.00 and senior dues $30.00. Juniors are still only $13.00.
And this year let’s everyone try to get those dues in before the deadline of January 31st. February 1st there is a $5.00 late fee. March 1st you are dropped from the club roster and you’ll have to pay the initiation fee again to get back in the club.
Forms can be downloaded from our web site (membership form) or picked up at the meetings. So let’s pay early, it saves you money and makes it easer on Bill and Steve.
The Membership Committee
Pattern Contest - 2010
RCCD is working with NSRCA (National Society of Radio Control Aerobatics) to host a Pattern contest in 2010. To find out what it takes to participate in the entry-level Sportsman's class, take a look at the sequence card, which you can print and try at the field. The sequence card is also available from our Hints and Tips page. The NSRCA website has details on what each maneuver should look like as well as a host of additional information.
As they become available, we will post details of our event on rccd.org, or contact our CD, Peter Van Heusden.
RCCD Ground School – In-door Flying at the Ultimate Soccer Arenas (U.S.A.)
October’s Ground School had two objectives:
About half the members who participated, had flown at the U.S.A. last year and half had not. So we had a good opportunity to achieve the objectives. A few members led the discussion, each covering an aspect of in-door flying. This was followed by a show-and-tell style presentation of typical planes that are used.
General description of the facility and its use for in-door flying - Ken Sulkowski
One of the soccer fields is made available for R/C flying every Tuesday from November 10th to March 30th and between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Some additional days will be available.
The flying is arranged through the leadership of Skymasters in cooperation with Radio Control Club of Detroit, Romeo Skyhawks, Greater Detroit Soaring and Hiking Society, and sponsorship by Flight Line Hobby, Prop Shop Hobbies, R/C Hobbies, Great Planes, Nankin Hobby, Horizon Hobby and Hobby-Lobby.
The flying area is 365 ft by 260 ft with 45 ft to 75 foot ceilings and is open to aircraft that have electric propulsion systems, and weigh no more than 2 lb ready to fly. Helicopters may fly at one end of the field; 3-D type flying at the other end, micro-planes in the corners and the central area is open to sport flying in a counter-clockwise direction.
Further details and requirements are available on the flyer and application form.
Cost Considerations – Noel Hunt
The equipment, consisting of motor, electronic speed controller (ESC), batteries, servos and receiver total to about $125, but as indicated, are more-or-less a one-time cost. A charger capable of fast-charging the type of battery used (usually LiPo), is required, but we often already have one.
The U.S.A. restaurant and coffee shop have really good fare at very reasonable prices and a number of guys arrive early for a coffee and stay for lunch after the flying. Because Pontiac is a long drive for many RCCD “East-Siders”, car-pooling is common.
Batteries and other considerations – Larry Boulet
Risks and Risk Mitigation – Willie McMath
If (when) you have to retrieve a plane from the field, watch carefully for approaching aircraft. They keep flying even when people are on the field. There will be pilots of varying abilities, some of which are fairly limited. Intrusions into and behind the flight line, while never intended, can and do happen from time to time. It is good to be vigilant…..and have a spotter when you fly.
It takes a while to get used to the lighting as your plane flies in front of the windows and is silhouetted. Keeping it below or above the windows helps. 75 feet is a very high ceiling for a building, but unlike clouds, it is also very fixed! Avoid it.
Any legal radio frequency may be used, but frequency control in the 72MHz band is a concern. Fly 2.4 GHz if you can and avoid potential interference.
Opportunities – Mike Pavlock
It is also a good time to catch up with guys you may not have seen in a while, and get some stick time in a warm environment despite the snow on the ground outside. The weather is always pleasant, with no wind in the arenas! This environment is perfect for flying aircraft with a very light wing loading.
From time to time items are raffled and thanks to the generosity of the sponsors, those items are most appreciated.
There is opportunity to purchase R/C related items at the arenas. Selling is restricted to sponsors during flying hours and you are encouraged to support them. In addition, you should be able to talk to the guys who sell items like Depron foam, and other unique items needed for indoor flying. and perhaps arrange to buy the items at another time.
In-door Flying at the Pontiac Ultimate Soccer Arenas (U.S.A.)
Once again, this winter there will be in-door flying at the U.S.A. thanks to cooperative efforts of Skymasters, Romeo Skyhawks, Greater Detroit Soaring & Hiking Society, RCCD and the generous sponsors: Flight Line Hobby; Great Planes; Horizon Hobby; Prop Shop Hobbies; R/C Hobbies; Nankin Hobby; and Hobby-Lobby
Flying is generally available on Tuesdays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm between November 10 and March 30th, as well as select other times. Further detail is available on the flyer. There are videos of last year's activity in the Picture Shoe Box page
R/C Report On-Line
The monthly print magazine R/C Report ceased publication last year. However an on-line version has re-immerged and is available at their web site. I have subscribed to it since it began operation shortly after the "Toledo" show this year. The contributing staff are much the same as the print version, but Tony Coberly is running the show now, while Gordon Banks is still the editor. They "....... still have the same format, the same writers, and the same candid honesty. We intend to keep it that way for a long time, too."
I do find it contains so much more depth of content than the other R/C publications out there and the info is presented in a way that is clear, detailed, very candid, and at the same time with a large dose of humor.
Check it out at www.rcreport.net
Club Picnic and Fun Fly
Our annual fun fly and picnic on Sept 5 & 6 offered fun, flying, food and a fire. It was was a great success thanks to all who participated and contributed, but particularly to Rainel Veres (the food), CD Bob Chapman & Scott Gilkey (the fun), the pilots (the flying), and the folks who lingered on Saturday evening (the fire). For once the forecast was accurate and the weather was about as perfect as it could be, and that also helped make a fantastic weekend.
Some folks got a jump on the open flying by arriving on Friday and camping 2 nights. On Saturday, the pits were comfortably full for free flying and there was ample food throughout the day. About 50 people sat down to a fabulous feast on Saturday evening. In the still air of the evening, electrics then appeared, and so did the mosquitoes! The ffht of bug spray kept them at bay for a while and then there was an attempt to see how many people could fit into my screened-in easy-up shelter. The ffht this time was the beers and soda's being opened.
Shortly after the sun fell below the trees we could feel the temperature drop about 10 degrees. And the fearful mozzies were suddenly gone. A fire was fanned into life and stoked until it burned furiously for the 12 or 15 folks who stayed to enjoy it. A near full moon rose large and yellow and flooded the misty field with light. After a couple of hours of conversation, folks gradually drifted off until the last five abandoned the fire and turned in for the night, to their campers and a tent.
(OK - after I have focused on all those words starting with "F", I can imagine the next time you see me, you might have something to say to me using another word that starts with "F"!! So I'll quit.)
The mist and condensation were thick as the campers emerged on Sunday morning. An SE-5a dawn patrol assured that there no enemy aircraft lurking. Members who prefer to sleep in the comfort of their homes began to arrive by 9:00 am. At 10:00 am the flag was hoisted and the fun-fly began.
Event 1 - Climb and Glide. The climb time was reduced from 30 second to 15 seconds because of some wildly over-powered planes. After 15 seconds, engines had to be shut off and the pilot had to stretch his dead-stick glide for as long as possible. The results:
Event 2 - Ring Drop. A PVC ring sits on a dowel that is strapped to the plane. The object is to take off, fly over a target flag and drop the PVC ring as close as possible to the flag. Top bomber pilots were:
A BBQ grill lunch was served to all members and their families.
Event 3 - Two Minute touch-and-go: Take off and perform as many touch-and-go's as possible in 2 minutes. Pilots with the most experience bouncing their landings:
Event 4 - Drag Race. With wings removed, drag race against the other pilots. The most over-powered planes:
Congratulations guys. However, these pilots earned only bragging rights. The prizes were awarded by lucky draw, to participating pilots. Thanks to PropShop, Flightline, the RCCD treasury and Club Wear chest, Ed Barbier, and Richard Javery for the prizes.
Pictures and perhaps a video will be added soon (if you have pictures to post, please e-mail them to me). Please check back.
August Ground School - Motor City Muscle visit.
Approved Change to Club By-Laws
Article 2 of the club By-laws has been changed to permit more flexibility in the days and times of our meetings. This change was approved by the club at the August 18th meeting. The entire constitution and by-laws are available from the About Us page.
New Wording of Article 2:
This change was driven by our loss of use of the Rosso Hall in Harrison Township for the regularly scheduled Club meetings. We were unable to find another suitable location for those days and times. However we are able to meet in our new location on Thursdays. The rewording will permit easier managing of any future disruptions.
So, meetings will be held on the first and third Thursday of each month for the foreseeable future. They will be at the Tucker Senior Center and start at 7:30 pm (same as before).
Proposed Change to Club By-Laws
Dear RCCD member.
The Radio Control Club of Detroit has lost the use of the Rosso Hall in Harrison Township for the regularly scheduled Club meetings.
A new room is available at the Tucker Senior Center on Ballard, close to the existing hall, but only on Thursdays.
The club By-Laws currently require that the club meetings must be held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. According to the club Constitution, a change to the bylaws requires approval by a vote at a regular meeting after 30 days notice has been provided to the members.
Please accept this communication as notification that a vote on a by-law change to provide increased flexibility in regard to meeting time and location will be held on Tuesday August 18th 2009 at the Macomb Fire Training Academy. Meeting start time is 7:00pm .
The Academy address is:
Your attendance and participation is invited.
Keith Jones - Secretary - RCCD
The following is from our flight instruction manual. It has not been posted in a while, so with the flying season in full swing, here's a reminder:
Priorities in flying.
Here we list the basic rights of way for the flying field in the order of most importance. These rules apply from the time you enter the flight line until the time you carry your airplane back to the pit area:
1) Dead stick landings - When an airplane's engine dies, the airplane is going to come down no matter what. The flyer with the dead stick must yell ``DEAD STICK!'' immediately. Anyone on the field must know an airplane is coming down in order to stay out of its way. A flyer with a dead engine has the highest priority. ALL other flyers must give the right of way (including any that have already called their landing). If flying an electric and the battery gives indication that it is low, that pilot has "dead stick" priority.
2) A person on the field - Whenever a person goes onto the field to retrieve an airplane, they MUST call (very loudly) ``ON THE FIELD!’’ This person has the right to safely retrieve their airplane. While ANYONE is on the field, no take offs, landings, or low passes are allowed. The only exception to this rule is a dead stick landing. Once the person exits the runway area, they must alert all flyers with the call ``FIELD'S CLEAR!’’ If you are the person retrieving your plane, be sure to take the shortest route off the field to help others who may wish to land.
3) A flyer calling a landing - The first flyer that calls a landing has the right to land. Do not attempt to hurry a takeoff to beat an airplane that is landing. If your engine stalls, an airplane will be sitting in the middle of the runway while another airplane lands!
4) A flyer ready to take off - Notice that take offs get the lowest priority. At times a flyer may have to wait for several minutes while other pilots land and retrieve their airplanes.
Call your take offs and landings - The more informed you can keep other pilots, the safer flyer you’ll be. Some one may have called a landing without your hearing it. If you call your landing loudly, another flyer will be sure to alert you that someone else has already called their landing. Acknowledge other pilots announced intentions so that they know you have heard them as well.
Be sure you know which way everyone is taking off and landing. Especially on calm days, flyers have a tendency of taking off in both directions. Watch to be sure you know which way everyone is taking off and landing. If in doubt, ask! Whenever there is a crosswind, take offs and landings must be into the prevailing wind direction.
2009 Great Lakes Scale
Wind was the dominant force at this year's Great Lakes Scale event with speeds ranging from15 to 20 mph. There was still a reasonable turnout of model aircraft and the event was also well attended by spectators. There were awards for spectators choice & pilots choice, many flight ticket prizes and awards for judged flying. Only 4 pilots chose to participate in the judged flying which was a real challenge in the wind.
Russ & Don provided intro flights to about 10 visitors who wished to try R/C flying. A trainer in 20 mph winds: Now there is a real challenge!
As always, thanks to all who contributed to the success of this event, especially CD, Keith Jones.
Pictures available in the Picture Shoe box.
George Maiorana / Dave Pinegar take 2nd place in Team Scale at Top Gun, with George's TU-95. Congratulations guys.
photos by Ken Isaac, RCU
Our 4th annual Electrics Event was another resounding success. Fifty registered pilots brought and flew a wide variety of electric-powered aircraft. There were small ones and big ones; fast and slow; beat up and show quality; helicopters and powered gliders; WWI bipes and EDF jets. At a lunch time break, I counted 115 aircraft, but I may have missed a few - in vehicles, in the air, or otherwise out of plain sight.
Highlights of the day were demonstration flights by Keith Shaw, of two of his larger Aircraft, an 82-inch,14 lb, 1200 Watt Bearcat and a very rare Moeller Stomo. Using the PA system, Keith provided some details of both the full scale Stomo as well as the model. (thanks Keith for the e-mail follow-up)
"The original plane was designed and built by Hans Moeller, a 20 year old draftsman. He was an avid modeler who took some university aero design courses, and the Stomo was his first man-carrying plane. It competed in the local aero-competitions in the low horsepower class. It had a 25' span, weighed merely 560 pounds with pilot and 5 gal gas, and was powered with a horizontal twin motorcycle engine of 18 Hp! The plane won the speed event at 98 mph and the aerobatic class also. Later he upgraded it to a 40 Hp, 4 cylinder motorcycle engine that he modified to run inverted. It also won the aerobatics class and the speed at 121 mph. My model reflects that engine.
"The model is 28% scale at 84" span, 1050 sq.in., and weighs 7.5 lbs. It is powered with a geared Astro brushless 40 on 8 A123 cells turning a 15/10 APC prop. At full power it pulls just a little over 500 watts giving it excellent performance matched to a very efficient airframe. Aerobatic flight times are 9-10 minutes, 12-14 if I'm just sport flying it. At this point it is my favorite aerobatic "mount", unseating my long-standing Zlin 526 and Bucker Jungmann."
Keith believes there are only about 10 photos of the plane, and his may be the only model of the Moeller Stomo. Keith Shaw is well-known for his command of electric-powered flight. What impressed me is his command of the sticks: Take a look at the video of the Stomo in flight - how about that 8-point roll and the final slow roll? Thanks for the inspiration.
Chris Haas also flew a large Bearcat. These three aircraft show how far Electric propulsion has come.
The midday breeze may have grounded a few planes but otherwise the weather was almost perfect. All the pilots seemed to have a good time and for that we thank the hard work of the numerous club members that helped out under the leadership of CD Mike Pavlock. To the pilots of planes with smaller wheels, we apologize. Bob L went through extreme effort to get the tractor towed out of the mud to mow the runway on Saturday evening, but Michigan spring is what it is. After all the recent rain, the field was really tough to prepare despite Bob's extraordinary effort.. Most planes however, managed well.
A special thanks go to the generosity of our sponsors: Castle Creations who have supported us all 4 years; Prop Shop Hobbies; Flight Line Hobbies; Air Land and Sea Hobby; and Air Hobby RC. Please favor them when you are making your R/C purchases. (It's not hard to as they all have great service, great products and good prices too). See our "Links" page for access to their web sites.
Be sure to click though the additional pictures the event - from the "Picture Shoe box" page.
|4/22/09||Ken S. found an interesting link that shows how various engines work.|
|4/15/09||CORKS is holding an R/C Skydiver Rally. July 18-19 in Columbus OH area. More info is available from their web site.|
R/C Report: On-line version to be available from Tony Coberly. Here is what I received in an e-mail:
"Here is a mid month update for everyone.
- New website is coming along on schedule
o Standard user cost is $24.99 for an annual subscription. This will allow you to view the current magazine online, as well as view the archived issues as they are converted and uploaded. You will be able to sign up online by Credit card, or you can call the office.
o Premium user cost is $29.99 for annual subscription. This will allow you to view current magazine online, as well as view the archived issues as they are converted and uploaded, PLUS you will be able to download a PDF version to your computer. You will be able to sign up online by Credit card, or you can call the office.
And in a second e-mail:
"We will be accepting subscriptions on April 1, 2009 when new site is released!"
Take a look at his website.
Ground School on Electrics
At the April 28th Ground School on Electrics, we generated some files from the bench tests we did. The files we generated are available for reference. Click on each link to open the file in a new window. Note that for the last one you will need MS Excel to open it. From there you can enter the data for your own batteries.
1. The effect of Throttle Position on current, power and duration.
Here is a link that shows an animation of a brushless motor in action.
Ray W. stumbled on a local establishment that sells a great selection of electronic goods. Stop by and check them out some time. Tell them you are from RCCD.
If you were at the Toledo show this year, you must have seen the 1/10 scale Saturn rocket on display. Here is a video of its "flight" on April 25th.
RCCD Ground School for February - Gas Engines
Tuesday Feb 24th, 7:30 pm at The Harrison Township Hall.
Chapter 13 of the EAA gave us a great welcome at their February meeting. John McCormick and I talked about RCCD club and R/C model aviation in general. We had a variety of R/C models on display, ranging from a 4 oz electric all the way to a 1/4 scale gasser. A couple of other RCCD members (Russ Hope & Henry Keeting) also attended.
The many questions we answered would indicate that the topic was of interest to the CH13 members. We hope to undertake a joint activity between RCCD and CH13 this summer. Stay tuned for details.
From the EAA Chapter 13 website:
Noel Hunt and John McCormick from the Radio Control Club of Detroit will be our presenters February 5th. Their flying field is just two miles east of Ray Airport.
They will speak about the similarities and differences between building / flying their aircraft and what we do. R/C flying has progressed significantly over the past several years and they will bring various examples of their models. "
Chapter 13 welcomes visitors to their meeting, so join John and me if you would like to. The evening starts with BBQ (please contribute to their donation bucket) at 6:30pm and the meeting starts at 7:30 pm. For more details and directions please see their website.
The StealthE is a 5 ounce foamy that turned out to be a lot of fun to fly. I prepared drawings and Peter VanHeusden has printed them. The plans and a set of building instructions are available for a $3 donation, all of which goes to RCCD. We will have the plans at our RCCD meetings and events and will demonstrate the StealthE when ever we get a chance. Some RCCD members are already building, so look for them at the Ultimate Soccer Arenas. Unfortunately, we can only do a "hand delivery" and cash is the only payment option. Click on the picture to see a short video.
|1/23/2009||First Person View (FPV) Systems
The subject of First Person View (FPV) has come up at the last couple of RCCD club meetings. Some background and description may be of interest.
First Person View makes use of:
There is a significant safety issue with this technology. It is quite possible for the R/C pilot to fly the aircraft out of range of the control radio without realizing it. Unlike conventional control, where the aircraft’s orientation becomes difficult to follow before the aircraft gets out of radio control range, with this system, the pilot can “see where he is going”, even as the plane flies out of control range!
Because of this safety concern, the AMA’s position in the past was to ban the use of FPV at an AMA chartered club field. This ban was not a big issue, because the cost of such systems was prohibitive to most AMA members.
As prices have come down, the AMA has reversed this position, but require the following restrictions to assure safety:
First Person View (FPV) Operations
|01/22/2009|| As of January 20, 2009, membership administration at RCCD is managed by
Willie McMath and Steve Surbaugh. Steve replaces Ken Sulkowski. Thanks Ken for your contributions.
For those who have not already done so, remember to get your 2009 RCCD membership applications to Willie or Steve by January 31, 2009, to avoid the $5 late fee. Application forms are available for printing on-line at www.rccd.org. (on the About Us page: http://www.rccd.org/About%20RCCD.htm)
In order to alleviate the confusion at meetings we ask that you renew by
mail. As soon as you get your AMA renewed please fill out an RCCD
application form and mail the following to either Willie McMath or Steve
Surbaugh. Their addresses are on the forms:
Your new membership card will be returned ASAP. Please don't mail in your RCCD renewal unless you've renewed your AMA membership.
For those chronic procrastinators among us, after March 1st the initiation fee of $20 is assessed, so get your applications in when you receive this e-mail to avoid either the $5 or $20.
Contact Ken or Steve with any questions. Their contact info is available on rccd.org.
2009 Combinations are now in effect on all locks at the field. PLEASE spin the combination wheels immediately after you unlock any of them - for 2 reasons.
Indoor Winter Flying - Every Tuesday. 11:00 am -1:00 pm. 5 sessions for $25. See flyer for details.