SEN 1270 2008
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Table of Contents - SEN 1270
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- John Lendeman
- Mark's View
- Death of F1J
- Looking for Stjepan Bernfest details
- Arizona Contests
- Comments from the USA Team Selection Commitee
- Improving your best model
- Ginger's Comments
- Gard Airfoils
- Looking for an Old F1C
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To all who have not yet heard, John Lenderman passed away on Thanksgiving Day after suffering his fourth heart attack. John was one of the finest Wakefield fliers of his time, and he represented the USA on two WC teams as well as serving as team manager. Recently, he continued to exhibit his skills in the indoor arena, flying all manner of rubber powered models and gliders at local meets and at the Kibbie Dome Annual in Idaho.
He was inducted into the NFFS Hall of Fame in 2005.
John was 85 years of age.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Baptist Church in John and Goldie's home town of Clatskanie, OR.
Cards and/or other memorials may be sent to his family at 17086 Hall Rd., Clatskanie, OR 97016.
Please pass this information to others who might not otherwise see it.
I continue to read with interest the debate on the new Am-XCup proposal. If
nothing else, more people are starting to think about the future of Free
Once again, I wanted to offer my perspective as a new member of the
community. In particular what it has taken me to fly FAI competitively.
First and foremost it has taken finding someone to be my mentor. Without
Jack Emery, I believe it would have taken me 5 years to get where I am now –
or I would have never got this far and quit, (See note 1).
Second, it has cost an amazing amount of money. I estimate that in the 2.5
years that I have flown FAI I have spent $7,000, maybe more. My spending has
not been extravagant, I don’t have a large number of models and I build my
own Coupes. I also camp on the field and drive to all of the contests, (See
Lastly, flying FAI free flight has taken a tremendous amount of time and
energy. I have given up many other activities and have had to balance
work/family with my desire to fly FAI competitions.
I bring up these points to show how difficult it is for a new person to
participate in FAI Free Flight.
Personally, (and I have been hesitant to offer my view), I think we may be
heading in a direction that could break the back of Free Flight. Even though
I love Free Flight, there may come a time that I will not be able to
participate in a sport that costs so much and demands so much.
Drawing an analogy from Formula 1 racing, there was a time that the
technology had reached a point of no return. The costs were so high that
only a few Teams were competitive and many Teams were dropping out. Luckily
for F1, their governing body abated this trend and instituted regulations to
reduce cost and increase participating.
All that said, maybe we need to have several paths to the future of Free
Flight. One path can be the Am-XCup with maximum technology and no limit on
costs. The second path could be more of a one design approach with limits on
To support the Am-XCup path I would propose that a participation fee be
instituted. The fee would serve two purposes, it would make the participants
financially support the program, and it would gauge the interest level of
To support the “Second Path”, I think it is time to solicit the major model
manufacturers on ideas for simplified models (i.e. one design). Certainly,
it is possible to build F1A and F1B models for around $1,000 and F1C for
I would also like to have enough contests in the “Second Path” that a
competitor does not have to get on an airplane to have a chance to finish in
the top five.
Promoting the sport should also be part of the “Second Path.” We must have
someone in the Free Flight Community who is a Marketing expert who could
help us. I also think some form of Mentor program should be started. I would
really like to see a brainstorm session on ideas to bring new people into
this fantastic sport. Maybe things like loaner models, flight lessons, and a
guide books could be developed.
Mark F Belfield
I have an aviation background and a model building background, but until
recently no Free Flight background. My journey into Free Flight began
accidentally. I was bored one weekend and decided to stop by my local hobby
shop. I could not decide on what to buy, but saw a Sig Cub and said what the
heck maybe I can make that thing fly.
I took my time building the Cub, but as engineers do, I over-built the
model. With my “improvements” the cub ended up weighing 38 grams.
My first flights were simple glides, and to my amazement the thing actually
flew. I slowly worked my way up and got the model flying for 20-30 seconds.
I was ecstatic. Then one warm afternoon, an amazing thing took place, the
model caught a thermal and not only glided, but it went up. I could not
I continued working with the Cub, getting some half minute flights. My
successes with the Cub lead me to the Internet to look for other models to
buy, and to my surprise there were companies dedicated to Free Flight
I spent many hours reading about Free Flight and decided to call up Larry
Bagalini at Star Link Flight-Tech. Larry spent much time talking with me and
helped me purchase a couple of P-30 kits and some accessories to get going.
I struggled with getting my overweight and warped P-30’s to fly, but managed
to get some one to two minute flights. I talked to Larry about my flying and
he recommended that I hook up with some other people who flew Free Flight.
This is how I got Jack Emery’s name.
I contacted Jack through email and he invited me to a contest at Lost Hills.
The morning I arrived at Lost Hills, I parked my truck, got out and just
then an F1C made a smoking hole about 20 feet away. I knew I was going to
like this Free Flight stuff!
I watched Jack and the other competitors fly that day, but I was not
confident enough to fly around the other modelers so I stayed by myself and
After that contest, Jack and I continued our friendship. He and a few other
modelers not only helped answer my questions and encouraged me, but they
also provided me with models and equipment. I will never forget how the
Coupe given to me climbed and circled on its first flight.
With Jack’s help and support, I continued to develop and get better at Free
Flight. I also knew that if I was going to experience some of the best that
Free Flight had to offer, I needed to have a certain amount of commitment on
my part. This I did, by budgeting time, money and effort to get to a level
where the rewards, (satisfaction) were high.
The reason I got started flying Free Flight and why I continue to fly is
that the experience is very visceral – when flying it feels as if I have
found some magic place that elevates my mind, body and spirit. For lack of
other words, it is the Soul of Free Flight.
I will continue to fly Free Flight as long as the satisfaction is there.
Even without contests and the community as such, I might on occasion wander
out onto a dry lake bed and launch my F1B’s hoping to hook a thermal.
However, the flying would not be the same without those people that resonate
the Soul of Free Flight.
These are the approximate costs for my 2 ½ year venture into Free Flight.
This does not include the many models and items given to me.
Motorcycle carrier - $200
Motorcycle maintenance - $50 per year
A.A. F1B - $2300
A.A Winder - $350
External Winding Equip. - $300
Coupes – 3 x $300
Rubber - $250 per year
Rubber Scale - $75
F1G Winder - $150
Model Box - $150
Trackers - $200
Radio - $100
Yagi - $75
Tools - $200
Model Supplies (Glue, paint etc) - $300
Wind/Temp Gauge - $75
AMA/Lost Hills/NFFS memberships -$100
Contest and Travel Expenses- $100 per day
P-30’s and Early Models - $300
Death of F1J
From: Lee Campbell
I realize that modern variable surfaced models will max on a five second run. I am not interested in these types of models. I just run my Tee Dee powered 1/2A/a equipment.
What would it take to get me to fly again ?
Easy: A seven second run for locked up models. leave the run at five seconds for the high tech stuff.
Looking for Stjepan Bernfest details
Comment from the USA Team Selection Commitee
Roger and Jim,
Yes there are a very few very vocal program participants who are advocating that the way we select our teams be changed and I respect them.
But for everyone’s information the majority (90%) of the participants nation wide who took the time to reply to our questionnaire where satisfied in general with the current program format. The percentage of participants from Scat’s district who where satisfied was the same, 90%. Maybe they just like the idea of getting together on the same field at the same time under the same conditions to look their friends in the eye and say lets do it.
I respectfully suggest that the Scat Club take that into consideration when they vote if it’s SCAT’s real goal is to change the way we determine those who will represent the United States at World Championships.
An after thought. Why, if you really wanted to choose the “best” team, don’t you count all the scores from your designated list of contests? Who needs a second chance? Think about it.
Thank you for your time,
IMPROVING YOUR BEST MODEL - Or learning from others.
I was shocked to receive this communication from you. It indicates that you have been corrupted by association with us. The thought that physical preparation as well as the application of dope and tissue as preparation for a model aeroplane event indicates that you are deviating from an aeromdeller to a sportsman and clearly taking the event too seriously.
It is just as well that the SMAE has morphed into the BFMA so it is not longer required for you to keep the English Gentleman's code of amaturism but none the less ....
Biggles' friend Ginger
Looking for an Old F1C