SEN issue 1087 - 4 May 2007

Table of Contents - SEN 1087

  1. Norcal Champs
  2. MMM
  3. Looking for a tach

Oakland Cloud Dusters

18th Annual Northern California Free Flight Championships


Waegell Field, Sacramento California

May 5 & 6, 2007

                        AAA Category III AMA Sanctioned Contest

An *America’s Cup and ^National Cup Contest

AMA, NFFS Nostalgia, Classic & Special Events, + SAM Rules Apply

Entry Fee: One Event $15.00, Two or more Events $30.00. $5.00 discount

with proof of NFFS membership for two or more events. Field Fee: 2007

Waegell Card Holders Free, otherwise $5.00 per contestant.  Jrs. $2 per

event, with no field fee.

Contest Directors: Bill Vanderbeek, Dick Douglas, & Fred Terzian (FAI)

Join us for a $5.00 lunch at noon Saturday! Cash Awards will be drawn on Sunday. Contestants will receive one ticket with entry fee. Contestants must be present to win

1-Design:      Richard Mathis’ Bounty Hunter, Tee Dees O.K. – Classic Gas

                                    Contest Schedule

Saturday Events                                         Sunday Events

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.                                            8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

*F1A Glider (seven rounds)                     *F1G Coupe (five rounds)

*F1B Wakefield (seven rounds)              *F1H Towline (five rounds)

*F1C Power (seven rounds)                    *F1J Power (five rounds)

                                                                        *F1Q Electric (five rounds)

EITHER DAY--All Events must be completed on the same day

^Junior P-30 Rubber                                 ^Classic Junior 1/2A Gas

^Junior Hand Launch Glider                   ^Junior 1/2A Gas
^Junior Hand Held Catapult Glider       +“He-Man” Hand Launch Glider
Junior A-1 Nordic Towline                       Classic Straight Tow Glider
Old Time Small Rubber Cabin                Old Time Small Rubber Stick
Old Time Large Rubber Cabin                Old Time Large Rubber Stick

1/4A Gas                                                       Mulvihill Rubber R.O.W.

^1/2A Gas                                                     ^Mulvihill Rubber

^A-B Gas                                                      ^Moffett Rubber

^C-D Gas                                                      ^P-30 Rubber .020 Replica

.020 Replica                                                 Old Time Hand Launch Glider

^Hand Held Catapult Glider                     O.C.D. Catapult Glider

^Nostalgia Rubber                                     ^Hand Launch Glider

^Nostalgia Wakefield                                ^Classic 1/2A Gas

^1/4A Gas Nostalgia                                  ^Classic A-B Gas

^Early 1/2A Gas Nostalgia                       ^Classic C-D Gas

^1/2A Gas Nostalgia                                  A-B-C Ignition Old Timer

^A Gas Nostalgia                                        A-B-C-D Gas R.O.W. Combined

^B Gas Nostalgia                                       4 Ounce Wakefield

^C Gas Nostalgia                                       8 Ounce Wakefield

1/2A Gas Rise-Off Water                           Rubber Scale

Gollywock/Jabberwock                            F1P (1/2A-.060 Gas)

General Field Rules:

1)       Flight time max for all events except F1A, B, & C is 90 seconds.

2)       Gas power events, except F1C, will have engine runs of 5 or 6 seconds depending on event. Fly-off engine runs will be 3 or 4 seconds depending on event.

3)       Rubber events, except F1B will have a motor run-down prior to launch based on the motor run time of the first flight. The second flight will have a prop run-down time of 10% of the first flight motor run time. The third flight will have a hold time of 20%. Increase hold times by 10% until 50% is reached. The prop may be stopped at the end of the hold time and before launching at the discretion of the flyer.

4)       Towline glider events, except F1A, will use 35-meter (115 feet) towlines. A line gauge will be on the field.

5)       Special rules will apply for ROW, Moffett, OCD Catapult, etc.

6)       He-man glider rules:

All wood construction (no built up, tissue, carbon fiber, etc.) D.T. OK – Min. weight 1.5 oz (42.5 g) – Must have a name, prominently displayed on wing – 4 attempts, best 2 count – All flights before 9:30 a.m. - No use of thermal detecting “devices” – Time one, fly one.


FAI Events: One hour rounds beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. Sunday

Mini-Events will be flown near contest headquarters. One-hour lunch break

on Saturday. Fly-off flights TBD (depending on drift conditions).

Contest Information:

Bill Vanderbeek                  Fred Terzian                                    Dick Douglas

4155 Old Trace Ct.             4858 Moorpark Ave.           5303 Calderwood Lane

Palo Alto, CA 94306           San Jose, CA 95129          San Jose, CA 95118

1-650-941-9913                    1-408-725-1065                    1-408-266-3598
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                        Marriott Courtyard                    Fairfield Inn

                        10683 Whiterock Road              10713 Whiterock Road

                        Rancho Cordova 95670 Rancho Cordova 95670

                        1-800-321-2211                           1-800-228-2800
Directions to Waegell Field

Waegell Field is located southeast of Mather AFB near the corner of Sunrise Blvd. and Jackson Highway. From the Stockton area, it is best to take Highway 99 north past Lodi and go northeast on Grant Line Road, just below the town of Elk Grove. Continue on Grant Line Road until you cross an aqueduct then bear left at the signal light onto Sunrise Blvd. which heads due north. Cross Jackson Highway at the four-way signal lights and then, count approx. 14 telephone poles from the corner on the right hand side. After that you will see a gate leading towards a sheep shed and pen. This is Waegell Field.

Rev. 2.0   1-02-07

Fred's notes

Hi Lee,

Sorry for the slow response but I've been fighting off a lot of "to do's" that had been backing up.
Again, we hope to have good weather for our contest. We "may" be impacted by a different set of flying rules passed on by the Northern Calif. Free Flight Council last November for all Waegell contests. At issue is a 35 meter line for Straight Tow and F1H, and most events with a 90 second max (except for F1A-B-C). Also, rubber event flyoffs may have a run-down of the motor prior to launch.
I am also passing this on to Jim P. for clarification of America's Cup rules. Last year, I did a round by round check of wind drift using a helium-filled balloon, in case I had to change the round max times. Weather was great so we were not affected.
Bill V. "may not" be available to be overall CD, which means that I would probably have to fill his shoes at contest headquarters. I hope to have other FAI OCD club members assist with running the FAI events each day (Dave Parsons, Craig Cusick, Norm Smith, etc.).
This is always a fun contest and great for personal contacts and great food bargains on Saturday.
We will not have an ROW pond this year as Bill V. cannot make arrangements to have the "pond" equipment brought up (he usually brings it up in his motorhome. I "might" still be able to offer the event using the existing "reservoir" in the south west part of the field (towards Jackson Road). A lot of this depends on drift (ideally heading north from that area). The obvious is that it would be best to allot a time each day when the ROW competitiors can all go up there together and help each other out. We will just have to "wait and see".
Hope to have a lot of competitors for the OCD Catapult event. Stan Buddenbohm was talking about coming up (possibly with Ralph and Dick) and I have promised to make sure the pole was placed up early and in a visible location.
You should also build a 24-inch plus HLG for Stalick's He-Man event. Discus is okay but no carbon and other exotic material allowed--just wood. We will also have a glider "Pig Pen" somewhere on the main flying pad (and probably close to the catapult pole.
Any other questions, e-mail me. We have an OCD meeting tonight and alot of it will be for NorCal planning.


MMM FAI 14 Rounder

Mark your calendars for a trip to Colorado June 29, 30, July 1 for the
Magnificent Mountain Men 28th Annual FAI 14-Rounder & National Cup

This will be an America's Cup competition for the following events: F1A,
F1B, F1C, F1P, F1Q (14 rounds); F1G, F1H, F1J, F1K (6 rounds); F1E (5
rounds); awards through third place and perpetual trophies.

We will also offer the full menu of National Cup events plus OT Rubber and
MMM Slow Open Power. Combined events will be scored separately for NC

Saturday night will feature a banquet. Contest headquarters: Super 8 Inn &
Suites (formerly MicroTel), 6230 E. Pine Lane, Parker, 720-851-2644. Ask
for MMM Club rate ($71.10 single, $80.10 double). Contest flyer available
soon. Please email me if you would like one sent.

Send Pre Entry to: Chuck Etherington, 33946 Goldfinch Dr., Elizabeth, CO
Entry Fees: $20 per event for F1A, B, C. $15 per event for F1E, G, H, J,
K, P, Q. $10 for non FAI events. $30 maximum fee. Take advantage of
ADVANCE ENTRY!!! $25 for unlimited events.

Name____________________________ Address______________________________


Circle events entered: FAI (F1A, F1B, F1C, F1E, F1G, F1H, F1J, F1K, F1P,
F1Q); Glider (HLG, CLG, Classic Towline); Rubber (P-30, OT Rubber Combo,
Nostalgia Rubber/Wake Combo, Mulvihill, Moffett); Gas (1/2A, AB, CD, 1/2A
Classic, AB Classic, CD Classic, 1/4A Nostalgia, Early 1/2A Nostalgia, 1/2A
Nostalgia, Nostalgia A, Nostalgia B, Nostalgia C, MMM Slow Open Power).

Chuck Etherington - CD
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Looking for a tach
From: typeshoppe [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Tachometer: trying to purchase a used tachometer originally sold by
Doug Galbreath. It provides both visual and sound engine RPM readings.
Will pay top dollar:

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Roger Morrell