SEN 2561 - March LH Forecast – much better, Alan Edwards and the Dino observes

Table of Contents – SEN 2561

March LH Forecast – much better, Alan Edwards and the Dino observes

  1. March is the New February = SCAT Annual
  2. DT vs Altimeter vs ?
  3. Alan Edwards
  4. Looking for the Astro P-Star
  5. A poem

March is the New February.  

Forecast for March 23 and 24: low 47 deg F, high 70 deg F, ZERO % rain!! and the grass will still be green!

 March 23 & 24, Reserve March 25, 2019 at Lost Hills Field, CA

FAI Events:

**Saturday, March 23: F1A, F1B, F1C, F1Q and F1P
Seven [7] one hour rounds start @ 8AM,  extended max times for F1ABCQ are 240 sec.
F1P 180 sec.
Remaining round maxes are 180 sec. 
Flyoff times will be posted
**Sunday, March 24: F1G, F1H, F1J and F1S
Tie Breaker flight to the ground. F1G 7:45- 7:55; F1H 8:00-8:10; F1J &S 8:15-8:25
Standard Five [5] rounds 45 minute long starting @ 9AM, 120 sec maxes.
2 FO flights starting 45 min after end of last round.  Event start times will be posted.
If tied at end of standard and two FO rounds, tie breaker flight will determine the winner

2018 Perpetual Trophy Winners: F1A- Nir Shitrit, F1B- Roger Morrell, F1C Ed Carroll (from 2017), F1G-  Mike Richardson, 
F1H- Brian Van Nest ,  F1J-S Glenn Schneider (F1J)

Saturday: Hand Launch Glider, E-36, ½ A Nostalgia, Classic Towline Glider 8AM-5PM
Sunday: Catapult Glider, P30, ABC Nostalgia Gas, 8AM-4PM
Other Events: Sat 8AM - 5PM and Sunday 8AM-4PM
Vintage FAI Power,, 5 flts, 180 sec maxes, no rounds (may enter multiple eras and days)
Nostalgia Wakefield, Sat 8AM - 5PM and Sunday 8AM - 4PM (may enter both days)
Entry Fees:
FAI events: FIA,B,C,G,H,J,P,Q ; $25 first event, $10 for second
Other events: $15 for first event, $5/each added non-FAI event
All-In Fee of $45 to fly your little hearts out!
AMA age Juniors:  HLG & P-30 free, Other events $5, or All-In Fee of $10
Trophies awarded for 1-2-3 places
Perpetual trophies for F1A,B,C,G,H,J-S combined  and Nos-Wake winners receive a perpetual trophy (if it shows up at the field!)
Due to low entry levels; F1J, P, Vintage FAI Power, Classic Towline and Nostalgia events 2nd and 3rd place awards will be sent post-contest.
Junior Hi-Time Glider, Rubber and Power Trophies
$100 to the top 20 Something F1ABC flyer
AMA & Lost Hills Field Assn memberships are required
FAI events run to the 2019 FAI rules except as noted herein
Protest in addition to $30 requires equipment needed for model processing
Q flyers to measure, calculate and monitor one another’s motor runs
No Moto-flapping
Contest Director                                                       
Jim Parker
25018 Wintergreen Ct. Stevenson Ranch, CA 91318  
[818]404-3834[c],   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DT vs Altimeter vs ?

Dt flyoff.I have to agree with Allard  and Frederic. This is a bad way to pick a winner. For power they can shorten motor to 2.5sec.And glider can shorten tow line. Neither ideal, but better than Dt.The elephant in the mix is F1b.  This event the problem. Maybe use 20gr motors or add 50gr weight. Neither very good option, but better than Dt in my opinion. Maybe use altimeter data on all 3 events. Dt each event at 1 min. In most cases in flyoffs the highest model at 1 min usually wins. Read altimeter at 1 min to award winner of contest. Once again, not ideal but better than dt flyoff. This way it allows modeler to pick air, if any, and fly model in normal setup. Almost every timer being used has altimeter or can be purchased some where at a reasonable price. We have a better way than DT.
Just a thought.

Editor’s Comment: Dino, note that the altimeter must be certified by the CIAM group. A number of the built-in altimeters may not pass the muster – for example record sufficiently often and/or maker may not want to go through the hassle of having it certified. It could mean adding an altimeter to the airplane specifically for this purpose .

Alan Edwards

From: Bill East

Allan Edwards (b: 24th June 1939  d: 28th February 2019)

On the 28th February Allan Edwards passed away after a long battle with cancer. He will be remembered particularly in Australia for his efforts together with Paul Lagan in establishing the Trans - Tasman challenge initially between Australia and our neighbour New Zealand. Allan was also involved with Merve Buckmaster in the founding of the Australian Free Flight Society and together with Barry Lee started the news-letter “Free Flight Down Under” that has grown over the years into a respected magazine. In 1983 Allan was chosen as the Chairman of the Free Flight World Championships held in Goulburn and together with a group of dedicated people managed one of the most  successful World Championships to date. 

Over the years Allan had represented Australia at many World Championships and International events in F1A and F1B developing his own style of design in Wakefield models. 

In the community of Aero modellers both Australian and International Allan was well known for his quiet personality, friendship and Leadership capabilities which was evident when inducted into the hall of fame, an honour bestowed on few modellers for dedicated work to the hobby . 

He will be missed by those that knew him and respected him as an aero modeller and a friend who made a difference.


Looking for the Astro P-Star

Republished because the email address was not clear

Please post this request in an upcoming SEN:
I am looking for an Astro Star kit for F1P competition.
Remember that a number of kits were produced for the Junior program.
If anyone has one of the kits and is willing to sell, please contact me with details.
Thank you.
David Johannes
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A poem dedicated to all aero modellers who have passed on.

From: William East

Dear Roger

This poem was included within the service for Allan Edwards.



(A poem dedicated to aero modelers who have passed on.)


Last Flight


I hope there is a place, way up in the sky,

Where flyers can go when they have to die.

A place where a guy can buy a cold beer

For a friend and a comrade, whose memory is dear?

A place where no doctor or lawyer can tread,

Nor a management clone would ere be caught dead,

Just a quaint little place where a lady could go,

When their paining is finished and their airspeed gets low,

Where the whiskey is old and the women are young,

And songs about flying and dying are sung,

Where you'd see all the fellows who'd flown west before,

And they'd call out your name as you came through the door,

Who would buy you a drink, if your thirst should be bad?

And relate to the others: "He was quite a lad."

And then through the mist you'd spot an old guy

You had not seen in years though he'd taught you to fly,

He'd nod his old head, and grin ear to ear,

And say, "Welcome, my son. I'm pleased that you're here.

For this is the place where the true flyers come

When their journey is over and the war has been won.

They've come here at last to be safe and alone,

From the government clerks and the management clones.

Politicians and lawyers, the Feds and the noise,

Where all hours are happy and these good 'ol boys

Can relax with a cool one, and a well-deserved rest,

"This is Heaven, my son .....

You've passed your last test."