Fun Fly BBQ
First person I
met today said to me something to the effect of "Our President over
advertised this one". Just in case you weren't there we had a great
turnout of the BAM and DSC clubs.
I took a few
pictures. Talked with a few people then put out the winches. Steve flew
his Olly with the 4055 foil several times. Jeff put in two flights or
more with one of them being rather extended. In addition Jim Carol flew
his two meter (Aspire?), and another Gentleman flew his Gentle Lady but I do
not remember his name followed by Jay flying his numerous times. At one point
one winch did a burp on its own and we figured I had stepped on the switch.
Before launching next time I blipped the switch on purpose and the whole
thing went "hay wire:" out of control. I did not switch the
switch off but snapped off a battery cable. Too bad because it ruined the
line with many cuts. Probably just the right length now for the field
with all that line taken off next time. I assume that the switch was
jammed up with snow. But of course you know what assume does to you.
I must make another switch of the old hinge kind for this kind of weather
or bring some plywood to put under the winches. But there were only two
others there to see the excitement. Bottom line I did not get my gliders
out of the truck instead I flew everyone except Steve's then topped the day off
by flying Jim's litestick (couple of times I did not know which one).
Don't know for sure but I think the six inch long turnbuckle I use to
adjust one of the winches is at the same end of the field that we launched from
today left from our New Year's fun fly. I think I was told that you are
responsible in some way for mowing. If the mower grabbed that it sure
would do a job on it. So come spring before any mowing is done we must
see if it is there on the field. Of course if anyone finds it please tell
the rest of us so we shall know. I missed it today made alignment for the
launch much more difficult.
Jim C and Jay
were somewhat disappointed with their flying but I thought knowing the
circumstances they both were doing well. Just keep at it. I think
my small short lined winch should have had a different diameter drum but in
most cases I was able to overcome the difficulty by taking advantage of the
torque and launching at forty five degrees rather than level.
conversation with Paul from the BAM side with Jim A. Interesting to note
the large lithium cells had another note from Jim Oddino this pm.. He said use
two groups of those cells with two six volt regulators and plug both into the
same receiver. The discussion was the batteries to drive the digital
servos for a third scale powered plane. My goodness that line up of
servos would buy all my planes.
The humor of the
bringing a winch? Real Men want to fly BIG plane."
forwarded to several of us at least. I credited the words to the
forwarder, Jim A. So with great enthusiasm I checked the winches
expecting to see this large plane that Jim was finally going to bring with him.
One time before he had commented that if he had known he would have
brought a large thermal plane. So I quoted these words to him only to
find they did not come from him. Apologies there Jim. But I had fun
flying with Steve anyway.
appreciated the Thermic 50??