BURNABY LAKE NEWS – FLY BY WIRE – February,
Greetings Burnaby Lake Flyers - HAPPY
NEW YEAR 2007,
all. Happy New Year to everyone.
This month's Newsletter is little late but I guess better late
than never. Cold weather continues and after the storms it seems
that we can enjoy few sunny January days. Visiting the field to
try few of my new creations I realized that there were many Hoods-Up
members who took advantage of few sunny but pretty cold days.
Some photos are new in the gallery, Jeff Franchini's Pico Slow
Sticks are getting popular so some photos are available in this
issue as well as story about its creation.
Here is Larry below who flies the Blimp in nearby ice rink. At
least he is in warm place and having fun.... but it seems that
we could get few more people interested to help Larry, Geoff,
Alan and others to fly this thing sometimes. It is quite a commitment.
other members took advantage of small ponds that formed after
heavy rains. That was before the snow though, although you can
see these two "Partners in Crime" flying their planes
taking of the snow. These guys are equipped for any situation.
See the red coat ................... that must be on him for some
reason. Ask him next time you see him.
here are two more enthusiasts and realy dedicated flyers dealing
with snow again. I hope this is the last drop of snow that will
cover the field this year.
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This Months Spotlight
an attempt to better acquaint club members with one another, we
decided to put one member under the spot light each month. Here
you will learn more about the faces you see at the field very often.
How many times has it happened to you that you know a face but you
don't know the name of the person at the field? We may help each
other if we just get to know each other better.
So this month
the Spot Light has landed on Geoff Dryer.
Geoff has been a very active member last year. He built a bunch
of planes and just looking at them you'll learn about Geoff. You
watch Geoff fly and you learn some more about him.
He keeps his planes neat, he flies nice and like gentleman, he is
ready to help others, very friendly and very funny too. Check his
story and you'll see for your self..
This time I
didn't ask any questions I just let Geoff tell his RC story. Here
My Return to Radio Control Planes (After a 25 Year Absence)
A New Bout of RC Fever (25 Years After)
In April this
year I began idly thinking about my childhood love of RC planes.
I hadn't thought much flying in the last 25 years since I hung up
my fleet when I discovered girls (another time-consuming hobby).
I assumed that my interest in model planes had waned over the decades.
With no idea of what I was letting myself in for, I decided to wander
into Norburn Hobbies. I was unprepared for the instant excitement
that transformed me and revived my interest in flying as if no time
had passed at all.
When I walked
into Norburn it was like coming home. Who should I see but Al Bowers!
I had flown with him in the Kamloops RC Modelers in the late seventies.
It really is a small world. As I scanned the shelves I recognized
some very familiar names. The Sig Kadet was my first radio controlled
plane. I recognized other manufacturers such as OS and Futaba, but
there were a lot of new names too, and certainly a greater variety
When I was in
Norburn I asked about local flying clubs and was pointed in the
direction of a few fields to check out. I checked out two that fly
mostly glow powered (gas) planes. This seemed pretty familiar although
the radios were much more capable than I remember. There I also
saw a few electric planes, which were completely new to me. Not
having forgotten some of the annoying drawbacks of the gas-powered
planes, I decided to check out the electric-only Hoods-Up club in
I was absolutely
amazed by some of these battery-powered aircraft. I assumed that
electric meant small, but the 80-inch wingspan pattern plane was
certainly not under-powered. Watching the variety of planes in the
air increased my fever to get back into the sport.
Although I was
not new to radio control planes, after my long absence it would
be like starting over. In the past I had flown control line plane,
gliders and gas radio control planes, all of course built from scratch
or kits. There was certainly not much in the way of ARF other than
plastic control line planes.
At age twelve
I bought my first control line plane, a Cox .049 powered PT19. I
crashed it many times but persistence paid off and soon I was turning
circles without getting dizzy. I then began to build plane from
kits. In the photo below (wasn't I a cute kid!) [photo one] I am
holding one of my many small control line planes. I recall that
this one was built from a kit. After a year I graduated to the big
steel lines and planes with .25 size engines.
got tired of going in circles and after a conversation with a co-worker
of my father, I went to visit the flying site of the Kamloops RC
Modelers. Wow! I was amazed and instantly hooked. Now all I had
to do was try and fund this obsession (I mean hobby). After working
two jobs through the summer and fall I was able to save enough for
half of a Kraft 5 channel radio. This cost $350 in 1976 dollars,
which was a lot of raking leaves and delivering newspapers. For
Christmas I got the other half of the radio, a .40 size glow engine,
and a Sig Kadet trainer (kit). After many a cold evening in the
basement I managed to complete my first radio control plane by Spring.
In the picture below you can see my yet uncovered Kadet and my Kraft
radio. Do you like the green shag carpet?
fly goes a lot slower when your father will only take you to the
flying field once a week, but eventually I did manage to get the
hang of it, thanks to helpful instructors such as Dave Evans. Dave
was an inspiration to me because he was a great pilot and also because
he built the most fabulous airplanes. Dave built a Spitfire from
scratch that had little globs of glue for all the rivets. This is
part of the reason that my current project is a Spitfire although
an ARF Spitfire still seems like cheating to me.
my Kadet and a few others to follow I dabbled in gliders, boats
and even robots. Below is a photo of a two-channel plane powered
by a Cox engine. This was my first "park flyer". I recall
the demise of this plane while attempting to fly between the goal
posts at the local school.
interest in girls overwhelmed my desire to sequester myself in the
basement building planes. By grade 12 I had decommissioned my fleet.
to the Future
to go electric was partly based on my memories of the annoying aspects
of gas. I had crashed one plane due to an engine quitting for no
apparent reason and another plane finally fell apart after becoming
oil-soaked. The Burnaby club was also close to home, had a nice
big landing area, and most of all, a friendly bunch of flyers.
a new ESC with a 2 Amp BEC which is compatible with my 4S LIPO that
increases the RPM at WOT which will result in a faster ROG."
a few of those kind of phrases I realized that there was going to
be an electric flight learning curve, but this did not dampen my
After some thought, and quite a few hours talking to Hoods-Up club
members, I decided to purchase an introductory level Futaba radio
and a Hobbico SuperStar EP ARF. I also bought the G3 simulator software.
The simulator is another example of the huge change in technology
from 25 years ago. It is certainly a lot cheaper to press a reset
button than buy a new plane.
EP came with a brushed motor and a NiCad battery. Surely this would
be just fine. In mid April I arrived at the field on Saturday morning,
charged my battery then proceeded to find someone to take it up.
Neil Achilles was nice enough to oblige. I guess I should of taken
the fact that the plane did not have enough power to take off from
the ground as a sign, but undaunted on the second go, I gave it
a solid toss into the air. Neil trimmed it out, then handed the
controls to me. I was hooked again! After about five minutes the
battery began to fade so I flew a wide circle and managed to land
it on my own. Pretty good, considering my last flight was in the
seventies. Truthfully, I had spent about 40 hours on the simulator.
This helped me immensely.
faded and we were done for the day. The next weekend I was out for
more. This time I managed to get it into the air (barely) from a
ground takeoff. I had added larger wheels (modification #1). I was
no sooner in the air then the battery began to fade, then the wind
blew me over the parking lot, then the power lines were closing
in. I handed the transmitter to my instructor who managed a soft
landing into a tree.
The damage was
minor, but I was off to Norburn Hobbies to begin modification #2.
After purchasing a brushless motor, brushless speed controller and
two Lipo batteries I began to realize that the plane itself was
an minor line item in the overall cost of flying. With the new motor
and batteries the plane flew like a dream. I made a few other modifications
including a steerable tail wheel, but I flew the plane for over
250 successful flights. Yes, I did nose it into the ground on takeoff
a few times, and I did plant it in a tree again, but overall I had
My Name is Geoff and it has Been 24 Hours Since My Last Flight…
One week I managed
to fly six days in a row. On some days I flew ten flights. First
my wife was happy, then concerned, then considered an intervention.
There is a fine line between hobby and obsession and I happily crossed
it. Seven airplanes and one new radio later and I am still having
fun. One of the other benefits of flying is the joy of being around
other people who love it as much as I do. What a great group of
friendly and incredibly helpful club members!
Since my first
flight in April I have lost count of my total number of flights.
To give you an idea though, the total model memory on my current
radio (total flying time) is over 75 hours. This does not include
mire than 250 flights on my SuperStar EP.
Here is my fleet in order of appearance:
EP (now sold)
Great Planes ElectriCub (little cub)
E-Flite 25 Cub (big Cub)
E-Flite Brio 10
Hyperion CAP 232 25e
GWS Slow Stick (with floats)
Hyperion Spitfire "Grey Nurse" (with retractable landing
is my current project and I have promised myself that I will not
buy any new planes until April again. I see that Hyperion is coming
out with an 85 inch YAK. Oh No!
In the photo
below you can see that I am going to have to expand my shelf.
....thanks Geoff. As an addition here is Geoff's latest project,
a Spitfire. Some specs and photo is below.
I'm sure there will be more projects in near future.
Hyperion Mk8 Spitfire (ARF with added scale details)
- 1/12th scale
Mk8 'Grey Nurse' Spitfire
- 1230 mm, 48 inch wingspan
- 1585 grams, 56 oz (including 3700 3S battery)
- mechanical retractable landing gear
- Hyperion Z3025-08 motor (500 watts) and Hyperion 50A speed controller
- FlightPower EVO 3700-3S battery
- isolated 370 mah battery for the retract servo
New Equipment this months…AIGHOGS
This month I
decided to point you to a very interesting site http://www.airhogs.com/
It is beautifully
crafted in Flash so check it out. There is a lot of information
too and numerous videos.
I guess you all
remember Airhog Aero Ace small 2 channel plane that we all went
crazy about for a while. Almost all the guys that are frequently
on the field had one.
Go to this site and experience a difference in visiting online stores.
Go have fun you don't have to buy anything. : ) From Main Page go
to Lounge and look at all their products. You can also play a free
Airhogs continues with their line of interesting products and now
you can find even a Hydrofoam produced by them. It is not fully
controlable since it doesn't have ailerons but 2 motors provide
ruddr function and there is an elevator at the back that would get
you airborn easily.
are designed to be used even by kids but even experienced flyers
can have a blast flying these models. Airhogs also makes helicopters
and other small aircraft
Here is the video of one of our members (Brad Trent) testing out
his Airhog hydrofoamie on our field's parking lot. Here is the link
to view BRAD'S HYDROFIAM
VIDEO (QuickTime 12.2 Mb)
Jeff Franchini's Piko Stick
never liked any of the Stick models, and I disliked the GWS Slow
Stick the most. A GWS Pico Stick-F got me back into the hobby a
few years ago, and it turned out to be a great little trainer. After
I was done with it, I gave it to my friend Earl Schmidt, and it
sucked him back into the hobby as well. Then Dave Scoular let me
fly one of his Slow Sticks, and we had a dog fight with ribbons
attached to the tail. I had so much fun, I went over to Norburn's
and bought one.
I started to assemble the Slow Stick. I didn't want to have the
same color as everyone else, so I painted it yellow. I got some
fancy wheels for it, as well as a set of floats. I anodized the
aluminum tube black. Now that I had this fancy Slow Stick, I didn't
want to fly it in combat (which was the original reason I got it).
Off to Norburn's again to spend another 27 bucks for Slow Stick
When I was picking
up Slow Stick number 2, I saw the display of aluminum and brass
tubing from K&S. The little 3/16" square aluminum tube
reminded me of a miniature version of the fuselage tube on the Slow
Stick. That's when I got the idea to try and build a micro sized
version. I traced all the Slow Stick parts and scanned them. I then
imported the scans into AutoCAD, and scaled them down to 40%, and
printed them. I now had templates for a 18 inch wingspan Slow Stick.
I had some 3mm
Depron sheets, so I cut out all the foam parts from this. Now how
to get the under cambered airfoil? I've read about people making
creases in the foam on the underside of the wing and then forming
the airfoil by hand.
Others have worked the foam on the edge of a table and made the
I tried both methods, but was not happy with either. You had to
over bend the foam and then it would spring back over the next few
hours. It seemed impossible to get both wings the same. I decided
I had to form the airfoil with heat somehow. It works on meat trays
from the grocery store, so it should work for the airfoil shape
I wanted. I ended up making a jig out of tin that I formed into
the exact shape I wanted. I just hold the Depron on the top of the
jig and heat the bottom with a heat gun. Once the jig heats up to
the right temperature, the Depron begins to bend. A few more seconds
of heat and it forms perfectly over the jig. Both wings have the
same airfoil and they are permanently formed into the desired shape.
Next I scanned
the Slow Stick decals, and scaled them down 40%. I glued the foam
bits together and then onto the aluminum fuselage stick, and that's
what you see in the pictures. Power system is a GWS LPS-B2C and
a 250mAH lipo. The servos weigh 3.3 grams, and the receiver (Berg
4L) weighs 4 grams. It should come in at about 60 grams when ready
to fly. I made a few more and gave them away as Christmas gifts
to some friends. Maybe we'll see one or two at the Chilliwack Red
Barn indoor fly-in on Jan 20th.
Comments on Pico Stick
First of all
I want to thank Jeff for preparing a kit for me making me a test
pilot for the little thing together with several other Hoods-Up
members. He also gave us specifications for all electronic components
that we need to get to fly this puppy.
I LOVE THIS THING. This is by far now one of my favorite planes.
It flies indoors, outdoors, in my yard and my back lane and I love
to land it to my garage driveway.
This thing flies almost like the bigger brother although it feels
little "heavier" than its big brother. Nice thing is that
it flies slow enough and uses such a small prop that it really poses
no threat even if you fly it in a park. Amazing is that this thing
takes off the grass on our field. Many times I found a patch with
little shorter grass and I managed to take off with no problems.
I also landed it on the grass very nicely couple of times and few
times I even grabbed it with my hand by the wind when it went by
me in the slow pass flight. Once I got a hang of it I started doing
loops and some nice nose down roll stunts. Today (31.Jan.2007) I
flew it on the field with quite a bit of a wind at my back and it
almost did some nice hovering for me. However I was really pushing
the little guy and tried flying inverted (very hard or almost impossible
with dihedral wings) which resulted in one of the wings snapping
off when I tried finishing this stunt with the loop that would bring
it down to normal flight. I was really pushing it hard. Two minutes
later after few drops of CA and kicker it was back in the air.
Here is few
videos from indoors Chilliwack fly in. VIDEO
01 (QuickTime 8.3Mb) VIDEO
02 (QuickTime 6.4Mb)
As conclusion I have to say that JEFF FRANCHINI RULES. : ) (RastaFly)
RC Flight Simulators - REFLEX XTR
time is great for RC Flight simulators so we will continue to present
a few in this newsletter.
You can also go to Norburn Hobbies and check some of these simulators
in action. Dean has put G3 and few others on a computer dedicated
for this purpose so you can try them before you decide to purchase.
Anyway .... this month I'll give you few words about Reflex XTR
One great thing about Reflex is that you connect it to your real
JR or FUTABA radio that you use on the field. You can easily program
a model on these radios just to use with Reflex. I find this a great
thing since you practice on the radio that you will use on the field.
I bought REFLEX XTR some 8 months after I started flying. I bought
it mostly to train on helicopters because I wanted to step to another
world of RC modeling.
Reflex proved to be a great RC flight simulator and a great step
forward from free FMS. The price was about $250 CDN and I'm glad
I paid this much for the sheer fact that it saved me far more money
by preventing numerous crashes I could have while learning to fly
in Reflex are very real and both planes and helicopters feel exactly
like real models. Heavy big planes and helicopters feel way different
to smaller machines just like in real life. One of the great features
in Reflex is that you can set all the parameters for the given aircraft
to modify its flight characteristics. My focus was on helicopters
so most of my adjustments were done on T-Rex SE 2006 model since
I fly one in real life. I managed to modify a model to the point
where it felt exactly like my T-REX.
In Reflex you can also change simulation parameters where changing
wind parameters is the first thing that comes to mind. Other things
that you can change here are location of aircraft, launch altitude
(for gliders and foamies with no landing gear), back light simulation,
probability of radio or engine failure and many other parameters.
Many models and fields are at your disposal and most of this you
can download for free from the internet unlike G3 where you have
to buy all the expansion packs that will give you more models and
Reflex gives you many models from "real" ones to very
exotic ones like this Bat Flyer on the image above. Never tried
Banchee in real life?? No problem, ......... try the virtual Banchee
(Dave Scoular claims it feels very real and we all know that Dave
is a Banchee guy). Never flown a helicopter??
Try flying virtual
T-Rex before you buy one and crash it
a different flight site from the extensive library. Many flight
sites are available for free if you search the internet.
Note that on the first image for this article you can see our Burnaby
Lakes field and Dave Scoular on it as well as my inverted hovering
T-REX. One of our members (Nick Ivanov) has taken 360 photo shot
of our field that I just placed in Reflex. Downfall is that the
collision model doesn't fit this image. I tried contacting the Reflex
manufacturer for an advice on how to change this collision model
(I am a 3D artist and I could do it easily as long as I can convert
a model to fit Reflex) but had no luck . I was pointed to forum
where I couldn't find a way to do it. Maybe I didn't spend enough
time on the forum.
this worked well for me since I needed our field photo only for
Reflex always shows the photorealistic environment unlike G3 that
practically has two modes of which one is "Photo Fields".
Reflex only has "photo fields" and collision with objects
happens an all the fields with pretty good accuracy so Reflex really
doesn't need the other mode like G3 where collision and other simulation
parameters are emphasized.
One of the great features in Reflex is ability to record a flight
and play it back later. Bad side of this is that there is no transmitter
stick movement shown in the corner of the window like G3 has. Never
the less you can slow down the recording and see some details of
the flight which I found useful while learning to perform some stunts
on the helicopter.
all Reflex is a great simulator that is worth the money spent on
If you want to download a demo of Reflex go to their web site
Look on the left navigation bar and find "Demo Versions"
This will lead you to the page where they'll want you to purchase
it for 0.00 EUR
Don't worry about it. Just follow the links to put this in your
"shopping cart". Again no worries you won't be charged
anything and you won't have to give your credit card details or
anything alike. It is just a system to download the demo.
Next time I'll get someone to put few words about G3 simulator.
If you have G3 and feel like writing an article about it please
contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am also aware that last time around I promised to add more models
for free FMS and I will but it will have to happen in next issue
of the Newsletter. I'll also add some of my flights in Reflex that
could be played back in Demo version.
Friendly Advice for flying at
The club executive
is preparing set of rules and recommendations that we will let you
know about as soon as they are available. Meanwhile PLEASE use common
sense and follow these general rules:
* Never fly over the cricket pitch if cricket players are using
In general never fly over people on the field.
* Make sure your aircraft is always in front of you. In other words
never go behind the flight line.
Do not ever attempt any maneuvers that will get your
aircraft behind the flight line.
* If you see three pilots on the flight line and you intend to be
the fourth one,
make sure you have a spotter with you.
This way you can focus on the aircraft and do "your
thing" while the spotter makes sure
that other air traffic will not be in your way. It's
like having a private butler, hehehehhe
* If there are five pilots on the flight line make sure you WAIT
until one of them lands.
Remember there can be only 5 pilots on the flight line.
* If you are flying a helicopter make sure you are located at the
upwind end of the field.
This means you will be first or the last guy on the
flight line depending on the wind direction
* If you are flying a helicopter consider your flight style and
adjust it to the given situation.
If you are not flying the circuit (like planes) but
rather performing some 3D moves, make sure you
are on the far end of the field and that all other pilots
are aware where you are and what you are doing.
* If you are flying a 3D plane follow the same rules applicable
* NEVER turn your radio ON unless you make sure your frequency is
Go to the board, put your pin on the board, and turn
your radio ON.
After your flight take the pin off the board and turn
OFF your radio.
* DON'T DO ANYTHING ON THE FIELD THAT YOU WOULDN'T LIKE
ANYONE ELSE TO DO WHILE YOU ARE FLYING
Fall/Winter Flying Schedule
These are our
official, (scheduled) allotted times. No one else may use the fields
during these times other than flyers and your executive worked hard
to get these days for you, make sure that they’re used!!!
Wednesdays: the whole day until Dark
Saturdays: the whole day until Dark
Sundays: the whole day until Dark
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday are casual times.
This usually works on "first come first served" basis.
If no one is using the field, we should be able to use it as long
as we put the signs up and take them down once we are done. If lawn
mower man is working on the field go and talk to him. They are usually
fine with either taking a break (they like to sit and watch us fly)
or quickly finishing that side of the field.
Valley Indoor Fly-in
For those that
Park Chilliwack (Red Barn)
2007 9AM to 10PM
Flying Fee $10.00
For any more
Jim Copley 604 824-0944 email@example.com
Fun Stuff -
What is this
guy doing. Advertising his school in a funny way or displaying his
Decide your self.
And here is a couple of interesting links. A crazy Frenchman Yves
Rossy becomes a first jet wing flyer.
Look at the amazing videos on his web site.
JET MAN - first
human to fly with Jet wing attached to his back CRAZY STUFF must
MICRO PLANES - site
dedicated to modeling small RC aircraft
Dejan Stanisavljevic (RastaFly)
Burnaby Lake Flyers