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1 VOLUME 36, NUMBER 11 November 2011 Latest Tailwinds Derek Abramson, Editor souls that managed to make this event a success. About fifteen braved the chilly winds to make this a success. Three members; Tony Accurso, Tony Frackowiak and Doug Killebrew braved the chilly winds for some interesting flying. has been going through a major facelift over the last month. The final plan for is to become a good source of technical information, up to the date information for the field and a place where we could all share photos of this. Members, from rt to lt, Doug Killebrew, Evelyn and Tony Accurso, and Joe Dagata trying to keep warm while waiting for breakfast Where has the time gone, Fall is in the air, the temps are down and the winds are up. Soon enough old man winter will be knocking on the door. This issue of Tailwinds Tails has a lot to be enjoyed. Today s featured writer, Dick Skoglund will take us to Lake Havasu for their annual London Bridge Seaplane Classic. Also, we have numerous pictures of our fellow members and their models. The District 7 Chapionships were held this year in Fresno, A couple of our very own Members attended; Jean Greear won Sportsman, Mike Greear placed 1st in advanced and Tony Frackowiak won Masters. Good job!! On the 5th of November, AVTI s breakfast fun-fly was a go despite the valley s winds and low temps. Doug Killebrew cooked for all of the brave Chuck Mosa showing us how it is done with a T-Rex 700 great hobby. If you have any ideas for our website, please feel free to or call the webmaster. Mark your calendars, the AVTI Christmas Airshow is back. December 10th is the date, please bring some models out for display and to fly. This will be a great event for AVTI and the Kids Charity of the AV. Bring a new unwrapped toy to donate. Page 1

2 Tony Frackowiak putting his Habu32 though its paces at the AVTI Fun-Fly Tony Frackowiak s Spitfire on a photo pass AVTI SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS AND EVENTS November (1800) AVTI BOD meeting (Sumoski Residence) December (1800) 10 January (1900) 6-8 AVTI Christmas Party Vince s Pizza 30th Street West and Ave L AVTI Christmas Airshow AVTI General Meeting WJF AMA Expo, Ontario Convention Center AVTI member Jack Hartz enjoying a cup of coffee at the AVTI Fun-Fly AVTI HISTORY Bob Sumoski will be updating the AVTI History page located on the club's website Any pictures, newspaper or magazine articles, event fliers that you may have would be welcome. Oral history (stories) would also be welcome. Materials would be returned if requested. Bob Sumoski, , By-Laws Committee Phil Holmes Scratch Built Dornier Do-335 on a successful Maiden flight Members can contact any committee member with suggestions, corrections or additions to the Constitution and By-Laws (as amended 11/14/09). Committee members, Roger Counts, Bob Sumoski and Mike Greear. Page 2

3 President s Message VP s Message Hello AVTI members! Hello Everyone I can t believe it s November already and almost the year 2012! It really is amazing when you take a minute to stop and think about where R/C came from and where it is today. The products are simply incredible and technology seems to get exponentially better each year. I am having fun with electric and glow and hope you are too. Speaking of fun, we just had a fun fly at the field along with nice hot pancake and sausage breakfast. After a few challenges with getting power to the hotplates, we were cooking and fed about a dozen or more. The weather was just plain cold and most everyone called it quits after we ate. There were a couple brave pilots that took to the skies before frost bite set in on the thumbs, but overall the wind and cold and turned our fun fly into a short fly. We will get another one on the schedule once it warms a bit as I had a good time cooking and chattering my teeth. Please don t forget the next meeting is our yearly Christmas Party on Thursday December 1st at 6:00. It s being held at Vince s Pasta and Pizza on 30 th west and Avenue L. We have plenty of room and some great gift to raffle so please join us for a night of fun. I also wanted to mention our Toy Drive and Christmas Air Show on December 12 th benefiting The Kids Charity of the Antelope Valley. We will have some great talent coming to fly that day and we need everyone to bring an unwrapped toy for the charity. Please help get the word out to others in the AV. Thanks to everyone for a great year so far and see you at the party.. Doug On October 29 th and 30 th a few of our members competed in the NSRCA District 7 Championships in Fresno. This is the end of the season contest for us Pattern fliers. I m happy to say that Jean Greear won the contest in Sportsman and is the 2011 D7 Sportsman Champion. Way to go Jean! Her hubby. Mike placed 4 th in the Advanced Class in the contest and placed 3 rd for the overall D7 Advanced class. These are both great accomplishments considering how much they can get out to practice. Jean is now going to move to the Intermediate class that is going to be just a bit more work! I was able to win the contest in Masters and also won the overall Masters class Championships. I had a problem come up with my Onas and the Contra Drive unit and I flew my smaller 62 Osiris for most of the contest. That made it a bit more interesting and fun! We had a pretty good Breakfast Fun Fly on the 5th, although it was a bit windy and cool. The grub fixed by Doug was good going down and made up for the somewhat poor weather. We did learn how much power it takes to keep two good size hot plates running! Unfortunately, the Girl Scouts Rocket Whiz day on the 12 th didn t happen. We got out to the field to help get it going, but no Girl Scouts showed up! Seems they cancelled the night before and lost Derek s phone number. Oh well, maybe next time. I m looking forward to the Christmas Party and then the Christmas Air Show. Hope everyone can make it out to both events. If you come to the Air Show, even just to watch, please remember to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to Kid s Charities of the Antelope Valley. Everything donated will be given to kids in our area. Let s help make somebody s Christmas a bit better! Hope to see you at the field! Tony Frackowiak Page 3

4 Treasurer s Report of 11/03/2011 Compiled by Tony Frackowiak Checking Account Balance - $ 8, AVTI Flying Field Reserve Fund in Checking Maximizer Account- $ 14, Financial Assets Total is $ 22, I am still looking at getting better interest from our Field Fund. Income for October -$ Expenses for October -$1, Total dues collected for 2011/2012, as of 8/30/11 - $4, Current Membership Total: 81 Members New Members for 2011/2012: 17 Members Members not Renewed for 2011/2012: 18 Members General Meeting Minutes General Meeting Minutes 03 November 2011 Compiled by Derek Abramson 1937 Meeting Called to order by Doug Killebrew Recording (03_Nov_2011) -21 Members Present -Minutes from General meeting dated 4_Oct_2011 accepted as printed. Voted and passed -Treasurers Report read by Tony Frackowiak. Voted and passed -New Member Introduction: Jack Hartz -Failed lock replacement Old Business -December Christmas Party/Meeting -Will be held at Vince s Pizza at Christmas Airshow -December 10 Tony Frackowiak chairmen -Details will be online and Newsletter -Generator Purchased for Club use kw purchased from Mike Greear -Tony Frackowiak donated a 5 gallon gas can -Locks; all have been rekeyed and/or replaced New Business -Board members have been issued keys -There are two loaner keys -Round Lock was replaced after failure -Field Marshall will maintain all locks -AVTI was featured on the front page or Aerotech News dated 28Oct2011 -Mike Johnson of AV Ford responsible -AVTI website is being updated at this time -Please give input during process of updating -Giant Scale Air Race report by Doug Killebrew -District X Pattern Championship Report by Tony Frackowiak -Jean Greear won First in Sportsman -Tony Frackowiak won First in Masters -Bylaw committee report Roger Counts -Need input; please submit to any bylaw committee member by 10 November -Flying Field Relocation Report Tony Frackowiak -Currently in process of drafting an agreement -Flight Instructors -Derek Abramson, Pete Carbin, Tony Frackowiak, Daniel Garrabrant -John Redman wrote an article on the Senior Bash. The arti cle is accessed on the Horizon website. -Link is on the front page of -Girls Scout Rocket Launch scheduled for 12November -Field will be closed to general flying form October 29 Wings and Wheels at WJF -AVTI did not participate due to short lead time -05 November Fun Fly Tony Frackowiak, Doug Killebrew Page 4

5 -0800 Fun Fly and Breakfast -Intent to do a Veterans Recognition formation -Muroc Funfly on 6November2011 -Move General Meeting to Voted and passed -New Meeting time will begin at the January meeting Model of the Month -Pete Carbin, Sun Racer -Dick Skougland, Hanger 9 ARF Tony Accurso, Banana Hobbies F-35 Steve Swick, Flat Foam Citabria Drawings -Attendance: Dick Skoglund -MOM: Pete Carbin -50/50: Andrea Abramson ($23.00) -Meeting Adjourned at 2038 With the assistance of Bob Childress, Tony Frackowiak readies his Control Line Model Barkley s Safety Tip Hey guys! Ernie Benjamins with his Kadet It s been a good month for safety. I didn t see anyone having to be rushed to the hospital! My boss asked me to remind everyone about calling out when they taxi out on to the runway. Please check if there is someone flying and then take a look both to the east and west for any landing or taking-off airplanes. Let anyone flying know what you are going to do by calling it out. Then taxi on out and take-off. It just helps everyone out if we know what we re all doing! Could keep someone from going home very unhappy!. Page 5

6 Antelope Valley Tailwinds Inc. AMA Charter #114 P.O. Box 302, Lancaster, CA A.V.T.I. Roster of Current Officers (2011) President: Douglas Killebrew; ; Vice-President: Tony Frackowiak; ; Treasurer: Tony Frackowiak; ; Secretary: Derek Abramson Board Members: Robert Sumoski: Bob Childress: Preston Knepper; ; * Membership Meeting * AVTI Christmas Party December 1, Vince s Pasta and Pizza 2833 W Ave L Lancaster, CA North East Corner of Ave L and 30th Street West * Board of Directors Meeting * November 21, :00 PM Location: Robert Sumoski Residence A.V.T.I. Airpark Challenger Way (10 th Street East) between Avenues F and G Lancaster, CA Field Marshal: Preston Knepper; ; Safety Officer: Tony Frackowiak; ; Webmaster: Derek Abramson; ; Newsletter Editor: Derek Abramson; ; Flight Instructors: Derek Abramson, Tony Frackowiak Peter Carbin; Daniel Garrabrant; Tailwinds Tails is a monthly newsletter of the Antelope Valley Tailwinds Inc., R/C Model Aircraft Club. Visit our web page at Send submissions for the Tailwinds Tails by the 10 th of each month to the Newsletter Editor, c/o A.V.Tailwinds Inc., P.O. Box 302, Lancaster, CA or by to Page 6

7 Model of the Month Above, Pete Carbin with his Sun Racer. Below, Tony Accurso with his F-35 Above, Dick Skoglund with his Hanger 9 Arf. Below, Steve Swick with his Citabria Flat Foamie For Sale CAP 232 Great Planes built from kit Will consider trades for 91 four stroke in very good condition or Full Build Kits 40 sized and up, prefer biplane but will consider all kits. No ARF kits. This model is set up for Magnum 4 stroke 70 and an OS 70 is very similar, nose weight was needed so a larger engine will work fine. The engine mount is adjustable, the kit is built strong and light and covered in Monokote. This not a modern 3-D airplane but is a great aerobatic and sport airplane and looks great in the air. I am willing to install your radio system if needed. Call Cliff at or home or at 135 $ for airframe with tank and hardware. SIG WONDER built from kit. New Magnum.15 engine (runs great) 2 HiTec 425BB servos (New) on ail and elevator. HiTec HS-55 on throttle and nose wheel steering mah 7.4 LiPo and voltage reg (new) with new switch. Landing gear can easily be removed and skid installed if wanted. Will trade for like new.46 2 stroke or full build kit 40 sized and up, all offers considered. This model is covered with Monokote and flies great, not a beginner s airplane and is fun to fly. Call Cliff cell or home or at 145 $ RX ready 100 $ with engine, tank and hardware. 75 $ for airframe only. Page 7

8 London Bridge Seaplane Classic Dick Skoglund The Desert Hawks R/C Club, in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, hosted their 25th annual float fly on November That means 25 times that this club has managed to repeat this event. Not an easy thing to do; especially when workers are volunteers that do it all with 5 to 10 members helping. Did I say club membership is close to 80, this sounds so familiar. This year, 65 flyers turned out from Arizona, California, Texas, Nevada and Washington. Well done Desert Hawks Club. This year the weather front came through and we had cool, windy conditions on Friday and Sunday. Saturday was a perfect day with no wind and clear sunny weather. There were 8 pilot stations in use and most pilots flew in the clockwise flight pattern. For the pilots, a radio impound was required for radios on 72 MHz (20 pilots). A large group of spectators were present on Saturday which kept the food and R/C vendors busy. I guess you wonder what pilots do when it windy or too cold to fly. Not to worry, Lake Havasu is a visitor s town, there is always something happening. The London bridge area has shops and tours going. Also a car and motorcycle cruise in, boat trips to California on the Colorado river, a quilt show, the 7th annual Beer Festival, golf, and a large swap meet. Not tired yet, a short ride to Parker, Arizona, and the Indian casino will take care of loose change. Overall, a very interesting fly-in; there were lot of electric, glow and gas aircraft. Most planes were single engine but several twin engine and one four engine Sig Kadet flew. Most pilots were experienced and few mishaps occurred. Mark your 2012 calendar for the early November London Bridge Seaplane Classic Page 8

9 ~~~~ Special Thanks ~~~~ Our Thanks to the following businesses that made generous donations to A.V.T.I. Please support them when you can. A Very Special Thanks Waste Management Company 600 East Avenue F Lancaster, CA Smith Brothers Hobbies 1223 West Avenue I Lancaster, CA Phone: Support Your Local Hobby Shops Dr. J s Helicopters and JR Radios Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone: , ext. 205 Ask for Doug. Distributor for Horizon Hobbies Jose Dias s Alpha Jet (EDF) in the patterm REMINDER A current AMA membership is a requirement for membership in A.V.T.I. Please make sure your AMA membership is current. A.V.Tailwinds, Inc. P.O. Box 302 Lancaster, CA Artie Hilliard readies his Dura-Plane for another great flight Page 9