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Posted by Keith Kindrick | Aug 01, 2013 @ 04:04 PM | 2,005 Views
It is with great sadness to announce the passing of my closest friend John Rodgers. He lost his battle with Cancer on 7/30/2013. During the 35 years that I knew him there were many memorable moments. John taught me to realize that time is short on one of our many trips to Visalia. This is the most important tool he ever gave me to help me make the big choices in my life. I was in a peculiar situation with my career that caught his attention. He reminded me after mothers long term illness that, ďMy time is also limited and not to waste it living someone else's life or expectations. Don't be trapped by living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.Ē He somehow already know what I wanted to become reminding me everything else is secondary.
During our life journey, we shared together personal moments which made me closer to him in each passing year. He was a coach, mentor, and leader that I could count on. When I found situations impossible he saw them as possible. He never gave up reaching what he set off to accomplish. If that was building a coy pond or a new airplane he took on the challenge with full force that only his close friends can describe only as totally ďKNARLSĒ. I will forever miss the man who would carry two 50 pound bags of cement at full speed. He was always on a mission to explore, create, and help create a...Continue Reading
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Mar 14, 2013 @ 09:53 AM | 1,731 Views
I lost a good friend yesterday that I had known for many years. I'll always look back to the great times I had with Joe Newland. He is and will always remain in my mind a great person who could make things happen in our hobby. The Summer Classic contest we attended up in South Bay was always a high light of the year. Going to breakfast in the morning with Joe was the best. He knew everyone there making it a memorable time. My thoughts are with his family and all of us who new and loved Joe. I will miss him a great deal.
Posted by Keith Kindrick | May 10, 2012 @ 04:42 PM | 2,426 Views
Under the sunny central valley skies of California (March 30/April 1st) the 2012 CVRC Bent wing contest took place last weekend. Just about every type of the AVA series with a wide mix of other designs were present. WOODY had many varieties in it's class. Friday we started off with the ALES event and had a great time.

One of the nice changes that CD Claude Turner presented to us this year for the Bent Wing was a defined time launch window. This was a carryover from the Fresno Classic held a few weekends earlier in the month. Claude gave us an hour to complete each round. No flight groups were called up. You could launch at anytime during the open round window. It was great to see the guys line up and launch at will. If you missed the lift cycle it was your own fault. No one could complain about the luck of the draw this time. I canít see how he could get closer to a man on man format without just doing it. The long flight times really made this a flying event. I saw a lot of top guys walking to get their machines going for the time on multiple 10 minute flights over the two days.

Saturday was a nice calm day for these beautiful poly machines. It was a bit hazy starting off. Most of the thermals were light and seemed to break up at 1500 feet. Once the day warmed up conditions improved yet the sink areas were wide and severe. These were the conditions that I had in mind when creating the Atomic wing. Traveling across wide areas was an advantage. I was totally...Continue Reading
Posted by Keith Kindrick | May 04, 2012 @ 02:23 PM | 2,168 Views
These links will give you a little better feel for what happens in this event. If you look close you can see my blue and red E-topaz in each video. The launch is where I climbed vertical in the first round. On the landing you can see Keith Schwemmer jump to avoid being hit then later in the middle my E-topaz land on the tape.

ALES Launch:

http://www.rcsoaring.com/gallery/201...les-launch.mov

ALES Land:

http://www.rcsoaring.com/gallery/201...-ales-land.mov
Posted by Keith Kindrick | May 03, 2012 @ 02:45 PM | 2,259 Views
This was my first effort flying ALES and did not actually know what to expect. My prior attempt to fly this E-Topaz was filled with problems at the Fresno 2 day. In between then and now I solved my power plant problems so I could fly in this event. On the drive up to this event I was hoping to get at least one test flight. Steve George had filled my head with a few ideas as to what the E-Topaz we were both using would be capable of doing. After two test flights with him the basic set up was complete. My actual strategy session came from Jim McCarthy a year ago on the phone when he told me about the event he flew in. Once you get into the ALES event itís pretty easy to follow. Al Strahm had a very organized and straight forward set of rules. The working window was new to me yet I still made a few mistakes. Each round the working window became easier and easier for me to get into the launch area with plenty of time.

In the heats I flew in using power off at 200 meters (600 ft) it did not appear to be a sure thing making a 10 minute flight using an E-Topaz. The Topaz glider uses a lower camber AG series section. Adding any weight to it impacts the glide and climb out in weak lift. Knowing this I used a 1300 mah 65C 3 cell LiPo to keep the weight down. Even doing this I could feel the weight in thermals low to the ground. If I continue to play in the event I will look for another design or create my own after seeing what happens to E-Topaz performance having to lug around...Continue Reading
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Apr 04, 2012 @ 12:13 PM | 2,272 Views
Iíve been working with Jordonís father John for over 10 years. Over the years we exchanged many stories of the three boys antics with any airplane they could get their hands on. The latest is the result of Jordon (age 14) who has finally worn out his E-filte vapor. A Sig Cub was in a box in Jordonís room holding up his magazine pile. One morning he asked his father what he thought of taking the Vapor electronics out and putting them into the Sig Cub. Hey, that is a great idea was Johnís answer so off Jordon went to make the project happen. In about a week Jordon had the plane all framed up. Somewhere on the internet he read that a thread that took a glue stick and Easter plastic wrapping to cover the open frame work. This is how he covered this machine. Creative and simple. His first flights proved to be a success. Jordon is now looking at changing the rudder. He feels it is undersized for what he needs. Iím very impressed at his creation in this time of mass manufacturing and molded models.
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Mar 13, 2012 @ 09:35 AM | 2,286 Views
Art Chmielewski is now in the midst of his wing. We have had a few questions along the way to clarify the assembly process. He is well on his way. Art will be using a standard AVA fuselage for his Atomic.
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Feb 23, 2012 @ 10:17 AM | 2,743 Views
This past weekend my Dad and I flew in the 2012 South West Classic in Queens Creek, AZ. We both flew in the Woody class with Atomics (I borrowed my Uncleís Ė Chris Georgeís Atomic for the weekend) When the Arizona dust had settled over the weekend I won the Woody class and my Dad took second not too far behind me, capping off a great and very challenging weekend of flying in the desert.

I would like to touch on a few points regarding the flight characteristics of the Atomic in light of the challenging conditions that we flew in at the 2012 SWC.

-First off the plane is very docile and feels like a feather when youíre flying it. The Atomic wing plan form allows us to cover more distance over most Woody class planes.. There were a few flights with wind up to about 8 mph. Adding 8 ounces (226 grams) of ballast allowed both Atomicís to cruise very well in search of lift in active conditions. I carved some really sharp thermal turns traveling downwind with strong thermals needed to make each flight time When it was time to ďcome homeĒ back upwind the ballast really came in handy in helping it to penetrate.

-When I say conditions were tough during many flights Iím talking about thermaling at about 30-50 feet off the ground for like 3-5 MINUTES often times! To be sure, we may not have made all of our flight times like the Open class ships, but we came awfully close for the Woody class! Iíll be the first to admit that flying at that altitude for a good part of a...Continue Reading
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Feb 22, 2012 @ 11:23 AM | 2,682 Views
White/Red/Orange-NYX priced for sale at $799 ~ No PayPal (see My Trader Rules in my blog).

This NYX is the F3J version and in excellent shape only being flown on grass. Wing has a Carbon D-box with glass skins. JR DS3301 Digital wing servos are in the wing for flaps servos. HS 5125MG Digital servos are in the wing for ailerons. The fuselage is Kevlar/carbon with the ballast tube and NO servos for Rudder or Elevator. The wiring harness uses a plug and play interconnect using a DB-9 connector. There are no structural or any another issues with this airframe. Nose skid is included.

I prefer local pick-up. If I have to ship this Sailplane it will be in my Sport Tube. Iíll pay the destination fee you pay the return fee.

Thanks,

Keith

Wingspan 126Ē
Wing area 992 Sq/In
Wing Loading 9.7 Oz/Sq Ft
Airfoil HN
Weight ready to fly 68 ounces (1900g)
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Feb 20, 2012 @ 12:21 PM | 2,459 Views
The Atomic design has started off the 2012 season with a nice win in WOODY class at the Southwest Soaring Classic. Jason George flew his to first place and Steve George flew his to a second place finish over Joe Newland. When the guys get back Iíll have more to add on their success this past weekend.
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Feb 14, 2012 @ 02:17 PM | 2,741 Views
Onyx-JW SOLD

Red/Black Onyx-JW priced for sale at $799 ~ No PayPal (see My Trader Rules in my blog).
This wing was used on a Supra fuselage as a test project. Iíve added two mounting screws to the center panel to accomplish this. This wing has a Carbon D-box with glass skins (Red top with Black tip design - all Black bottom). JR DS368 servo frames are in the wing without flaps servos. JR DS168 servo frames and servos are in the wing for ailerons. The fuselage is not built and is all Carbon for the radio area. The wiring harness in the wing has a special connector which will have to be replaced with connectors of your choice. (Iím not supplying the fuselage side of the harness) If you use a JR radio two remote receivers are in the wing beside the flap servo bay under the glass skins. They have the same special connector I use which will need to be replaced. There is no structural or any another issues with this airframe.

I prefer local pick-up. If I have to ship this Sailplane it will be in my Sport Tube. Iíll pay the destination fee you pay the return fee.

Thanks,

Keith

Wingspan 135Ē
Airfoil JW (responds exceptionally well to camber)
Weight ready to fly 68 ounces
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Jan 30, 2012 @ 11:52 AM | 2,962 Views
1. I don't do PayPal transactions.
Read my ads carefully. Every one of them will also state "No PayPal". With this in mind, don't ask for my PP info. I don't have any.

2. I do not ship to Canada. Sorry - too much hassle and expense.

3. In shipping my Sport tube to you we agree you will ship it back to me as quickly as possible paying the return shipping with the protective sleeves I sent the model to you with. My reputation stands for itself. I'm not about to ruin my reputation for a few extra dollars.

4. When I'm selling, and your feedback is good, I'll take a check from you.

5. If it's a low-value item, sometimes I'll ship it without waiting for your check to clear. This is on a case-by-case basis.

6. If something turns out to not be right with a deal, I'll do my best to make it right. My item descriptions are accurate and you can ask questions.

7. If you say "I'll take it" that constitutes a deal. If you then disappear without another word, you get free lifetime membership on my ignore list. The list is long, but very distinguished.

Keith
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Jan 01, 2012 @ 12:36 PM | 2,754 Views
One of traditions we have had for several years started by my God parent is the making of Crepes on New Year's. This year is no different. We decided to make the star of the Crepe this year our own Alberta Kim Peaches. I have to thank Bill George for getting me going with this Peach tree variety. I'll never forget how he told me to take the bare root tree and cut off any branches that were higher than knee high when I planted it. I thought he was kidding but he was serious. Steve and Chris George over the years have been very good with guiding me during the selection and growing process of this tree. I doubt a city boy could have ever managed this effort. It is a lot of work we aall take for granted. Going to a grocery store is just to easy!

Making Crepes starts with the filling preparation. In this case the Peaches are placed on low heat with Cinnamon, Sugar, and of course the canned Alberta Kim Peaches. Another part of the filling is to use cream Cheese with diced Pineapple to add another dimension to the flavors. The Food Network does help create a circus in your mouth! After this making the Crepe is a snap using a Crepe maker. It is a thin batter place in a tray that is turned over the hot surface. Once completed the fun begins with the filling and folding of each Crepe. After that it's time to eat! What a way to start a New Year ~ Yum!

Happy New Years Guys. I look forward to seeing you all on the flying field in 2012.
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Dec 23, 2011 @ 01:05 PM | 3,522 Views
Cross country mountain biking in the off season allows me to do something totally different from modeling. Fred Weaver was the guy who hooked me up with this sport when his son Gail worked for Rock Shock. Yesterday I went out for a nice 22 mile ride with my buddy Dave Volpe from work. This past summer we rode together using rode bikes in a small group of guys from Incycle. Nothing is better than doing a 40 mile ride after a work day with a great group of guys. With our weather getting much nicer in early winter we hit the trail in 55 degree weather. No less than 15 stream crossings were encounterd on this ride. Two of them made us look like we were fly fishing with the rest being in and out each side of the trail. Along the way we encountered 9 Deer and one Bobcat. We had hope to see a Brown Bear yet did not. One trail was completely blocked by a tree recently knocked down by the high winds we have seen recentky so we spent time there to drag that tree off trail. Several ladies were on horses as we climbed up through the canopy of Oaks.

After this ride I spent a good 45 minutes cleaning my Santa Cruz Tazmond. That is something sailplanes do not require ; -) One of these days I'd like to ride with my good buddy Mark Browning. I cannot imagine the memories I'd have from that ride....Continue Reading
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Dec 06, 2011 @ 01:56 PM | 3,017 Views
I have been wondering where Joe Nave flies with his local group of guys. He keeps teasing me to have a Man on Man contest over there with him. Could you imagine how hard it would be to get the wife to travel to Hawaii for a glider contest? Mine would be booked with flight and hotels very fast. I bet others would follow! No worries about weather like Arizona has from time to time. How many would enter???
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Nov 18, 2011 @ 02:03 PM | 3,313 Views
It has taken a while to get the Zlog plots off of my logger from the CVRC November Fest event. During the day you can see what Gary Ellington had mentioned regarding the conditions. One round the air was very flat then in another round the sky was exploding. I have added the peak altitude at certain point to allow you to see the altitude in meters. Iíve also included the sink and climb rates for the flight. Flying for the full 15 minutes at times caused me to look for more than one thermal due to the drift down wind. I had hoped a few of the others who have Zlogs would have used them BUT once again they did not.

Jason lost his Zee on round 3ís flight in the clouds. All 10 of use were in that thermal. My log shows my Perfect reached 637 meters (2089 feet) on that round. He was above me a ton and that is just crazy!

I wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. Its been a good year for many of us.
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Nov 07, 2011 @ 04:02 PM | 3,570 Views
Under the sunny central valley California skies the 6th annual CVRC November F3J contest was held yesterday in the most fantastic weather we have seen in quite some time. Task for this yearís event were 4 rounds of 15 minute flights in an effort to make this a flying event won by the skills of the pilot. Penalty points for over flying the 15:00 time combined with losing landing points caught more than one pilot in the first round.

Our day started out at a cool 50 degrees with 2 mph wind and broken clouds. The day ended at 62 degrees with about the same wind speed with rows of broken clouds marching past the field. Cooler temperatures started the day with very soft lift and spotty thermals. Standing off to the side seeing each of the 10 man heats range out in various directions really showed how well all of the modern F3J machines really do fly. Watching Rick Shelby, Charlie Kendal, Gary Ellington, and Kent Nogy working the lightest of thermals at very low levels to make their time was more than memorable. Jason George who was in my flight group with 8 other guys going up under a cloud went out of sight for a moment. When he said Fred? Do you see my plane?? Dude pull full flaps and then add down! As I watched wonder where he was his glider fly appeared from under the dark section of the cloud to the lighter sunny side many laughs from all around happened when we all saw it at 2,200 feet!

The tone definitely changed when the flying stared in each round. More...Continue Reading
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Oct 26, 2011 @ 06:02 PM | 3,652 Views
We are in the middle of preparing for this event again. The 25 pilot matrix is filled. We will be flying 4 rounds of 15 minute flights. Ten pilots will be in the air at each round. It is a fast paced day for the guys who fly this event. I'd expect to see a lot more effort using light planes for the early round to bury their opponents. I've got a few other tricks in store for the overfly penalty and reduction in landing points to make it a different event.