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Posted by Norm Furutani | Sep 22, 2014 @ 04:56 PM | 1,515 Views
Forget The Kids!
They'll do fine without us. I taught HS band for 30+ years. These kids are as sharp or sharper than we ever were. They have the patience and skill to master a musical instrument or a piece of equipment way beyond many of our abilities. Sure, expose them to the hobby, help them if they show interest, but we're never going to see 50 - 75 kids lined up waiting for a timer at the Nats!

A lot of us came from an era when we could take our Firebaby to the empty lot next door and fly til' dark. Today, how do you justify building a plane and then getting your folks to drive you 30 miles to a controline field (70 - 200 miles for FF!)? Kids want something they can do everyday, not once a month and that's something we wanted and did when we were young.

How can we help our hobby? What's been the driving economic force for the last fifty/sixty years? The Baby Boomer's. From Howdy Doody, the Ford Mustang, SUV's, fast food, you name it. It's been geared to this generation and whats happening to them now? - they're retiring. They have money, transportation, time and desire - the best part? They remember that Firebaby they flew as kid!

A lot of them are flying R/C. Join the local R/C club and show your ukie. Build an electric and fly it in your local park. Ask if you can display a U/C in the local big box hobby/toy store (instead of complaining they don't carry stunt fuel). Post your club info on the bulletin board.

When the guy shows up at the field, say hello, answer his questions, stick a handle in his hands - keep Mr. Negativeknowitall away from this guy.

BTW , even if the guy is an R/C'er, you can help them. It's about model planes.

My 2cents

- Norm Furutani, AMA 9408
Posted by Norm Furutani | Feb 23, 2014 @ 10:42 PM | 3,036 Views
2014 Isaacson Winter Classic/Kiwi Cup
February 8-10, Lost Hills, California

Roger counted 30 countries and USA flyers from coast to coast, top and bottom. Lots of new faces and many old friends.

Of the three Fab Feb contests, the Ike (Isaacson Winter Classic) is the only one to offer a mix of AMA, FAI, NFFS and even a couple SAM events. You can contrast the huge floating Big E’s of Bud Romak’s buddies, with howling D gas against a monster FAI flightline.

Among the new events this year were the World competitions in HLG/CLG glider and E-36. Thanks to generous donors, we were able to offer cash prizes in the three classes.

In spite of the breezy weather, the Ike drew just over 250 entries. Rain on Thursday helped keep the dust down and puddles were gone by Friday. The field was absolutely barren of vegetation. The California drought is real! The wind did knock down participation so you won’t see results (no one flew) for many of the events offered.

Do check out the many great pictures shot by son, Brian (http://www.flickr.com/photos/4467067...7640866700774/) and our down under friend, Malcom Campbell (http://www.flickr.com/photos/motor-r...7641252408043/).

Norm Furutani

The Results:

Paul MacCready HLG
Pl Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total
1 Stan Buddenbohm 120 120 120 120 80 560 $200
2 Don DeLoach 66 120 48 120 120 88 448 $125
3 Bill Koran 62 52...Continue Reading
Posted by Norm Furutani | Feb 12, 2014 @ 11:36 AM | 2,609 Views
Report will come later. Here's the link to Brian's pics http://www.flickr.com/photos/4467067...7640866700774/

Over 200 individuals signed up!

Norm
Posted by Norm Furutani | Nov 19, 2013 @ 02:32 PM | 2,990 Views
Up date!
To speed up registration, we are going to use a pre entry form. Go to the file folder below and open "Ike pre entry" Copy and paste to your email.

Thanks!

Norm

February 8-10, 2014 - Lost Hills, CA

The 2014 Isaacson Winter Classic/Kiwi World Cup FF Contest

The flyers are up!

The big news is three new money prize events. 2014 will have the first “Paul MacCready Human Power World Championships” for handlaunch and catapult gliders, $900 in cash. Don DeLoach is bringing us the first “E-36 World Open” $450 in cash. Details are in the attached flyers.

In addition, Bud Romak and his pals are flying “Big E” 300 sq.in. plus unlimited rubber. On the other end of the size scale, Derek McGuckin and Bruce Hannah are cooking up an event for the new E-20 class.

The last 3 years we’ve been running entries close to 250! The only “Fab Feb” event that features events from the FAI, AMA, NFFS and SAM rule books.

Brian’s pictures from last year are posted below.

You’re invited!

Norm and Roger
Posted by Norm Furutani | Feb 15, 2013 @ 08:03 PM | 4,607 Views
Brian's photos of this year's Isaacson FreeFlight Contest are on line at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/4467067...7632753323369/

Three days of fantastic weather!
Posted by Norm Furutani | Oct 29, 2012 @ 03:30 PM | 4,862 Views
These were shot by my son, Brian. Enjoy!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/4467067...7629311887803/
Posted by Norm Furutani | Dec 16, 2011 @ 10:55 PM | 5,915 Views
Zaic Awards see PDF
Posted by Norm Furutani | Dec 16, 2011 @ 03:57 PM | 5,840 Views
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Lil' Sweep standard class cat. iv indoor catapult glider. Best single flight 1:40
Posted by Norm Furutani | Feb 16, 2011 @ 02:35 AM | 7,656 Views
Brian's pics are posted here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/4467067...7625927009389/

Lost Hills was at it's best! Over 250 entries!
Posted by Norm Furutani | Nov 16, 2010 @ 09:49 AM | 7,890 Views
2010 FF Champs
More pics from Brian

http://www.flickr.com/photos/4467067...7625022165241/
Posted by Norm Furutani | May 21, 2010 @ 12:03 PM | 8,106 Views
Chino Airshow;

Brian shot a bunch of pics at the May 2010 Chino show. See:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/4467067...7624079338344/
Posted by Norm Furutani | May 02, 2010 @ 01:22 PM | 8,135 Views
4/2010
Here's a link to a bunch of pics from our recent indoor contest in the Tustin blimp hangar. Son Brian took the shots.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/4467067...7623858186586/