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Posted by Conehead | Aug 26, 2012 @ 09:13 PM | 5,425 Views
I arrived at Thompsonville Airport pretty early on Saturday morning, about 8:15 AM or so and there were a number of trailers already there, setting up Easy-ups and putting their planes together.

We had a treat, the new VP for our area VII was there. Tim Jesky. He got in a flight and was around all day to answer questions about the AMA and what is happening with model airplanes and the Govt. It is nice to see the VP's out among the smaller clubs in the district. Not that the other VP didn't do that, but this was pretty special. I figured out that Tim is Andrew's father, "The Animal" Jesky and I got a chance to tell Andrew's father how nice his son is to new people in the sport. I met Andrew's Mom a few years ago at the ETOC, but never met Andrew's father. Tim said, Andrew didn't get his flying skills from him.

I parked and started shooting some pictures. This is the late summer air show and the other air show in the spring was bigger. I think the fact that school had started for some people, the weather, Coho Festival and last of all the heat held some of the attendance down. Temps got to about 92 degrees with a light wind from the Southeast early on, then switched to the Southwest about noon time. We had about an 8-10 mph wind early, later it grew to 12-15 mph and without the wind, the temps would have been unbearable.

I got a short flight in before the formal start of the air show. Others did the same. We had a number of jets there. Boomerangs, a F-4...Continue Reading
Posted by Conehead | Aug 22, 2012 @ 07:38 PM | 5,316 Views
This weekend is the BARC's late summer air show. We fly at Thompsonville Airport and there will be a number of turbines, some large Extras, a couple of Sukhois, and lots of other aircraft.

I plan to take my camera, get some pictures and will post them here on Sunday night if I am not too tired. The air show is on Saturday, the club raises money for the Thompsonville Airport, since the village of Thompsonville doesn't do much to help with the finances for the airport, so our twice yearly air shows raises money for them.

We do a 50/50 raffle, the airport people do the food and get all the money from that. The club shares the proceeds of the 50/50 raffle with the airport authority.

We do two raffles, one in the morning, one in the afternoon.
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Posted by Conehead | Aug 22, 2012 @ 07:30 PM | 5,328 Views
I was at my property yesterday, cutting up some trees and stuff to build a fire. I got the fire going and as it burned down, I didn't want to leave it until is was way down. I got out my Mini Trojan and decided to fly. I got a battery out, got the right transmitter and found the correct model.

I put the battery on it, tossed it into the air, into the ground it went. I must have put the battery too far foreward. After a couple of tosses, I moved it back, and it flew, but not great. So after another dink, I decided to put it away. I think the fuse is way too far gone to fix, it is the bottom portion. I won this one at the JR Indoor.

I took the battery off and laid it on the bumper of my Envoy. I put everything away, by then the fire was down, so I got in the car and went home. When I got home, I unloaded my car, there was the battery. I drove 14 miles home or there about, the battery was still in the same place where I put it. I went up hill, down hill, all around the town, well sort of. I am up north in MI and most of the roads are smooth, but a few places, it is sort of rough. Not rough enough to move the battery onto the ground. It was 1S, 130 Mah.

I went to fly my Champ, but when I looked at the other box, it was the Mig-15 micro which has not been flown and I think I need a bit more room than what I have in my area at my property. I think need to take another tree down. That will give me a bit more room to fly. I got about 150 feet by about 75 feet. Of course there are some trees on the far side I have to look out for, but flying there gives me lots of good practice to fly at the JR Indoor.