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Posted by Keith Kindrick | Aug 31, 2017 @ 09:45 AM | 5,130 Views
I took this summary below from Chris George's CVRC e-mail telling us of Fred's passing. Fred was a really nice person and one who I enjoyed spending time with as we discussed our sailplane hobby. I will really miss him.

Keith

Now from Chris:

It is with great sadness that I must tell you all of the passing of Fred Sattler. He died Saturday August 12th.
Fred was a real private man who led a very remarkable life.
He was a Air force pilot, who flew F102 and reached the rank of Lt. Colonel.
Fred also had a PhD in Astro Physics that he put to good use while working for NASA before his retirement from the Air Force
A world class Gun Smith, he hand built many guns that are still prized today by many.
Fred was the man who was instrumental in the founding of giant scale RC racing in the US. His hand built carbon propellers were coveted by all the top teams. He was very selective in who used them. To get a hold of one was quite a coup.
Fred was the sole caller Mark Taylor used while giant scale racing. He "always" called him into the gold race. Mark called him "A calm voice of reason". "Roll it up,turn it"
He was a member of CVRC for many years. He was a great competitor and flew with precision. A result of his Air Force training.
How many of us really knew this man? I for one had no idea.
This is a very brief synopsis of a very private man.
As you all can tell there was more to Fred than meets the eye. "You can't judge a book by it's cover" I hope you are inspired by Fred's story I know I am.
God speed Fred you will be missed.
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Aug 28, 2017 @ 08:54 AM | 4,903 Views
Let's shake things up a little this morning with an awesome P51 flight - enjoy

WORLDS GREATEST P-51 Mustang video! (5 min 28 sec)

Posted by Keith Kindrick | Aug 02, 2017 @ 11:48 AM | 4,838 Views
Have you ever had the folding prop on your ALES or F5J electric sailplane not fold back all the way? It is rather annoying to have a prop dangling in the front when you come in for a landing. It is almost inevitable you will land with the prop down on the grass the slide a good distance out of the landing tape point area. Here is a very simple solution using elastic string to solve the issue.

Schambeck Powerline-Serie MontageVideo (1 min 23 sec)