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Posted by Keith Kindrick | Sep 05, 2017 @ 02:26 PM | 4,666 Views
Gary Roberts passed away this past weekend. I do not have any details right now. He will be survived by his son and daughter who are both wonderful people. I came to know Gary in the early 90’s when I joined the Pasadena Soaring Society. Gary was always helpful and a joy to be around. Gary was the equipment manager for the club and built a trailer specifically to haul the winches to and from the Rose Bowl. He always was a do it guy. When his truck broke down he did all the work. I recall the stories that he and Craig Foxgord told me of them going fishing and something always broke on one of their trucks. Gary or Craig could fix anything. It was no surprise that Gary bought a Snap on Tools truck that serviced the local areas mechanics. Like any small business it took Gary in a new direction away from flying which was a tremendous loss for the Pasadena club. Later on he sold his Snap on truck then worked at a local garage as their service writer. I went to visit him and it was obvious to me his customers loved him. He never gave you bad advice and the interaction I witnessed with people showed just how loved he was by them. I’ll always remember the vacations he took after Visalia’s Fall Soaring Festival with his family and his bear hug greetings when he saw me. When Gary retired I thought he might start flying again but that did not seem to be the case. The last time I saw him was on his huge touring motorcycle at the Fall Soaring Festival a few years ago driving home to Bakersfield. As I drive up and down the state that is what I’ll remember about Gary and his can do attitude. I’ve lost another good friend that has touched my life and for that I feel very lucky.
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Aug 31, 2017 @ 09:45 AM | 4,987 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.


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 | 4,769 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 | 4,705 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)

Posted by Keith Kindrick | Jul 06, 2017 @ 10:50 AM | 5,434 Views
When I took delivery of this Calypso Cobra it was after months of waiting. It my first attempt at assembling a truly beautiful molded modern F3B sailplane. The fit and finish is still the best I have ever seen. All of the control surfaces have molded wiper surfaces. The wings have C68 carbon over balsa skins. The wings are so stiff with a paint surface that is unbelievable. Each of the trailing edge surfaces are hinged on the bottom using top driven control push rods. This makes the flaps tricky. To achieve a large surface deflection I removed some of the wiper area to gain another 15 degrees in deflection. With a trailing edge that is floating I set it up with the lower surface flat (wish I had a template handy) and then moved the surfaces to the MH32 profile.

All of the prior Mutilplex servos that I installed rather poorly inside the wing have been replaced with MKS HV6130H servos in frames. The original installation with shrink warped servos was removed due to the terrible job I did back in the day. I had no idea what I was doing and it showed. What really blew my mind was how slow the Multiplex servos are. My Stylus radio back then was what caused me to moth ball this sailplane. No matter what I did my programming of it did not match what I thought this Cobra was able to do in the air. Fast forward 25 years to the Spectrum DX18 and I thought I would give it another try. This has been a labor of love to pull this machine out of the time capsule it has been stored in. I...Continue Reading
Posted by Keith Kindrick | May 10, 2017 @ 09:21 AM | 6,560 Views
I am pleased to announce that Steve George has won the 2017 Woody event at CVRC this past weekend. We had weather that would test all of the best composite RES ships and he prevailed with his Atomic woody to win this year’s WOODY class. On Saturday we had north west 10 mile per hour winds most of the morning with a mild wave action. Later in the day weak thermals were present causing you to drift downwind for 5 minutes then travel back up for another one to make the other 5 minutes on the 10 minute flights. To do this with a woody ship is not a small task. What really shined about Steve’s effort was the late day (3:45 PM) round for 8 minutes where he flew in the lightest of air. All throughout the flight he kept commenting how well this wing telegraphed the air. Sunday was no different when he flew with a southwest wind at 7 miles per hour with ballast launching down wind. He was able to easily go up wind and seek out the light thermal to make his time and navigate the landings. Congratulations Steve on the WOODY win!
Posted by Keith Kindrick | May 03, 2017 @ 09:01 AM | 5,996 Views
It is nice to see the California guys create a massive DS sailplane. This is an amazing sailplane. I love this state.

The incredible ThunderMaster goes 425mph!! (9 min 35 sec)

Posted by Keith Kindrick | Mar 22, 2017 @ 09:52 AM | 6,693 Views
I saw this video on how to do a very clean installation this morning. Enjoy!

Assembly Video - IDS - (9 min 14 sec)

Posted by Keith Kindrick | Feb 27, 2017 @ 11:39 AM | 6,529 Views
Mikael Carlson flying his Fokker D VII in Combat mode. Just Amazing

It is impressive to look back 100 years ago at what the designers of the time created. This is the best video I have ever seen with a WW1 fighter flying more or less in combat mode.

Mikael Carlson Fokker D VII (15 min 5 sec)

Posted by Keith Kindrick | Feb 14, 2017 @ 02:19 PM | 6,854 Views
I have always been fascinated with the Fokker Dr.1. When I ran across these clips on YouTube it was amazing to see that seven of these are flying together. Enjoy!

Seven Fokker Dr.1 Triplanes of Jasta 11

Seven Fokker Dr.1 Triplanes of Jasta 11 (5 min 54 sec)

The Red Baron's Jasta 11 Fokker Dr.1 triplanes from WW1

The Red Baron's Jasta 11 Fokker Dr.1 triplanes from WW1 (10 min 0 sec)
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Posted by Keith Kindrick | Oct 27, 2016 @ 04:07 PM | 6,314 Views
This is where the real men show up. These guys are impressive.


Posted by Keith Kindrick | Oct 04, 2016 @ 11:17 AM | 6,459 Views
Another fall Festival has been closed in the books. 2016 was a very wild year for the weather. It was cool and breezy on Saturday and Sunday was more of a continual wind. It was nice to have the cool temperatures. Due to the drought we did not have the plush green grass we have been accustomed to for the landing areas. It was a good move to switch over to the landing tapes. Painted areas on the dried grass would have never lasted for the weekend. This year Adam ran another smooth event. He changed the landing foul line to allow pilots to stand closer to the center area of the landing spots. I did not hear any complaints which was nice. The longer flights also placed the emphasis on flying more than landing better. Congratulations to Bob McGowan for the win. It was so nice to see his dad be there with him on this weekend. Very cool.

ALES was also run on Friday was a separate event. Kent Nogey and Tim Johnson were the CD’s on this one. We ran 5 rounds of 8 minutes. If you have not been to an ALES event this is the one to attend. 10 pilots launching all within a 20 second window is amazing.

My yearly visit with Col. Robert Thacker was so much fun. He is 98.8 years young and still full of life and spunk. He is still walking 2 miles a day. I have never seen black poly slacks last as long as his have. Each year the high water mark creeps up a little more. In another few wash cycles they will become knickers! I have been fortunate to have known him for 45 years.
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Aug 31, 2016 @ 08:49 AM | 9,277 Views
I love the creativity of this video. The end is a real shocker.

Drone Blender (2 min 24 sec)

Posted by Keith Kindrick | May 17, 2016 @ 03:50 PM | 7,394 Views
The 2016 Bent wing event at Visalia’s CVRC club has come to a close. It has been a long time since I have been able to attend an event where no one made all of their flight times. The weather was breezy all weekend. We all flew with ballast for the 2 days in order to get around the field and make out times. Adam Nelson ran a first class event. He allowed us to stand wherever we wanted in the landing zone with a strict reminder if you hit yourself or another in that area you receive a zero for the landing. We will see if he has the same format for the Fall Soaring Festival.

Alex Eremenko and Mike Reagan were in the second and third positions chasing me. It was wonderful to see all of my close friends again for the weekend. It was also a pleasure to see Larry Jolly again after all that he has been through. I truly hope the progress he has made will continue.

It had to have been the Gulfstream hat that Art Chmielewski handed me for the weekend that made all the good luck happen. The hardest flight to watch was where Joe Nave went to the east chasing a thermal for his 8 minute round and it just did not materialize for him causing him to land off field. We have both made that walk back to the CVRC field once before so I knew how he felt.

This event is one of the most challenging events to fly. With open winches and a time window you won’t get much closer to a man on man event. You decide when to go and that is what made this event so much fun.
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Apr 12, 2016 @ 08:59 AM | 7,957 Views
We have all seen things that are similar to nature. I could not pass this one up. Steve George captured on an important landing with a side by side comparison of his favorite Gull at Pismo Beach. Life imitates Art
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Apr 11, 2016 @ 09:13 AM | 8,905 Views
I have been installing servos in sailplane wings for a long time. We started using servos wrapped with masking tape held in place with 5 minute epoxy, went to rubberized CA adhesive, and now to servo frames. Prior to frames you had to hope that it all was aligned and the throws were close enough. After doing that for a few long evenings where the radio could not compensate for the mechanical alignment I quickly saw that servo frames were the easy way out. Now years down the road new digital servos have become so precise and the computer radios so amazing we can do everything to correct for mechanical misalignment. The one area that is lacking for me is the gear train for the servos. When I install them everything is tight and wonderful. As time goes on gear train slop appears and it not so wonderful.

I’ve ran across a thread here in RC groups for a “Fu Fix” that Tony Fu designed for the normal wire based linkage in using much stiffer components, resulting in a more rigidly connected control surface, with much less compliance. The video link below shows why this is a great solution.

Fu-Fix Bearing Kit demonstration in existing wing install
Fu-Fix Bearing Kit demonstration in existing wing install (4 min 47 sec)

After talking with Bob Breax from Soaring USA for years I watched as he spent time and development money on his solution for servo frames with this Fu fix solution. Bob told me from the beginning the Fu fix worked well until the servo had to be...Continue Reading
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Mar 30, 2016 @ 03:41 PM | 7,993 Views
There seem to be a few people trying to pick up a Zenith 3.7 lately. It is a beautiful design from the past and a wonderful machine to fly with the newer radios. My DX18 with older digital servos makes this sailplane fly better than ever. if you have an older design you might want to try it again with a newer radio. For those lucky enough to still have a Zenith 3.7 take it back out again and have some fun with it. Nothing makes more noise in full reflex or on landing than that 8.5% HQ section with 3% camber. Your friends will all duck for cover when you dive across the field
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Jan 28, 2016 @ 12:16 PM | 7,235 Views
You realize you have seen a lot when the kits you built as a kid show up for sale and you still see the guys on the labels years later better than ever. This is a great hobby.
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:27 AM | 7,511 Views
With so much going on with drones here is what the RC plane and sailplane pilot needs to do.

Posted by Keith Kindrick | Oct 16, 2015 @ 10:16 AM | 7,718 Views
Kent Nogy and Tim Johnson put on a fantastic event for 48 guys who love to fly in the ALES class. They deserve a nice round of applause for putting up with us. After all of the discussion in the ALES thread for using ‘something’ to slow a glider on the surface. I thought it is appropriate to post this video taken of my worst landing during the Pre Fall Soaring Festival ALES. My solution to this performance was to completely change my landing set up. I’ll be back next year no matter what they do. I will let each of you decide what the preferred rule change for ‘something’ simple.