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Posted by Keith Kindrick | Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:27 AM | 7,867 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 | 8,084 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.
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Oct 12, 2015 @ 06:29 PM | 9,075 Views
When you spend as many years in this sport as some of us have there is bound to be a day where you just wish the clock could go backwards. Golf has Mulligan's but soaring needs to have a Do Over. This picture of my good friend Larry Jolly sums up what a hard day looks like. I can really relate.
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Oct 05, 2015 @ 09:23 AM | 9,389 Views
It was another wild weather event for me at the Fall Soaring Festival. I can't think of a time we actually had rain on this event or when I last flew in a down pour. A minor radio issue caused me to land off field this year. You never know when it will be your turn for that to happen. Overall it was a great time seeing all of my friends. The video of my great friend Alex Eremenko landing is amazing. Super Slow motion (Iphone 6) shows the shock to his Maxa Pro on a super easy landing. We ask so much from these sailplanes. Think twice before you buy that used glider
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Nov 05, 2014 @ 02:22 PM | 8,520 Views
Sony strapped its Action Cam Mini on a white-tailed eagle, named Victor, and had it fly from the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and flew over the Seine down into the Trocadero Gardens.

The eagle's handler Jacques Olivier Travers is the head of the non-profit organization FREEDOM whose objective is to re-introduce the white-tailed eagle into its natural habitat in the French and Swiss Alps. White-tailed eagles have been extinct in France for over 50 years.

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Posted by Keith Kindrick | Aug 08, 2014 @ 09:29 AM | 6,330 Views
We had a lot more on the down section this time. I was in Black and led out the descent.

Start the view at 47:00 minutes then it ends at 1:02:00 to see the nasty section of that climb

Downhill on Shinn starts at 1:02:00 then ends around 1:08:00 when we have to stop for the flat tire. You may have to paste the link in the browser if it doesn't load properly.
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Aug 05, 2014 @ 05:21 PM | 6,451 Views
A few of you know that I have been riding a road bike to stay fit for years. One of the guys I ride with took this video using a GoPro mounted on the handle bar. This video has Garmin GPS data overlaid on the video to show in real time what is taking place. Enjoy

Check it out by fast forwarding to 1:12:00 to save time

Shinn Loop 07-29-14 (1 hr 35 min 10 sec)

Posted by Keith Kindrick | Jun 05, 2014 @ 09:36 AM | 6,266 Views
I'm adding this link for the simple technique on making a wet seamed fuselages. It is so simple and this thread really clears up the process. Enjoy!
Posted by Keith Kindrick | May 08, 2014 @ 09:29 AM | 6,411 Views
This past weekend in CVRC held another RES and WOODY 2 day contest. I am so proud to be a part of this organization for over 35 years. On Friday we flew the ALES event to kick off this weekends event. Flying in both classes has always been a challenge. This year was so hot (mid 90's) that for the three days I've never been so glad to see a 4 minute flight. Claude has really turned up the dial for flight times the past 2 years with 8 and 10 minute rounds. This event really is a marathon, not a sprint. This year I decided to swap out the first generation Supra fuselage which was all carbon for the AVA Pro. I have never been fond of the added whiskers needed for the Supra fuselage. Had the AVA Pro been around when I started the Atomic - I wish - that would never have been used. Handling seemed to be about the same with slightly better tracking on final approach using spoilers. It seemed like I had over 50% of my landing in the 2 classes down wind this year. Not what I'd say is optimal for these gliders yet the Atomic had a very good weekend.
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Aug 01, 2013 @ 04:04 PM | 6,711 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, “My 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.” 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 “KNARLS”. 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 | 6,001 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 | 6,592 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 can’t 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 | 6,155 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:

ALES Land:
Posted by Keith Kindrick | May 03, 2012 @ 02:45 PM | 6,349 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 it’s 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 | 6,008 Views
I’ve been working with Jordon’s 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 Jordon’s 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 John’s 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. I’m very impressed at his creation in this time of mass manufacturing and molded models.