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Posted by Keith Kindrick | May 10, 2017 @ 09:21 AM | 2,249 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 | 1,968 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 | 2,607 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 @ 10:39 AM | 2,775 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 @ 01:19 PM | 3,116 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 | 2,991 Views
This is where the real men show up. These guys are impressive.


Posted by Keith Kindrick | Oct 04, 2016 @ 11:17 AM | 3,158 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 | 6,065 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 | 4,225 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 | 4,792 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 | 5,145 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 | 5,169 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 @ 11:16 AM | 4,472 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 @ 09:27 AM | 4,869 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 | 5,313 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 | 6,537 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 | 6,870 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 @ 01:22 PM | 6,158 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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