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Posted by Keith Kindrick | Oct 09, 2018 @ 11:06 AM | 1,137 Views
Another amazing CVRC Fall Soaring Festival (a rolling circus) is in the books. This is the 45th annual event and once again the entire CVRC Club has pulled it off. Several of the original members are pulling a heavy load to pull this event off. They are the people everyone still in the sport needs to reach out to for help. We may not think this is a team sport but now is the time we all have to pull together and do more than ever to keep our events rolling. It getting serious.

Iíve had my good cups of coffee in the morning while enjoying the cooler fall air. There is nothing like being in the central valley this time of the year when the air is cooler. One thing that I can report is that everyone I saw was happy to be at the FSF and see everyone. It might be a sign of the times with so many of the people we have known in the past no longer being with us. Iím not really sure. All of the guys I know who have had personal challenges told me they were glad to be here and flying again. That says something to me about how special the FSF is to so many people in this activity.

With the cooler temperatures we enjoyed a full 3 days of head winds. Friday kicked off the rolling circus with all the typical smack talk and light conversations as people arrived. The guys all gathered in various sections of the field to sport fly prior to the ALES fun event. I use the word fun lightly because this was a very competitive group. Many have flown in 5FJ events and we did have members of...Continue Reading
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Oct 04, 2018 @ 09:38 AM | 1,351 Views
I saw a thread on the topic of winch launching and decided to add this to my blog to remind myself of the good launching habits. Joe Wurts is the best at launching in my mind. He gets maximum tension and then releases the launch with a smooth easy motion. I used to use the boom launch prior to seeing Joe launch his Supra. After seeing the numerous pictures of Jo Grini on the Samba and his web site I switched over to their techniques. Boom launching is the easier way to go when you are not confident of the launch process. As you watch the video you will see how off balance one is as the line tensions up. Jim Monaco put together a super clean video to show how to use the proper launch technique that really does make it easier to launch. Joe Wurts shows how to pull massive line tension on his Maxa.

Boom throwing
Pike perfection winch launch (1 min 59 sec)

Jim Monaco
F3J Tips & Trick - Launching (3 min 10 sec)
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Posted by Keith Kindrick | Sep 20, 2018 @ 11:01 AM | 989 Views
I have been working with a few of the Horizon team guys to clarify how to properly set up the Telemetry feature in your Spektrum transmitter and how to use the telemetry receiver ports. This series of instructions might help you get it right the first time.

* For the Receiver voltage to be read plug in the receiver battery (harness with switch or magnetic switch connected to the receiver battery) into the Battery or Bind/Data slot.
* For the Flight Pack Power voltage to be read connect the supplied extension between the battery and the speed control power leads; then install the JST connector into the port for FLT PK Volt.
* For the Temperature telemetry to be read you will need to install the Temperature harness JST connector into the port for TEMP.

In the Transmitter:
  • Access the telemetry menu
  • In each of the telemetry positions 1 Ė 9 select the EMPTY option
  • Position 10 will always be RX Volt
  • Keep the transmitter powered on
  • Turn on the Receiver power
  • In the Telemetry menu of the transmitter select the Auto Configuration function and wait for it to connect to the receiver and configure the Telemetry Menu
  • Select the values that you would like to use for the Receiver voltage limits and alarms menu

That is all you need to do to make Telemetry work
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Jun 07, 2018 @ 02:30 PM | 1,724 Views
This is a P-51 Mustang Tailchase taken from the Flying Legends Airshow at Duxford in the UK. Sit back and just enjoy the sounds of the glorious Merlin Engine.

P-51 Mustang Tailchase NO MUSIC -PLAY LOUD!!! (3 min 24 sec)

Posted by Keith Kindrick | May 22, 2018 @ 10:51 AM | 2,797 Views
It is the times in life where you meet people who for some reason you cannot understand provide a prescience when you are with them. Adam Nelson did that to me. We lost Adam last night when he succumbed to his battle with Brain cancer. Three years ago was when I had first met Adam. He was known to me as the guy who takes a ton of pictures and post them to Dropbox for all of us to see. I learned more about Adam through Steve George as he mentioned Adam was going to take the role as CD for the Fall Soaring Festival. That is a huge responsibility and one I have seen Phil Hill and Claude Turner fill year after year. Learning that Adam had been a successful Lawyer made it clear to me that he was more than capable of handling these duties as well as dealing with people. Adam had a way of taking the events energy then redeploying it back to the pilots who were in the event. He was also very good at talking to you and making an idea seem like it was yours and you went away with a smile. His passion for the sport was always present wanting to give back to make the sport move forward. In his last role as a CD for the 2018 Bent wing event he created a special event to promote a sailplane design. This year it was the Aquila. You can read my prior post on this experience.

In life we have regrets and mine is not taking the time to walk over and see Adam on the Friday ALES event thinking he would be around the next two days. Adam was not able to make it out the next two day and I regret...Continue Reading
Posted by Keith Kindrick | May 14, 2018 @ 11:20 AM | 2,046 Views
Under the spring skies of Visalia this past weekend we flew the 2018 Bent wing contest. It was a little more special to me this time having completed the Aquila that I have been wanting to build for over 40 years. At the time of its release in RC Modeler Magazine with the picture of Leeís Aquila up against the water fountain in the Monastery Mater Dolorsa in Sierra Madre Califiornia I have always wanted to build one. Don Edberg took his Aquila out at the SWSA clubs flying site in San Dimas California so pictures of the snowcapped Mt. Baldy in the back ground were in the RCM article. Several of the guys in my club knew Lee Renaud since he was a member. Being just a little guy back then I had no way to buy a kit for $59.95 with my allowance. Some of you might know that my dad wrote the soaring column for RCM. Iím pretty sure that he had spoken to Lee at some point and was able to get me a fiberglass fuselage to scratch build a kit. At the time the building skills needed for me to fabricate the Aquila were well above my head. I was building simple sailplanes around that time. As the needs for other competitive sailplanes came across my mind to stay relevant in club contest the Aquila slipped to the back burner. I never forgot about it though. Years later when I had been seeing kits go for larger sums of money I started to keep an eye out for a kit. With the passing of one of our club members Harvey Jenkins I was told our club would sell off his kits in an auction. When I saw he...Continue Reading
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Mar 05, 2018 @ 09:51 AM | 1,676 Views
When the plans for the Aquila were first drawn all of the radio equipment was very large by todayís standards. The inside of the glass fuselage reminded me of the lunch box I used to take to school with so much room inside. It took me a while to settle on the final version of the equipment installation. A few areas concerned me with a fuselage that was made 30 years ago. One was the wide open structure would crack in the area by the rear canopy opening after several hard landings. Another was how to make the ballast go in and out quickly. Originally the Aquila wood fuselage had a small ballast box near the leading edge. The Grande had a similar provision on the glass fuselage. That design idea just seemed to limit my choices for the servo installation and receiver mounting. All of the current fuselages I have for modern designs use a plywood stiffener in the canopy area to mount servos and ballast. This looked like a promising compromise for my Aquila. I needed a robust reinforcement in the front and a way to easily install ballast. In the pictures you can see the servos are mounted on the .125 inch plywood using servo frames from Soaring USA. I created a 12.5 ounce ballast bar from sheet lead secured to the plywood with an 8-32 pan head screw. Iíll have to make the final receiver and wire placement in the next building session. The tow hook is a more up to date version that we use on all of the expensive molded sailplanes. I wanted to have a little more adjustment and strength than the original Airtronics adjustable tow hook. I was a little disappointed with the final canopy fit. My canopy frame was spot on when it sat on the fuselage. The allowance for the plastic thickness was incorporated but upon the actual test fit of the canopy it was obvious that shape was not a perfect fit to the glass fuselage. It would be interesting to know if the canopy plug was different between the buildup fuselage and the glass fuselage. If you know send me a note!
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Feb 19, 2018 @ 09:47 AM | 1,940 Views
My Aquila project is moving forward at a slow and steady pace. I was able to get a 1977 kit from one of our club members who passed away. Lee Renaud gave this fuselage to my father when he was writing the soaring column for RCM. This model has the upgrades that Tim Renaud and I have deemed necessary for the classic design. We both agreed that this Aquila needs to have Carbon fiber spar caps .375 x .060 on the top and .375 x 040 on the bottom. We changed the joiner rod to be a Dave Squires Falcon 880 ejector pin to handle the wind flying with ballast. The rudder has been swept back more and another .375 has been added to the trailing edge to prevent the dreaded Aquila wobble. Another improvement to mitigate that was to use carbon push rods. Spoilers now have one more bay added to them and are directly powered with an HS 45 servo to remove the dial code nightmare. I still have the canopy to dye and radio to install in the fuselage.
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Jan 18, 2018 @ 08:45 AM | 2,610 Views
Spitfire MK19's have been hidden from sight for so long that few videos show the performance this star of the air has in it. The sounds in this video are AWESOME! Enjoy

Supermarine Spitfire AWESOME SOUND !!! (3 min 15 sec)

Posted by Keith Kindrick | Jan 04, 2018 @ 08:44 AM | 7,464 Views
To continue the kick off for 2018 lets add the sounds from the beautiful P-51D Mustang "Quick Silver" at Oshkosh 2017 as it performs hesitation rolls, Cuban 8 and other maneuvers. Pilot Scott "Scooter" Yoak puts the Mustang through an aggressive and impressive routine.

P-51 Mustang - SPECTACULAR SOUND! No Announcer (5 min 25 sec)

Posted by Keith Kindrick | Jan 02, 2018 @ 05:00 PM | 4,118 Views
Letís kick off 2018 with a little Chance Vought F4U Corsair Whistling Death just to mix it up a bit!

Chance Vought F4U Corsair Whistling Death (6 min 27 sec)

Posted by Keith Kindrick | Dec 14, 2017 @ 10:16 AM | 2,946 Views
As he maneuvered his unarmed B-17 bomber over the island of Oahu, U.S. Army Lt. Robert Thacker was puzzled.

It should have been a peaceful Sunday morning in Hawaii.

See the attached PDF for the full story as captured by By Fred Swegles | | Orange County Register
PUBLISHED: December 6, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Posted by Keith Kindrick | Oct 09, 2017 @ 03:37 PM | 3,114 Views
Another Fall Soaring Festival (FSF) has been placed in the books. We had a new format this year for the FSF but itís not really new to many of us. The open round format (not called flight groups) has been used for 3 years in the CVRC Bent wing event. You have a specified round length in which you need to make your flight. It has a lot of benefits. People see the pilots in the air and decide to launch or not based on how they see others doing at a given time. I find it more of a benefit for the guys who are working winches and flying. They can go fly when there is a lull in the round. They canít easily do that with a called flight group. Another first for the FSF was to use Glider Score. It seemed to go well.

We flew a 5, 8, 10, 10, 8 on Saturday with a 5, 8, 10, 10 on Sunday. The weather was nice on Saturday with south west winds at the start of the morning transitioning to a western breeze in the afternoon. We started at 8:30AM and ended around 5:30PM. Thermals were a little on the light side until mid-day when they started to become stronger. It was very hazy all weekend due to the Almond and Walnut harvesting taking place. Sunday was totally different with the wind out of the west and much cooler temperatures. Thermals were very light early on and it caught a few people by surprise when they circled and they broke apart. More than one person was seen walking back to the field. As the day progressed that changed to moderate strength lift cycles that were fairly...Continue Reading
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Sep 05, 2017 @ 02:26 PM | 3,062 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 90ís 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. Iíll always remember the vacations he took after Visaliaís 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 Iíll remember about Gary and his can do attitude. Iíve 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 | 3,543 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 | 3,395 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 | 3,319 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 | 4,146 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 | 5,597 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 yearís 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 Steveís 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 | 5,381 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)