National Model Aviation Day: 08/14/21
Today we celebrated National Model Aviation Day when seven club members met at our field for a fun day of flying and a cookout consisting of hot dogs, bratwurst, chips, and soda. We were also joined by three guests who had learned of our celebration through our social media efforts: Michelle Wright; Kyle Denham, and; John Stanton.
Allen Massey got flight operations started with a flight of his E-flite Extra 300 which included a variety of aerobatic maneuvers and concluded in a perfect landing. Jeff Pittman followed with his UMX Turbo Timber, which performed very well in the 7 mile per hour winds. Stephen Yanacek then flew his AeroScout S, followed by Jim Davis with his electric-powered plane.
It was then time for our highlight of the day—getting one of our guests into the air for the first time. Following a brief period of instruction by Jim Davis, Kyle Denham flew Robert Yanacek's E-flite Valiant under Jim's watchful supervision. Kyle, although a bit apprehensive at first about actually flying, performed very well in the air and was encouraged to keep in touch with us should he desire to pursue radio control model aviation. Other highlights of the day included Jeff Pittman's maiden flight of his E-flight Air Tractor which went very well, and Jim Davis' flights of his nitro-powered "Black Bullet."
Many additional flights were performed throughout the day, with Grant Peacock utilizing his talent to video record many of them. At the end of the day everyone headed home with their aircraft undamaged and looking forward to getting together next Thursday to celebrate National Aviation Day at the Dare County Regional Airport in Manteo.
Club Fly: 07/24/21
Seven of our club members met at the field to conduct flight operations in almost perfect flying conditions. In addition to our members, we also had one guest, Matt Sweeley, who attended our event. Unfortunately, our photographer had to depart earlier than usual, so the photographs only document a few of the flights that were flown before 11AM.
New Member Flies at the Field: 07/10/21: 07/10/21
Seven club members and one guest meet today at our flying field to fly an assortment of airplanes. With winds at virtually nil, it was a near-perfect day to fly.
Peter Fynn continued to amaze us with his skill in scale flying his PA-12 and Tigermoth, while at the other end of the spectrum, Jim Davis thrilled all with his high speed aerobatic display.
We also had the pleasure of meeting our newest member, Jeff Pittman. Jeff brought his E-flite Valiant, and its maiden flight was performed by Peter Fynn. After some adjustments, Jeff was able to fly his aircraft. Unfortunately, on his last flight of the day, Jeff crashed his Valiant when it lost power and nose-dived into the ground.
Steve Smith brought his large Beechcraft Model-17 Staggerwing, but was unable to fly it due to a number of mechanical malfunctions he detected on his pre-flight checklist. Unfortunately, another problem with his 1400mm Kunai cost him the aircraft when its rudder parted in-flight, resulting in its loss.
Despite the pain of losing two aircraft, we had a great time enjoying the outdoors, each others company, and flying our planes.
Jet Age Arrives at the Field: 06/26/21
Eight of our members participated in a series of many flights today at our field in Manns Harbor. The wind was challenging with velocities higher than predicted, however all of our pilots performed well, enjoyed the flying and camaraderie, and brought their aircraft home without damage.
Matthew Huggins flew for the first time with our club and displayed excellent control and aerobatic skills with his DHC-2 Beaver. Matthew's maiden flight of his Freewing F-18 Hornet was stunning, but cut short when he lost his plane's motor in a puff of smoke after pushing his throttle wide open. Nonetheless, he was able to perform a beautiful dead-stick landing and recover his aircraft intact.
Other members flying today were: Peter Fynn; Stephen Yanacek; Allen Massey; Robert Yanacek; and Jim Davis.
Memorial Day Fly: 05/31/21
Steve Smith, Grant Dick, and Allen Massey met at our field today to conduct a number of flights in honor of those who gave their lives in the service of our country.
The planes flown included Steve's Ugly Stick (AKA "Red Baron"), Grant's F4U-1D Corsair, and Allen's E-flite Extra 300.
New Member Solos at Club Fly: 05/22/21
With unlimited visibility and wind not in excess of 7 miles per hour, four of our club members flew today at our field.
Stephen Yanacek, Allen Massey, Grant Peacock, and Robert Yanacek flew over 20 individual flights. Of special note was that Grant Peacock performed his first unassisted landing today flying Robert Yanacek's Valiant, while being supervised by Stephen Yanacek.
We had a great time today, and invite you to join us at the field in the near future!
May Club Fly: 05/15/21
We had another great day at the flying field today with nine of our club members and three guests in attendance. With winds between 10 and 12 miles per hour and unlimited visibility, many flights were flown by our members and guests.
We also welcomed a new member, Allen Massey, to our club today. Allen had flown radio control planes in the past, and despite a 20 year hiatus, he performed two flights very well with Robert Yanacek's popular Valiant aircraft. Allen also brought his new plane, a beautiful E-flite Extra 300, to the field for "show and tell."
It was also an eventful day for another one of our newer members, Grant Peacock, who performed his first and second flights under the supervision of flight instructors Jim Davis and Steve Smith. Grant, who hails from Australia, was amazed at the technological innovations that made his flights enjoyable and successful.
Our father and son team of Rick and Kevin Gadzalinski brought their new E-flite Carbon Cub S2 for its maiden flight, and both of them performed a number of flights and did very well.
Stephen Yanacek conducted four flights today and successfully performed aerobatic maneuvers with his AeroScout S including aileron rolls and loops.
Robert Yanacek, Steve Smith, and Jim Davis also flew well without any crashes or incidents.
Overall, we had a wonderful day enjoying the outdoors, the camaraderie of our fellow club members, and our passion for radio control flying!
Flying and Field Maintenance: 04/24/21
Steve Smith, Jim Shiels, Stephen Yanacek, and Robert Yanacek met today at our field for another fun-filled day of flying. With temperatures in the low-60s and winds between 5 and 8 miles per hour, many flights were flown by each member without any difficulties or mishaps.
Stephen Yanacek led off with a flight with his AeroScout S, followed by Jim Shiels with one of the UMX planes he brought to the field. Steve Smith flew his Ugly Stick a number of times making adjustments to his flaperon mix.
Today was a big day for Robert Yanacek as he finally had a opportunity to take-off and land a number of times under the supervision of flight instructor Steve Smith.
Following flight operations, all four members turned to field maintenance activities and removed small trees and brush in the area that we plan to build our new storage shed.
2021 Flying Season Opens: 04/17/21
Seven of our club members and one guest met at our field today and enjoyed a great day of flying. With the winds between 4 and 8 miles per hour and unlimited visibility, many planes were flown today without difficulty or mishaps.
Stephen Yanacek soloed today with his HobbyZone AeroScout S, then performed a second solo flight. Our guest, Destin Tomblin, performed a flight with the club's HobbyZone J-3 Cub, and a second flight with Stephen Yanacek's AeroScout S under the supervision of flight instructors Steve Smith and Peter Fynn. Jim Davis performed a good flight with his Sig Four-Star that he converted to electric power this past winter. Peter Fynn then treated everyone with a scale flight of his large PA-12 which ended in a superb landing. Grant Dick flew his F4U Corsair once again thrilling all with his aerobatic skills, followed by Steve Smith with at least one flight with his Ugly Stick nitro-powered monoplane. Jim Shiels brought and flew number of smaller electric-powered airplanes—all of which performed well. Grant Dick, Jim Davis, and Peter Fynn ended the day's flight operations with flights on additional aircraft that each brought to the field.
Winds Nix 2021 Opening Day: 03/27/21
Five of our club members and one guest met today at our field in Manns Harbor to fly their planes, however our efforts to open the 2021 flying season was cut short due to increasing wind speeds.
Steve Smith arrived at about 9AM and performed at least three good flights with his Great Planes Kunai sport glider. Robert Yanacek was next into the air with his E-flite Valiant which once again proved to be a great flying plane. Steve Smith then flew his nitro-powered Ugly Stick that he received from the estate of our late-member and friend, Lynn Lockrow. Peter Fynn then flew his Tiger Moth, unfortunately by that time the wind had picked up considerably and his flight was a very short one that ended in a very good landing thanks to his skill as a pilot. Grant Dick then flew his F4U Corsair in an attempt to overcome the 16 mile per hour winds with pure power. Grant made it look easy, however following a successful landing it became obvious that further flights in such winds would most-likely result in crashes.
Despite the limited number of flights preformed, we had a good time nonetheless.