New visitors plus FPV

This weekend was perfect weather for some fall flying. Luckily, we had a couple new visitors fly with us this weekend. Harold Belcher and Brian Sumpter paid our club a visit.

Harold is from Big Stone Gap, VA. Harold, likes building the FliteTest planes and the Experimental Airlines planes. He brought out full sized and scaled down versions of the Experimental Airlines Peace Drone. Harold had even built his large Peace Drone plane with the foldable wing that makes it great for transporting. Good times were had among the group discussing and flying the foamboard constructed models.

Brian is from Greenville TN and is really into FPV. There was lots of discussion on what it took to get into FPV. Brian set up his viewing monitor on a tripod and we got to watch as he used his FatShark goggles to pilot his quadcopter to some amazing heights and distances.

Jack and I invited them to come back and fly with us and encouraged them to join our club.

This is some GoPro footage Brian captured while doing FPV from his TekSumo wing during the visit. Brian has several other videos on YouTube which can be seen at the following link:
Brian Sumpter videos on YouTube

Our newest pilot, Jeremy Penley, takes to the air.

Jeremy’s a great guy. He can build some really great looking Flite Test foamies. But his flying skills at first were a little rusty. But WOW, with a little practice, some flight simulator time, and some help from his club friends, he’s now officially “all over it” with his flying.

Here’s his YouTube video of his first successful full RC flight from launch to landing. He’s flying a modified Flite Test – Simple Storch that he built himself.

Great job Jeremy!!!

New Club Banner for Wally’s Squadron visit.

Here’s a couple pics of our new 4’X7′ color club banner. This replaces our old black and white 2’X4′ banner. Thanks go out to Jack for his artistic insite and to Kevin for actually making the new banner. Come to Wally’s Squadron event next week to see it proudly on display!

About Wally’s Squadron event August 13-15, 2015:
Aircraft of all tops giant scale,aerobatic warbirds, turbine jets, helicopters, micros to 60%. You name it. Best night flying anywhere. Free pilot drawings. Free pilot and family dinner Saturday. Venders welcome, no setup fees. No charge for admission. On site primitive camping. Lots of nearby motels.
Lots of prizes. You could be a winner. First prize will be your choice of diamondback 9 mm pistol or diamondback DB-15 AR 556 caliber rifle. Second prize will be remaining gun. Drawing to be held August 15, 2015. Donations five dollars each or five for $20



Charles’ 57″ BA Versa Wing gets maidened (and nearly crashed!)

This is the maiden flight of my 57″ FliteTest BA Versa Wing. I used the FliteTest plans to make this plane. I scaled up the pdf output to 148% which resulted in me getting a 57″ wingspan on the final product. Now that the maiden is successful, I’ll add some color to her!

  • It’s named BA which is short for Best Attributes of:
    57″ Wingspan fits “door-to-door” in the back of my truck or car
    Uses a 3 cell 2200mah battery with 7 minute flight time
    Uses a D2836/8 Turnigy motor
    Uses an 11X4 Master AirScrew propeller