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VIDEOS and PICTURES from KRCM Events and Activities / Re: FPV racing at KRCM
« Last post by adamb on August 24, 2019, 09:36:28 PM »
I'll try this Wednesday evening if I can get out there early enough.

Today's flying went really well. Check out these 3 laps and how I crashed right before the finish line.
Thanks to all of your members. it's been a good time attending & photographing this particular event. It was the first event I was asked to do as the event photographer & once I saw what it took to put it on plus how few people had the necessary camera gear to get the in flight shots (DSLR's were relatively new & expensive back then) I decided to concentrate on the flying side of things. When I got home I decided to do my best to make up a professional looking album to show the sponsors & to reward each & every pilot that flew. I try to stay on the flight line from start to finish & include every plane flown but I do miss the odd flight for a bathroom break or to get a bite to eat etc.

VIDEOS and PICTURES from KRCM Events and Activities / Re: FPV racing at KRCM
« Last post by Deerslayer on August 23, 2019, 06:42:15 PM »
Adam, why not plan to set up your temporary course at the west end on Wednesdays.  I think there is interest by a number of people to learn and perhaps to get a drone. Who knows, if you help Wilf learn, you may get a free hot dog out of the deal!
VIDEOS and PICTURES from KRCM Events and Activities / Re: FPV racing at KRCM
« Last post by Dwayne on August 23, 2019, 05:19:05 PM »
Very cool indeed!
VIDEOS and PICTURES from KRCM Events and Activities / Re: FPV racing at KRCM
« Last post by Wilf on August 23, 2019, 11:54:51 AM »
Just got my racing drone Adam. Still learning its quirks at slow speed and higher altitude . Looking forward to learning from you....
Great photographs Rick of a unique subject.
Absolutely wonderful photographs of a great event.. Thanks for sharing with us.
Great video work Gary, and great editing. An excellent job of a sad occasion.
General Discussion / Re: K-town 3D Throwdown
« Last post by Wilf on August 23, 2019, 11:28:25 AM »
That is why I went directly to you on Wednesday evening to get the facts because I had also heard that they didn’t like our venue.  Even though I don’t fly 3-D yet, I do enjoy watching a group of large airplanes in a row along the center of the field hanging all together on their props.
Here is a little war story that somewhat explains my fondness of the Volksplane:

Back in 1973, I was on the Glider Instructor Course at the Gatineau Gliding Club, which operates from their WW1 era Pendleton airport east of Ottawa. There I met Jim Laing, another Glider Pilot on the course, who was a Tow Pilot as well as being  licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME). Very talented fellow, a great guy overall.

Jim built a Volksplane in his living room. He even carved the beautiful prop. A cute little plane, it was registered as C-GUPY. It was a great flyer but, due to its rather squat stance, it had a very small Angle of Incidence on the ground. That meant that it seemed to need a bit of a bounce to increase the Angle of Attack of the wings and thereby get things airborne. Not a problem at Pendleton, as their runways were rather ripply and the V just scooted along until the right mix of airspeed and bounce flung it into the air!

Several years later, Jim showed up at Gananoque Airport on a good soaring day. After some socializing, I had launched in my Cherokee 2 glider and was beginning to catch some lift. As I circled at perhaps 3000' height near the active runway, Jim started his takeoff run in the Volksplane. I thought he was never going to get flying but eventually the little beast lifted off and came up to see me.

Jim started to circle to my outside, I caught good lift and proceeded to out-climb him even as he had that VW powerhouse cranked to full power - really "waxed his tail", as they say! At some point, he wagged his wings and headed back to Ottawa or thereabouts. He  may not have remembered that event, but I always will.

Many years later, while attending our MAAC Zone AGM, I was taken by surprise as I saw C-GUPY over along the wall of the National Aviation Museum. I heard that Jim had donated it. Sounds like something he would have done!

So, whenever I see what I call the Queen of the Skies being flown by Dave and his boys, it brings back fond memories. Folks who build and fly Volksplanes, whether big or small ones, are #1 in my books.
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