Presidents Message July 2022

Prez Sez — Andy Myers

I know it has been a while since my last N/L and I apologize for the wait. So much has happened in the last 5 months that I need to break down this edition into three parts.
We’ve had an awesome flying season thus far including 3 fun-fly’s, a bunch of new members, and lots of new and exciting RC airplanes. We’ve also experienced the keen sting of losing two Honorary Members who have passed away. Time is precious and limited. Time is the one thing we can’t buy or get back. Make the most of your time.
Field Cleanup Days were a success at both the Spiegel and Baugher Fields. Thank you to all who came out to help. A new windsock was installed at Spiegel, and we also ac-quired a new lawn mower (in June) as the old one finally died. A new canopy was also installed. Baugher field got the royal treatment of hedge clearing, painting of the top rail at the end of the runway, removal of trees around the sign, and road work as needed. Again, thanks to all those who helped.
We are now in the middle of summer and this is the perfect time to come out if you haven’t, and join us for some fun in the sun. I look forward to seeing you all soon.
Nuf Said—Andy

Presidents Message Jan 2022

Winter time is here and I’m sure everyone is at least thinking about next year’s flying season. Some of you may be building your next plane, while others may be buying your next plane. In any case, we all have planes on the brain. I’m in the midst of building, sanding, sanding, sanding, and more building. I pulled out my 1/8th Scale Sikorsky S-39 scratch build project, and I’m at the deep end up to my neck. I think that sanding a plane is a lot like having children. You forget how hard it is after a while and the next time you tell yourself it will get easier, but it never does. Building a model plane definitely provides a feeling of satisfaction that takes the hobby to another level, for those who venture. I’m often building out of necessity, as what I’m building typically I can’t buy. I’ve had a sweet spot for the Sikorsky planes of the 1920’s and early 30’s, the S-38, S-39, S-40, and S-43 amphibians. Howard Hughes, who I’m fascinated by, personally owned both the S-38 and S-43 mentioned above. All of these planes are on my bucket list and I’m actually determined to see them realized. So, I’ve started with the S-39. If you are buying a new plane, I’m in your camp as well. I recently purchased an E-flite FW-190 1.5m from HH. I know many of us don’t have the time or space to build and are very satisfied with the current offerings from Gator RC, HH, Flex Innovations, Motion RC, and others. There is nothing wrong with that and I highly encourage you to continue to buy and enjoy what HH and others have to offer, to scratch your itch. You’re continued contribution is what is keeping the hobby alive and well, and that’s a good thing. That being said, remember that the West-mister Flea Market for RC planes and parts is coming up on Feb 12th.
‘Nuf said.

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