Title: OUR 2016 NATIONAL MODEL AVIATION DAY DAV FLY-IN

By: Fred , pictures by Fred, Eric and Chris, Video by Ben

 

  The Greeks and Romans and virtually every other ancient people must have been model airplane builders. They didn't have only one name for one god of weather, but take wind for instance, they had many! Many gods, many names!

  And they all showed up on Saturday, August 27 when, after two weeklong weather delays, they came to our Fly-in and brought their weather playmates with them, especially rain, fog, and low temperatures. But did our intrepid leader band and knuckle under? Did they fold their tents and silently steal away? Not on your tintype! Bah! Humbug! Let's fly! they cried as one man. They had a serious purpose, one they would not yield lightly: To raise funds for the local DAV in keeping with the AMA sponsored National Model Aviation Day. So, it was, "Pilots, man your airplanes!" And away they flew!

 

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State Proclamation

Due to all the rain and bad weather, we are rescheduling our event to August 27 & 28

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Title Annual Mall Show 2016

There are a few club members with long memories who will remember the last time we held our show at the University Mall in Carbondale, but whenever it was, it was before I was admitted to the honorable ranks of the Sky Squires in 1998.

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The Darrell Honey Memorial Fun-Fly

by: Tom Sosnowski photos by: Eric Lyon, videos by: Ben Merideth

            The Sky Squires held their annual Fun Fly on October 3 & 4.

      This year's Fun Fly was dedicated to our late president Darrell Honey.

Mother Nature never fails to disappoint us bringing cold north winds blowing down the runway, but that didn't stop fellow pilots from Missouri, Indiana and Illinois from participating in this year's event.

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New Biplane at the Field

It is always rewarding to get a new plane together, then take it  flying to find that it is a nice handling airplane. I managed to bang up a plane a few weeks before. It is repairable and won't take much to get it going. I didn't recheck the CG after some modifications to the landing gear. Careful checking and rechecking of a model can help. Sometimes something can slip by without you catching it. This Biplane is a Maxford USA PT17 Stearman done up in the Army Aircore colors. This video is only my second flight with it. I quickly felt comfortable with it and started trying some scale aerobatics. What a fun airplane! It is no speed demon but does fly with good power. I may try proping it up a little. I am using a 11 x 5.5 prop on it now and may try a 11 x 6 and a 11 x 7 to see if it flies with a bit more authority. I am running a 1100kv motor pulling 415 watts. I run it on two 3 cell 4000mah lipos in parallel. Here is the video filmed by my good friend and fellow Sky Squire Ben.