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.

Flying at our field "New Videos added"

story by: Eric videos by: Ben & Ray

Spring is here and flying season is upon us once again. It has left us with lots of rain and a bit of field maintanance needing done. We have been mowing and rolling the field as well as fixing a few small holes and dips. We have our field in great shape now and everybody is ready to fly. All we need now is more good good flying days and to get out and enjoy it. Here are some videos my good friends and fellow club members Ben & Ray took.

In this video, 2nd down, the wind was gusting 25 to 30 mph making it tricky to fly and very hard to taxi back.

 

 

 We welcome everyone to come out and watch us fly or get an introductory flight with an instructor. We have a club trainer airplane to get started with.

Ben's new T28 Trojan, maiden flight

 

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2015 Mall Show

by: Eric Lyon & Tom Sosnowski

 

Mother Nature dealt us some severe weather temporarily grounding the Sky Squires Mall Show this year. But when the weather cleared the Sky Squires were back at the Illinois Center Mall along with our good friends the Breezy Hill R/C Flyers from Chester, The Rend Lake R/C Club and the Fearless Flyers from Mcleansboro. If I missed any group I do apologize. The Mall Show is always a good way to meet new people interested in our hobby and to keep in touch with other clubs.
This year we provided  slide shows and videos taken at our airfield of our flying skills and or lack of skills. Three flight simulators were also provided for shoppers and onlookers to test their skills at flying.

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Charity Fun-Fly Oct. 4th & 5th

by Eric & Fred

 

  Photos by: Eric & Ray

  Our static display of our models and related gear that we have open to the public at the Illinois Star Mall every year has become almost a winter-time tradition. We will have it again this year, of course, watch for the date, very likely mid-February and mark your calendar. It always is a good time for us and there are sure to be crowds of visitors again. Hey, take a look at our website coverage of last year’s show. It was a doozy! This spring, however, it came to us that we had not had a fun-fly for several years.

  Also, it actually had been some time since we had our last charity fun fly, about five years, maybe, so, recognizing that many of our neighbors need help in these tight-belt times, we decided to have a food-and-fund-raising flying event at the our field. A local food pantry, the Marion Ministerial Alliance, has been a leader in this very necessary community work, so they were a logical choice for us as co-operators in setting up our fly in.

 

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Dedication to Our Club President

by: Eric Lyon

Darrell Honey was President of the Sky Squires and a very good friend. It saddens me to tell you that he passed away today. Darrell was liked by everyone he met and was a kind and giving person. I last saw him at our Charity Fun-Fly Oct. 4th & 5th and as usual, he was in high spirits and had a smile on his face. Darrell was a dedicated RC pilot and builder as well as dedicated family man. We always had a good time whether we were flying or just sitting around talking. The picture above was taken at our Charity Fun-Fly. I am honored  to say he was my friend and club president and that I am a better person for knowing him. He will be greatly missed.

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