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Labor Day Super Spectacular Blowout Event

Great Attendance on Labor Day 2017

Left to Right: Nachainkya Reindorf, George Devlin, Brent Williamson, John Marett, Jake Palmer, 
Kang Lee, Dmytro Silin, Don Szczur, Joe Szczur, Stephen Brown, Leo Pilachowski, Brett Sanborn,
Tom Iacobelli, Tom Sova. Ross Clements. 

FAI F1D USA senior team members practicing for the 2018 World Championship were
John Kagan (not shown - retrieving his model), Jake Palmer, and Brett Sanborn.
 2014 and 2016 FAI F1D World Champion Kang Lee will be defending his title. 
Junior team members practicing for the WC were Ross Clements and Joe Szczur.
For the first time since 9/11 we had Canadians John Marett and Dmytro Silin joing us.

Created By: Horace Hagen 9/6/2017 6:12:47 PM | Updated By: Horace Hagen 9/7/2017 8:51:40 AM
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Created By: Horace Hagen 7/9/2017 7:35:19 PM | Updated By: Horace Hagen 8/12/2017 4:05:15 PM
Comments on 2016 F1D World Champs
The final results of the 2016 F1D World Champs are listed on a separate page below.
The 2016 USA senior team consisted of ECIM club members John Kagan, Brett Sanborn and Joshua Finn.
Kang Lee was the 2014 Individual World Champ so he attended to defend his title. The 2016 USA junior team consisted of David Yang, Wyatt Wear and Joseph Szczur. Wyatt Wear was the 2014 Junior F1D World Champion. As shown in the Final Results Kang Lee successfully defended his title and won his second FAI Gold Medal. The USA team placed second and won the FAI Silver Medal. The USA Juniors did not medal in either individual or team categories. 
Created By: Horace Hagen 5/4/2016 1:26:07 PM | Updated By: Horace Hagen 5/4/2016 1:43:03 PM
2016 FAI F1D Indoor World Championship Results

Sport: Aeromodelling - F1D - (Indoor Model Aircraft)
Title: FAI F1D World Championships for Free Flight Indoor Model Aircraft
Type : World
Date:  11.04 - 16.04.2016
Location: Slanic Prahova (Romania)

Final Results :

1st: Yuan Kang Lee	USA 
2nd: Zoltan Sukosd	HUN
3rd: John Kagan		USA

Senior - Team
1st: Hungary
2nd: USA
3rd: United Kingdom

1st : Calin Bulai	ROU
2nd : Iyril Vitko	UKR
3rd : Denis Zhariy	UKR

Junior - Team
1st: Ukraine
2nd: Romania
3rd: France

The full results can be found at the following address :

Created By: Horace Hagen 5/4/2016 1:13:10 PM | Updated By: Horace Hagen 5/4/2016 1:17:14 PM
September 6 Report

ECIM Vice President Rob Romash provided the following report on the free flight activity on Saturday September 6:


Tom Iacobellis and I couldn’t hit the epic Labor Day free flight weekend so we had to settle on the following one.  Kudos go to Horace as neither of us could get a base pass the day before and we dutifully followed him on base.  After flying in the hangar for nearly 30 years now I am pretty sure this was the hottest and most humid day I have ever spent there.  Much of the day was spent moving around making sure sweat drips didn’t hit the models during preparation.  Opposite to the salt mines during the World Championships in Romania where we moved to stay warm, this day we had to move to evaporate moisture so you could bear it.


Tom showed up with one of last year’s F1D models and vowed to “stick it” in the roof.  He wound the living snot out of it several times but an extreme wing warp kept the model from really climbing out, he also had the model doing some nice 360 degree rolls on takeoff, very entertaining.  Tom also brought along his ornithopter and that model did much better, he got the RPM’s down on the wing and made a flight of around 5 minutes before a structural failure boxed the model.


I showed up with my new F1L, we sort of knew.  After a disappointing showing at the Kibbe Dome in Idaho with an attitude of “My old F1L still has some stuff left” it didn’t.  I built this new model with a clear hope to improve and from what I see it is doing pretty good at least for “Romash”.  I brought my simple equipment package and forgot my notes from a few weeks ago when I flew the model here.  The first real wind I thought “What was that back off?” seems it was more then I planned to use and the model slowly cruised its way up just touching the ceiling beams right at the top, second hit it dropped itself right on top of the of the beam.  Good thing it was within easy reach of the center catwalk and we had a 22 foot club pole.  Not so good was that the temperature at the top was near the surface of Venus.  After a successful retrieve and the loss of about 8 pounds of fluids I came back down.


Over the day Tom had a high time of around 20 minutes on his F1D ( I think ) and a bit over 5 on his ornithopter.  I managed to get some good results for me with several flights over 18 minutes with a high times of 19.56 on my F1L.  All in all any day in the hangar is a good day.

Created By: Horace Hagen 9/15/2014 1:26:43 PM | Updated By: Horace Hagen 9/15/2014 1:26:43 PM
President's FF Questions

I spent some time observing the FF activity Labor Day weekend and since I am not directly involved in indoor free flight I asked a few questions:


Question 1 - Covering Material:

Years ago the most commonly used covering material was micro film.  Micro film was made by filling a rectangular container with water and pouring lacquer on its surface.  A wire frame was then lifted from underneath to pull the floating lacquer film up and securing it onto the airframe.  The thickness of the microfilm is 0.25 Microns.  Today, the most common covering material is manufactured by just one company in large rolls and costs $10,000.00 per roll.  Fortunately there is an entrepreneur who buys a roll and then resells the material in smaller quantities.  The material is primarily used as a separator in the manufacture of capacitors and has a thickness of 0.5 Microns.  The film is transparent and is used that way by some competitors.  Other competitors crumple the film and this produces in a film that looks cloudy and appears more visible.  It is interesting to note that this material is used by modelers in other countries as well.


Question 2 – Propellers

There are many Free Flight categories; some propellers use balsawood blades and others use built up frame construction covered with the same film used for the flying surfaces.  The balsawood blades are made from balsawood sheets shaved/sanded down to .005 to .015 thousands of an inch in thickness.  The built up blades have frames consisting of very thin balsawood sticks or carbon rod .009 to .015 inches in diameter.  Each propeller can take several hours to build.  On some models variable pitch propellers are used.  The propeller hub is designed to have maximum pitch on a fully wound motor and slowly decrease as the motor winds down.  On the larger models the propeller speed ranges from 30 to 120 RPM.  On the smaller models the propeller speed ranges from 100 to 300 RPM.


Question 3 – Rubber Motors

The rubber used for these models is manufactured by the Good Year Company and is used by Free Flight competitors throughout the world.  “ArmorAll” or similar liquid is used as a lubricant to keep the rubber strands from sticking to each other.  To test and/or estimate the number of winds needed to get to a certain height, fractional motors use balsawood sticks of varying lengths in place of the rubber.  A half motor would use half rubber and half balsawood stick.  If the model reaches a height of 90 feet with a half motor then a full motor could reach 180 feet which is the maximum in Hangar 1.


Question 4 – Airframes

Wings and tail feathers are primarily constructed using balsawood frames covered with film.  Every competition category has prescribed dimension and weight limits.  Some fuselages are made from solid balsawood and others are rolled tubes of balsawood shaved/sanded down to .005 to .015 inches in thickness.  Some models use a boron filament so thin that it is invisible to the naked eye.  The filament is tied to the top of the fuselage at the nose and rubber motor end and placed over a post in the middle.  The idea is to control the warping of the fuselage due to the tension of the rubber motor which can affect the motor’s thrust line.  The airframes and some propellers are so fragile that if you walk passed them quickly you can damage same.  Words of caution – walk don’t run.


Question 5 – Adhesives

To minimize the addition of weight to the model a very common adhesive is Ambroid cement thinned with lacquer thinner.  The second most used adhesive is cyanoacrylate (CA).


Question 6 – Model Steering

Indoor Free Flight models are at the mercy of air currents within a building.  To prevent a model from colliding with the walls or ceiling a balloon filled with Helium tied to a thin fishing line is used to steer the model.  The balloons are 2 to 3 feet in diameter and provide enough lift for a thin fishing line.  3/8 inch diameter foam caulking covers the top twenty feet of fishing line.  The caulking is soft and prevents the thin fishing line from damaging the model and is more visible.  To steer the model the line (caulking) is positioned in front of the model’s wing and when the wing touches the line it induces a turn.  If the model gets into a position where damage may result the line is positioned next to the propeller to stop same and the model will slowly and safely descend along the line.


If you have not taken the time to watch the Free light activity in Hangar 1 you are missing out on a great experience.  I marvel at the patience these true modelers exhibit.  They are world class competitors using the latest technologies and have brought back the World Championship FAI Gold, Silver and Bronze medals several times.

Created By: Horace Hagen 9/15/2014 1:23:30 PM | Updated By: Horace Hagen 9/15/2014 1:23:30 PM
Labor Day Weekend

Prior to the 2014 Labor Day weekend I received a few emails and phone calls alerting me to expect significant free-flight activity in Hangar 1.  As president of our club I decided to spend some time with our free-flight modelers/competitors.  This was the most active Labor Day weekend in several years.  The following folks took part in the activity:


Tony D’Alessandro (PA), Hope Finn (GA), Joshua Finn (GA), Bill Gowen (GA), Sheryl Gowen (GA), John Kagan (OH), Kang Lee (CA), Alan Mkitarian (NJ), Leo Pilachowski (IN), Nick Ray (TN) and Brett Sanborn (MD).


Tony and Alan did not have DBID badges so I had to escort them onto the base.  The other folks got access by getting a paper pass at the welcome center on the preceding Friday or via Brett Sanborn’s CAC card.  An interesting side note: When escorting Alan Mkitarian a couple from Ohio was waiting in the welcome center parking lot wondering how they could get onto the base.  We asked them to follow us in their car.  When we got to the gate the guard asked us if we were staying just one day and when we answered yes he let us proceed without a paper pass.  I am not sure if that was legal but we did not ask questions.  Some time later another couple arrived at the welcome center and called Brett on his cell phone.  They got the information about an Indoor Free Flight Team Trials from the AMA web site.  I went out to the parking lot and got them in without a glitch.  They just wanted to observe the activity.


Brett Sanborn provided the following summary of the flight times (minutes:seconds) recorded during this contest/record trials:


F1M (Current record – 17:27 by Larry Coslick)
Bill Gowen: 18:10, 20:33, 22:05

Bill's 22:05 is a new AMA Cat IV record.  Bill also holds the Cat IV World Record for F1M at 23:00 which was set before F1M became an official AMA event.  The 22:05 is also the second best time ever flown with an F1M model.


F1D 1.2g (Current record - 42:03 by Brett Sanborn)

Kang Lee: 34:27, 35:35


F1D 1.4g (1.4g F1D is not yet an official AMA or FAI event.  This will become an event on January 1, 2015)

Josh Finn: 20:43, 19:59, 22:28, 21:15

Brett Sanborn: 30:25, 27:43, 28:19, 28:34, 28:07

John Kagan: 27:36, 22:10

Leo Pilachowski: 21:01, 21:00


HLS -Hand Launch Stick (AMA Open stick) (Current record - 61:30 by John Kagan)
Tony D'Allessandro: 32:43

Nick Ray: 35:44, 35:09

F1L (Current record - 25:47 by Larry Coslick)

Hope Finn: 14:32, 14:18

Leo Pilachowski: 21:30, 23:00, 23:01, 22:10, 21:57, 22:47


Ministick (Current Record - 16:39 by Rob Romash)

Josh Finn: 11:00

Nick Ray: 12:34, 13:42

Limited Pennyplane (Current Record - 19:04 by Tom Iacobellis)

Max Zaluska: 13:27, 14:56, 15:35, 16:32

Bill Gowen: 14:52, 17:02, 17:58, 17:48, 11:48

Created By: Horace Hagen 9/15/2014 1:19:09 PM | Updated By: Horace Hagen 9/15/2014 1:19:09 PM
Annual Xmas Party
On Saturday December 14th the weather was threatening with snow and ice.  On top of that we received word that the diesel generators would be exercised.  But that did not stop the brave souls  pictured below from coming to Hangar 1 and attending our annual XMAS party held at the nearby Lakehurst Diner.  It was so cold in Hangar 1 that we all went to the Diner an hour prior to the scheduled time.  As in the past, the food was excellent and enjoyed by all.  We all left at around 1:30 pm and everyone got home safe. 

Created By: Horace Hagen 12/15/2013 12:25:24 PM | Updated By: Horace Hagen 12/15/2013 12:47:00 PM
2013 Annual Club Meeting

Above is a picture of the club members in attendance. A short agenda covered:
1) Base Access : We can no longer get DBID badges at McGuire AFB on weekends
2) Safety reminder : R/C models - Max weight 10 ounces - Motor max 300 type - Max power 120 Watts
3) Membership : 2012 - 182 , Present - 140
4) Donations : $750 to Air Force, Navy and Historical Society
Created By: Horace Hagen 5/12/2013 8:23:16 AM | Updated By: Horace Hagen 5/12/2013 8:55:39 AM
2012 Annual Club Meeting

Unfortunately something went wrong with the camera or photographer and the group picture can only be used to count the total number of members present. You may be able to identify yourself if you remember what you were wearing that day. Sorry about the faux pas. We must try harder next time.
Created By: Horace Hagen 5/18/2012 4:34:28 PM | Updated By: Horace Hagen 5/12/2013 8:53:04 AM
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