BMAC Announcements

Sunday, December 11, 2011

4th Annual West Virginia R/C Expo

4th Annual West Virginia Largest R/C Hobbies 


Bigger New Place

Date: Saturday February 18, 2012
Where: Jackson County Armed Forces Center
8832 Point Pleasant Rd, Millwood WV 25262
Time: 9:00 – 3:00
Admission: $5.00 for Adults 10 and Under Free

All Active and National Guard and Reserve with ID Get In Free
Auction Starts at 1:00
Over 100 Tables Sold Out Last Year !
Something for Everyone
Planes, Trains, Cars, Trucks and So Much More This Year!
Vendors get to unload in a HEATED AREA This Year
Vendor Setup Friday Night at 5:00 And Saturday Morning at 7:00
Vendors 1st Table $10.00 Then $5.00 a Table After that !
Vendor and One Helper get Admission with your tables
Bigger Place Prices Stayed the Same!!!!
Static Show This Year for Planes, Cars, Trucks, Helo’s and Rockets
ARF Class and a Builders Class For planes
$10.00 per Entry
Demo Area This Year!
Great Food
50/50 Drawings and Raffles
Sponsored by Jackson County Aeromodelers and the Flying Hillbillies
For more info call: Chuck at 304-531-0077 or email @
I-77 to the Ripley Exit and follow the signs!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Video Of Club Activities From Tony Harris

Had to split the video into 5 parts and remove the music due to Youtube restrictions (sorry Tony).

Friday, November 25, 2011

A flight on a B-17

When the B-17 Aluminum Overcast appeared on the horizon above a Houston suburb sky last week, her shape was immediately recognizable. She was curvy, substantial and down right gorgeous. At almost 70 years old, she was also a little creaky and sputtered and smoked a bit as she pulled in on the runway. This was our ride for the afternoon, and I was giddy like a 10-year-old as we prepared to board.
Read the complete story over at

More cool pictures of the EAA B-17 "Aluminum Overcast" on

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Mark Martin's New Tiger

Mark Martin's new project is a Goldberg Eagle 63 with a tiger inspired covering job.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Hey Club,

This is our first meeting for the fall. Our meeting will take place November 11, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Raleigh County Airport. For our first meeting we will be discussing the following topics: bringing back the newsletter, second the new shelter where we stand and how long until completion. Finally, we will be setting the dates for the upcoming Chili and Pig Fly for the 2012 season. We would appreciate everyone’s attendance and feedback. We look forward to seeing you there. 

New member’s be aware! COME TO THE AUTOMATIC GATE. Pull up to it and someone will drive up to the other side and trigger it open. AFTER 7:00 PM THERE WILL BE NO ONE TO OPEN THE GATE SO BE EARLY.       

Tony Harris -Sec. 304-763-4775

Betty Morales-Asst. Sec. 304-763-7408

Wendell Paugh -Tres. 304-683-9803

Mark Nagye- Vice President. 304-222-1697

Jeff McClung- President. 304-253-6813

Thursday, November 3, 2011


Added a new link in the "How To" section,  Alan's Hobby, Model & RC FAQ Web Links

A new Zealand site but tons of great information and useful links..

Don't forget, club meeting November 11th at the airport with election of officers. See you there at 7 PM.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

3w200 First Run

First run of Mark Nagy's 3w200 in obvious preparation for this year's indoor flying season.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

OshKosh 2011

Some cool video from this summer's annual EAA Fly In at Oshkosh. Enjoy.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Chilli Fly This Saturday September 24th

Annual BMAC Chilli Fly this Saturday.10 AM until ??  Bring your airplanes, family and friends  to the field for a great day of flying fun. BMAC Field at the Raleigh County Landfill. Help spread the word and call your friends about this event.

Photos 2011 Airport Fun Fly

Tony Harris photos

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Fun Fly Raleigh County Memorial Airport, This Saturday 9-10-11

Bring your planes to the airport this Saturday for a day of fun flying. Event starts at 7 AM and runs until around 4 PM. Location is in front of the hanger where our club meetings are held. Free lunch for BMAC members.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Pulse Jets

The first pulse jet I ever saw was at a control line contest. It was INCREDIBLY LOUD and the guy nearly cork screwed himself into the ground flying it. As an 11 year old, I was impressed. Always wanted one to play with, but they haven't made Dyna-Jets in years. Found this out on the internet and thought others might enjoy also.

Read the article over at Hack A Day complete with video. I'm still impressed by the sound.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Pig Fly 2011 Photos

Tony Harris Photos

Monday, August 8, 2011

VTOL Airplane / Quadracopter Mashup

A few guys from Jobi Robotics came up with a really interesting RC plane called the Quadshot. With 4 motors, the plane is very similar to the quadcopter builds we’ve seen, but an added wing allows it to fly horizontally much faster than a pile of carbon fiber and electronics.
Read the complete story over  at Hackaday.

Looks interesting.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Pig Fly 2011


It's that time again!
BMAC Pig Fly
Saturday, August 27th 2011, starting at 1 PM.
Please bring a dessert. The club will supply the rest.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

RC transmitter does everything

Read the complete story over at  Hack A Day .

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Photos from July 4th WeekEnd

Pictures shot by Tony Harris friend Frederick Pearson.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

P-51 The Galloping Ghost @ Warbirds over Oberhausen

Turn up the sound!

* The Galloping Ghost *
Plane: P-51 Air Racer / Scale 1:4.5
Pilot: Otto Widlroither
Engine: 200ccm 3 Cyl - 4 Stroke (Kolm Engines)

Monday, June 27, 2011

8 Year Old Helicopter Pilot

Amazing! I suddenly feel very old and inadequate.

More on 8 year old Justin Jee at

Thursday, June 23, 2011

New type of aircraft flies like a UFO

D-Dalus can 'approach as gently and silently as a hot air balloon', say its developers, hover, rotate in any direction and fly as fast as a jet.

Read the complete story over at .

There's more over on the Engadget site.

D-Dalus aircraft lacks fixed-wing or rotor, looks like flying steamroller

 Who's going to build the first R/C version?

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sad Day For Airplane Lovers: B-17 Burns Near Chicago

One of the few remaining B-17 bombers burns near Chicago. Full details and pictures over at The Denver Post

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Added links to R.A.C.E. R/C Modelers of Ravenswood, WV, and Wythe County R/C Flyers

Tony Harris sends word of a flying event this Saturday, May 28, 2011 in Wytheville.

We will host the Rural Retreat Aerospace Club this Saturday for a day of flying.  Members are encouraged to come out and fly their planes for the kids, bring trainers and buddy boxes, help with lunch and crowd control.  Lunch will be served around 1:00pm.  The students have been practicing on the simulator and we want to give them a chance at a RC trainer and buddy box.  Everyone is invited to come out  and make this a great day for the kids.
Details at their website:

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Buckhannon WV First Annual Spring Fly-In will be held on 20-22 May 2011

First Annual Spring Fly-In will be held on 20-22 May 2011. Special aircraft will be on display followed by a flying demonstration. One of the highlights will be a 50% Cub. Early bird setup and flying starts Friday afternoon. Door prizes will be available, one for each ten flyers. A special raffle will be held giving away a RX Ready and a RTF plane. More details to come. A selection of aircraft will be on exhibit, with some items for sale by other flyers.
Full information

Joe Smiths Friday Noon Demo with the 3D Hobby Shop 104" AJ Slick --Joe Nall 2011

I think it was a good flight if I just get it back on the ground in one piece!

Monday, May 16, 2011

A Virtual Tour Of The National USAF Museum

If you have never been to the Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH, here's your chance to take a virtual tour. Just click on the link.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Brothers Build World's Largest Model Airport

Via SlashDot
"Frederik and Gerrit Braun, energetic twin brothers with no shortage of dreams, have just finished construction of the world's largest model airport. With 40,000 lights, 15,000 figurines, 500 cars, 10,000 trees, 50 trains, 1000 wagons, 100 signals, 200 switches, 300 buildings and 40 planes, Knuffingen Airport is both a wonder to behold as well as a technological tour de force. The best part of Knuffingen is that it's alive. Forty planes and 90 vehicles move about autonomously. Located in Hamburg, Germany, the model is based on Hamburg Airport."

Thursday, May 5, 2011

A Sad Note

It is with great sadness that I inform you all of the passing of Mike Russell this morning at 1:05 AM. As of now, there are no plan's for services. I will keep you informed. Our prayer's go out to Mona.

Tony Harris, BMAC Secretary

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Keep That Airplane Squeaky Clean

Keep your glow powered airplanes squeaky clean with this home brew cleaner. I've been using this recipe since finding it on the bulletin board last summer. Works great.

5 Cups water
1/2 Cup ammonia
1 Cup alcohol
1 oz Dawn dish detergent (be sure and use Dawn, other brands don't seem to work as well)

Mix well and put in your favorite spritzer bottle.

Sunday, April 24, 2011


I saw this on Engadget. The man carrying aircraft are starting to be more like models.
Thanks to a composite carbon fiber bodies and a sub-44 pound drive trains, each weighs less than 154 pounds, hitting the FAA definition for an ultralight vehicle and forgoing the need for a pilot's license. But, while the company is pitching these electric-powered propeller vehicles as flyable straight out of the box, the things are still subject to FAA regulations, so don't expect to go joyriding near a major airport anytime soon -- and then there's the "theoretical operational distance" of 40 miles to contend with. Pricing ranges from €25,000 to €27,000 ($36,380 to $39,290)
 The company site:

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

JetPack Sets New Flight Record

I want one! Who's going to make the first scale R/C of one?

From New Scientist:
Ever wish you could use a jetpack to fly over traffic? It could soon be possible thanks to a device designed and built by Martin Aircraft of Christchurch, New Zealand. In this video, you can watch a recent outdoor test where the flight lasted seven minutes, a new record for this particular model.

Full story here.

Via New Scientist

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

How About a 24 Foot Wingspan Pink Foam R/C Plane?

Have not had much to post lately, so check this out.
He used Polyquest Lipo batteries totaling 6S 10400Mah, Phoenix 80 ESC, and a Hacker C50 14XL with a Hacker planetary 6.7:1 gearbox. Gotta remember this was 5 years ago. Large outrunners were not readily available then. The flight took place at 5:30pm, Badger Prairie St. Park, Madison Wisconsin, April 2 2005.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Kiewit P17 Stearman Maiden Flight

60% Scale Stearman PT-17
No other information available at this time.

Via Tony Harris

Monday, April 4, 2011

Campaign Success!

From the AMA Web Site:

Thank you for supporting AMA! Our message has been heard in the nation's capital by Congress and the FAA, so we are suspending our letter-writing campaign as of March 28.
Please regularly check for the latest updates and, if necessary, a resumed campaign to make federal officials understand that regulations on model aviation are both onerous and unnecessary.

2 Cycle Oil To Gas Mixture

Thanks to Tony Harris and "ChunkyPlunker1"

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Robot bird takes flight

Ornithopters are here!
SmartBird is modelled on the herring gull and can take off, fly and land while its flight is controlled remotely from the ground in real time. To take off, the robotic bird flaps its wings with the help of an onboard motor. As the wings beat, the front edge also twists, enabling airflow along the wings to generate thrust. Once in flight, the tail acts as a rudder to steer the bird through the air. The technology could be used to design "stroke wing generators" - devices that produce energy from water.

Via BoingBoing

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

$60,000 Electric Flight Prize at EAA AirVenture 2011

Never thought I would see it, full scale, man carrying, electric aircraft.
To date, applications for the following aircraft have been submitted:
  • CargoAirship, a helium-lift airship with electric power featuring carbon fiber and aluminum framing.
  • ElectraFlyer-C, a single-place aircraft that was flown at Oshkosh in 2008.
  • ElectraFlyer-X, a two-place aircraft.
  • ElectraFlyer-ULS, a single-place ultralight that was flown at Oshkosh in 2007.
  • Pipistrel Taurus Electro, the first two-seat aircraft powered by an electric motor to fly in the world.
  • Pipistrel Taurus Rapid, a four-place aircraft featuring a 75-foot wingspan.
  • Sonex Electric Waiex, a standard Waiex kit aircraft modified with the installation of proprietary e-flight electric power components.
  • V-Raptor Electro Flyer, featuring a 20-hp motor and a composite structure.
  • Yuneec E-430, a two-place, single-motor light sport aircraft which won the Lindberg Electric Aircraft Prize at EAA AirVenture 2010.
  • Yuneec E-1000, a three-place aircraft with a 56-foot wingspan.
Full story over at PlaneNews

Saturday, March 19, 2011

March Newsletter From Tony & Betty

  March 11,2011 Meeting at Airport Lounge-7 to 8PM
   meeting brought to order 7pm-adjourned-8pm
         Mark Nagye, VP, Presiding
Bob Learmonth's wife, Beverly, is very ill.  We pray for both of them at this time, We hold them in our Prayer's.
The meeting opened with the financial report from Wendall.  Reminder to all members:  If you have not yet paid your 2011 dues, please do so before the end of March to avoid the penalty of $2 per month.  Thank you.
Julius has the lawnmower in for servicing.  Our 2011 budget for the lawnmower, maintenance, gas and repairs.was voted on and approved.
Greg and Gene have been meeting with Landfill Officials and the Civilian Conservation Corp. regarding plans for a shelter and fence on the field.  There is another meeting scheduled after the 17th to finalize plans.  We will have a report on this at the April meeting
Members, if you see the field trash cans full after flying, and you have room in your vehicle, please take the full bags to the Household Dumpster on your way out.  This is just one of the ways we can keep our area clean and safe. Thank you for your help!
Congress has passed an amendment to The FAA to consider Reauthorizing bills exempting model airplanes from unnecessary federal regulations. AMA is urging all members to send a letter to our representatives in Congress to ensure that a similar amendment is introduced and passes before it is sent to the Executive branch for signature. If you do not have a computer, since this is done online, please call Tony Harris, 304-763-4775 and he will submit your name and send the letter to our representatives, Nick Rahall, Senator Rockefeller, and Senator Joe Manchin.
Wendall is checking into 2011 service costs for our porta-john.  He will report them at the last meeting.
Our new shed has been built but is not yet painted.  When weather permits, this will be done and Greg will deliver it to the field. 
Please try to attend the last meeting on April 8, 2011-from 7 PM to 8PM in the Airport Lounge.  We look forward to seeing you!
It was reported to Gene last Sunday that the gate was LOCKED BACK INCORRECTLY!!
"BE SURE NOT TO LOCK THE CHAIN" so the landfill lock won't open that gate.
Any questions call Jeff at 640-3472.  Remember also that some of us could be locked in during the afternoons and on Sundays
We have to replace our New Lock the Landfill had to break on our gate entrance, your existing key will fit this lock.  We have only one entrance to the landfill, THE BROWN GATE.  If you accidentally get locked in with no cell phone, go down to the brown house at the bottom gate. The man living there will help you get out. 
IF THIS KEEPS UP, "SOMEONE" is going to cause "US ALL" to lose our ability to fly unless the landfill is open. This means "No Flying AFTER 5:00 PM DURING THE WEEK or AFTER 4:00 PM on SAT. and NO FLYING on Sundays!"Come on guys! If you can fly a plane, you can lock a gate correctly! It's not Rocket Science! Just STOP and THINK and THINK AGAIN! Don't take our "PRIVILEGE" to fly at the Landfill as a RIGHT! We are GUEST! PLEASE Remember to act that way.
Tony Harris, Sec.
Betty Morales,
Newsletter Editor

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The History of the Single Stick

Inspired by the early Galloping Ghost transmitters that used only one control stick to move both the rudder and elevator, the term singlestick came to apply to those transmitters having only one primary control stick.During the early days of analog and digital proportional radio manufacture, both single stick and two stick transmitters were readily available. It was said that the earlier (read that ‘older’) fliers preferred the single stick set-up because of it’s similarity to the earlier, often ‘home-made’ transmitter configurations, and that the two stick set-up was preferred by the ‘newer’ fliers who probably never flew the earlier set-ups, but who had come in by flying the earlier ‘reed’ radios.

Read the rest at

Via Single Stick Stuff

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

UPDATE: NTSB Releases Factual Report On Biplane Collision With Large RC Aircraft

Radio Controlled Plane Was Performing In A Model Air Show.

In what was perhaps the most unusual mid-air collision last year, a Shpakow SA 750 bipe struck a large-scale AJ Slick RC model, slightly damaging the larger aircraft but largely destroying the model. The good news is that the biplane landed safely, but it was not undamaged.

The complete report is available here.

Our original post is

Via Aero News Network

Friday, March 11, 2011

Update: Tell Congress to Protect Model Aviation

82,283 Letters Sent So Far

If you have not sent your letter yet, please do so now. It's easy to do. Just follow  this link  to the AMA web site and follow the instructions. You do not need to compose your own letter, just fill in some online forms and the AMA takes care of the rest. If you enjoy flying as much as I do please take time to send your letter. Use the AMA form letter, or even better compose your own. Let's keep'em  flying!


Daylight Saving Time

Just a reminder that Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday March 13th at 2 AM, so spring forward 1 hour.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

AMA Safety Code

Academy of Model Aeronautics National Model Aircraft Safety Code

Effective January 1, 2011

GENERAL: A model aircraft is a non-human-carrying aircraft capable of sustained flight in the atmosphere. It may not exceed limitations of this code and is
intended exclusively for sport, recreation and/or competition. All model flights must be conducted in accordance with this safety code and any additional
rules specific to the flying site.
Model aircraft will not be flown:
(a) In a careless or reckless manner.
(b) At a location where model aircraft activities are prohibited.
Model aircraft pilots will:
(a) Yield the right of way to all man carrying aircraft.
(b) See and avoid all aircraft and a spotter must be used when appropriate. (AMA Document #540-D-See and Avoid Guidance.)
(c) Not fly higher than approximately 400 feet above ground level within three (3) miles of an airport, without notifying the airport operator.
(d) Not interfere with operations and traffic patterns at any airport, heliport or seaplane base except where there is a mixed use agreement.
(e) Not exceed a takeoff weight, including fuel, of 55 pounds unless in compliance with the AMA Large Model Aircraft program. (AMA Document 520-A)
Ensure the aircraft is identified with the name and address or AMA number of the owner on the inside or affixed to the outside of the model aircraft.
(This does not apply to model aircraft flown indoors).
(g) Not operate aircraft with metal-blade propellers or with gaseous boosts except for helicopters operated under the provisions of AMA Document #555.
(h) Not operate model aircraft while under the influence of alcohol or while using any drug which could adversely affect the pilot’s ability to safely control
the model.
Not operate model aircraft carrying pyrotechnic devices which explode or burn, or any device which propels a projectile or drops any object that
creates a hazard to persons or property.
Free Flight fuses or devices that burn producing smoke and are securely attached to the model aircraft during flight.
Rocket motors (using solid propellant) up to a G-series size may be used provided they remain attached to the model during flight. Model rockets
may be flown in accordance with the National Model Rocketry Safety Code but may not be launched from model aircraft.
Officially designated AMA Air Show Teams (AST) are authorized to use devices and practices as defined within the Team AMA Program
Document (AMA Document #718).

Not operate a turbine-powered aircraft, unless in compliance with the AMA turbine regulations. (AMA Document #510-A).
Model aircraft will not be flown in AMA sanctioned events, air shows or model demonstrations unless:
(a) The aircraft, control system and pilot skills have successfully demonstrated all maneuvers intended or anticipated prior to the specific event.
(b) An inexperienced pilot is assisted by an experienced pilot.
When and where required by rule, helmets must be properly worn and fastened. They must be OSHA, DOT, ANSI, SNELL or NOCSAE approved or
comply with comparable standards.
All pilots shall avoid flying directly over unprotected people, vessels, vehicles or structures and shall avoid endangerment of life and property of others.
A successful radio equipment ground-range check in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations will be completed before the first flight of a new or
repaired model aircraft.
At all flying sites a safety line(s) must be established in front of which all flying takes place (AMA Document #706-Recommended Field Layout):
Only personnel associated with flying the model aircraft are allowed at or in front of the safety line.
At air shows or demonstrations, a straight safety line must be established.
An area away from the safety line must be maintained for spectators.
Intentional flying behind the safety line is prohibited.
RC model aircraft must use the radio-control frequencies currently allowed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Only individuals properly
licensed by the FCC are authorized to operate equipment on Amateur Band frequencies.
RC model aircraft will not operate within three (3) miles of any pre-existing flying site without a frequency-management agreement (AMA Documents #922Testing
for RF Interference; #923- Frequency Management Agreement)
With the exception of events flown under official AMA Competition Regulations, excluding takeoff and landing, no powered model may be flown outdoors
closer than 25 feet to any individual, except for the pilot and the pilot's helper(s) located at the flight line.
Under no circumstances may a pilot or other person touch a model aircraft in flight while it is still under power, except to divert it from striking an individual.
This does not apply to model aircraft flown indoors.
RC night flying requires a lighting system providing the pilot with a clear view of the model’s attitude and orientation at all times.
The pilot of a RC model aircraft shall:
(a) Maintain control during the entire flight, maintaining visual contact without enhancement other than by corrective lenses prescribed for the pilot.
(b) Fly using the assistance of a camera or First-Person View (FPV) only in accordance with the procedures outlined in AMA Document #550.
Must be at least 100 feet downwind of spectators and automobile parking when the model aircraft is launched.
Launch area must be clear of all individuals except mechanics, officials, and other fliers.
An effective device will be used to extinguish any fuse on the model aircraft after the fuse has completed its function.
The complete control system (including the safety thong where applicable) must have an inspection and pull test prior to flying.
The pull test will be in accordance with the current Competition Regulations for the applicable model aircraft category.
Model aircraft not fitting a specific category shall use those pull-test requirements as indicated for Control Line Precision Aerobatics.
The flying area must be clear of all utility wires or poles and a model aircraft will not be flown closer than 50 feet to any above-ground electric utility lines.
The flying area must be clear of all nonessential participants and spectators before the engine is started.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Un Civil War 40 RC planes in combat

Un Civil War 40 RC planes in combat from Lee on Vimeo.
40 Radio Control flying wings flying at the UFO Club Civil War in Utah County, Utah.
Kind of looks like fun. Found this source of combat flying wings for those interested:
Love the name.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Added "How To" Link Area

Added a collection of links to model web sites that have collections of how to articles and information. If you know of some more to add, please let me know.


Club member George Jeffery living the life in Florida. He built this Pterodactyl. If I know George, he probably got the plan's of the inter net and scratch built it.

Submitted by Tony Harris, BMAC Secretary

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

New Page

Added a new page, Another One Bites The Dust: Crash Video and General OOPS! 
Hope I don't have any personal video to add this flying season.

Thanks to Tony Harris for all the links.

2009 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in at Antique Airfield

Video of some beautiful full scale antique aircraft.

The 2009 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in at Antique Airfield near Blakesburg, Iowa was one of the most successful and largest gatherings of it's kind ever held.
If you are interested in antique aircraft, the Antique Airplane Association and Air Power Museum are for you.

Space Shuttle Launch: Viewed From an Airplane

Monday, February 28, 2011

UPDATE: Write a Letter to Congress

57,744 Letters Sent So Far!

If You haven't done so yet, visit the , AMA page and make your voice heard.

Help keep model aviation free of unnecessary government regulations.




Friday, February 25, 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tell Congress to Protect Model Aviation

Write a Letter to Congress

The FAA is developing new regulations that may place onerous and unnecessary restrictions on the hobby, sport and educational pursuit of model aviation.

It is extremely important that all aeromodeling enthusiasts stand up and tell congress to protect model aviation from pending federal regulation by the FAA.

 This up now on the AMA web site. Please do this now and help protect our hobby from government intervention. Follow the link to send a letter to your representative.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

HUGE 177" RC Plane The Flying Boxcar C 119 NAMFI 2010 flight 1

This 177" Plane is Carl Bachhuber's latest creation.

Via Tony Harris

Giant Scale Gee Bee R-2 1/2 Scale! WIPE-OUT!!

Yooowee Gee Bee lovers--here's a 1/2 scale R-2 that's bound to get you going!
Too bad it was lost on the second flight--still can't figure what went wrong--perhaps the elevator servo--takes a lot to push a 10 ft. wingspan Gee Bee that weighs 121 lbs. around. Especially when it's being powered by a limbach 280-gear drive hanging on the nose! 

Via Tony Harris

80% Scale Caudron Racer

This is a HUGE 20 ft. wingspan RC aircraft called an Aerions Caudron Air Racer from the 40's.
Has an electric start JPX320 reduction drive motor-turning a 42x12 prop-weighs 264 lbs. And to date, he has NOT taken his son up for a ride-at least not to my knowledge!
Quite a 2 year project-on board camera. 

Via Tony Harris

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Hummingbird UAV flies by flapping its wings

From New Scientist:
A tiny new unmanned air vehicle with flapping wings can hover, fly at high speed and negotiate indoor and outdoor environments while sending back video imagery, even though it weighs just nineteen grams

 Complete story with video available at New Scientist here.

Pretty cool stuff. Would like to see more of the electronics involved.

More Photos Of Larry Rakes Fly Baby Bipe

Thought you might like to see Club member Larry Rakes winter build. He did it in about 3 months [ He's a Beaver ] LOL! The plane is a 1/3 scale Balsa USA Fly Baby Bi-Plane with a DL 30cc gas motor. Maiden flight when the weather breaks.

Via Tony Harris

Friday, February 18, 2011

Important Update On Pending FAA Regulations

Posted on AMA site today. Read the original here:

Sounds like some good news.


AMA Works to Amend Reauthorization Bill Providing Relief for
Model Aviation from sUAS Rules
M U N C I E, I N – Sen. James Inhofe, OK, successfully sponsored S.223 in the Senate
yesterday with an amendment specifying a “Special Rule For Model Aircraft” that
provides an exemption from regulation for model aircraft operating within the following

* Flown specifically for recreational, sport, competition, or academic purposes;

*Operated in accordance with a community-based set of safety guidelines within
the programming of a nationwide community-based organization;

* Limited to 55 pounds or less unless certified through a design, construction,
inspection, flight test, and operational safety program currently administered by a
community-based organization.

“On behalf of our 140,000 members I want to thank Senator Inhofe, Chairman Jay
Rockefeller and Ranking Republican Kay Bailey Hutchinson for their leadership in
shepherding the FAA reauthorization bill through the U.S. Senate,” said Academy of
Model Aeronautics President Dave Mathewson. “Aeromodeling is an exceptional family
recreational and education activity that has traditionally been a stepping stone for our
children to careers in aviation and aerospace. With the Senators’ help we hope model
aviation will continue to help provide that impetus for future generations of engineers,
pilots and astronauts.”
The bill now moves to the House of Representatives, which is expected to rule on the
matter in the very near future.
AMA has contended that the purpose and operation of model aircraft flown for
recreational purposes is uniquely different from the operation of the growing number of
commercial small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) for which the FAA is drafting
regulation. Aeromodelers operating under AMA’s guidelines have earned a reputation of
being one of the safest, if not the safest users of the National Airspace System. This
exemplary safety record spans more than 75 years.
The Academy of Aeronautics, founded in 1936, charters 2,400 clubs across the country,
sanctioning more than 2,000 events and competitions as a member of the National
Aeronautic Association. It is dedicated to promoting aeromodeling as a recreational,
competitive and academic pursuit.

# # #

Large Model Aircraft Program

On January 25, 2011, AMA’s Executive Council (EC) approved an update to the Large Model Aircraft program. This program includes some significant changes. 

One of the most prominent changes is the weight increase to 125 pounds for prop-driven models (LMA) and 100 pounds for turbine-powered models (LTMA). There are four classifications referenced within the program: LMA-1, LMA-2, LTMA-1 and LTMA-2.

Another important change is that classifications LMA-1 and LTMA-1 (55 pounds to 77.2 pounds) will allow for a self-inspection by the owner of the LMA . It will require two demonstration flights in front of two observers. The owner can serve as one of the observers, as long as he/she is not the pilot of the model. The other observer has to be an AMA Contest Director (CD), Leader Member (LM) or Large Model Aircraft Inspector (LMAI). 

As an LM or CD, you can reduce the travel time and coordination required of an LMA-1 owner.  While it is a voluntary action, if you are asked to help with observing a test flight, it would be helpful for your fellow modelers and the AMA staff if you could accommodate the request.  You would not be inspecting—just verifying that the test flight was completed successfully.

Classifications LMA-2 and LTMA-2 will require inspection by an LMAI, followed by demonstration flights observed by the inspector.
To review the complete program go to

Via AMA Safety & Member Benefits Department

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Boeing 314 Flying Boat

Luxury air travel from the 1930's. Would be a great scale project if one had a big pond to fly from.
Lot's of cool pictures here.

Via Air Show Buzz

Monday, February 14, 2011


Via Tony Harris

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Wythe County RC Flyers First Annual Swap Meet

Just received word of this one via E-mail. Wytheville VA, Saturday March 5th 2011.

Full details are available here.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Tony Harris' Swordfish

Our intrepid secretary and resident biplane enthusiast reports on his latest project:

Here are some shot's of my Fairy Swordfish project I have been working on this winter. This was the British plane that put the first torpedo into the German Battleship Bismark in WWII. It was an old plane even back then. They use to call it "The String Bag" [pocketbook] because it could carry a big assortment of weapon's. Just finished the work on the pilot, gunner and navigator/radioman. Didn't want them all to have the same face so I did a little putty work. Still have a bit of work to do touching up the rough area's around the cockpit and paint. Need to put the leg's on the gunner and navigator. Have to mount the torpedo and flying wire's and I think that will be it. She's powered by a Zenoah 38cc gas motor. Wing span is 85.5". It took me awhile but she should be ready to maiden when the weather breaks. Hope you all enjoy the picture's.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Spektrum Goes DSM-X

Just came across this video and thought it might be of interest.

Via RC Universe

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Flying Hillbillies Get Some Good Publicity

Our friends to the north had a very nice story in the Charleston-Gazette and the online edition even has video.

Sunday, January 30, 2011


Everything you always wanted to know about fasteners. Click here.

Via BoingBoing

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Larry Rake's New Fly Baby Bipe

This is the Balsa USA 1/4 scale Fly Baby Bi-Plane [ 109" wing span ] kit being built by member Larry Rakes of The Beckley Model Airplane Club in West Virginia.  She's BIG! Looks more like 1/3 scale. Larry is an outstanding builder. She's powered by a DLE 30cc gas engine.

Via Tony Harris

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sunday, January 9, 2011


How about this for your next scale project.

Via Modern Mechanix

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

40% Off at K&T Karts and Hobbies

Greg is having a 40% off sale this week on select products and hardware.

Monday, January 3, 2011

H-1 Racer 2011 Project

Part 1 - H-1 Racer Intro

Aero Telemetry, the company that designed and built the flyable models for the Academy Award winning film The Aviator, is building a museum scale replica of the world famous Hughes H-1 Racer for celebrating the 75 year anniversary of the Academy of Model Aeronautics.

The plane will be featured at the celebration event to be held at AMA headquarters in Muncie, Indiana in July 2011.