Hildebran R/C Aero-Modelers

Volume 4, Issue 3

AMA Charter # 3470

April 2003

Club Officers:

President: Ron Bachman
VP: Jim Holder
Sec/Treasurer: Brett Springall

Web Site http://www.hrcam.com/
Appointed Officers:
Field Marshall: Jessie Wylie
Safety Officers: Elbert Cook

Intro Pilots:
Ivan Vrooman
Elbert Cook

From The Oval Office

Our family fun fly has been planned for May 24th. During the next meeting, we will be making our preparations for this event. Please attend the next meeting so that our opinions and ideas can be heard.

Thanks, see you at the next meeting.

Ron Bachman








Next Meeting:
Sunday, April, 13, 2003 at 3:00pm
Location: Flying Field

Notes from the last club meeting

The new runway layout was mowed into place. All members should be using the new runway for a temporary test period.

The date for the Family Fun Fly was set as May 24th at 10:00am local clubs and their family members will be invited. The club will purchase and cook food for the fun fly.


4/12/03, Bethel RC Fly In, Wadesboro, NC

4/12/03, Spartanburg Sky Knights Fun Fly, Spartanburg, SC

4/19/03, Spring Fly In - Youngsville, NC

4/26/03, Tad Dietrich Memorial - Wilson, NC

4/26-03, CVRC Fun Fly, Conover, NC

5/3/03, Rivers Edge Fun Fly, Wilkesboro, NC

5/14 - 5/17, Joe Nall Giant Scale, Greenville, SC

5/24/03, Family Fun Fly, Hildebran, NC




Portions of this newsletter are reprinted from the AMA national newsletter © Academy of Model Aeronautics.

Use plastic window covering

Waxed paper is the standard covering for plans. When building an airplane on top of them, I find that waxed paper does not come in large enough sheets and tends to stick to the airplane. Last time I built, I used some left over plastic that is used to cover windows. This stuff is made by 3M Scotch and comes in large 3 x 5' sheets. This was the exact size of the plans I was using. The covering will shrink if heated, but this is not necessary as it lays very flat. CyA and other glues will not stick to the plastic at all, and it is crystal clean unlike waxed paper. There was even a roll of double stick tape in the box. The price on the box (which was several years old) was $5. This price is much cheaper than the Great Planes plan protector stuff, but I don’t think you get as much.

from Thrustline ~ Sky Streakers R/C Club ~ David Marin, editor ~ New Gloucester ME

You can fly right side up, now try inverted flight
Knowing ho
w to fly inverted could save you
r airplane.

You have mastered flying right side up, or so you think. Your next challenge is to fly upside down. While not required for all, knowing how to fly inverted could save your airplane. I remember the first time I flew an airplane with flaps. After a brief takeoff with full flaps, my model started to loop and was on its way back to the ground. Since the flaps were new to me, I didn’t realize what kind of effect they would have on the aircraft. I was even less familiar with the flap knob so I was not able to make a correction using it. My solution was to stop the loop by flying the airplane inverted while I cleared my mind and readjusted the flaps. Flying inverted can save your airplane in many other instances, such as when your model drops from a hover or when you are not able to complete that low pass loop. So how do you do it? It’s easy. When inverted, two of your controls—the elevator and the rudder—will feel like they are reversed. The ailerons will feel this and turn the airplane in the same direction as if it were flying right side up. The easiest way to learn to fly inverted is by starting a loop (make sure you are at least 200 feet up for safety). When you reach the top of the loop, try to keep flying while inverted, like an immelmann without the roll This will require you to apply down elevator (stick away from you) and steer/maintain level flight with your ailerons. Note that you will apply down elevator to raise the airplane’s nose and up elevator to bring the nose down (opposite of what you’ve already learned). If you feel uncomfortable, just pull on your elevator and complete the loop. Once you can hold the airplane steady for a while, use your ailerons to fly it like you would during regular flight. Fly a pattern around and do some figure eights. When you feel comfortable with this, you can start to use the rudder to make your coordinated turns, but remember that now the rudder acts opposite what it does when you’re flying right side up. From there, it is up to you to see how many maneuvers you can accomplish while inverted—loops, snaps, spins, etc.You can also perform a half roll to get your airplane inverted, but I do not recommend that when you are starting out since there is a greater loss of altitude involved if you make a mistake.

From the newsletter of
Low Country R/C Fliers Club
Jose Vazquez, editor
Charleston SC