Daily Archives: June 21, 2012

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A Tale of a Champ

By Chalmers “Chop” Kerr

My Champ arrived under the Christmas tree in 2010. It was my first RC airplane since I built and flew single channel, escapement controlled models in the late 1950s.

With the help and encouragement of experienced flyers at the gym, I taught myself to fly the Champ..After a year I’d rate my flying skill a good solid C+.

The micro Champ is a tough and sturdy aircraft, great for beginners. While honing my flying skills I I’ve flown the Champ many times, not on purpose, into all three solid walls and the curtain wall in the gym. Also, a couple of nose dives into the floor for good measure.

Damage to the Champ has been interesting. First I lost the spinner. Then the left wheel came off. Along the way the wing was dented, the nose was cuffed and dented. The hardest repairs  were the two times I damaged the rudder and vertical fin.

Then to add insult to injury, the Champ had a mid-air collision with a multi-rotor heli-saucer, which broke off the left wing tip.

But the most spectacular incident happened the evening of May 22, 2012. I flew the Champ to high and landed on top of a ceiling light fixture. The plane disappeared completely. Was it beamed up? Well, not having anything to lose, I advanced the throttle all the way , and after some noise, the Champ rocketed off of the light fixture, and I was able to land it safely, with only a few new scrapes to the finish.

Cats have 9 lives, so do Champs.

Chalmers & Champ

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Night Flying Report for June 2012


VP Tim Attaway  had a bunch of batteries, so Steve Dente was given the sticks for his virgin nighttime flight, as well as giving me a battery pack to have a go at his Mentor since mine was out of commission for the night.  There was not much room at the flight line due to the large spectator crowd,  it is apparent that the lights in the skies brings visitors in like a moth to a flame. Flying continued with everyone getting in lots of flights.  There was one close call when John G and Tim A passed within a couple of feet of each other.  Where it would have been  catastrophic, was that John was actually towing something from his banner/tow hook on his Mentor, and had let it go just seconds before the close call.  Had he still been towing,  Tim’s Mentor would have surely gotten tangled up in it. The close call had the crowd gasping! Many of the pilots and visitors stuck around until the Sea World fireworks show (every night at 9:50 during the summer).

If you do not have a plane with lights,  its real easy to do.   I highly urge you to take a look at the LED light options at many vendors (HobbyPartZ is recommended) and see how easy and cheap night flying is.   You don’t necessarily  need fast, acrobatic ships as the slow ones make night flying easy and fun.

The 2nd Saturday of each month,  right after sunset.
Come join the fun!


Electroglide Report for June 2012


I think everyone is really getting used to the electronic start and 
timer,  its nice to see folks coming to the line on time for a good, 
prompt start. Its important that you come ready to fly out of respect 
for all those that are ready.  Since we started the electronic timer,  
we have not had to ‘hold’ a start while someone shoves a battery in at 
the last minute.  That alone has lessened the stresses of someone 
holding the whole group up,  and is worth thanking you all for.   
Being ready means you are committed to Electroglide and the rest of 
the pilots who are ready to go.

Don had us a fresh target right laid out early enough for some 
practice,    and with the field getting soft and fluffy again,  it 
didnt take long to start to disappear.

The thermals cooperated,  we had good lift in spots for all 4 
launches. We only had one bird showing us the way in round 3,  and he 
was not fooling us at all,  he was simply saying “Under me,  is where 
you want to be!”.  It was natures way of showing us where the lift 
was,  and it was really going off.

As far as scoring goes,  we had good ones in both active classes.   
Robert Stinson and Pedro Brantuas both broke the 300 point mark,  with 
good times and landing points each round.  Remembering that Bob was 
flying a Radian, and Pedro with his unlimited class ship,  Bob was 
only was only 8 points behind Pedro,   Awesome!   It is easy to see 
that the trusty Radian is always a good, competitive ship.  Kudos Bob 
(should we be happy that Pedro does not have a Radian??)

On to the scores…

In Radian Class:
1st Place  Bob Stinson  301 points
2nd Place Norm Arndt  279 points
3rd Place Don Wemple 209 points

In Open Class:
1st Place Pedro Brantuas 309 points
2nd Place Jim Bonnardel  212 points
3rd Place Jim Shelton  134 points

Everyone deserves a hearty pat on the back for making Electroglide 
what it is.  When other events are being cancelled/rescheduled/
postponed due to folks not being able to make it,   its nice to see 
the flock of birds jumping to altitude during Electroglide.  There is 
no doubt that Electroglide is still going strong,  and is a vital part 

New Videos for June


Ok folks, this is my first appearance on TV in 30 years; my 1 minute and 30 seconds of fame.

SyFy Channel
The series: Insane or Inspired
The episode: #101 “25 Wildest Homebrewed Superheroes”
I came in at #21 for my Flygirl. Time 7:15 to 8:45 of the episode.

FlyGirl on TV


“The Hobbyist” Comedy short

New RC


Video of Don Rice’s new X-Plane

Don & X Plane


Soaring with Eagles isn’t what you think. . .

Paraglider & Eagle