CONNECTICUT MODEL AIRPLANE CLUB
|CMAC members fly model airplanes and helicopters of all types. If you are new to the hobby or a practiced flyer looking for a great field to fly, you are welcome to come to our meeetings which are open to flyers and enthusiasts of all ages. Permanent meeting location at Sikorsky Airport (Main Terminal), Stratford, CT at 7:30 p.m.|
|* PRESIDENT'S LETTER FOR NOVEMBER
* SCALE FLY-IN PHOTOS (mid-air mishap) of OCT 4 & 5 SCALE FLY-IN
* CMAC FUN FLY & PICNIC PHOTOS
* PHOTOS From May 18 FUN FLY
* PHOTOS From CMAC WINTER BUILD CONTEST
* PLYMOUTH FIELD RULES UPDATE
* CMAC's 3rd FLY-IN PHOTOS (2007)
* STERLING PARK CAMP HELICOPTER DAY (2007)
* CMAC PILOT'S GROUP ON YAHOO
* ON THE SAFE SIDE: What REALLY Happened?
* REVISED RULES FOR THE CMAC PLYMOUTH FIELD
* RULES OF USE FOR THE CMAC MONROE FLYING SITE
* SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
* CMAC OFFICER LISTINGS and AMA Link
* The President's November Letter
Bill Roy, CMAC President
Elections For Officers 2009
Therefore we plan to have a holiday dinner in December where members
of CMAC, WHERCC and ILRCC can all get together and share in having
a good time.
So the plans are in the works and with enough members up for it,
the dinner will be held on December 9th. Everybody will be notified
in plenty of time with the current plans. If you are interested
in attending, contact me.
From the Mintues of the CMAC October meeting
Gerry Jarvis gave a discussion on the rising cost of fuel due to the limited availability of nitromethane with one of the two suppliers shut down and the recent closure of the other due to the Olympics. Some of the fuel manufacturers have stopped making higher percentage nitro fuel so they can supply more at the 10 - 20 % levels. The other big usage for nitromethane is drag racing.
Elmer Crouthers, Secretary
What is there to do in January?
October 2008 Scale Fly In Results
The cross wind didnt help and that left rudder input should have
been right so off into the brush it headed. The ground crew responded
with swift action and set out to search. Jerry Pedrosa spotted the plane in the high brush behind the wind sock where
it had come down and made a soft landing and was retrieved with
Keep Your Membership Information Up To Date
CMAC-Pilots Group on Yahoo
If you are a CMAC member and have not already signed up, I would
like to encourage you to join. Only CMAC members that join the
group will be able to use the features of the group. Not only
will you know when others a planning to fly, the group makes it
easy to tap into the knowledge and experience of the other folks
in the club when you have a question about a model your working
on. Items of interest are also passed along which may not be timely
to get in the newsletter.
I hope to see you at the field. If you have any questions, please
CMAC's May 18 Fun Fly
CMAC's 32nd Winter Build Contest Results and Photos
REMEMBER, You Can Join CMAC Anytime...
You can join CMAC anytime and get your own subscription to the
print version of Balsa Chips which has more information than the
Dues can be mailed to: Stan Wysocki, 135 Spring Street, Stratford, CT 06614. Make checks out to "CMAC". Please note any changes in address, phone number, E-Mail or AMA number. If possible include a copy of your current AMA card.
Better yet, come to the meeting.
* Regular membership $65.00 * Senior membership $50.00 * Junior Membership $6.00
CMAC Scale Fly-In
Rules for The CMAC Plymouth Field,
a big field worth flying
How often have you heard someone say:
|CMAC Flys at Kid Camp Copter Day!
Early in August 2007, CMAC President Bill Roy was contacted by Andy Sinish who is a unit leader at Sterling Park Day Camp at Sterling House Community Center in Stratford, CT. They were having Helicopter Week where they would be building model helicopters.
They also arranged to have someone come in from Sikorsky to talk about how helicopters work and arranged to have a full scale helicopter fly over. So having an RC helicopter demonstration was the only thing missing.
On Wednesday July 11th Ken Johnson and Ron Faanes volunteered to so some flying. The camp provided a field of about
80 x 150. Both flew electric helicopters and after a couple of
flights they gave the kids a closer look at the models and answered
their questions. It was a great opportunity to showcase RC flying.
Events such as this can spur interest in our hobby. If anyone
hears of another opportunity to bring the sport of RC flying to
any interested groups please let Bill Roy know.
In the photo below, left to right is Robbie Smarz, a Junior Counselor; Andy Sinish, the camp's Unit Director; CMAC President Bill Roy, CMAC VP Ron Faanes, and CMAC Treasurer Ken Johnson.
|ON THE SAFE SIDE What Really Happened?
by Jim Rice, District VIII Vice President and former Safety Coordinator
Safety is mostly about crashes and avoiding them or ensuring they
occur in safe places. There is a lot more about safety but for
this safety note, I want to talk about crashes.
When it comes to safety, it is always you first and your airplane
is a long way back in second. Try your best to save the airplane
and keep it in a safe area but put it in the ground, trees, or
water before you endanger someoneincluding yourselfor someone's
As I have said before, there are roughly 1,000 things that can
kill an airplane and I have 750 covered, but that doesn't mean
that I am rolling over and letting it happen to me. Every time
I crash or am present when a crash occurs, I try to do a thorough
accident investigation (post mortem if you will) to find out what
happened so I (we) can avoid recurrence.
I would say in my experience and observation, well more than 70%
of all RC aircraft crashes are caused by the pilot, not the airplane
or the radio failing. On the other hand, less than 50% of the
crashes are acknowledged to be dumb thumbs (careful investigation
shows that 43.2% of all statistics are made up ... LOL).
The first thing you have to do in your investigation is determine
if it was you or not. You don't have to tell me or anyone else
the truth but if you want to stop the next crash, be honest with
yourself about this one. You can tell me you don't know what happened
when you know you pulled when you should have pushed.
I may know the truth but I am not the one who has to stop your
next crashyou are! So if you are the culprit, relive the incident
and determine what exactly was going on and what you did to get
into trouble or to make trouble worse.
Once you figure out what you did, get on a simulator and try to
recreate the same scenario and do it until you survive repeatedly.
If you don't have a simulator, find a friend with one or go to
the field and get to a safe altitude then go higher before you
try to recreate.
Now if you have been honest and it really wasn't you, then gather
all of the pieces you can and see what or who the real culprit
is. You will want to inspect glue joints, wires, and connectors,
switches, batteries, receivers etc.
If you can put it all together at the field and try it, other
people will help you troubleshoot and think through it and it
will be fresh on your mind. Careful, it might be too fresh (that
is why I don't wear a neck strap with my radio. When I get mad
I can't throw it as far ... LOL).
The last crash I helped investigate was a result of a previous
crash that had not been completely repaired. In flight, the wing
suffered a failure at an old fracture that had not been noticed
If anything was observed departing the aircraft before the crash,
try to figure out what it was and locate it if you can. It may
well be the cause and it would be good to inspect it to discover
the reason for its failure.
Stay on the case until you know what happened or you just can't
explain it. If you figure out what caused it, your number of covered
items may go above my 750. If you share the information, everyone's
number of covered items will improve.
Fly safely and have fun!
|DIRECTIONS AND RULES FOR THE PLYMOUTH FIELD
<<Area Lodging and Campgrounds are at end of rules section below>>
GPS Field Co-ordinates are: N 41 8.800, W 73 01.863
Directions: Take Route 8 to exit 39. If you are coming from the South turn
right at the end of exit. If you are coming from the North, turn
left at end of exit. This is Route 6 going towards Plymouth.
|Some Area Lodging and Campgrounds:
Hotels in the Plymouth Area:
Plymouth Motor Lodge, (860) 582-6331, 325 Main St., Terryville, CT
Jay's Motel, (860) 583-5417, 51 S Main St., Terryville, CT
Kalman Hotels, (203) 879-4618, 1273 Wolcott Rd., Wolcott, CT
Wolcott Inn & Suites, (203) 879-4618, 1273 Wolcott Rd., Wolcott, CT
Old Scoville Bed and Breakfast, (860) 274-5193, 586 Litchfield Rd., Watertown, CT
Courtyard-Waterbury Downtown, (800) 321-2211, 63 Grand St., Waterbury, CT
Holiday Inn Express Waterbury, (203) 753-9485, 88 Union Street., Waterbury, CT
Hampton Inn, (203) 753-1777, 777 Chase Pkwy, Waterbury, CT
Plymouth Area Campgrounds:
Gentile's Camp Ground, (860) 283-8437, 262 Mount Tobe Rd., Plymouth, CT 06782
Branchbrook Campground, (860) 283-8144, 435 Watertown Rd., Thomaston, CT 06787
Hemlock Hill Campground, (860) 567-2267, 118 Hemlock Hill Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759
|RULES OF USE MONROE FLYING SITE
1. No more than 9 pilots allowed up on the field at one time;
2. At the dirt road entrance (adjacent to the caretaker's house) Flip Over Number Cards ( 1 to 9) Will Give You Access to the field. Only 9 people can have access at any one time. Flip the number over when you arrive and when you leave. If you intend to wait for a spot, you cannot park on the property. Any disturbance to the caretaker will not be tolerated. He sleeps until 12:00 Noon and has asked us to respect his quiet and rest time.
3. DO NOT drive or park on the uncut hay area. Drive on the mowed airstrip to your extreme left as you enter the field;
4. Always fly with your back to Fan Hill Road at the pits. No flying from the other side of the airstrip.
5. Flying begins at 10:00AM, no earlier, and ends at 1:00 PM. Electric's are OK from 9:00-10:00AM;
6. Engines MUST have a muffler that works and falls within the 96dB range per AMA regulations. 90 size planes and below are appropriate for this flying site.
Do enjoy the privilege (to use and fly our models) the property owner and the caretaker has given us. After all they control the acreagewe are their guests and they make the rules.
Do thank the guys who mow and care for the field every week.
|Something to think about
By WALT WILSON
In most clubs, virtually all the work necessary to keep the organization
going is done by a small percentage of the membership. The CMAC
are no different. Whether it's cutting grass, being field chairperson,
activities chairperson, a contest director, a board of directors
member, maintaining a club Web site, or being president, treasurer,
secretary, or newsletter editor, we are all volunteers. The pay
scale is the same zip.
Most members who have never been involved in any of these jobs
have no appreciation of the effort that goes into doing them.
Many club members have no idea who does what for the club. Some
seem to think it all happens automatically and, since they've
paid their dues, they're entitled to a free ride in all other
The people who recognize and assume the responsibilities do so
for a variety of reasons. Most want to do something to feel like
they're doing their share to support the club. Some have unique
skills that enable them to make special contributions. As long
as the volunteers do their jobs, the people who recognize what
they're doing appreciate and occasionally thank them.
Whatever the reason, eventually the workers feel it is time to
move on and let someone else carry the ball for a while. Maybe
they're burned out, tired, have developed physical problems, or
have family or business responsibilities that precludes donating
the time necessary to do a club job. Maybe they feel they've done
enough. Eventually, all will quit doing whatever they do. If you
don't think that being a club officer takes its toll on time and
patience, think about how many past presidents are still active
members of the club. Of those who are, how many are willing to
be president or hold another office?
Appreciate the people who spend their time making your club work. Pat them on the back occasionally. Don't resent them when they quit doing it. Ask yourself if you would have done that job. from Walt Wilson, editor, St. Charles MO
|The Connecticut Model Airplane Club is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to members mutual support for model aviation. CMAC members exchange their ideas and opinions though a newsletter, a monthly meeting held on the third Friday of every month (7:30 p.m. Sikorsky Airport, Stratford, as of January 19, 2001) and other activities. Monthly CMAC meetings are open to the public. The CMAC is chartered (#1311) by the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) national organization. http://www.modelaircraft.org|
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