Our next educational RC workshop on electric RC aircraft topics will occur on Tuesday, June 04, 2019. Several topics will be introduced and thoroughly explained as request by the attendees (e.g. see list below). Instructor : Russ T. Workshop Time : 7pm sharp, Tuesday, June, 4, 2019.. Location : Room #1, Burnaby Lake Park West Complex, 3677 Kensington Ave., Burnaby (off Joe Sakic Way, where some of our previous AGMs and swap meets have been held). Free Food : pop and doughnuts. Night flying too: W ill take place after the workshop, weather permitting, at our normal field about 9 or 9:30pm. Topics will be chosen by the attendees. Suggestions are welcome; here are some topic ideas (in no particular order): Center of Gravity flight testing/adjustment explained. Motor down and side thrust purpose and flight testing. Landing and hold-off technique. Transmitter mixing: Why and how to make your plane easier to handle. (E.g. throttle to elevator, throttle to rudder, flap to elevator, aileron to rudder.) Transmitter buddy box's many modes, what each does, and why to use each. Slight danger of wrongly set up "wireless" buddy training. Receiver antenna placement. Know your ESC, and whether it can be reset in flight after low voltage, hi current, or hi temp cut-off. Battery eliminator circuits (BECs). Understand general wiring using diagram with motor battery, BEC (or rx battery), receiver, ESC, motor. E.g. ESC/BEC combo to receiver connection has power running one way on two wires, and throttle running other way on third wire. Battery maintenance, storage (fridge?), and measurement. Assessing a prop for enough power (using wattmeter). Basic aerobatics. Heli set-up, techniques, flying, and training. Stability augmentation controllers (e.g. aircraft AS3X vs. safe, heli flybarless controllers). Glider set up. And why not to use flaperons if you have only outboard ailerons (causes wash-in wing twist and stall). Stalls, spins. And why constant chord wings are less susceptible to wing drop/spin. Advantages and disadvantages of tricycle landing gear. Purpose of transmitter expo settings, vs. dual rates. Suggested settings. Servo arm setup (especially flap considerations), servo testers. Telemetry Transmitter choice. Aircraft colouring for visibility. Why self-leveling, stability controllers (e.g. AS3X) teach you the wrong way to fly an aileron airplane or heli. Others as suggested by attendees, etc.
Our annual fun fly will be Sunday, August 25th, 2019 at the Burnaby Lake East Sports Fields. All pilots with proof of current MAAC membership are welcome to come fly with us. (electric aircraft only) Test your skills and your nerve in contests which may include Limbo, Inverted Bomb Drop, Dead Stick Landing, Musical Planes, or whatever other mayhem we can come up with. Field opens at 0930 hrs. Pilots' meeting at 1000 hrs. Free water, pop and pizza at lunchtime.
Our Scale fly-in and Swap Meet is Sunday, June 23rd, 2019. Open to all r/c pilots with proof of current MAAC membership. Field opens at 0930 hrs. Pilots' meeting at 1000 hrs. $5.00 admission. In keeping with the scale theme, the swap meet will be for scale aircraft and accessories only. Important! This year we are doing the competition differently to encourage builders to display your hard work. We will run 2 tiers for the judging. Tier 1 is for "scratch built or kit built" aircraft and Tier 2 will be for "ready made" aircraft. The categories in each tier will be: A: World War I (military) B: World War II (military) C: Golden Era (1919-1939 military or civilian) D: Civilian (post 1939) E: Jet F: Experimental (must be modeled on a real aircraft) The winner of each category in both tiers will get a highly coveted Event Winner Trophy plus a ticket for the raffle draw. The winners of Tier 2 only will be judged for a "Best of Show" title and will win the grand prize 55" Great Planes F4U Corsair ARF! Tier 1 is reserved for only scratch-built models, and for highly-modified pre-shaped models with custom complete paint/covering and numerous scale enhancements. The following may compete in Tier 1: a. Models scratch-built from raw materials. b. Models built from an uncovered balsa kit. c. Models whose shape is purchased but suitably enhanced. E.g. * A pre-shaped foam model that came either completely blank in colour, or had been
completely painted and very significantly enhanced. * A balsa ARF model that has been completely re-skinned and significantly enhanced. * A very bare scale heli fuselage that needed painting and significant enhancement. Significant enhancements for a Tier 1 pre-shaped model MUST include at least 3 elements of scale detail from the following: § Windows, sliding canopy, or working hatches. § Hand-painted pilot (even if the shape was purchased). § Dashboard instruments (even if they were pre-printed). § Other cockpit details (e.g. stick, throttle, seat, ejection seat). § Engine and fuselage vents that are actually open. § Exhaust pipes that are actually open. § Door knobs. § Antennas. § Pitot tube. § Gas caps. § Guns (if a war-bird), and other ordinance. § Very scale wheels and tires. § Builder-designed decals, or custom-painted insignia. § Control surface trim tabs. § Working lights. § Much improved engine detail. § Other details approved by the judges or registration desk.