The FARM club Float Fly #2 will be held on Saturday, Sep 22nd at Lake Ritchie. For more information click here.
- Gordon Collyer has been hard at work on his latest project. Here's what he has to say about the model:
"This is my Lotsa Watts (AMA Plan 1005, August 2007) one of Dick Sarpolus's designs. My build was from a Lazer
Works short kit. For my version I semi-enclosed the motors, lowered the turtle deck an inch where it meets the
rudder and extended the nose an inch to accommodate an installation of eFlight retracts. I am using Rimfire
32 motors with two, 4 cell 4000 mah batteries, 75 amp Castle Edge ESCs and three bladed counter rotating 11x7"
propellers. The model weighs about 170 ounces ready to take-off and based on first flights should be capable of
11 minute flights. Although the 11x7" propellers provide good vertical heights for stall turns, I plan on trying
11x8" or 12x8" two blade propellers to trade some flight time for more aggressive flying. The plane is very
responsive to control inputs, stalls cleanly straight ahead and at 19.3 oz/ft^2 wing loading comes off the runway
easily and floats nicely for gentle landings."
- After training a few weeks late last year, Rad spent the some winter months flying a simulator. Returning in mid-July
Rad has been progressing rapidly, flying his instructor's (Gordon Collyer) SIG LT-40. After completing nearly a dozen
unassisted "buddy-box" flights over several weeks of intermittent field flooding, Rad successfully completed his solo check
flight on one of the hottest days this August with only the "minor surprise" of a thermal cutoff from the LT-40's electric
motor controller. Well done Rad!
- Due to weather events in the Culpeper area last Sunday (August 12th), the CMB Fall Classic Pattern contest
was held at the FARM field on Aug 25 -26. Below is a picture of some of the action:
- Nic Burhans has coordinated with the owner's use of the FARM field and received the FARM Club Board's approval to move the Culpeper pattern contest the ten (10) miles from the Barnstormers' Culpeper, VA field to the FARM field located in Bealeton, VA. The FARM field will be available for 25 and 26 August with a setup/practice day on Friday, 24 August.
- As you all know, we had big thunder storms with a lot of wind [twister?] in the Culpeper area last Sunday (August 12th). Nic Burhans has written a comprehensive report on the cleanup activity for the field. The following link provides the detail with pictures: Lenn Air Park Damage Report.
- Fun Fly #2 was held on Sunday July 15th @ Lenn Airpark.
For more pictures, see links below:
FunFly #2 Event Pictures - Part-1 and
FunFly #2 Event Pictures - Part-2 (courtesy of John Barry).
- The Shenandoah Pattern Classic will be held on Jun 9-11 in Harrisonburg, VA. Contact JR Varela for more details. CANCELED!
- Bill Towne & John Gilbert built this Ben Buckle old-timer kit this winter. The Majestic Major
was converted to electric power and resulted in a very majestic flying machine which is fabric covered and trimmed in "period"
colors. Bill and Dan Jones maidened the plane on Saturday, May 26 at Lenn Airpark. (courtesy of Gordon Collyer)
- Check out Nic Burhans after-action report on the 7th annual CMB 2018 Buddy Box Day!
- Check out Gordon Collyer's neat tip on a compact smoke dectector.
- 28 April Judging seminar for Pattern CANCELLED.
- The new 2018 Calendar is now available.
- Check out Ernie Padgette's Wanted item.
- Nic Burhans has provided an in-depth report on the 2017 Culpeper Airfest. Click here for all the details.
- The CMB 2018 Renewal form is now available.
- Big smiles from Dan Jones after completing a maiden flight on his 80mm twin edf A-10 Warthog. According to Gordon C., "Dan's A-10 makes an impressive jet
swish and whistle, all that was missing was the faint whiff of JP fuel!" Well done Dan!
- Gordon Collyer, our club Training Coordinator, has put together an article on converting an LT-40 to an electric power system. Gordon has even provided excellent photos of each step. You really don't want to miss this article! You can find it at here or in our Articles & Reviews section under LT-40 Electric Conversion.
- An updated version of the CMB Calendar is now available.
- Working with his instructor Gordon Collyer late last year John trained on a Telemaster-40 and LT-40 before the winter weather
closed in. John kept his hand in over the winter with simulator flying and a few training flights during the "warm" days in February.
With the return to warmer and dryer weather John recently completed several unassisted buddy-box flights on Gordon's LT-40 before
moving over to his SIG EP-42 to complete two successful solo flights. John was able to transition to his trail dragger from the
LT-40 tricycle landing gear with no problems. Last year John soloed on his Phantom quadcopter, making John one of our few pilots
checked out on both quadcopters and fixed wing airplanes. Look for John at the field and congratulate him, again!
- Pictures from the Combined FARM/CMB Christmas Party can be found here (Courtesy of Nic Burhans). You can also find them by clicking on Photo Album and looking for Combined FARM/CMB Christmas Party.
- We have added the position of Quadcopter Training Coordinator to our Contacts list.
- John Lewis and quadcopter check-flight pilot evaluator, Chris Bonsignore, are shown shortly after John's check-flight in
a picture taken by training coordinator Gordon Collyer. John who has been flying small quadcopters at his house made an easy
transition to his DJI Phantom 4. He discussed with Chris and Gordon the various Phantom 4 flight modes, parameter programming
options and safety procedures prior to demonstrating successful control and operation of his Phantom. John is also training
in fixed wing flying with Gordon and weather permitting should solo soon. Well done John!
- On Monday September 26th, The Culpeper Model Barnstormers (CMB) Radio Control aircraft club hosted the Culpeper Area Christian Home Educators (CACHE) at the Lenn Park's Lenn Model Airpark. Be sure to check out Gordon's write-up and photos here for complete details!
- Terry Edwards has soloed! Working throughout the summer, Terry has advanced from park pilot status to a completed
solo check-flight. Terry first mastered landings and then takeoffs on his instructor's Telemaster 40 in addition to the
flight maneuvers he was already performing on his park plane. After numerous unassisted buddy box flights on Gordon Collyer's
Telemaster and an instructor aided test flight of Terry's SIG Kadet, Terry soloed on the second flight of his Kadet.
- Be sure to read the new CMB Members Handbook! This document has been updated to include new safety rules: see section #29. As always, this document is also available under Membership Info.
- John Hughes has soloed! After working with instructors Terry Terrenoire and Gordon Collyer last year and this spring, John Hughes
advanced from being cleared for park flyers to successful solo flights on his LT40 electric trainer. John worked hard and stuck with
it even after a brief encounter with one of the famous perimeter pylons. Congratulations John!
- Check out Charlie Koustenis' latest project! Charlie has completed and flown his P47 Razioback. Check out the conversion from a bubble canopy model to a Razorback. These photos can also be found under Photo Album.
- Thomas Gallagher has completed training with his CMB instructor (Gordon Collyer) that began in April on a Telemaster trainer.
He prepared for his solo flight on his new Sensei by completing several unassisted checkflights using a buddy box before being handed
his transmitter and told he was "on his own" !!
- CMB's 14 May Buddy Box Day for the Culpeper School System -- Summary ---
- - Just a short note to let you all know that the Buddy Box Day hard work by fellow members Les Broaddus, Gordon Collyer, Dan Jones, Terry Terrenoire, Kwang Ko, Garry Foveaux, Bill Pratt, Ernie Padgette, and Dave Rothbart today was highly successful.
- - The Club buddy boxed 22 of the original 36 Culpeper School System students that signed up for today's event.
- - However, 3 siblings, 8 moms and dads, 3 friends, and 2 walk-ins (a total of 16) were also buddy boxed today.
- - That means that we expected to do 36, but actually completed 38 buddy box events along with Kwang Ko's flight demonstrations dispersed throughout the day.
- - I will be getting the final report out to you all shortly.
- The Culpeper Model Barnstormers had a good 7 May DC Area "Drone Day".
- In spite of all the rain over the last two weeks which put 2/3 of our runway under various depths of water at the start of the day:
- - The event started one hour late due to the Culpeper Parks & Rec's annual Wicked Bottom 5K and 1/2 mile run/walk races in the County's Lenn Park.
- - Had two pre-event inquiries as a result of the AMA's www.dcdroneday.com event website.
- - Sixteen people showed up during the day.
- - Two quad copter pilots brought their equipment to try out our site. One was an experienced FPV and acrobatic quad pilot who put on a good show.
- - We buddy boxed young and old event visitors.
- - The day's demonstrations included pattern acrobatics, mini and small quad copters, small and large foams, sailplanes, small float planes off the wet end lakes, and an Escapade off the very wet grass.
- - Club and AMA Brochures and membership applications were passed out to all.
- - We anticipate gaining three new club members.
- - Had a visit from AMA D-4 VP, Jay Marsh, which resulted in interesting discussions (flying, dogs, and computers included) with the visitors and club members present.
- - Despite the gloom and doom weather reporting, the Culpeper Model Barnstormers had an enjoyable, mostly sunny day, with all our visitors from the northern Virginia area.
- Saturday, 19 March, was the Culpeper Model Barnstormers' "Its Too Wet; Bring Your Boots and Drones/Multi-Copters Open House Day"
at Lenn Model Airpark.
- - Starting last Thursday, the weather people started forecasting gloom, doom, rain, and snow.
- But, we proceeded forward and the event was a minor success with seventeen participants throughout the event's time frame.
- - The participants included seven club members, three members from DC-SFRA clubs, three walk-ins, two referrals from Kwang's hobby shop, and two county representatives.
- - The day started out at 10:00 am overcast, windy, and 40 degrees.
- ---- At 11:30 am we were down to 35 degrees when Gary Foveaux started the grill for burgers.
- ---- At the end of lunch the light rain started in small waves between flying intervals.
- ---- By 2:30 pm we were seeing sleet and very small hail; flyers were dispersing.
- ---- At the 4:00 pm event's end I was the only one left in the middle of a snow storm.
- - Prior to the event, we reminded all of the FAA registration requirements.
- - All the large and small multi-copters flown had FAA and AMA numbers [even my teeny Prontos].
- - For those new to multi-copters, there were intro/familiarization sessions:
- - For the multi-copter old hands, everyone got to try out different/updated models.
- - All in all, we had a good time.
- - And yes, the field was wet and those who did not bring boots regretted it.
- Check out the "Learning to Fly at CMB" item under "Membership Info" at the right!
- Club Members: If you are interested in the mobile version of our website, then check out the Mobile Website link at the left for details on your options (including a CMB Club app).
- Be sure to check out the Area Events and Fun Fly schedules!
- See you at the field...