Mid-Airs a Feature at June Indoor RC Flying

No! I am not able to give a reason for so many mid-airs on this night. It was by no means our largest number of fliers and it would be impossible to pin-point whether it was more frequent among the Micro models or the larger “Foamies” for it was spread fairly evenly among all aircraft.  They did happen and it was a shame for those involved and the ensuing work that would be necessary for their repair. A lot of interest was shown in Mike O’Reilly’s micro jet  Mig. (Please see my first picture above.) It was an attractive little aircraft to say the least and with no external propeller, its lines were particularly clean.  Some of our friends had seen this little “whiz ship” in action at Monarto’s Jet Day and they expected it to be a real racer. I doubt that anyone there was not looking on with, perhaps, mouth open when it literally screamed across the floor for take-off, and ever so  smoothly rising to flying altitude. It hardly seemed that the stadium was going to be wide enough for its first left turn and there were mere inches to spare between the rapid model and the left wall. This brought it nearer to the centre than Mike, no doubt, would have liked and, on approaching his turn, worrying things like, “I’m not going to make it?” Plus many other things in the mili-second  that he made the decision to set it down in row D of the empty stand must have gone round and round in his mind. The result was a crack in the wing joining area and an impatient wait for the Cyano to set before he could give it its next flight, frustration showing in my next picture. I guess, even knowing the fantastic skill of the flier and seeing its mind boggling speed,  was expecting just too much for this little streak to have sufficient room to handle its pace. Gosh Mike, you know, red things go faster. Lets read of brighter happenings on this night and it was a great pleasure for me to see the return to our fold of Kevin Weedon. Kevin was one of the early fliers at ETSA Park and  was renowned for scratch building most of his own models. Some of them quite wayward in their design but there were few that didn’t get airborne. Kev shot a beaming smile (or is it a grin – which prompts me to ask, when does a grin become a smile?) at my lens and when I saw it I just had to hit the button and share it with you. Kev spends his working hours making sure his iron lady makes it across the paddock to Perth and back a couple of times each month. Enter Kevin Weedon. My next picture was not meant to be a trick shot, but if you look at  these two gentlemen, in deep concentration, they almost  look as if they are both flying the same model?? Indoor Flying with Model Flight - the E-flite UMX Hyper Taxi Now, dear readers, by studying the picture of the yellow star-ish looking gizmo, officially termed the Hyper Taxi, you may well wonder if and how it flies. The answer, according to its owner is – with difficulty. Most of this, which is caused by its fragility, was not visible in any of its flights and I found it quite fascinating as it went through some slow but intriguing manoeuvres. The full size Corsair, in war-time was renowned for some difficulties during flight and requiring large buckets of skill for success. Bob McEwin, in some of his Air-race flights has demonstrated a problem now and again with landing and I have included the shot of this model and ask you to note the chips in the leading edges of the wing. Perhaps some brakes would help as their landing speed is often quite rapid  (or less mid air collisions).

My final shot, friends, does not require a long caption. It shows Hamish Scott (centre) Mike O on the right and on the left is the ever present camera-man Chucky T. As the three gentlemen appear to be discussing the flight of the Mig, I have just called the shot…”What the ….”

            As we slowly pass through the trials and tribulations of an already quite severe winter, I take this opportunity to remind all my readers that, for the remainder of 2012, we will meet, as usual on the third Thursday of each month at the ETSA Netball Stadium (which I think has a new name of S.A. Netball Stadium or something similar)where we fly from 8.30 to 10.30p.m.  If you just come to watch this exciting spectacle, you are our guest and it is only if you fly that it will cost the small some of ten dollars ($10). I do hope I see you there. Warmly from “The Phoenix,” (La Fenice’)