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  • 28 Dec 2017 12:12 PM | Marshall Henley (Administrator)

    Mr. Know-It-All

    If you fly at SLRCFA, you'll know Jonathon Hendrickson. He's the (relatively young) guy who flies just about everything and knows a lot about all types of aircraft. Jonathon is a go-to guy for electric flight, FPV, drone photography, racing planes, battery maintenance, charging equipment, engine tuning, full-scale pilot licensing and even riding mower repair. He even created our Pilot Instruction program.

    He's "Mr. Know-It-All" in the best way possible. On top of all that, for the last two years, he was the ultimate go-to guy: the SLRCFA President.

    Jonathon stepped down as President in 2017 after serving on the board since... well, I think since 2007 (I'm not the best record-keeper that far back). The last two years would have been a challenge for any leader, with two floods and a sea-change in our cost structure (and subsequently, dues) due to a large property tax increase. Beyond that, changes in leadership are always potentially difficult, and Jonathon took over from Stan King, who had been President for well-past a decade (Stan was honored with a plaque for service and a lifetime SLRCFA membership in 2016, along with long-time Treasurer, Ron Lawson).

    Clearly, Jonathon stepped up during 2015/2016 to a multi-year stint that required a great deal of change. During his tenure, Jonathon led the following successful changes:

    • The field never looks better, despite two 500-year floods requiring thoughtful repair with an eye to "it could happen again" - and it did! We now have a modular approach to our electrical de-installation/re-installation that saves us literally thousands of in the event of a flood
    • Implementation of the QuickSTART program with his Pilot Instruction methodology adapted from a successful RC training regime. We brought on 21 people under this program in 2017.
    • Growth of the club back to 102 members - 36 of them were new in 2017!
    • The introduction of the premium PRIME Membership, with 24 electing PRIME in 2016 and 28 electing PRIME in 2017
    • 2017 ended with an increase in cash in the bank of about $3k, despite the 2017 flood which topped the 2016 flood.
    • ...any many other successful changes too numerous to mention.
    As outgoing Vice President, I can say that Jonathon was a joy to work with, having a brilliant mind that grasps problems and finds solutions quickly. I truly enjoyed serving with him. Never one to fear some experimentation when change is needed, Jonathon led us exceptionally both as a Newletter Editor, Director and eventually as our President.

    As incoming President, I'm ecstatic to say, we won't have to miss Jonathon: he's continuing as a PRIME member and co-leading our Pilot Instruction Program! Look for him to say "THANKS," personally, on January 1 at our FIRST FLIGHT and in May at our club meeting where he'll be providing an FPV Primer

    Thank you, thank you, thank you Jonathon Hendrickson!

    --Marshall L. Henley, 2018 Incoming SLRCFA President
  • 28 Dec 2017 11:26 AM | Marshall Henley (Administrator)

    The Old and the New

    December 2017 rolled around and only 12 nominees for the Board of Directors were nominated. All 12 accepted nomination, and all 12 are qualified to serve on the board. The 12 were the 11 already serving, plus a new Director nominee, Kurt Seiter, the owner of HolySmokes smoke pumps, a long-time member and frequent sponsor of SLRCFA events and activities over the past three years (picture at right).

    Because only 12 Directors and Officers were serving / nominated, there was no membereship vote needed or held to determine which 12 would serve. Let's change that in 2018!

    Following the Christmas Party, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to elect Officers, as follows, for 2018. Because the SLRCFA Constitution is in the process of being re-written to allow direct-vote for officers (assuming it passes a vote by the Board and the Members), this is likely the President / Vice President vote that will be made directly by the Board:

    • Incoming President: Marshall L. Henley (also serving as webmaster, formerly the Vice President)
    • Incoming Vice President: Shane Eisenbach, formerly serving as Secretary
    • Incoming Secretary: John DeLuca, formerly serving as a Director
    • No change - Treasurer: Dennis Chivetta
    Click here at any time for a complete list of your Board of Directors.
  • 22 Dec 2017 2:29 PM | Marshall Henley (Administrator)

    Our December 21st Christmas party was one of the best ever. 45 members were in attendance. We had a celebration of the year, with all its good news, to include:

    • 102 members - 103 as of the party (one more joined)!
    • 36 new members - 37 as of the party (one more joined)
    • Of those 20 new QuickSTART and JUNIOR members that were more-or-less new to the hobby - 21 as of the Party with a new QuickSTART added.
    • Ended the year with more cash than we began
    • Three major, successful events: Big Bird & Jet Fly-In, Warbirds Over St. Louis, SuperFly 2017

    Activity

    We had lots of food on-hand as people brought goodies to share.

    We kicked off the fun with a QuickSTART raffle - the experienced guys brought used or NIB planes that they weren't using and the newbies were able to win. Ken Merrill brought three radios and matching receivers, so several who won planes also won radios to match! Only QuickSTART members from 2017 were eligible to win.

    Next we did our Dirty Santa gift exchange, which was hilarious. With 45 guys there, it took a while. We'll change the rules to speed things up in the future.

    Finally we wrapped up with our Christmas Party Raffle. Thanks to Schaefer's Hobby's for four NIB planes (Waco RTF biplane, two EDF jets, and one P51 RTF with retracts).

    A Good Night

    The club made money on the raffles and gave $100 to the Eureka food pantry charity and $40 to the Central Baptist Church in Eureka for facility use.

    Next stop, 2018 with our FIRST FLIGHT event on Jan 1. Going to be the coldest in memory, so even more fun!
  • 05 May 2017 9:43 AM | Marshall Henley (Administrator)

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  • 24 Apr 2017 2:45 PM | Marshall Henley (Administrator)

    Have you been out at the field and had a visitor ask you about the Club?  Sure we all have had this happen.  SLRCFA now has a Flyer holder located under the pavilion near the Electrical Panel.  This container is filled with upcoming event flyers and club brochures, flyers, and Business Cards.  Please utilize this to give our guests information about our club.


  • 24 Apr 2017 2:43 PM | Marshall Henley (Administrator)

    The 2017 SLRCFA Giant Scale and Jet Fly In is June 3rd and 4th.

    This event is open to all Giant Scale, Jet Aircraft, and Large Rotorcraft. The Landing fee for the weekend is $25 that includes a voucher for lunch on Saturday and Sunday, as well as Dinner at Saturday’s pilot dinner.  Your landing fee also includes FREE snow cones.   Sanctioned Flying is from 10am-5pm each day.  We encourage open flying in the evenings as well as Night flying under the lights on Saturday.

    For additional details and registration visit http://www.slrcfa.com/2017FLYIN


  • 24 Apr 2017 2:41 PM | Marshall Henley (Administrator)

    Over the last several years, SLRCFA’s governing documents have been edited many times.  This has left the documents with several holes and discontinuity.  The 2017 SLRCFA Board of Directors and its sub committees (Teams) have tackled of an overhaul of all of these documents except the constitution already this year!! The goal is to streamline all the governing documents while accommodating for the future.

    The updated Field Rules, Operating Procedures, (Newly adopted) Pilot Communication, and AMA rules have been prominently posted at the field in the newly installed Bulletin Board, which is located on the opposite side of the circuit breaker panel structure. Please review the new documents on your next trip to the field, online, or on the last pages of Rotate.


  • 30 Mar 2017 5:46 PM | Marshall Henley (Administrator)

    By Marshall L. Henley

    In September 2016, I crunched my first 100cc plane, which I had purchased the previous year at Joe Nall, a 3D Hobby Shop 108” Extra 330LT, yellow and black. I had been practicing low hovering and then powering out and flipping it over with down elevator to an inverted harrier and then back to hover, a maneuver I always thought looked pretty cool when the 3D guys do it.

    This flight, I forgot to fill up the gas, and as I flipped it over, and then throttled back up – that was it. As soon as it died, the 330LT pendulumed straight down; I had about 30 feet of altitude because of the power-out after hover. That was only enough to rotate the plane back to about 30 degrees with very little forward airspeed.

    THE CARNAGE

    Needless to say, something broke. Unfortunately, it was the entire fuselage. Fortunately, all other damage (wings, tail, gear, motor box) was minimal.

    So, the guys there who had rebuilt big planes, like Kerry Eisenbach and Mark and Mike Stellern, started saying they thought it was fixable. I rolled my eyes mentally, thinking they were probably just trying to cheer me up… a little to much, because it seemed crazy. The plane looked awful.

    However, the more they talked, the more I started to see their point. The motor looked OK. No crank shaft bend. The muffler stingers were broken, but that’s nothing that can’t be fixed or replaced. The fuselage wreckage was isolated primarily to an area starting in front of the wing tube and stopping at the back of the canopy area. I became a believer… it could be fixed!

    AN OFF-PUTTING MESS

    Like the Beatles song, I get by in RC modeling with a little help from my friends. I wasn’t very motivated to work on the problem, so Mark Stellern invited me to come over to his house and to bring my plane. He’d invite Mike Stellern over, who is also a great builder, and we’d get a start on things.

    However, when I got there and we pulled the plane from my trailer, it looked a little worse than I remembered at the field. During the attempt to transport it, the fuselage had finally given up the ghost and cracked completely in half. I had save almost all the pieces, but things were daunting. Mike’s eyes got pretty big. If Mike was worried, I was worried.

    Once in the workshop, Mike and Mark methodically identified the path forward: the “ladders” structure that makes up the fuselage was really where the damage was. If we could get enough pieces glued back in, we could pull it back into alignment, then I could take it home and beef things up before finishing repairs.

    It worked! We had enough pieces, fabricating a few, to get it back to a self-sustaining ladder structure, with good alignment. I say “we” – but I was mostly watching the masters.

    By the time we were done, I still had a lot of work to do on my own once I got it back home. With the holidays, a lot of business, and not feeling really confident, I found myself putting off the repairs (again). When I would see Mark & Mike, I was sheepish about my progress… “Zip, Nada, Nil” is a rotten answer to “How much progress are you making?” after guys spent four hours on a week night getting you started.

    BACK AT IT

    So, in January 2017, I got back at things, and during the course of the rebuild, decided to make a few improvements:

    • Install Kurt Seiter’s Holy Smokes system
    • Install the fuel and smoke tanks directly on CG
    • Paint the motor box and install aluminum baffling, ala Kurt Seiter with a cowl flap to create outflow suction. My engine had ran hot (over 300 degrees) on harriers.
    • Cut out my wheel pants to show off the “bling” wheels, ala Kerry Eisenbach.

    I also wanted to keep things inexpensive, so I paid Valley Park Welding $70 to weld back my muffler stingers (instead of buying new mufflers). I repaired the cowl, with some damage still evident, if you look closely enough, and added the air flap to create outlet suction.


    All in all, was able to complete all repairs for $150.





    IT’S ALIVE!

    On March 28th, I re-maidened the 330LT and it flew awesome. Kurt’s Holy Smokes system worked flawlessly first time out. The wheel pants looked great with Kerry-style cutouts. The engine temp never got over 150 (using telemetry) on left/rear cylinder!


    That’s why RC is a “team sport.” It’s a heck of a lot more fun and productive when we work together. I’m still fiddling with the CG and found a couple of other adjustments, but I’m back to flying a really nice plane I thought I had lost.



  • 30 Mar 2017 5:45 PM | Marshall Henley (Administrator)

    Over the last several years, SLRCFA’s governing documents have been edited many times.  This has left the documents with several holes and discontinuity.  The 2017 SLRCFA Board of Directors and its sub committees (Teams) will be tackling an overhaul of these documents throughout the year.

    The goal is to streamline all the governing documents while accommodating for the future.

    First up are the Field Rules and Operating Procedures.  These documents will be overhauled before the flying season kicks off.  The updated Field Rules and AMA rules will be prominently posted at the field sometime in April.  

    The SLRCFA Board of Directors has formed a Constitution team to overhaul our clubs constitution.  The team is made up of both board members and club members.  We are still looking for a few more volunteers for this team due to the size and complexity of this job.  If you would like to join this team please contact Jonathon Hendrickson slrcfa.rotate@gmail.com


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