Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some
form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle
my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which
all began in Mayo, MD
Bean Hill Flyers club is Erie, Pennsylvania's, only organized control line
flying group. It operates under sanction of the Academy of Model Aeronautics
(AMA), charter #4673. Two main flying sites are maintained, one in Albion,
PA, and the other in Millcreek, just west of the Erie city line.
President: Joe Daniels
Vice President: Dennis Thomas Treasurer: George Towns
Safety Officer: Chris Keller Newsletter Editor: Dalton Hammett
Secretary: Greg Rodney
As you receive this newsletter we are closing in on the July club
contest. An information poster is attached. This will include the club hollow
log building contest, stunt competition, and Foxberg racing. That's a lot
of action, and it will all be fun. I encourage you to participate in at
least one of these events if you have not already planned to. But even if
competition is not your thing, please attend. Watch, help out, or just bring
a lawn chair and enjoy the show. There will opportunities to put flights
in between the action. So bring a plane even if you are not competing. If
you know someone who is interested in control line, this is great exposure,
so bring them along or encourage them to come. There will be intro flight
trainers available for interested people to try.
Now is the time
to begin networking for the summer flying times. The membership roster which
has been published this year is a great tool for contacting other members
and letting them know when some flying is planned. Many times a simple phone
call will bring someone out to the field who would otherwise have stayed
home. Let's include as many as possible whenever we can.
of networking, I am continually amazed at the amount of stuff that is available
for the controline hobby. Brodak alone offers more supplies for control
line than I remember being available from multiple manufacturers in the
60'S and 70's and Joe Maxwell is the local source.
items, the cottage manufacturers abound. So ask other members about sources
for the hard to find stuff. You will be surprised at what is out there.
One last note, congratulations to all who attended and competed
in the Brodak fly-in this year.
Bean Hill was well represented and
acknowledged at this great gathering. I've said it before, you gotta go
and at least see this event if you love control line.
Northeast Valley R.C. Club Annual C/L Stunt Competition. See
The Bean Hill Flyers first scheduled event of the year. Come
to fly for fun or enter in stunt or a Foxberg race. Our club winter
building event will also be on this day. See newsletter page.
Skylarks of Sharon, PA Annual C/L Fly-In, 9:00 am until???
See newsletter page.
Annual Club flying for the Dan Rice Days celebration in Girard,
PA from 1 pm until 5pm. This is usually a rough field. This is an
event that we need a number of pilots to participate in and planes
on display. For information call Dalton Hammett.
Annual Club flying for the Erie Model Air Show at VoTech. The
hours are usually from 10am to 4pm but we use people early to help
set up. This is another event that we need good club participation
at. For information contact Mike Ditrich.
style="font-size: 12px"Bean Hill Safety Column
Well by the time you read this Brodak's Fly-in will be
here and gone and summer will pretty much be in full swing. As I type this
on my lunch break a week before the fly-in, thoughts fill my head of the
6 flying circles, the dawn to dusk whine of nitro burning 2 strokes and
the sweet smell of castor exhaust. I have been furiously trying to shakedown
my planes for the coming week. I have found a couple things that I think
are worth mentioning about keeping your planes safe, i.e, flying and in
First off, flying WITHOUT a fuel filter will kill the
engine. Kill meaning cause it to stop. I doubt anything big enough to actually
kill the engine would get past the needle valve. But, when your needle fouls,
the fuel is cut off and your motor stops. Inevitably, this will happen at
the worst possible moment in flight. Second, flying WITH a fuel filter will
kill the engine. Fuel filters are great until they plug. You have to check
you filter every now and then and make sure that it's clear. I recently
had two incidents. Number 1 - I have a Ringmaster with a fox .35 and a uniflow
tank without a filter. (I can feel you judging me) Last flight on it, the
engine quit in an overhead eight. I managed to bring it down right side
up and land it no problem, but it was close. I checked the plug which was
fine and sucked out about 2/3 oz of fuel. I took the fuel system apart and
found a large (for the needle valve) hunk of what looks like the yellow
paint from my master airscrew prop sitting on the needle when I took it
out. I don't know how that would have gotten into the tank to get to the
needle, but a filter would have prevented that. Number 2 - I had my Super
Firecat with an OS.25 which I have a filter on it. The last flight on it,
mid flight the thing went from flying normal to the engine running so slow
it barely could keep the plane in the air. That lasted for what seemed to
be 10 minutes until it finally quit. I took the filter apart and it was
caked with dirt. Back flushed it with rubbing alcohol and the rest of the
fuel system until clean. I haven't run it yet, but if that's not it, I'm
out of ideas.
So, as a summary, if you aren't running a filter,
you're sucking a lot of crud through your motor and it can come back to
bite you in the long run. Run a filter and clean it regularly. Cleaning
can be accomplished by back flushing with fuel or rubbing alcohol. There
are a couple types of filters, but the cheapest and most prevalent is the
screw together filter. These are sealed in most cases by an o-ring. I suggest
tightening the filter out of the package, attach to the end of your fueler
syringe, and doing a leak test under some water. Fill you syringe full of
air, put your finger over the outlet of the filter, submerge the filter
under water and push the plunger. Leaks show as bubbles. This is also a
good idea to do to any new tanks prior to install. If the filter leaks,
unscrew it, dry it completely and dab some silicone on the threads and sealing
surface and reassemble. It should be good to go.
Well, I've taken
my fair share of article space and while it may not have been truly safety
oriented, I was not injured while writing this article, so I say it counts.
Tight lines, Chris Keller 814-218-4078
Hill Flyers July 2012 Contest
We will fly a CLPA stunt
event in any of the skill classes we have entrants for. The flyers will
fly the normal AMA pattern with the exception of beginner who will fly the
beginners pattern. There will be no BOM rule and no building points awarded,
however, the judges will award the 25 point bonus for a full pattern, in
the right order and within the time limits (8 min /I 6 min for Beginner).
The plane must ROG for takeoff points. There are no restrictions on the
plane or engine and no muffler rule.
Race is designed to be a fun entry level event with rules designed to help
keep things even. Hot gloves and electric starters cannot be used and the
fuel cannot be more than 10% nitro. The first race will be 100 laps with
two pit stops after take off. The number of flyers in the circle together
will be determined by the number of teams entered. If there are a large
number of entrants we may elect to have a second final race of the top three
or for teams for final placement. This would be a 150 lap race with three
pit stops after take off. If a team reaches the required laps without a
second or third pit stop their time does not end until one lap is completed
after the required pit stops. No hats or safety thongs are to be worn by
the pilots during the race but the pit man must wear a hard hat for protection.
We will try to have some hard hats available for those who may not have
The plane can be any profile model with a 40" - 46" wingspan.
The tank must be a 2 oz. plastic such as the Dubro or Sullivan type tanks
and be mounted ahead of the leading edge on the outside of the fuselage.
No pressure system is to be used other than bending the tubing into the
slipstream. The plane must have a normal landing gear set up of two or three
wheels no smaller than 1 1/2". Larger is recommended as the planes must
ROG from the grass field. Mono-wheels are not permitted.
must be a stock Fox .35 stunt without modifications more than replacement
bolts. The NVA must be the normal Fox or a very similar in size replacement.
Finally, the line length is 60' (plus or minus 6") measured from
the center of the fuselage to the center of the handle and will be measured
at the time of pull testing for the race.
Remember, the proper way
to fly a race is to have the plane straight out from the pilot, you fly
high to pass only.
Here is a very useful chart that
shows which modeling fillers and finishes are compatible and, equally as
important, which are not.
Skylarks of Sharon, PA, 19th Annual
C/L Fly-In, July 28-29, 2012
Northeast Valley R.C. Club 3rd
Annual C.L. Stunt Competition, July 8, 2012