The 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.|
Class: Control Line AMA Chartered Club #4673
Flying Field Location: Rt. 6N, just east of Albion, PA (see map)
Contact: Joe Daniels
President: Joe Daniels Vice President: Dennis Thomas
Treasurer: George Towns Safety Officer: Chris Keller
Newsletter Editor: Dalton Hammett Secretary: Greg Rodney
It's time to start thinking about spring time and summer flying. Keep your news letters handy to plan time for the various club events and nearby contests and flying get-togethers. A model airplane club is all about the camaraderie associated with the building and flying of models. Competition, fun flying, building, bull session enthusiast, (my personal favorite) or whatever your connection to controline models is, the more you connect with others of similar interest, the more fun and rewarding your time in this hobby will be. We hope the Bean Hill Flyers Club will offer as much opportunity as possible to enjoy this hobby in many ways. The key to this enjoyment is your participation and attendance. This year we plan to focus more frequent flying together on weekends, as well as the planned events we all look forward to. We will use email and telephone contact to encourage regular flying. And if you don't want to fly that day, you can still show up and enjoy the time together. But here's a warning, you may end up flying something.
Please note that the current Club By-Laws are in the this newsletter. We keep it simple as you can see, but there they are so please take a few minutes to read them through.
Lastly, please don't hesitate to engage and dialog with the officers. We need your input and valuable ideas. Let's all have a great year together.
Bean Hill Flyers Bylaws
Updated - January 1, 2013
|I.||Club Name |
| ||A. Bean Hill Flyers|
| ||A. 10,000 US 6N, Albion PA 16401 |
| ||A. Enjoy and promote the sport of control line flying |
| ||A. AMA or MAAC Membership required for flying members.|
| ||B. Payment of dues required the amount to be determined at the end of each year for the|
| ||C. Non-flying enthusiasts may become members, attend functions and receive the club newsletter|
without AMA or MAAC membership. These members should be designated on the club roster as
"Associate" where the AMA or MAAC number would show.
|V.||Club Officers |
| ||A. Officers will be elected every four years. |
| ||B. All officers must be AMA members.|
| ||C. The President, Treasurer and Safety Officer must be 19 years of age or older.|
| ||D. List of Officers|
| || President: The President shall be the executive officer of the club and shall preside at |
meetings whenever possible. He shall be the spokesperson for the club.
| || Vice President: The Vice President shall assist the President in all matters and shall assume|
the duties of the President if, for any reason, he is not able to perform his duties.
| || Secretary: The Secretary shall maintain club correspondence, maintain a current club membership|
roster and keep records of club meetings. The Secretary shall work with other club officers to
schedule meetings and events for the club. The secretary shall insure that all flying members have
their AMA or MAAC number office.
| || Treasurer: The Treasurer shall maintain club funds, collect appropriate dues from members, |
pay club costs and work with other club officers to schedule meetings and events for the club. The
Treasurer will furnish a detailed report of transactions when requested.
| || Newsletter Editor: The Newsletter Editor shall provide a newsletter on a regular basis. He shall|
work with other officers to provide items to include in the newsletter as well as obtaining items of
interest to include from all members.
| || Safety Officers: The Safety Officer shall work to promote increased safety awareness on the |
part of all members, to improve the public perception of modeling as a safe and desirable
sport and provide a means by which important safety information can be shared between clubs. The
Safety Officer is a communication liaison between the club and AMA headquarters to ensure timely
distribution of safety related material. The club safety officer must have email access.
| || Club Plans Librarian: This officer shall maintain a list of plans accumulated for use by our members.|
Members needing a specific plan should contact this officer to verify if it is available.
|VI.||Bylaw and Grievance Procedure|
| ||It is the intent of the club to keep bylaws simple and promote the enjoyment of the sport. Any grievance except safety items should be taken to any club officer for handling. Safety items should be taken to the Safety Officer. |
| ||Any proposal brought forth during a club meeting that may significantly affect the direction or face of the Bean Hill Flyers Club shall be voted on for approval by a majority vote of dub members who respond. Such items will be published in the club newsletter and include a returnable ballot addressed to the club secretary. Only ballots received that are postmarked within the prescribed time limit, as noted on the ballot, will be included in the vote for such proposal. |
|VIII.||Items and events that have become standards of the club:|
| ||A. Annual dinner meeting to kick off the year, normally in January or February. |
B. Winter building challenge to promote building over the winter months.
C. At least one competitive event to be held after the Brodak event.
D. Build sessions during the winter months to promote and assist with building projects.
E. Fun flies as often as possible plus participation in events including an EAA open house in
Meadville, PA, a model air show at VoTech in Erie, PA and Dan Rice Days in Girard, PA.
F. The character of the hillbilly flying on a hilltop has been adopted as the club emblem and dark
green was adopted as the color of the club shirt.
March 8 Build Session
March 17 Skylark's Annual Swap Shop - see page
March 23 Building Session
April 13 Building Session
April 27 Building Session
May 11 Building Session
June 8-9 Open International C/L event in Portugal
June 9 Our annual event at the Meadville Airport. We need all the planes and pilots we can get. For
information contact Randy Shaffer.
June 11-15 Brodaks!! !
******* Building sessions are held at Maxwell's hobby shop from about 4pm until6pm. Bring your projects
in if you would like some help or just stop in to visit and possibly help someone else. For more
information contact Joe Maxwell.
******* Our club has a table reserved at the Skylark's Swap Shop. Any club member can use it to display
items for sale. You must monitor your items and remove them when you leave.
I have the following items for sale. If you would like to ask questions call me at 814-882-1927, Dalton.
1) Pee Wee Pup C/l kit for .020 - .049 size engines. This is an original Joy Products Kit
which has a 20" wingspan. That's 4" larger than the Blackhawk remake of the kit. $28
2) Small wood control handle. Ideal for smaller hands and .15 - .19 engine planes. $9
3) Veron Stunter kit. This one has a little of the building started on it, 30" span and looks a
bit like a small Mustang. The box indicates it is for a .061- .099 engine but I think a .10
to a small .15 would work. $50
Hello BHF! I don't know about you, but this year I have vowed to build more in the off season, but with two forced bathroom renovations (don't ask - I'm sure you can think of a number of breakages that would cause this) in quick succession, it is turning out to be a rather slow building season. However, the Bean Hill club officers had a meeting in mid January and afterward managed to get a few flights in when it was about 60 degrees out. It gave me the itch. Bad. My eyes are always bigger than my board, unfortunately and even though I have too many kits already, I still have the dog-eared Brodak Catalog sitting on the lid of my toilet tank. I swear I think about building more than I actually build. But, it will come together. Somehow, someway.
So, just some musings from my limited time at the bench this winter:
1. Balsa dust is very fine. I find it extremely irritating. And tasty.
2. Instant Glue gives off wicked fumes when you apply it in large quantities. These fumes will make you
tear so bad you can't see. Which is bad when you are gluing something INSTANTLY. Plan accordingly.
Much like when bench pressing - it helps to have a spotter.
3. Alcohol is best at dealing with epoxy on the skin - I prefer Wild Turkey. 101 of course.
4. T-pins are demonic instruments of torture. There's no tip here - its just a fact.
5. I always use fresh X-acto blades. That way it doesn't hurt so bad when I cut myself.
6. Instant glue and kicker makes a great bandage.
7. YOU might not like the smell of dope in the basement. Eh, never mind, go ahead and paint in the
basement. Its cold outside.
8. Razor planes are better at shaving knuckles than balsa wood.
9. Broken propellers make great epoxy sticks.
10. Don't snake a tub drain that is full of Drano. You work hard for those calluses on your hand and
I assure you - a few minutes in a Drano bath will erase all that hard work. And your finger nails. One
more thing - check your prop nuts if the plane has been sitting a while, especially on wood props. I have
said this before and sure enough, I forgot. First fire on the motor on my P40 and sure enough the prop
came loose. Nothing happened, but you never know. Stay safe this season guys! (But as always, let me
know if something happens)
Skylarks of Sharon, Pa.
Annual Model Swap Shop
Sunday, March 11,2013 9:00 A.M. to ??? AMA Club #569
The Skylarks of Sharon, PA invite you to our annual Swap Shop and Flea Market held at the Hickory VFW at 5550 E. State St., Hermitage, PA 16148.
- The set up starts at 8:00 A.M.
- Table Space: Full Tables only, $10.00 each.
- 50-50 Raffle.
- Coffee, soda, donuts and hot dogs will be sold.
- General admission $4.00, each table sold includes one admission.
For more information contact Gordon Longstreet at 724-346-2841 or e-mail at email@example.com or visit us on the web. Send preregistration to Skylarks of Sharon, 230 S. Myers Ave., Sharon, PA 16146.
Preregistration is highly recommended! Payment in full should be included with registration.
For up to the minute information stay in touch with us on the web: www.skylarksofsharon.org
Pictures Top: Joe Maxwell with a Ringmaster profile he is rebuilding. The plane has an interesting history of being built for control line then changed to Re. Now it is being returned to control line flying.
Bottom: Lee Hammett shows us his "Magician Unlimited" which has been in planning and building for a couple of years now. It spans about 67" and will be powered by an Evo .60.
Here is a page featuring other flying clubs and hobby shops in the Erie, PA, area.
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Posted March 3, 2013