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
This is one of those newsletters you will definitely
want to save. There is lots of great info regarding upcoming events, and
items of interest to everyone. We had that unusually warm shot of air in
March and it spawned a lot of flying activity that you wouldn't normally
see at that time of year. Unfortunately, for me personally, the extra flying
meant some building activity was neglected. Got to get back to the bench
for the next couple of months and finish some projects. I hope to see a
good number of hollow log models finished to fly this year. I'm having great
fun working on mine. The exercise has brought back to my mind just how uncomplicated
a control line model can be, while still challenging and fun. Like many
of you, I began building balsa wood control line models with 1/2A kits and
quite a few of them were the Musciano designed Scientific models. I'm resisting
(with difficulty) the temptation to infuse the one I'm building with too
much current technology. Sure I could hollow it real thin, add some carbon
fiber, maybe thicken the stab and elevator ........ Nope! A big part of
my memory was how little you could put into these models, and how much enjoyment
you get out of building and flying one. It was the ARC of the 1960's. Now,
those little engines, that's another story ...
I want to put out
a word of encouragement to all of you who might be thinking of some contest
participation this season, particularly if it might be your first time.
It can be a lot of fun especially at the levels of club and local contests
that most of us would engage in. Don't take it too seriously, but prepare
well enough to ward off frustrations with equipment and flying skill. Then
go with the idea of meeting great people, and enjoying competing with them
for fun. You will also be helping to perpetuate an aspect of the hobby that
many enjoy. Remember, if people don't participate in contest, they will
soon be a thing of the past. And that would truly be a shame. Try it, you
might like it.
And just a reminder, We will have club trainers and
Intro Pilots to give instruction to anyone interested in learning to fly
control line at all our events. So please invite curious friends and family
to give it a try. Of course once they have flown solo, an AMA membership
is required for further flying at club events and at the club field. And
of course they will want to become a Bean Hill Flier!
Building session at Maxwell's Hobby, possibly the last one until December
June 10 Annual club flying at the
EAA open house at Meadville, PA airport. Hours are 8 am to 4 pm but come
early and try their breakfast. We need all the pilots we can get and lots
of planes. For information contact Randy Shaffer.
Brodaks fly-in in Carmichaels, PA. All I can say is try to be there. If
you're not, you're missing the biggest event of the year for us.
July 15 The Bean Hill
flyers first scheduled event of the year. Come to fly for fun or enter in
a stunt competition, or Foxberg race. Our club Winter Building event will
also be on this day.
Annual Club flying for the Dan Rice Days celebration in Girard, PA from
1 pm to 5 pm .. This is a rough field flying at its best. This is another
event where we need lots of participation and planes. For information contact
Annual Club flying for the Erie Model Air Show from 10 am to 4 pm, but come
early to help set up if you can. Again, we need good participation and a
lot of planes. For information contact Mike Ditrich.
Art Nordquist has a large lot of control line equipment
for sale including planes, engines, handles, lines and more. For information
please contact Art at 724-629-0000.
Bean Hill Safety
the leaves are coming out and the engines are revving by now. We got a beautiful
stretch of weather that really rekindled my enthusiasm for some flying.
My dad and I got out every chance we had during this nice stretch and several
planes paid the price. Nothing like a couple crashes to start things off
right. I just want to sum up a couple safety points in this column. I'll
keep it brief so I can get back to gluing.
1. Use your head at all
times. When you lose your wits, things go bad. If your engine is giving
you fits, don't throw off the glove or put down the starter and just start
hand flipping it like a madman. That thing can go at any second and if you're
more frustrated than focused, you'll be getting stitches. Think about what
2. Walk your lines every time you go from starting
the engine out to the handle. Line connectors can become tangled and kinked
just from handling the plane. Nothing worse than getting airborne and realizing
you have only full up control. Up is only up so long in control line.
3. Inspect your prop often. I recently had a wood prop come apart
as soon as the thing fired up. It has been on the plane for probably 50+
flights without ground contact or any other incidents.
4. Keep in
mind that the fuel we use is ungodly flammable. Smoking while you fill a
plane is not a good idea, but a glow starter attached to a flooded engine
can also catch fire. Nothing like having your hand on fire without knowing
it. Until it burns. Have a great season and to all of you going to Brodak's
- Good Luck! I'll be flying in Old time and CLPA beginner. Maybe carrier
if I can figure out how to glue a foam wing back to itself.
Lines, Chris Keller 8142184078
2012 ANNUAL CLUB
The annual meeting was opened by Joe Daniels with
12 members and 5 guests present The Treasurers Report from George Towns
shows a $749.73 balance of this, $48.84 is dedicated for the winter / all
weather flying program. The fee for the charter will also be deducted from
this when it is sent in. The 33 member roster this year has several new
members including John Brodak.
Joe Maxwell talked about the All
Weather Flyers and passed around the sign in sheets so everyone could read
some of the comments (some humorous) the flyers entered. The three successful
flyers were Joe Daniels, George Towns, and Joe Maxwell.
Brodak's will be in June ... 12th to the 15th.
If you do go, make sure you mention you're a member of the Bean Hill Flyers
so we get a chance at getting the club participation award. The build contest
plane this year will be any hollow log model. Proposed was a possible balloon
busting event and a Coxberg event for these hollow log models. Other upcoming
events mentioned are the Sharon Swap Meet on March 17th at the VFW, The
Meadville Fly-in, Dan Rice Days, and the Ringmaster Fly-a-thon ... dates
will be announced in the newsletter. The door prize winners were ... Duane
Hammett who won the hollow log kit, Tiffany Hammett won the Cosmic Wind
kit, and Ken Keller won the Maxwell's gift certificate. Show and Tell was
done by Randy Shaffer. The plane was a "Fancy Pants" done in Electric lime
green and white. Some of the details Randy talked about were the painting
process and blending the canopy into the turtle deck. A beautiful job.
The meeting adjourned at 3:15PM.
Greg Rodney - Club Secretary
to the efforts of Bean Hill member Art Nordquist a couple of our flyers
have two unusual models that date back to the 70's. Art obtained these planes
from Patrick Rowan who designed and built them back then for possible stunt
and slow combat. As many of you know, Art enjoys restoring old planes and
does an excellent job at it.
About a year ago Art put the two planes
up for sale along with some of his other planes and they were purchased
by Lee Hammett and Joe Daniels. The plane that Lee bought was the original
Battle Wagon. It spans 40 inches and is powered with an old as .30 engine.
This plane was designed and built in 1973. It has a race plane type look
to it's profile but biggest distinction the Battle Wagons have is the wingtips
which, at first glance, look to be put on backwards.
II was designed and built in 1974. The plane has a more conventional look
and is being powered currently with a Fox 36X. Patrick wanted to try to
improve the performance of the plane so changes like a thicker airfoil,
planked leading edge and a few construction changes were made. He feels
that the original design is better looking and was easier to build but the
second version was a better flyer. He also confirmed what several flyers
have told me, that the shape of the wingtips adds to the planes flying ability,
especially in windy conditions.
The planes did have wire landing
gear originally but other than that are the originals and both models have
proven to be excellent flyers. For anyone interested, Joe Daniels is drawing
plans that will include both versions. Also, worth noting is that as the
dates have been verified by the original designer, both planes should be
Nostalgia 30 legal.
CLUB ROSTER 2012
Bergener Al - AMA 932597
Basen Ron - AMA 150115
Blattenberger Kirt - AMA 92498
Brodak John - AMA L181
Brown Mason - AMA 928847
Brown John - AMA 29928
Cooper Noah - AMA 938892
Cooper Ryan - AMA 938891
Daniels Joe - AMA 42295
Ditrich Mike - AMA 69986
Evar Dave - AMA 96301
Forest Sumner - AMA 58293
Hammett Tiffany - AMA 958487
Hammett Dalton Jr. - AMA 958486
Hammett Duane -
Hammett Dalton - AMA 29918
- AMA 810818
Hayes Bill - AMA 15299
Keller Ken -
Keller Chris 919664
Lee Todd - AMA 89538
Maxwell Joe - AMA 8115
McBeth Clint - AMA 969349
Nordquist Art - AMA 80628
Praetzel Jim - AMA 815951
Rodney Greg - AMA 932134
Rodney Kyle - AMA 963816
Rutsky Kevin - AMA 930052
Shaffer Randy Jr. - AMA
Shaffer Randy - AMA 606753
Stewart Bill -
Thomas Dennis Sr. - AMA 78746
Dennis Jr. - AMA 744768
Thum Jules - AMA 896829
Towns George - AMA 852115
Wallace Rick Associate
Clockwise from top left.
1. Joe Maxwell holds George
Town's neat Twin-Engine Stunter.
2. Clint McBeth rebuilt
this Magnum into a nice flying plane.
3. Dave Evar sent
this picture of his hollow-log Beechcraft.