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.
Class: Control Line
AMA Chartered Club:
#4673 Flying Field Location: Rt. 6N, just east of
Albion, PA (see map)
Contact: Joe Daniels Phone: 814-881-1895
President: Joe Daniels
Vice President: Dennis Thomas Treasurer: George Towns
Safety Officer: Chris Keller Newsletter Editor: Dalton Hammett
Secretary: Greg Rodney Plans Librarian: Bill Hayes
to be a feeling of Spring in the air, finally. The birds are singing, the
breeze is warmer, and Mike Ditrich showed tip at the flying field. These
are signs that Winter is over at last. Hopefully we are all in the final
stages of our winter building projects because the time to fly at club events
and at the field on a regular basis is starting very soon. So spray or brush
that last coat of dope, or iron on that last piece of plastic or whatever
it is you do to "get her done" because it's just about time to fly.
We have a close timing issue with two events in June. We need participation
at the annual Meadville EAA gathering this year as it falls on the Sunday
following the week long Brodak gathering. This is close timing but for those
that don't go to Brodaks, or went and didn't get enough flying in, this
is a great opportunity. It is also one of the best public exposure events
we get the chance to do as a club. We always get some interest there if
the weather is decent. So let's give it the best showing we can.
It was great to see some of you at Annual Sharon Swap Meet. The Bean
Hill Flyers had a table and it seemed well used. There was lots of buying
and selling going on and lot of "catching up" with friends you don't get
to see so often. Thanks to Pat Rowan and Les Nering, I came home with more
stuff than I was planning to, but that's what it is all about and if you
weren't there, you missed some fun. It was great to see Dalton Hammett go
from selling cars to selling planes. But then I have seen him do both at
the same time.
The field behind Champion Ford is very dry so flying
has been pretty regular on Saturday mornings at 10 am. It's a good place
to start the year flying if you haven't been one of the crazy ones flying
there all winter. Bring out your stuff - It's Time To Fly!
at the field, Joe Daniels
Bean Hill Safety
It's finally nice out after that long, cold winter and that of course
means it's time for some serious flying. The weather has been cooperating
rather nicely and there have been several opportunities to get out and fly
on the weekends. We had a lot of fun - and a few follies. One in particular
struck me as odd. While holding a. flight streak for El Presidente', the
engine decided to break the chains of oppression, that is the propeller,
and show what it's really capable of.
This OS .25 LA seemed as mild
mannered as any other, but we were in for a surprise. The engine was a little
grumpy starting but it fired up and took off only to sputter and died several
laps later. Well we tried again and this time the engine backfired, the
prop loosened up and, in what can only be described as unadulterated awesomeness,
the engine said "FINALLY I GET TO RUN!" This thing went from 0 to 50,000
rpm in a heartbeat. That's a guess, but it's probably not too far off. The
thing sounded like a cat ate a bunch of woodscrews and got caught in a garbage
disposal. In other words - It was screaming.
Before my reaction
to throw the plane and run away could kick in, our fearless leader grabbed
the plane and shoved its crankshaft in the dirt to stop the engine. Crisis
averted. I don't know if this was really safety related, as in I'm not sure
if it was actually dangerous to anything but the engine, but it was worth
sharing. Woke me up I know that much. I'll call it a lesson in quick thinking.
This whole thing had a happy ending too. The engine was fine and ran great
for the next flight.
We also practiced starting an inverted
engine plane and the choreography associated with various handoffs to flip
an inverted plane into launching position. I had brought a new (for me)
airplane to the field that was inverted. Having never started one previously,
it was worth talking about first. Joe Maxwell and I talked it over and did
several dry runs prior to starting it. It worked perfectly the first time.
The plane didn't fly but 2 laps, but we got it started like we knew what
we were doing. Anyway, it goes like this:
Once in the circle at the launch point, invert the plane so that the bottom
is up and the top is down.
The pit man holds the plane like always and the pilot starts the engine.
3) The pit man then holds the
plane vertically such that the nose is pointing towards the sky.
4) The pilot grabs the
plane from the pit man and the pit man walks around to the same side of
the plane that the pilot is on
The pit man then grabs the plane while it is still vertical and gives the
prearranged signal for the pilot to release the plane.
The pilot then walks to the handle
At which point the pitman then lowers the plane to the ground on its wheels
and launches as one would with a profile or upright engine.
are other ways to do this, but this is a good outline. Whatever you do,
practice with your pitman such that there are no mistakes, i.e. blood and
gore or flyaway planes. Stay safe everyone and let me know of any topics
you may want me to touch on in future columns .
May 11 Building Session at Maxwell's Hobby starting at about 4:00.
This is the last building session currently scheduled and if you have something
you would like Joe to include please let him know.
June 11 - 15
Brodaks annual event. If you are signing up for the club JYW team please
be sure you let Joe Maxwell or George Towns know. The team to sign up for
is the "Bean Hill Conspiracy".
June 16 The annual EAA event
at the Meadville, Pa. Airport. This one is going to be difficult as it is
just after Brodaks so if you can participate please let Randy Shaffer know.
July 28 The annual Bean Hill event will include the Winter Building
planes, skill level stunt, Foxberg race and our old Coxberg race. We will
get more information out on this later but wanted to get it on the schedule.
Aug. 25 Fun-Fly in NY will include free hot dogs, soda and water.
For information contact Denny Thomas.
***We don't know if there
is going to be an Air Show at VoTech this year and haven't heard from the
Dan Rice Days group.
April 6 Action at
the Champion Ford Flying Field
George Townes and Mike Ditrich discuss the Demon
Greg Rodney flies the AG Duster
Greg shows off the patriotic colors of his AG Duster
George Townes launches a profile carrier flight for Joe Maxwell