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
Chartered Club #4673
Flying Field Location: Rt. 6N, just east of Albion, PA (see map)
Contact: Joe Daniels
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Text Version of Newsletter
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
The end of the year newsletter is here. There is probably not much warm flying weather
left in the year. But as many of you know by now, that doesn't mean we won't still be
flying. Before we get into my total ignorance of what good flying weather is, let's talk
about some club business. In this newsletter you will find the 2012 membership form.
Here are the basic instructions for joining or renewing members:
1. Fill out the form completely
2. Send the completed form and dues
to the treasurer, George Towns, his address is on the form.
3. Aim to complete
the above two steps no later than January 31, 2012
This year we have we have seen strong membership growth for a club our size. A number
of these members joined late in the season, in the last third of the year, making them
2013 members. The last I heard, we were approaching the 40 mark if not exceeding it,
that's exciting. Remember, Kids under 15 may join for free. AMA membership is required.
Flying at the club field or at club events require this AMA membership for insurance
purposes. So please send form and dues to George Towns only, and he will pass the info
to Greg Rodney, who update the roster so the new one will be accurate for 2013. Your
cooperation is greatly appreciated. Please note the addition of Bill Hayes as the official
club plans librarian. We have a good collection at our disposal. Thanks Bill!
In September/October, we had two fun events. The Ringmaster Fly a Thon as plagued
in our area by breezy, cold rainy weather. We were only able to put up one Ringmaster
flight. For the few who braved the elements, hurrah, we did have fun. It was, at least
a good bull session. For those didn't come out there is always next year and maybe better
weather. Maxwell's Fun Fly had better conditions and included some artful tree limb dodging.
Joe's circle was expanded to allow 60 ft lines, just barely. here was some great flying,
including a fast combat plane demo by Team Thomas. Wicked fast... I was scared just holding
it for start-up!
Again, here's some thoughts on windy weather flying. Those of you that fly with me
regularly know that I will tend to fly in turbulence and wind that makes some pea e .
nervous. I suppose I got in the habit of flying in almost any wind when flying rc sailplanes.
I adopted the attitude that this is my day to go flying and that's what I'm going to
do no matter what. (Within Reason) With control line models and wind I think that if
you keep some things in mind, you can fly in more wind than you think. A good strong
dependable motor with a light medium sized plane flys best in wind and turbulence. A
Flite Streak is a good example. Good control setups with a strong pushrod is a must.
Consider building a plane that is set up for flying in the wind, Then you will have something
that works and will give you confidence. That's the equipment end. On the the flying
side, launch down wind, keep the wind at your back for loops and figure eights. Wing
overs are started facing upwind. And try to fly as smoothly as possible. That's the basics.
The feeling is a cross between kite flying and controline, It's fun! Try a little more
wind. You might surprise yourself
Please print this page and cut out application
along dashed line.
2013 Membership Application
| Name: ____________________________
|Phone #: ____________________________
| E-mail: ____________________________
| AMA#: ____________________________
- Regular membership ≥18 is $10
- Jr. membership ≤17 is free
- 2nd regular membership at the same address (no newsletter) is $5
- Make funds payable to: Bean Hill Flyers
- Return forms and funds to: George Towns, Treasurer, 4115 Page St., Erie, PA
- Membership in AMA is required for all members participating in club flying activities
due to insurance coverage
- Non flying associate members are very welcome to join also
Build Sessions are held at Maxwell's Hobby Shop from about 4 pm until 6 pm. Bring
your projects in if you would like some help or just stop in to visit and possibly help
someone else. If you would like more information contact Joe at the shop.
July / August 2012
This was a great issue and had a photo on the cover of one of my favorite planes,
The Sweeper. I found a picture of club member, Dave Evar, in the District III section.
Control Line World
This is a fantastic issue for our club members. I've found pictures of Chris Keller,
George Towns, Joe Maxwell, Ron Basin, Ryan Cooper, Noah Cooper, Albert Bergener, Denny
Thomas, Bob Crusan and of course our good friend John Brodak. I do apologize if I've
Speaking of Control Line World, there was a thread on Stunt Hanger
about subscriptions being down. CLW is a great publication covering all aspects of control
line flying. If you are going to renew for 2013 or if you plan to become a subscriber
please do so. I would hate to see this publication discontinued.
2012-2013 Winter Building Challenge
The next winter building challenge plane is anyone of the three Carl Goldberg Goodyear
Racers. These are the Shoestring, the Buster and the Cosmic Wind. They can be built from
original kits, from the Brodak Kits or from scratch. The completed planes can be powered
as you wish but we are hoping to see more Foxberg Race planes with Fox .35's. The planes
must be built over the coming winter. If you have questions contact Dalton Hammett.
George Towns shows us what it looks like
when the prop shaft fails in flight
Daryl Eccles with his new Super Clown powered
by what looked like a new McCoy .35
Bean Hill members Dominick Dirienzo, Joe
Maxwell, Joe Daniels,
George Towns and Ron Santia at the field in Erie, PA
Here are two guys we don't get to see much
anymore. Randy Shaffer Jr (L) has gone off to
further his education and has a great
career going and Duane Hammett (R) has a
family and a career at the other
Pennsylvania. Both maintain their membership
and show up to fly with us
now and then.
Here is a page featuring other
clubs and hobby shops in the Erie, PA, area.
Map for Bean Hill Flyers
Chartered Club #4673
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Posted November 3, 2012