UAV Pilot

DEBRIEF: Swap Meet & Fun-Fly

What a great weekend had by all.  The weather was cool but but the winds were cooperative allowing for not stop flying all day and into the night.  We had a the largest number of people camping on site for the weekend.  We’ve had bigger swap meets, but there was plenty of deals going down with lots of airplanes and hardware going home with new owners. Participants came for all over to include Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Fallon, Fernley and Silver Springs.  NVRC came out both days and setup their rock crawling course…what a great bunch of guys and gals with some cool (R/C) rides.  One of the most exciting happenings was rookie pilot Steven G. of Reno who came out for his first day ever flying fixed wing R/C aircraft.  He flew solo more than a dozen times with a Cub and an E-Flite  Timber, and without any crashes. Steven was even a strong competitor in the Spot Landing contest.  Here are some of the highlights.

Spot Landing Contest: this was a very popular event with nearly every pilot participating.  It was fun to see pilots of various experience levels and their unique techniques to get their aircraft on target.  And with only 1.5 minutes per attempt allowed, many were pushed to the limits of their comfort zone.  Winners – 1st Bob Barnett,  2nd Jim Ellis, 3rd John Johnson

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Bomb Drop Contest (Day): an HDRCC favorite, 5 pilots were ready to show their skills at dropping bean bags on the target.  No bulls-eyes this year, but the competition was close.  And with everyone having to complete 3 drops within the same 15 minute window it drone all 5 aircraft into the air at the same time making for a an exciting spectator experience.  Winners – 1st Brad Amussen, 2nd John Johnson, 3rd Nathan Drawdy

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Airplane Drag Racing: “Fast & Furious” Aviation Edition is the best way to describe it.  These aircraft ran extremely fast side by side down the runway and with plenty of carnage, too.  Winners – 1st Joseph LaRosa, 2nd Bob Barnett, 3rd John Johnson

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Bomb Drop Contest (Night): This was a first for us.  LED lit aircraft dropping chemlights onto an LED target.  This was a spectacular show.  Winners – 1st Brad Amussen, 2nd John Johnson, 3rd Nathan Drawdy

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A HUGE thanks to everyone that made this event a success.  We are grateful to have people who spent many hours preparing for this event: Advertising – Tammy and Kevin; contest organization and judging – Jonathan, Nate, Joe, Brad, Mike, John; pilot registration and accounting – Robin. A special thanks to the wives that cooked burgers at lunchtime.

Will be posting more images and videos of the event in the upcoming days.

Fun-Fly Contest Rules

Spot Landing Competition Rules

  1. Any fixed wing aircraft may be used. No STOL, VTOL, drones or helicopters may be used.
  2. Prior to takeoff, whether they will attempt one of the following:
    1. Touch down – judges will score based on how close the aircraft touched down to the target
    2. Spot Landing – judges will score based on how close the aircraft is to the target after coming to a complete stop. Upon touchdown of the aircraft the pilot must cut all propulsion.  Any addition of power after touching down will result in disqualification of that attempt.
  3. Pilot must tell the judges if they will do a “touch” or “spot landing” prior to takeoff.
  4. Pilot will have 1.5 minutes from the time of takeoff to the time they “touch” or “stop”. If that time expires before they “touch” or “stop” that attempt is disqualified.
  5. Each pilot will receive 2 chances to hit the target. Best score is the final score.
  6. A pilot may exercise a third attempt to hit the target, but the first to scores are thrown out and the third score is their final score.
  7. $5 per aircraft. Each pilot may enter with multiple aircraft but only win a maximum of one award per competition.
  8. Closest “touch” or “landing” to the target wins (1st, 2nd, 3rd place awards)

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Bomb Drop Competition (Day)

  1. Any fixed wing aircraft may be used. No STOL, VTOL, drones or helicopters may be used.
  2. Pilot must configure their aircraft to drop small bean bags. Other items may be used at the judge’s discretion as long they are deemed safe to drop.
  3. $5 per aircraft. Each pilot may enter with multiple aircraft but only win a maximum of one award per competition.
  4. A maximum of 3 bombs may be dropped per entry
  5. Once the event starts, all pilots will have 15 minutes to drop their bombs. Any bombs not dropped by the end of the 15 minutes will not count.
  6. Closest bomb to the target wins (1st, 2nd, 3rd place awards)
  7. All pilots must verbally call out “TAXIING”, “TAKEOFF”, “LANDING”, etc. Failure to do so could result in disqualification by the judges after a warning.
  8. Pilots MUST and yield to other aircraft/pilots who have already announced their intentions. For example, a pilot who taxies onto the runway and creates a collision problem for an aircraft whose pilot has already called for a landing may be given a warning or disqualified by the judges.
  9. The traffic pattern (right or left) will be determined by the judges. All bombing runs will be in the same direction as the takeoff/landing direction
  10. After dropping a bomb, the aircraft must land safely and be in flying condition for the drop to be scored.
  11. Judges may disqualify any pilot for flying in a manner that puts other aircraft or person at immediate risk. Warnings may be given for non-deliberate acts.  Disqualification for repeated issues or deliberate unsafe flying practices.
  12. No explosive, battery operated, smoke, flash or incendiary devices may be dropped.

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Bomb Drop Competition (Night)

  1. Any fixed wing aircraft may be used. No STOL, VTOL, drones or helicopters may be used.
  2. Pilot must configure their aircraft to drop small chemlights. Other items may be used at the judge’s discretion as long they are deemed safe to drop.
  3. $5 per aircraft. Each pilot may enter with multiple aircraft but only win a maximum of one award per competition.
  4. A maximum of 3 bombs may be dropped per entry
  5. Once the event starts, all pilots will have 20 minutes to drop their bombs. Any bombs not dropped by the end of the 15 minutes will not count.
  6. Closest bomb to the target wins (1st, 2nd, 3rd place awards)
  7. All pilots must verbally call out “TAXIING”, “TAKEOFF”, “LANDING”, etc. Failure to do so could result in disqualification by the judges after a warning.
  8. Pilots MUST and yield to other aircraft/pilots who have already announced their intentions. For example, a pilot who taxies onto the runway and creates a collision problem for an aircraft whose pilot has already called for a landing may be given a warning or disqualified by the judges.
  9. The traffic pattern (right or left) will be determined by the judges. All bombing runs will be in the same direction as the takeoff/landing direction
  10. After dropping a bomb, the aircraft must land safely and be in flying condition for the drop to be scored.
  11. Judges may disqualify any pilot for flying in a manner that puts other aircraft or person at immediate risk. Warnings may be given for non-deliberate acts.  Disqualification for repeated issues or deliberate unsafe flying practices.
  12. No explosive, battery operated, smoke, flash or incendiary devices may be dropped.

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Airplane Drag Racing

  1. Any fixed wing aircraft may be used. No STOL, VTOL, drones or helicopters may be used.
  2. Aircraft must be flight worthy. Judges may require a flight around the pattern for verification that aircraft is flight worthy.
  3. After an aircraft is proven to be flight worthy, the only modification allowed is the removal of the wing. No changes to props, batteries, aircraft weights, tires or any other hardware item other that the wing removal is allowed.
  4. $5 per aircraft. Each pilot may enter with multiple aircraft but only win a maximum of one award per competition.
  5. Judges may disqualify any pilot for flying in a manner that puts other aircraft or person at immediate risk. Warnings may be given for non-deliberate acts.  Disqualification for repeated issues or deliberate unsafe flying practices.
  6. Judges will establish brackets. Double elimination may be utilized at the judges discretion if time permits.
  7. Fastest aircraft wins.

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Swap Meet & Fun-Fly, Oct. 14-15

It’s time to clean out your hobby rooms and garages and sell or swap it for something you really want!  Join us on October 14th and 15th at Tiger Field Airport for another R/C Swap Meet and Fun-Fly!  If you haven’t flown radio control at Tiger Field, it’s a unique experience with mountains and wild horses as a backdrop.  Our runway has been recently patched and suitable for small aircraft up to large scale.  We support electric, gas/nitro, turbines, helicopters, drones, FPV…we love it all!

Event highlights include:

  • Unique hobby-themed swap meet (bring your own tables)
  • Open flying all day and after sunset.
  • Spot Landing contest
  • Airplane Drag Racing
  • (bean-bag) Bomb Drop contest
  • Night time (chem-light) Bomb Drop contest

$10 covers selling AND open flying all weekend.  Dry camping available.  Current AMA required to fly.  We will open up web registration shortly.

Reno area Hobby Shops

We repeatedly hear “there are no hobby shops in the Reno area”, and that’s as far from the truth as possible.  Please check out and support these local hobby shops so they can continue to support us!

  • HC&M Hobbies, Sparks: specializing in all things R/C.  This is the best place to go for repairs and help with setting up helicopters and airplanes.  And if Mark doesn’t have what you need, he makes a daily run to the Great Planes/Hobbico warehouse to get what you need for your traditional R/C hobby. He also is a dealer for Horizon Hobby.
  • CKRC Hobbies, Reno: Jason and his crew know cars and scale off-road and rock climbing trucks/buggies.  An outdoor dirt track is onsite that also includes an off-road trials course.  They also carry drones, planes and boats but can get you almost anything you are looking for via their regular pick-ups from the Great Planes/Hobbico warehouse and Horizon Hobby connection.
  • Whip It RC Raceway and Hobbies, Reno: Out in Panther Valley, there is a place where the only indoor dirt race track in the area can be found.  They also have deals and parts in their retail area.
  • Time Square Trains, Reno: specializing in new and used trains.

Now you know that there are PLENTY of hobby shops in the Reno area to support your hobby habits.  Please support your local hobby shops and let them know that you support the High Desert Radio Control Club in Fernley!

Ready for spring weather

This has to be the worst winter for weekend flying in recent history.  I know we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of warmer and dryer weekends so we can get our winter projects flying.  But while we wait, check our FREE classified ads section on our website.  It’s simple to signup for a free website account if you want to post of your R/C items for sale.

New Club Members!

Welcome to new club members Stephen S., Angela C. and Michael J.  We look forward to many fun days  of flying.  Thanks for supporting our club!

New Club Members!

Welcome to Gary H. and Geoff H. of Fernley, NV. Both joined the AMA and our club on May 1st. Gary and Geoff are receiving flight instruction from our club instructors and they are practicing at home with the Real Flight 7.5.

Real Flight 7.5 flight simulators have been donated by CKRC Hobbies and Great Planes.

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New Member Announcement!

Welcome to Pat H. (a.k.a. “Yoda) of Fallon.  Pat is a multirotor pilot and interested in learning to fly fixed wing aircraft.  He is also a new member of the AMA.