2017-01-12 UteRC Meeting & A New Feature

Introducing a new feature of these regular UteRC Photo Postings -
"UteRC Events and Modelers from the Past"
These are historical photos and commentary that Jan Hyde has generously provided for our enjoyment.

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Grantsville field #1, cir. 1985, Jan writes, "Recalling this occasion, John Perri and a colleague from Sperry Corp. came to the field with new similar aircraft with new OS 2-stroke engines installed.
"Both airplanes lost mufflers from vibration at the far north sector of the field. Approximately 1/2 hour later both returned having found their mufflers. Remarkable!"
The late John Perri holds the transmitter with Bob West looking on. Photo courtesy of Bob West from the Jan O. Hyde Collection.

Old Morton Salt Flats Field about a mile west of KSL Towers on old US-40, cir. late 80's early 90's. Jan writes, "Morton Salt required $1.00 per year for use of the Old Salt Flats. R/C flyers used the South side and Free-Flyers used the North side."
John Perri preparing his Shrike for flight, assistant unknown." Photo courtesy of Bob West from the Jan O. Hyde Collection.

Ute Air Park at Lake Point, circa July 2010. Jan writes, "It was a typical Mon, Wed, Friday flying group including our club member and friend Ken Gardner who passed away almost two years later on March 23, 2012. R.I.P.
"This was a day for the maiden flight of Bob West's 1/4 scale Morane-Saulnier. I accomplished the maiden flight successfully. Though if flew without incident, it reminded me of a large piece of flying granite. Cheers for Bob West!
Left to right - Ed Dialogue, Robert Clark, Jan Hyde, Steve Cottrell, Bob West, Ken Gardner, Dennis Shiner, and Rick Marshall. Photo courtesy of Bob West from the Jan O. Hyde Collection.

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And now the UteRC Meeting photos from Jan. 12, 2017.


President, Aaron Greer, leads the club meeting.


Fun Fly/Event Coordinator, Dean Allen, describes his plans for doubling the number of events for 2017.


Vice President, Carlos Melendez, video records the meeting with his cell phone camera mounted in a hand-held, active, 2-axis stabilized mount.

Evan Higginsen displays a gunnery tow target used to train fighter pilots for combat - now potentially a very large windsock.


Gerhard Roos shows his electric powered AeroMaster nearly ready for the radio installation and covering.


Evan Higginsen's Wild Stick 40, an OS 46 nitro powered stunt plane, and gift from Mike Ellsworth.


Dean Allen shows his multi-battery charging box built around a Turnigy Mega 400W X2 Charger.


Jon Bertrand shows a P-47 fuselage completely made of plastic deposited by his new 3D printer that he built from a kit


A close-up looking into the nose of Jon's P-47 fuselage showing the complex internal structure all printed as integral with the outside of the fuselage on his 3-D printer.


Aaron Loertscher shows his Slow Stick that he has been rebuilding into a bit tougher, heavier, and faster model. Aaron, following FAA rules, has his registration plainly visible on the right wing.

Carlos Melendez shows his new DJI Mavic drone which, among other amazing features, can recognize it's take off point from GPS and a picture taken during take off and then can return unaided to land on that take off spot.

Carlos shows the iPhone holder he had 3D printed that fits on the controller to show the FPV image coming back from his Mavic drone.


Doug Dorton shows a Battery Discharger he designed and built using available components. He used 6V stop light bulbs for an electrical load of 5 Amps or 10 Amps for 3-cell LiPo batteries. The device is designed to safely discharge batteries down to an appropriate level for long term storage that will minimally degrade the useful life of the battery. The display on top above the load switches can display battery voltage with red LEDs and the load current with blue LEDs as the discharge takes place.

Here a 3-cell Li-Po battery pack is demonstrated putting out 10 Amps into the bulbs on Doug's discharger. High current automobile bulbs are a suitable inexpensive high wattage load that can be used for this purpose. Doug has designed the device for 3-cell Li-Po batteries because they are the voltage that he uses principally in his planes.

The green display on the side of the unit displays the remaining percentage capacity of the battery while a cell voltage monitor plugged into the balance port of the battery ensures that no cells of the battery are drained to the point of damaging the battery while the discharge takes place. Doug stores his batteries at about 50% capacity.

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