2017-05-13 UteRC Lincoln Beach Float Fly

The UteRC Association held its Annual Spring Float Fly at the shallow shore of Lincoln Beach on Utah Lake. Weather was cool with a slight breeze that picked up around Noon and finally drove us off the beach as lake water was being blown into our dry parking area. Seven pilots flew float planes successfully, but one flight ended in a spectacular dunking. Rick Marshall's wife brought a batch of home-baked chocolate chip cookies for the famished fliers and visitors.

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Dave Stack launching his beautifully flying PBY-5 Catalina foamie.

Keith Hiatt assembling his Neptune seaplane.

Evan Higginsen preparing his 4-stroke powered Kadet LT 40. Dick Osborn, in background, working on his "Lincoln Beach Air Taxi" seaplane.

Steve Wilson with his Flyzone Tidewater foamie seaplane ready for take off.

Steve's Tidewater seaplane.

Dick Osborn's de Havilland Beaver foamie showing the clever arrangement to control the float rudders with monofilament line and rubber bands.

Dick takes the Beaver out for a flight.

Steve Wilson starts another flight with his Tidewater seaplane.

Aaron Loertscher helps Evan Higginsen launch his Kadet LT 40.

Evan, carrying his 72 MHz Tx, follows Aaron out to the shore to get into position.

Evan uses a brace post against his back to keep his orientation and balance while flying.

Evan's LT 40 starting a take off run.

Dave Stack brings the PBY in for a Touch N Go landing that is perfect as she settles into the water.

Keith Hiatt and Steve Wilson team up to fly Keith's Neptune.

After 7 or 8 tries, each time with the engine quitting when throttle was opened up for take off, they finally got the Neptune in the air for the squirreliest flight of the day with Steve at the controls frantically trying to keep from crashing.

Steve finally got the Neptune back down to a safe landing. He said the control rates on the sticks were so high he could barely control the plane and full up elevator was barely enough to keep her in the air. Great job of avoiding a disaster, Steve.

Dick Osborn poses for a snapshot with his de Havilland Beaver.

Aaron Loertscher launches his Icon A5 with a perfect take off.

Rick Marshall launches his electric Kadet LT 40 on its first, and last, flight of the day.

At the end of a very normal landing, Rick's Kadet trips on a wave, cartwheels over both wing tips, and dunks as two kids watch from their bicycles. Serious damage was sustained to float mounts and wing tips, electronics okay.