2017-06-08 UteRC Meeting & Stories From The Past

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First, here's a story by Jan Hyde from 1981.

Four early UTE R/C Association Members and The Quickie 500 Race

Editor's *Note: A bit about the Quickie 500 Race follows Jan's story.


The modelers in the above photo are as follows: Left to Right, Mark Fechner, John King, Darrell Ballard and Robert West.

The 1981 photo depicts the winners of a club Quickie 500 race held at the old Salt Flat Field. From the size of the trophy shown in Mark Fechner's arms, he was the over all winner of the event.

Mark Fechner, a machinist by trade was active in most aspects of the aircraft hobby, free flight, control line and R/C. He maintained a Hobby Shop for a number of years. He was adept at altering engine performance and always built a fine model. He was one of my early mentors in learning the building and flying of R/C models. I considered him my friend.

John King was residing in Park City during this time. He later relocated to St. George and established a boat company there. Little more is known about John King today.

Darrell Ballard R.I.P. was one of my first instructors of flying the R/C airplane. He was licensed to fly full-scale fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. In 1968 or so, Darrell started creating molds for plastic fuselages, cutting Styrofoam wings and designing airplanes for R/C use. There was no such product on the market at that time in plastic. Lanier had not yet developed their plastic aircraft. Darrell used ABS plastic molded onto his hand made plugs. Below is a Darrell Ballard Cessna ABS 32" fuselage I found in my collection. The wing with spar and empennage was uncovered Styrofoam. The Cessna was very light and fit for a .15 size glow engine. In 1968 it was the first aircraft in my learning curve. Darrell's larger aircraft wings were covered with Mylar for strength.



Darrell Ballard's Cessna ABS 32" fuselage from Jan's collection.

Robert West was the President of the UTE R/C Association in 1980-81. He began in the hobby sometime around 1973-74. Bob was my first R/C student at that time. He has been very helpful for many modelers over the years. I consider him one of my very best friends.

*Note: The Quickie 500 race was run the same as for Formula 1 racers with a holder/caller for each plane, standing start with engines running, for 10 laps over a triangular course 200 yards on a side. Engines were all .40's or under, all planes under 5 pounds, same fuel for all planes which were the easy and quickly built Spickler Q-500 design seen in the two examples below.


A Q-500 with a foam core wing. The stylized "5T" on the left wing was a racing class number assigned by SEMPRA - Southeast Miniature Pylon Racing Association.


Lyman Slack's Q-500 with a built-up wing. The fuselage number "N30S" was an alternate way of showing an AMA number on pylon racers by combining a civil aviation prefix of "N", then the last two digits of the modeler's AMA number, followed by the first letter of the modeler's last name - "S" from Slack.

The Q-500 photos are from the Lyman Slack collection, used with permission. See www.lymanslack.com for some nifty photos, tips, and commentary.

Pictures from the June 8, 2017, UteRC Meeting


Tony Naef discusses how a full-sized airplane is supposed to be flown and why that applies to RC flight. Pitch down gains speed much faster than throttle will. Throttle is used to gain altitude not speed.


Tony's notes on the white board have been enhanced so they are readable. The diagram of drag vs speed shows the two kinds of drag the pilot must be concerned about. The sweet spot for efficient flight is at the dip of the drag curve.


Tony demonstrates how to apply these principles to landing an R/C plane on a Real Flight simulator.


Steve Wilson shows an early single-stick 27 MHz Tx that he bought at the Falcon swap meet. Apparently unused, the treasure was wrapped in a newspaper page from 1997.


Steve displays the Banggood box that the 2.4 GHz Tx (Model No. FS-i60) came in. He found the almost toy sized Tx on the Bangood.com website.

Jan and I hope you enjoy the story and photos.

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