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The Pomona Valley Model Airplane Club (PVMAC) is an AMA Gold Leader Club that operates as a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and enjoyment of R/C model airplane flying. The club is composed of approximately 400 members.

Our clubs field is located in Prado AirPark in Chino, California. The Prado field runway is approximately '800’ x  50’ with enough asphalt pit area to support 30 canopies and features unobstructed flying in all directions. You must either be a PVMAC member or be an AMA member and have obtained a $10 day pass at the prado field to fly there. A 400' flying ceiling is strictly enforced and a fire extinguisher is required.

 

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Pomona Valley Model Airplane Club

Unfortunate Sad News....

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PVMAC member Allan Hess has informed me of some sad news this evening.  Allan Writes; "It was brought to my attention today that Jerry Boggs, longtime PVMAC & MARKS club member passed away June 11 of natural causes.  Jerry cut back his flying as of late, but used to be part of the Mon/Wed/Fri group at Norton.
We are told that Funeral is at Mt. View cemetery in San Bernardino, 10am, Tues June 21. " 

Here is the Obituarity printed in the San Bernardino Sun on June 19.

JERRY ALLEN BOGGS Age 72, a resident of San Bernardino for 37 years, passed away on June 11, 2011. He was born in San Bernardino. He was a Journeyman for 50 years with the Edison Company until 1994. He was active in the Pomona Valley R.C. Club and Marks R.C. Club. Also a member of the N.R.A. Jerry is survived by his mother, Barbara Myrle Boggs; sons, Jeff and David Boggs; Grandchildren, Stevi and Sam. Visitation: Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 9-10 A.M. with Funeral Service at 10:00 A.M. at Mt. View Mortuary.

Please visit: www.mtviewsanbernardino.com to offer condolences.

 

Scale Squadron Fly-In 2011:Wrap-up

ScaleSquad_EventWrapup PhotoThe Scale Squadron Fly-In 2011 is behind us and all that can be said is wow. This year's turn out was strong with 68 registered pilots, and almost 550 spectators  throughout the weekend. This was in-spite of the poor weather that was forecasted. New for this year,  was a seminar put on by the Scale squadron with guest speakers Larry Wright & Gordon Trough talking about the basics of Scale Masters and how to get started.  This years lunch menu was one area of improvement, as they were able swap out the usual hot dogs and "hockey pucks" for some Philly Cheese Steaks. The Zap Tap room was also improved this year, thanks in part to the catering which was done by Zendejas Mexican food.  Randy Wilbur, the CD for this event, says that everything went really smooth with no snags.   Thanks to all the numerous volunteers from both the Scale Squadron and the PVMAC who helped make this event possible.

Be sure to check out the Photo Gallary with over 250 Images from the event.

Here are your 2011 Scale Squadron Fly-In Winners.

People’s Choice

  1. Kyle Goodwin $ Frank Harris – F4F Wildcat
  2. Rick Powers - Savoia-Marchetti SM.79
  3. Steve Gamble - P-40 Warhawk

Best Military

  1. Kyle Goodwin & Frank Harris – F4F Wildcat
  2. Rick Powers - Savoia-Marchetti SM.79
  3. Bob Mabli – Mitsubishi A6M Zero

Best Civilian

  1. Tim Cardin – Beach Stagerwing
  2. Kyle Goodwin – Extra 260
  3. Al Case – Midget Mustan

Best Realistic Flight

  1. John Deacon - Piper L-4A "Grasshopper

Best Detailed ARF

  1. Kenny Thorton - Republic P-47 Thunderbolt

Best EDF Jet

  1. Chris Wolfe - Vought A-7 Corsair II

Best EP Prop

  1. John Bayshore - Grumman F8F Bearcat

Best of Show

  1. Brian Young - Mitsubishi A6M Zero

Commanders Award

  1. The Goodwin Family

Prop Balancing 101

If you're a reletive newcomer to the hobby like me, or you have been in the hobby for years,  you probably know that you need to balance your propellers in order to reduce vibration and get the best performance.  However, I doubt that anyone ever went through the trouble of showing you how to properly do this basic task.  If you're like me, you've probably heard that you should be doing it, bought a balancer,  and did your best to figure it out on your own.  Thanks to  HorizonHobby.com  for releasing this excellent Youtube Video that thoroughly covers the subject.  Its amazing what one can learn on even the most basic of subjects when the time is taken to teach us.

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Scale Squadron Featured in Model Aviation Mag

MA_CoverYou'll definately want to pay particular attention to the June issue of Model Aviation Magazine, which should have already arrived in your mailbox, and is probably sitting there waiting to be read, as mine was.   To my surprise, this issue features  an article about the 2010 Scale Squadron Fly-in, which happens to be hosted by your PVMAC Club at Prado airfield.  Thanks to Randy Wilbur, event organizer and PVMAC Member for writing and submitting this timely article. It has some fantastic photos, and is a great write-up of the event. 

This article should give a huge boost to the 2011 event as this is incredible advertisement.  The 2011 event will be held on June 4-5, and promises to be bigger and better than last years.  Be Sure to check out the event page for more information on the 2011 event.

 

10 Questions featuring Richard Pandis

R_PandisthumbThis week we are featuring expert scale modeler and PCMAC club member, Richard Pandis.  It's always easy to find Richard at the flight line as he always looks to be surrounded by has own mini German Luftwaffe.   His planes are finely detailed, and he is always willing to share his knowledge on his planes, and the history behind them.  Richard is also a frequent participant at most of the warbird airshows the PVMAC puts on, and his airplanes are always a crowd pleaser.  Also, Be sure to check out the High Quality YouTube Video  below Featuring his ME-2621A Project, produced by PlaneVideoArt Productions.

  1. Tell us a little about yourself.
    I am a Federal Agent and currently mobilized with NCIS at GTMO working on the detainee issue.
  2. How long have you been flying model airplanes?
    I started flying in 1984 with my neighbor Jeff Fassbinder.
  3. What was the first airplane you flew and how did it go?
    Kit built Eagle and Jr. Tiger. Jeff helped me build them back then. We were in 8th grade. ARF's really didnt exist yet. 
  4. How many different airplanes do you think you've owned since you started?
    Close to 100 maybe more
  5. What is/are your most favorite aspects about being involved in this hobby?
    Im a big History buff. Prefer Luftwaffe subjects. I spend more time researching the aircraft and pilot than anything. I enjoy the history almost as much as the flying. My rule is, no hanger queens...If I build it...I fly it.
  6. Tell me about the airplane you enjoy flying most today?
    Right now my favorite is my BVM Electra. Really nothing like EDF power and BVM has it all dialed in.
  7. What's the best memory you have since becoming involed in this hobby?
    The friends I have made in the hobby.
  8. What is the biggest mistake you've made (in the Hobby), and what did you learn from it?
    Not speaking up when I see a new guy doing something dangerous. Made it a rule to help as many less experienced modelers with basic safety when I can. Seen a few fingers lossed at the field and want to avoid that again.
  9. What are you working on now?
    I have a 144" wingspan TA-152 H-1 Focke Wulf coming out soon. This was the Luftwaffes last fighter of the war. Only about 8 saw combat around Berlin in May 1945. David Pearson is helping on this project. Final aircraft will be "grun 4" flown by Walter Loos. Will be a show stopper when finished.
  10. If you could fly in any real airplane, what would it be and why?
    ME-262. My all time favorite jet. Building one and flying it makes me appreciate it all the more.

Kyle, Phil and Frank "Winning" at Top Gun 2011!!!

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Congratulations to Kyle and Phil Goodwine, and Frank Harris on taking 3rd in the difficult and new Unlimited class, as well as Best Four Stroke Engine Performance and finally runner up for Peoples Choice for Best Military at Top Gun 2011, with your amazing F4F-4 Wildcat. All the hard work, experience and perseverance has payed in spades.  Phil Goodwine said this about the Unlimited class competition, "The top 3 in this class were seperated by 2 points".

 

As you may already know, Top Gun is a contest put on by world renowned builder Frank Tiano and is designed to find the best RC Scale builder/flyer in the world. If you were at the March club meeting, you got a chance to see the prized airplane, and listen to hopefuls Frank, Phil, and Kyle talk about the daunting task they undertook, and see first hand the level of craftsmanship that is required in order to be competitive and win at Top Gun.    I'm sure there will be more details to come but for now enjoy these beautiful shots of the winning F4F-4 at Top Gun, courtesy of Ken Isaac of RCUniverse.com

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10 Questions featuring Lonnie Morrison

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This week, we are proud to feature Lonnie Morrison, who is one of the original founding members of the PVMAC. You can always find Lonnie either at the Prado field or at  Hobby Club USA, where he is always willing to share some of his knowledge about flying or life in general.   

Tell us a little about yourself.
I'm 63yrs old. I've been married for 42 years. I have 5 children and 10 grandchildren. I was born in California and have lived here all of my life. I have been involved in Drag racing since 1964. My other favorite hobby is model "N" guage trains.
How long have you been flying model airplanes?
On and off for over 50yrs.
What was the first airplane you flew and how did it go?
The first model airpalne I was a control line profile plane powered by a .09 size engine.
What is/are your most favorite aspect about being involved in this hobby?
Helping others with the hobby and introducing new people to the hobby. I also enjoy modifying and flying odd types of planes(pizza, surfer, witch on broom)
Tell me about the airplane you enjoy flying most today?
My favorite type of plane is float or seaplane. My favorite plane is the Canadair CL415 superscooper twin engine seaplane.
What's the best memory you have since being involed in this hobby?
Having a friend of mine get me back into the hobby. I was out of the hobby for over 20yrs. A friend convinced me to go float flying with him at a local lake. He flew his plane for awhile then landed. We watched others fly their planes then he took off with his plane, flew it around the pattern then put the transmitter in my chest and said to fly it and walked away. I flew it then landed it and the rest was history. I was hooked and now own over 40 planes.
What is the biggest mistake you've made (in the Hobby), and what did you learn from it?
Trying to fly a autogyro. Not to impluse buy just because you think you have to have something different.
What are you working on now?
A new CL415, with a tank in it to pick up and drop water in flight.
If you could fly in any real airplane, what would it be and why?
Probably a Stearman, I have flown in open cockpit planes before and there is nothing like that felling.
How many different airplanes do you think you've owned since you started?
100,s
  1. Tell us a little about yourself.
    I am a 70-year-old retired diesel mechanic. My dad owned El Monte Tree Service and I worked with him until I was drafted into the army in 1963, when I spent one year in Vietnam. I have done many improvements to my home including building an oak mantle and staircase. I enjoy working with wood. But what brings me the most pleasure in life is my almost-4-year-old great-granddaughter, Bailey. She is the sunshine in my life.
  2. How long have you been flying model airplanes?
    I started when I was 14 years old flying U-control planes. I have always been interested in airplanes and flying.
  3. What was the first airplane you flew and how did it go?
    My father-in-law helped me build my first Cub after I got out of the service. The plane was OK but the electronics in those days were not very dependable. It lasted a few weeks, then I started building another plane. 
  4. How many different airplanes do you think you've owned since you started?
    Too many to count. At first it took months to build a plane from kits or plans. Now I can build one in days. I have many today in my garage and trailer.
  5. What is/are your most favorite aspects about being involved in this hobby?
    I like building as much as flying. The friendships I have made since starting with PVMAC are what I enjoy most. Another favorite thing is helping new pilots learn to fly and helping them with their planes. I enjoyed racing the Unlimited RC pylon planes for several years. I am also flying IMAC in contests. Now that I am older, my favorite thing to do is sit in my chair at the field holding a cup of coffee in one hand and watching the planes fly and visiting with my friends.
  6. Tell me about the airplane you enjoy flying most today?
    My favorite planes to fly today are the giant scale IMAC planes. They are easier to see and fly and are much more stable.
  7. What's the best memory you have since becoming involed in this hobby?
    My best memory is helping with the Toys-for-Tots event that we have held at the field for many years. I have enjoyed this and I especially like teaching young people the basics of flying.  My best memory is helping with the Toys-for-Tots event that we have held at the field for many years. I have enjoyed this and I especially like teaching young people the basics of flying. 
  8. What is the biggest mistake you've made (in the Hobby), and what did you learn from it?
    Another member and I were racing T-6 40 size planes of the same color, and when the planes came around a pylon they touched. Both planes went out of control and crashed. When I retrieved my plane I realized that it wasn't mine. We had both tried to control the wrong plane. We laughed about that for a long time. I learned that I have to keep my eyes on my own plane. 
  9. What are you working on now?
    I am working on a giant scale P-51 Mustang with DA 60 motor. It will have smoke, flaps, and retractable landing gear and tail wheel.
  10. If you could fly in any real airplane, what would it be and why?
    I would fly in a P-51 Mustang. That has always been my dream.

Virtual Prado Airpark for RealFlight 5.5

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The first 3D virtualization of the Prado Airpark for the RealFlight 5.5 is complete and ready for download.  Real Flight 5.5 is the latest installment from one of the premier RC Simulator providers and airplane kit distributors, Great Planes.  

The virtualization of Prado took some time to get the measurements down and capture the look, so that the feeling is just right. From the lowered fences, the beautiful Chino Hills and San Gabriel Mountains, to the busy pitts on the weekend, the entry ways, 2 wind socks, and Frequency board, its all there.  As with the real Prado Airpark, this simulation features features 5 pilot stations, and 4 entry/exit ways.   The runway is big, and the flying is un-obstructed. 

However, this is a 3D virtualization and not a Photo-realistic one. If your familiar with Real Flight, you know that Real Flight offers both Photo and 3D, and that 3D simulations require a beefier PC to run. So make sure your PC is up to snuff, or turn the detail levels down in order to get the frame rates high enough for smooth flying.

I've been testing it and flying it for a few weeks now, and I cant think of a better way to get some stick time in at the prado Airfield when the sun has gone down, or the weather (or wife) has made it impermissible.  Hope you all enjoy it.

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