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New P-51D ARF from VQ Models: Lady Alice!

VQ Models LadyAlice P-51dWe do not normally promote or advertise specific products here on the PVMAC website, but today I thought we shoud make an exception given this particular bit of exciting news. VQ RC Models  has released a new P-51D Mustang that many at the PVMAC are all to familiar with “Lady Alice”. It is a 46 sized ARF with a 62" wingspand and designed for glow or electric setups with the built in magnetic battery hatch.  

I reached out to Mike Greenshields who is the Vice President of Product Development and Marketing at  Hobby People, which is the US Importer for VQ Arfs, to find out more about this VQ Arf.   Mike says that he had the idea that lady alice would make a great model, and since he knew Dr. Ken Wagner the owner of Lady Alice, He asked him if it would be ok to poduce a model of his P-51D.  When Ken agreed to the idea, Vinh Quang who is the owner of VQ Models was prompted to build the aircraft.   Mike reports that it is an updated version of VQ’s older P-51 line, which now includes a magnetic hatch for an electric friendly setup, now has full flaps, and a tail wheel that is “in the right spot”.    He tells me they will also be stocking retracts and struts for it too which will be sold separately.  Finally,  Mike says that though Ken Wagner has not seen the aircraft yet, they are in the process of building him one, and plan to take pictures with Ken, his new model, and his full size P-51D.

LadyAliceLady Alice began its life as a P-51D built and intended for combat.  Built in 1945 towards of the end of the war, this Mustang was never sent into combat.  It stayed in the USAF until about 1950 and served as a fighter trainer.  It was then sold to the Royal Canadian Air Force who flew it until 1956 at which point it was declare surplus.  In 1963, Bill Lacy out of Honolulu acquired the aircraft and flew it frequently until around 1972, when someone accidentally taxied into it and damaged it.  It was put in a container for year until it was transferred to Art Teeters, in Salinas California.  Today Art Teeters is a world-renowned P-51 restorer, but back then this was his first P-51, and he totally restored the aircraft over the course of about 2 years.  It is reported that Bill flew it infrequently until it was acquired by Bob Jepson in 1999 and repainted as Lady Alice in 2000.  In 2006, it was sold again to a local R/C modeler, Member and supporter of the PVMAC, Dr. Ken “WAGS” Wagner, who now owns and operates Lady Alice out of Chino CA.  Regularly flown, this P-51D flies at numerous events and is exhibited all over Southern California and even makes its way to Oshkosh most years. 

Here is some more information about the P-51, and like most of you, I look forward to seeing these fly at our field.  You can order the aircraft here at Hobby People.

VQModel LadyAlice P-51dFeatures:
Factory Laser-Cut, Jig-Built, All-Wood Construction
Factory Covered and Finished
Installed Canopy
Installed Pilot
Fiberglass Cowl
Compatible with Glow and Electric Power System
Easy-Access Magnetic Battery Hatch
Complete Hardware Package
Optional Retracts Available

Specifications:
Wingspan: 62.2in
Wing Area: 640sq.in.
Wing Loading: 19.8-25.2oz/sq.in. (Will Vary with Equipment Used)
Length: 46.4in
RTF Minimum Weight: 7lbs (Will Vary with Equipment Used)
Radio: 5+ channels
Engine: 70 Four-Stroke (Sold Separately)
Motor: G-46 HP Motor, 5-cell 4500mAh, 13x8 propeller (Sold Separately)
Functions: Ailerons/Elevator/Rudder/Throttle/Flaps/Optional Retracts.

 

February 2015 Club Meeting Recap

FEBMTG15 02As you know, we have our monthly PVMAC club meetings which are held on the second Tuesday of every month at the Chino Community Building at 7pm. We usually only get about 10% attendance, which is not great for a club of this size.  It would be great if we had greater attance by our members to show their support for the club and what their elected board is doing to keep our club beautifly maintained, safe and open for flying.   We realize that its not feasible for some to attend, so we will try to recap the discussions and post them here on the website on a monthly basis.

I apologize in advance if I got your name wrong or mispelled.   


Minutes From January meeting were read by president Chuck Pozanac

Minutes from January.

  • We had 40 members attend in January
  • Officers (board members) will remain the same as previous year as voted by members in December
  • Membership is at 376 as of January 13.
  • Signed up 9 new members at AMA, and our booth was a huge success.  lots of volunteers.
  • Broken window at snackshack will be repaired And Wood panel Placed to prevent entering through window.
  • Weeds at prado will be sprayed very soon.
  • Joni presented the wings over Prado
  • Tom Marcure said we will only be using the new membership form for the rest of the year.
  • It was reported that there is district 10 scholarship money and we need to do a better job of getting the word out.
  • Steve Parole went home with $75
  • The PVMAC Newsletter editor has resigned and we are need of a new newletter editor.


Click Below to read the rest of the Meeting Recap

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7th Annul Scale Squadron Fly-in Photos posted

SCALESQUADRONLOGO-300x202The  7th annual Scale Squadron Fly In, which was hosted by both the Scale squadron of Southern California and the PVMAC at Prado has come and gone, and  event was a great success.   There was a great turn out with close to 70 registered pilots that weekend, and as usual,  there were some amazing scale airplanes in the air and on the ground.  
In case you missed it, or you want to relive the weekend,

I've posted some picks of  just some of the impressive airplanes from the event, which you can CHECK OUT HERE... 


In Addition, You can check out these YouTube videos from the event.  
Video 1 Posted by Mike Curry
Video 2 Posted by Brad Algra

 

Tribute to the Goodwine Family

Dear Tom,
Your Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to pay special tribute to a PVMAC family that is responsible for your club being what it is today. We are of course talking about the Goodwine Family.
Phil Goodwine, our past president and chairman deserves the highest recognition for his work, effort and financial contribution to the PVMAC. Phil ran the club like a true professional and our past events under Phil’s leadership are a testament to his dedication and effort. His drive to make the PVMAC the best club in Southern California and possibly the country is well known and very much appreciated. Most members don’t realize the time and effort it takes to run a club of our size. As President and Chairman, Phil held down two full time jobs – his business, Goodwine Glass and the PVMAC. Over the past six years, Phil spent many hours on field maintenance, upgrading our flying sites and making our events the fantastic events they were. There were also countless times that Phil made trips to Prado to take care of one problem or another. Finally, Phil always volunteered his time and effort to hang airplanes for the AMA Expos. This saved the club $125 every year for the cost of our booth. You can be sure that the cost to do this was more than the $125 it saved the club, but for Phil that was just his way of giving back to the hobby that he and Kyle enjoy. All in all Phil’s effort on behalf of the PVMAC was a twenty-four hour job for which he put forth 100% effort all six years of his tenure.
Next we would like to thank Beth Goodwine. Beth spent much of the last six years filling the positions of Secretary and Membership Director. Both of these tasks were a big demand on her time and effort. There is much more to both these jobs than most of us realize and Beth performed both of these jobs to the fullest extent possible. What most members do not know is the countless hours of time and effort Beth put into running the snack bar. Purchasing the food, cooking and serving the food, and taking the entire dirty dish collection home after an event to wash them. Phil usually ran our events, but the snack bar was always all Beth. Yes Beth would usually have volunteers helping her at events, but that really is a small portion of the responsibility of running the snack bar. Most of us never saw the other 80% of the effort it takes to maintain and run the snack bar. Beth always did it without complaint and she did a tremendous job.
Finally there is Kyle. Anytime something needed to be done at the field, Kyle was always there with Phil making it happen. Kyle ran the raffle at the club meetings and was always involved in the club. How many of us in the club benefited from Kyle’s knowledge and help with their airplane. How many of us relied on Kyle to maiden our airplanes and trim them for us. The simple answer is many members. There is a good reason that Kyle was chosen to be a Horizon Hobby Team Pilot. It is the time and effort he puts forth to help others in this hobby. Kyle should be an example to us all as to what a club member should be.
We have tried to put into words what the participation of the Goodwine family has meant to the PVMAC. However no words are really adequate to express our appreciation for everything the Goodwines did to make the PVMAC what it is today and the envy of other model airplane clubs.
Thank you Phil, Beth and Kyle for all your effort and support.
Respectfully,
The Pomona Valley Model Airplane Club Board of Directors.

f16thunderbirdsYour Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to pay special tribute to a PVMAC family that is responsible for your club being what it is today. We are of course talking about the Goodwine Family.

Phil Goodwine, our past president and chairman deserves the highest recognition for his work, effort and financial contribution to the PVMAC. Phil ran the club like a true professional and our past events under Phil’s leadership are a testament to his dedication and effort. His drive to make the PVMAC the best club in Southern California and possibly the country is well known and very much appreciated. Most members don’t realize the time and effort it takes to run a club of our size. As President and Chairman, Phil held down two full time jobs – his business, Goodwine Glass and the PVMAC. Over the past six years, Phil spent many hours on field maintenance, upgrading our flying sites and making our events the fantastic events they were. There were also countless times that Phil made trips to Prado to take care of one problem or another. Finally, Phil always volunteered his time and effort to hang airplanes for the AMA Expos. This saved the club $125 every year for the cost of our booth. You can be sure that the cost to do this was more than the $125 it saved the club, but for Phil that was just his way of giving back to the hobby that he and Kyle enjoy. All in all Phil’s effort on behalf of the PVMAC was a twenty-four hour job for which he put forth 100% effort all six years of his tenure.

Next we would like to thank Beth Goodwine. Beth spent much of the last six years filling the positions of Secretary and Membership Director. Both of these tasks were a big demand on her time and effort. There is much more to both these jobs than most of us realize and Beth performed both of these jobs to the fullest extent possible. What most members do not know is the countless hours of time and effort Beth put into running the snack bar. Purchasing the food, cooking and serving the food, and taking the entire dirty dish collection home after an event to wash them. Phil usually ran our events, but the snack bar was always all Beth. Yes Beth would usually have volunteers helping her at events, but that really is a small portion of the responsibility of running the snack bar. Most of us never saw the other 80% of the effort it takes to maintain and run the snack bar. Beth always did it without complaint and she did a tremendous job.

Finally there is Kyle. Anytime something needed to be done at the field, Kyle was always there with Phil making it happen. Kyle ran the raffle at the club meetings and was always involved in the club. How many of us in the club benefited from Kyle’s knowledge and help with their airplane. How many of us relied on Kyle to maiden our airplanes and trim them for us. The simple answer is many members. There is a good reason that Kyle was chosen to be a Horizon Hobby Team Pilot. It is the time and effort he puts forth to help others in this hobby. Kyle should be an example to us all as to what a club member should be.
We have tried to put into words what the participation of the Goodwine family has meant to the PVMAC. However no words are really adequate to express our appreciation for everything the Goodwines did to make the PVMAC what it is today and the envy of other model airplane clubs. Thank you Phil, Beth and Kyle for all your effort and support.

Respectfully,
The Pomona Valley Model Airplane Club Board of Directors.

Big Jolt Featured in Electric Flight Magazine

Electric Flight Magazine March Cover

If you were at this years Big Jolt event, you may have noticed John Reid, the West Coast Senior Editor for Model Airplane News and Electric Flight Magazine, running around to chat with the pilots and take some photos and video.  

When I downloaded the March 2013 digital issue of Electric Flight Magazine yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised to see what John was up to while he was at our event. John wrote a beautiful 4 page spread, including tons of Photos. And If you subscribe to the Digital edition, there is great interview with Sam Wright, the CD of this event. If your a print subscriber, you can get to the video interview with a built in QR code link which you can scan with your smart phone. In 2010, John featured a video interview with Sam on the Model Airplane News Blog, but I believe the is the first time our Big Jolt  event has been covered in a national publication.

If you have a subscription to either Electric Flight or Model Airplane News or you read his blog, you will know that John often reviews new model airplanes. You probably also notice that many of the field testing for these reviews take place at one of our fields at either Prado or Norton.  Not only is John a member of our Club but he is a huge supporter of it.  He Comes to most of our events, which are often featured in his blog, and he often mentions our club in his articles when he is at our field writing his reviews. This time he's shown his support  by featuring a nice writeup of the Big Jolt event.  I'm sure next years turn out will be even bigger because of it.  

Thanks for the nice write up John, The PVMAC appriciates it.

Show your support....If you don't have a subscription to Electric Flight or Model Airplane News, be sure to grab one now and enjoy the Big Jolt article and other great articles every month from John Reid and and others. 

 

Fire Extinguishers Required in 2015!

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It has been discussed and decided by the current 2012 PVMAC Board of Directors that in 2013 all PVMAC members flying at either Norton or Prado will be required to have an A, B And C rated fire extinguisher in their pit area. We will start policing this in January. This is something that many other local flying fields have been doing for several years now.   It is already in our rules package that the club highly recommends having one with you.

Why the new Rule?  We all need to do our part to protect our flying fields.  We are flying on leased land,  and all it takes is one mishap for them to decide not to renew our lease.  We must do everything in our power to keep our fields open.  Fires have already claimed a couple of flying fields last year, and we dont want this to happen to our Club.

And if that unfortunate accident should occur,  make sure to grab your extinguisher and run out to the crash site to ensure that it has not sparked a fire.  This is not the time to stand around and do a play-by-play, as there will be plenty of time for this after the peices have been gatherd and the risk of fire has been removed.  

Home Depot sells an A, B And C Rated Recreational Fire Extinguisher for $20, and I'm told that Cost-co might have a deal on 2 of them.  You may considder a Class D Fire extinguisher if your heavily invested in Lipo technology, however they are expensive.  That being said, though the  Class A,B,C extinguisher would be ineffective at extinguishing a lipo fire, it would be effective at extinguishing any secondary fires that might occur as a result of the lipo fire, such as adjacent dry grasses or the fuslage remains. 

Fire Extinguisher Standards 

Class A Ordinary combustibles
Class B Flammable liquids & Gasses
Class C Electrical equipment
Class D Combustible metals
Class K Cooking oil or fat

 

 

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