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December 21, 2017 11:00 AM • Harry's Hofbrau in Redwood City
January 01, 2018 • Alameda
February 10, 2018 • Lost Hills, California
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  • November 24, 2017 11:45 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    Fred Terzian reporting: OCD member Jim Harris with his cousin (they hadn't seen each other in over thirty years!) when he returned his grandfather Ocie Randall's Goldberg "Zipper" airplane (built during the early Fifties). Note the Fresno Gas Model Association decal on the side. Also, his cousin talking with Southern California flyer with very beautiful rendition of Carl Goldberg's "FAI Viking" design from the Late Fifties-Early Sixties.

      

  • November 24, 2017 11:34 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    Here are some photos taken at the U.S. FF Champs (late Sept. 2017) after the first test flights of this Satellite 1300 beast--scary Rossi .65 Rear Rotor, Rear Induction Racing Engine! 

       

  • November 24, 2017 10:53 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    Fred Terzian forwarded pictures from an F1E activity, taken at Lost Hills.

    F1E described (from FAI web site)

    Gliding down the slope – human beings had dreamed about it for almost a million of years. Aeromodellers use the lift generated by the wind uphill for hundred years now, but model aircrafts with reliable magnet steering devices for a stable free flight had first been introduced by the German Hans Gremmer in 1951. These steering systems are simple, sturdy and since 1977 the heart of the FAI Free Flight class F1E. Like other free flight classes F1E is very much popular with competitions, but the training is exiting as well, satisfying the age-old desire.

    In principle, a rudder is fixed above a strong magnet which turns freely on a hub in its center. Before the glider is to be launched downhill the rudder must be adjusted. It has to show in the flight path, with the magnet pointing to the north resp. south - as it is its nature. While gliding, the model aircraft will be disturbed by turbulences of the headwinds which even try to turn it back.

              

  • September 16, 2017 12:59 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    Dear OCD members, 

    Please find below the memorial service information for OCD member Lynn Price, who passed away on August 23rd, 2017. 

    Lynn Price Memorial

    Saturday Sept 30th, at 2:00 PM

    Sun Valley Bible Chapel, 1031 Leland Drive, Lafayette

    Directions: Take Hwy 24. Exit at Pleasant Hill Rd. South (toward Rossmoor). Left on Leland Drive, follow the road around, passing a school on the left. Take steep driveway marked "3111 Patty Way".

  • September 08, 2017 9:37 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    On August 12, 2017 at Lakeville, there were three contests held simultaneously; A SAM 27 contest CD’d by Rod Persons, an FAC contest CD’d by Manuel Cisneros, and the OCD contest CD’d by Dick Douglas. Rod’s events were P-30 and a rubber scramble for models that would fit in a 30” circle. Manuel had Jet catapult scale, embryo endurance, and dime scale. The OCD contest had all the regular OCD events such as OCD catapult.

    The day started off well with calm winds and overcast with lots of thermals. When the clouds burned off the winds stayed calm until about noon. A great day. Not as much participation as for previous contests.

    Dick Douglas

    You can access the results here

  • August 30, 2017 9:55 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    We are deeply saddened to inform you that OCD member Lynn Price caught his last thermal sometime last week. A memorial service is scheduled for sometime in September and Ron Meckley will be informed by Lynn's daughter about the date, time and place sometime in the near future.

  • June 21, 2017 12:30 AM | Web Master (Administrator)

    NCFFC 2017 Western States Champs results can be accessed here

    NCFFC 2017 Gold & Silver points status as of June 20, 2017 can be accessed here.

  • June 20, 2017 11:27 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    AMA Hall of Famer Hank Cole was present at our last club luncheon. He and members chatted about thermals, past contests, rubber, and modeling in general.


  • June 05, 2017 10:15 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    Bud Romak was at the Waegell Field, test flying his Dawn Patrol prior to the Nats. This particular model had a 30+ minute flight at Lost Hills and was located in a tree, with the help of a drone. Bud built a new wing to replace the one that was broken after that long flight, and was test flying it for the first time. 


  • May 22, 2017 11:05 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    Hank Cole showed up at our OCD meeting held on April 20th. His "show and tell" included the Burnham Twin Pusher he built after being prodded by Mik Mikkelson to fly the event. Mik sent him plans and Hank realized he had less than a week to get it built and ready to fly. He wound up winning the Mass Fly-Off event.

    Harold Davidson decided to attend this meeting to have the opportunity to talk with Hank about his efforts to build the "Cirrus Cruiser" that Hank designed back in the Forties, and described in Hank's book, "The Fascination of Flight" (currently available through the National Free Flight Society).


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