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Volume 4, Issue 1                South Coast Model Aerosport Club Newsletter                  January 2010

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                                                            months due to medical problems but is making up for
                                                            lost time now by not missing too many flying days, or
                                                            too many chances to air his views on many world
2009 Christmas Dinner speech at The                         shattering subjects.
Goolwa Hotel on Tuesday Evening 8th                         Speaking of Bob, the club has undertaken a massive
December by SCMAC (Inc) President                           decision of removing the perpetual trophy for flying
Peter Hodge                                                 into the mill, currently held by the first and last
                                                            recipient George Camilleri, and I now have the
Once again it is my great honor to welcome you all to       pleasure in presenting this award, to be known as
our last official function for 2009 and in doing so I       the Duck trophy, to Bob for flying over and ditching
extend a warm welcome to our new members, Adrian            into Currency Creek a week ago. However, be
and Ciska Parsons, Trevor and Wendy Porter and              warned the rest of you, Bob will be delighted if you
Kevin and Cheryl Wright, and Michael and David              relieve him of this indignity.
Petersen. We trust you have a most enjoyable time in        This year we have as a club instituted an award, known
our company both socially and also on the flying field,     as the Tommy Hart Memorial in recognition of the
notwithstanding some heart breaking experiences at          sterling efforts and great comradeship shown to all
times.                                                      members by our late esteemed cobber Tom Hart. This
Apologies have been received from Trevor & Robyn            award is to be presented to a member annually, selected
Maul, Mike Adams & Dawn, Don Clarke & Joyce,                by all our members on a secret ballot system and it was
Ben & Lily Usher, and Michael and David Petersen.           on Friday last that Secretary Graham and I sat down and
Another year has passed with the usual ups and downs,       opened the sealed envelopes. It is now my great
some ups better than others, lots of downs to make our      pleasure to announce that the very worthy member to
lives miserable with the loss of a model akin to losing a   receive this inaugural award is our great mate and
close member of the family.Keith, our intrepid              wonderful behind the scenes worker, Derek Napier.
incidence reporter informed me a week or so ago, that       Congratulations Derek, well deserved.
over the past year we have averaged 2 crashes a week        This dinner affords me as President, the opportunity to
so our record is not getting any better despite the fact    publicly thank the members for their company,
we are all practicing our aviation skills on a regular      friendship and goodwill and also their valuable input
basis e.g. at least twice a week or more.                   into the running of the club. Especially, I wish to
I have said it before and all our members agree we are      express my appreciation to VPAndrew, Secretary
privileged to fly from one of the best and most             Graham, Treasurer Lindsay, CFI Peter and Reporter
convenient airfields in the state, with a lovely old Mill   Keith. Having these guys prodding me from behind
club house and the most obliging land lords. To Trevor      makes my job a great deal easier.
and Robyn I record again our sincere appreciation for       Finally, on behalf of you all, I extend our thanks to Nick
their kind help and assistance over this past year.         and Mary for the wonderful, twilight BBQ on their
While speaking of our field, we are in the process of       water front picnic area two weeks ago, and also to
enclosing an area with a shade cloth shelter for            George for 10 minutes of hilarious speed boat
protection from the sun and I record our thanks to          entertainment.
Trevor and Robyn for their consideration in allowing        To you all Lyn and I wish you a very happy and
this on their property.                                     peaceful Xmas and really hope you have many more
It is with great pleasure I welcome Derek and Ella back     uppers than downers in 2010.
to our Xmas dinner. We are all pleased to see Derek         Peter Hodge.
back on his pins and look forward to his return to the
field in due course.                                            A smart man learns from his mistakes.
A couple of our senior members, Barry and Les have
both taken a couple of weeks off to holiday in hospital              A wise man learns from others.
and it is good to see them back fighting fit.
Bob Jones had a spell from flying for a couple of                              Abraham Maslow
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Ladies – you Guys come later                         inside his brain whilst he is distracted about his
                                                     next excuse to buy something on e-bay or from
                                                     the Hobby Shop as he zooms around the bright
Your Man – his Code talk                             blue sky. Ask him about radio interference and
                                                     be amused for hours until the next issue of The
What a spectacular turnout we had at South           Idle Time is published!
Coast Model Aircraft Club Christmas Dinner,
held on Tuesday evening 8th December at the          One Modeller, interstate, but I suspect there
Goolwa Hotel. You gals did us proud and made         have been others, actually drove home with
us Balsa junkies look better than we really are!     great excitement from a hobby shop with his
                                                     new model purchase, leaving the lovely lady
For instance, the guys are always rabbiting on       shopping elsewhere!, Naturally he arrived
about their models and I’m beginning to              home to an empty house, no dinner and no
wonder if it is the “girl” type models who were      wife! If anything happens like that to you dear
gracious enough to surrender a good evening,         Lady, or worse, please, anonymously let me
that they keep on about! Nice one?                   know will you? And let me know the code you
Be that as it may, but have you noticed that
your man talks in code? I’m sure if you have         Your Man is a complex individual, very
accidentally caught him talking about aliens –       loveable as all excentric folk are, smitten with
oopps ailerons - which are actually an               the heavens and a penchant to quarrel with
important component of any aircraft, full size       gravity, You know and I know, what goes up
or model. What he will not tell you, unless          MUST come down. Although to watch him, or
pressed, is ailerons are not unlike aliens if your   listen to his exploits at Currency Creek, it
ham fisted man for any number of inexcusable         would make you wonder what they taught him
reasons, makes, fits or handles the controls that    at school. We have tried …oh how we have
make them work, carelessly. Usually he will          tried
sneak home and head for the workshop hoping
no questions will be asked about the resulting       So, in his defence, he is chronically inflicted
bruised or demised model.                            with envy for the bird kingdom and speaks in
                                                     code, for which there is no known cure. At
Actually girls, these confounded men, sorry          least he gets out from under your feet for a few
ailerons, make an aircraft bank (no I will not       hours enabling you to enjoy some respite, for
say drop a wing or I’m going to be in all sorts      which I am sure, makes up for his many faults !
of trouble here) and for some reason “he” can
explain, why it makes a model turn right or left.
And whilst we say makes an aircraft “bank”,
that can be misunderstood too ; you know, the
Visa Card, e-bay and all that stuff!
                                                     Hold on to this thought
Your Man will also be heard cursing elevator’s
from time to time. Not the posh type Elevator’s      "By prevailing over all
in New York or the common old lift’s in Public
Buildings in Adelaide you understand, but a bit      obstacles and
of plain old balsa hanging off the end of his
model which strangely lifts or descends a            distractions, one may
model! See what I mean about code?                   unfailingly arrive at
And there is another thing. He will carry on         his/her chosen goal or
from time to time about radio interference. I
mean how can a Radio interfere with anything,        destination."
except when it is too loud playing music or
Question Time in Parliament! Code again you
see. Actually, this is where he is fibbing. The                — Christopher Columbus
interference is the neon’s whizzing around
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Views from the past                        George Camilleri, our man
With so many new faces, well at least to
                                           from Malta
me and the absence of an Idle Times for
a year, I thought perhaps a few bits and
pieces from the past may interest you
guys and revive old memories for others.

Jottings from the field
Lindsay shows how to contemplate
life whilst flying his high altitude

                                           Just to remind you George, where
                                           your nemesis , The Mill Tower is !
We couldn’t see his model and              Got me puzzled how you can stand
reassured ourselves, Lindasy was
awake and well! Actually he was
                                           there and smile knowing with some
pondering how to manage (spend)            certainty, that you are going to
the Club’s finances since being            attempt once more, to fly right
elected Treasurer                          through the innocent and historic
                                           Mill Tower. (we all know George
                                           surrendered the honor of holding
                                           the Tower Trophy on the 8th
                                           December 2009, it being re-named
                                           the Duck Trophy for those who
                                           dare to land in Currency Creek)

                                           The inaugural award of the Duck
                                           Trophy was to none other than the
                                           irrespirable Bob Jones.

Ken Worrall put in an appearance the        How the Hospital staff managed
other day. I think he was Keith’s proxy    Bob during his recent sojourn in
on the R&D team whilst he is
gallivanting around Europe. Since ALL      the comfort and luxury of Hospital
the members of the R&D mob have had        is anyone’s guess !
encounters of the closest kind with the
tower, who’s taking bets ? _               Good to see you back Bob.
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Now look what you have done              fail to land, but ‘arrive’, usually at
George ! A Wizard Prang!!!               the wrong place, and the muffler hits
                                         something (Tower) and causes the
                                         crankcase to fracture. Now we are
Tired of trying to demolish the
                                         talking BIG dollars.
Leaning Tower at Currency Creek,
                                         The bolts did an excellent job holding
our hero decides to make Headlines
                                         the muffler in place for the crankcase
BIG Time. And what a good job he
                                         to fracture or even break off. So, is
did of it; everyone lived to fly
                                         there anyway to insure yourself to
another day, except the poor ‘bird’…
                                         prevent, or at least minimize this
                                         sort of damage?

                                         Two ways to provide some

                                         A common practice to help prevent
                                         this problem, is to hacksaw your way
                                         about halfway through the bolts a
                                         couple of threads outside the engine
                                         housing. The idea is for the bolts to
                                         snap first and release the muffler
                                         when a crash occurs. Another way to
                                         provide some protection is to use a
                                         ‘Jubilee Clip’ as illustrated below.
Mufflers are a necessary                 The clip will break and release the
nuisance                                 muffler in a crash and all you lose is
                                         the $2 clip !
Good for noise control only
Have you ever flown and startled to
hear your aircraft engine change
tune – real noisy tune, that could
nearly wake up the dead? This sort
of noise can quickly bring out the
neighbours looking skywards or put
off the hens laying eggs !

Serious stuff.

Much to your amazement, you
discover that your engine has given
the ‘boot’ to the muffler (silencer is
too grand a description!) when your
bird arrives back on terra firma.         Thanks to all you kind guys and
That scenario is cause for some           gals from Ella and I, for looking out
dismay, if you are unable to find the     for us during some trying times this
muffler, because the replacement          past year or so. Thanks also for the
will cost more dollars than you would     presentation at the Christmas
like to part with.                        Dinner, leaving me speechless for
                                          the first time as a member of
And there is more…                        SCMAC ! I’ll make up for that in
A worse case scenario is where you        2010 !!!
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Qantas Gripe Sheet                               Another Glimpse from
Submitted by Bob Simmons

After every flight, Qantas Airlines pilots
                                                 the Past
fill out a form called a gripe sheet, which
conveys to the mechanics problems encountered                          Idle
with the aircraft during the flight that need                         Times
repair or correction. The mechanics read and     Issue 2
correct the problem, and then respond in         Vol 1
writing on the lower half of the form what       September 2005 Edition
remedial action was taken, and the pilot
reviews the gripe sheets before the next         Now hear this! The Club’s resident Bright
flight. Never let it be said that ground crews   Spark, Electric Flight guru Peter Hodge,
and engineers lack a sense of humor.             (fiddle fingers) can be blamed for the new
Here are some supposedly actual logged           Title, Idle Times for your Club magazine.
maintenance complaints and problems as
                                                 There you go Peter, look what you have
submitted by Qantas pilots and the solution as
                                                 started and remember you have the enviable
recorded by Qantas maintenance engineers.
                                                 distinction being first Cab off the rank in the
By the way, Qantas is the only major airline
that has never had an accident.                  Scandal Department!
(P = The problem logged by the pilot.)
(S = The solution and action taken by the        Just in case you wonder about font (Old
engineers.)                                      English) being used for our title, it was
P: Left inside main tyre almost needs            chosen to be symbolic of the ancient and
replacement.                                     dignified Senior Members of SCMAC ! The
S: Almost replaced left inside main tyre.        members of more tender years, are
P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very         represented by the modern font you are
rough.                                           reading now (Verdana). Hopefully this suits
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.     all tastes, but remember, if you think of
P: Something loose in cockpit.                   better fonts let me know.
S: Something tightened in cockpit.
P: Dead bugs on windshield.                      Let’s get down to business.
S: Live bugs on backorder.
P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a     Mike Adams introduced us to Lindsay
200 feet per minute descent.
                                                 Petersen at the Ordinary Meeting held on
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.
                                                 Monday night 29th August 2005. Welcome
P: Evidence of leak on right main landing
gear.                                            aboard Lindsay and may you have many
S: Evidence removed.                             happy landings with SCMAC. We know now
P: DME volume unbelievably loud.                 that you have been around for yonks and you
S: DME volume set to more believable level.      have your Bronze wings. Nice to see Lindsay
P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to       flying in a very relaxed way with his Old
stick.                                           Timer in an arm chair !!!
S: That's what they're there for.                President Bob reminded us at the “Show and
P: IFF inoperative.                              Tell” how scale and serious modellers find a
S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.           use for nearly everything. No wonder we are
P: Suspected crack in windshield.                called scroungers!! Bob, like some of us
S: Suspect you're right.                         oldies, were building models before Mr Dubro
P: Number 3 engine missing.                      started inventing and commercialising useful
S: Engine found on right wing after brief        parts for modellers. We ought to have an
search.                                          evening segment on some of the alternatives
P: Aircraft handles funny.                       to the Commercial parts we pay a lot of
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly
                                                 money for. What do you think?
right, and be serious.
P: Target radar hums.
                                                 (Sound familiar 2009?) Ed
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.
P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.                                You know what? We had a breakout of radio
P: Noise coming from under instrument panel.     interference at the field a few weeks ago. Of
Sounds like a midget pounding on something       all the problems we face, radio interference is
                                                 the cruellest and most difficult to prove. It is
with a hammer.
                                                 also the easy answer to why we have Field
S: Took hammer away from midget
                                                 Rules and a Frequency Control Board (Peg
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                       What goes up, must be got down again!

Mike Adams discusses the most interesting manoeuvre SCMAC Members indulge in.

As a recently fledged Bronze Sparrow, it may be considered a bit cheeky of me to be writing an article on
landing our models. However Derek has asked for articles for Idle Times and landing aeroplanes and models
properly is a subject dear to my heart. As a R/C modeller, I still have long way to go before I can regularly
pull off an acceptable landing on the right part of our landing strip with regularity. More likely as not, my
current arrivals often never even make the strip! However, watching my fellow club members, I see that I
am in good company, Bronze seems as good as Gold when it comes to making a PROPER landing.
As a full size Gliding Instructor I was once told by a junior (to me), Instructor, that other pilots at the
Gliding School felt that if they could land as well as me, they would be very happy. This was a man who at
the time Captained 737's for Dan Air, so was a compliment I cherish to this day. When training for my PPL,
my landings were highly rated by my Instructor. I am not blowing my own trumpet for ego massaging, but
just to point out why I feel qualified to talk about landing one’s model, even though I have a long way to go
to mastering the art yet myself.
I was always been good at landing a plane because it is the most difficult part of flying, and as such presents
a challenge, and it is the most satisfying thing when one pulls off a real daisy cutter or greaser. It is a real
heart stopper, and when one gets it 100% right, the feeling of satisfaction is out of this world.
When I watch what goes for landings at the club at times, I wonder what standards we set ourselves, or are
we just happy to get the thing back on the ground, irrespective if it ends up in one piece or several?
In full sized trainers, a tri gear type with a nose wheel, landing nosewheel first is termed wheel barrowing,
and is frowned upon, as if done on a grass strip, is known to snap the nose leg off like a carrot. I often see
wheel barrowing practised at the club, the model usually flipping over, or ground looping. Happily the nose
leg can be straightened and we try again. Why is it that we seldom seem to get the hang of finishing off the
approach by levelling the model off about a foot high, then slowly rotating the model nose up, slowing the
model down until it sinks on to the ground, nose high as it slows to a stop? Never mind if the models ends
up as a lawn mower in the long grass at the end of it’s landing run, get it down properly. Getting the
approach right so that the model slinks in at the beginning of the strip will come with practice. Practice is
what we need more of. Why do we get airborne, then go crazy, flying all over the sky aimlessly like
demented blowflies, occasionally engaging in the odd mid air, when what we should be doing is following
each other around the circuit and perfecting our take offs and landings?
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If we feel that we are pretty good, how many landings out of ten are good, and how many are mere arrivals,
let alone rollovers or end up off the strip? How many of us know how to do a proper landing in a cross
wind? Should we do wing down, or yawed approaches? We should know the correct procedure as the wind
is across the strip, likely as not, or it forces us to make a cross wind landing in order to avoid the non fly
zones on the approach.
If you fly a short span or high wing model, either form of approach is OK. If you are flying a low wing
and/or long wingspan model, the yawed approach is more appropriate. If you do a wing down yawed
approach with a long wing, the first contact is likely to be the wing tip if you do not get it right
Why do we need to do a yawed approach?
Our objective is to touch down travelling straight down our flight line without any lateral motion as the
model makes contact with the ground. Any significant lateral component of our flight path can result in a
sideways rollover as we touch down. When landing straight into wind, there is no lateral component.
However if we are landing with a cross wind, then there will be lateral movement relative to the ground
even though the model appears to be flying straight down the strip. If the model touches down in this
condition, a roll over is likely.
To prevent this, the easiest way is to yaw the model into wind with the rudder on the approach so that the
model’s flight path over the ground is along the centre line of the strip, not pointing along the strip and
drifting sideways downwind at the same time, which is what happens if one does not take measures to
correct the drift.
 At the moment of touch down, take off the rudder, allowing the model to yaw back into the direction of
flight as it makes contact with the ground, allowing a straight run out with no forces trying to roll the model
The wing down technique is somewhat more difficult. Instead of countering the crosswind by yawing the
model into the wind, the model is sideslipped into the wind by lowering the into- wind wing with aileron
until the flight path is again straight down the strip. Dependent upon the characteristics of the model, some
rudder maybe required to keep the model straight. As the model is rounded out for the touch down, the
wings are levelled and the side slip removed, allowing the model to run straight after touch down. This is the
more satisfying method and preferred with a very strong crosswind, as well as being more visually
impressive, particularly so if one fails to get the round out correct, as it can be follow by a cartwheel as the
wing tip hits first!!
To achieve this with a model is far more difficult than in the real aeroplane, as one is not in the cockpit and
able to judge the angle of drift. It is also why a perfect cross wind landing with a model can be a source of
great satisfaction.
I once pulled off a very difficult crosswind landing using the wing down technique at a small flying club in
the West of England in a C150, when other pilots joining the circuit were requesting the use of the disused
runway which happened to be into wind. I was heartily congratulated by those witnessing the landing from
the club room. Then there was a stunned silence when I presented my cross country docket for signature by
the Duty Instructor, for I was on my first solo cross country flight. I was in my fifties, and had gone grey, so
there was every reason for them all to think that I was a long time pilot with thousands of hours in my log
book, instead of the measly 25 or so that I actually had. What they were not to know, was that I had logged
several thousand landings as a gliding instructor, grinding round the circuit time after time on 4 minute
As I said before, there is nothing quite as satisfying as pulling off the perfect greaser, so go to it, and perfect
your landings.

Mike Adams.

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 1. *Throw out nonessential numbers. *This includes age, weight and
 height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay them.

 2. *Keep only cheerful friends. *The grouches pull you down.

 3.*Keep learning.** *Learn more about the computer, crafts,
 gardening, whatever, even ham radio. Never let the brain idle. 'An
 idle mind is the devil's workshop.' And the* devil's** *family name
 is *Alzheimer's. *

 4. *Enjoy the simple things.*

 5.* Laugh *often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

 6... *The tears happen.** Endure, grieve, and move on. The only
 person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while
 you are alive.

 7. **Surround yourself with what you love** **, whether it's family,
 pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.Your home is your

 8. **Cherish your health: **If it is good, preserve it. If it is
 unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

 9. **Don't take guilt trips..** Take a trip to the mall, even to the
 next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

 10.** Tell the people you love that you love them**, at every
 opportunity. **

 Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,** **but by
 the moments that take our breath away**.** **
 And if you don't send this to at least 8 people - who cares?But do
 share this with someone. We all need to live life to its fullest
 each day!!** *

 *Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely
 in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways,* *
 totally worn out, shouting '.holy sh**i**t ....what a ride!'*

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