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New Years Flying with the Carolina Gang - Part 1 & 2

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New Years Flying with the Carolina Gang - Part 1 & 2

Post  RknRusty on Wed Jan 01, 2014 8:47 pm

The Metrolina Control Line Society(MCLS) of Huntersville, NC calls themselves the Carolina Gang, and they usually fly on or around New Years Day. This year they had a fairly large gathering on Friday 12/27 at Watt Moore's house, but I had to decline due to my medical schedule. Because of this and unbeknownst to me, Will Davis scheduled another get-together on a day that I could come. Monday we gathered at Watt's for a second fly-in. That's when realized they had already had one with a whole bunch of people and planes just a few days earlier. Needless to say, I was astounded and very grateful to find out that they were so thoughtful as to do this just to accommodate lil' ol' me. I think I really need to join this club for the premium rate of only $20 bucks a year.

I'd never been to Watt's since I missed the post contest BBQ in October, but had heard what a great place it is. Watt has a piece of rural SC property with his house and workshop, which I'm pretty sure he built himself, and a perfectly flat grassy control line field right next to his catfish pond. His shop is smaller on the outside than it is on the inside... I swear! And fully stocked with everything to build anything. If a plane breaks, it's there next to the field for anyone to work and do repairs. In fact I had some Monokote come loose during a flight and I just found a box full of every color of Kote, plugged in an iron and voila, like new again. I'd have been dead in the water at any other field. Will took me on the nickle tour, and upstairs and there was a museum of planes, memorabilia, trophies, magazines, videos, and enough beds to house a fair gathering of pilots from all over the country that pass through there to gather before traveling to East Coast contests. He keeps a book of names for visitors to sign and the list was one of so many control line greats, I was awe stricken. Many are names of people known and revered from all over. Watt is a mechanical engineer and has massive stacks of rolls of plans that he and many others have designed, all in immaculate order. This place is an unbelievable treasure. Later I walked through another door I hadn't noticed and damned if there wasn't a full blown wood shop back there.

Other guys started filtering in and we decided to go down to the field where our planes were waiting. More guys came for the visiting and hotdog lunch than flying, maybe since they had all flown a couple of days ago, so it was mostly Will, Don Jenkins and me with planes in the air. I got there a few minutes ahead of them and there was no wind, so I decided to put the Li'l Satan in the air. The crowd had gathered by the time I launched with an ounce of fuel. They always get a kick out of my stooge, and none of these guys had ever gotten past the childhood frustration of smashing plastic 1/2As, if they could even get them cranked. So I had a great audience while I flew the everliving crap out of the Satan for however long an ounce lasts... a long friggin' time. That was fun. I always grin like I got a coat hanger in my mouth after flying one of those.

Don had a perfectly beautiful Geiske Nobler, and Will was flying a Vector that he is lending to a guy who's on vacation in Florida and wants to fly at KOI. The dude posted on Stunthanger asking if he could borrow a plane, so Will obliged and brought it to Watts to get it trimmed, and he'll take it when he heads down to Jacksonville for the contest. I had my ugly old Skyray that flies much better than it looks. I brought the Shoestring too, in case I wrecked the Ray, but that wasn't a problem.

We flew, took a lunch break, and flew more.

I'm honestly fading here, so I'll write about the flying and see what the pics and vids look like in the morning and continue. I have fallen in with a truly great bunch of buddies.
See y'all in the morning

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Re: New Years Flying with the Carolina Gang - Part 1 & 2

Post  Ken Cook on Wed Jan 01, 2014 8:55 pm

Rusty, Watt's house is purely spectacular and so is the hospitality. Shawn and I had a wonderful time there but it was quickly shortened by the lack of daylight. The outside campfire by his horses and the awesome BB-Q took our minds from flying to just down right enjoying the time we spent there. I hope you signed visitor guess board inside his workshop. Ken
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New Years Flying with the Carolina Gang - Part 2

Post  RknRusty on Thu Jan 02, 2014 8:47 pm

Ken Cook wrote: ...I hope you signed visitor guest board inside his workshop. Ken
No I didn't. In fact I didn't actually know about it until after I'd left. Will mentioned it in an e-mail and told me what it was. I wrote the above from what I gleaned from Will's explanation, but that's why I called it a book rather than a board. I spoke with Wayne today, and he said, yes it's a board, not a book. Sorry, I'm busted for embellishing. Everything else I wrote of is first hand experience though. I must sign the board next time. Sorry I missed out on that.

Watt was reading a magazine while we were down at the field, and he showed me a picture of myself accepting my trophy in October. It must have been either Stunt News or CL World, not sure which. That's pretty cool. My 15 minutes of fame. Lol

Here's Don flying his Nobler
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPVJAyJQTjk

Here's Will flying the Vector he's lending to the beginner at KOI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlvobVjxPbs

And me flying the Skyray with my engine running too fast. I slowed it down a lot and flew my best flight for a dead camera battery. But on this flight I flew the beginner pattern first, then flew a square 8, a V8 where I got confused, and another V8 that I got right. After I slowed the engine, my next try was a lot neater, and I also added a double triangle. Disappointingly, I can't prove it here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYGlYFOtukQ

Watt's place is less than an hour from my house, and I hope to be a frequent guest there.
That's a wrap, hope you enjoyed it.

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Re: New Years Flying with the Carolina Gang - Part 1 & 2

Post  Cribbs74 on Thu Jan 02, 2014 11:03 pm

Good times man, Good times!

You are looking really smooth and comfortable out there. That thing had a little bit of a 4-2 going at first and then leaned out on you.

So I have to ask... Why in the world did you need your stooge when you got a bunch of guys standing around? Or was it just a stooge demonstration? A lot less stuff to pack if you left it at home.

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Re: New Years Flying with the Carolina Gang - Part 1 & 2

Post  RknRusty on Fri Jan 03, 2014 4:07 am

Cribbs74 wrote:Good times man, Good times!

You are looking really smooth and comfortable out there. That thing had a little bit of a 4-2 going at first and then leaned out on you.

So I have to ask... Why in the world did you need your stooge when you got a bunch of guys standing around? Or was it just a stooge demonstration? A lot less stuff to pack if you left it at home.

Ron

I am getting pretty comfortable, the Skyray is a solid flyer. It's hard to see since I didn't do the stunts in front of the camera, but when you can see the edges, my loops are all in the same place and shape. My 4th H8 loop wandered, not sure why I sometimes do that, maybe because I don't compensate for all the energy I've bled off, or maybe bad air from my wake?? Sometimes that last H8 loop gets big on me. But I'm getting better. I haven't aborted a Beginner maneuver since I got the Skyray.

I started setting the Satan up before the others walked down there, and I guess it's just part of my 1/2A loner habits. And yeah, I love the reaction I get when I pull out with the Satan, 14" off the ground and go straight into a wingover. Fireworks 

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Re: New Years Flying with the Carolina Gang - Part 1 & 2

Post  roddie on Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:03 am

Thanks for posting Rusty.. I love to read your stories! That must have been a lot of fun! It didn't look like there was even the slightest of a breeze blowing in any of those 3 vids. I would have loved to have been there!

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Re: New Years Flying with the Carolina Gang - Part 1 & 2

Post  RknRusty on Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:44 am

There was a very slight breeze, but almost the least wind I've ever flown stunt in. Once in a while when the plane got up to 60 degrees or so I'd catch a flutter but only once or twice. The pros claim dead air is more dangerous to fly in because you keep crossing your wake and if you don't back step to stay in clean air, it can cause failure to pull out crisply and plow into the ground. I'm nowhere near being able to negotiate that much complexity, I just depend on sheer luck. I had no trouble that day.

Once at the Fort I was flying the Shoestring in truly dead calm and had a really hard time keeping line tension without dancing around. That's when I learned that some wind is my friend. Of course it helps when it's steady in one direction. Within a few hundred yards of trees though, it will swirl and whip. But the Skyray is much more tolerant of it.

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