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Easy Tips for Balancing Propellers

When operating RC airplanes, properly balanced propellers are very important. Having a balanced prop helps prevent excessive vibration which can cause electrical connections to loosen, fuel in your gas tank to foam up, and can even cause structural damage.  Balancing your propeller helps avoid all these problems and it is very easy to do by following this two-step procedure.
1.  To balance blades, place the mounted prop on the balancer with the blades in a horizontal position.  Remove material from the heavy side (the side that falls when placed horizontally), or add to the lighter side until prop stays in a balanced horizontal position.
2.  To balance the prop hub, place the mounted prop on the balancer in a vertical position.  Remove material from the heavy side (side that falls when placed vertically) or add to the lighter side until prop stays in a balanced vertical position.

Tips for Removing or Adding Weight


To remove material from wood or plastic props, scrape or sand material from the backside of the blade.
To add material use drops of CA glue, epoxy or “dope” (wood props).  Also, light coats of these adhesives work as well.

That’s it. Balancing a propeller is very easy and it pays big dividends by making your model last longer and operate more smoothly.

Safety note: Don’t try to repair a broken or badly cracked propeller.

Building Plans

Comment from Dan Royer:

At the weekly lunch with the club members I told several where you can find Goldberg Plans free. I have attached the listing of the plans available and where to get them to download; www.outerzone.co.uk

CAD conversions are sent to OuterZone, here is the list so far.

Bridi Flipper – Hand Launch Glider 
Gnome 60” – Hand Launch Glider 
Gnome 2M – 2 Meter Sailplane 
Gnome 3M – 3 Meter Sailplane
GP Trainer 40 – Trainer
GP Trainer 60 – Trainer
Jetfire 40 – .40 Size Power Sport Plane
M.A.N. Trainer 40 – .40 Pattern Trainer
M.A.N. Trainer 60 Senior – .60 pattern Trainer
RCM Advanced Trainer 60 – IC R/C Cabin
RCM Trainer 40 – Trainer
Olympic 650 – 2 Meter Sailplane 
Olympic II – 100” Wing Span Sailplane 
Pussycat – 2 Meter Sailplane 
Shuttle 78 – 2 Meter Sailpane 
Soar Birdi – 2 Meter Sailplane 
Square Soar 72 – 72” Wing Span Sailplane 
Step Two – 2 Meter Sailplane
Birdi Trainer 60 – RC Cabin
Wander 72 – 2 Meter Sailplane 
Wander 99 – 99” Wing Span Sailplane 
PROTÉGÉ – cabin trainer
Ultra Sport 1000 – pattern trainer
Super Sportster 40 – low wing sport plane
Super Sportster 60 – low wing sport plane
Grand Esprit – high performance sailplane
Extra 300 – high performance aerobatic 

Coming Soon
TIGER 60 – Pattern Trainer
Super Sportster Bibe – 40 sized biplane
Spirit 100 – 100” Sailplane
Top Flite Elder 40 – sport plane

2020 Polar Bear Fly

New Years Day 2020 brought sun shine and wind, neither of which stopped the 25 or more club members, wives and visitors that showed up to support the event.

On arrival at the site, the tumble weeds had gathered in protest of the day’s events, but Charles and I were able to overcome them and get the gates opened.

Food for lunch was in abundance, with fried chicken, chili, split peas soup, chicken casserole, chicken soup, sub sandwiches, tater tots, chips and multi layer dip, chocolate covered donuts, cookies, breads etc. No one went hungry.

Flying was a bit of a challenge, with the winds, but this did not stop the many club members that brought planes to fly. There were a couple of nay sayers, who did not bring their planes, saying “they though it would be too windy”.

One or two small mishaps added some extra challenge to the day, with one mid air collision and an uncontrolled landing some what short of the runway.

Pattern Event

The Pattern Event was successful for the flyers and the club!The weather was warm but a slight breeze made it bearable. and did not effect the flying.The field was in top notch shape. Thank you, Bob, for organizing the field prep, and all who assisted.Jim and Tania prepared the food, and Jim and George V grilled and set up the serving line.All the flyers appreciated the work done by the club for such a nice field and the food.
The September club meeting is September 17 at the field at 6PM. It even may be cool enough to fly some before and we are planning some food to serve. More details to follow.
Hope to see you at the field soon,
John

Arc Fun Day

This is the most awesome club and group of guys around! 

A couple of the guys that have been doing this much longer than I said it was the most pilots, planes, club members, and wives participating to bring a wonderful day to the special needs kids in our community.

We had at least two planes in the air and sometimes three flying at all times. So many of you participated I cannot name everyone who contributed to the  success of the day.

However, we had a new activity this year: Scott Page brought his FPV plane with head sets for 5 kids to see from the sky! Thank you, Scott.

So, I hope each of you takes a moment to reflect on how you brought a measure of happiness to someone else today and how rewarding it is to be part of an organization that takes the time to think of others.

Well done, TCRCM!!
John

First Regional Pattern Contest 2019

The club hosted a regional pattern event over the weekend, with about 14 pilots in participation. These pilots came from all over the northwest from Oregon to Montana.The field was in great condition and the service we provided was well received.
Bill was Contest Director and Lyle the Assistant Director. They painted new poles and laid out the stations. Bob organized the field preparation that included upgrading two of the pilot stations, as well as mowing, weed eating, etc.
Scott and his wife, Camille, cooked burgers with a flame thrower.In addition to those mentioned Larry, Jim, Bruce, and Kerry were key contributors in all of these preparations.It’s great to be part of an organization that comes together to make an event like this a success!Hope to see you at the field soon,

John

February 2 2019

Today was, according to the local weather, to be a partly sunny day with a high of 51.  With that in mind a few of us headed to the field to do some long awaited flying.

We arrived at the field at around 10:30 to find a bit of fog with and outlook of clearing and becoming sunny.  Little did we know that Mother Nature had something else in mind.

John and I assembled our planes.  Weather still promising to change.  I got my Pulse XT fired up and on the runway.  Just as I took off, the wind changed to the north and the fog blew in.  Almost loosing site of the plane I was able to turn at the end of the runway and successfully make it back on the ground.  John got his plane fired up and headed to the runway.  Take off successful, but just as I experienced, the fog captured the sky.  He was able to negotiate a turn and back to the runway safely.

Bob made a successful short flight after some struggling with his radio and plane, George had a couple of great flights with his helicopter and Scott made it look easy, obviously the fog did not bother him at all during his two successful flights.  He did have a bit of a challenge with a new to him plane during the ground test.  Throttle up, plane moved backwards.  Back to the hanger for an adjustment.

Weather never changed, the wind and fog stayed, the temperatures hovered around 37 degrees, so the crew was done and complete early in the afternoon.

Pictures curtesy of Camille Page.  Thanks to all, and see you next time.

Field Maintenance

Maintenance, clean up and other work requirements.

 

Mower Notes

The field is broken into three zones to provide a reasonable unit of work with common mowing machine settings.  
The zones are:
1) the pit area,
2) the runway, and
3) the North area.  
Each is unique with specific requirements and challenges. The East and West end of zones 1 & 3 are divided in line with the middle of the runway.

The care of our equipment is most important.  Depending on the height of the grass, the operator must be aware of the load on the equipment.  The load is controlled by forward speed and depth of cut.  Both mowers are subject to breaking or burning the drive belts, so listen to the mower and be aware of its limitations.  If the grass gets too long, two cuttings may be required with the first cut on a high setting.  The Craftsman mower is specialized for a very short cutting height and is used only on the runway.

Operate both mowers at full throttle.  Note that the throttle control on the Craftsman machine has the choke “on” when the control lever is in the full up position.  Speed control on the Cadet Cub is right foot feed.  The speed control of the Craftsman is the gear selector.

Be aware that some of the sprinkler heads do not always retract fully.  Be alert to the possibility that a sprinkler may be in your path.  The edge of the runway on both sides have sprinklers about 20 feet apart.

Equipment Check

Prior to operation,
1. Check engine oil level.
2. Fuel level.
3. Tire pressure.

North Area

The North area is cut with the Cadet Cub mowing deck set on 5.  The long fence line is easiest to cut with the discharge chute toward the runway (clockwise).  Please avoid hitting the fence posts with the deck.  After cutting clockwise, reverse direction to discharge the grass into the previous cut.  This will help reduce mower load by not moving the cut grass in the next pass. Be aware to avoid mowing into the gate area on the North fence.  The slope around the gate will trap the machine.  We use a truck to pull the mower out of the gate area!  Get help if that happens.

Runway

The Craftsman mower is customized to produce a short cut.  The forward speed is the only way to control the load of the machine.  When cutting, use forward gear setting 1 or 2. Faster speeds (ie: 3) will likely overload the drive belt.  It may be necessary to first cut the runway with the Cadet Cub on deck level 1 before using the Craftsman.  The operator will have to determine how best to preserve the equipment.  Be alert to the smell of burning drive belt rubber. Discharge cut grass toward the previous cut to reduce load on the machine.

Pit Area

Cut the Pit Area, with the exception of the Safety Zone, on Cadet Cub deck level 4.  The Safety Zone is cut on “H”.  The Safety Zone has been expanded to 15 feet in width from the runway to comply with AMA standards.  Take care around fence to protect the mower deck.  The concrete pads can also bind the mower deck where the pads are substantially above the grass level.

Thank you for helping keep our field in Top Shape!!

Polar Bear Fly 2019

Happy New Year 2019 – Polar Bear Fly

I arrived at the field around 10 am.  John was already at the site setting up.  A few members had arrived and some flying already in progress.  The weather was somewhat good, considering the time of year, with 37 degrees, low to NO winds, partly cloudy skies.

Throughout the day some 20 members showed up at the site, some to fly, some to pay dues, some to chew the fat, some to eat, and or a combination of all of the above.

The flight line consisted of mostly electric fixed wing aircraft with one glow engine and one helicopter.  Good mix of pattern, fun flyers, sport, and trainers.

The menu of the day consisted of;

Baked Potatoes
Hot Italian Sausages in a Marinara Sauce
Smoked Peperoni
Tomato Soup
Three Cheese Blend
Home Baked Bread
Corn Bread
Banana Bread
Thanks to all who contributed to a great lunch.  Baked Potato, smothered in Italian Sausage Marinara, topped with Three Cheese blend, MMMGood.

The combinations to the locks have been changed.  Please contact John to pay your dues and get the new combination.

Enjoy the pictures of the day, posted below.  Cheers (click on a picture to enlarge)

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