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Reply #111 - Apr 29th, 2022 at 7:01pm
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The April contest, NoCals, was on the 28th.  I'll report that as soon as I have some pictures.

The May contest will be "9-cent Scale", that's Dime Scale under the rules formulated by the redoubtable Joe Whiting as the CD, on the 25th.

I won't be flying my neo-dime Handley Page Heyford for competition since I didn't get the plans published yet.

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Reply #110 - Apr 28th, 2022 at 4:01pm
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Thanks for sharing the page with us KF! Congrats to the winners.  Looks like they had a great time! I envy the indoor site and the fun!
  

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Reply #109 - Apr 27th, 2022 at 11:11pm
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The O.F.F.C. contest for March was for Embryo.  Once again a doctor's appointment took precedence and I was not present.  However, Dave Gee provided enough information for an O.F.F.C. page in the Black Sheep Exhibition Squadron newsletter and I have attached the page.

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Reply #108 - Feb 24th, 2022 at 11:22pm
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The February contest, Delta Dart Built On-Site went off on February 23. The weather was nasty the day before and weather reports anticipating that it would continue kept the attendance down.  This was unfortunate since, while all the contest are fun, this one is singularly enjoyable.  The report on the contest from the Black Sheep Squadron newsletter is attached.

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Reply #107 - Feb 24th, 2022 at 11:18pm
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The resumed schedule of the O.F.F.C. monthly contests continues. Due to maintenance in the gym the contest was held February 2nd.  I had the embarrassment of my brand new Minnow refusing to fly.  I borrowed a spare Minnow from Dave Gee, who brought several of various vintages, and, at least, put some time on the board.  The report page on the contest from the March Black Sheep Exhibition Squadron newsletter is attached.

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Reply #106 - Jan 21st, 2022 at 1:14pm
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Outstanding KF...well done with your outdoor models to even be in the running!  I envy your indoor site!  Looks like everyone had fun, which it the whole purpose of this great hobby!  Thanks for sharing this with us!!! Smiley
  

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Reply #105 - Jan 20th, 2022 at 10:31pm
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The O.F.F.C's Ed Slobod Memorial ROG Almost Unlimited Contest took place on December 29th.  Everything flown was some manner of ROG stick model, except the winning model, Joe Whiting's Legal Eagle,  the only full fuselage model flown.  I was busy flying the models I brought, prototypes of the Skinny Bomber and Ascender (the Side Effect just wasn't flying that day.) so I didn't take any pictures, but other people did and Dave Gee used them to make up a page on the contest for the Black Sheep Exhibition Squadron newsletter which I have attached. 

My models, not intended to be indoor models, were getting consistent 50 - 59 second flights under the 22 foot ceiling but were not competitive against the dedicated indoor models.  I finished 6th out of 7.

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Reply #104 - Jan 6th, 2022 at 9:10pm
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The annual Martin Luther King Day fun fly and contest held by the Black Sheep Exhibition Squadron and O.F.F.C., The King Fling, will not be held this year. The field at the Stonehurst Recreation Center has been graded for reseeding and is fenced off. Next year.

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Reply #103 - Dec 21st, 2021 at 9:49pm
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YES, the OFFC is back in business as an indoor flying club.  The City Parks Department has let  us back into the Stonehurst Rec Center gym...but with a few conditions.

We are officially known to the City as the “All Year Model Airplane Club.  We are open to anyone, not just senior  Black Sheep members (Well, we always have been.)  They charge us a facility fee of $15 per person for three months, payable at the Park Director’s office.  That’s $5 a month which is not bad for facilities fees these days.  You must provide proof of Covid vaccination and a photo ID when you sign up.  We are supposed to wear masks in the gym.

Our first contest since the shutdown will be on Wednesday, December 29, 2021.
The event is "ROG Almost Unlimited (no plastic or condenser paper covering)".

You can fly any rubber-powered FF indoor model you like, as long as it can make an unassisted take off from the floor.  Unlimited attempts for your two best flights (unless airspace crowding limits the attempts).

Airframe dimensions, prop size, landing gear configuration, and construction materials are open (except that plastic film and condenser paper coverings are not allowed).
In celebration of this rebirth of the OFFC, Bill Watson himself will serve as CD for this inaugural contest.


Remember, we meet in the Stonehurst Recreation Center gym each Wednesday at 9am for aviation discussion and indoor model flying. .

  

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Reply #102 - Jun 24th, 2021 at 11:18pm
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The Spot/Time contest went on as scheduled.  I didn't compete since I had a doctor's appointment but Dave Gee gave me the results.

Spot-time  (Closest to predicted time)

1 Dave Gee                      0.4 seconds
2 Bill Watson                    0.55 seconds
3 Don Butman                  1.39 seconds

Spot-landing (Closest to flag)

1 Don Butman                      14 feet
2 Barry Daugherty                16 feet
3 Bill Watson                        25 feet

  

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Reply #101 - Jun 3rd, 2021 at 10:02pm
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Yes, the contest that even Covid couldn't stop will happen again this year.

The O.F.F.C Spot-Landing/Spot Time contest will be held, on the field at the Stonehurst Rec Center,9901 Dronfield Ave, Sun Valley, CA on Wednesday, June 16 at 8:00 AM.  The rules are the same as last year, any rubber powered model that can take off from a card table, 15 second minimum flight, spot landing and predicted flight time tasks.

Detailed flier attached.

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Reply #100 - Sep 22nd, 2020 at 10:06pm
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A few OFFC members have been meeting on Wednesday mornings, at the usual Stonehurst Recreation Center location,  despite heat, smoke and pandemic.  They bring lawn chairs, some card tables, and set up under the trees of course with social distancing and masks.  This can lead to some very interesting flying experiences as Bill Watson related in an email on September 16th.

Went flying today.  Made a new rubber motor for the Frog 2 and wound it up. Launched it for my first flight - it caught a little lift and drifted over a tree - and landed on the top of the tree.  Took about 1/2 hour to see it in the tree - finally saw it with binoculars from 200 feet to the side.  Stuck the 45' pole up into the tree, positioned it by looking from the side with the binoculars.  With the pole near the right spot, I looked straight up with the binoculars from under the tree to see the plane from there.   Took another 15 minutes to see it.  With a hook on the top of the pole to pull on branches, and a fork to push on branches, got it one branch lower, then another, then another, then down.  Surprised to see no damage since it is made from 1/32" soft balsa.  Score for the day - 30 seconds to fly one flight, one hour twenty minutes to get it down.


We’ve all had a day like that but how many of us would have Bill’s persistence?  Of course Bill is not the only one who has treed a model at Stonehurst. Don Butman treed a model at the Skybunny contest on Labor Day.
 
Come to think of it I treed two models in the same day three weeks ago at Stonehurst, fortunately, low enough that my pole could reach them. 

“Stuff” happens!

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Reply #99 - Aug 22nd, 2020 at 10:39am
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Glad you were able to get some air time.  Also glad you played it smart and retreated to the airconditioning before getting overheated!  We've had rain yesterday so no chance to fly.  But I'm still not up to getting out!  Hopefully soon!
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Reply #98 - Aug 21st, 2020 at 6:21pm
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I got up at 6:30 Wednesday morning intending to go to the OFFC meeting and flying session (outdoors and with masks) but my wife had some gardening to do and she needed assistance.  I didn't get to Stonehurst until 10 which was a bit iffy since the high temperature was predicted to be 107 (F of course).  When I got there only two other fliers were still there, one flying cat gliders and the other a small electric RC foamy.  The breeze was coming up but I set up my table and chair under the trees anyway.  The other two fliers decided to retreat to home and air conditioning.  When they left  the breeze stopped.  With a clear sky and dead air, it was a perfect day to fly. 

Anticipating a breeze would come up by my late arrival I only brought my simplified models because they have good penetration.  I decided to fly the Double Trouble and it flew beautifully getting a few one minute flights on about 800 turns.  I sat down at my table to set up my Plain Plane when I started to sweat a bit.  I checked my phone which will tell me temperature and humidity.  92 degrees and 50% humidity...Humm?  I Googled Heat Index Calculator on my phone and entered the figures.  That gave a heat index of 102 (F)...in the shade!...dangerous for someone my age.  I packed up and made my own retreat to home and air conditioning.

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Reply #97 - Jun 24th, 2020 at 10:22pm
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Due to several issues I was unable to attend the O.F.F.C contest last Wednesday, however I have pictures and results passed on by Dave Gee.

The OFFC is back in business! Contest results:

Spot-Time
  • 1st Hugh Langhans
  • 2nd Dave Gee
  • 3rd Don Butman


Spot-landing
  • 1st Dave Gee
  • 2nd Bill Watson
  • 3rd Don Butman
  

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