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Meeting Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Flight Deck Restaurant
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                  Lexington, SC 29072
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It's that time of year again. If you haven't already, it's time to renew the AMA license.
It's also time to renew your LARKS membership as well:
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We have been involved in introducing modeling to children of all ages, sending children to camp, doing flying demos at local schools, churches, and parks. We have also set up simulators and static displays at various locations as an educational experience to our community. We are always open to new ideas to promote our hobby to others in a safe way.
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In case you missed one of the past newsletters, we now have an index of all the past newsletters since I took over as webmaster.....
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Loudenslager Laser 200
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Want some scale graphics for your next project?
The plane is hanging at the Air and Space museum at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Leo won 7 strait U.S. National Aerobatic Championship titles between 1975 and 1982 in this modified Stephens Acro.

The plane "heavily influenced the look and performance of the next generation of aerobatic aircraft".
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April 21,2018
Now definitely scheduled for 21 April, 2018. Food, fun, night flying on Friday night (20th), and Float Flying on Saturday. Dust off your float plane and join us on Lake Murray
Spring Fun Float Fly
This 80 mm twin 12 blade EDF is an engineering marvel, and though it still hasn't taken off the runway, it is an impressive piece of work.

We got to view the "guts" and wiring. Wow, this is possibly the most complicated model ever to grace our fields. It has a rigid aluminum wing box assembly with pre-installed servoless actuators to work the swept wing. Motion RC says the plane will fly at 38 mph with the wings extended to over 100 mph with the wings swept back.
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Member Spotlight- Mike Gill
Mike has been the Club President for the past two years, a LARKS Member for the last 17 years and an AMA Member for 43 years!

Currently, he's flying a J-3 Cub, an MX-2, Viper Jet, Bandit Boomerang, and a T-28.

Next project is a 1/3 scale J-3 Neltiz Cub.
 
February 9-10, 2018
Sanction #18/185. 900' grass runway, no obstructions, sun at your back. Landing fee $20, pilot lunch meals provided. Pilot choice awards. Unlimited dry camping. Giant scale is 80" monoplane, 60" biplane, or 140" combined length and width for turbines, pilots meeting 9am.
Giant Scale Fly-In
Site: Club Field, Eutawville, SC
Email: viper1gj@gmail.com
Sponsor: Eutawville Flyers, INC.
Gary Jones CD PH 843-701-2644
April 7, 2018
Sanction #18/8. Location; 3937 Jordan Rd. Join us for our Spring fly in You bring it, you fly it. Landing fee $10, donation lunch. Fly from 9am-5pm.
Foothill Flyers Sprint Fly-In
Site: Sloan Airport, Greer, SC
Email: leonardwells@gmail.com
Sponsor: Foothill Flyers
Leonard Wells CD, PH 803-460-6338
April 14, 2018
Sanction #18/7. Come join us for a fun day of flying off our 600x60' grass runway with 300x15 fabric strip. Landing fee $20 which includes lunch. Swap & shop ok. 9am Pilot meeting.
Spring Fly-In
Site: Club Field, Gaston, SC
Email: wwildroot@yahoo.com
Sponsor: Congaree Flyers
Walter Williams CD, PH: 803-939-1476
April 21, 2018
Join us for our annaul spring fun-fly. Gas, nitro, electric, E sailplanes & rotor craft welcome (no turbines). Landing fee $10, includes chance to win an RC transmitter.
Annual Spring Fly-In
Site: 240 Langrum Branch Rd, York, SC
Email: airfoiled@gmail.com
Sponsor: York County Flyers, Inc.
Jim Carroll CD PH: 704-564-9217
Graphics are reasonably priced and she does custom work. See Plane of the month below.
A terrific discussion and comparison of various connectors by RC Helicopter Fun.Com
I was researching what connector was safe to use at up to 120 amps and found this site. Using their advice, I went with XT-90's.
The update discusses enforcement of rules for Airspace Safety.
FAA Registration is likely to resume:
New bill reverses the U.S. Court of Appeals ruling (John Taylor case)
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Will doing his 3D Thing (click for YouTube viedo)













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74 inch Laser-Exp Red-Electric
James and Walt have persuaded me (Dave) to graduate from the Sig Kadet Senior to something larger and more aerobatic. James has flown Extreme Flight Products for a couple of years, and suggested I try them out.

I wanted something semi-scale and have always liked the Laser 200, so I chose Extreme Flights 74 inch offering. Having just viewed the Laser online at the Smithsonian, I decided not to use all of the Extreme Flight graphics but find some graphics to make the plane look more like Leo's Laser (see Link of the Month and Link to Callie Graphics. Callie provided Leo's Graphics for a very reasonable price). Radio still the Spektrum 9 channel.

Above is the ARF kit pieced together (nothing is glued at this point). Once the plane is built, graphics go on. As I progress, I will update.
RC LiPo Battery Connector Comparison
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Electric motor is from Dymond: 33786 Gunther 5335/9 that I picked up at Joe Nall last May, equivalent to a gas 30cc.
Since E.F. recommends high torque servos, I went with Dymond's D9000 servo, (7.4 volt, digital, ball bearing, and provides 403 in oz torque). 5 required..
ESC is from Castle: the Phoenix Edge HV 120 Amp, with no BEC.
After review of the connector data, went with two 5 cell batteries with XT-90 connectors:Turnigy Graphene 4000mAh, 65C from HobbyKing.
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Since these wires on the motor and ESC were larger than usual, I went with 6 mm bullet connectors from MMdex through Amazon.
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