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Cypher 31
By Flex Innovations
February, 2020 at the Field

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US Air Force Moves to Boost eVTOL Development *
Slides from the 2018 Weak Signals Toledo Ohio R/C Model Expo Show Slide Show from the SeaGate Center
March 20-21, 2020
Any size EDF Ducted Fan or Turbine powered aircraft welcome. Campers welcome, but no power or water hookups. Pilot fee $35, includes pilot dinner. Additional dinner available at $8.50. Event is "Rain or Shine".
CD Keith Alexander
Jason Jordan Jet Jam
Class C Event-ID 9537
Site: Site: 933 Massey Rd,
Piedmont, SC 29673
( 34.699617,-82.5927461)
Sponsor: Firetower Flyers
March 27-28, 2020
All aircraft OK, 2.4 only. 150’ x 1200' grass runway, sun at your back, covered pavilion. Raffle and door prizes. $20 landing fee. Pilots meeting 9am. Dry camping by reservation, no hookups. Contact John Mellis for reservations/info @ 803-829-4242.@9am flying until 5pm .

Event Contact: John Landolfi
Phone: 570-856-2762
Bowman RC Flyers Spring Fling
Class C Event-ID 9511
Site: 1422 Landsdowne Rd,
Bowman, SC, 29018
 ( 33.409315, -80.635035 )
April 25, 2020
Come out and fly with us. We have a 600 x 100 ft Bermuda grass runway and power for e-flyers. Gates open @ 8am, lunch from Noon until the food runs out. $15 Pilots, $5 Spectators. For more info or call Tom @ 864-804-0035 or Darrel @ 864-423-3065.

CD: Robert Babb
Campobello Flyers Spring Fly In
Class C Event-ID 9467
Site: 1475 Roddy Rd, Campobello, SC, 29322 35.075101, -82.161285 )
Sponsor: Bowman RC Flyers
Beautiful Example
of the workmanship you would have found at Weak Signals' RC Expo. Unfortunately, it has been cancelled for 2020.
LARKS West Photos
Sponsor: LARKS
Sponsor: Campobello Flyers
Cypher 31 Flight (YouTube link)
Flex Innovations, LLC
Model Aviation Enthusiasts Advocate Against Remote ID
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Brad's Hanger
Part 1
Bitgo Hobby
After a small accident (I actually fell out of my truck's bed/camper shell, crushed my Dynam Waco, and scraped my leg on the tailgate, before the plane even made one flight), I needed spare parts. These guys had the most extensive inventory in the US for most Dynam products.

Currently they are offering free shipping, even for small parts orders, for which I am forever grateful.
LARKS West YouTube Channel
"The Flex Innovations Super Plug -N- Play FV-31 Cypher VTOL EDF is the most advanced and versatile vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) and short take-off and landing (STOL) model aircraft of its type. Two fixed EDF units are mounted towards the leading edge of the wing, while two larger EDF units are mounted to a rotating pod at the rear of the aircraft. This advanced EDF configuration provides the greatest in total performance versatility, while remaining simple to use and easy to fly."

from Flex Innovations Website

Features Included:

Three in-flight selectable configurations.
• 45% "Magic" (fans are set at a 45% angle for awesome acrobatics
•Conventional Forward Flight
Two in-flight selectable profiles
•Beginner: Six-Axis Auto-Leveling Stabilized Profile (also limits bank and pitch angles to prevent unwanted attitudes)
•Advanced: Three-Axis Stabilized Profile
The Cypher's capabilities were demonstrated by one of our newest members, Brad. See the short video below. About the same price you'd pay for the 80 mm EDF options out there, less speed but with mind-boggling acrobatics!
The Air Force marked the 116th anniversary of the Dec. 17, 1903, Wright brothers flight at Kitty Hawk by issuing a request for information (RFI) aimed at helping foster a new powered flight revolution — electric or hybrid electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft — eventually self-flying.

Just two months after that RFI, on Feb. 25, the service dipped another toe into the eVTOL waters by issuing an “Innovative Capabilities Opening” solicitation to eVTOL developers to apply for Air Force support if they plan to meet certain performance criteria and will conduct a “first full scale flight prior to 17 December 2020.”

*from the Article from Electric VTOL News
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Detrum-Z3-Lite-RC-Airplane-Flight - Controller-WGPS-Program-Card
While searching for Waco Parts, I came upon this new gadget. This flight controller for fixed wing RC aircraft provides some drone-like features, such as Return Home, with some telemetry information, such as altitude, speed, distance, and flight information.

It works with S.Bus and DSMX and DSM2 receivers. Cost $97.99.
Wayne York's Godfrey
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Meeting Date: April 2, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
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February 2020 Club Minutes
April 18, 2020
LARKS is organizing its 1st Spring Fun Fly at the LARKS West field.
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Class C Event-ID: 9348
LARKS Inagural Spring Fun Fly
LARKS West Field
1347 State Road S-32-45,
Swansea, SC 29160
( 33.681415,-81.24041)
Come join us for some fun in the sunny skies of South Carolina. 20 dollars for pilot admission (meal included). Non-pilots may purchase lunch for 10 dollars that includes grilled meat, baked beans, soda and chips. Visitors welcome. Limited parking for RV's. Overnight camping OK for Friday night. No power or water hookups. No turbines. Registration starts at 0830.

Prizes for flyers and raffle for all attendees.
CD Walt Senour 912-223-0201
Passing of a LARKS Member
Tribute Page for Bob Hannon, who passed away February 23., 2020
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