My Drone Authority
The club received a link from an experienced drone pilot, Mark Sheehan, for his "My Drone Authority" webpage. Included is a specific link to a buying guide which should be useful to anyone considering the purchase of a drone.
Annual Worldwide Ringmaster Fly-A-Thon -- Saturday, October 13
A new world record for the Ringmaster Fly-A-Thon was set this year with over 5000 flights world-wide.
and an expectation to fly each of them during the Fly-A-Thon.
National Model Aviation Day Open House, August 11
Another successful Open House at the SIRS club field.
SIRS Nats Warm Up
A great weekend of flying for the SIRS Nats Pylon Racing Warm Up, June 23 & 24. John Roberts covered the events and put up these great photos.
Larry Lisowski, Jim Nikodem, Rick Vogelsang and Bernie Vanderleest.
Finally, Flying Weather!
Another beautiful WWII fighter, Jerry brought out his Curtiss P-40 Warhawk. It was one of the U.S.'s main fighters at the start of WWII although generally outclassed by both the Japanese Zero and the Messerschmitt Me-109E. The P-40 served in all sectors of the war and was used by all the Allies -- most famously as the P-40 Flying Tigers flown by American volunteers in China.
Jerry posing with his P-40 Warhawk.
Kris Akers served as Jerry's ground crew as they rev up the engine.
Jerry taking it out to taxi on the runway.
Starting To Warm Up!
A couple of dozen members and friends showed up throughout Sunday, March 18, to take advantage of the first really decent flying day of the year.
Here's a link to some excellent photos by Joseph Roberts.
Annual Banquet Photos
New SIRS Officers
The following officers were elected for next year. They will take office at the annual banquet in November.
- President: Fred Logue
- Vice president: Bob Stadsholt
- Secretary: Kris Akers
- Treasurer: John Burrill
- Communications Officer: John Cralley
- Safety Officer: Ken Ausili
Thompson Cup Races October 14th
Kris Akers (aka Tip Stallman) took top honors with 60 laps around the pylons to capture the Thompson Cup for the SIRS club in 2017.
The basic rules are you must fly around the pylons for 20 minutes and have at least one pit stop (for refueling). The pilot with the most laps wins. Multiple heats if there are enough entries.
RingMaster Fly-A-Thon October 8
The forecast didn't pan out and the otherwise beautiful day was too windy for enough flights to satisfy the SIRS ringmaster, John Cralley. However, almost a dozen flights were recorded and the members who stopped by saw some of our better control-line flyers show how to fly in 15+ mph gusty winds.
Worldwide new records for the Ringmaster Fly-A-Thon in 2017: 4310 flights by 730 pilots!
Pylon Racing Workshop
Larry Lisowski and Jim Nikodem presented an exciting pylon racing workshop for SIRS members at the club field on Saturday, September 9.
Exceptional pylon racers who have participated in several SIRS pylon races and many other races around the country, Jim and Larry gave us the benefit of their experience. Several SIRS members got excited about adding this to their flying abilities. The SIRS club is very appreciative of their visit and the workshop they presented. Our thanks to these gentlemen.
It's installed! Should be ready for use in about 10 days -- it takes this time for the grass to die and the fabric to stretch in the sunlight. Small planes and ducted fans should be able to launch from the runway much easier than the grass.
Congratulations to Kris Akers and Gary Lenhardt for planning the operation. It helps to have two very knowledgeable guys like Jeff Lenhardt and Steve Meyer. Thanks to everyone who helped.
In Memoriam -- Saturday, August 12, 2017
National Model Aviation Day Open House
DLG -- Discus Launch Glider
SIRS member Tony Cellini flies a glider from the field which is hand-launched similar to a discus throw. You really need to see this to believe how well it works. Tony flies most evenings when the winds are relatively calm so it's not hard to catch him at the field.
Tony suggests starting out with something akin to Hobby King's Raven 990. The plane has servos built in -- just add a receiver/transmitter combination. You can be ready to fly in 30 minutes. His more advanced current plane in these photos has a carbon-fiber covered foam wing and a carbon-fiber fuselage.
Tony is getting 5-7 minutes of flight time (remember this is a glider!) if he finds a thermal and about a minute in still air. Occasional "ridge lift" from the west side of club field at Funk's Grove can add to flight time when the wind comes up the small hill the field sits on. Tony's flying skills are such that he usually catches his glider in mid-air and quickly launches it again.
NATS Warmup June 24 & 25
The NATS Warmup for pylon racing was held Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25, at the SIRS fields at Funk's Grove south of Bloomington.
Club President and Contest Director Jerry Worden worked with club members to prepare the field and safety equipment for the pylon races.
Contest Director Jerry Worden giving the pilots and workers a pre-contest pep talk and discussing the safety rules. The windy conditions required the pilots to keep an especially close watch on their planes.
"If you build it, they will come" and over a dozen of the top pylon racers in the mid-west came to the SIRS NATS Warm-Up.
The SIRS field at Funk's Grove is in excellent condition under the leadership of Bob Stadsholt, Vice-president of the club.
These model planes are traveling at more than 100 mph going around 3 pylons in the course at SIRS field. Saturday, June 24th, was a beautiful day with cool temperatures but with wind gusts exceeding 20 mph.
The pilots had to keep exceptional control of their very nimble planes when they are only a few feet apart.
Landings were sometimes more eventful than flying the race course as the wind gusts worked their magic with unpredictable results. The pilots and their helpers kept up their concentration throughout to bring their planes in safely.
This is the definition of 2 computer geeks working together to run the computer keeping the stats for the pylon races or to take over the world. It's sometimes difficult to tell.
Lifetime SIRS member Jim Danforth (coming back from Colorado to help the club out!) and our newest member, Kris Akers, speaking in ones and zeros to get their strategy together.
Crowd favorite (queue up chants of "Lar-ry, Lar-ry"), Larry Lisowski from Brookfield, Illinois, with his first place plaque in the 426 category after the Saturday races.