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  1. Hank Cole
  2. World cup Trophée Belge and Poitou
  3. The 2023 FAI Southwest Regionals Model Airplane Championships
  4. Wanted to buy:MTK9xx timer.

Hank Cole

A few days ago the well known flyer Hank Cole passed away.  Hank was not only a fabulous model flyer but worked as NASA in the Apollo and other programs.  We have information on this but it is not in form that can be easily published yet. We are working on it.  Besides notable achievements in our model flying world as well in space we publish below something from Peter Brocks that talks about why we all liked him so much.


Hank Cole

From: Peter Brocks

I am sad that Hank passed away. He was one of the nicest, friendliest fliers I know. He was a good person to be around, to explain his inventions and to discuss the science of aeromodelling. He always liked talking about Pfenninger strips.
He became my freeflight hero when in 1956 the German Flugmodelbau magazine had Hank with his Webra 1.5cc Diesel powered flapper on the title page with the 3-view inside.
More than 20 years ago I was flying Coupe with Hank at Lost Hills and Tangent. He was working on his 4 and then 5-minute Coupe. The wings had plenty of 0.7mm dia. carbon rod diagonals. I remember taking apart a Gorban F1G variable pitch front end so he could make sketches to then build his own version. At a Tangent Classic on the day that Hank had his 80th birthday he had a F1G fly-off with Bob White. We were rooting for Hank to win and celebrate his birthday. His model was flying really well, but then Bob’s model caught a small thermal over the outhouse and won.
I like that Hank wrote “to my flying buddy” in his great book “the Fascination of Flight” and put a photo of him and me in there. I miss flying with Hank.
Peter Brocks                                                                                                              2023


World cup Trophée Belge and Poitou

From: Aéro POITOU

Dear Roger,
Two World Cup competitions the Belgian Trophy and the Poitou are organized from 7 to 10 August 2023 a few kilometers from Moncontour in France.
Registration is open on link  : poitou-aero.com
Can pass on the SEN info.
Thanks in advance.


The 2023 FAI Southwest Regionals Model Airplane Championships

The first America’s Cup contest of 2023, the FAI SWR, was held on Saturday, January 14 at Eloy, Arizona.

Weeks before the SWR the weather forecast showed some a possibility of precipitation. Friday before the contest was perfect for test flying, blue skies, 75°F (24°C). But then the clouds were rolling in, and the forecast was for likely showers, rain and strong winds for Sunday and Monday. I made the decision to fly all FAI events on Saturday, Jan. 14, and to make each of the 5 rounds 1.5 hours long to give contestants time to fly more than one event.

Saturday was a bit windy (7mph/3m/s) in the morning with a wind out of SSE. Later the wind direction was variable and often not more than 0mph with a temperature of up to 64°F (18°C) when the sun came through the clouds.
We had 28 competitors flying in the 8 FAI events. The contestants were from AZ, CA, CO, OH, OK, OR, PA, TX, and UT. Mike Woodhouse flew again in from Merry Old England to fly F1B. We had 5 ladies flying FAI events, Julie Parker (F1Q, F1S), Janna Van Nest (F1S), Lynn Edmondson (F1S), Tiffaney O’Dell (F1G) and Jasminka Pecenkovic (F1A).

At 3:30pm the 5th round was over and for 3 events no fly-offs were required. In F1C/P Guy Menanno won by maxing out with his F1C folder. Mike Fedor was 2nd and Bob Hanford was 3rd, both flying F1P models. In F1J Faust Parker maxed out and won the Bear with Mike Fedor in 2nd place. In F1H Blake Jensen maxed out and won the F1H Bear, with Jim Parker in 2nd place and Mike Fedor in 3rd. In F1A we had a fly-off with 6 fliers trying to make 6 minutes, two made that time. In this second fly-off Enes Pecenkovic won with over 5 minutes. Andrew Barron was 2nd in F1A when his flapper stalled badly. Risto Puhakka flew well in the first F1A fly-off and was 3rd overall. In F1B there were 7 fliers in the 6-minute fly-off. Four made it into the second fly-off, which Jerry Fitch won with over 7 minutes, Charlie Jones was 2nd and Walt Ghio was 3rd. The F1Q fly-off was won by Julie Parker, with Jack Murphy in 2nd place. F1G had 3 fliers in the fly-off with Jerry Fitch winning the Bear, Tiffaney O’Dell in 2nd and Geralyn Jones in 3rd place. In the small electric event F1S there were 6 clean from the initial 13 fliers. It took 2 fly-offs with 5-second motor run to find the winner of the F1S Bear, who was George Morris, 2nd place went to Charlie Morris and 3rd to Frank Menanno.
A big thank you to all participants and to Mike Fruciano and my wife Brigitte who all made this contest a memorable event.

Peter Brocks, CD


 RESULTS 2023 FAI SOUTHWEST REGIONALS AT ELOY, ARIZONA
   Jan. 14-16, 2023 Peter Brocks, CD             A 13722

F1A             1    2    3    4    5   F/O  F/O Total
1 Enes Pecenkovi  180  180  180  180  180  360  304  1564
2 Andrew Barron   180  180  180  180  180  360   76  1336
3 Risto Puhakka   180  180  180  180  180  316       1216
4 Ken Bauer       180  180  180  180  180  278       1178
5 Jim Parker      180  180  180  180  180  222       1122
6 Jasminka Pecen  180  180  180  180  180  173       1073
7 Jennifer Donne  180  180  180  180  131             851
8 Brian VanNest   180  180  180    0    0             540
8 Peter Barron    180  180  180    0    0             540
10 George Morris   149   45 DNF  DNF  DNF              194
11 Peter Brocks    142 DNF  DNF  DNF  DNF              142

F1B             1    2    3    4    5   F/O  F/O Total
1 Jerry Fitch     180  180  180  180  180  360  425  1685
2 Charlie Jones   180  180  180  180  180  360  360  1620
3 Walt Ghio       180  180  180  180  180  360  350  1610
4 Larry Norval    180  180  180  180  180  360  320  1580
5 Bill Booth      180  180  180  180  180  345       1245
6 Blake Jensen    180  180  180  180  180  316       1216
7 Ron Felix       180  180  180  180  180  305       1205
8 Mike Woodhouse  180   24  180  171  180             735

F1C/P           1    2    3    4    5   F/O  F/O Total
1 Guy Menanno     180  180  180  180  180             900
2 Mike Fedor      167  180  180  159  139             825
3 Bob Hanford     133  162   76  157  180             708

F1G             1    2    3    4    5   F/O  F/O Total
1 Jerry Fitch     120  120  120  120  120  240        840
2 Tiffaney O’Del  120  120  120  120  120  221        821
3 Geralyn Jones   120  120  120  120  120  180        780
4 Walt Ghio       120 DNF  DNF  DNF  DNF              120
5 Darold Jones   DNF    21   56 DNF  DNF               77

F1H             1    2    3    4    5   F/O  F/O Total
1 Blake Jensen    120  120  120  120  120             600
2 Jim Parker      120  120  120  120  107             587
3 Mike Fedor       60 DNF  DNF  DNF  DNF               60

F1J             1    2    3    4    5   F/O  F/O Total
1 Faust Parker    120  120  120  120  120             600
2 Mike Fedor      120  106  120   44  120             510

F1Q             1    2    3    4    5   F/O  F/O Total
1 Julie Parker    180  180  180  180  180  280       1180
2 Jack Murphy     180  180  180  180  180  207       1107

F1S             1    2    3    4    5   F/O  F/O Total
1 George Morris   120  120  120  120  120  120  183   903
2 Charlie Morris  120  120  120  120  120  120  158   878
3 Frank Menanno   120  120  120  120  120  120  135   855
4 Rick Pangell    120  120  120  120  120  120  102   822
4 Jack Murphy     120  120  120  120  120  120  102   822
6 Julie Parker    120  120  120  120  120  116        716
7 Guy Menanno     120  115  120  120  120             595
8 Janna VanNest   120  120   60  105  120             525
9 Allan Mecham    120  120  120  120   40             520
10 Larry Norval    120   97   98  103   80             498
11 Lynn Edmondson   68  120  120 DNF  DNF              308
12 Robert Donnell   78   78 DNF  DNF  DNF              156
13 Jerry Murphy      7   22 DNF  DNF  DNF               29


 

Wanted to buy:MTK9xx timer.

From: Paul Noble-Campbell

Wanted to buy:
MTK9xx timer.
It would be great if I could pick it up at Lost Hills during Fab Feb.
New or good condition used.
Please email me at pauljnc@gmail.com

Paul Noble-Campbell

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