It's cold outside but before you know it, we'll be complaining about the heat. Time to think about the upcoming 2013 flying season. For the Signal Senders, we have several events planned again this season. Check out our calendar for event listings and dates.
Something new this season will be our Big Bird Fun Fly. All mono wing planes with a wing span of 80 inches or more (1/4 scale) and/or multi-winged aircraft 60 inches or more are welcome to attend. As with all our events, plenty of food, fun, prizes, and raffles will be a part of the day's festivities. I encourage and welcome all IMAA Members to attend.
For those of you working on that winter project, I hope you're on the home stretch; especially those kit builders out there. Before you know it, the season will here and you'll still have glue stuck to your fingers. For those of you that took a pass this winter building, time to check out your equipment. Batteries go bad. Servos, engine mounts, connectors come loose. Hinges, especially the CA type can crack with time and need to be inspected. An overall inspection, adjustment and cleaning of all your equipment should be done each year to insure trouble free operation. As the box states, "This is not a toy" and safety in our Hobby is paramount and should not be taken lightly.
Our Club members will be displaying their winter projects at our annual Model Expo during our April 30th Membership meeting. All are welcome to attend. Come and meet the Club.
Interested in becoming a part of the RC hobby? Attend one of our Membership meetings which are scheduled on the last Tuesday of each month. Check this site for time and location.
Here's wishing you all a fun filled, safe and prosperous 2013 flying season…
Dave Rollino, President
The Somerset Signal Senders had their Warbirds Over North Branch on Sunday, June 22nd.
The day started out around 9:30am, sunny in the mid 80's with light winds. We had 24 pilots from NJ, NY and PA, and a crowd of around 60 people including spectators and park rangers. John Samtak, Dave Rollino and Felipe Trucco manned the lunch station and served up some tasty food for everyone.
It was a great day for a fly-in. We had all types of planes from WWI, WWII, Korea, Nam and Persian Gulf. To name some: Fokker D-VII BiPlane, Fokker D-I Tri-Plane, Sopwith Camel, Fokker Eindecker, Grumman, F4F Wildcat, F6F Hellcat, P51, A26, P40, PT-19, PT-22, PT-17, Corsair, F-18, F4 Phantom.
There was a formation fly-by with the Camel, Fokker D-1 Tri-Plane and Fokker D-VII. Our noon time show was given by Ken Karpinski, Jr. flying his electric pterodactyl to the song "Alley Oop". He was fast to explain it was the first warbird! He even put invasion stripes on the wings. LOL! Thanks Ken.
In conclusion, it was a really enjoyable day. Thanks everyone that could attend and we hope to see ya back next year!
"Keep 'em Flyin'"
AMA District II AVP
You can check out pictures of Warbirds Over North Branch here.