DownEast Soaring Club Upcoming Meeting
Event Date Time Location
DSC Club Business Meeting Saturday, 6/11/2005 9am coffee/pastry, 9:30 Business meeting, 10:30 Show & Tell (Slope afterwards?). Bookland Coffee Shop, Cooks Corner, Brunswick *See Note 1
Note: 1. Breakfast starts at 9:00 in the Bookland Conference Room. The business meeting will start at 9:30 am sharp. Show and Tell at 10:30. Members are encouraged to eat breakfast during the business portion of the meeting.





Minutes of the Saturday March 12th, 2005

DSC Meeting


Minutes Summary: 

  • There was a heavy snow storm the day of this meeting.  Because of the blizzard like conditions, only Mike Farnsworth and Jim Armstrong made the meeting.  Jim was  glad that members chose to play it safe.  He lost a friend, who was coming to a meeting many years ago.  It is a personal decision.   Mike and Jim decided to brave the elements because they looked forward to the coffee/pastry at the Bookland Coffee Shop.
  • They went through all open actions to see if there was something that couldn't wait till the next meeting.   
  • Jim used the camera remote control for the Club  camera to take their picture (see insert).





Minutes of the Saturday April 9th  2005 DSC Meeting

(As recorded by Jim Armstrong)


Preface:  Had a nice group of Club members for this meeting.  Jim was so involved, he didn't take a picture of the group.  He did however take some pictures of the flying after the meeting.  Our Ken Mac Donald is also a member of the Wiscasset AMA Club.  He contacted their President Bub Greenleaf and received permission for the Club to fly there after the April meeting.  It is a very nice field.  We welcomed the opportunity to try it out. 

  Members Present:

















Farnsworth   Yes




















MacDonald    Yes





Schneider     Yes




TREASURES REPORT: Treasurer Ken MacDonald provided the Club treasury report.







·        Jim Armstrong sent out an e-mail recommending that the Club establishes a DSC Flight Instruction Plan.  Points being: 

·        Recommend that we put in writing what DSC’s plan is for providing flight instruction. 

·        We should establish a Chief Instructor position that would coordinate DSC’s plan.

·        Goal being first to provide quality instruction.  Other goals would be share the burden of providing flight instruction between DSC volunteers.

·        Plan should state when regular flight instruction is available and how individual instruction can be requested. 

·        Only a portion of Wednesday night Glider night should be devoted to beginners.  

·        Ken made a suggestion on what should be specified in the plan.  He recommended assigning someone to help a beginner fly, build etc.  

·        After the December meeting, Jim talked with Forrest Sumner.  Forrest told him that he has been training a few people at a field near his house.  He also said that he was really thinking about joining the Brunswick Area Modelers Club and flying there during the week.  Jim explained what the position was and that the goals would be to share the burden of providing flight instruction between DSC volunteers.    Jim and Forrest will put a plan together for the DSC membership to review.    


Update:  Jim and Forrest Sumner plan on flying at the BAM field on Thursday mornings.  During this time they will work on the Plan.




·        Everyone liked what the Club did for the T shirt design.  Jim is asking for ideas as to what the hat patch should look like.  Goal is to have hats by spring.  A free hat will be provided to the member or members that provide a design or part of a design that is ultimately used.  Art work doesn’t have to be good.  The idea, in at least a rough format, is what we are looking for. Design can be smoothed out latter by a graphic artist.

·        Jim read an e-mail from Mac McLaughlin on thermal printing on hats.  Mac said that he found out the process wasn’t profitable and explained why.  Thanks Mac for the research.

·        Need ideas to be submitted.  Doesn’t anyone want a free hat?

·        Charlie Kerr said he knew of a place in Auburn that did hats.  He will send Jim the number so we can add them to the list of possible placed to procure them.  All places submitted so far will be considered.  Once design is finalized, quotes will be requested.  Cheapest price is only one consideration.  What you are actually getting for you buck is the bottom line.

·        Subsequent to the meeting Charlie sent Jim the following e-mail: JIM. I called these two numbers and both companies work on CAPS.786-2931 & 782-5888. CHARLIE



·       Members discussed getting patches instead of having hats embroidered.  Most thought it would be more practical to get a patch, so members could put the patch on a jacket if they wanted. 

  • Discussed what design to use for the patch.  Members decided to use the round graphic that is on the Club “T” shirts. 


Flying wing bungee launcher:

Background: Jim said he got a call from the proprietor of on a subject not related to his “Flying wing bungee launcher.”  After the phone call he looked at the launcher video and was impressed.  After some discussion members felt that the flying wing launcher would be fun to use on Wednesday glider night.  Ken Mac Donald said he would purchase one and bring it to Wednesday Night Glider Night for members to use.  Rick Hallett said he would purchase the English version if the Club gets it.  He will reimburse the club.  Sounds like a great idea.

·        :  Winglauncher is updating the design of their launcher and hasn’t any ready for sale yet.  Club will purchase one when available.  Jim needs the web site for the English version (Rick, can you send it to him?).

·        ----Original Message-----
From: [
Friday, January 07, 2005
7:16 PM

Thank you for your interest in The WingLauncher!

Your e-mail will be forwarded to the appropriate person and we will contact you as soon as possible.


Club member decided to purchase the English version since it was available.  Rick Hallett provided the web site address (Thanks Rick).


Update:  Wing launcher from England has been received.  It was ordered by Jim using the Club’s pay pal account.  Cost was $58.75.

Mar. 3, 2005

 Currency Conversion (debit) From U.S. Dollar To Pound Sterling



-$58.75 USD 

 Mar. 3, 2005

 Currency Conversion (credit) To Pound Sterling From U.S. Dollar



£29.99 GBP 






Rick Hallett tried out the launcher and told us about his first and only flight.  There is a trick to putting on the harness, which uses Velcro to secure the straps.  If you put it on wrong the wing will not come off.  He put it on wrong and the plane went out straight into the ground.   Rick said the instructions were very poor on how to secure the strap.  During the meeting Rick provided a demonstration on its use.  Note: We hope to try it after the meeting.




·        Discussed what to do to publish the Club’s Video Library so people can see what is available and to see who has what checked out. 

·        Several Tapes appear to be missing.  Please look through your tapes and see if you have any by mistake. 

·        Jim will put library in an Excel file which will be published periodically on the Web site.

·        Paul Johnson, President of Brunswick Area Modelers said that BAM had 50 videos that could be shared between clubs.

·        Club president  has put an e-mail out to everyone showing what tapes were missing and who was listed in the database as having had checked them out. 

·        Before the Club spends money to re-procure, an honest effort has to be made to try to locate the missing tapes.  It doesn’t appear to have happened to date.  Mike mentioned that some of the past newsletters documented who took or returned a tape.  Jim said he had used this information to update the list, but would go back and make sure he captured everything.

·        Discussed how to publish the database on videos for members to see what is available and to see current checkout status.  Jim mentioned that he had a call from someone out of the USA wanting to buy some of our tapes that were no longer in production.  All tapes in the DSC video library are originals and that is the policy of the Club. 

·        At the January meeting it was suggested that Jim could use an excel file so that the data could be migrated to the online database that Mike is going to produce, rather than retyping everything into the new database.  At the February meeting Jim said he didn’t like using excel because you can only undue (go back) one change.   He can put the data he uses into an Excel spread sheet anytime Mike wants it to import into the new program.  For now a PDF of RTF will be published for member to view.

Update:  Mike Farnsworth set Jim A. up with a HTML editor so that he could publish the Newsletter and VCR list in HTML format.  Discussed the benefits of having the VCR list in the member only section only.  Motion made and approved to put VCR list in member only section.


RC Magazine reading room:  


·        At the last meeting a motion was made to purchase RC magazines for viewing at Wednesday night glider night at Ken Mac Donald’s house.  Ken would then give them away at a free participants drawing at the monthly DSC meeting.  After some discussion, it was recommended that people that go to Ken’s house pick out what magazines to purchase and bring up for discussion at the December meeting.

·         Ken discussed it with several people that have been meeting at his house regularly and recommended Fly RC and Silent Flight.  Fly RC was approved but after some discussion members felt that Silent Flight didn’t have enough glider info in it.  Someone mentioned that the English Glider magazine QFI might be better.  Members agreed.

·       Jim reported that he ordered Fly RC and QFI .  Fly RC Magazine has started to come in.  He will be bringing them to Ken’s on Wednesday night.  Come by and take in some great reading.


Update “Free Participant’s RC Magazine Drawing”:  At this meeting the we raffled off a “Fly RC” magazine.  Mark Higgins had the lucky ticket.  He donated the magazine back to the club.  Next ticket drawn was Frank Bennett’s.







AMA OFFICER PATCHES:  AMA officer patches were presented to DSC 2005 Officers that were present at the meeting.  Jim thanked them for their service to the Club. 


CHUTES:  Jim ordered the two Club chutes  it needed for the Club winches and one that it owed to Rick Hallett.  Since the Club was already paying for the shipping, Jim sent out an e-mail to see if anyone else wanted a chute.  Mike Farnsworth, Michael Moore, Rick Hallett (2nd chute) and Peter Elliot order a chute.


FLYING AFTER MEETING:  Members discussed where to fly today.  Frank Bennett got permission to fly at a field in Pownal.  Ken MacDonald got permission to fly in Wiscasset.   It is the AMA Weedwackers field.  Ken talked to Bud Greenleaf president of the Weedwacker and got  us permission to fly there if we want.    Jim looked for a place to fly other than the BAM field because of 2 things.  One is the BAM field would have powered flyers and we needed a thermal field since forecast was for wind 5 MPH or less.

After some discussion member chose to fly at the Weedwacker’s field.






Show and tell:



Rich Hallett brought in a plane box he made.  It holds 2 planes in a very efficient size.  Rick asked people to redesign.  He makes the box and then cuts it at an angle.  Adds cleats and a  handle hole in it.  Let Rick know if you come up with anything better.  Before he had a cardboard box and broke 2 vertical fins.





President’s corner (Jim Armstrong):

Notice:  This is my first attempt to publish the newsletter using a HTML editor that Mike Farnsworth provided.  It took a lot more time to do.  I need your help to evaluate weather or not it is worth my time.  The hope was that the newsletter would download faster for you.  Did it? 

Right now I am wondering how many actually spend any time reading the newsletter.  I know some do because they have told me so  (like Matt below) and I appreciate their nice comments.    


I sent an e-mail to everyone informing them that there wasn’t a May meeting.  E-mail below:


Hi Guys,

Just a reminder, this Saturday's contest is at the YCS Plains road Thermal

site.  It is a beautiful site.  So don't miss it.  This is an event that

has as much or as little of flying as you want.  Contact CD Rick Hallett

for open frequencies if you want to sign up 1-800-430-3058.

See the Downeast soaring Club's Forum "Downeast Soaring Club" section for

a nice flyer and explanation of scoring from Michael Moore.  If you have

never been to this site, the YCS web site has a map.  See at:

Happy flying,




Just like last summer,  I won't be able to run the summer meetings since I play horseshoes in NH every Saturday. Here is what we had in the minutes of the February 2004 DSC Meeting.

MEETING DAY (SAT OR SUN?  That was the question!):

Ken Mac Donald said he couldn’t make the meetings on Sunday because he goes to Church.  He asked to have a discussion on having meeting on Saturday.  Several other members said they preferred Saturday.  Mike Farnsworth said he would like to have it on Sat.  Jim said he scheduled the meetings on Sunday so that he could still go to his camp in NH on the weekend and come home on Sunday morning and still make the meetings.  Jim said he definitely wouldn’t be able to make the summer Saturday meetings so someone else would have to run the meetings.  Mike Farnsworth (who liked the idea of having them on Saturday) said he would run the meetings as that is the job of the VP. 


Attending members voted in having the meeting on Saturdays.


MEMBER PROJECTS:  Matt Dyer, who is a current member of DSC, sent me an e-mail to me that has a link to some of his planes.  I'm sure you will enjoy viewing his planes.  You may remember reading the write up he provided for a beautiful plane he brought to a meeting's Club Show & Tell a few years ago.  Matt and Rick Hallett (you will see why) gave me permission to publish Matt's e-mail. 

----- Original Message -----

From: Matt Dyer

Subject: Electric R/C

Hi, Jim:

I just wanted to say that while I am an inactive member of DSC, I really enjoy the newsletter and the e-mail messages I get.  I see that you are dabbling with LiPo batteries.  I have been doing so myself, but only for smaller models.

I did enjoy the meetings I attended, but I really don't have such a strong interest in soaring and competition.  Rick Hallet is a great guy (I got to know him when he was a member of KVMA), but I can never figure out just how any of his contests are scored!  Right now, I only have a small hand launched ARF glider (an Eric), and I don't fly that much.

I really am into electric R/C.  All my glow stuff has been sold, and I am 100% into electric propulsion.  Some of my planes are on my website.  Check it out at:

Last week, I just completed a Bird-E-Dog from Model Aviation plans.  It was featured in the April 2002 issue.  The power is a Nippy Black outrunner and a Kokam 3S 1500 mAh batter driving a 9x6E APC prop.  Should be a good flyer.  It is sport scale L-19.  I flew in them when I was in the Army.  I'll post a page on it when I get some photos taken of it in completed form.

If there is an electric fun fly at the BAM field, I will attend that.

Anyway, keep up the good work on the newsletter.





From: Glenn Collins Sent: Sunday, May 01, 2005 4:07 PM

To: James T. Armstrong III

Subject: Speedster 400 Nearly completed a plane I found on the internet.

Speed 400 with solid balsa wing. Used laminated sheets with carbon tow inbetween. Very strong. Supposedly goes 80 mph. I made my wing longer and increased the tail size to compensate. May be a little slower but should still move out. Lower wing loading should slow it down a bit for landing. Total weight with 7 AE cells was 464 grams. 14 grams heavier than predicted. Not bad considering I added 6 inches to the span. I may try those Lithium batteries. Not sure if they put out the same voltage as the AEs or can take the current of the 6V speed 400. Pretty simple, maybe $10 in materials and 8 to 10 hours of total builiding time. May be good for a club building project. It would be fun to do some pylon racing. Look up speedster 400 on the Ezone'z High Performance board.










Special “Thank You” to John LeClair for making a video of some of the action at Rick Hallett’s Thermal Duration contest on 5/14/2005.  See John’s e-mail below:


    I have made a DVD movie out of the footage that I taped at the thermal duration contest with my camcorder. I would like to donate it to the clubs library. It is nothing extravagant but shows a bunch of launches and some of the people that were in attendance. It is about 16 minutes in duration.

 John LeClair



Slope Soaring Eagle:



My neighbor, Elmer Berquist painted a slope soaring plane that was manufactured to look like an eagle.  It has ailerons as part of the wings and a tail that is the elevator.  He did it for a family member that lives in California.  He was told the plane was purchased overseas.  Elmer is an expert carver/painter.    Im sure you will agree when you look at the at the puffin on the coffee table and a bird behind him, near the window.  Note the detail.


Unlimited Thermal Duration Contest Report from CD Rick Hallett

Congratulations to Bob Buxton for winning this years spring contest hands down with his AVA.So what do you need if you own an AVA well of course a second AVA.  The first AVA was destroyed as someone stood in the landing circle rather than leaving in the last contest. Since I have the parts now from the last AVA that means  Bob needs to buy another  a third to be prepared.
Today to make life interesting the weatherman was right the wind did shift 180 degrees just as we were getting started. Changing the direction used up almost half an hour.  But before we made this shift Bob already had two very good ascending scores.
Then second and third were taken by Dave Walter and Anker Berg-Sonne. It took us awhile to realize that Anker's radio was not going to blow up instead it was his new vario singing a tune for him.  Both Anker and Chris(Schuch) managed to spend several flights at very high altitudes nevertheless the third good flight was elusive.  In addition this year we made the landing area much smaller and if you missed it you got a zero.  What a way to ruin a flight. In addition we had John Nilsson and Ron Cichowski from the CRRC club.  The participation of the CRRC members was a great boost to the contest. Thank you.
I cooked 4 dozen hamburgers on a little grill that Allan Wright had volunteered to bring. Second dozen collapsed and fell on the ground in the cover.  Well we repaired it and carried on and all but three seem to have been edible- everyone left under their own steam.  What a way to rate a cook!
I would love to have been able to fly a couple of those Phil Barnes wings.  We had a couple of Manti built with those new wings and Jim Tyrie had a private version.  The real croaker of the contest came when Jim landed on purpose not to over run his first time too much and discovered he had remembered his first time wrong and blew the contest when it could have been close in hand.  So he landed at 15 minutes rather than at the 16 plus he needed.  In this style of contest everything is very free floating but at times the time seems to slip by very fast and you cannot gain it back.
We had several others that were also testing new planes as Jim.  The interesting one  was the Bird of Time that Allan Wright had from the European market with ailerons.  Looked delicate but he was doing well with his hi start. He said launching with the hi start was really getting to him particularly since the tail end of the pull was up hill. We should also put our Pres in the same category since this was his first contest with a four servo wing. But Monday night we had a private practice in which I insisted he set it up with at least some of the basic features of the Vision.  He did well with only one practice session
Don't forget that monster in the group picture.  Ken's giant scale model is very impressive.  Also Ken and Ron's work prepared the field for us.  Thank you.
In the continuing feud note Michael came out first this time.  The antagonist- Mike.
After the awards and everyone had left the few of us left discussed the hardware for winching and the possibilities for another contest.  Suggestions are welcome
Well the rain held off and most people had several good flights along with many others.  The time was quickly gone. So the well wishes from Jeff Carr came over well.  Hopefully everyone had a good enough time they will wish to return again.
Special Thank You to Michael Moore who posted contest pictures at:
Happy flying,



from the Dayton Wingmasters, Dayton OH

Soaring on a cloudy day

by Bob McCarty

Need sunshine and calm air to soar? Nope! I’ve been reading about how to find and stay in thermals with model RC sailplanes. It all sounded pretty simple—three things give you stronger thermals: sunny weather, light wind, and low humidity.

The first one makes sense. Sunlight falling on plowed fields, cut grass, woods, or parking lots gives you uneven heat, which generates thermals. The second one does too, because the lighter the wind, the less damage done to beginning thermals. Never did figure out the humidity part, but under-standing two out of three isn’t bad!

My first sailplane flights as a novice pilot supported this theory. Everytime the weather was sunny with light wind, I hit the flying fields and practiced. Then one day, I headed out to the Wingmasters field even though the weather was not “right” for soaring.

 There were storm clouds building and a steady wind at about 15 mph. I loaded the airplane up with ballast and let her rip. As soon as it flew off the high-start, I knew it was in strong lift. After only three turns in the core, the airplane was so high I could hardly see it. It was going up like a rocket. What was that about the strongest lift on calm days?

I flew for 15 minutes on that flight, and I almost lost my airplane because I could barely see it. Then in November, I went out to the RAMS field at Wright-Patterson AFB for one last flying session before winter. With a solid overcast and a dark sky, I launched toward the North. After launch, I realized that my sailplane was slowly gaining altitude.

I started flying in big circles, drifting slowly downwind. I flew to the limit of my vision and then headed back toward the point where I first caught lift. I found another thermal, and rode it down the same path the first one had followed. I landed after almost 35 minutes in the air—my longest flight to date.

So much for theory! Now I’m going to fly whenever I get the chance—forget the weather.


Too Busy for a Friend...

One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name.

Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their classmates and write it down.

It took the remainder of the class period to finish their assignment, and as the students left the room, each one handed in the papers.

That Saturday, the teacher wrote down the name of each student on a separate sheet of paper, and listed what everyone else had said about that individual.

On Monday she gave each student his or her list. Before long, the entire class was smiling. "Really?" she heard whispered. "I never knew that I meant anything to anyone!" and, "I didn't know others liked me so much." were most of the comments.

No one ever mentioned those papers in class again. She never knew if they discussed them after class or with their parents, but it didn't matter. The exercise had accomplished its purpose. The students were happy with themselves and one another. That group of students moved on.

Several years later, one of the students was killed in Viet Nam and his teacher attended the funeral of that special student. She had never seen a serviceman in a military coffin before. He looked so handsome, so mature.

The church was packed with his friends. One by one those who loved him took a last walk by the coffin. The teacher was the last one to bless the coffin.

As she stood there, one of the soldiers who acted as pallbearer came up to her. "Were you Mark's math teacher?" he asked. She nodded: "yes." Then he said: "Mark talked about you a lot."

After the funeral, most of Mark's former classmates went together to a luncheon. Mark's mother and father were there, obviously waiting to speak with his teacher.

"We want to show you something," his father said, taking a wallet out of his pocket. "They found this on Mark when he was killed. We thought you might recognize it."

Opening the billfold, he carefully removed two worn pieces of notebook paper that had obviously been taped, folded and refolded many times. The teacher knew without looking that the papers were the ones on which she had listed all the good things each of Mark's classmates had said about him.

"Thank you so much for doing that," Mark's mother said. "As you can see, Mark treasured it."

All of Mark's former classmates started to gather around. Charlie smiled rather sheepishly and said, "I still have my list. It's in the top drawer of my desk at home."

Chuck's wife said, "Chuck asked me to put his in our wedding album."

"I have mine too," Marilyn said. "It's in my diary."

Then Vicki, another classmate, reached into her pocketbook, took out her wallet and showed her worn and frazzled list to the group. "I carry this with me at all times," Vicki said and without batting an eyelash, she continued: "I think we all saved our lists."

That's when the teacher finally sat down and cried. She cried for Mark and for all his friends who would never see him again.

The density of people in society is so thick that we forget that life will end one day. And we don't know when that one day will be.

So please, tell the people you love and care for, that they are special and important. Tell them, before it is too late.

Remember, you reap what you sow. What you put into the lives of others comes back into your own.

May Your Day Be Blessed As Special As You Are

DownEast Soaring Club Upcoming Events

Event Date Time Location
DSC Club Business Meeting Saturday, 6/11/2005 9am coffee/pastry, 9:30 Business meeting, 10:30 Show & Tell (Slope afterwards?). Bookland Coffee Shop, Cooks Corner, Brunswick *See Note 1
DSC Club Business Meeting Saturday, 7/9/2005 9am coffee/pastry, 9:30 Business meeting, 10:30 Show & Tell (Slope afterwards?). Bookland Coffee Shop, Cooks Corner, Brunswick *See Note 1
DSC Club Business Meeting Saturday, 8/13/2005 9am coffee/pastry, 9:30 Business meeting, 10:30 Show & Tell (Slope afterwards?). Bookland Coffee Shop, Cooks Corner, Brunswick, ME *See Note #1
September DSC meeting cancelled. Saturday, 9/10/2005 Cancelled because Great State of Maine Airshow and Electric Fun fly scheduled for same day. Cancelled because Great State of Maine Airshow and Electric Fun fly scheduled for same day.
BAM/DSC Maine Electric Powered Event Saturday, 9/10/2005 8-5 Saturday and 10-3 Sunday BAM Club Field Topsham
BAM/DSC Maine Electric Powered Event Sunday, 9/11/2005 8-5 Saturday and 10-3 Sunday BAM Club Field Topsham

  1. Breakfast starts at 9:00 in the Bookland Conference Room. The business meeting will start at 9:30 am sharp. Show and Tell at 10:30. Members are encouraged to eat breakfast during the business portion of the meeting.
  2. Great State of Maine Airshow; 10 and 11 September 2005; Brunswick Naval Air Station Air Show, Blue Angels too.
  3. This contest is an AMA sanctioned contest. All AMA requirements apply.
  4. 'NO HOST' means no one is in charge of the event. Scheduled to inform people of an acceptable low tide. The first person interested in flying on that day should send an e-mail to all members and post on the DSC WEB site Forum.




c/o President / Newsletter Editor

James T. Armstrong III

292 Foreside Road

Topsham, ME 04086

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