Windy West R.C. Club

Lethbridge, AB RC Model aircraft club

Indoor Flying Schedule

March 29th, 2014

27 April 10am-noon

 

Upcoming events

January 24th, 2014

Next club meeting is on the 6th May

The first fun fly of the year will be the Spring Crack Up, on June 3rd 2014

NEW VIDEOS ON LINE from Fallin and Phil

November 27th, 2013

I have been told that there is a VIDEO on you tube that Fallin did of us about a month ago,  just go to Youtube and do a search for Windywest it was done by Shaw communications.

Also Phil sent me a couple of links from the TABER HUCK fest,  I’ll try to get all of those links onto the web site when I figure out how to do it.  These are the links but you’ll have to cut and paste them yourself until I figure out how to make the links direct by clicking on them.  Hey I just found out that putting the link in actually puts the pictures up, pretty neat actually, I didnt know I could do that.

thanks guys for the links I’m working on them.

Heinz

P.s.  I just went and watched the videos and WOW one even gets free ADVERTISING that we didn’t ask for isn’t Capitalism great!!!   Seriously folks thanks to our friends at

Global TV and Shaw they are really great videos for all to enjoy.

 

Updated Web Page

December 3rd, 2012

Check out the links, some new ones have been added also there is a good link to determine
the engine size to use for electrics. Check out the “aerodynamics” link in “Links” all kinds
of neat stuff there. If you have some contacts you would like added let me know.

Check out West Lethbridge Weather.com in links

Photo Galleries

March 20th, 2009
View The 2011-Father's Day Float Fly Album

2011-Father's Day Float Fly

Club members gather at Park Lake to fly their pontoon sporting contraptions.

View The 1977-1980 Album

1977-1980

Photos circa 77-80--WWRCC- field on the west side.

Information For Beginners

March 20th, 2009

There is something magical about taking a box full of balsa wood and turning it into a working, flying model, a model that uses the same physics to fly as full size airplanes. It brings with it great personal satisfaction in seeing your handiwork actually take to the air and fly as it was designed to do and then return safely to the ground. There are no hidden secrets to flying radio controlled (R/C) airplanes, just patience and proper instruction. If you can drive a car, there is no reason for you not to be able to fly a model airplane. Here we will present some basic information to get you going.

Usually, the first questions model flyers are asked are: How much does it cost, and how far is the range of the plane?

The cost can range a fair bit depending on how much do you want to spend and how fancy an outfit you want. The three most basic parts would be A) the model plane itself, B) the engine and C) the radio equipment.

The Plane

To start with you will need to purchase a basic trainer plane and not your favorite WW II fighter with retractable landing gear! We all had to start somewhere and it was with a trainer, which is usually a high wing plane designed to be stable and fairly rugged. Models today will usually fit into two categories:
Kit form where you buy a kit and build it according to the included instructions and plans and the ARF (Almost ready to fly) version.
It used to be that the ARF’s were not always a good buy due to poor construction and materials but that vastly improved over the years and today a name brand ARF is made to very good standards. A typical ARF will only take a few evenings to complete whereas a kit will take considerably longer. The advantage to an ARF is that you will be in the air much quicker than building a kit, and that you will not have as much emotional attachment to your first plane if it happens to have an “oopsie.” The down side to an ARF is that your building skills and knowledge of how the place is constructed will be very limited if repairs are needed at some time. A kit will teach you much about the building and engineering of an R/C plane. Either way it is your personal preference. When you consider the cost of building and covering a model, some ARF’s are very appealing such as the SIG LT40. In kit form it is approximately $139.00 and in ARF form it is $199.00!

One more thing, bigger not only flies better, it is easier to see. A model starts to get pretty small in a hurry if you just let it fly away on it’s own.

The Engine

There are two types of engines, two strokes and four strokes. For a beginner, it would be easier to start with a two stroke, as they are easy to start and operate and have great power to weight ratio. As usual, you get what you pay for and if you can afford a little more it will most likely pay off in reliability and durability. OS, Irvine , Supertigre have had good reputations and are recommended. An engine for a trainer plane would cost you about $150.00

The Radio

This is where you can spend a lot of money very fast! Radio’s are categorized by how many channels they have (the more channels the more functions they can do) and if they are computerized or not. A computerized radio has many functions such as remembering settings for different airplanes, have built in timers and many more features that would be too lengthy to discuss here. If you plan to stay in the hobby and own more than one model then a computer radio would be a better choice though the initial cost is higher. A basic radio system will cost you about $250.00 and for a good computer radio about $350.00 and up. As far as range, your R/C plane will be out of sight before the range of the radio system is maxed out which is about a mile and a half.

Other Gear

There is support equipment that you will need, such as a glow starter (to get the engine going), fuel, propellers, paper towel and glass cleaner for clean up as well as other misc items. A great source of help is your local hobby shop and club members. As mentioned above, we all started somewhere and all received much help from those who have already learnt so do not be afraid to ask questions as there are plenty of folks willing to give advice and a lending hand.

Electric Flight

In recent years there has been an almost explosive growth in the field of model electric flight.  With the invention of extremely light battery packs of high power capacity, micro electronics, highly efficient electric motors and speed controllers, electric flight has become easy and wide spread.  It seems that nothing is holding back progress and aircraft which are light and small as well as large and powerful are readily available in the form of kits, and combinations  that make it easy to get into this part of the hobby.  Just search the internet for “electric flight” and you will see the possibilities.

Electric flight has some significant advantages over the traditional modes of flying model aircraft.   The lack of noise, cleanliness and ease of operation are just some of them.  The many forms of “park flyers ” have made it possible for anyone to fly cheaply and “wherever” .  As a club however we feel that flying in parks in densely populated cities can be dangerous and is not condoned.  MAAC, the governing body of model aeronautics in Canada also feels that it is a dangerous practice.  Therefore we have a field that is available year round and you can enjoy the help and contact from other club members who also have the same interests.  For more information please contact us.

Want to learn how to fly?

March 20th, 2009

Remember, if you fly park flyers in the City, you are responsible if anything goes wrong. Think of the liability you would have if you caused a serious accident. Even park flyers should not be considered as toys, as they can cause serious injury.

Avoid this problem by flying at our field, and you will also get expert help. Those 16 and under are now free, but you must have your MAAC when flying at our field.

If you want some in depth information on how planes really fly, go here.

For information on training airplanes, visit Tower Hobbies.

For information on electric training airplanes, go here.