Weekly Indoor Updates for Season Ten - January thru April 2016

 

January 8th - Grandview

 
Although we were off to a late start this season, in a different venue and time slot (now Friday evenings), there is certainly no lack of enthusiasm for indoor flying by the Soo Modellers and friends! Eleven pilots shared the airspace non-stop for three hours at our first ever flying session at Grandview Public School. And oh, what fun we had!

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(photos #1-9 by Peter Smith and #10 by Chris Moes)


January 15th - Parkland

 
A smaller group this week, in a smaller gym, but no less enthusiastic - and the gym at Parkview Public School was buzzing with flying machines non-stop for 3 hours. Indoor airplanes made of EPP (crash resistant) foam are well suited for these smaller gyms - especially those with a tight turning radius, such as the EZ-3D Trainer, Sumo, and Su-27. The airbugs are a challenge on the smaller floor, but great fun was had by all - especially Cecil's pace car start!

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(photos by Peter Smith)


January 22nd - Grandview

 
Lots of airborne action again this week in the "large" gym, as seen in this awesome set of photos (below) by Peter Smith.
 
Click here for this weeks video >>>  Indoor Flying at Grandview Public School
 

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(photos by Peter Smith)


January 29th - Parkland

 
We seem to be getting accustomed to the smaller gym, and great fun was had by all! We had excellent attendance, and the action was non-stop again this week. 

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(photos by C. Moes)


February 12th - Grandview

 
Despite strong winds and -25C outside, the flying weather indoors at Grandview was perfect! After a two week break, several new models made their first appearance this week, as seen below.
 
Click here for this weeks video >>>  More indoor flying at Grandview
 

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(photos by Peter Smith)


February 19th - Parkland

 
A milestone this week, with the first ever FPV (first person view) flight indoors by the Soo Modellers! George test flew a pair of FPV quads - the E-Flight Nano "heavy lifter" and Eachine 250 "racer". Truly amazing stuff, and will take some practice to fly these...
 

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(photos by C. Moes)


February 25th - Grandview

 
More milestones this week, including first-ever flight by an annular wing (ak. ring wing) aircraft - bravo Tom! The indoor FPV experiments continued this week as well, with first-ever 'fixed wing' flights: controlled by first person view - using both screen and goggles.
 
As there was another function elsewhere at the school, we were pleased to have a small group of very enthusiast young spectators - and you can hear them (at a 'quieter' moment :-) in this weeks video >>>  Micro annular wing, Sumos & Edge 540 at Grandview
 

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(photos by Peter Smith)


March 4th - Parkland

 
An excellent turnout this week - in the 'small' gym and the flying was non-stop for three hours!

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(photo #1 by C. Moes and #2 thru #10 by Peter Smith)


fpv truckMarch 11th - Grandview

 
The "large" gym was buzzing again this week. On several occasions, we had six planes flying together, dipping and weaving and seldom even a 'nudge' - except with the Sumos 'natch!
 
George and Chris carried on with their FPV (first person view) experiments, and by the end of the evening, both we able to make circuit after circuit under FPV control - using both goggles and a fixed monitor mounted on a tripod. Here is the video link>>>  Indoor FPV
 
George also brought along his FPV 4WD truck (photo right) - equipped with 3D (stereoscopic) camera system. Very cool...

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(All photos by Peter Smith)


April 1st - Grandview

 
After a two week break, the indoor action was non-stop again on Friday - no foolin'...
 
Quadcopter video <<< HERE >>>.
 

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(photos #1-5 by Peter Smith and #6 by C. Moes)


April 8th - Parkland

 
An enthusuast group again this week in the 'small gym', and several visitors as well!
 
This weeks video <<< HERE >>>
 

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(photos by Peter Smith)


April 15th - Grandview

 
Our final flying session of the season.
 
Many thanks to George for organizing the indoor program this year. All participants look forward to more indoor flying adventures next season - and post flight debriefing at Timmy's!
 

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(photos by Peter Smith)

 

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