Flutter

I recently noticed a trim change on my Giant Wild Thing–it was climbing pretty badly. Eventually I landed uneventfully to see that the rudder had fluttered off, breaking 4 hinges. The forces involved in flutter are impressive as the rudder was secure enough to resist pulling apart by hand.

The rudder on my Giant Wild Thing fluttered loose. It reminds you of the forces involved in flight
The rudder on my Giant Wild Thing fluttered loose. It reminds you of the forces involved in flight

This is the second incarnation of a rudder on this airplane.  The first rudder was ineffective and the plane would not knife edge. I added a lot of aerodynamic balance to it. Following good model airplane practice, I also rounded, rather than sharpened, the trailing edges of the rudder. Apparently that was not enough. The repaired configuration doubles the hinges and also statically balances the rudder by adding a fishing “bullet weight” to the front of the rudder.

The initial flights with this new configuration went well, but a hard landing meant that the plane will need to be repaired before it is clear that the fix has cured the problem.

2014, February Images

Again, most of these were provided by Joe Obermeyer, but I also took a few. I will post yours, too. Just send them to me.

January-February, 2014

The weather has finally started improving and this has left us with a few spectacular flying days plus a lot more good days, and the members have taken to it happily.

The flight line was nearly full for the first time in a long time.
The flight line was nearly full for the first time in a long time.

The farm is growing potatoes rather than tomatoes this year, and it is clear that they are better financed than in recent history. Helicopters have been spraying the potatoes regularly and two helicopters have been seen regularly at the field.

This Robinson Helicopter has been stationed at the field, crop dusting.
This Robinson Helicopter has been stationed at the field, crop dusting.

We also talked to a man who was talking about spraying with fixed-wing aircraft, but he never actually sprayed.

 

Treasurer’s Report November, 2013

Beginning Balance $46,767.60 
Checking Balance $1,228.66
Disbursements
Byrnes Landscaping $160.00
All Star Toilets $83.74
Consultants $142.45
Total ($386.19)
Membership -0-
Ending Checking Balance $842.47
CD 424 $5,688.67
CD 685 $39,864.54
Total Escrow Funds $45,553.21 
Total Ending Balance $46,395.68

 

2014 Budget

Please find below the proposed 2014 budget prepared by your Board of Directors.

Our membership is down slightly but I believe we can operate within the budget.

Jacque has completed all the necessary paper work including the insurance policy to the new owner.

All is quiet so I see no reason to have a meeting. If you have an issue just call.

Comments regarding the budget should be directed to me.

Check out the web site and keep it quiet!

Best,

Larry

AmountItem
1088.00Toilet
1920Lawn Service
61Florida Corporate Fee
30AMA Club Fee
100Farm Manager
60Insurance
80Refreshments
400Field Maintenance
$3739.00Total