Sunday, February 25, 2007

Vintage Aircraft Day number 193

Colin's Eaglet. It has a two cylinder motor that he made himself from two single cylinder engines. I hate people who can do that.

More photos here.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Letter from Les to the SAMAA

This was discussed at the AGM. Here's a copy of the letter that went out over Les' signature:

Monday, 19 February 2007

The Chairman
The South African Model Aircraft Association
PO Box Alberton

Dear Joe,
One of the SAMAA Special Interest Groups - The MGA - asked us to submit details on our gliding members. In particular whether or not they were adept solo pilots. The detail would form part of a central SAMAA register. It would also appear on the SAMAA membership cards.
We expect you will ask for similar details on all our members.
For many years we have strongly promoted membership of the SAMAA. No one may join JOMAC who is not a member. We are pleased when individual members gain SAMAA proficiency badges.
But we see little merit in a central solo register.
At JOMAC we have an informal but effective solo scheme. It takes account of local conditions and safety needs. It has worked well in the past.
Thus we shall take no action on this request.
Keep up the good work for the SAMAA.

Yours sincerely,

Les Hunt
(Chairman, JOMAC).

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Adrian's new sailplane

Adrian flew his new aircraft for the first time today. It' semi scale and about 3 metres span. He told me what it was called but I've forgotten already. An excellent flier.

Very neat wiring.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Well here's a thing...

There's a web site called that will calculate the value of a domain name. No idea how it does it or even if it means anything.
Just for fun I tried the JOMAC domain, $48 000. I don't think so


CALCULATING DOMAIN NAME APPRAISAL (Please Wait)........................................
Domain Name Appraised:

Combined Domain Name Appraisal Value Score: 617

Top Level Domain Name Score: 1
Unwanted Characters Score: 10
Length Score: 7 Score: 77
Google Search Results: 0
Yahoo Search Results: 0
MSN Search Results: 14
Search Engine Score: 1



Estimated Domain Name Value: $48,126.00

Sunday, February 4, 2007

2007 AGM

Committe for this year is:
Chairman Les
Secretary Louis
Treasurer Mick
Logistics Juan.

More info here.

Friday, February 2, 2007

More Saturday info -- Juan

For those who don't know, Saturday mornings are quite well represented by electric flyers ,I can think of at least 10 + flyers that have some form of electric flying machine! Last Saturday was no exception.

Andre Killian had his Acro Wot with geared motor.

Charl Pienaar on the left with an Urban Hawk and Henri Robertson on the right with a Rainbow.

Another shot of Henri's Rainbow (powered by an AXI 2820/12 with 3700mah 3 cell Flightpower battery)- his first aeroplane - makes a good trainer and flies similar to a Cub.

We also have some mini Sticks - very nippy and fast ! Andre van Rensburg has one - named "Bliksem" for reasons best not published ....if you don't know the story ask him when next you see him!

Claudio Damin's mini Stick was also there and I am told Grant Brook bought all the hardware on Saturday and should also have a mini stick flying soon.

Andre Killian ( a seasoned electric flyer ) had a mishap when he made up a S5 pack and used a parallel connecting lead instead of series lead connector - end result the two cell 7.4 volt Lipo pack being over loaded and it got badly out of shape!! An expensive mistake and as Andre pointed out perhaps a good idea to make parallel and series connecting leads up in different colours to avoid making a mistake.

As the pack was ruined it was used to show what happens if one of these Lipo packs pick up a short - could have catastrophic consequences , hence reason to treat these packs with the greatest of respect !!

Next time I will give some feedback on the Oil burners ....they must be feeling left out by now .... just worried I will ruin the camera lens with that messy substance that they use to power those noise makers....better get a camera with a good Zoom lens!!