|In ModelFlight #6, I said I hoped I would
hear further from WALLY NASSE from Bassano, Alberta, Canada,
whose models were up on the picture gallery page of ModelFlight
#6. Wally was surprised and pleased to see his planes on the
site and has been in touch again with a bit more information about
himself, his planes and his club, and I am pleased to be able to
introduce him to you in this personal profile.|
|Next, we go from Canada to the Atlantic coast of the USA to meet
another enthusiastic model flyer - FRANK DRECCHIO from Baltimore,
Maryland - we're certainly getting around with ModelFlight
these days! There is an article by Frank on the plane
WALLY NASSE, pictured here with his mystery plane which he has
christened "The Pig" because of its heavy flying
characteristics! Wally was keen to find out more about this model and thinks
it may now have been identified. Here's what he writes:
I have recently gotten an e-mail from a fellow
who has owned two aircraft resembling "The Pig". He says it is
an early 80s competition pattern plane called the Arrow, sold by Hobby
Barn and MK Products. Says weights were anywhere from seven
to eleven pounds.
|Our club, The Flying
Falcons R/C Club, was established in January 2000 after flying from
the local airport for about six years unofficially. We are now a MAAC
sanctioned club with full insurance coverage. Our membership now numbers
12. It is a small club where everyone gets along. We try to minimize the
rules and maximize the fun!
Ours is a mainly rural community. The
population of Bassano is approximately 1500. I am mainly a farmer and do
computer consulting, training and sales on the side. In winter, the
farming slows whilst the computer business picks up so I am always with
something to do. I began r/c modelling in 1978 while still in high school.
All extra cash I had went into modelling, so none was left to blow in the
pubs. I like to get out as much as possible in the summers but my work
really limits any free time so Sundays are set aside as much as possible
as flying days! I am presently refinishing a Sig Skybolt and
building a Hobby Hangar GEE BEE Z which will be powered by a YS .53
FZ 4-stroke. Can hardly wait to finish them.
|None of our
members are competition calibre pilots but a few are really trying to
practice the hot manouvers and fly low and fast. My two sons, 3½ and 5
years old, always like to accompany me to the field to watch and help
(clean-ups). The youngest has loved airplanes for almost two years
already. All the toys he wants are airplane-related. Will definitely be a
pilot, he says.
My site http://www.eidnet.org/local/wwnasse
is an amateur attempt to show off my planes. I am working with our Vice
President on making an official club page on his web space. We have quite
a bit of work to do until the presentation is correct.
I hope to hear more from Wally
and maybe have the chance to put his new models on the picture gallery page.
|Now let me introduce FRANK DRECCHIO,
who sent me the item about setting up the TeleBee gyro that you will
find on the plane talk page.
Frank is a member of The Sunday Flyers model
flying club, Baltimore, Maryland, USA (I hope to make a virtual
visit to his club in a later update of ModelFlight).
Frank has been in the hobby for over 30 years (must
have started young, I think!). He is a licensed full-scale helicopter
and fixed-wing pilot, but does not fly commercially any more, devoting
his aviation interest to models.
Frank's main interest is helicopters and he currently
has six in his fleet along with seven fixed-wings, including two gliders
and one electric. He's owned a total of 15 helicopters, his first being
a Schluter Heli-baby that
he purchased way back in the 70s.
Frank is an instructor at his club for
all types of aircraft including autogyros of which he has owned 3 in his
time. Pictured above is Frank with his Ergo whilst the shot to the right
is from the days when he flew for a living. The model is Frank's Heli-baby,
whilst the big one might be a Sikorsky S-58, but
I'm not very good at heli-spotting!
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