National Free Flight Society

SEN 2057

Table of Contents – SEN 2057

  1. F1S Web Site
  2. F1C Petition
  3. Free Flight Meets at Barron Field Sept 12-13 and Oct 10-11
  5. Buzz Averill

E-36, F1S web site

Derek McGuckin

It’s not quite ready. But here it is. The is up. Any constructive feedback is welcome. i’m not happy with the layout so that will change a bit. I listed all the E36 planes that I could find links for. There are more but I need to track down more information before I include them.
Several links are still under construction. Lot’s of work left.
If you have any relevant pictures or information I could post please contact me.

F1C petition

From: Ed Carroll

Hi Roger. Will the f1c rules petition be heard. When. Ed

Reply from editor
Ed I do not know and have not been able to find a status , not sure who knows?

Free Flight Meets at Barron Field Sept 12-13 and Oct 10-11

From: Andrew Barron

Dear free flight friends,

This is a reminder of the Harvest Classic contest run this weekend (Sept
12-13) by John Clapp and the announcement of the Eastern U.S. Free Flight
Championships run by Dave Lacey next month (Oct 10-11). There is also Tom
Hallman’s FAC meet that October weekend. Attached is the flyer for
and the EUSFFC.

Hope to see many of you there.

Note that for this weekend (Sept 12-13) the F1A,B,C events start at 9am
Saturday and the F1J,S events at 11am Saturday. Then the F1G.H,P,Q events
start Sunday morning (with F1Q starting with a flight to the ground at



Oct. 10-11 2015
A Cat III America’s Cup event (AA Contest)

Barron Field Wawayanda NY

EVENTS: The following events may be flown on either day or both. If you don’t like your results for Saturday, try again on Sunday. High score counts!

Cat glider
HL glider

1/2A AMA,1/2A classic & 1/2A NosGas combined (different engine runs)

ABC AMA, classic &, Nos combined (different engine runs)

SAM old time rubber ( all classes combined)

SATURDAY ONLY EVENTS: FAI events 5 rounds starting at 10:00 AM and each hour after, 11/2 hour overlapping rounds


F1Q; 5 rounds starting at 10:00 AM

SUNDAY ONLY EVENTS: FAI events 5 rounds starting at 8:00 AM and each hour after, 1 hour rounds

F1C & F1P combined

Contest Directors Dave Lacey 703-370-5708

Jim Coffin 703-256-3865

Open events: $20 dollars maximum to fly all events. Jrs. And Srs. $10 dollars

Buzz Averill
From: Dennis Phelan

Receieved earlier this month. Buzz will be remembered most recently by the USA FAI Free Flight community whne he came back a few years ago to help us run our finals. Buzz was a mentor for a number of well known Free Fligters including Jim P2:47 PM 9/10/2015arker and Jon Davis.

The R/C Soaring community just heard of his passing. He had strong ties to the Free Flight world also . His friend Phil Renaud wrote this of him:
We lost a good man this weekend.

It is with heavy heart that I let everyone know that my good friend and consummate RC soaring pilot, Buzz Averill, passed away in Albuquerque from a massive stroke Friday, August 28th. Buzz leaves behind his wife Deanna and 3 daughters.

Many of you know Buzz as an F3J and thermal competition soaring pilot and former president of the Albuquerque Soaring Association but you may not be aware of the extent of his involvement in all things aviation related.

I first met Buzz when I moved to Albuquerque from Dayton, Ohio in 1979. I had been active in RC soaring in Dayton and was looking for the local RC Soaring Club in Albuquerque. The local hobby shop referred me to Buzz. I called Buzz and learned that he was trying to restart the local RC soaring club and invited me to join him at an organizational meeting where I met a number of the local modelers including Steve Work and Dave Thornburg. One thing led to another and pretty soon the Albuquerque Soaring Association was established.

Steve, Dave and Buzz introduced me to a number of local soaring sites. I didn’t know these guys from Adam but, it soon became apparent to me that these guys were all pretty competitive. If we went slope soaring, there was some sort of competition to see who could go the fastest, in thermal duration, who could stay up the longest, and eventually we even got into cross country soaring events roaring across the New Mexico country side in the back of a pickup truck.

Buzz was probably the most competitive of the group. He was a consummate builder and had a strong interest in aerodynamics. Prior to taking up RC soaring, Buzz, Jim Taylor, and John Davis, all from Albuquerque decided that they were going to get on the US free flight team. In order to get a technical edge on the competition, Buzz soon became an expert in model airplane engines and propellers. In fact, they actually experimented with single blade propellers with some success. All three pilots made the US free flight team which was successful in winning the World Championships. As a result of his experience with propellers Buzz and another friend, Dick Roberts, decided to get into competitive hydroplane racing where they met with a modicum of success. Another one of Buzz’s Albuquerque acquaintances, John Sharpe, was into full size Formula 1 airplane racing. Buzz was able to provide some propeller design expertise that enabled John to squeeze a bit more performance out of his airplane.

He had a background in full size soaring. He was an avid pilot and one of the founding members of the Albuquerque Soaring Club. He owned a DG-400 and loved to fly RC cross country on Saturdays and full size cross country on Sundays. To Buzz, a 600 km triangle cross country flight on Sunday afternoon was no big deal. Local glider pilots would often seek Buzz out for his thoughts on soaring technique, sailplane performance, and sailplane systems. Buzz was never one to hold back! I can recall a number of interesting conversations over lunch with George Applebay, designer of the Zuni and Zuni II, the only American produced, composite sailplane or with Bob Carleton regarding the installation of a jet engine in his Salto sailplane for airshow work.

Buzz went on to fly F3B and F3J. We went on to dabble in F5B/F5F and even did some Speed 400 electric pylon racing. As always, Buzz was a competitor – he hated to lose. The advent of electric sailplanes really caught Buzz’s interest. Buzz saw this as a way to eliminate the winch and encourage more flyers to compete. Initially we were focused on getting as much power into the glider as possible in order to climb as high as possible in order to maximize the power off gliding time in a ten minute window. It soon became apparent that this was a rich man’s sport – the more dollars you brought to the table the faster/higher you could climb, the better your flight time. In Buzz’s mind, this was counter-productive to bringing new competitors into the sport. As a result, he and several others around the country, proposed a set of F5J rules, which set an altitude limit on launch height and established a 30 sec window for the motor run, thus minimizing the need for high dollar power systems.

I could go on forever. I am proud to have had Buzz as a friend. He could be a bit grumpy at times but, he would always reach out to the new guy and draw him into the sport. Our sport is a little bit richer because of Buzz.

Roger Morrell