The author with her newly purchased Eindecker, minus running gear and other components. She
turned it into an electric during the winter months and is ready to take it for its first flight now that
Itching to fly ... thank goodness
For many people, April’s warmer temperatures bring with it the appearance of bright daffodils,
cute bunnies, and the delightfully
sweet chirping sound of turning on our
transmitters for the first time since the
cold winter months set in.
Well, not that we didn’t turn on
our transmitters at home during those
months, but several of us certainly didn’t
do it outside because snow or other bad
weather made the drive to the field, or
even to an indoor venue, challenging.
Two words: polar vortex.
For most of us who do not live where
the climate is a pleasant 70° all year,
modeling comprises two seasons: the
building season and the flying season.
There’s clearly overlap, but the weather
often dictates what gets more attention
and for what duration.
In the winter, we build more. These
past few months have been about
ordering wheel pants and batteries,
searching for lost parts (why must they
always blend in with our flooring?), and
maybe changing our heli’s color scheme.
In between New Year’s celebrations,
snow plowing, and hoisting up our wool
socks, this is what we do. We plan the
year ahead. Yet each step of the way,
with each icicle that formed and salt
truck that careened past our house,
we’ve been itching to fly—big time.
April Is a Welcome Month
This is the time of year when the
majority of us who have been anxious to
fly outside but couldn’t, finally can.
Although many of our friends may
talk about April as a time to finally clean
out that refrigerator or tidy up that junk
drawer (aka spring cleaning), when we
modelers flip the calendar, this month
is about only one thing: the final, get-it-together mad dash now that the flying
season is upon us. For me, it’s about
thinking of Warbirds Over Delaware in
July and even preparing for September’s
annual Rhinebeck Jamboree, both
April sets us in motion more than the
previous months, but mostly I’m excited
to be able to get out and fly locally.
Many of us haven’t torn into a snap roll
or seen how tall that darn tree has grown
at the field for ages.
It’s time to enjoy the din of
conversation along the flightline, the
whirring of fuel through tubing, the
gentle hum of electrics. Short of doing
cartwheels like a 5-year-old, we’re
bursting with excitement. April is here
in all its glory and it’s time to get down
to the nitty-gritty.
My “Winter” Projects
So, what am I itching to fly now that
April has arrived? During the winter
season, I worked on two projects.
Winter project number one was
stripping my Sig Kadet—the first
airplane I ever flew—and getting new
covering. After waiting 10 years, I
Winter project number two was
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