This 1/2A Indoor stick model is ready for a test flight in preparation for the 2014
International Postal Contest. These models are easy to build and fly well.
Note the use of a half motor stick on this Jetco
ROG. Even this type of model can benefit from
using such a configuration.
by Don Slusarczyk
Iwant to begin my first column by thanking John Kagan for his dedication in writing the “FF Indoor” column for the past 10 years.
Indoor FF has a long heritage and ensuring
that Indoor activities are regularly published
can be difficult. On behalf of the Indoor FF
community, please accept a heartfelt thank-you!
Now is a great time for me to introduce
myself to those who are unfamiliar with me. My
name is Don Slusarczyk and I have been flying
Indoor FF for 30 years.
My first exposure to Indoor FF was as a kid digging through
the attic of my house. I found two boxes and inside one box
was a microfilm rise-off-ground (ROG) Cabin model and
in the other a condenser-paper-covered stick model. I had
no idea what they were, so I brought the paper stick model
downstairs and asked my dad what it was.
The rubber was half rotted and the wood was dry and
brittle, but I saw it fly across our living room and I was
fascinated. It seemed as though I broke something with every
touch, but I did not care. This airplane was cool!
My father, Chuck Slusarczyk, had flown Indoor models for
many years and had saved some of his old ones. A short time
after finding these airplanes, my dad heard of a local Indoor
contest and we decided to go. It was 1984 and I was 12 years
I built and flew a Jetco ROG in that contest. Although I
finished in last place, I was hooked. My eyes were opened
to a new, exciting hobby and with strong support from my
parents—and plenty of balsa wood—Indoor became not only
my hobby, but one my father and I have shared since.
I plan to keep the joy of Indoor FF alive in this column.
We have reasons why we fly Indoor and we share in the
fascination and satisfaction of what we build and fly. I
hope you will find my column useful, educational, and
even inspirational for building or trying out a new event or
I have always been encouraged by the Indoor community’s
ability to freely share knowledge. If you have anything you
want to impart—a photo of your latest build, a fixture you
designed that you find useful, or a contest announcement—
email me anytime.
A few months ago I started a Facebook page for Indoor FF.
The URL is listed in “Sources,” and I encourage all Facebook
users to visit.
on there yet,
but all Indoor
welcome to stop
by and post. The
page is meant
for all to enjoy,
so please feel
free to share
photos of your
chat with Indoor
2015-2016 Rules-Change Cycle
Any rules-change proposals for this cycle had to be
submitted to the AMA by March 15, 2014. I encourage
everyone to go to the AMA website and look at the Indoor
FF rules proposals that have been submitted and contact
your district Indoor Contest Board member and voice your
Multiple proposals have been submitted for this rules-change cycle that I want to discuss. A number of these
proposals are ones I have submitted. The majority of them
are clerical in nature in an attempt to clarify and clean up
portions of the rulebook that have needed updating for
For example, Class A ROG does not have the event number
listed in the rulebook. However, it is listed on the sanction
application and in the national record listing. There are several
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