NFFS Symposia: 2013
by Louis Joyner
Edited by Randy Reynolds, the 46th edition of the annual National Free Flight Society (NFFS)
Symposia covers a wide variety of
topics. Here are the papers:
1. “Tips for Winning Power
Contests,” by MA columnist Gene
Smith, offers advice about improving
your contest results.
2. “The AMA Contest Board,” by
Jerry Murphy, provides a behind-the-scenes look at the rulemaking
3. “Geriatric Free Flight,” also by
Jerry Murphy, suggests ways to age
gracefully on the contest circuit.
4. “Photographing the Free Flight
Model in Action,” by Pat Dailey, shows
how he produces the in-flight shots on
the DC Maxecuters’ website.
5. “2012 Geneseo FAC Journal,” by
Tom Hallman, tells how he prepares
for and flies in a major Scale contest.
6. “Struts,” by Stew Myers, explains
how to rig a Scale biplane.
7. “Methods of Comparing Gas
and Electric Power,” by Chris
Stoddart, offers suggestions about
combining power sources equitably in
8. “Methods for Processing F1Q
Models,” by Dick Ivers, looks at the
challenges facing fliers and officials in
dealing with the new rules for the FAI
9. “NFFS Indoor Committee Report,”
by John Kagan, deals with ways to
increase participation on local as
well as national levels and build on
the interest generated among young
modelers by the Science Olympiad.
10. “Fund Raising for ‘Float,’” by Ben
Saks, talks about how he used crowd
funding on the Internet to finance a
feature-length documentary about
Indoor flying. (You can view the trailer
Phil Ball’s Catapult Glider is detailed in the Free Flight Forum, one of the publications discussed in
11. “CAD for Model Design/Laser Cutting,” by Mike Midkiff and Charlie Bice,
shows how CAD drawings and laser-cut parts are done.
12. “Dave Wineland—Nobel Laureate; Free Flighter,” by Rick Pangell, tells the
story of a longtime modeler who received the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics.
13. “NFFS Foundation Report,” by Bob Stalick, offers updates on the
organization’s philanthropic arm.
14. “P- 30 Design,” by Jean Wantzenriether, explores the parameters of more
than 50 P- 30 Rubber designs.
15. “Roundtable Discussion on Electric Free Flight.” Five experts offer their
opinions about these developing events.
16. “Sal Taibi Memorial,” by Kevin Sherman, offers a look back at the noted
designer and flier’s seven-decade career in FF.
17. “Satellite History,” by Mike Schwartz, provides a definitive take on the
Hunter-designed Power models.
18. “Building Foam DLG Wings,” by Jim Buxton, shows his methods for making
composite-foam wings for Discus Launch Gliders and other models.
19. “F1B Propellers,” by Sergio Montes, explores the history, development, and
evolution of the modern Wakefield Rubber model propeller.
Selected as Models of the Year were the Rubber Scale F4U Corsair by Don
DeLoach; the Super Pearl 202-E for E- 36 Electric, also by Don; the BS6/DDF
Easy B Indoor design of Yuan Kang Lee; and Jim Buxton’s Fusion Hand-Launch
Glider. (The Super Pearl 202-E was reviewed in the July 2012 issue of MA.
Full-size plans and construction details for Buxton’s Fusion were featured in the
November/December issue of Free Flight, aka NFFS Digest.)
Special Recognition Awards went to George White and the Pensacola Free
Flight Team for the Online Free Flight Article Index website and to the Hip
Pocket Aeronautics Forum. The selection committee was chaired by Dan Berry.
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