Peaceful flying mornings on the lake
Dave Cyr ( email@example.com), Cumberland, Maine, submitted this photo of his floatplane taken at Lower Kimball Pond, located in western Maine near
Fryeburg. He wrote:
“We’ve vacationed there for six years and have flown there
for all that time. Last year I thought I had broken my record
with 27 flights. With 43 [flights] this year, that may be hard
to beat, but I will give it my darndest.
“The mornings are cool with lake fog and dead quiet. I
usually wait until 9 a.m. to fly and give the neighbor camps
[a chance] to wake up. They will always grab their coffees
and sit to watch me fly. There’s a westerly breeze for one-notch flap takeoffs. It’s an absolutely fun and easy plane to
fly on land, water, and snow.
“The plane is a Flyzone Beaver [that] I painted differently.
Other members have the same plane and [I] wanted to
distinguish mine from theirs. I used Montana Cans spray
paint and primer. Also, the plane has a MrRCSound unit
with the sound of a Pratt & Whitney Double Wasp engine.
The decals are from Callie Graphics.
“I’ve also recently painted the new E-flite Carbon Z Cub,
equipped with sound and decals. I’ve got a ‘few’ planes, but
my best flying planes are the Flyzone Beaver and the E-flite
Carbon Z Cub.”
A member of the Greater Portland, Maine, Propsnappers,
Dave has been flying for five years. He purchased the Beaver
at Ray and Robin’s Hobby Center in Falmouth, Maine,
owned by Ray LaBonte, who is also an AMA District I
associate vice president under Andy Argenio.
Dave noted that the photo was taken with his cellphone.
“The camera I used—and you’ll get a kick out of this—was
just a simple Samsung S4 smartphone held very tight in my
hands so that I wouldn’t drop it in the water.” The f-stop was
f/2.2 at 1/182 second and an ISO of 50.
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159 Model Aviation DECEMBER 2014