FAC Hall of Fame member Russ Brown enlivened early FAC meets by making delightful trophies that inspired competitors long after the contests.
opportunity to win. It seemed to me
that the FAC would be better served by
not concentrating solely on competition.
I designed the first FAC T-shirt and
started FAC merchandising in 1978. I
also drew more than 100 plans, edited
Crosswinds (the Cleveland FF Scale
newsletter) and, since 2002, have
reported about the FAC to the greater
Good naturedly, Gordon disagreed.
He continued to compete relentlessly
until shortly before his death on March
The 30th anniversary of the modern
FAC was in 1996. In celebration of this
milestone, the club created an FAC
Hall of Fame to recognize those who
are considered most instrumental to the
organization’s success. Information about
FAC Hall of Fame members and current
FAC leadership can be found on the
Flying Aces website.
As Lin approached the end of his
third decade as Commander in Chief,
he began having health problems
and felt the time had come to create
a more-structured leadership for
the organization. The FAC was
incorporated and a Council of Advisors
was named to deal with club matters.
Lin died on June 16, 2008. His widow,
Juanita, served as the temporary editor
of the FAC News. Ross stepped in as
the new Commander in Chief.
The incomparable Canadian, Jack
McGillivray, was a member and strong
supporter of the FAC. Upon his death
on August 19, 2010, his estate provided
a bequest to continue posthumous
support of the club. This enabled the
council to purchase new computers,
enhancing communication between FAC
leaders, and allowing for FAC Nats and
Non-Nats registration, scorekeeping on
the field, and maintaining membership
Rich Weber accepted the position of
FAC News editor in early 2010 with
the understanding that he would serve
for five years. During this time, the
FAC News blossomed. Using digital
technology and color, and with support
from Jack’s estate, the publication
became arguably the best of its kind in
At the end of 2015, Rich retired,
leaving the FAC News in the capable
hands of Stew Myers. Stew, along
with Rick Pendzick, incorporated
computerized registration at events
and scoring of the competitors. Scoring
had been a huge, labor-intensive task in
the past, but thanks to Stew and Rick,
results are now known shortly after an
event ends. Rick is also credited with
being the FAC technology person.
Finally, thanks must also go to Dave
Mitchell, who spent many hours setting
up the FAC’s superb website.
This year, five club members
celebrated 40 years of perfect FAC Nats
attendance. They are (in alphabetical
order): Ross Mayo, Jack Moses, Ray
Rakow, Fernando Ramos, and John
Stott. (Jack recently passed away. Read
more about him in this month’s “In the
Air.”) I had perfect attendance until my
daughter, Michelle, insisted on getting
married on her birthday, which fell
on a Nats weekend in 1994. I don’t
want to say that I was upset about her
decision, but two weeks later I suffered
a stroke which disabled me for months.
Sometimes one can be too zealous about
his or her hobby!
One of the blessings of the FAC has
been, and remains, its spirit of openness,
kindness, and generosity. Unlike some
modeling groups, there are no secrets in
the FAC. Those interested in building
model airplanes for FAC events, or with
other questions, can easily contact FAC
leaders for help.
Special thanks to Ross Mayo and
Rich Weber for proofreading drafts
of this article as it was written.
Keeper of the Kanones
57 Model Aviation DECEMBER 2016 www.ModelAviation.com