The main flying area in the hangar had a
constant flow of parents and children flying
The Mash Up mass launch was a big success.
Note the two models that just had a midair
collision. Kirda photo.
to launch his
Denny Dart Mk
II in the West
Hotel atrium. He
Rob Romash burns the
midnight oil in the EAA
Lodge as he builds his
Double Whammy the
night before the contest.
make the modelers feel welcome and
runs a great event!
West Baden Springs
The weekend after the EAA Family
Flight Fest, a two-day contest was
held in the atrium of the West Baden
Springs Hotel in West Baden Springs,
Indiana. Saturday was the first day of
flying and it did not go well because the
weather changed overnight from mid-
50° temperatures to snow falling in the
morning, which caused some weird air.
This, combined with the air-handling
units being left on for part of the
morning, made flying lightweight models
The bad air did not stop Mike Kirda’s
10-year-old son, Raymond, from
logging in 88 flights for the day with his
Denny Dart Mk II. Raymond had many
followers as the day progressed. He is a
true Indoor FF ambassador!
On Sunday morning, the sun was out
early and the air became better as the
day went on. Joshua Finn took advantage
of the good air and put up a 22: 15 flight
in F1R, setting a new AMA record, but
that was short lived. Tom Sova posted a
23: 45 flight to claim the new record.
I had been test-flying my F1R and put
up an official flight of 24: 32, which was
short lived as well. Tom decided to fly
again and with a well-tuned, variable-pitch propeller, put in a great 27:08 flight
to claim the Category III F1R record.
Bill Gowen also took advantage of the
good air and flew his F1M to a new
AMA record of 21: 11, which actually
exceeds the current F1M world record
for Category III.
Congratulations to all who set records!
See you all at the Indoor Nats in Rantoul,
Illinois, on July 20-24!
EAA Family Flight Fest
West Baden Springs Hotel
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