Three days after Christmas 2013, Allen Brickhaus, the author of this feature,
frequent MA contributor, CD, event organizer, longtime NatsNews reporter,
teacher, musician, and friend to so many, passed away. Allen’s unforgettable
service to the CL community touched countless people. “If you knew Allen,
think back and try to find even one time when he was not outwardly friendly,
supportive, helpful, consoling, jovial, and happy around you as the situation
required,” wrote former MA editor Bob Hunt.
Allen had headed the AMA Nats Beginner Stunt event since 1993. He was
known for coordinating a huge supply of modeling material to be awarded to
the beginner pilots. Allen also ensured that thank-you notes were sent to all of
He enjoyed mentoring and encouraging novice fliers, and had formed a
group of youngsters in southern Illinois called the Patton Street Pirate Pilots. He
was heavily involved in bringing CL to the annual Joe Nall event, helping with
525 or more training flights at last year’s gathering.
Allen was chosen for the “Carolina Spirit Award” in Huntsville, North
Carolina, was named “Keeper of the Flame” at the 2010 Vintage Stunt
Championships in Tucson, Arizona, and was inducted into the PAMPA Control
Line Precision Aerobatics Hall of Fame in 2012.
Allen enjoyed altering designs, always looking to improve performance. He
published more than 60 features and articles for MA and various modeling
magazines, detailing his designs and building experiences as well as reporting
on CL Aerobatics events.
Allen was a retired music teacher who was much in demand as a substitute
teacher, enjoying his opportunity to have a positive influence on young
Keith Trostle, on the Stunthangar.com forum, best expressed how most in
the CL community felt about Allen. “Allen Brickhaus was one of those few
people you meet in life where each individual who had the privilege to know
him felt that they had a very special relationship, particular only to them, no
matter how long that association. That relationship was absolutely genuine
Allen was 66 years old.
Allen sits with one of his best buddies, Ben Mills of Ozark MO.
Ben is the son of James and Beth Mills. NatsNews photo, 2010.
fuel tank, and choice of fuel and
controls, as well as building and
finishing skills that impress you, and
copy the example you like to the best
of your ability. Taking advice from
different people is wonderful, but you
must be careful to not gather “this”
from one person, “that” from a second
modeler, and “the other” from a third.
Different perspectives may not work in
conjunction with other ideas.
Until you gain more experience, try
to copy a successful process. After you
have accomplished this goal, branch out.
Be careful to not experiment too much
and waste time going down a dead-end
William DeMauro has shared his
insight for those interested in using
electric power to re-enter CL. He
and other CL fliers in the New York
City area have been using a profile
electric ARF Flite Streak to teach
interested young pilots how to fly and to
reintroduce older pilots who have been
away from CL for a number of years.
The Flite Streak makes a good training
airplane for a number of reasons. It is
easily obtained from Tower Hobbies for
$80, or even less if you have a coupon
or catch it on sale. Flite Streaks are well
built and assembly only takes an hour or
two. The controls can easily be detuned
to make the airplane less sensitive for
a beginner or a person with slower
The model’s only fault is that some
seem to come with no outboard tip
weight in them. It is easy to slice the
MonoKote at the tip and check to see
if it is there. If not, add roughly 3/4 to 1
ounce of weight to the outboard tip.
The Flite Streak is an easy airplane
to convert to electric power using
inexpensive LiPo batteries and
outrunner motors. The conversion
process has been thoroughly discussed
on Internet forums such as Stunt
Will’s son, Kevin, used an electric-powered Flite Streak for nearly three
years while learning the Stunt pattern.
He would set the timer for a 1-minute
flight to get accustomed to flying. His
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