Buddy Wieder and the
author built this test-bed electric twin to
evaluate motor and retract
systems and to find out
more about the required
discovered many things
that they incorporated into
their competition twins.
Photo by Will Hubin.
Not for the faint of heart
by Bob Hunt
By now, regular readers of this column are aware that old Bob missed a deadline for the last “Control Line Aerobatics” column. Trust me; I have a pretty good excuse! I was down for nearly a month with severe back pain.
Those who know me well are aware of my long battle with back pain. It started
when I broke my back in the Army in 1968, and I’ve had severe sciatica on and off
On Easter morning I did “something” that triggered the worst back and leg pain
I’ve ever endured. I spent more than two weeks flat on my back, and then was
treated to a wonderful ambulance ride to the hospital when the pain became
unbearable. Writing—and just about everything else—was impossible for me during
The good news is that I’m on the mend. There is a lot of therapy ahead, and also a
good bit of neurosurgery I’m told. Hey, getting old is not for the faint of heart!
I want to thank the many who called and/or emailed me with their wishes and
prayers for a speedy and complete recovery. Trust me; it really helped (especially the
For the first time in 27 years, the United States FAI F2B (CL Aerobatics) Team
Trials will not be conducted in Indiana. The Indiana run of team trials started in
1987, when they were conducted
at the beautiful Mount Comfort
Airport facility (now known as the
Indianapolis Regional Airport) east of
Indianapolis. That venue was home
for four consecutive team trial cycles
(1987, 1989, 1991, and 1993). They
were moved to AMA’s Muncie facility
in 1995, where they were contested
through the 2014 FAI cycle.
I received the following information
from the US FAI F2B Team Selection
Committee chairperson, Randy Smith.
The 2015 US F2B Team Trials will
be held at Scobee Field, in Houston.
The dates are October 10-11, 2015,
with October 12 as a contingency day.
Processing will be on Friday, October 9,
at a building in the park.
The field will be open for practice
the entire week before the team trials.
The time for the pilots’ meeting will
be announced on the field during the
Qualifying flights will be flown on
Saturday, October 10. The finals will
be flown on Sunday, October 11. Frank
Williams will be the contest director.
His contact information can be found
in “Sources.” Frank has a listing of the
motels in the area and will be happy to
send that to you if you are interested in
In speaking with Frank to get the
particulars about this meet, the subject
of the field came up. It will have two
seamless concrete circles of 78-foot
radii each available, and two 70-foot
radius grass circles that will be open for
practice flights during the contest. Frank
told me that there is little turbulence at
this site, no matter from which direction
the wind blows. Sounds like a great
place to hold this contest!
I’m happy to see the team selections
move to other locations. I’m certain that
there will be many new faces at this
No, this has nothing to do with any
painkillers that I may or may not have
taken for my aforementioned back pain.
I had started discussing the Inside Loop
maneuver in my May 2015 column. If
you’ve been practicing this maneuver
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