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This week's Aviation Feature

Eastman E2 Sea Rover
The E-2 used a wooden hull with aluminum cladding. The aircraft used a parasol wing supported by large V-struts with secondary lower shoulder wings with tip floats at the ends. The single engine was mounted in the center of the wing root of the upper wing with a rear teardrop fairing
SE 5A 7/8 Scale
Nieuport 17 7/8 Scale
 Bristol Bolingbroke bomber.
 Three Quarter Scale Spitfire Replica
Eastman E2 Sea Rover
 Pietenpol Air Camper was powered by a four cylinder Model A Ford car engine.

 New museum project is to build a replica of this early Canadian Sea Plane from scratch using only a few surviving photographs and a rotted wing rib.

The Hoffar brothers, Jimmie and Harry became interested in aviation in about 1915 and by the early summer of 1917 the H 1 was completed. Jimmie then spent several weeks teaching himself to fly and by July 10 was confident enough to take a reporter from the Vancouver Daily Province on a flight over Vancouver. The accident occurred several weeks later. This machine, the only one of its type, made a number of flights before hitting a submerged log while taxiing and sinking. Though later recovered, the damage from the collision and the sinking was considered too great to be repaired. The Hoffars went on to build a flying boat, the H 2, in 1918. The only photo of the H 2 that I have seen, so far, shows it crashed after its second flight. There was another flying boat later in the 20's. The Hoffar operation then became part of the Boeing Company.

 This Canadian Amphibian was crippled by the high certification cost and was cancelled after only three air-frames were completed. The Trigull was designed as an improved and updated Republic RC-3 Seabee. It features a cantilever high-wing, a four to six seat enclosed cabin, retractable tricycle landing gear and a single engine in pusher configuration.[1][3] The aircraft is made from aluminum sheet with the forward cabin made from fibreglass. Its 41.8 ft (12.7 m) span wing employs a NACA 23015 R-4 airfoil, has an area of 245.2 sq ft (22.78 m2) and flaps. Standard engines available were initially intended to be the Continental Tiara 6-285 285 hp (213 kW) and Tiara 6-320 320 hp (239 kW) four-stroke powerplants. Later the 300 hp (224 kW) Lycoming IO-540-M1A5D and turbocharged 340 hp (254 kW) Lycoming TIO-540-J2BD were used.[1][3][4][5] The design incorporates some innovative features, including wing tip floats that retract into the wing tips and provide additional wing area and lift, a nose wheel that retracts into the nose to act as a bumper for mooring on water and drooping ailerons.[1] The Trigull was specifically designed to compete with the Republic RC-3 Seabee, Lake Buccaneer and the SIAI-Marchetti FN.333 Riviera.[1] Trident Aircraft was founded in February 1970 to develop the TR-1. The aircraft first flight was on 5 August 1973, with the second prototype first flying on 2 July 1976. The TR-1 Trigull 285 model's Canadian Transport Canada aircraft certification was completed on 28 October 1976 with US Federal Aviation Administration certification following on 16 December 1976. Series production was to commence in the early 1980s, and orders were received for 43 aircraft, plus 23 options. The project received technical assistance from both Canadair and Grumman Aerospace Corporation. Despite financial assistance from the federal government's Ministry of Industry, Trade and Commerce and the provincial government's British Columbia Development Corporation, the company ran out of capital and ceased operations in 1980.[3][6][7] Although intended for series production, only three prototypes were ever built by Trident. Two were registered and flown, CF-TRI (later C-FTRI) and C-GATE, while the third was an engineering test airframe.[8] The type certificate has been held by Viking Air of Sidney, British Columbia since 2006. Viking Air also owns the two remaining prototype aircraft. In 2003 Viking Air indicated an interest in producing the Trigull as a turbine-powered amphibian, with a price at that time estimated at US$400,000, but since then no further news has been released.
Harvard Trainer

Noordyne Norseman
 Updated Beech Expediter with twin PT-6 Pratt and Whitney Turbo Prop Engines
 Norseman cargo area and flight deck
 Norseman landing gear and wing attachment details.

 Twin Otter production facility
 Austere Army observation aircraft
 Early French Turbo powered helicopter of the Canadian Coast Guard
2000 Pound Bristol Sleeve Twin Row Radial Engine rated at 2000 horse power. The cutaway reveals timing gears for controlling the movement of the moving sleeves for all cylinders.
 Republic Sea Bee sold new for less than 4 thousand dollars when they were in production.
 Lincoln Sport were an early home-builts named for Lincoln Nebraska.
 One of the first semi successful Canadian built aircraft.
Gibson, William Wallace William Wallace Gibson, aircraft inventor (b at Dalmellington, Scot 1876; d at San Francisco, Calif Dec 1965). After making a fortune in mining, Gibson built the first successful Canadian aircraft engine, and then the Twin-Plane aircraft, which first flew Sept 1910 near Victoria, BC, with a 60-horse power gasoline engine. A second aircraft, the Multi-Plane (with 4 narrow sprucewood wings), is reported to have flown successfully the following year near Calgary before being wrecked in a crash*. Broke, Gibson returned to mining and later moved to San Francisco.
 Interior view of Avro Anson used for crew training in the early 1940's
Bristol Bolingbroke bomber was also used for crew training at this base in the early 1940's.

*Gibson Twin-Plane: Fifty-four feet long, with a 20-foot wingspan, the Twin-Plane sat firmly on its four bicycle wheels. Tom Plimley, who was just then advancing from bicycles to automobiles, had built the flimsy looking under carriage which later proved to be the aircraft’s worst failing. Two spruce framed wings were mounted one behind the other, secured to the fuselage with clamps, and covered with pale blue silk from Juene Brothers of Victoria. By loosening the clamps, the wings could be slid up and down the fuselage until the twin-Plane was properly balanced. Among its innovative features, the Gibson Twin-Plane boasted gull wings, now often used for added stability, baffle plates inside the gas tanks to stop fuel from surging back and forth and now found in almost all aircraft, and contra-rotating propellers mounted one behind the other, driven directly from the engine, and still found in use today. When all was ready, Gibson secretly conveyed the Twin-Plane in pieces to its launch site, a farm field that is now the grounds of Lansdowne Middle School. After reassembling the plane, Gibson was ready for a test flight. Gibson and two helpers pushed the twin-Plane onto the grassy meadow. Gibson climbed into the horse saddle that served as a seat and started the engine. He pulled the long lever in front of him and tested the huge triangular elevator at the aircraft’s nose. It tilted up and down at his command and he looked over his shoulder to check the rudders. Pulling on two ropes that lead over his shoulders, he watched the two small rudders wag back and forth. The engine reved up and W.W. Gibson signaled to his helpers. It is now generally considered that Gibson not wanting the embarrassment of a failure, used that day, September 8 as a test flight. He did get off the ground, shutting off his engine as soon as he was airborne Two weeks later after repairing his landing gear, which was damaged in a crash landing after his initial test flight, Gibson made another flight. This time, the press and public came out in full force to witness the spectacle. With undue optimism, Gibson had mounted two 10-gallon gas tanks above the engine, intending to taxi down the field, take off, and land in Vancouver. At Gibson’s signal, the helpers let go and the Twin-Plane bounced across the meadow. Fifty feet later, Gibson Pulled the lever, raised the elevator, and climbed quickly into the air. He watched as the ground dropped away below him and then started to slide sideways under his wings. In an attempt to over come the cross wind, Gibson shifted his body, turning the rudders. The Twin-Plane swung around but Gibson, in his confusion, had turned the wings the wrong way. With the wind at its tail, the Twin-Plane picked up speed and its pilot watched helplessly as as a stand of oak trees rapidly approached across the field. Completely bewildered, Gibson shut off the engine and drifted to the ground. Gibson was thrown clear as the Twin-Plane piled into the trees, escaping without serious injury, but his beloved Twin-Plane was a wreck. He had flown 200 feet, though, to be a tremendous feat in those days for an airplane of new design.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

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March 21st

Canada Bans Drones??

I was just wondering what our members think about the latest rules (Laws) that our Transport Minister has come up with concerning the the use of RC flying in Canada?
Here is what others are saying:
From RC Forum
It appears that Canada has gone full retard. The new law, which applies to any drone (but worded so that it actually applies to ALL RC) that wieghs more than 250 grams (so basically all of them but the cheapest toy grades) and bans: Flying within 9km of any airport (so pretty much no flying in or around any city ever) Flying within 9 km of anyplace else a manned aircraft could theoretically land (which would include any empty field that a helicopter could fit in) Flying more than 90 meters high (no more flying over trees or hills) Flying within 75 meters of ANY structure, vehicle, vessel, person (including presumably yourself or your own home or vehicle) or ANIMAL ( and it makes no distinction what kind so it would include squirrels and birds) Flying more than 500 meters away At night In clouds, or anywhere they think you can't see it Over any forest fire, "emergency response scene (undefined)," or controlled airspace And you must put your entire name, address, and phone number on the drone So basically they have banned flying any RC aircraft wieghing more than 250 grams anywhere in Canada except at "approved fields." Hope you like high resolution footage of an empty field, because that is all you are allowed to get now if you fly in Canada.  

October 17 th
Hank is also enjoying the beautiful weather, flying his big Norseman from the beach up on Georgian Bay. Sent this picture by our new Facebook drop-box. Anyone with a Facebook account can join; just send a request to us at Dunrobin RC Flyers Photo and Video Dropbox

October 7 th

The beautiful weather never seems to end for me; it must be what they call "The Endless Summer".  The great flying with 20 C temperatures and 5 K winds gave me an unexpected opportunity to put a couple of old birds into the air that have been with me far too long (one for more than 50 years). I have been making changes to them over the years and just wanted to give them one more chance at flight.

July 24 th

Another beautiful day a for flying (24 C) and 5 K winds made for  plenty of good flying.

July 5 th

Beautiful weather a little too hot if anything (31 C) and plenty of good flying.
Check out the video to view the action.

June 18th

The Club's AGM was held at the Field at Noon after the members finished their flying session.

May 24th

April  8th
Only one more drone flying night to go this season. Everyone who attended had a lot of fun at these flying sessions. Kudos to Andre for making it all happen.


March 31th

March 17th
Published on Mar 18, 2016 Thursday night is flying time at St Mark Church's basement. It was a chance to get some stick time before the club's field opens for the 2016 season. 

March 10th:-

Winter's over and getting to the end of our indoor flying season. Tonight we tested a new miniature drone; measuring only 4 inches across instead of the usual 12 inch size. Couldn't believe how small it actually was; when I ordered it online I was thinking I was getting the regular 12 inch size, but the price of 30 dollars should have been the tip-off. The good news is; it flies as well as the others.

February 25:-

Published on Feb 26, 2016 Thursday Nights are our regular time to get some welcomed stick time in. There was a higher than usual turnout of helicopters which showed just how much more demanding of piloting skills ??? they are than the quad-copters. Category People & Blogs 

February 4:-

More action and fun at our regular Thursday night  indoor flying new venue. 

January 28:-
A small group of members enjoyed a night of  indoor flying at our new venue. The location conveniently situated in central Ottawa is suitable for small drones and helicopters and can accommodate up to 4 flyers in the air at one time.


December 5:-
Warbirds over Sarasota Weekend, for those of us spending some time in Florida might be a good bet for some RC excitement. We met up with a modeler while visiting in the Ponta Gorda area who gave us a tip-off about the big event planned for this weekend. The weather is not looking too good at this point but judging from past years it could be worth seeing.
The slide show!

The Club
Home Field to Nick Ziroli

SRQ 2015 Playlist

September 24:-

Drone flying using the Mission Planner App revealed a possible problem with the official  co-ordinates posted on the club's homepage and found that these co-ordinates place our field in the middle of Copperfield Golf Course.

Further the corrected co-ordinates are 45°27'16.5312", -076°03'13.9536" expressed in seven figure accuracy.

September 17:-
Seen at the field

August 29:-
Club Members recently put on an impressive flying demonstration at the Carp Airport's Fly-in breakfast.
All photos of this event are courtesy of Les Horn. Thanks Les!

Check out the club's new Youtube channel

July 03 2015:- Always a great day, perhaps it's because it is my birthday. Lots of activity at the field.


June 24 2015:- Another good flying day just a bit windy with a stiff cross wind but not bad enough to deter Alfie from doing a very successful maiden on his new Robarts limited edition giant P-47 which I managed to just miss by a matter of minutes. I did get to see Cal however, do some amazing flying with his beautiful Corsair.

June 19 2015:-Some more pictures of the roof raising for our new giant sun shade structure.

June 4 2015:-This was a perfect day for flying with about a 10 KPH wind with moderate Gusts. The first nice day since a week of constant high winds and cool temperatures. The day was a work and play session with good progress being made on our new shelter by the construction crew (thanks Dave). The new shelter is at least twice as big as the old one and should last many years due to its sturdy construction. 

After the work was over it was time to play. I didn't wait for the work to windup but attempted a flight with my Unionville Hobbies Beaver and for that I got my just reward. The Beaver spiralled in from 100 meters (cause still under investigation). Hank thinks it ran out of fuel because the tank was empty when we picked up the pieces. 

May 3 2015:- The weather was near perfect with light winds and warm sunny weather. The field is now open for another flying season and a few members where there adjusting their equipment. The ground is dry and the strip is looking good.

March 6 2015:- The weather is gradually warming up but not enough for me to even consider spending time in the basement to work on my projects for the coming flying season. If anyone is working on a winter model project we would love to hear about it and post about it here. It doesn't have to be a big production: a few pictures and captions would be appreciated.

We were playing around with the new Model Field App and were amazed to discover that The Giant Model Rally was in progress at the Stetsons Flyer's field when the Google Earth picture was snapped.

 Screen shot of the Model Field Finder App. 
Close up view of the action showing lots of giant models scattered around and a pilot on the flight line. 
We were blown away to find a model in flight away out in the boonies. If  you look at the next picture up you can even see the pilot at the flight line. Wonder who it was?

January 16 2015:- Still enjoying my old flight simulator games during the winter months when its too cold for RC flying or vintage engine runs.

January 1 2015:- Could you share where you got the 4 blade prop/spinner and cockpit kit from? Just finishing my TF P51. Cheers - Dom