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Old 02-25-2012, 06:22 AM   #21
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A few years back we were out at the club field on a nice Saturday doing a bit of flying with the local RCMP Corporal (our club president) when a patrol car & 2 junior officers pulled in.

Seems it was a slow day & they were looking for some entertainment! We were standing around the south end of the club house swapping lies & a prairie dog kept poking his head out from under the club house & whistling at us.

One of the Juniors pulled his service revolver out & fired 2 quick shots at it, missing of course!

The Corporal said "What the he!! did you do that for?" The officer replied "I thought you wanted us to get more target practice!" "Yes!" was the answer "But you know we have to track every one of those shells! Do you realize how much paperwork you just caused me?"
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:13 AM   #22
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So I was doing a little work down in the Sounding Lake area, got finished early & thought I would pay a "sales call" to a couple of guys I knew who had just recently taught themselves to fly.

When I arrived at thier oil battery I found them in the middle of a B.S. session with an officer from the EUB ( the branch of the Alberta government that oversees enviromental issues in the oil patch) & another operator. I grabbed a java & joined in.

After a bit Willie (the lead operator) says to Chris "Do you think it's calm enough?" Chris nods assent & we all troup out to the shop where - wouldn't you know it - sits 2 Alpha ARF trainers plugged in, fueled up & ready to go! Chris is in the yard & in the air shortly with Willie right behind.

Now Willie is making these high speed passes through the battery yard, round the flare stack & off to the south & I'm thinking - he is coming mighty close to that flare stack! Sure enough! Next pass through - WHACK! Two wing halves fluttering in the breeze & the fuselage in a gracefull arc over the fence - Thud!

The EUB officer & I are the first to the scene of the accident & lean over the fence to view the scattered wreckage & split open fuel tank.

The EUB guy turns & yells "Willie, you got a spill here!" Willie hollers back "It's not reportable! It's under a litre!" "Yes it is!" was the reply with a big grin! "It's OFF LEASE!"
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:47 PM   #23
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Way back when, I lived in Calgary and had a job where the work was minimal but had to be on call all the time. It was a really good job as I got paid a good salary whether I worked or not as long as I was on call. Anyway, this translated into a LOT of time being spent flying models at the CRAMS Ogden field. I taught quite a few people how to fly and one fellow in particular was having a bit of trouble learning. He had re-kitted a couple of Goldberg trainers and was getting frustrated with the way these models just seemed to disintegrate when he hit the ground! I said there should be a better model for training especially given the windy conditions that always seemed to prevail. This conversation was a hot topic for him and so I said I thought I could build a better mouse trap for him. I did just that and cut the wings out of foam and fully sheeted them with some pretty heavy balsa and also added spruce leading edges! "The fuselage was 1/8" ply door skin and I'm sure the thing weighed 6 lbs or maybe even more. It flew great!! It was a little faster than the comparable balsa trainers but could handle the wind much better. I gave it to this fellow that was having problems and he was esctatic! Time went on and he eventually did learn to get the thing off and on the ground but was still quite ropey. Not one of us instructors would sign him off for his MAAC wings. One really nice day......one without wind......one of our guys was in the usual spot of being right beside this fellow when we heard "heads up" being yelled. I looked up from the pits and here was this lead sled trainer that I had built screaming over our heads and the next thing you know it hits the side of our delapidated old trailer that was our clubhouse!! This fellow had installed a HUGE aluminum spinner on it and lo and behold the airplane had penetrated the aluminum siding of the trailer and was stuck fast. It was kind of comical to see an intact airplane imbedded in the side of the trailer in a completely level attitude. We tried to wiggle it out but it would not budge. Someone produced a crowbar out of the back of his truck and we had to rip part of the siding away to get the airplane out!! Finally we extracted it with more than a bit more damage to the trailer but there was hardly any damage to the airplane!! The aluminum spinner had protected the carb and of course the spinner and prop were toast but all we did was take the loose bits off the cowl cheeks and put a new prop on it, bent the nosegear back into place and this fellow was flying it again 15 minutes later!! The trailer got the worst of that one!! A couple of weeks later old Roy Forsey....God bless his soul......decided the gash was too much of a blight and screwed a plywood plate over the rather large hole!!

The fellow was very happy with the durability of my "lead sled" of a trainer!!


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Old 02-25-2012, 09:23 PM   #24
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A few years ago we were having a Scale Rally here in Picton. It was a two day affair and we were flying off the runway at the Picton Airport. (When we we still allowed to do that.)

I was very new to the club then and tended to sit back a bit more than I do now, but on the second day, I got brave and decided to have a go, and trotted out my great Planes Piper Cub. Lined it up ant took off, and was about forty feet in the air and felt something hit my right foot. I glanced down and there beside my toe was the BATTERY PACK FROM MY TRANSMITTER!

You can all guess what happened to the Piper.
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So I travel throughout western canada for work. In the summer i generally travel in my fifth wheel with my airplane trailer in tow as a tandem. The pull vehicle is a semi truck, and the entire unit is about 90 feet long!

It was one fine weekend in june or so and i had the itch to go fly like crazy. I looked up the maac website to find a club near where i was working (near Olds, ab i believe).
to my delight i find out there is a week long fun fly just starting the next day.

So I find myself trying to locate this flying strip sometime in the wee hours of the morning. It was either overcast, or no moon at all.... very dark. So i follow my gps down a gravel road and it is directing ne to turn to the right and through a narrow road approximately a mile to the coordinates of the strip. As my vehicle is a semi with two trailers, i decide to walk the mile to the strip and campsite to make sure I do not get myself into trouble with my big rig.

I walk the mile or so untill i find a handful of campers. By now it is about 2am. All the pilots and families are obviously sleeping as there is no activity or any light on. I walk back to my semi and decide i will pull my rig in, but stay back from the group of campers until morning so i didnt disturb them. I had to show up for work early in the morning as well so i had to leave at 5 am. I wanted to be of least disturbance to everyone as possible.

So i park my big rig about an eith of a mile or so before the group of campers. Being such a dark night I cannot tell what is what other than I was parked on the side of a nice trail mowed into the dense wild grass.

I sleep for a couple hours then awake at 5am to unhook my semi and head into town for my business. Still pitch dark out.

I do my work for the day (2hrs) then grab some groceries and pops and head back to the strip to fly my brains out. I get to the strip and it is absolutely beautiful. Wind sock is hangin strait down. Sun is shining. I can see about a dozen pilots roaming around as i drive through the trees and see the its. I can see half a dozen big planes in the pits, but only a couple little foamies buzzing around. I think to myself, this is a little odd.....

As i get closer to everything i realize what happened....


Good thing an anonymous caller got a hold of me and my big semi to come move it outa the way....
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Thank you OLD PRAIRIE RED NECK for starting this great thread.
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