Now the January Indoor Flying Session has been shut down!

I did get another Official call from the City of Osawatomie Friday at 330pm.  Kim….the person that coordinates the use / rental of the auditorium said she had to call me and everyone else who had rented Osawatomie event space…. because Miami County operations relative to public event spaces are being shut down through Jan 30……that is why she called….she said if we need to we can get our money back she said they could get us a check…or transfer our Jan. date into June. I will keep you posted. Paul Morgenroth, III might have a lead on another flying location. Thanks Jeff Renz

HAFFA December Indoor Flying Session Canceled (Covid19 issues)

I just called city of Osawatomie today. The HAFFA indoor flying session in December is now cancelled. This indoor flying event would have been up and coming in 2 weeks…it will not happen now…. I moved it to May 1st, 2021.
I talked to Kim who coordinates the Auditorium rental/schedule and explained I had concerns over the spike in cases in the KC area and that it is not worth the risk. I will keep you all posted.

thanks!

Jeff Renz

2020 Marion Kansas Contest Summary…one for books!

The 19th Annual HAFFA Outdoor 2020 Contest / NFFS National Cup Meet is one for the books!  Thank goodness it even happened during this year of the Covid19 crisis which threw our club a real curve ball. We had to modify our approach to how we conducted this contest relative to Covid19. 

 No rain this year!  However the winds were hitting 18 mph and higher around noon and most flyer opted to wait it out.   Sunday flying turned out great with plenty of thermals and mild breezes.

I would like to congratulate Don Deloach of Colorado Springs for his 2020 Marion Cup win! Chuck Powell put up a good fight for the Marion cup….but due to plenty thermal activity….and a fly off in P30….and no mercy in the coin toss with Marty Kline for the P30 1st place.. forcing the issue….Chuck could not quite catch Don.

This year at the end of September with Marion Contest fast approaching the week before the contest we had a Covid19 Exposure within our club.  This resulted in a 14 day quarantine for several of our members.  Meaning our CDs could not participate along with some of our members.  Had some contestants wound up sick…..as a result of my presence…..the thought of having to call up everyone with the news they were exposed to Covid19 was prohibitive.

Prior to the Marion contest Mike Basta had encouraged me to read the inside cover of this months NFFS article relative to Covid19.  Reading the article stimulated the safety and survival skills part of my feeble brain….versus the passionate urge to just fly and  forget about everything else. The contest was almost canceled however Chuck P. and Don D. threw out a lifeline to our club to run the Marion contest and they made it happen. They really stepped up to the plate for us.

I have heard there was plenty of thermal activity on sunday.  Some flyers had planes sucked up in thermals….just gone like Tim Pivonka….and others chasing planes for a couple miles like Chuck Powell and his P30 flying over 2 miles up to the old Pizza Hut building on highway 56.  He found his P30 but had to flip coin with Marty Kline over 1st place….for the event.

Here are some comments I captured from our contestants emails:

 Comments from Chuck Powell:  I think a good time was had by all !! Dave wiebe did great at his first contest ! 

    Chuck 

Comments from Suman Saripalli: It was great to see everyone at Marion ! I had a great day of flying and camaraderie ! The funniest comment I heard yesterday, by the gentleman flying Power, as his plane came apart in the air and the shredded wing half was fluttering down: “I’m going to HAVE to fix that dihedral now ! “

Comments from Deloach:

Jeff, Thank you for your hard work in managing the contest! You were definitely missed! It was a great success, almost entirely due to the efforts of Chuck and Linda Powell. They did about 95% of the work including shopping for food and arranging an outstanding cookout on Saturday night!  point. 

Comments from Tim Pivonka: My P-30 maxed and flew OOS on the first flight.  My HLG got run  over by a chase bike.  My  Cessna CR-32 flew great, but lost to Chuck (by 4 seconds) and lost to Deloach by a lot.

Gretchen  provided lunch both days. We would like to thank her for doing this for us. Thanks Gretchen!

 I would truly like to thanks to everyone who competed and signed the flight safety declaration: Jeff Englert, Bill Schmidt, Bob Hanford, Chuck Powell, Linda Powell, Don Deloach, Skilly Deloach, George Avila,  Gerald Brown, Jim O’Reilly, Marty Kline, Mike Fedor, Robert Dunham, Suman Saripalli, Tim Pivonka, Tom Bell, Paul Meganroth III, Dave Wiebe.

 I would like to thank Chuck P. ,  Don D. , Jeff Englert, Bob H.  for coordinating all this with me over the days before the event and as I have said before… “throwing out a lifeline to run the Marion contest for our club”.  We can put this year 2020 behind us and look towards 2021. Believe me….I really missed you all!

Jeff Renz

HAFFA CD.

I have added a link below

https://photos.app.goo.gl/WgG55C5tvVqA5UUc7

October 27, 2020 HAFFA Club Updates from Renz

2 things: Club Elections are up and coming and group airplane design project for our club.

I know it has been a long time since we have had a HAFFA club meeting. Our last meeting was in February. We had intended to have one in March but we had to cancel it due to the start of Covid19!

It has been rough eight months relative to dealing with covid-19. I want everyone to know I am thinking about you all. Our indoor flying season has started. Our outdoor summer flying sessions were a success. We even gained two new club members. I think our club members had a lot of fun being able to just show up and fly on warm Tuesday Evenings this last summer.

I would like to get some feedback from you all to come up with some ideas relative to how to keep our club together over the next few months while the various vaccine’s come to fruition and we can get back to normal.

One thing that seems to work at present… is that indoor model flying season has started and we have plenty of space in the gym…. to stay apart (social distance)…. when we are flying our airplanes. I know it is somewhat of a drive to Osawatomie but it gets you out of the house for a while. We did have to raise the price to $15 to cover the losses incurred last year. It costs us about $70 per session at Osawatomie Auditorium. (basically $500 per year)

At the same time…during this indoor flying opportunity… I do not want anyone to take this covid-19 lightly… as the latest statistics show the rate of infection has been increasing in the KC area. If you are flying in the auditorium building wear a mask!

We have an indoor session coming up this weekend on Sunday November 1st. (this is our chance to get together) I know it will probably be a while before we can conduct a normal business meeting at a library and even if we had the chance it would be a little bit unnerving to be inside an enclosed room all wearing our masks and trying to stay apart.

At some point I think this meeting could possibly happen though…. and perhaps we could get together. If we have a nice day…. possibly coming up in the next couple weeks we could even meet outdoors at the new park facility at 91st and Nall during the mid-afternoon outdoors. This new park has large brand new outdoor picnic table systems with large overhead protection….easy to park your car and walk to….. I know it is absolutely freezing today as I write this on October 27th.. but I am guessing we will get a few 60 or 70 degrees… yet days before the end of the year. Here is a link to that park.

https://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/meadowbrook-park-overland-park?select=PUKQFih7hVHmpgRRO8MhYg

Meadowbrook Park is large enough with some clear space we might even be able to do a little outdoor hand launch glider. Anyway I’m just thinking out loud I would appreciate any members comments.

There where several highlights for me this summer: The Sky Bunny contest….. it was more or less held on the spur of the moment on a Sunday last summer as part of a national contest. I enjoyed seeing Scott and his son Alex flying the Sky bunny together… they had built two of them. The other highlight that day was watching Mike Basta’s Sky Bunny hook a thermal and Fly Away. Also I enjoyed the picnic this year at Suman’s place. Lots of airplanes were flown that day. Dennis Baker launching his Jetstream glider at Suman’s place with a bungee was one of the best textbook examples of tow line glider should fly….. there were some perfect launches and Dennis had some excellent conditions for flying. I was glad just to see this Jetstream thing fly along with his E36 airplanes. Paul brought his huge electric RC Korda…Charlie Taylor brought CL, FF and RC stuff to fly. I regret not getting over to the control line circle with Dana, Suman and Charlie.

Also I noticed lots of people have been doing some building/flying this summer. I saw Jack Vetter had built the embryo class airplane from Volare models called the “GO DEVIL”. Jerry White had built and flew a PECK PRAIRE Bird that turned out beautiful. Charley Taylor had built one of the PECK PRAIRE Birds as well. I managed to get my Mr. Smoothie built. Dana ordered a supply of the new P1B Sky Voyager… our club members built a few of these as well. These P1B planes fly great. Suman built his P1B at the field….it flew really well…..so well it flew over the school building and was lost on the first flight….. Roie….Renz….and Field need to get their P1Bs tuned up for next spring. I am sure I missed other members build projects….let me know if I missed yours.

As we head into the end of the year I know our club will have elections coming up soon… we will need to establish who is running for officers. We will have to appoint a non-officer who is a club member to come up with a slate of potential officers in order to vote in December. So keep this in mind.

I am looking forward to some feedback from all of you. Some projects to keep our club together might be things like…. a group airplane design effort for a HAFFA Embryo….or HAFFA Bostonian…other club design….we could all sketch up some ideas and Mike Basta could draw it up for us. Another idea for 2021/2022 would be a HAFFA historical exhibit at the Linda Hall Library. This would be a project that would have to be professionally assembled in concert with the Linda Hall library staff and might take a lot of work…but might yield some great exposure to the general public to show the rich history of model airplanes in Kansas City over the last 80 years. If you have ever seen some of the exhibits at that library you will know what I am talking about.

Thanks Jeff renz

KC Free Flight Visitors — There’s a New Video on our “MEMBERS’ MOVIES” web page — Check it Out!

If you haven’t visited our MEMBERS’ MOVIES web page in a while now is a good time. It goes to the very heart of what Free Flight is all about with an over 5 minute flight of an Hodek HK-101. Click the MEMBERS MOVIES link below:

MEMBERS’ MOVIES

NEWS FLASH! — It’s the TOP one!

Be sure to view all the video’s you haven’t seen yet and if you have an idea or and actual YouTube video send it our way through the comments at the bottom of the page.

ENJOY!

HAFFA Marion Contest 2020 to be held Oct 3rd and 4th

The 19 annual HAFFA Marion Contest is being held this weekend. All the latest can be found at this web page:

HAFFA 2020 Marion KS Free Flight Contest

A current flyer for the event can be downloaded and printed and further down on the page you will find two links to Weather Apps showing the weather for the weekend. They can also be found here:

Underground Weather 10 Day Forecast for Marion, Kansas

Emporia, Kansas Aviation Weather Report and Forecast

Lastly there is a Google Map to plan your trip at the bottom of the page. It can also be accessed here:

Google Map for Marion, KS

— We wish all who attend this event good luck and stay safe. —

Roie Black Unknowingly Submits a New Video for our “Members’ Movies and Video Picks” web page.

At exactly 4:14 pm on July 20, 2020, Roie Black sent an email to Jeff Nisley—the webmaster for our HAFFA website—with a link to a video he happened to like. Little did he know then, that it would end up on our HAFFA Website on September 9th, 2020. It’s a great video and the newest entry to date and if you haven’t visited this new page for our recently revamped website, here’s your chance. Look for Roie’s submittal 3 videos down on this page:

Enjoy “Winding A Rubber-Powered Twin – Start To Finish” here: Members’ Movies & Video Picks

In the future if you want to return to Members’ Movies & Video Picks, it’s the fourth and last menu item under the main menu item called Freeflight Checklist.

The web page “Freeflight Checklist is kind of a catch all—a Go-To List if you will— for several notable pages that Aeromodelers like you will want to return to in the future as content is regularly added.

The staff at KC Free Flight — 9/9/20

The page title FreeFlight Checklist was inspired by what all pilots do before they take off and that is to check their Preflight Checklist, a list that pilot Roie Black is well aware of.

If you have a suggestion for a video you think our Aeromodeling community would like, send an email with the YouTube URL link to Jeff Renz or Jeff Nisley. If you don’t have their email addresses, submit your movie or video by using the CONTACT FORM on our CONTACT Page. Thanks in advance. The KC Free Flight staff.

Please Welcome Dave Higgins and Myself, Jeff Renz — Your New GUIDES to the GALLERIA OF GLIDERS —

Today—with the help of our HAFFA Team I totally take pride in “LAUNCHING” a new page for the KC Free Flight website called—the “GALLERIA OF GLIDERS“. Dave Higgins and I have teamed up to be your guides to this SPECIAL SPACE that brings you the LATEST in everything related to GLIDERS—in other words—A GALLERIA OF THE GLIDER UNIVERSE! (this is a tall order so be patient).

You can easily find this link in the MENU above because it happens to be in the CENTER!

GALLERIA OF GLIDERS will showcase Vintage and Contemporary Glider Designs as well as Resources for Glider Enthusiasts, whether the focus is Hand Launched Gliders (HLG) or Catapult Launched Gliders (CLG). Also featured will be Building Tips, Glider Plans, Articles and Video Teaching Tools—plus more.

Watch this SPACE. We’re just getting STARTED!

Plan your trip now to visit the GALLERIA! (No masks required!)

Hello! Welcome Back to our Revamped HAFFA Website! Have a look around at your convenience.

As the Webmaster of our HAFFA website, I am pleased to have our site back up and running. The word REVAMP means to give a new and improved form, structure, or appearance. To improve, typically through making wholesale or significant changes.

Hopefully I hope you believe that I have lived up to this definition. The site has what WordPress calls a new Theme. Quoting from Wikipedia “Themes allow users to change the look and functionality of a WordPress website without altering the core code or site content.” So most of the changes that you see are a result of changing from the theme that I was using to a new one called Karuna. And by the way, the font you are seeing on most of the site now is called Adelle. You will also find a few entirely new web pages on the site that I am excited about and will let you know what those are at the end of this article.

But first I want to point out something you probably noticed right off. It appears that we have changed the title of our website to KC Free Flight. Yes. This is the title we have now given our website. We are not changing the name of our organization. It will always be the Heart of America Free Flight Association or HAFFA for short.

The KC Free Flight name is an attempt to build on our core belief in Free Flight while also giving us an identifiable regional identity for the purpose of attracting members that live in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area or even outlying regions. We have some members as west as Wichita and Salina, Kansas, and recently we were able to attract a new member who found us from Fulton, Missouri. It troubles me to say he had trouble finding our organization on the Internet, but he was persistent enough to eventually find us. As a result we are looking at ways to improve our “web presence” and one of the ways is to have an easy to “spell and remember” web address.

“So as a better way to have visitors find our site, it is our intention to gradually transition to a new domain name (or label if you will) on the Internet, KCFreeFlight.com. We feel this is a better way to brand our organization and to show our location to others. At the same time we also have plans to gradually phase out our current domain name Flyhaffa.com so as to not hurt our Search Engine Ratings.”

Jeff Nisley — August 22, 2020 — HAFFA Webmaster

We have used the domain name flyhaffa.com ever since I have been working with our HAFFA website and for all intents and purposes it has served us well. However I want to let you in on something that came as a surprise to me and I think it will have the same affect on you.

If I happened to be a person interested in model aircraft building and wanted to join a group I would probably do a search on the internet. I would soon learn that the words Free Flight are good key words to use as a starting point in my search. If I did a search on Free Flight I most likely would get a result like FreeFlightBirds.org at the top of the list which would take me to the Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary. ( Go ahead, click on the link—it’s a great looking site!) The amazing thing about the results to me as I tried this search on my own is that 9 entries down on the list I found the link to a web page titled What is Free Flight? which is a webpage found on the website FreeFlight.org. So it turns out FreeFlight.org is the domain name they use for an organization many HAFFA members know and recognize—The National Free Flight Society or NFFS for short.

Now if you step back from this a second, it seems that HAFFA has the same dilemma.

If you were a HAFFA member and were attending one of our summer Outdoor Flying Sessions, and you had someone interested in our activities—you would probably want to tell them to go to our website to get some useful information about our club, how to formally contact us, what our club is all about, etc. You would of course like to tell them to go to something that was easy to spell and also easy to remember so you wouldn’t have to write it down for them.

In the past I have had to write down flyhaffa.com on a sheet of paper for the many visitors I have met at many of the Open Hanger Days put on by the Commemorative Air Force Heart of America Wing. (Check this link out also as they are one of our sister organizations.) Or I have handed them our club’s flyer with the name of our website printed on the back numerous times and I can’t remember any person getting back to me.

So it’s not a surprise to me that NFFS decided to use the domain name FreeFlight.org.

Their thinking is that at least people could remember the name long enough to go home and type it in the URL Box at the top of their browser.

So as a better way to have visitors find our site, it is our intention to gradually transition to a new domain name (or label if you will) on the internet, KCFreeFlight.com. We feel this is a better way to brand our organization and to show our location to others. At the same time we also have plans to gradually phase out our current domain name Flyhaffa.com so as to not hurt our Search Engine Ratings.

Having said all that there are some brand new ideas that I have integrated into the new website that I think you will like. One that I am excited about and can see potential for adding future content is the “Plane Tales” page. You will have to go to that one to see what it’s all about. Also check out the brand new Plans & Documents.

Click around the site and see what else is new. I’m hoping to add some additional HINTS’n TIPS pages in the future but for now you can see what’s in the list below the link in the sub menu. Hopefully these links will get you started on your journey around the new site.

It’s been a “Journey” for me learning the new “Gutenberg Block Editor” that was necessary to implement the new Karuna WordPress Theme that the site’s now using, but that my friends, may be a subject for another Post down the line. I hope you enjoy the site and thanks for not sending any complaints my way with the site being down. Respectfully yours. Jeff Nisley — HAFFA Webmaster

INFO-HAFFA – Annual April 4th 2020 INDOOR CONTEST “CANCELLED”

Due to the latest info relative to the Corona Virus COVID-19 the annual April Indoor flying contest is now canceled. Believe me!  I am disappointed! Indoor flying is over for 2020!

I just checked the Miami county website and county officials are following the lead of Johnson county to shut down operations to a minimum.  Osawatomie is in Miami county.  The county offices are now closed until further notice.

I will total up the points for the intra-club contest over the last 6 months of flying and publish in another post later this week.

Also note the Beatrice Nebraska Contest has been shut down.  The Beatrice Contest was to be this up and coming weekend March 28th.

Thanks Jeff Renz (Indoor CD)