Archive for February 14th, 2019


Brenda 88 update

Another update on the Chris Starleaf designed Keith Sterner Brenda 88 kit.

More done on the layup to the fuse. From what I can tell between the plans and the build pictures included in the kit I plank the bottom 1/16 sq. balsa but top top side until I do the other side of the fuse, then add F4T and F5T. Then add the wing saddles and finish the planking, longerhorns or whatever. 😉

But…from the pictures I think you build the wing first before you add the saddles. Will know more tomorrow.

Really enjoying this build it kind of builds itself. If you’ve got a few kits under your belt this shouldn’t be a problem for you.


New Ventura FAC Squadron…mine

Ventura Model Aviators Triplane Insignia with Fish And Chips Squadron Patch


Airplanes being built

Building a lot of great free flight airplane kits for my hobby and our upcoming documentary on free flight model airplanes.

I’ve just about finished the small DGA-9 this has a 15 inch span, came in at 14 grams without the rubber motor and will get test flown soon.

In addition to that I have been working on the DCP Models Fokker DVIII. What a great kit. This has a 16 inch span.

And most recently I got this rather expensive(for a free flight model) twin engine WWII Brenda 88 Italian bomber kit from Keith Sterner. This is a big plane for free flight and flies so well it’s hard to believe. It’s very well engineered and designed as a model by Chris Staleaf. I just started it yesterday and it’s a super nice build.

Here’s some pictures of the keel being started and some pictures of what the finished plane will look like.


Not so great again…

Here’s the letter I got last night from the AMA as you can see the deadline to be a so called legal operator or pilot is February 25th. This was signed into law a few months ago by our not so great again so called leader.

Sorry to be political, I hate politics but this one has crossed the thin red line. And get this, this applies to all outdoor model aircraft not just RC, free flight rubber band powered models too. Ridiculous.

You’re receiving this email because of your affiliation with the Academy of Model Aeronautics.
AMA Flight School | AMA Foundation | AMA Safety Guide | 1-800-IFLYAMA

The largest model aviation association in the world!
Dear members,

We’re writing to let you know the FAA issued an Interim Final Rule today that will require drone pilots and model aircraft pilots to display their FAA-issued registration number on the outside surface of their aircraft. The rule will take effect on Monday, February 25, which means the markings must be in place for any outdoor flight beginning on that date.

Although most AMA members already have their FAA registration number posted on the outside of their aircraft, AMA will be submitting comments to the FAA requesting a waiver process for those who might be burdened by external markings, such as members who fly scale replica model aircraft. Most importantly, this rule does not change the original acceptable methods of external marking, nor does it specify a particular external surface on which the registration number must be placed. The requirement is simply that the registration number must be seen upon visual inspection of the aircraft’s exterior.

As you know, the registration requirement is not new. Congress reinstated this requirement in December 2017 with the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act. Although this rule was flexible and allowed the registration marking to be placed in an enclosed compartment, law enforcement officials and FAA partners have expressed concerns about the safety risks a concealed explosive device could pose to first responders when opening a compartment to find a registration number.

If you would like to submit your own comment on the Interim Final Rule, simply visit and search for “RIN 2120-AL32.” You can also visit to learn more. The deadline for public comment ends on March 15, 2019.

If you are uncertain if you have a valid FAA registration, you can access your FAA account at This site will allow you to view your personal FAA registration number and expiration date. We strongly advise you to avoid registering your model aircraft anywhere other than the official FAA website. If you register under Section 336, there is a $5 fee for a three-year registration, and hobbyists receive one identification number for all of their aircraft. Please be aware of unofficial registration websites that charge exorbitant fees or require separate registration fees for each recreational aircraft.

We continue to work closely with the FAA to determine the best path forward regarding recreational UAS operating requirements. As always, thank you for your continued support, and please reach out with any questions.

Thank you,
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These are not toy airplanes…really

#section336 So as it turns out it’s only drones that have to register every drone they own. Under section 336 model aircraft for recreational use only have to register every 3 years but you do have to place your FAA number on the tail of every model aircraft you plan to fly.

The rules say all model aircraft to be flown outdoors. Which means Free Flight is not exempt as far as I can tell.

This of course is all ridiculous and we have the drone problems to thank for it. Model airplanes are not drones!

Lastly the next person that says, “oh you fly toy airplanes?” will get blocked. 😉 Toy airplanes don’t have to have FAA tail numbers and the flyer carry an FAA card and here’s the damn proof:

February 2019

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