For Sale: Helicopter and parts

Align 700F3C kit:

Brand new – unbuilt – just the main box opened for a few pictures. Factory plastic sacks still sealed. Completely original; only the parts in the pics have been handled.

I’m asking $1000 firm.

When I ordered the kit I also ordered a pricey handful of rebuild parts…believing that it was inevitable that the machine would be landed ‘energetically’ at some point, and I’d need to be ready to administer emergency first aid without a 20-day wait for stuff. Sadly, I never got a chance to build the heli…so that big bundle of ‘likely-to-be-needed’ parts remains as it was when new. But once the heli itself is gone I will have no use for the BNSIOP parts–most of which are F3C-specific–therefore with a little negotiation and a little additional cash they can & should go with the heli. So…please try an offer.

The pricey parts (aside from the BNIOB canopy) are collected in the later pics – the one that shows about 26 items. The balance are listed below:

HC7602T Canopy $50 BNIOB

HN7055AT Tail Boom Braces $15/ea.

HN7056T Torque Tubes $18/ea. * One with bearings/one without *

H70073A Carbon Tail Control Rod Assembly $15 * Not new WYSIWYG*

HN7047T Tail Booms $25 for sealed 2-packs, $8/ea. for singles. * The sealed twin-packs include the thin steel “bicycle spoke” rudder linkage rod + the guide rings…the rest are singles. All are new *

Email: ronemca@gmail.com

Bill Cliffe – Wings at 87 – New Record at BRCM!

Bill Cliffe is our most senior Senior at 87 years young to graduate from the BRCM Wings Program, under the careful mentoring of Barry Parkinson.  

In his working life Bill was with the RCMP for 22 years then in security with Texaco and Esso. Unlike many of us, he has had absolutely no interest in airplanes, model or real, untii now. He was casting around for ways to keep himself active and saw some clips of RC models on Youtube. And the rest is history.

Congratulations Bill. And thanks, Barry.

Bill is on the right with his Wings Instructor Barry Parkinson

Ted Pritlove… Miss Martha… 1000 flights!!!

Ted completed his 1000 flight today with Miss Martha. This was his first electric powered plane, its maiden was Nov 20/09.

For the BRCM record, Ted keeps a log of every flight, of every plane, on every day…

Habu Jet– Jan.17/10 to present—-757 flights

Venom Jet–Nov.27/12 to present—138 flights

Hawker Hunter–May12/16 to present—83 flights

F-18 Super Hornet– May26/18 to present– – 143 flights

Yak-130 Jet– July2/18 to present– 65 flights

Avant S Sport Jet to present– April25/19 to present– 91 flights

Well done Sir Ted!!

Field Maintenance – 2022

One of the least visible, yet most essential activities in BRCM is field maintenance. I have no illusions that I, and many on the Board, could drop dead tomorrow and things would soldier on more or less untouched. But field maintenance is not like that. If they missed one week of grass cutting this time of year, the grass runway would be unusable. Two weeks and the field would turn to hay. Three weeks and you wouldn’t be able to see the runway when landing. And the ticks would have a ball.

Well, this year we have had an even bigger crisis than usual. While we have lots of volunteers, mostly old pros, to run the lawn mowers, until recently we had no one to do the weed trimming. So in desperation, I made a whiny plea for help at last week’s meeting, and to everyone’s surprise, 3 people stepped forward. All are new recruits who just joined BRCM.

Here’s the cast of characters:

Grass Cutting Members
Ken Sisler, Don Belbeck,
Ashley Armstrong, Tony Madge,
Peter Foto, Steve Waterfall
Ross Gosling, Dominique Binckly
 
Trimming Members
Marty Field, Robert Christie
Geoff Norman, Mike Penney

I have to point out that the new recruits – Marty, Robert and Mike –are just that. All joined in the past few weeks – all except me, of course. (And Mike Penney, who rejoined). The Club owes them all a huge debt. Without them, we would be grounded. For that matter, we also have a debt of gratitude to the guys on the lawn mowers, some of whom have been doing it for many years. And while I‘m on the subject, thanks to Ken Sisler, who has the thankless job of organizing the whole thing, as well as doing the grass cutting.

This is not to suggest that others don’t contribute to the Club activities by volunteering. Where would the Wings program, our pipeline to renewal, be without dedicated volunteers? Others contribute time and energy to running special events or looking after necessary administration like membership applications or maintaining the webpage. Still, I suspect that only about 20% of our members engage in volunteer activities for the Club. In theory, membership brings with it the responsibility to donate time to the Club. Sadly, it may be a good theory but it’s not working in practice.

Back to field maintenance. If some of you were ready to join but fearful of the time commitment, let’s be explicit. Grass cutting is a weekly affair, with 2 cutters, and takes about 1.5 hours early Thursday AM. With 8 cutters, that amounts to a commitment of 1.5 hours/ month. Weed trimming takes place every 2 weeks with 2 cutters – again, 1.5 hours per month. I have trouble believing that we’re all so gosh darn busy that we can’t give an hour and a half one morning a month.

Finally, let’s not be complacent. Just because we kept the wolves from the door this time, we should be thinking about spares who can step up and learn the ropes. I know for a fact that two, maybe more, of the grasscutters are packing it in this year. We’re going to need more volunteers. So step up to plate — please!

And if grasscutting just doesn’t appeal, there are lots of other ways to help out. Ian Brown could use some help organizing special events like Maidenfest. Don Irvine needs good fliers to instruct our new members.

Hope we’ll hear from you.

Geoff

General Meeting – May 24

Don’t forget the monthly general meeting next Tuesday, May 24, ad St. Matthew Church on Plains Road opposite Skycraft. Meeting gets underway at 7:30 and ends at 9 or so.

We have a special program. Colin Tyrell, who presented his Harvard restoration project at the last meeting before Covid struck (Feb, 2020) has an update. The plane is nearly finished and hopefully will have a maiden this summer. He will be talking about the continuing project