‘The MMM Free Flight Model Airplane Club Welcomes You!’

Contacts:
  • MMM MONTHLY GET TOGETHER MTG!  Every Second Thursday at 7:00 PM, Dinner at the Castle Cafe in Castle Rock.  Monitor the Yahoo web group for info.
  • For Club and Newsletter info email:  themaxout@aol.com
  • Join our FF Club web group for current comment and chatter: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MMMFreeFlight/
  • And… join the FAC Eaglerock Squadron for scale modeling fun at: https://groups.yahoo.com/group/EaglerockFAC

What we are about:

  • The MMM Free Flight Club is ALWAYS looking for those interested model airplane flyers that want a different challenge or just want to recreate those fun modeling experiences other than RC or Control Line.  Free Flight is the original form of flying model aircraft and a step into making airplanes fly by themselves with no control.  Learning this valuable technology is a wonderful experience.
  • We also support Educational Programs like STEM, TSA and S/O.
  • We are affiliated with the National Free flight Society (NFFS) at freeflight.org and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) at modelaircraft.org
SPECIAL CONTEST NOTES:
UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
 Magnificent Mountain Men 2019 Flying Schedule:
   
DATES CONTEST NOTES
November 3 MMM 12th Annual Frito Pie Meet Lowry Field 
December 7 Annual Business Meeting Location TBD
 2019 MMM Indoor Flying:

Monitor MMMFreeFlight@yahoogroups.com and keep informed for latest updates flying dates and times too.

Hi All,  For those who don’t know me I’m John Christensen.  I am the new
Indoor Coordinator for the MMM club.

We have three indoor flying dates to choose from in November at the Beth Eden gym at 2600 Wadsworth blvd.
The proposed dates are; Fri the 15th, Fri the 22nd and Fri the 29th. The gym will open up at 6:00 pm.  Those of you who are interested in attending please choose any two of the dates listed. It will be back to the 6PM start time to avoid conflict with an earlier event in the gym. We are trying to get more dates, but the school is still finalizing their activity schedule for the fall.

Final selected dates will be posted here.

In addition, the Manitou Springs High School is scheduled too for November 17 and December 8.

Nov 24th at the Colo springs Auditorium for the return of the MMM fall indoor meet! Laid back 5 hours of flying. No gliders, just rubber flying. A couple of FAC mass launches.

Pikes Peak Ceiling Climb 2020 Will be March 8th at Colorado Springs City Auditorium. Hope to see many of you here!

FAI Licenses for USA

With the change in FAI licenses that we have noted in earlier issues of SEN. They are now only issued for USA flyers by the NAA, no longer the AMA, and through the NAA web site at
https://naa.aero/membership/fai-sporting-license
The AMA has helped some members go through this process, but you should go directly to the NAA site and do it your self

FAI Legacy Event to be flown at the Monthly Scrambles:

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Monitor the MMM Yahoo Group for latest Info !:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MMMFreeFlight/
FAC Corner –   *** FAC Squadron in the Rockies… the “Colorado Eaglerock Squadron, FAC”  Click here: Eaglerock2017scheduleA

Contest fees and Dues can be paid by Paypal…scroll waay down (up?)

2019 Field Notes: 

FIELD CATTLE FENCING – ELECTRIC  !!
Click here for info and location map:  mmm-field-cattle-wire
New Gate Lock Procedures on the Lowry Range – Important !
Due to a new State Land Board policy, all lessees (e.g., Conoco Phillips, the Hunt Club, the grazing lessee, etc.) and MMM now have their own locks on the gates to the LowryRange.
There are many locks on the gate now, so you need to be extra careful that you DO NOT LOCK OUT another lock by bypassing it when you lock the gate.  They should all be linked in series a continuous “chain” so that any lessee can open and close the gate with their lock.  Locking out someone else is a sure way to get our lock cut and removed.  It also antagonizes other lessees, and we can’t afford to do that.  Please make sure that any guests you invite to the field are aware of this.  These things may be obvious to us, but they probably aren’t to someone new to the field or who hasn’t encountered multiple locks on a gate before.
If you have any questions about this, especially, if you’re at the gate and are uncertain of what to do, or if you need the combination (which is new since last November) please call or text:
  • Pete McQuade, 719-433-5346.
  • Chuck Etherington, 720-201-6218
  • Don DeLoach, 719-964-7117
For security, we prefer not to give the combination over a widespread e-mail message or on the club website.

Check Back,  for updates

 The MMM Club at the field….free flight is “cool!”

Wouldn’t You Like To Be a Part of This?

Now, some of the frequently asked  questions about Free flight and what one can do to be part of it?

  • How does one join? What are the dues? ( MMM dues to the club primarily defray the field lease cost for a place to fly.) Joining the MMM Club is easy.  Dues are described in the  link and for younger flyers, is waived.  All one has to do is fill out the application blank from the pull down or click here:   2017MMMDuesRenewal
  • Where do you fly?  The MMM Club is fortunate to have one of the finest Free Flight Fields available.  It is leased from the Colorado State Land Board and hence their is responsibility involved.  The field is located east of E470 on Quincy Avenue in Aurora Colorado.  Details on accessing the field are available from the club contacts listed above in “Gate Lock Procedures,” however, the ability to fly on the field is subject to State Land Board and MMM Club Restrictions.
  • Field Use and Access Current club members (AMA membership is required for membership) have 24/7 access to the field.  Non club members with a valid AMA membership are welcome to fly on the field during club sponsored events.
  • Can I come out to the field and watch?  We encourage spectators to come out to the field during our flying events and watch the activity.  One must first notify the contest director or one of the club officers.  The contacts are listed above  in “Gate Lock Procedures.”
  • I used to build models and I am just getting back into the hobby. What should I do to catch up with the current trends?  Will someone help me learn to fly a free flight model?  We are a club that encourages participation and are willing to provide what help is necessary to new and returning modelers who are showing an interest in Free Flight Modeling.
  • My child flies S/O or TSA models. Where are some club activities so that we can join in?  The good news we mentor many S/O and TSA young flyers.  The GREAT news is our kids usually take honors in the S/O and TSA programs.  Our mentors are World Class and National winners.
MMMr’s at the Southwest regional in Eloy Arizona…well done!
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Left to Right: Jerry Murphy, Randy Reynolds, Jack Murphy, Don DeLoach (Grand Champ!), Rick Pangell, Todd Reynolds, Mark Covington, Ray Boyd…(where’s Jace?)
 
What a good, well equipped “FF flight line for two” looks like: (Rick and Murph). Note that the basics include a model and tool box with the rest of the “support” equipment being comfort items!
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Pay your MMM Dues or Contest Fees with Paypal!

  • Log in to paypal.com
  • Click  on “Send Money” in the upper menu bar
  • In the “To” block, type in mmmffclub@gmail.com,  the amount, and click the button “Services”

In the next form where you confirm payment, in the Lower “Subject” and “Message” boxes state what the money is for… annual dues, entry fees and such.  When pre-entering a contest that needs event selection or similar, you still need to send in the pre-registration form to the Contest Directors.