End of Easter Term Email

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I sent a letter to staff at my school at the end of term: Hi Ground Dwellers, I have news from the sky! Mr W & I have been running a club at lunch & after school on Thursdays for KS3 students, building little model free flight aeroplanes and have now got about 8-10 students coming along regularly and get this – about half of them are girls, yes, girls! Some of you have heard bits and pieces about the club, called Flight Club, (we have rules but no one talks about them) through the grapevine & the school’s Facebook page, I thought I’d give you guys & gals a … Continue reading

Competition Time

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We spent some time in the sportshall trying to maximise our flight times for entering a Foam Plate Free Flight competition (postal entry) in America this week. Jack & Sid joined me initially, we were experimenting with elevator angles and rubber strip length and were managing flight times of 10-20 seconds (15 seconds was last week’s best time).  Encouraged by these times I fetched some washing up liquid and we tried the ‘lube in a bag’ method (a small amount of washing liquid with the rubber strip in a small bag and roll the rubber strip around inside it for a minute) to lubricate the rubber strip.  We figured it would … Continue reading

Making a ‘proper’ airfoil with sheet foam

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Here’s a great idea found on the ‘Simple Foam Free Flight Airplane’ group on Facebook Simply place your hand over the foam sheet and ‘curl’ the foam sheet on a smooth corner of a table or length of wood – simples!! Making a ‘proper’ airfoil using foam sheet   So, you’ve tried to Cheap NFL Jerseys pump up a tire and found that it’s flat, it’s not holding pressure so you know you have to change the tube. The first step to take the wheel off the bike is to open the brake up. On a road bike with a side pole brake like this it will have a release … Continue reading

Foam Plate Aeroplane Competition Practice


We were joined by a more experienced pilot today! We had a great session in the sports hall this afternoon. Five students came along to test their aeroplanes out before the competition next week for phone plate aeroplanes, a competition run in the US that we are entering. A few rubber strips (me – three of them!) broke while we got used to our new electric winding equipment for our rubber motors but as you can see the flights lasted much longer so it was worth it.  Must order some new rubber strip! Foam Plate Aeroplane Competition Practice Video     During the NFL season, the schedule will show that … Continue reading

The Turning Point


Feel like we made progress this week! The Fantastic Foam Flyer design had not been performing like the internet said it would and although the kids are very happy with their planes I know they’ll be even more thrilled if the planes go up and fly around properly!. I decided it was time to get tough with the plane so I took the tailplane off and glued it back on with a few degrees of up and cut a slice in the rudder and bent it to one side and glued it in position. Testing our free flight planes When testing in the hall at lunch the plane landed on … Continue reading

The Fantastic Foam Flyer Takes Shape


We wet at lunch & after school again today and continued building our Fantastic Foam Flyers . There were 3 lads today, 2 of which returned after a period of absence. Everyone got about as far as the photo above, next week we’re going to have to look at using less glue gun glue, it is amazing how much ended up on the aeroplanes!!! Next week we’ll finish them off & take them for a spin, looking forward to it!! Students present: Bantock, Sid & Merrin eight storylines to watch in the nfl seasonHe’s finishing up his senior year of studies. He’s with us by phone. Fake ray bans Thank you … Continue reading

Back to school

It’s a new term so we’re starting a new aeroplane.  We’re building a Fantastic Foam Flyer from Bill Kuhl, who also runs clubs teaching people the beauty of flight. Here we are hard at work cutting the foam (depron) parts of the aeroplane cut and sanding the edges for better aerodynamic profiles.  I’d forgotten about the patience of the young – “I’ve finished sir…”, nah have another look – take your time young jedi and a master aircraft builder you will be! (My policy is not to show student’s faces (Yoda too) if I can help it) What you want to do is let it go, so the silk part goes … Continue reading

Flying in the Hall – Much Better! Week 15


After a couple weeks off, Flight Club met today and put Bill & Ronnie’s advice into action. MUCH BETTER FLIGHTS NOW!! Sid’s plane flew 2.5 circuits and most other student’s planes flew better too. I threw one of the gliders in a new fashion, up and to one side which made it fly a lot better too. Very satisfying. Cheers chaps! Studenrs: Merrin, Sid, Evlin, Bantock & Grace. how to contact espn sports writersIt’s no surprise that there was heavy drug use during the Vietnam war. Being in cheap football jerseys the center of a brutal conflict seemingly Replica Oakleys without end while surrounded on all sides by naturally growing … Continue reading

Week 12 – Further Testing in the Hall

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Bit of a repair & fly session this week. Bantock, Josh, Evlin, Sid & Merrin joined Mr Kemm & Mr W after school to continue figuring out how to launch & test our aircraft. The main problem at the moment is the planes aren’t going up.  We wonder if it’s a power thing? We might not be winding them enough but blimey these things take a lot of winding! Our American free flight friends have recommended we add washing up liquid to the rubber and balance our props, just have to remember to do this next time. Here’s the video from the hall: One Thousand and One Nights is a frame tale … Continue reading

Where we got the materials & tools from

We are a UK based club (in ancient town of Rye, East Sussex), here are the places we got our materials from (obviously some of these links will be out of date but it’s a good start): Depron Sheets Steve Webb Models – 5 for £14.95 (medium density) Balsa Strip Balsa Cabin  – 1/8″ x 3/8″ x 36″ balsa strips £1.45 ea x 5 pcs Hot Glue Gun Sticks Amazon – TRIXES 50 x Hot Glue Gun Sticks for Hot Melt Gun 11mm x 185mm £7.99 & FREE Delivery Scalpels Amazon – Swann Morton Scalpels sterile No.10 Box of 10 Price:£4.95 (Haven’t bought these yet:) Propellers Sky Hi Products – Black … Continue reading