Air Benders Blog
Sunday October 22, 2017

Annual Clunker Fly & Frankenplane Event


 Don’t miss this one!  Saturday October 21st 2017 at 11:00am is the day you need to bring a video camera to the field. The Clunker Fun Fly is where you dig out and dust off that nasty old airplane(s) that may or may not fly, patch it up with duct tape and glue, bring it out to the field and see what happens. Last year was a blast even though it was cold.  I think the most fun will be the Frankenstein category. The idea here is to cob together parts/remains from different airplanes with little care as to its appearance (a wing from this one, a tail from this one and so on) (and try not to test fly it in advance) bring it out for our beauty/ugly contest and then see if it can fly and if so how long.

 If you don’t have a true “clunker” bring you oldest, crappiest flying machine anyway or just bring your camera and cheer on the others. 


We will have the following honorable mention prizes for the Clunker Fun Fly... 

Longest flight, shortest flight, scariest flight, ugliest airplane, largest debris field, smallest debris field, most number of parts to fall off while still flying, most number of crappy airplanes to fly by one pilot, most number of crappy airplanes attempted to fly by one pilot, largest amount of repairs using tape, largest number of different types of tape for repairs, least likely to take of and land but does, worst paint or covering, best emergency landing, worst emergency landing, largest fire, smallest fire, the farthest distance for a lost airplane recovery, most frightening yet flyable, most number of parts on one airplane that are from another airplane, most amount of unintentional loops, highest tree limb strike, lowest tree limb strike, fastest tree limb strike and finally... the most unrecognizable remains.


Remember, the crapper the better!


The Frankenplane event !!!

Make a flying machine from two or more different airplanes or from "things other than airplanes" In the past guys have created airplanes from, furniture and rain gutters. This is more fun then should be allowed.


Are we having fun yet?

Mike D.

Saturday Night Lights; (Check Calendar For Dates)


North Brunswick Aerodrome night flying from 7:30 to 9:00 Restricted to electric airplanes and small helicopters. Since noise after dark is a concern Wild Hogs are not welcome unless they have been modified to fly quietly. It is optional but strongly recommended to install lighting on aircraft and we have floodlights for the pit area and runway lights. 


Not interested in night flying? Come out anyway. We order pizza and hang out with freainds and watch the light show


WOW,,, Are we having fun !!!

Check out these amazing night photos by Jim Plastine

September 7th Air Benders fun fly will be NSRCA pattern practice.Start is 10:00am. (no kidding, if your not there and ready to fly by 10:30 we will start without you)

Our special guest will be Dana Beaton from NSRCA who will be assisting our pilots and demonstrating pattern flying

 We will use the NSRCA Sportsman sequence (links)

Heli seminar, Demo & Fun Fly Thursday July 10th:


  We had a great day at the Heli seminar and the Amain hobby folks where generous with their time and with their wallets. The representatives from this California based RC company pulled into the field parking lot with an enormous bus like RV wasted no time helping and advising our folks.

 The head of the team Greggor McGrath gave the club some very nice gifts to hand out as we see fit. The flight team included Tim Jones and Devin Lablanc who are famous among the 3D helicopter community as demonstrated by our pilots requesting autographs. The club turnout was impressive and I had a hard time taking a head count because it was like a beehive with all the activity some folks coming and going, I guess about 30 (or more) with 2/3 or more being members and of the total attending about half where spectators. Despite the heat everyone had a good time and I’m certain I speak for all when I say those guys know how to fly! The 3D fights they put on where like nothing I have seen before and had a jaw dropping affect.

  All of our pilots where enriched by the teams insight and advice and this event would not have been successful without the knowledge and efforts by members Ricky Criqui and John Reyes, thanks guys.

   It was a good day and a great show. Thanks to all who came.

“Are we having fun or what?”

 Mike D.

Photos from the day;

Sunday, July 6th 10:30am is Air Benders bomb drop fun fly.


Students, new pilots or anyone without a bomb drop device. We will have one of the club trainers (with a buddy box if needed) equipped with a complete bomb drop set up for any member to use. This means NO EXCUSES for not coming. 


You can use any bomb or release you want as long as its safe (I would recommend the Hobby king kit for $10.00 Rules are simple: drop your bomb on the ground while keeping your airplane in the air, cant get any simpler. There will be clearly marked bulls-eye type rings on the ground with an easy to see flag on a stick in the center

 Three types of drops:

1st, "Singles", One plane / one bomb, do your best

2nd, "Dive bomb", same thing but in a dive 

3rd, "The squadron drop" teams of two or more (if we have enough guys up to four) drop as a team 



** Inter club fun fly event(s) in August **

TCRC will host our first inter club Air Benders Streamer combat fun fly with the Monmouth RC club on Sunday August 3rd at Pulda farms. The Monmouth RC club (MMAC) will in turn host our members for there slalom course fun fly on Sunday August 10th.

My understanding of the slalom fun fly: First, they run things just like us where they have rules and a theme but no one really keeps score and its just for the fun of it. They tell me any airplane is welcome but that mostly they use foamy’s on a 5 gate timed course.

I spent some time with these folks at the clubs 50th birthday/fun fly party and I’m happy to say they are a great bunch of folks and this will be lots of fun. MMAC president Matt Hamilton and the members where very welcoming to us at the event and where extremely excited about this idea. In fact they want to visit our field to see the airplanes we use for streamer combat so they can prepare for it. I will visit them and do the same for the slalom course (if anyone would like to join me please call)

Three more TCRC / MMAC inter club events to follow in the months ahead

It would be a great display of TCRC club unity if we have a respectable turn out for these. I promise it will be fun! Try and make it if you can!

Mike D.