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Commerce Township, MI, USA

Site Started: 28 January 1996
Maintained by: Ken Myers

Home of the Ampeer electric flight newsletter

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Next EFO Meeting
Postponed to Saturday, May 25, 2019

Time: 10:00 A.M.
Place: Midwest RC Society 7 Mile Rd. Flying Field
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please check this website for important updates to the date. The date could be pushed back due to the field conditions at Midwest.
Everyone with an interest is WELCOME
Proof of AMA membership required to fly

Current Issue of The Ampeer
EFO Electric Flight Newsletter

June 2019: Ampeer in Adobe Acrobat .PDF format

June 2019 Ampeer in HTML format
HTML version has active links and is best for reading on computers, smart phones and tablets.

Keith's AVRO'
Keith's Taube'
Wing area by weight
Some of the planes and features in the June 2019 issue of the Ampeer

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35th Annual Mid-America Electric Flies 2019
AMA Sanctioned Event
(Proof of AMA membership required to fly)
Saturday, July 13 & Sunday, July 14
Hosted by the:
Ann Arbor Falcons and Electric Flyers Only

The 7 Mile Rd. Flying Site, Salem Twp., MI
Provided by the:
Midwest R/C Society

Contest Directors are:
Ken Myers phone (248) 669-8124 or
kmyersefo@theampeer.org
www.theampeer.org for updates & info
Keith Shaw (734) 973-6309

Flying both days at the Midwest R/C Society Flying Field - 7 Mile Rd., Salem Twp., MI

Registration: 9 A.M. both days
Flying from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Sat. & 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. Sunday

Pilot Entry Fee: 18 and over, $15 Sat. - $10, Sunday, (ask about the family rate),
Under 18, FREE
Parking Donation Requested from Spectators

Saturday's Awards
Best Scale
Most Beautiful
Best Ducted Fan
Best Sport Plane
New Foam Flurry for NCM Aircraft
CD's Choice

Sunday's Awards
Best Scale
Most Beautiful
Best Mini-Electric
Best Multi-motor
New Most Unique NCM Aircraft
CD's Choice

Planes Must Fly To Be Considered for Any Award
Saturday's & Sunday's Awards:
Plaques for 1st in each category

Open Flying Possible on Friday
Night Flying Possible, Weather Permitting,
Friday & Saturday Nights

Refreshments available at the field both days.

Potluck picnic at the field on Saturday evening.

Come and join us for two days of fun and relaxed electric flying.

Come, Look, Listen, Learn - Fly Electric - Fly the Future!
Merchandise drawing for ALL entrants

Special Events Again this year for NCM (Not Conventional Materials) aircraft
Traditionally, model aircraft airframes have been mostly constructed from balsa wood, plywood, spruce, and fiberglass. For the purposes of this meet, NCM airframes are mostly constructed from not conventional materials i.e.; sheet foam, foam board, cardboard, block foam, foam insulation material, etc.

Foam Flurry for NCM aircraft:
This is a true event. It is based upon the all up/last down event of early electric meets. Any NCM aircraft may be used (no ARF types). Power systems are limited to a maximum of 3S (no paralleling) LiPo batteries or 4S maximum, no paralleling, for A123 packs. All planes qualifying for this event will launch at the same time, and the last one to land will be declared the winner.

Most Unique NCM Aircraft Award:
An award will be given on Sunday to an aircraft in the NCM category that is judged as 'most unique' by the Mid-Am panel of judges.

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To locate the Midwest R/C Society 7 Mile Rd. flying field, site of the Mid-America Electric Flies, look near top left corner of the map, where the star marks the spot, near Seven Mile Road and Currie Rd. Link to the map.

The field entrance is on the north side of Seven Mile Road about 1.6 Miles west of Currie Rd.
Address: 7419 Seven Mile Road, Salem Twp, MI 48167 - numbers are on the fence.

Because of their convenient location and the easy drive to the flying field, the Comfort Suites and Holiday Inn Express in Wixom, MI have been added to the hotels’ listing. They are only 10 miles northwest of the field and located near I-96 and Wixom Road. See the map-hotel .pdf for more details.
http://www.theampeer.org/map-hotels.pdf

NEW APRIL 2018
RC Beginner's Corner

Start your adventure into learning to fly RC airplanes with this article;
Advice for Getting Into Flying Radio Controlled (RC) Airplanes

The article by Ken Myers walks you through the steps in purchasing your equipment and first plane and recommends several planes that make good trainers.

Want to learn to fly RC?
Are you an RC Flight Instructor?

I've edited and annotated EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT ELECTRIC POWERED FLIGHT An E-Book by Ed Anderson, President, Long Island Silent Flyers. The link, using the book title, is in Adobe Acrobat format. In this beginner's guide, I've provided active links within the document for reading online to the sources and articles used to compliment the e-book. It is also formatted for printing, and it is 49 pages long.

What's in the book?
Well, pretty much what Ed implies in the title. He also notes in the Preface that it is not really everything, but it is a great resource for new RC pilots and glow and glider pilots wanting to give electric power a try. If you are an instructor and you are asked by a new person, "What should I get? Where should I start?". Point them to this e-book.

Ken Myers, President EFO

Special .pdf version formated for Smart Phones, NetPads, E-books, etc. by Partrick Surry.

Selecting Electric Power System
Including Conversions from Glow Planes
By Ken Myers - March 2017

Selecting an Electric Outrunner Motor Power System for an ARF, Kit or Plans Built Electrically Powered or Glow Conversion Prop Plane

Article includes links to the spreadsheets for the calculations.

Electric Power Basics
By Ken Myers - January 2011

HTML version of Ken Myers' Electric Power Basics. Updated: December 2015, reformatted presentation of aircraft at the beginning of the article. Includes active links to all references. Best for reading and researching online. Formatted for all online reading devices.

Acrobat .pdf version of Ken Myers' Electric Power Basics. Best for printing. All sources are listed at the end of the article with no active links.

Select power system components easily and quickly using the FREE Drive Calculator program for Windows, Mac or Linux operating systems.
Click here to go to the Drive Calculator page

About Ken Myers

     I am a retired Walled Lake Schools elementary Media Specialist/Computer Resource Teacher (4 years) and 5th grade teacher (27.6 years). I enjoy electrically powered, radio controlled aircraft.

     I am best known in the electric community for this Web site, as well as being an AMA Hall of Fame member, president of the EFO (Electric Flyers Only, Inc.), Ampeer newsletter editor, past president of NEAC (National Electric Aircraft Council), former Event Director for the Electric Nationals in Muncie, IN., former occasional magazine article author, co-Contest Director (CD) of the Mid-America Electric Flies, and flying buddy of Keith Shaw.

     I was one of five people in the USA to be awarded the AMA/Carl Goldberg Vital Person Award in 2011.

Contact Ken Myers via email at: kmyersefo@theampeer.org

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     Unlike other sites, there is NO paid advertising on this site! When you see an ad link, Ken Myers uses and recommends the product(s), supplier or manufacturer. He uses the "stuff" or supplier himself!