Triad Aeromodelers, Inc.


Jerry found this link. You can use it to find out if the field might be flooded.


Our field is 7 feet above the sensor. If the graph shows 7 feet the water in the creek is level with our field.



If anyone has anything new they would like included in our Web Page please let me know.

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Mark Fansler "Grumman F7F Tigercat"

Bob Satow's Bird Dog

Danny's WACO

RC Plane Crashes

Good Reading!!!

Larry Nieman's research on the Spektrum NX8 Radio

For any club member interested in purchasing a new NX8 radio, you might want to read through the info provided below. I was not able to get my new NX8 radio to connect to my WIFI. I have not gone thru these steps yet.


The NX series wifi had some firmware glitches that were adjusted and fixed through updates. Below are directions on how to update via USB cable. Once that is done you must re-enter your wifi password. 

Step 1: Registering the Radio

  • Customer needs to create and or log into his account
  • Customer needs to then click on Product Registration in his My Spektrum
  • Have the customer start filling out the registration form; once a radio is selected we can input the serial number
  • At this point have him turn his radio on, navigate to System setup > USB Settings
  • Connect the USB to the PC and the micro USB connector to the back of the radio
  • In the USB settings menu then click on Access Internal Storage
  • This will take him to a Mass Storage screen, the customer must not leave this screen until registration and update file transfer has been completed or he will not be giving his computer permissions to access the internal storage
  • Have him now go back to the registration form and click on “select” underneath the heading “UPLOAD SERIAL NUMBER FROM XML FILE”
  • This will open a search window on his computer, and he would navigate to “This PC” can be different depending on what windows operating system they are on. On Windows 10 it’s called This PC
  • In This PC, under devices and drives he should find a USB option. Double click on it
  • This gives him access to the internal storage of the NX radio. He should see a file listed as “My_NX6” for example. This is the XML file that contains his serial number. Double click on it
  • This will now upload the serial number xml file into the box next to select on the registration page
  • Have them click on the “upload from XML file” option below it. The page will refresh with the serial number now listed in the serial number section of the form
  • Complete the form with the proper caption code entered to complete registration

Step 2: Updating the Radio

  • Log into your account
  • In the “My Spektrum” / “My Products” list you will find your registered radio
  • Click on “Download Update” to the far right of that radio
  • Click on the download option once for only the latest version of firmware
  • Go to “File Explorer” on your PC, can be found in most task bars with the image of a folder or through the windows search engine by typing in “File Explorer”
  • Go to your computes “Downloads” folder
  • Find the SPMTX.SAX update file you just downloaded and right click on it to then choose copy
  • Click on “This PC”
  • In the devices and drives section double click on “USB drive”
  • In a blank area underneath all the folders and files in the radios internal storage right click and paste the update file into the internal storage. It will start giving them a loading file. Once completely loaded go back to the radio.
  • Have them hit the back arrow button to the left of their screen to exit mass storage and get back to the radios home screen.
  • Disconnect the cable
  • Power down the radio completely
  • Power the radio back on again and it will start loading and flashing between a blue and then orange progress bar. This is the update happening. This will take a few minutes. Once done it would load the radio to the home screen and they are all done.
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Product Support Rep.


There's an App for that!

You can get the Peter Goldsmith TRIM CHART on your phone now. Well I know if you have the fruity kind of phone, Apple, you can. I'm not sure about the little mechanical guy in a tin can model, Android. The pictures above are from my phone and show you some of the screens from the app. The best one I think is #4 because it illustrates exactly how to fly the test. You can also print the results from all thirteen tests or just one.


The Yorktown Carrier

Pictures from Steve Tosi. Click here for the last picture.



Lanzo Record Breaker

Chuck at the field

This is a great flier. I’ve had her for 42 years.  Got a few flights in yesterday afternoon as thunderstoms threatened.  Had to have been 90 degrees and 100% humidity, but low wind.

~Rob Watson



The members of Triadaero want to thank Anderson R/C for the continual support they give our club. Thomasville and the surrounding area are lucky to have Matt and Wesley located here in town. Triadaero is especially lucky because Anderson R/C caters to our sport in such a large way and they are so supportive of everything we try to accomplish. Merry Christmas and thank you to Matt, Wesley, Austin, Darren, Trevor, Dylan, Colin, Jacob and anyone else I might have forgotten.


Chuck at the field Chuck's Latest Pictures from above the Field

May you always have walls for the winds,

a roof for the rain and tea beside the fire

Laughter to cheer you

Those you love near you and all your

heart might desire.

We miss you David .


TAI Members,
It is once again with a heavy heart to tell you of the passing of another TAI Member. David Thomason passed late yesterday evening, a little before midnight. In speaking to Seth this evening, David was at peace and surrounded by his family at his time of passing. David was able to visite the field one last time this past Thursday which he enjoyed. He was a great RC pilot, worked hard at the field for our club, a good friend and cooked the best Hot Dogs we've ever had. David will be missed greatly!! Please keep Seth and all his family in your prayers during their time of loss.

Mark Fansler
TAI Treasurer


More from or 5/14/2020 Meeting

Pictures taken by Larry Troxell.

Thanks Larry


New Tables

Thanks to Larry for completing the 1st of eight new tables for our field.

Twenty Five Years Service by Our President

Bob Satow


Today was a very special day for our club president, Bob Satow, and for the club in general.  At the end of the club meeting, the club presented Bob with a plaque which included two pictures.  The top picture was a paver that was purchased by the club to be included in the construction of the Legacy Walk located at the Triple Tree Aerodrome facility in Woodruff, SC.  It is the venue for the R/C event called the Joe Nall.  The second is the picture of the Legacy Walk where Bob's paver is included.

Bob was also presented with another paver to be included at the AMA headquarters facility in Muncie, IN.  This presentation was given by our AMA District IV Vice President - Jay Marsh.  It will be a part of the Walk of Fame.  Both presentations were for the support and dedication Bob has given to our club for the past 25 years.  Please see the pictures of the paver that was presented to Bob by our club (pictures attached.)

If anyone took pictures at the meeting today, please send a couple of the best pictures to Jay Marsh.  He has mentioned that he would like to include a couple of pictures in the AMA Model Aviation magazine.

Thanks to all who helped make the flying field look spectacular today.  It was a team effort.

The next time you see Bob, please congratulate him.

John Harrison

Jay Marsh email available to members from John Harrison

or the web master

Pictures taken by Larry Troxell. ---- Thanks Larry





Rob thinks this is pretty cool social distancing!




Here are some pictures from our next new member Rob.

Rob seems to be an accomplished builder and/or rebuilder. Be sure to welcome Rob when you see him at the field.

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Click on the pic if you don't see the engine.



Sorry Chuck!

"ah, the fervent drone of nitro full throttle, then instant quiet, almost as loud. As the lost engine's roar echos back through all that hollow balsa: echos of instant disaster at once both thrilling and sickening; a truly unique sound not replicated elsewhere."

~ ~ Chuck


I envy the way this man thinks. D


On the eve of Family Day 2019, when asked just what it is we are doing here.
Bob responded;

I will tell you exactly what we are doing here.  We started by satisfying a long seated urge to learn about airplanes and everything connected to them.  But after we learned about flying our models we really got hooked and wanted to learn to fly all kinds of planes and maneuvers.  In doing so we talked about doing these things with other club members and without realizing it we made many new friends.  Friends want to share their joys so here we are doing exactly that.

                                                     Bob Satow
                                                     August 16, 2019



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Danny's Phaeton 90-II

First and foremost this Phaeton 90-II started life in Larry Neiman’s father's shop as a pile of wood. Larry’s father scratch built this plane and installed a small engine. I think Larry said it was a .47 which Larry replaced with a 90 when he received this plane.  The plane has ailerons on the lower wing only and reportedly has a problem completing rolls when under powered. I plan to add ailerons to the upper wing to help with this problem;however, the covering on this plane is no longer manufactured so I decided it would be easier to increase the power.


Since I wanted to add a Satio 125 I needed to come up with a way to get it into the cowling that had already been modified twice.  If I cut the cowling again I was sure it wouldn’t stay together and the Satio was ¾ inch longer that the engine Larry took out. The first picture shows the old and new cowlings together. I had to stretch panty hose over the old cowling to make a mold to form a new cowling. The old one looks larger because it is closer in the picture but the new one is larger. You can't see it in the right picture but there is a hole just in front of the middle screw on the cowlking for adjusting the low range screw.

The left picture here is the cowling from the left side with the muffler and the high speed screw extension sticking out behind the muffler. The right picture is the cowling from the bottom. You can see the Satio 125 fits nicely even with the extra length and width. While the fiberglass, primer, and paint where drying on the cowling I replaced all the servos and fuel tank along with the hoses and filler tube. I talked to a lot of people about running a four stroke upside down including Matt Anderson and it was about 50 – 50 pro and con. Finally after all the research was done I decided to run a Lipo battery with a voltage regulator to the glow plug.

When I went back to Anderson’s I talked to Matt about what I decided to do. When he was looking for a regulator he thought of something else and he brought out as a “Glow Control” made by Sullivan. It’s an electronic switch that allows you to turn the glow plug off and on to save the battery and it contains the regulator to drop the voltage from as high as 12 vdc to 1.5 vdc. An additional feature of the Glow Control allows you set the point when opening the throttle to turn the glow plug off. As soon as the throttle drops down passed that point the glow plug comes back on keeping the engine running upside down for as long as you want. It works great. Thanks Matt.


Bob's Citabria Pro
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Bob Says he is building a Citabria Aerobatic Pro. It will have an 80 inch wing span. The first Citabria Pro flew on August 2, 1968 and was able to maintain unlimited inverted flight. No wonder Bob chose this for his next plane. There is an excellent article, pictures and Brief history of this aircraft at this link.

Thanks Bob for sharing.





Roger Wood Landing

Tuesday May 8,2018

Today those of us lucky enough to be at the field saw Roger Wood Land his plane and park it just as you see it here sitting under Bob's 330. It was very gusty Tuesday and when Roger was half way down the runway it sounded like he cut the power just a couple of feet off the grass, as he did the wind took his plane up and barrel rolled it over the infield. As Roger avoided everyone and tried to pull back up heading across the runway the wind started to loop the plane back towards the parking area so Roger again cut the power and as the plane leveled off and settled to the ground it was stopped in its forward motion by the wind setting on the right wing tip in a slightly nose down position. When the plane settle on the ground and the wheels touched, the prop struck the ground and kicked the plane back a few inches just as the tail wheel hit and pushed Roger's wing under the 330's horizontal stabilizer. We all walked over together and I took this picture before the planes were moved. The planes never touched each other and I don't think either was damaged. That is how I saw it but you should ask Roger for a better description. I think Bob had his eyes closed during the last loop but he had a better view up until then than I did. Great job Roger and thanks for the thrill.






Dan Voyles Balancer

This balancer started out as just a box to set on my airplane work table to extend my table saw when cutting long boards or plywood. I then added 4 slotted blocks to the sides of the box, below the surface, so I could still use it for a tables saw extender but also as a frame to balance larger planes. When I finally finished building my 72" WACO biplane I realized the wings were too wide front to back to fit into the current frames. . So I had to build new heavier frames and this time I wanted to make it more adjustable. In the bottom picture you can see the block I’m holding has three holes to move the pin in and out. The pins have ball joints on the top so the balance pads from my Great Planes Balancer will snap right onto it. The blocks on each side can move the entire length of the 36” frame. The blocks can also be replaced with longer or shorter blocks depending on the width of the fuselage of the plane. This balancer can handle planes of any size up to 34” wide wings of any span and a fuselage up to 20" wide of any length. I wouldn’t put more than a 30-40 pound plane on it unless I changed the pins out to something of a larger diameter. It’s here if anyone needs to use it.





Thanks Larry

This plane was donated by Larry N. to the club for the Swap Meet 2018 raffle.

When you see Larry at the field be sure to Thank him...



Danny's 1929 Waco CTO Taperwing

Pronounced like taco but with a "W" despite what everyone says and stands for 'Weaver Aircraft Company'. This is my current project along with all the other things that go on in the summer. This one however will probably last into the winter. The full Scale CTO was 22' 5" long and had a wingspan of 30'3" upper and 26'3" lower. It was powered by a Wright J-6 225 HP 7 cylinder Radial engine. It weighed 1677 pounds with a useful load of 923 pounds. It carried 65 gallons of gas and had a ceiling of 19,000 feet. A max speed of 138 mph, a cruising speed of 115 mph, and a landing speed of 48 mph. This plane was the Winner of the' Transcontinental Air Derby' and many others. There are three still believed to be flying today. I'll keep you posted.

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I've been making some changes to the vertical stabilizer, elevator and when I get to it the ailerons. The plans were never designed to use robart hinges but someone started it that way and I'm going to try and finish upwith Robarts. When I was trying to decide how to fit everything into the fuselage I noticed the plans called for blocking off the cockpit and I need to be able to access that space for my pull-pull rudder so I built a removable cockpit instead. It's tough trying to get everything right without a manual and having only two of the three pages of the plans. More to come.


I'm not getting a lot done but I have finished sanding the entire plane and gluing the tail feathers on. I’m currently building the struts between the upper and lower wings. I don’t really know what they should look like because I have a page missing in the blueprints and no instructions. I’ve added a couple of Golden Rod tubes without the inserts to the fire wall and drilled two holes in the cowling. I have a long screwdriver that will go all the way from the outside of the cowling to the high and low screws on the carb. I’m designing a way to pinch the fuel line at the carb with a servo so no removing cowling to adjust carb on this plane.

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I've started on the covering but I'm working on the mechanical stuff at the same time. It’s tough for a beginner like me to work on a kit without any instructions. I have to build linkages and mounting hardware without a clue of how it was designed to work on this model. I want to thank Tom Brittian for helping me with some research. I can find a few things on the original plane but nothing on the model.

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"Too Much Stuff" That is what my wife says every time she comes into my work shop and looks around. But I'm getting to the end of the build on this one. I still need to install the motor, the receiver, gas tank and all the hoses. Then get it balanced out and runn in the motor.

I've already crashed it once and I only had it about three feet off the ground. It was on my paint bench that I use outside when the weather is good. The wind came up while I was cleaning my paint gun and when I went back outside the wind was blowing the fuselage down the hill.



I thought I had the WACO finished and ready to fly except to balance it and break in the new motor. It tipped the scales at 18.1 pounds which my mentors thought would still get off the ground but wouldn't have much vertical. I built a new balancer, put the WACO on it and it needs over 1 1/2 pounds added to the front end. Now it might fly but that is all it would do and I would like to do more, maybe IMAC someday. So I've started pulling the motor off which requires the removal of the fuel tank so I can get to the engine mounting bolts that have to be moved for the larger motor. I’ll let you know when it’s ready.



( pronounced like taco only with a ‘W’)
If you are looking for information on these old bi-planes you might want to contact the ‘Waco Air Museum’ or the ‘Waco Historical Society’ in Troy, OH. They were really helpful and they have a lot of data on their site.

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Dan Voyles Project a "Follow Me Truck"

I talked about doing this this project for quite awhile but when it started getting too hot to work outside all day I decided now was the time. The first picture is how I took it out of the box. I didn't like the racing look of the body since it was suppose to be a working truck so I bought a clear body 1972 C-10 Chevy. I wanted a working truck but it didnt have to be a clunker.

The real reason I wanted a truck on the flight line is to run down my planes on the other end of the runway and bring them back which may not be a problem for many of you but it is for me. I need a way to pick up the tail wheel of the plane and haul it back. Picture 3 is my first try at it. It is a 3-point hitch that was suppose to pick up the wheel with a single servo but when I activated the servo the weight of the plane compressed the suspension so much it lifted the front wheels off the ground. Now I'm working on a trailer that connects to the truck like a brush hog and has two caster wheels in the back to support the weight. I'm also building crates for the trailer to hold the batteries and receiver.


Here is the finished truck with trailer attached. The picture on the right is a view of the connection between the truck and the trailer. It's similar to a three point hitch on a tractor. It will be easier to backup and the camera will always point to the hookup loop.

The lower crate on the front of the trailer is for servos and the upper contains the camera for backing up.

I've taken this rig to the field three times now and each time the small trailer tires have been pushed under the thick grass at the field keeping the unit from backing up under the plane's tail wheel even though I've increase the tire size each time.

Well I'm back at it again. Now I'm going to try steerable wheels the same size as the truck's on the trailer. I'll let you know how it goes.

The left pane shows the axle I built out of a piece of oak with the spindles and steering linkage for a two wheel drive truck like mine. The right pane shows how the wheels turn in opposite directions to allow the unit to turn without binding the back wheels of the truck.

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Up a tree with Gary and Larry

Tuesday afternoon, 6/27/17, Gary Steward's plane was recovered from the tree behind the parking lot. It was a team effort like everything else we do at the field. Larry Nieman and Gary did all the work and the rest of the team stood around and made suggestions of the best way to accomplish the task and then discussed the pros and cons of each idea. Despite all the kibitzing the job was finished up in great style and I'm sure Gary will have his plane back at the field in no time looking good as new.




Congratulations to Bob Satow

The best R/C Flying field in NC is now named:

R.G. Satow – RC Flying Field

Our President (Bob Satow) received a “District
Service Award” from the AMA. Only 3 such awards
are given out district-wide yearly.(5 states)
Congratulations Bob and well-deserved!



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Mark Fansler

"Grumman F7F Tigercat"

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This is a 1:7.5 scale Grumman F7F Tigercat. I scratch built it from Don Palmer plans but make many modifications to more modern build techniques.

bb5 bb6 I started cutting out parts in Nov 2015 and finished the plane, ready to fly, in Feb 2017. It is powered by two 36cc PTE gas engines running APC 15.75 x 13P 3-blade props and two 16 oz gas tanks, one in each nacelles .
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The servos are Power HD 9150’s but the four flap servos and the nose gear steering servo is Power HD 1501’s. The receiver is a 9 channel 2.4 gHz Hitec powered thru a Redwing RC Power board using two 2200 mah 11.1V Lipo batteries.
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The main and nose landing gears are Fultz HD Scorpions. I got all the graphics from Callie Graphics and it is covered in Ultrakote.
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We also have some movies of the Maiden!!!
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Bob Satow's 2017-2018 Project

"Cessna L-19 Bird Dog"

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The plane is a Cessna L-19 known as the Bird Dog. I have built the plane based on Wendell Hostetler's plans, all 4 feet by 16 feet of them. The model will be powered by an EME 55cc gas engine. The ending weight will hopefully be shy of 25lbs. I have it wired for navigation lights, including landing lights. Landing gear is from TNT and the cowl from Fiberglass Specialties should be here the first of the week. Covering is about 80% complete. After the covering I will get installation of the 14 windows figured out. I have a long way to go.

bb5 bb6 I've asked Bob to let us know when he is going to make the Maiden flight. I'm sure there will be a number of people that will want to see this one in the air. Thanks Bob for the contribution.
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Bob and Steve putting everything together .
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Ready to go and a slow speed pass.
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A slow speed pass.

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Bob’s new kit built 30cc “Senior TeleMaster” has a great new feature that I predict will start showing up on a lot of new models. Bob used what looks like 1½” control horns instead of CA hinges to attach the flaps to the wing. This allows the flaps to rotate away from the wing and down instead of just pivoting up and down on the trailing edge of the wing. To enclose the area between the wing and the flaps when the flaps are down Bob used plastic panels that extend from a slot in the trailing edge of the wing to the leading edge of the flaps. In the down position the plastic panels have a slight curve in them. In the up position the panes are completely enclosed inside the wing.




Here is a great video that Tom sent from the IMAA Air Show 2011

Here is the video of the Flying People from New York






It is the soldier, not the President,who gives us democracy,

It is the soldier, not the Congress, who takes care of us.

It is the soldier, not the Reporter,who has given us Freedom of Press.

It is the soldier, not the Poet, who has given us Freedom of Speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus Organizer, who has given us the Freedom to Demonstrate.

It is the soldier, who salutes the flag; who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, that allows the protester to burn the flag.

Father Dennis O'Brien, US Marine Corp. Chaplain





At least someone gets to fly off the field when it's flooded.


Click the image to blow it up and you can see the pin box and the seagulls.


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