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.

You can email me by clicking here.




Bob Satow's Bird Dog

Flying people in New York City

Flying people closer to home

Please Take Your TRUST Exam Now.

AMA has been approved to administer The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST). AMA has worked closely with the FAA to ensure that TRUST meets the intent of Congress without placing an undue burden on our hobby community. The TRUST Exam is free to take, so be cautious of any site that has a fee associated with taking the exam. Additionally, some sites might offer to send you a laminated copy of your TRUST completion certificate for a fee. There is no requirement to purchase these cards. There is no set deadline to take TRUST, but the FAA recommends taking the test as soon as practical.

For any additional questions regarding TRUST, visit AMA’s TRUST FAQ.


Stephen Maulden shared the picture to the left. He built this wall mounted rack over the holiday. It will be added it to the Photo Pages and put in the random display table. Thanks Stephen for the picture.

Fred Towler was showing Rob Watson how to set the Motor Brake on the ESC of his hand launch model. Rob thought all those new to electric R/C's might want to know about this great way to help control the number of broker prop's during belly landings. Fred said not all ESC are set the same way but most have this option somewhere in the setup manual. Fred was nice enough to find this video about setting Motor Brakes on ESC's for us.

You can find the Video Here

Another great tip Thanks Fred!

Stephen also sent us this email and a link to a very interresting interview with Tom Riley.

I visited Florida this past Thanksgiving. We were there a few days in Titusville, home of the Kennedy Space Center. Chrisie, my fiancé told me about the War bird Museum based in Titusville. We visited and while there, I saw a man I thought I recognized and shortly after I saw the P-82(Twin Mustang). I knew right away the man I recognized was Tom Riley, known for restoring WW2 bombers. The p-82 is a restoration Tom and his team completed and is the only one still flying today.  It was amazing to see the plane completely restored, like stepping back in time. Tom is an interesting guy to talk to and is always willing and ready to talk about restoring the P-82. I learned a lot while there. Tom does take the plane to various air shows throughout the year as well.  I thought you might want to post this on our site in case any members find themselves in Titusville Florida and would like to see a unique piece of history. 

It's a great interview you can find it here  


Work Day 10/29/22

Thanks to everyone that came out to help!!!

Rob has a new Sig Wonder. He has named it the Wonder Speedster. It is a great looking plane. As you can see Rob is getting to be the most prolific builder in the Club. Click here to see the pictures and read about the extended cowling.

Rob has finished rebuilding his Extreme Flight Outlaw.

Mark has a new YAK 60. He did the maiden flight a couple of Sunday's ago. David Holt was there and captured these photos for us. Thanks Dave

Here are some pictures from Rob Watson and Larry Nieman on some old school techniques for building parts you can't buy. You can see more on their Build pages. Just click on their names to go to the pictures.

If you missed the midair at the field Sunday you will have to ask Rob or Doc about it. These pictures are definitely going into the rotation.


Designing and Building Beautiful RC Airplanes by Jason9198

Model Airplane News "The Hanger"

-*-*-Finding R/C Model Plane Plans -*-*-

__AeroFred __OuterZone Park Jets

Sky High Hobby Hip Pocket Aeronautics


So what did you do during Ian 10/01/2022 ?

Mark Fansler sent us some information this month in the form of a couple of PDF documents from Peter Goldsmith about trimming your airplanes. I have put them in the download section of our web site and they will always be available in a download link on the 'New Stuff' page. Mark gave me a copy of the trim chart 4-5 years ago and I've always kept it under the seat of my truck. It will really be nice to have a copy without scotch tape, staples and duck tape holding it together.

Thanks Mark!

Click these links to download the Document and/or the Trim Chart.

Larry Nieman's Cloud Dancer


Larry has finished his "Cloud Dancer" and I'm looking forward to seeing it soon, hopefully at the meeting this Sunday. Larry has really done us a huge favor with this Cloud Dancer build. Not only did he share every step of the build with excellent pictures and instructions but he put it all together in a PDF file that you can download from his builder page. Be sure to get the full size plans too.

Good Reading

Flying with flaps, what you need to know
by Gerry Yarrish

Let’s talk fuel lines by John Glezellis

Making Hatches

The Balsa Workbench by Bob Reynolds

Do you need a new way to store or transport your planes

Model Aviation Jan 2022 Article by Ed Smetak. Pictures and plans are here on the AMA web site.

Ron Sexton Engine Test Stands
Click headings for more info

If you are looking for an engine test stand you need to look at the ones built by Ron Sexton. They are built from Baltic birch plywood with a polyurethane finish. He builds a "Small Stand" and a "Large Stand". The large one has all the components to run large and small engines but if you only run small engines the small one is approximately 2/3 the price and will run up to 2.0 cu. in. 2 and 4 stroke engines.


RC Plane Crashes




Family Day 2021

I have only received one picture and one movie so far for Family Day. Chuck Spencer provided these.

Thanks Chuck

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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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.



Mark Fansler has found a new tool for us to use. It's a table of Enya, Magnum, OS, RCV, Saito, Thunder Tiger, and YS engine thread sizes.

Check it out on the Tech Page

Here is the Information on the "FAA-Recognized Identification Areas" (FRIA) that Mark researched for us. Thanks Mark

Remote ID Summary

Remote ID FAQ's


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.

Click pic to enlarge



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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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...




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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bob's big bb

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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