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Let's Go!!!

We have launched into a flying season like no other! The year of the Flerken is playing out to be the year of the explosion! The FTCA is making a bigger impact than anticipated in what we are intended to accomplish. Our mission of “Bringing Hope to the Hobby” is being executed and displayed throughout the country, and throughout the world. Our reach is important, and we want to thank each member for making things possible. We have many excited things ahead of us, and we cannot wait to share and experience them with you!

Flite Plan

The plan from HQ is to attack the next few months with enthusiasm, exploring every opportunity possible to get the vision of the FTCA out to everyone in the aviation hobby and industry. The only way this is going to happen is to get out and meet as many of you, and others, that we can. We have 6 big events that we plan on hosting/attending to help make this happen. This month was already kicked off with the tail end of the very successful Edgewater Airpark Open House. The next event, Wings Over Edgewater is one that will be even bigger, and will essentially become the little brother of Flite Fest. At these events we would love to meet you, fly with you, and just get to know who the FTCA is made up of. Join us in changing the future!

FTCA Outreach

One of the main things we want to focus on in the FTCA is the future of the hobby, and in doing so we love to engage with the next generation of hobbyist and aviation enthusiasts! This past week we were able to host a local STEM class at Edgewater Airpark for a day of fun and learning! We also had a couple of representatives from the EAA down to explore the impact that our curriculum and approach has on the future of aviation.

Regulation Outlook

As you know, the FTCA has teamed up with the FPV Freedom Coalition to join forces as we face the challenges set before us with the regulations that are looming over us. Following is a brief call-to-action for every hobbyist, in order to actively participate with us in our fight.

What:

The FPV Freedom Coalition was a member of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Beyond Visual Line of Sight Aviation Rulemaking Committee (BVLOS ARC) from June 2021 through March 2022.  The recommendations in this several hundred-page document were submitted to the FAA in March 2022 to assist the FAA in writing the rules for Beyond Visual Line of Sight flights for UAS.  These rules will be written for part 107 and new commercial certificates to fly UAS.  The FPV Freedom Coalition was privileged to be a Member of the BVLOS ARC so we could offer ideas which would be relevant to recreational UAS flying such as Shielded Operations, however the ARC was not tasked with writing any recommendations directly for recreational operations.
The FAA is hosting a session to listen to the public’s reaction to the BVLOS ARC report. Members of the public who wish to provide written comments and/or oral comments may do so by emailing 9-FAA-UAS-BVLOS@faa.gov.

When:

June 22, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. EST at:  https://www.facebook.com/FAA or https://www.youtube.com/FAAnews

Why should I attend?

We encourage Recreational UAS operators (meaning RC pilots and drone pilots) to understand where this industry-led ARC made recommendations and also to hear the dissenting opinions from aviation industry and associations.

Community Spotlight

If you haven’t seen it yet, Fred Provost wrote an article explaining his journey of establishing the first official FTCA Flite Field. Check out his full article here: https://www.flitetest.com/articles/acquiring-an-ftca-flying-site

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PLANS

FT Nano Flerken

>> downloadable plans <<

The FT Nano Flerken is the little brother of our classic FT Flerken. The Nano Flerken is a fantastic entry into the world of fun light FPV flying. With the Nano Flerken you do not need to worry about any RC regulations imposed by the federal government, e.g. registration, due its lightweight construction of being below 250 grams fully loaded. Combined with FT’s 1304 Gremlin motor and matched electronics, you can fly for over 10 minutes on a small 850mAh 2 or 3-cell. With a 2-cell battery, you will get light and maneuverable characteristics, and a 3-cell battery will give you the extra speed and vertical power you would desire to cruise and cut through the sky.

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FT Tutor (1055mm)

>> downloadable plans <<

The FT Tutor was designed to be a training aircraft modeled after classic trainers, like the Sig Kadet, Eagle 2, LT-40, and Freedom 20. This aircraft also follows the concept of the Simple Series using many of the same common build techniques. The desire is that the FT Tutor will not only be a great entry into the hobby for new pilots, but also a fantastic new training plane.

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FT Flerken (914mm)

>> downloadable plans <<

The Flerken doesn’t only look and feel amazing, it is also a great project for an intermediate builder and can easily be built in an evening. Whether you want aerobatics, FPV, long range, or just a wide speed envelope, this is a model that will go to the field with you every time you go. Bottom line: The FT Flerken combines an edgy look with predictable and gentle characteristics that will not bite you (pun intended).

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FT Simple Stick (1067mm)

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The Simple Stick is a classic design that builders and pilots of all experience levels will enjoy. It is easy to build and is perfect for sport flying or aerobatics. The symmetrical airfoil coupled with large control surfaces makes this four channel bird a great platform to experience both crisp precision aerobatics and amazing 3D maneuvers.

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FT Simple Waco Glider (1397mm)

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The Simple Waco Glider represents the Waco CG-4 that was the most widely used American troop/cargo military glider of WWII. It was designated the CG-4A by the United States Army Air Forces, and given the service name Hadrian by the British. The glider was designed by the Waco Aircraft Company. Flight testing began in May 1942.

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FT Legacy v.2 (1435mm)

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We are excited to release our updated version of the FT Legacy. This new version features a new style landing gear which uses 3D printed mounting plates and strong .125″ spring wire. The new FT Legacy will also include a tail wheel and fins for the elevator to improve ground handling and flight performance with the twin motor configuration. Please be sure to check out our supplemental build video explaining the build for these new updates

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EVENTS

Wings Over Edgewater (May 28th – May 30th)

Flite Test’s Wings Over Edgewater is one of the main FTCA sanctioned flying events at Edgewater Airpark! This 3-day event features World War II aircraft and is just the beginning of all the fun and activities taking place Memorial Day weekend. Everything from group flights, combats, air raid challenges to just soaring around the sky, this event meets all those expectations and more. Even though this is a military themed event (veterans discount available), all electric aircraft are welcome and will be able to fly at one of our flying areas. For more info checkout the Edgewater Airpark website.

Sponsor/Partner Highlight

From micro and cinematic drones all the way to racing drones and aerial photography, our long term partner and good friends over at GETFPV have the entire line of top notch products to get you where you need to be in the drone hobby! No matter if your a hobbyist trying to fly FPV or someone looking to take on a profession in the drone industry, GETFPV is the leader in all things FPV and one of the great companies in this hobby that we all love! We want our community to always have access to the great hobby of drones and FPV and GETFPV is partnering with Flite Test and the FTCA to make sure this continues to stay a reality for many years to come! Check out the GETFPV website and get flying drones/FPV today!

Sponsorship/Partnership Opportunities

Hello FTCA community! Stefan here and I wanted to let you know that we are so grateful for all of the ways our community helps support all the facets of the FTCA and its partners. I wanted to let you all know that we are searching out individuals and entities every day to come alongside the FTCA to help make our goals and aspirations for this great hobby and the community a reality! I would like to encourage all of you, whether you are an individual or a business owner, to consider if donating to and partnering with the FTCA financially is right for you! Also, maybe you have someone or a company in mind that you think would be a great fit that you have a connection to that we could reach out to directly! If either of these cases peak your interest or align with you, I would love for you to contact me directly through email at stefan@flitetest.com . We want to inspire change, connect people and change lives through the efforts of the FTCA and it all starts with you, our awesome community! We look forward to hearing from you all and making great strides to bringing hope to the hobby for all!