|Scale Gliders Delivered to AMA Convention
With the help of Dean Gradwell from XCSoaring,
we are able to offer free delivery of scale gliders to the
2006 AMA Convention in Ontario, California, held from January
to 13-15, 2006. Please contact us at email@example.com to
||all wood with scale fittings and canopy.
||molded fuselage and obeche sheeted wings with Oracover.
|2005 Equinox Electrics
We have uploaded the photo album of this year's Equinox
Electrics Event (EEE). This was our third time, and
it was a charm. Check it out. Next year's 4th annual EEE
will be on September 30th and October 1st 2006.
|Schübeler's Bae Hawk and DS-94 EDF
Those waiting for news on Schübeler’s BAE
Hawk have to ask Santa for another stocking-load of
patience. Schübeler has moved the DS-94 120-mm
fan to the front burner, and production of this product
is delayed due to some difficulty with the aluminum spinner.
Once that's resolved, the Hawk will be next. At least we
can be assured that every product leaving Schübeler's
shop is as good as meticulous and precise manufacturing
and unyielding quality control can make it.
Here is a reminder that ShredAir is uniquely qualified to
obtain specialized RC products for which no US importer exists
and/or whose low production and long waiting times make them
unattractive to dealers.
Shown here are photos of the SRTL glider from Thomas
The SRTL is a pure-bred high-performance glider for the
After making sure no US dealer existed for the SRTL, ShredAir coordinated
the import of 8 of these gliders, which otherwise would have been unavailable
to US pilots. We may be willing and able to help with other performance
products; let us know what you have in mind.
We are introducing Schübeler's DS94-DIA-3ph 120 mm
carbon impeller for electric ducted fan models. The photo
shows it in comparison to the DS51 and DS30 versions, which
have 90 mm and 69 mm diameters respectively.
With a powerful motor such as the Lehner 2280/9D and a 12s
Lipo pack, the DS94 produces over 17 lbs of thrust... that's
turbine territory. The DS94 rotor accepts 8 mm shafts, but
a special 5 mm version will be available upon request.
We will receive our first shipment of these 120 mm fans
in November. Currently, there is a short waiting list, so
please contact us if you're interested in this fan.
The photo shows the three fans in front of Brandon Vazquez'
F35. Brendan scratch-built this plane from 3-views and photos.
Brendan is 16 years old. His building skills are surpassed
only by his flying skills, which he demonstrated at the recent
Equinox Electric Event. He flew his own design "Halo" -
also scratch-built - a small and fast EDF jet looking like
the cute baby of a F-16/FA-18 marriage.
|2005 Equinox Electrics
The third time truly was a charm: we had incredibly good
weather for our 3rd annual Equinox Electric Event, and we
figured out how to run this airshow/fun-fly mix efficiently.
The airshow portions came off like greased lightning. Many
thanks go to:
|| the Fern Prairie Modelers allowing us to use their
field for a weekend
||Jerry Holcomb for being the official CD
||all pilots whose participation made the event a success
||Yvonne and Daniel Schübeler for traveling from
Germany and answering many EDF-related questions
||Barbara and Lenny Keer for making the trek from Colorado
with 5 airplanes
|| and certainly Brandon Vazquez for scratch-building
high-performance EDF jets and giving us a taste of his
Motors And Controllers
is carrying NeuMotors competition motors, made in California.
These are the 1506 for 7-cell F5B,
the 1509 for 10-cell F5F, and 1512 for 16-cell FAI.
These motors come with 10 gauge wires, because in a competition
set-up, current draw exceeds 200 Amperes.
We're also happy to announce that we are adding the Castle
Creations (CC) Phoenix 125 controller, made in Kansas,
to our line. This controller happens to be the perfect
match for all Neu competition motors.
And we already have the Lehner 6mm stecker connectors,
made in Germany. When you combine these connectors with the CC controller
and a Neu motor, you have a competition system of very high performance
We have the expertise to support
these high-end systems, and we will advise
you regarding propellers and batteries matching the
performance you seek.
Regarding Castle Creations controllers, we are also carrying
the Phoenix 85HV. This controller is excellent for our
electric ducted fan (EDF) applications. It works flawlessly
and efficiently with all Lehner motors we recommend for
the Schübeler ducted fan products.
And speaking of Schübeler, he is testing various
Neu motors in his fans. We're confident that soon, we can
recommend – and stock – a variety of Neu motors
for our line of Schübeler fans.
By the way, Schübeler's fans are
being copied mercilessly. By this we mean the ones which
are an obvious forgery, because they look like Schübeler's
products. Reading online about these blatant rip-offs,
and the problems associated with them, leaves us dismayed
at how people are lured with cheap plastic junk. If at
least it were recyclable…
Schübeler maintains a
small network of authorized dealers. In North
America, ShredAir and Morris Brady are the only dealers.
Oregon F5B Contest
first 2-day national F5B contest is on the books.
We snagged on some thorns, but thanks to the efforts
of CD Don Pesznecker and a handful of dedicated volunteers,
we still came out smelling like a rose.
Initially, we had decided to fly a staggered contest,
where a pair of pilots are in the air at one time, the
second one launching within a minute of the first one completing
the distance task. With a 5-minute duration task, this
works well in theory. But we had too few volunteers and
the wrong wind direction to make this work, and the first
round took 2 hours and was unnecessarily stressful.
FAI contests require a 10-minute duration task. That works
if you have an army of volunteers and enough room for 3
landing circles. We had neither and chose to fly one-by-one
with a 2-minute duration task. This is reasonable, because
F5B contests are won and lost in the distance and landing
tasks; a long duration task does little more than advance
the sale of caffeinated drinks.
2005 Equinox Electrics
Electric Event (EEE) is an innovative venue for electric
power at the cutting edge. Pictured is a working counter-rotating
prop setup, by a modeler who said he'll attend the upcoming
While the EEE is a fun-fly, we have "airshow" time
slots where spectacular aircraft are flown one-by-one
Among others, this year's line-up will include large scale-aircraft,
high-powered electric gliders accelerating 0-130 mph in
4 seconds, and scale electric ducted fan jets with retractable
landing gear and vertical performance.
|ShredAir's New Look
Welcome to ShredAir's new web site. We hope you like our new get up. Please
surf all over and let us know what you think; and feel free to point
out typos and other errors.
We're preparing for the two events we help organize: a 2-day F5B event
in Salem, Oregon, on July 23/24 and our 3rd annual Equinox Electric Event
(EEE) in Washougal, Washington State, on Septembe 24/25.
In between these events, we'll be hosting Dieter's parents, sister, and
nephew who are visiting us for 3 weeks in August and September. We're
happy they're coming all at once, and without Dieter's sister and nephew
as escorts, the aging parents would not be able to make the trip again.
|F5B Event in Salem, Oregon — July
Besides the usual suspects, the F5B event is attracting pilots
from Colorado, New Mexico, and even Virginia.
|Equinox Electric Event (EEE) in
Washougal, Washington State — September 24/25
For the EEE, we again expect international participants, including
Daniel Schübeler with his new BAE Hawk scale ducted fan
We have uploaded photo albums for the Tri-Slope Six-Pack and
the inaugural event of the Yankee Air Pirates.
|2005 Tri-Slope Six-Pack
in Richland, Washington State
For the Six-Pack, we had good lift this year,
the event was well-received, and we'll do it again
Pirates at Malin Airport near Klamath Falls, Oregon
The Yankee Air Pirates mission is to recruit newcomers,
children in particular, to the hobby of flying RC
of Change at ShredAir
immediately, ShredAir is importing Schübeler ducted
fan products; CNC Modellbautechnik kits; and accessories
from Freudenthaler (RFM), Lehner (LMT), Reisenauer, and
Meyer (HM). We also offer "domestic" products by Airtronics,
Castle Creations, NeuMotors, and our ChPS and hats, of
Most of our F3B/F/J and F5B/F/J planes are now available
in the US by Bob Breaux of SoaringUSA.
Bob is handling Freudenthaler (Surprise), Heinrich (Stork-2
Pro, VIP), and Jesina (Stratos and Tsunami) models.We are
working with SoaringUSA and the manufacturers on the smoothest
possible transfer of these product lines. We are confident
that SoaringUSA is a capable representative of these excellent
models, which neatly complement their existing and expanding
lines of model airplanes.
Why did this happen? Here are some of the big reasons:
high cost of imported quality products, high freight costs,
an increasing flood of lower-cost products, and a consumer
affinity for low-cost items. Almost all top planes are
made in Europe, and we need to pay for them in Euros. The
weak US Dollar value against the Euro has priced the top-end
products out of range for casual RC pilots. Thus, demand
has declined to the point where exclusively stocking a
large variety of high-end products has become infeasible
We were faced with either expanding our business to include
lower-cost products, or to shut down completely, or to "hand
over" our high-end models to an established, respected,
and capable business; we chose the third option. This way,
the really good planes remain available for those who want
them, and in SoaringUSA we believe to have found a business
that can step up to the plate in representing and supporting
we started ShredAir six years ago, European-made high-performance
models were hardly available and often represented incompetently.
We certainly played a lead role in changing that, and we
are really happy about this. One of our objectives has
always been to provide access for RC pilots to quality
performance products, and we have accomplished this for
the past 6 years.
At the same time, we were somewhat naive to believe that
once people saw the quality of our products and experienced
their performance, they'd line up in droves, leaving behind
forever the low-quality products cluttering Mainstream
RC. Well, it was time for us to wake up to the Wal-Mart
reality...But just because we can't beat the rising "the-cheaper-the-better" tide
doesn't mean we have to join it. So, it is time for us
to step aside, focus on fewer products, and look for other
ways to be useful in the RC community.
Already, our ability to work with makers of exclusive
models is bringing unique airframes into the hands of enthusiasts.
Also, we'll continue to be a voice promoting performance
products, as demonstrated by our two events, the Tri-Slope
Six-Pack and the Equinox Electrics. Additionally, we're
looking forward to youth activities, such as working with
the Yankee Air Pirates Aeronautical Institute, a not-for-profit
organization dedicated to introducing young people to all
forms of aviation.
Trading Keyboards for Transmitters
Yankee Air Pirates Aeronautical Institute is a non-profit
organization devoted to teaching all forms of RC flying to
youngsters. Their inaugural event is May 7th at the Malin
Airport, which is located about 20 miles southeast of Klamath
Falls in Oregon on the border with California.
This event features RC instruction for beginners with occasional
demos by experienced pilots.The mission and format inspired
us to assemble a "performance trainer" (for lack of a better
term), a full-house electric powered glider with which anyone
can learn how to fly, given competent instruction.We're looking
forward to being part not only of the event but of the effort
this Institute is putting forth.
For more information contact:
Dan Geller at and
Stewart Tittle at
additions to the event section
30/May 1 is the annual Celebration
of Silent Flight in Washougal, Washington State.
Hosted by the Fern Prairie Modelers, this is a fun-fly
for gliders and electric-powered models, which have the
field to themselves from 8AM to 3PM on both days. Fee
is a bargain at $5 for both days.
May 7, 2005, the Yankee
Air Pirate Aeronautical Institute has its inaugural 1-day
event at the Malin Airport. The Institute is a
non-profit, educational organization with the goal of
introducing youngsters to all forms of aeronautics. The
event program emphasizes buddy-box air time for newcomers,
interspersed with hourly demos by advanced aeronauts.
We'll publish details here as they become available.
The Malin Airport is located about 25 miles south-east of Klamath Falls,
OR, along State Line Road with California.
20/21 is the traditional date for the slope
fun fly at Cape Blanco, and we are holding it
again at that time. The "parents" of this event, Monica
and Mike Shaw, have handed over the reigns, and the new
leadership is getting organized. We'll keep you posted
as details about this AMA-sanctioned event emerge. A
heart-felt Thank You! goes to Monica and Mike for their
tireless initiative, which helped form a constructive
and friendly relationship with the Oregon State Parks
quick report about slope'n in Colombia
Few would think of Colombia as a place for high-mountain soaring; the news
media and many action movies have in our minds cemented the country as
a dangerous place. But in recent years, Colombia has started to change
for the better, and traips'n about the countryside and looking for slopes
-- given liberal doses of common sense and knowledgeable local guides --
can be a great experience.
During our recent visit, we were lucky to fly at several slopes in the
Andes north of Bogotá and around Medellín, with my favorite
site being right down-town Medellín at Cerro El Volador, "the
Hill of the Flyer." We will have an album up about this trip in a few
weeks. Meanwhile, here are a few photos.
BAE Hawk: preliminary info
At the recent Mid-Winter Electrics in San Diego, Daniel Schübeler
introduced his company's new BAE Hawk, an all-composite model, featuring
honey-comb construction in the wings and horizontal stabilizer. Schübeler's
meticulous attention to detail, known from his ducted fan units, is evident
in this model. Aside from enlarged intakes for optimal fan performance
and efficiency, the Hawk is exactly 1/8th scale.
Kits will be available either with flaps and retracts or without.
They will be very complete and ready for RC gear and drive train
installation. Kit price is projected to start at 700 Euros for
the version without flaps and retracts. Our waiting list for this
hand-built plane is currently 14 models long and stretches into
2006. If you're in North America, and you want one of these models,
please e-mail us.
This EDF jet owes its existence to Swiss pilot Benedikt von Arx.
He scratch-built the initial model, and he also has a pre-production
molded version. In Schübeler, he found the ideal manufacturer "his" plane.
By April, we will add a detailed page to our web site.
is bringing significant changes
All our imported products have to be paid for in Euros, and 1 Euro is now
hovering around US$1.35 with a long-term upward trend. In the last two
months of 2004 alone, the Euro has gained 12% on the weakening Dollar.
This makes our top-end products so expensive that what little demand remains
is not enough to justify ordering and keeping stock.
We also will eliminate the expense of credit card payments; so we're
reverting to payment by money order or cashiers check.
Despite these facts, most products on our web site will remain available
as a special order. This was largely the case in 2004 also, and it has
worked quite well. The market for our high-end models has always been
small, but there remains demand for our high-quality products. To the
committed and patient modeler, the above changes are but a minor nuisance.
Of course, we will continue have on hand spare hardware for our models,
so that the loss of a joiner, bolt, or horn does not ground the model
We've had to change our e-mail address to as
shown in the footer of every page. We were overwhelmed by spam e-mails,
and the techies tell us this is due to so called "spider" programs which
search web sites for e-mail addresses and add them to spam mailing lists.
We will add a contact form to our web site shortly.
ShredAir is importing the new LMT 6-mm Stecker, shown
here in comparison with the popular 4-mm Stecker. The LMT
6 are for high-current applications such as F5B gliders
and hotliners. These 6-mm Stecker have by far the lowest
resistance of any connectors currently available: 0.03
milli-Ohm. The connectors are available for $25.00 for
10 pieces (mix and match males and females). Discounts
are available for quantities over 200 pieces.
Electric Ducted Fan
The first batch of new 69-mm DS30-DIA-3ph ducted fan by
Schübeler Jetmodell Systeme is sold out, but more
are on their way. This amazing little unit weighs a mere
ounce, 28.5g to be exact.
With the DS30, we now offer 4 Schübeler fans:
DS30-DIA fiberglass fan
DS30-DIA-3ph carbon fiber fan
DS51-DIA fiberglass fan
DS51-DIA-3ph carbon fiber fan
Exact pricing to be determined; see next story below.
One way to avoid escalating import costs is to look for
domestically manufactured products. Steve Neu of NeuMotors in San Diego is now producing competition grade brushless
motors for model aircraft. General distribution of the
motors is through Steve Belknap of Diversity Model Aircraft.
ShredAir will stock the geared motors for F5B, LMR and hotliner
applications. Geared motors are available for 7-, 10-, 16,
and 24-cell application. The photos show the 24- and 10-cell