[Headline: Peaceful flying mornings on the lake]
Dave Cyr (email@example.com), Cumberland, Maine, submitted this photo of his floatplane taken at Lower Kimball Pond, located in western Maine near Fryeburg. He wrote:
“We’ve vacationed there for six years and have flown there for all that time. Last year I thought I had broken the record of 27 flights, and with 43 this year it may be hard to beat, but I will give it my darndest.
“The mornings are cool with lake fog and dead quiet. I usually wait until 9 a.m. to fly and give the neighbor camps [a chance] to wake up. They will always grab their coffees and sit to watch me fly. There’s a westerly breeze for one-notch flap takeoffs. It’s an absolutely fun and easy plane to fly on land, water, and snow.
“The plane is a Flyzone Beaver [that] I painted differently. Other members have the same plane and [I] wanted to distinguish mine from theirs. I used Montana Cans spray paint and primer. Also the plane has a MrRCSound unit with the sound of a Pratt & Whitney Double Wasp engine. The decals are from Callie Graphics.
“I’ve also recently painted the new E-flite Carbon Z Cub, equipped with sound and decals. I’ve got a ‘few’ planes, but my best flying planes are the Flyzone Beaver and the E-flite Carbon Z Cub.”
A member of the Greater Portland Maine Propsnappers, Dave has been flying for 5 years. He purchased the Beaver at Ray and Robins Hobby Center in Falmouth, Maine, owned by Ray LaBonte, who is also an AMA District I associate vice president under Andy Argenio.
Dave noted that the photo was taken with his cellphone. “The camera I used—and you’ll get a kick out of this—was just a simple Samsung S4 smartphone held very tight in my hands so that I wouldn’t drop it in the water.” The f-stop was f/2.2 at 1/182 second and an ISO of 50.
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