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Kudos to Peter Allnutt for being entered in to the MAAC Hall of Fame!!!

by on Oct.12, 2011, under Posts

And here’s a little about Peter:

3.Peter J. Allnutt
MAAC #2105

Joined MAAC in 1958.
Co-edited with Ed Flanagan, the MAAC Magazine during the 60’s, duties included drawing plans, duplicating (using a Gestetner hand cranked duplicator), collating, addressing and mailing to about 500 or so members! Designed, built and flew free flight scale models in competitions. Notably a “Bristol Bulldog”. Plans and articles appearing in the July 1960 issue of the “Aeromodeller” publication.
Started designing, building and flying competitively F1A gliders in the early 60’s.
In the 70’s became involved with the CIAM (Commission For International Aero Models) in Paris and attended annual meetings. There representing Canada’s model aviation interests. Eventually being elected FAI free flight chairman and continued to serve until resigning in the 90’s. During the 80’s and 90’s served as MAAC free flight chairman organizing and running many local and national competitions.
During the last 55 years has had published many F1A glider designs and technical articles including “A Relationship Between Basic Airfoil Parameters, Aspect Ratio and Rate of Sink of Nordic A2 Gliders” in the 1970-1971 issue of “Aeromodeller Annual”.
“A New Family of High Lift Airfoils for Low Reynolds Numbers” presented at the 1978 symposium of the national free flight society.
Co-authored with Mr. B. Eggleston “F1A Airfoil Design and Wing Optimization” published in “Free Flight Quarterly” 2008 also in 2008 “National Free Flight Society Symposium”.
“That Elusive CG”, 2010 “National Free Flight Society Symposium”. “An Accurate and Fast Way of Making Wings with Laser Cut Ribs” April 2010 “Free Flight News”. Authored and had published as a private printing “A Vast Horizon” – a history of Canadian participation at the free flight model aircraft world championships. Winner and high places in many national and international championships including British National Champion F1B Wakefield 1969. Three times U.S. national champion in F1A glider. Current holder of the Canadian National record for F1A glider.
Has designed, built and flown eighty-five F1A gliders!
Represented Canada flying F1A at the world championships, starting in 1965 a total of eighteen times to date. Best result achieved was a second place silver medal in 1975, in 2008 eleventh, in 2011 eighth and silver medal team 2011.

9 Comments for this entry

  • Linda Allnutt

    Way to go dad !!!!

  • Frank Rehak

    Well deserved Peter.

    Peter was kind of a mentor to me way back when I used to be involved in FAI nordic and built one of his designs the Arabesque.
    Helped me a lot anyway good stuff.


  • Peter Allnutt

    I guess in life the thing to do is to keep your head down and do your thing, whatever it is, and let any recognition or rewards, if any, sort itself out at the end.

    Just a thought…

    Best wishes,

  • Bernard Guest

    Hi All,
    I met Peter for the first time last year at the Issacson classic …I was the tall bald guy from Calgary flying the 1939 Canadian Wakefield Winner. Peter noticed the model and came over to chat. Nice guy….congratulations Peter.

    Also, I am trying to link up with Andy DeMello who is apparently in the Calgary area. If anyone has his contact info I would love to send him an email to let him know that we have a growing local FF scene (indoors and outdoors) and would love his company if he is interested.

    Lastly if you guys know of any other FF folks in Alberta please help us get in touch with em.

    thanks for any help.
    Bernard Guest

  • gil morris

    I’ve always looked up to Peter with respect for his knowledge, ability and leadership in free flight. He’s a wonderful representative of Canada and America. Congratulations, Peter.

  • John O'Sullivan

    Can’t think of a more deserving recipient.
    Throughout the years he has consistently exhibited the best of expertise and fostering of the hobby

  • Bill Shailor

    Well deserved! Peter has always been the consummate competitor and gentleman.

  • Bruce Augustus

    Peter, I knew long ago that you would achieve the recognition summit. Congratulations! I learned a great deal from you flying at Taft back in the good old days. and I’m forever grateful. It has been an honor to know you for all these decades. BA

  • Linda V Allnutt

    As I remember, Peter has always followed the

    motto – “Simplicate, and add lightness.’ in regard to

    his building…A valuable way to go about life as

    well as in aeromodelling. Congratulations Peter!

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