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Model Aviators of South Arkansas 17th Annual Swap Meet

by Olen Rutherford   March 7, 2017

On Feb. the 4th the Model Aviators of South Arkansas' held their 17th annual swap meet in El Dorado, AR. An estimated 100 to 150 buyers and sellers came through the doors,with raffle numbers being called all day. At 2pm Sue Bryant won the big prize. In attendance this year was VP Lawrence Harville, AVP's Gary Strickland, Johnny Hunt and myself. CD Jason Cunningham and the MASA club members put on a good swap meet, with lots of food, a good time was had by all.

Olen Rutherford
Arkansas AVP
See you at a flying field somewhere.

     
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Airshow

Ozark Flyers Benefit Fly-In

by Olen Rutherford   November 16, 2016

Every year in late October, the Ozark Flyers of Fayettville, Arkansas hosts a benefit fly-in. This years event was for the Juvenile Research Diabetes Foundation. Dennis Carter, President; Jim Harris, Secretary Treasure and Clay Heffner, Safety Officer do a great job hosting this event.In attendance this year was Emma Brown and Brody Tucker Juvenile Diabetes patients. Dennis and Jim presented the JRDF a check for $735.00. With a bad weather forecast for wind, 40 pilots including myself showed up to support the event. Put this even on your list for next year.

Olen Rutherford
Arkansas AVP
See you at a flying field somewhere.

     
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Fly-In / Fun-Fly

Conway Arkansas Fly-In

by Olen Rutherford   November 13, 2016

Tray Fowler and the members of the Conway RC Club on October 23 invited all pilots to attend their annual fly-in. Forty two pilots including myself were in attendance. The Conway Club has had a very good relationship with the Conway Parks and Recreation Department witch has giving them this flying field for many years.Put this fly-in on your list for next year.

Olen Rutherford
Arkansas AVP
See you at a flying field somewhere.

     
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Fly-In / Fun-Fly

Arkansas Sky Tigers Fly-In

by Olen Rutherford   November 10, 2016

On October 15 the Arkansas Sky Tigers of Mayflower, Arkansas held their annual fly-in. In attendance were 23 registered pilots including myself. The Sky Tigers have been at their new flying field for the last couple of years. It's a great place to fly. Lance Olvey and the other club members are doing a fine job with the field. Try to join them at their event next year.

Olen Rutherford
Arkansas AVP
See you at a flying field some where.

     
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Fly-In / Fun-Fly

North Alliance Military Fly-In

by Olen Rutherford   August 28, 2016

August 8-9, 26 people from district eight including pilots and families attended the North Alliance Military Fly-In in Owatonna, Minnesota. People started arriving as early as Tuesday. The Fly-In registered 110 pilots, including myself, from twelve states and Canada. Pilots from district eight in attendance were from the OK Sooner Squadron-Gutrie, Tulsa Glue Dobbers-Tulsa, T.R.A.M.P.S-Muskogee, all from Oklahoma and the Ozark Flyers from Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Calvin Branton, CD and the rest of club members have one of the most enjoyable fly-ins around the country; family friendly and just a good time by all, a great place to fly!


Olen Rutherford
Arkansas AVP
See you at a flying field somewhere.

     
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Fly-In / Fun-Fly

Show-Me Warbird Invitational of Missouri

by Olen Rutherford   July 16, 2016

The Show-Me Warbird Invitational on June 18th is sponsored by Steve Forrest. It is a fly-in to raise money for the Central Missouri Honor Flight for veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam wars. Money raised is from donations. For this year, a total of $1531 was raised, which will go to the Honor Flight program. Steve and Nancy, with the help of Lyle Vasser, put on a great event and good food from the grill. Steve has one of the best grass flying fields that you'll find in the country. In attendance were 57 pilots (including myself) and over 70 Warbirds from Missouri, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, Texas, and Arkansas. I am honored to be invited to this event.


Olen Rutherford
Arkansas AVP
See you at a flying somewhere.

     
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Fly-In / Fun-Fly

Warbirds Invitational Over Arkansas

by Olen Rutherford   July 16, 2016

The Warbirds Invitational over Arkansas Fly-In from June 9-12th was sponsored by Tom Hammer and organized by Dale Lacander. Tom has a very nice flying field located in the northern plateau of the Ozark Mountains at Eureka Springs, Arkansas, which is a beautiful part of Arkansas to see and visit. In attendance were 46 registered pilots (including myself)from Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Indiana. With great weather throughout the event, a good time was had by all.

Olen Rutherford
Arkansas AVP
See you at a flying field somewhere.

     
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Fly-In / Fun-Fly

S.M.A.L.L

by Olen Rutherford   June 25, 2016

SMALL, is a fly-in for all kinds of things to fly with engines-motors up to 25 size. From flying saucers to dinosaur period pteranodons, F-F, u-control and RC, they do it all. Starting on June 2ad through the 5th. Some pilots started arriving a day or two early just to have more time for the fun.
The SMALL fly-in has been a sanctioned event for 27 years. This year it was hosted by the FARM Club in Wrightsville, Arkansas and Bobby Moran CD.There were 52 registered pilots, in clouding myself, from Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, North Carolina, Illinois, Nebraska, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and California. The event starts the first week end in June each year. Be ready next year to come out and enjoy the fun.

Olen Rutherford
Arkansas AVP
See you at a flying field somewhere.

     
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Fly-In / Fun-Fly

Cecil Veneble Momorial Fly-In

by Olen Rutherford   June 25, 2016

May 30th the Flight Masters model airplane club hosted the annual Cecil Veneble Momorial Fly-In. The event to celebrate on May 19th the Fort Chaffee Redevelop Authority voted to donate 15 acres to the Club for their flying field. The Club has plans to purchase the adjacent land around the field. At 9 AM, Hardie Jefferies CD called a pilots meeting and the fun begin. There were 27 registered pilots, including myself, and former AVP Cecil Collum's grandson Anthony Thorne on the buddy box. In celebration, the Club provided us with free registration and a free catered lunch. The Club now has a very nice field with two runways and nice pavilions. They hoist two fly-ins a year, Memorial Day and Labor Day. Try to be there next year.

Olen Rutherford
Arkansas AVP
See you at a flying field somewhere.

     
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Fly-In / Fun-Fly

Warbirds Over Arkansas

by Olen Rutherford   June 2, 2016

Saturday, May 21, the M.A.R.K.S club of North Little Rock, Arkansas had their annual Warbirds Over Arkansas Fly-In.In attendance was 19 pilots, including myself. C D Stan Kopreski called the pilots meeting at 9:00 a.m. and the fun began. Randy Womack the club president, did a great job manning the grill for lunch.The club has ten categories, ranging from best of show to the oldest participant to fly. There is a fifty dollar prize to each class winner, chosen by a committee.
My number wasn't called for the raffle of a E-Flite Carbon-Z T-28 but Bobby Young's number was.
The M.A.R.K.S club has a well manicured grass field to fly from. Get your warbird ready and be there next year.


Olen Rutherford
Arkansas AVP
See you at a flying field somewhere

     
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Fly-In / Fun-Fly

Checota, OK Invitational Fly-In

by Olen Rutherford   May 15, 2016

On Saturday, May 7, I attended the Checotah, OK Invitational Fly-In, for all types of aircraft. The weather was great with winds light and mostly down the runway. Gaines Smith, CD, called the pilots meeting at 9 oclock and the 28 registered pilots took to the air.
The Checotah field and its members are part of the Muskogee T.R.A.M.P.S club. Rick McAdoo worked with city of Checotah and the parks department and now they have a very nice grass run way to fly from.
David Beaty did a great job of organizing the event. Rick McAdoo prepared a feast for lunch, more food than we could eat! It was a very enjoyable fly-in, you could fly all you wanted, if not, your fault.
Everyone had a good time. Check out the pictures and video at TRAMPS RC.ORG web site. See you there next year.

Olen Rutherford
Arkansas AVP

     
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Control Line

South Arkansas John Gunn Invitation C/L Stunt Championship

by Olen Rutherford   May 9, 2016

On April 29-30, I attended (as a spectator)the Model Aviators of South Arkansas, John Glenn Invitational Stunt Championship for unlimited profile, classic; (open) and precision aerobatics. The contest drew 16 competitors from Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, and Paul Winter came over from England. First place in each category: Unlimited profile-John Blanchard; Advanced-Norm Faith; Expert-John Gilbert; Classic open-Dan Cranfill; Warbird Open-Joe Gilbert; Precision Aerobatics/Intermediate-John Blanchard; Advanced-Mark Troutman; Expert-Dan Cranfill. Pilots' Choice; Profile-Joe Bowman; P.A.-John Hill.

CD, Doug Patterson and Co-CD, Jason Cunningham, with help from the other club members and their wives, did a great job of managing the contest.

The M.A.S.A. Club of El Dorado, Arkansas, has a great place to fly, with blacktop and a grass circle for control line and a blacktop runway for RC. A fine place to enjoy the hobby and plenty of southern hospitality to go with it. Check them out.

Olen Rutherford
Arkansas AVP

     
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Fly-In / Fun-Fly

Hot Springs, Arkansas "Spring Fling"

by Olen Rutherford   April 18, 2016

On April 16 I attended the Hot Springs RC Club's "Spring Fling" Fly-In. The weather didn't cooperate with low clouds and drizzle. CD Mark Smith call a pilots meeting and 19 registered pilots voted to tough it out and fly. The club has a fantastic flying field not far from down town historic Hot Springs located in the beautiful Ouachita National Forest. Hot Springs is a resort town and a great place to visit. Put this one on your list for next year.

Olen Rutherford
Arkansas AVP

     
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Events

Marks Club Yearly Swap Meet

by Olen Rutherford   March 11, 2016

On Feb. 27 I attended the Marks Club of North Little Rock Arkansas' yearly swap meet.CD Stan Kopreski, Club President Randy Womack and all the other club members did a excellent job of putting on this swap meet.
The doors opened at 10 am and ran until 2 pm, with 27 tables around the perimeter of the gymnasium, along with some vendors utilizing floor space in the center, for 30 vendors registered. With visits from additional 64 plus people from the surrounding area and other clubs.
Marshall Singer ran the concession stand with hot dogs, pop corn and soda.
It was a good swap meet, with planed improvements for next year. Be sure to put it on your calendar.
See you at a flying field some where.

Olen Rutherford
Arkansas AVP

     
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Events

Model Aviators of South Arkansas Swap Meet

by Olen Rutherford   February 12, 2016

On Feb. 6th I attended the Model Aviators of South Arkansas 16th Annual Swap Meet in El Dorado Arkansas.Over a hundred buyers and sellers came through the door. With raffle numbers being called all morning, the main prize number was called at 2 pm.
CD Jason Cunningham and the MASA Club members put on a good swap meet, with lots of food and camaraderie; a good time was had by all.

     
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Events

Ozark Flyers Annual Benefit Fly-In

by Olen Rutherford   October 20, 2015

Saturday October 17, I attended the Ozark Flyers of Fayetteville, Arkansas' annual benefit fly-in. This year's charity event was for Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. With 24 registered pilots from Arkansas,Oklahoma,Texas and Missouri, the club members raised $500 from raffles and 50-50 drawings. In addition,there was a private donation of $90. All money raised went to the J.D. Foundation.
You could see the smile on Brody's face, along with his dad Bryan, when the club set him up with a "buddy box".
Everyone had a great time, flying all types of aircraft. Mark your calendars for next year so the Ozark Flyers can raise more for next years charity.

Arkansas AVP
Olen Rutherford

     
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Events

Arkansas pilots in Oklahoma

by Olen Rutherford   October 14, 2015

On October 9-10 five pilots including myself from around the state of Arkansas attended the TRAMPS giant scale fly in. The TRAMPS event is located at the historic Hat Box Air-Dome in Muskogee, Oklahoma. With all the hard work of CD Gaines Smith,Co CD Mike Wise, and all the club members, it was a great event.
The event started with 37 registered pilots.Rain dampened our spirits on Friday morning but skies cleared after noon and flying began. Friday night we had the use of the old Hat Box Beechcraft hanger to store our planes in. "Fantastic"
Saturday started at dawn with a gaggle of WW I aircraft. It was a perfect day with light winds down the runway; if you didn't fly all you wanted, it was your fault.
With the best hospitality around, mark your calendar for the second week end in October to attend this one!

Arkansas AVP
Olen Rutherford

     
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IMAC

IMAC in Arkansas

by Olen Rutherford   August 16, 2015

IMAC is alive in South Arkansas. THE newly AMA sanctioned club, South Arkansas Taildraggers, hosted the MAGTOWN THROWDOWN IMAC CONTEST. In attendance were 18 registered pilots from Arkansas,Louisiana,Oklahoma,Mississippi and Kansas. CD Brian Hendricks had the event running smoothly, if you fly IMAC, this one should be on your schedule.

     
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Scale

warbird fly in

by Olen Rutherford   August 16, 2015

On Aug. 7-9 to get away from the hot weather, a group of pilots and their families attended the Northern Alliance Military Fly-In in Owatonna Minnesota. A total of eleven pilots from Ark. and Okla. were enjoying the great weather and hospitality ending with a fantastic BBQ dinner on Sat. night. With a total of 106 registered pilots, CD Calvin Branton and the crew put on one of the best fly ins in the country.

     
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