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Vaughn Hefley memorial.

by Brian Regan   February 25, 2017

It is sad when one of our members pass away. Vaughn Hefley last flight was February 18th 2017. I first met him at Maloof Memorial RC Airfield here in Albuquerque NM. He helped me fly my first D7 at a scale contest. He was always willing to help new flyers. I don't know how many people he taught to fly.
Today we had a memorial at the field. There where a lot of friends there.
We will miss him.

Brian Regan

     
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 Some of the friends that came out to say goodbye. Dave flying a Cub in memory of Vaughn. 



District News

Goodbye 2016

by Brian Regan   December 26, 2016

Wow 2016 is almost gone. What a year it has been.We said goodbye to Mark Johnson, who did a outstanding job as VP and elected Lawrence Harville as the new VP. He has done a great job his first year. Please support and help him continue into 2017. We have a new AMA president. He will do a great job too.
The AMA helped us with the FAA. We can still fly our aircraft by the AMA rules. I hope the AMA and FAA will put politics aside and get back to flying.
I think we had a good year. WE lost a few members and gained some new members. The technology has grown leaps and bounds.
This year let's remember this is a hobby. We do it for fun. We want to take flying safely serious and have fun at the same time. Try to help the new flyers learn the safety rules. Make them feel welcome and want to come back.
Happy New Year.

Brian
AMA District VIII AVP




Airshow

Spaceport Drone Summit

by Brian Regan   November 13, 2016

This weekend I attended the Spaceport Drone Summit. This was the first one. They hope to have it next year. The weekend was a success. The drone racing was fast. There was a area for drone photography. There was a area for fixed wing demos and static display. Our VP Lawrence was there with his friend Johnny Hunt. Tony Stillman and Mark held down the AMA tent. Jim Tiller, District VIIII VP was in charge of the fixed wing display.
A group a pilots came up from Las Cruces and El Paso to fly their planes. They put on a lo of flights for the spectators.
This was a fun event. With some advertising it could become a big event. The Spaceport staff was great.
I had a good time and will go back next year. Hope to see you there.

     
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 Teng, Gary And Shaun preparing to race. A young guest, Malcolm and jet flyer Jim. 



Airshow

MVMAC FIELD WARMING

by Brian Regan   October 16, 2016

This weekend I traveled to Las Cruces NM for Mesilla Valley Model Airplane Club's new field warming. Howard chapman road down with me. There were 5 members from Albuquerqe's AOK club.
John Womack was the CD and did a great job. There was about 25 pilots or more, I didn't count them. Lots of open flying and talk.
This event was held to warm up their new field. It is a good place to come to. There are 2 runways and lots of shade. When the city completes all the little things the club would like to have done, it will be even better. I had a real good time flying with the club. It was just a bunch of friendly flyers having a great time.
I will be back next year, Hope to see you then.

Brian Regan
District VIII AVP

     
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 One of the flight lines. John Womack. He was the CD. Great job. 



Airshow

Steve and Nate’s Most Excellent Fun Fly

by Brian Regan   September 10, 2016

Today Sept, 10th, Howard and I went up to Farmington, NM for Steve and Nate’s Most Excellent Fun Fly. The weather was great. It was not windy as expected. There were 36 pilots signed up. This was the 10th year of their event. It is hosted by Steve & Nate. The supply the prizes and food. All is free. There was a donation box to help. Lots of flying was the norm. I had a great time. I have never had a bad time there. The treat all visitors like family. I am looking forward to next year.

Brian Regan

   
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 Nate & Steve. They did a great job. 



Airshow

ARCC Labor Day Air Show 2016

by Brian Regan   September 4, 2016

This weekend i attended ARCC's Labor Day Air Show. It was held at Maloof Memorial field in Albuquerque. Rick and Keith were in charge and did a swell job. They had lots of help from Stan, Mark, Wanda, Jimmy, and Chuck. There were a few others too. The event is just open flying. Saturday was not too hot with a slight cross wind. Sunday was a little windy with the wind straight down the runway. It was great.
On Saturday Lawrence Tougas was the to answer questons about what he would do as the next AMA president if elected. Please go to his web site and see what he is all about.(tougas4president.com ) He could make a good president. The choice is up to you.
Every year this event has been a lot of fun. It is a lot of work but worth it. I had a great time.If you get a chance, stop by and fly with them. It was fun.

Brian Regan
AMA District VIII NM AVP

     
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 Art and Howard discussing gravity. Rick and Keith sitting back letting us have all the fun. Great job guys. 



Events

LA Aeromodelers (Los Alamos NM)

by Brian Regan   August 2, 2016

Once a month or more the LA Aeromodelers get together on the weekend to fly. I was sent these pictures of some of the members. I have flown with them and had a great time. I hope to get up there this summer and fly with them. If you get a chance, look them up and visit their field. You will have fun.

   
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 Some of the club members. 



Events

2016 ARCC Scale Meet

by Brian Regan   June 26, 2016

I just got home from ARCC's scale meet here in Albuquerque. There was over 30 pilots and lots of planes. Rick, Keith & Vic did a great job. They had help during lunch from Stan. Most of the work for this weekend was done by Rick, Vic & Keith. Thanks for helping us have a great time.
Norm Redenchec won pilots choice with a cool tigercat. Baylor from Farmington won civilian with his cub and Paul Jarvis won beat military with a great P47.
Saturday was overcast with light winds straight down the run way. Sunday had a cross wind that ground most flying. The guys that flew had a blast.
Just want to thank the 3 club members ( Rick, Vic & Keith) for all their work. I wish the other club members at the event would have helped them. It would have made it a lot easier.
Great time was had by all who came out. Next event for them is the Labor Day fun fly. Lots of open flying.

Brian Regan






Brian Regan

   
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 Three hard working members. Vic, Rick & Keith. 



Airshow

Rocky Mountain Flying Machine Open House

by Brian Regan   June 6, 2016

On Sunday RMFM held their 2nd annual open house. It was hot and a little windy. While the attendance was down, it was still real fun. They had a couple guest try there hand at flying. Grins all around.
I was hoping for more guest. Those that attended had a great time.
One safety item. Don't let anyone take pictures at the end of the runway dead center. We had a guest walk out to do just that. We brought him back in and later he found out why we can't let him stand there. A plane landed right where he would have been standing. Remember Safety is every ones job.

Come out next year and help make this a cool event.

Brian Regan

     
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 Art levy from Santa Fe. Bob & Kent. 



Airshow

AOK at the 75th Anniversary of Kirtland AFB.

by Brian Regan   June 6, 2016

AOK (Aeromodelers of Kirtland) joined in to celebrate Kirtland AFB 75th anniversary. The club put on demo flights and a static display. There were lots of people and questions. Don't touch that was heard often.
Thanks to all who showed up to help. It was a good time.

Brian Regan




Airshow

2016 Warbirds Over Tucson

by Brian Regan   April 18, 2016

This weekend I traveled down to Tucson for Warbirds Over Tucson. There were 26 pilots and lots of airplanes. TRCC did a great job keeping the flying going. Saturday it was almost cold with wind. We flew a lot any way. This event is pretty laid back. The only requirement was to have fun. I think we did. On Sunday i got a chance to fly with a third scale Pup, a quarter scale DR1 and my Dr1. It was real fun trying to keep close enough to get a picture with all 3 planes.
Thanks TRCC for having another great event.

Brian Regan
AMA NM District VIII AVP

   
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 Brett, Jerry and Dave withe the WW1 planes. 



Events

ARCC Spring Swap Meet 2016

by Brian Regan   April 9, 2016

It was a cool damp foggy morning. I arrived at the field to se several swappers set up for the day. Rick and Keith from ARCC helped line up the swappers. There was about 20 or more swappers. You could find almost anything. There was some fishing tackle too.
I think the early morning fog scared some buyers and sellers away. It was still a pretty good day. I sold a few things and gave away a few things. Thanks ARCC for doing another swap meet. They will do another one in the fall.

Brian Regan
AMA District VIII AVP

   
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 Rick and Keith from ARCC. 



District News

Great job Mark.

by Brian Regan   December 16, 2015

I want to thank Mark Johnston for the last 3 years as VP. He did an excellent job. It seems he was always out of town visiting the clubs in District VIII. I don't know how many clubs he visited, it was a lot. I also want to thank his wife for going with him. She was a big help at the District VIII meeting in Kingsbury.
Mark will be missed. Please take the time to tell him thanks for the time he spent being our District VIII VP.
Thanks Mark.

Brian Regan
AMA District VIII AVP




Safety

Flying alone.

by Brian Regan   December 4, 2015

This morning I went to fly at my local club. The club is, Rocky Mountain Flying Machine,(RMFM). I got there about 9am. It wasn't as cold as I thought. The wind was very light and down the runway. I waited to see in anyone was coming out. No luck.
Now the safety part. I know that I probably should have pack up and left. I didn't. I got in 3 good flights with no problems. Not much fun by yourself. No one there to heckle. I was extra careful starting my engine. We should be extra careful all the time.
Should I have not flown? Probably. Will I do it again? Probably. Just couldn't pass up a good day.
So, if you do something stupid and no one is there to see it, is it still stupid? Tree in the forest thing.

Brian Regan
AMA District VIII AVP




Scale

TRCC Winter Scale Classic.

by Brian Regan   November 30, 2015

I attended TRCC's Winter Scale Classic in Tucson Thanksgiving weekend. The weather was a little cool with light winds. Bob Snook was the CD and did a great job. There was lots of open flying. Highlight of the weekend for me was flying in the WW1 gaggle. There was a 1/3rd scale pup, 1/4 scale D7 and DR1, and a Hanger 9 D7. We had a couple real good passes and one that was a little to close. Some how we missed each other.
I went to Chuck Brook's house with Howard to do a little hanger talk. It got deep. The flyers from Albuquerque were, Howard, Pat, Harry, Mark, Tom and me. We had a great time.
I look forward to next year. This was and is a real good event to come to. Hope to see you there next year.

Brian Regan
AMA District VIII AVP

   
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 The winners of WW1 planes. Brett, Rick, & Dave. 



Events

AOK raises money for Wounded warriors.

by Brian Regan   November 21, 2015

Today 4 members of the Aero modelers of Kirtland put on a static display to raise money for the Wounded Warriors project. We raised 110.00 dollars. The club will add to that and send it to the AMA. This was fun and worth the time. We got a chance to meet lots of people and talk model aircraft. Thanks to Norm, Marcelino and Howard for coming out to help. We were glad to be able to give a little to help the Wounded Warriors.

Brian Regan




Aerobatics

RMFM Fall Pattern Classic

by Brian Regan   September 20, 2015

This weekend RMFM had their Fall Pattern Classic. I went out on Sunday to watch al little. Jeff Hill was the CD and did a good job. Bob Thompson was there to help. This event would not have happened at RMFM's field with out all the work Bob did. Thanks Bob.
There were 16 pilots. The flew 4 rounds on a very windy Saturday. On Sunday the wind was much nicer with low temps. They flew 2 more rounds and the unknown round on Sunday. Every one I talked to seemed to be having a good time. RMFM did a good job and would like to see more flyers come out in the spring for their next pattern contest.
This was a good event and well worth the time to come out and fly.
Thanks RMFM for putting on a good event.

Brian

     
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 The flyers and their planes. Trying to gather the pilots for a picture. 



Events

Nate & Steve's Most Excellent Fun Fly.

by Brian Regan   September 20, 2015

On Saturday Howard and I went to Farmington for Nate & Steve's Most Excellent Fun Fly. The weather was great. There was over 20 pilots. I didn't count them, probably a few more. This was an open flying event. Just bring an aircraft and fly or sit around hanger talking. The only requirement was to have fun.
Steve brought the grill and started cooking. The hamburgers and hotdogs were great.
If you like meeting new people and flying come up to Farmington next year or just pop in and fly with these guys.

Brian

   
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 Nate & Steve. The look nothing like Bill & Ted. 



Events

ARCC 60th Annual Labor Day Air Show.

by Brian Regan   September 6, 2015

This weekend I attended ARCC's 60th Annual Labor Day Air Show. There were 20 pilots. I don't know why there was such a low turn out. We had a great time. Rick was the CD and Keith helped him a lot. Vic worked the food with Al (Top Bun). The weather was nice and cool until Sunday. It got a little warmer then. Norm won pilots choice with his Tigercat. Len was second with a turbine and finished 3rd with my DR1. I hope they have this event next year. This is a fun event for all types of planes. Come to Albuquerque and see what all the fun is about.

     
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 Norm and his Tigercat. Theron, He did some nice low passes. 



Events

ROYAL CITY RADIO CONTROL CLUB FLOAT FLY

by Brian Regan   August 22, 2015

This weekend August 22nd, RCRCC held their annual float fly in at Cochity Lake in New Mexico. Rick Mahlum was the CD and did a great job. There were 20 pilots signed up. Lots of foamies. There were a few built up plane as well. The day was as perfect as it can get. Light winds and cool in the morning. The flying was real laid back.
If you like float flying, plan on flying with the Santa Fe club next year. It was a lot of fun.

Brian

     
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 Clarance from Soccoro after a good flight. This Cub flew real good too. 



Scale

RMFM Scale fly in.

by Brian Regan   August 16, 2015

Date line, August 15th & 16th. Rocky Mountain Flying Machine (RMFM)has a scale fly in. It was held at Maloof Memorial Air park fro the second year in a row. The road to RMFM'S field was washed out again. There were 16 pilots. The weather was great. The flying was fun. Howard Chapman was the CD and he did a great job. He had Dave Haygood and Bob Thompson as Assistant CD's. Now they will be able to become a CD for future events.
The attendance was low for some reason. I think the few that came out had a great time.
Special thanks to Howard for letting RMFM twist his arm into running this event. He did a good job. Thanks to those that came to help.

Brian Regan
AMA District VIII AVP

     
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 Norm preparing his Tigercat for flight. A meeting of the minds. Not much brain power there. 



Scale

ARCC Scale Fly In.

by Brian Regan   July 10, 2015

On June 27th & 28th I attended ARCC's All scale fly-in in Albuquerque New Mexico. There was 40 pilots and plenty of planes. Saturday the winds were variable and would change directions many times during a flight due to a cold front moving through the area. Unfortunately the unpredictable winds contributed to several planes going down. Sunday was much better. I think everyone had a good time. If you like laid back flying events, this is a good one to come to. Check them out next June. You will Have fun.



The Rocky Mountain Flying Machine (Albuquerque) is having their scale meet August 15th & 16th. This will also be a fun event. Laid back and lots of flying.



Brian Regan

AMA District 8 AVP

     
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 Stan Johnson won the Pilots Choice Award This beautiful B-17 unfortunately made a crash landing on the runway 



 

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