The Larks club in Sulphur, La., celebrated an early Model Aviation Day because of scheduling conflicts with the official day coming in August. The flying was great and I got to renew old acquaintances and meet a bunch of new avid modelers.
The Aeromodelers of Acadiana in Breaux Bridge celebrated their first annual Warbird event. Starting with a raising of the flag by a local Boy Scout troop and ending with a great home cooked jambalaya feast. Warbird enthusiasts from as far away as Monroe, La., Sulphur, Beaumont, Houma, New Orleans and many others had a great time. Looks like this was the first of many to come.
The summer rains, heat, and humidity are setting in and I suspect the frequency of events will slow down for a few months. I'm not wishing my life away but looking forward to an early, cool fall.
JSCRCC has somewhat of a unique situation in that their field is located within the fence line of JSC and to reach the field/event pilots and spectators have to pre-register enough in advance to allow security time to clear them. Their security folks did a great job in hassle free handling of the security checks and it did not appear to be any real burden or restriction on attendance. The security folks were very helpful and courteous at the entrance gate. In addition to the registered pilots many visitors/spectators were in attendance. Weather for the event was perfect with wind right down the runway. As with all events volunteers are critical and JSCRCC’s crew did a great job.
There were many, many different type military aircraft from small electrics to large scale B-17’s and B-24. Pilots came from as far away as Fort Worth and Austin.
Near lunch time I had the honor to present a District VIII Service Award to Dave Hoffman. Dave has been a member of JSCRCC for 50 years and was the club Treasurer for almost the same 50 years. That is a “tough act to follow” – Congratulations Dave!
Thanks to all of the pilots and club volunteers that made this a very successful and enjoyable event…I am sure everyone enjoyed themselves….I know I did.
The entire event was a success and very well done, ran very smoothly and safely.
Airplane entries were a complete cross section of airplanes in our hobby from large scale cubs to large warbirds and everything in between.
Thanks to all of the pilots, visitors, spectators and all of the club volunteers that made this event a success.
The many types and sizes of military aircraft represented a great cross section of WWI through current military aircraft and provided a great show for the spectators and visitors. The weather was typical spring conditions - cool and very flyable with the flight line full for most of the day. Texas City’s field was in great condition and with improvements made during the last year the club was able to handle the number of pilots and spectators with no problems.
The flying included two turbine demonstrations and an attempt to break Jetero’s 18 warbird gaggle local record but fell short by about 6 planes. Still a great try!
Thanks folks for a great event…
See you at a flying field somewhere.
The Jetero RC Club would like to thank everyone that came out and participated in the Southeast Texas Warbird Rally. Thanks to the BIG GUY for the outstanding weather that resulted in there being 61 registered pilots and a host of spectators that attended the two day event.
This event would not have been possible without our great sponsors: Samano’s Hobbies, Remote Control Hobbies Spring, Randy’s Hobbies, RC Hobby Shop, Tru-Turn, Sullivan Products, Callie Graphics, BSI, RTL Fastener, Servo City, RedWing RC, RC Fueling Systems, and Tower Hobbies. Thank you all for supporting the Jetero warbird event. Hobbyist, please continue to support your local hobby shops as they have supported us over the years.
All the pilots including the famous Texas Warbird Thunder Flying Team did a fantastic job putting on a great show for all to see. There was continuous flying during the two day event with very few mishaps. Some crazy person came up with the bright idea of doing a 15 warbird gaggle to top a 14 warbird gaggle record that was set earlier this year. Well, the record was SHATTERED with 18 warbirds flying at once with not one casualty. During the entire gaggle we rocked to AC/DC’s Thunderstruck. It was a FAST, FURIOUS, and THUNDEROUS gaggle to be a part of and witness. AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME! A big thank you to all the courageous pilots that made the record breaking gaggle a success. WOW!!!
After all of the flying on Saturday we proceeded to the award ceremony. All of the pilots had very nice planes and did a fantastic job of flying them. The judging was tough. The award winners are as follows:
Best WWI Award: went to Albert Thibodaux for his Sopwith Pup.
Best WWII Award: went to Gary Smith for his scaled out B-17 Bomber.
Best Civilian Award: went to Larry Hultman for his PT-17 Stearman.
Best Multi-Engine Award: went to Len Haroldson for his F7F Tigercat.
Fastest Warbird Award: went to Paul “Low Pass” Curry (Lower! Lower!)
Dedicated Pilot Award: went to Randy “Firewall” Lawson (You Da Man)
Best of Show: went to Deryl “Speed Fresh” Rolle (Well deserved Speed)
Congratulations guys. You did a fine job.
This year the Grand Raffle Prize was a Top Flite P-47 Razorback ARF, Robart Pneumatic retracts with a large deluxe air kit. The LUCKY WINNER was Glenn Snedden. Congratulations Glenn!
I can’t forget about the Jetero supporting staff that worked tirelessly to keep the event running like a well-oiled machine. THANK YOU for all your hard work.
In closing, this has been a long, but great year of flying. I’ve made many friends and have enjoyed the camaraderie with all that have attended the fly-ins here in Texas and Louisiana. I encourage you all to get out and support other club’s events. If you don’t fly, buy a lunch or purchase raffle tickets. Anything will help. I’ve always said, when you support another club’s event they will reciprocate and support yours. Well, I’ve been missing out on the Texas Warbird Thunder gaggles, so I gotta go do some work on the P-47. As Arnold would say. “I’LL BE BACK”
Michael "Distraction" Jackson
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The Alamo Radio Control Society of San Antonio Texas hosted an AMA sanctioned two-day swap meet July 8th and 9th. Nearly 300 people attended the event browsing the twenty-four vendors and fifty tables that filled an old fire house and the grounds to the fire house entrance. It was by far the biggest swap meet in the San Antonio area in recent memory. With plenty of food and drink available for the hungry and thirsty, the affair culminated in an auction led by Jim Rice, AMA Executive Council, and a raffle which included prizes donated by HobbyTown USA, and Al’s Hobbies both of San Antonio, and donations by ARCS members. Organized by club member Tom Richards the event was a sure success. Delighted with the event’s success ARCS is contemplating an annual fall swap meet when cooler weather prevails.
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.
By observation their security folks did a great job in hassle free handling of the security checks and it did not appear to be any real burden or restriction on attendance. The security folks were very helpful and courteous at the entrance gate. JSCRCC had 37 pilots registered and many visitors/spectators. Weather for the event was great but due to the continuous rains several days prior to the event volunteers spent two days pumping water from the area to get the field ready for event day - it turned out perfect. As with all events volunteers are critical and JSCRCC’s crew did a great job.
There were many, many different type military aircraft from small electrics to large scale B-17’s and B-24. Entries included Butch McEachern’s beautifully build Boeing P-26 Peashooter. This year was highlighted by being Boeing’s Centennial and special awards were given for best Boeing Bomber and best Boeing warbird. Pilots came from as far away as Fort Worth and Austin.
Thanks to all of the pilots and club volunteers that made this a very successful and enjoyable event…I am sure everyone enjoyed themselves….I know I did…Thanks Benny Behrens, AVP Houston Area.
On Sat. April 9th the Heart of Texas Miniature Aircraft Club (HOTMAC) held Club 40/EF1 Races at the Club field in Waco, TX.
The Club invited Texas District 17 Congressman Bill Flores to attend and get up to speed on Model Aircraft Operations. It was his first visit to a Club Field. Club Officers were able to brief him on current FAA, AMA, and local club issues. A private pilot himself, he was aware of all the recent legislation regarding our hobby and basically left the club with a “don’t worry” feeling.
Doug Staines, AMA Associate Vice President District VIII was also in attendance and was able to brief Mr. Flores on how AMA initiatives fit in to the life of club and its’ members.
When the racers took a lunch break Mr. Flores participated in an FPV flight, got about 30 min. of buddy box time flying Horizon’s big electric T-28 and got demos of a well automated quad copter and an F-15 turbine.
When the Congressman left 2 hours after arrival he thanked all who participated and said he would put the club’s Sept Jet Rally on his calendar.
The HOTMAC club has used their airfield since the mid 1960’s without any airspace problems with the Waco Regional Airport 4.8 miles away. Last week the club received a draft Letter of Agreement from the FAA Control Tower and Airport Authority awarding plenty of airspace to fly in and only requiring a notification when flying after dark.
The Club 40 races were won by Steve Fabianke and the EF-1 by Jason Duda. Yes, the Congressman saw some “carnage”.
There were many types and sizes of military aircraft represented providing a great show for the spectators and visitors. The weather was typical spring conditions - cool and very flyable with the flight line full for most of the day. The event was run very smooth and efficiently thanks to efforts of many club volunteers.
Thanks folks for a great event…
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.
AMA District VIII AVP
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.
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.
Come help us celebrate 50 Years of Model Aviation!
Calling all current and former members of RRCC, you and your guests are welcome to join us for a weekend of celebration, fellowship and flying!
Weekend plans include:
Cavanaugh Flight Museum Guided Tour: 2p to 4p Saturday April 9th. Tickets are $10.00 per person, and must be purchased at the museum. The Cavanaugh Museum is located at 4572 Claire Chennault, Addison TX, 75001. For more details and directions, visit the Cavanaugh Museum website here:
Reception and Banquet: 6p to 9p, Saturday April 9th. Tickets are $50.00 per person. All current, and former members are encouraged to attend! Please bring a guest! Location: Courtyard by Mariott in Allen Texas, near the Allen Events Center. Appetizers and Cash Bar reception from 6 to 6:30. Dinner and Program 6:30 to 9. Special guests and speakers during the program. Dinner Menu: Salmon or Chicken Entree, variety vegetables, salad and dessert.
Please RSVP by using one of the methods below.
Open Flying: All Day - Sunday April 10th. All guests and members welcome out to fly. Field location is here:
Please RSVP for Banquet Saturday Night by clicking one of the below options. Please RSVP by February 11th. Banquet purchases will need to be paid by March 30th.
The Second Pearl Harbor Remembrance Fly-In was held at Space City RC Club in Katy, Texas on Sunday December 6, 2015. There were several different type Japanese aircraft and US aircraft represented. At lunch time Paul Curry, the organizer of the event, read a moving account of the day including the president’s speech. Sorry to say that some of the Japanese planes did not survive the event. Lunch was provided by the club for the pilots. Turnout was great and the weather was perfect for the event. The one that Paul organized last year was held on Sunday December 7, 2014 matching the day and time of the attack. The weather was horrible but, still a few guys with Japanese planes showed up.
Paul has mentioned that he wants to do this every year in remembrance of the ones who lost their lives on that faithful day.
For additional information please visit the Website: www.tricityflyers.com. On the left side of the home page under, "Upcoming Events", click on Swap meet. Once on that page, scroll down and click on "Event Flyer" for full information.
Hope to see you at the event.
It was a lot of fun with local RC friends and spectators and I believe everyone got their share of flight time, food and fellowship.
Thanks to all that attended and hope everyone enjoyed…Benny
Anyway, during the Tri City Flyers (TCF) National Model Aviation Day event, the club decided to donate the proceeds from the event (approximately $1300) to the Boysville facility. If you are not familiar with Boysville, please visit : www.boysvilletexas.org . As part of the TCF's new association with Boysville some of the club members offered to do a show and tell for any interested residents of the facility.
On September 5, 2014 Jim Rice, Jack Matlock, Gary Rice, Hannah Rice (Gary's daughter and Jim grand daughter), Walter Boone II, Walter Boone III and I visited the facility and performed a show and tell and some of the club members did some flying demonstrations. The event was held in the facility gymnasium and we had about 20 young boys and girls. Jim spoke about the AMA and many of its programs aimed at getting young people involved in model aviation and in STEM programs. Jack Matlock spent some time talking about his large gasoline engine powered Valiant. Gary Rice spent some time talking about his scratch built model and a little time about model design and aerodynamics. Walter Boone III (one of our Junior members) spent some time talking about his association with the AMA, modeling and Camp AMA. He also told the youngsters how model aviation has made a difference in his life. I spent a few minutes talking about the turbine powered F-15 that I brought.
After these introductions to modeling, Jim, Jack, Gary, Walter III and I did some indoor flying. Jim and Walter spent quite a lot of time doing some 3D flying while Jack and I flew our HobbyZone foam Champ's in a VERY loose formation.
The program director for Boysville thought that the program was well received and the TCF members plan on continuing a model aviation program with the Boysville youngsters. The current plan is for the club to host a program where the interested youngsters build some "foam plate" gliders and then progress to more complicated models (some stick and tissue models). On behalf of the AMA I would like to thank the members of the TCF that helped with this event and I would especially like to thank Jim Rice for taking the lead on this program. I believe that this program has the potential to grow and get some youngsters interested in model aviation.
There was plenty of fun to had for spectators as the club trainer was present and 15 or so people got to experience RC Flight for the first time. Curt Jones was in charge of ground school and Brad Mennenga manned the trainer and, as you can see from the pictures, gave several people an enjoyable experience they will remember for a long time. Thanks to Allen Delger for his devoted efforts to MAKE this event happen even though circumstances warranted otherwise.
Again many thanks to the members of the RRCC for first obtaining the many donations and for their generous contributions that raised the $2000.00 for these very deserving charities.
Sportsman: 1. David Hayes 2975 pts.
2. Jonathan Falgout 2965 pts.
3. Bryon Myers 2935 pts.
Intermediate: 1. William Higdon 2951 pts.
2. Robert Campbell 2950 pts.
3. Sheldon Reyher 2862 pts.
Advanced: 1. Clifton Bradford 2992 pts.
2. Glen Shepherd 2943 pts.
3. Keith Hoard 2842 pts.
Masters: 1. Stephen Byrd 2984 pts.
2. Donald Ramsey 2979 pts.
3. John Fuqua 2978 pts.
F3A; 1. AC Glenn 2983 pts.
2. Brett Wickizer 2980 pts.
3. Chip Hyde 2974 pts.
Very close competition in every category!
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.
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!
Weather was great being clear and cool with mild winds somewhat down the runway. Registration was light with only 12 pilots but the quality of planes and flying was great. Alvin did have a fair turn out of visitors and spectators with lots of great airplanes, flying and of course great hamburgers.
Anyone that did not visit the event missed a great raffle with three ARF’s given out along with some other prizes. The grand raffle prize was a 50cc Aeroworks Yak 54 donated by a member – what a prize for the lucky winner!
CD Ken White and his volunteers did a great job keeping the event moving with lots of safe flying, pilot prizes and good food.
This couple is an awesome pair that makes any event they show up for more enjoyable. Check out her Facebook page Model aviation memories by Mimi.
I had asked Alex Dean, a very accomplished 3D helicopter pilot, from the Richardson Radio Control Club to accompany me to the event.
We were served a wonderful lunch of chicken, salmon and potatoes. The salmon was absolutely amazing.
Enough about the food.
Alex talked about helis, showed a video of Kyle Dahl a world class heli pilot sponsored by Mikado. The crowd was amazed at what a heli could do when flown by an accomplished 3D pilot.
There was a considerable amount of attention and questions asked about Drones and I pointed out that thru no fault of their own most new drone pilots are never directed to any information concerning FCC or AMA rules concerning the flying of these air craft. Thus many people because of the ease of operation from technology often operated these craft due to not being properly informed causing problems.
I referred everyone to the AMA Web page and the Know Before You Fly Info.
I brought 7 different types of planes including a Calypso Sail Plane, two small foamies (one being a night flyer), a shark speed plane (175+mph), an 80 inch electric B-25, an Extreme Flight 91 inch gas 300 Extra, and a newly built 88 inch Pilot 330SC that had been modified to be electric with complete internal lighting in a very special Texas Tech Theme that I dedicated to my son who is a Police Detective and SWAT officer and a 1996 Texas Tech Graduate. I automatically had several in the crowd who liked me from the moment they saw this plane (also Tech Grads)
We shared a lot of information including the upcoming events in the area. War Birds over Texas at the North Dallas RC Club September 25th and 26th, Richardson Radio Control Club Big Bird October 4th, RRCC Celina Balloon Fest October 16th and 17th, RRCC Gary Harvey Memorial Charity Fun Fly October 24th and 25th, and the Wings Over Windsong co-sponsored by the North Dallas Radio Control Club, Richardson Radio Control Club, and Rowlett Radio Control Club on November 7th at Windsong Ranch.
From feedback of the members after the meeting Alex and I definitely hit a home run. We had fun and as Alex said, “I think they know the PASSION we both have for this hobby!”
I look forward to more of these great times meeting people who share a love for planes and being able to represent AMA, and the Richardson Radio Control Club.
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.
I had a great time the club and all the support was great.
The event was held at FBRCC’s field which is located west of Houston in Rosenberg, TX just north of Highway 59. The club has outstanding facilities with two paved crossing runways of suitable length for most any RC airplane including large scale turbines. 24 pilots were registered and essentially all sized airplanes from basic trainers up to twin engine turbines were safely flown for the pleasure and entertainment of the many spectators and visitors that were on hand.
At lunch time RC Hobby Shop’s Warbird team put on a very impressive demonstration, followed by a great helicopter demonstration after which there was additional flight demonstrations by several pilots flying turbine aircraft.
Rob Longenecker, President of FBRCC, recognized “Charlie Caulkins for successfully managing the elements and volunteers to have such a successful event. We also appreciate the support of the Air Force JROTC and Major Doug Hawn from Dulles High School, who handled donations and food service”. It was obvious that many of the club’s members had a hand in helping make this a very successful event. I am sure the spectators, pilots and RC visitors from local clubs had a great time and really enjoyed the event – I know I did.
And most important the Muscular Dystrophy Association reaped the rewards thanks to all that participated.
The event had 43 pilots. Randall Larsen is the official CD in charge and we have lots of public here due to the TV coverage in Austin. The club did an outstanding job with the event. Had a great time flying and visiting with all of the pilots that attended.
The space city club showed up in force 11 club members came to the event. A picture of everyone will be in the electronic version of the November magazine along with all the rest of the pictures I took.
This year the TCF decided to donate all proceeds to Boysville in San Antonio. Boysville has been in existence since 1943. Here is their mission statement.
"Our campus is designed to help children in crisis who cannot remain in their own home for a variety of reasons. Our children come from homes that are in crisis, due to emotional, physical or sexual abuse. Sometimes a parent cannot take care of the child due to a terminal illness and do not have the support of family to take care of the children. Children who come to Boysville come from various backgrounds. Boysville does not look at the child’s past…we look at their future. By providing food, shelter, clothing and medical services, we are able to provide the basic necessities needed to make the child feel safe and comfortable at Boysville. Our residents do not wonder if they will eat at night or if they will have a safe place to sleep. With our education services, our children realize their potential. We encourage education. We encourage them to explore college, trade or military options. Options that previously seemed like a dream. We are able to pull children out of abuse cycles or poverty cycles and teach them to become an active part of society."
We were quite honored to have Dave Mc Ilvoy (former CEO of Boysville) and Steve Herlich (chief philanthropy officer for Boysville) attend the event. During the pilots meeting, Steve provided a brief overview of the Boysville mission.
This year we had a wonderful turnout of twenty seven pilots attend our event. I heard a number of the pilots say they enjoyed the event and would come back next year.
The TCF club is proud to say that they donated $1300 to Boysville. The club donated all of the food and drinks. The club would also like to thank American Legion Post from Converse, TX. and the VFW Post from Universal City, TX. for their financial contributions to the effort. Additionally, three club anonymously members donated a total of $300 toward the Boysville contribution.
If you would like to learn more about the Boysville mission, please visit: www.boysvilletexas.org
Turns out TCRCC had a great event with 37 registered pilots, large spectator turn out and a lot of good safe flying. No one could have asked for a better turnout or overall event. Many types of very nice airplanes were on hand and flown to the spectator’s pleasure and enjoyment of the pilots. Some of the pilots had a great time with mock dog fights (Corsair vs Zero or Zero vs Corsair) but everybody won cause they all went home in one piece.
TCRCC’s members did a great job putting this event together and I believe fun was had by all.
THE GREENVILLE RADIO CONTROL AIRPLANE CLUB - CHARTER # 3302- FLIES OFF THE PROPERTY OF CLUB MEMBER PAUL WOOD ; WHICH HAS A NICE GRASS RUNWAY , SHADE STRUCTURE, TOILET AND A MOWED CONTROL LINE CIRCLE .I ALSO MET THE CLUB PRESIDENT , TOM HUBERT --VERY NICE GROUP OF GUYS AND CERTAINLY WORTH VISITING .
I PRESENTED THE DISTRICT VIII MAD AWARD TO DANE FOR ALL OF HIS SUPPORT FOR THE AMA AND THE HOBBY .
If you like float flying, plan on flying with the Santa Fe club next year. It was a lot of fun.
24 registered pilots got a full day of flying under almost perfect conditions. In addition the Boy Scouts along with many spectators had an opportunity to try their hand on the simulator and then on a trainer with a buddy box. Little warm but fun was had by all!!!!
Additional photos can be found from the links below:
Great Job by the Club working with the community.
The event was in celebration of the Club’s 40 continuous years of RC Model Airplane fun and included a Fun Fly with events like a balloon bust (no balloons were injured in the event), toilet paper streamer cut (attempted anyway) along with simple continuous open flying by the members. Tom Stancliff a long term member of the club barbequed brisket true Texas style and members brought their specialty covered dish. Becky Bridge, wife of one of our member’s specialty was a custom designed cake (actually two – one for the rain out and one for July 11th). The cakes were designed to reflect many aspects of the club facilities and history.
Inside the clubhouse a memory lane photo history of the club lined the walls. As with many clubs the history included the many challenges necessary over the years to develop and maintain a first class facility. The club owns its own land and has been in its current location since 1983. This alone is quite an accomplishment when we consider all of the changes in equipment and flying styles, maintaining neighbor and community relations and relationships with the modeling community.
The Alvin Club currently has approximately 80 members and is recognized by AMA as a Leader Club – Gold level. The event was well attended and I believe everyone enjoyed the food, flying, friendship and talking about the history that got us where we are today.
Thanks to all that contributed to making the event a success and the Club a success.
Vice PresidentLawrence Harville