Nic Burhans, CD for the Fauquier Aero Recreation Modelers club (FARM), submitted the following report.
The FARM club hosted its annual Fall Float-Fly on October 5, 2013, at Lake Ritchie in Fauquier County, Virginia. Fifty-seven pilots from Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, and North Carolina participated in the all-day event.
More than 36 families, friends, and drop-ins came to watch the day’s operations. A barbecue lunch was provided in the shaded pavilion for all pilots and observers.
The Hampton Roads Radio Control club (HRRC) of Suffolk, Virginia, held its Seventh Annual Toy for Tots Fun-Fly at the club field on Saturday, November 2, 2013. There were 67 registered pilots and approximately 175 RC airplanes and helicopters present.
Trophies for best ARF went to Chris Weeks, best kit/stick built went to David Hayes, best warbird went to Bill Parker, and best of show was awarded to Bill Goda. Mills Saylor, HRRC vice president, was the event coordinator and David Haywood was CD. Our sister club, Newport News Park RC club, worked with us and provided the food, cooking, and serving functions.
The fly-in had several unique events including a series of low flyovers by a vintage, restored PT-17 Stearman piloted by owner Lou Radwanick. Bob Howll, HRRC president, rode in the front seat of the biplane. At noon, attendees were treated to a live show by Skydive Suffolk as four parachutes dropped from 5,000 feet to our landing strip to the joy of all present. Upon landing, the skydivers presented the club with numerous toys for the program.
Approximately 50 children were given the opportunity to fly an RC airplane on the buddy box. Santa Claus even made an appearance!
The club raised more than $4,000 and collected five full boxes of new toys for Toys for Tots. Everything was donated to local Toys for Tots Chairman John Woleban.