Don Wise, District IV associate vice president, sent the following report:
The Flying Tigers RC Club hosted its Event of the Year on September 19-20, in Scranton, South Carolina. The club also allowed flying on Friday afternoon for early arrivals. After dark on Friday, the lights came on for night flying, which ended at 10 p.m. On Saturday, the sun was obscured by clouds and although a breeze was blowing it did not prevent pilots from flying.
The Flying Tigers have two parallel runways, with parking located between the runways. One side was for sport flying and the other for 3-D. The 80 pilots represented several states and were watched by approximately 350 spectators. Nearly every type of aircraft and power system was represented. CD Tony Turner and the many club volunteers made sure that the event ran smoothly.
The club had more than $5,000 in raffle prizes, divided into three raffles: a general raffle, a pilots-only one, and a women-only raffle. In each raffle, the person whose ticket was drawn chose any prize he or she wanted until all prizes were gone. Before the raffles, the club recognized a number of members for work done on behalf of the club.
The food was provided by the Grace Free Will Baptist Church youth group, which kept all the money from the food sales. This was a fine example of an AMA club working with the local community with the outcome benefitted both. The jewelry won in the women-only raffle will not fly, but the winners did seem happy.
The trailer was full of prizes for the general raffle.
This pilot is concentrating on landing.
Part of the midday demonstration.
This airplane flew in the midday demo. In the background is the club’s welcome banner.
Don also reported on the fourth annual eWeek.
The Triple Tree Aerodrome, perhaps best known for Joe Nall, hosted its fourth annual eWeek, September 24-28, outside of Woodruff, South Carolina. The five-day event started with clouds and wind, but by the weekend the sun and blue sky returned.
If it had an electric power system, you could probably see it flying at Triple Tree. All of the sites were open for use including the main site, 3-D site, park flyer area, floatplane area, the helicopter site, and the CL area.
If you wished, you could go fishing while the batteries were charging. Vendors sold hobby items and others showed and answered questions about their products. Many pilots camped on-site in tents and RVs.
If you did not make it this year, plan to attend at least one of the events held at Triple Tree Aerodrome next year. It is truly the premier venue for anything that flies in our hobby.
This is the front of a large airplane under construction at eWeek. It has a microwave in nose.
Florida AVP Andrew Griffith sent this report:
On September 11-14, 2014, in the small town of Dalton, Georgia, south of the Tennessee border on I-75, 44 pilots with more than 80 Scale helicopters, attended the largest Scale helicopter gathering in the country. Now in its 14th year, the Southern Scale Heli Challenge is hosted by the Dalton RC Club, and presided over by CD Darrell Sprayberry.
The event drew pilots from as far away as Boston, Long Island, Arkansas, and Texas. Even Toronto, Canada, was represented. Scale helicopters ranged from micro size to the Red Bull BO-105 to the mammoth 1/4-scale Bell-47 flown by Stan Kopreski.
There is no competition and anyone with an interest in Scale helicopters is welcome to attend. Experts are on hand to help with setup and operation of turbines, three-axis stabilization systems, radio systems, electric power systems, and batteries. These great modelers will share all their secrets about building interiors, painting, and detailing. Whatever you need to know, all you have to do is ask.
The event wrapped up with a Southern barbecue dinner provided for the pilots by Unique Aircraft, and on Saturday with a rib eye steak dinner provided by East Coast Scale Helicopters.
Nats judge Sandy Jaffee from State College PA, with his Starwood turbine Llama.