I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving, filled with food, family, and friends.
This past September has been a busy month for me. I’ve attended several fun events. Friday, September 5, was spent with a great group of fliers at the Eldon Pro Bro event run by Frank Noyes.
Saturday was at the Kansas City Radio Control club at its annual warbird event. I spent the next weekend with Rend Lake RC Club at its military fly-in. I was invited by CD Tom Duncan. There were roughly 50 pilots registered, and far more than 100 airplanes and some impressive warbirds.
The following weekend was spent at the Ohio River View RC Flyers. It is a great location for hosting the U.S. Scale Masters—or any other event for that matter. Dale Arvin CDed the event.
While I was there, I got to hang out with Tim Sparks, who grabbed me and had me call for him when he flew his Northrop Gamma. I enjoyed it very much and learned a little, too.
Greg Hahn was also there with his new Republic P-47. It is a great-looking airplane that received a static score of 100. His flying was spot on as well, earning him several top awards in the Expert category.
The last weekend in September was spent at Leipers Fork, Tennessee, at Jim Graham’s (aka Billy Hell) Nash Bro event. There were a lot of District VI members there including Dave Sloan, Gary Himes, Steve Ruble, Henry Alexander, and Brian Baker. There were a lot of great people and I saw some excellent 3-D flying. It was a great month
The thing I see a lot of and like the most about this hobby is the camaraderie and fellowship. If someone needs a little help, breaks a propeller, needs some glue to get an airplane back in the air, or whatever, nearly everyone nearby is ready to help. It doesn’t matter if they are competing or just out having fun. This hobby is full of good people.
Steve Percifield provided the following:
“The 11th Hoosier Dawn Patrol was held at the International Aeromodeling Center in Muncie, Indiana, on August 15-17. The Hoosier Dawn Patrol is a fly-in for World War I models of any size and any power. Mission flying is stressed.
“This year’s event drew 46 pilots from 10 states, who brought approximately 75 WW I scale aircraft. This year really showed a trend toward larger models. Most aircraft were 1/3 scale, and a 1/2-scale Fokker D.VI was brought by Paul Westrich from Ohio.
Pilots started arriving early, with 30 in attendance by Thursday, setting up camp at Site 4. The weather was almost perfect. Saturday had some showers midday, with pilots flying between rains.
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Program of the Month. If you know of a youth member between age 13 and 19 who is deserving of a Youth Leadership Award, please consider submitting him or her. The top prize for this award includes paid tuition to Camp AMA and more.
To apply, include a typed letter of recommendation or essay detailing how the nominee has contributed to model aviation. This letter could come from a club member, teacher, or other party. Cutoff for submission is February 15, 2015. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.
I hope to see you at an event soon. Happy flying!