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Friends of the communities we live in: It’s time to look for new and old ways to make friends within our communities. Here is what the Dalls, Oregon, club did as a first-time event to reach out to the youth in its area.
The Dalls Wingdingers RC Club held a Kids Fun-Fly on May 31, 2014. The club invited the Lacreole Middle School students to attend. The school principal told the club to expect roughly 10 students because it was the school’s baseball season. It was a good sign when 16 boys and girls signed up.
The morning started with some open flying, then at 9 a.m. the club divided the youth into two groups. One group started their ground school with the RC planes and the other group built Delta Darts.
A noon “stand-down” period included allowed the public to get a closer look at the flying site and ask questions. The students were treated to a free barbecue lunch of hot dogs, chips, soda, and baked beans.
After lunch blue ribbons were awarded to the winners of the two age classes for the Delta Dart flyoff. This was followed by a raffle for the students who registered for the Kids Fun-Fly day. The top prize was an airplane ride given by pilot Dave Martin, won by Alec Palm. Second prize was a quadcopter donated by the club, and won by Natalie Crabtree.
The day ended with accolades from parents expressing how wonderful this event was for their sons and daughters. The club was told it was an experience that wouldn’t be forgotten.
This was a very successful response for Dalls Wingdinger first Youth Fun-Fly, and the club is planning to make it an annual event.
The information was provided by David Kalfell.
Ground-school instructor Dave Kalfell explains the use of the transmitter and how the airplane reacts to the stick movements.
Ken Beaty, spotter; Trinity Jones on the buddy box; pilot Dave Martin; and Natalie Crabtree ready for her turn at the sticks.
Students Alec Palm, Trinity Jones, Callum Francis, and Daniel Gagner with instructors Dave Kalfell, Bob Brixius, and Al Bradford
The Gallatin Eagles RC Flying Club in Bozeman, Montana, held its annual Battle for the Mountains Combat event on July 26, 2014. Setting the standards high was Charlie Plfeger who won the 6 rounds of Open B, with Phil Battle in second, and Brian Westberg was third.
The photos by Phil Battle.
Gib Curtis CD, Stan Johnson, Destry Jacobs, Charlie Plfeger, Phil Battle, Mike Hutcinson, Adam Stamey, Brad Westberg, and Brian Westberg.
Brad Westberg ready to do battle.
The Whidbey Whiz has another keeper added to his hangar. It’s a Clancy Lazy Bee with a twin Saito pulling it around the skies. In Cub yellow, it a fine sight to see in the blue skies as shown below.
We are all in this together. It’s time to find ways to ensure we keep our flying fields and be good role models in our communities.
See you at the flying field.