There is just absolutely no way in the world I can possibly describe how tremendous the turnout ended up being for our clubs second annual New Years Day flying event held just this morning at the Fremont County Radio Control Club airfield!!!!
As I arrived at the field early to get all of the combinations changed on the locks and to start unloading everything and setting things up, Nick Bellino drove up and we discussed him doing an impromptu flyover in his full scale plane for the event this morning. We worked out the details of how to get the airspace safely cleared for him, and also for Hans Miesler to also do a flyover and smoke demonstration for us with his full scale plane too. Nick coordinated things with the airport traffic and pilots on his end and contacted me before taking off on his flyover of our field. Hans flew over top of everyone with his smoke billowing and doing rolls and climbs and various other aerobatic maneuvers, and put on a very good show for our enjoyment. Nick followed along not long after that in his sport scale plane and performed a very very low profile flight pass allowing us a perfect view of him as he thundered past the runway here. (Nick you missed a spot on the windscreen up front there when you washed it)....HAHAHA...he seemed to be that close and low to us as he flew past for everyone's pleasure.
Our club Presidents son Ryan Vincent dropped by to retrieve a crash helmet that one of the skydivers lost off of his head while skydiving over us this morning and they retrieved it out past the North side of the runway out past the windsock. Ryan then took a quick spin flying my UPROAR RC plane and screaming around and basically turning it inside out with his great flying ability, before handing control back to me. He sure makes me want to improve my flight skills, just by watching what he can safely achieve with an RC plane of any sort he gets his hands on.
So many pilots got in flights today, that I lost track within the first few minutes of who all got to fly it seemed like, but it certainly appeared to me that every single one of them were having a fantastic time of flying their RC planes on this first day of the New Year.
There was so much great food to eat and hot beverages to drink, that it warmed everyone right up as they enjoyed all of the various chili dishes and cornbread and also the bean dishes that folks generously brought to share with everyone, along with hot cider, hot chocolate, and hot coffee that I don't see how anyone could have possibly gone away not satisfied and warmed up heartily.
It turned out that we didn't need to put up a windbreak tarp of any sort after all, and the propane heaters that I brought out seemed to keep the chill at bay for everyone just fine, while allowing them to stay warm and to visit and share in this great day's events.
As I prepped my Uproar for a final flight of the day it seemed that it just would not accelerate properly like it should, possibly due to the cold from setting out on the flight line table for a couple of hours or so, but after changing out the glow plug and that still not resolving the problem any, I decided to try to de-fuel and then re-fuel the tank and see if that did anything. Not thinking that it would do the trick at all I still tried it anyhow, and what do you know, but the trick worked and the engine performed flawlessly as it always does, so up I went for a final flight of the day.
I got some really lousy pictures with my new cell phone camera, not of planes but of the field and also the crowd in attendance and of pilots flying, but hopefully next time I'll learn to take some pictures of the planes too!!!
As you can certainly see in the background of some of the pictures, the parking lot was full of vehicles, the buildings were full of folks by the heaters, and the flight stands were full of planes to fly.
I certainly appreciate everyone's assistance with getting this second annual Nitro-Chili-Burn flying event off the ground so successfully,and for their participation in all of the clubs great events throughout the entire year.
On behalf of everyone in the Fremont County Radio Control Club, I want to also thank those good folks that drove clear into here to participate with us here from other surrounding RC Clubs. Their support is always phenomenal for us here.
If anyone else has any pictures of this event that they want to share here, please do not hesitate to call or email me about them, or just please feel free to post a report on your take of the days events and post your pictures here on the club's web site too. We all know I am definitely not much of a photographer, and it shows...hahaha!!!
Once again, Thank You so very much to everyone that attended this great event, and lets get together and keep flying all year long, and enjoying this great hobby of ours!!!
Thank You very kindly,
Mark J. Sullivan