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New to the Stetson club and seen here receiving his wings this past week is Elckar Monsalve. Elckar says:
I am from Maracaibo, Venezuela. I work as a Currency (FOREX) trader. I lived in Ottawa since 2001, I move to Quebec in 2005, I lived in Venezuela from 2006 until 2012. I moved back to Ottawa on September 2012. I have been flying since 2007 in Venezuela, mainly gasoline 1/3 scale planes. I would like to get into acrobatic planes. In 2010, I participate in the Venezuelan National Competition and I won the second place in the category of Scale Plane. As well, the third place in the same category back in 2011. I was a member of two flying clubs in Venezuela.This hobby is one of my life passions.
Say hi when you see him around and welcome to the club Elckar!
Photo: John Rest.
2013 Field Maintenance Day
To all of you (33 workers) who came today, gave your time, your labour and lent your tools and equipment for our annual field clean-up, thank you.
Knowing that most of you probably had a long list of chores to do at home or on your own property, your work is even more appreciated. Not only did you accomplish everything that was on our list but many more things that were not essential or urgent at this time.
Thanks also to Tom Pellow, Bill MacDonald and Fred Lottes who rolled the runway and pit area for many hours on Friday. Special thanks to Pete Blair who came with his truck and large trailer to deliver 13,920kg of crush stone and stone dust. Also to Douglas and Johnathan Le Touzel for using their priceless Kubota tractor. Without their help the work would not have been completed by early afternoon.
You can be proud; you have provided first class facilities to each and every member of your club.
So now enjoy them and good flying.
Thanks again from Marc Lanthier, Field Coordinator and your Stetson Executive
Pictures : Jessica Dawson
2013 Stetson Winter Fun Fly
Around 20 brave souls...showed up at the Stetson field for the annual Winter Fun Fly event on Saturday March 2, 2013.
The temperature was pretty good, hovering around -4°C but felt considerably cooler with the 20kph wind gusting 34kph from the North-West corner of the field.
Once again the shelter and propane heaters kept everyone warm and in good spirits. Dan & Sue organized the chilli lunch that was scoffed down in short order to keep the insides warm as well.
A good day had by all... a big Thank You! to the organizers and all those who showed up. Also, a very special thank you to Marcel Pronovost who cleared masses of snow from the driveway and carpark.
Click the image above for pictures and enjoy!
Pictures : Goose
First Flight 2013
The first flight of 2013...was a bright and crisp winter morning with a gentle 20k north breeze and a balmy -25C windchill to greet 19 people who were crazy enough to come out for the fun and hot chocolate.
As usual, President Dan and Marc Lanthier were there early. Thanks Dan for all the snow shoveling to allow us movement! As you can see, we have a solid 2 foot snow pack at this time, so Dan's efforts were very much needed.
Huge thanks to Marcel Pronovost who cleared the driveway and parking lot for the event!
We had several pilots braving the elements at 9AM, and when the blowing snow cleared, the winners of the first flight event were:
Winners - Gas and Nitro planes
1. Pierre Coulombe
2. Gary Robertson
3. Mike Amodeo
Winners - Electric Planes
1. Barry Hanna
2. Hal MacDonald
3. Dave Martin
Ken Park, representing Model Airplane News, attended the event and presented us with three sets of DuBro skis, which he is testing out for them.
His photo set is here (Flickr), and some of the content may see print NEXT winter in M.A.N.
The shelter was a very popular hang-out between flights. What a difference it makes, getting warmed up and gathering there for hot chocolate and TimBits! Winter flying with this arrangement is really pretty comfortable if you dress properly.
Happy New Year all you Stetsons! We hope you will get out and enjoy winter flying on those special days when the sky is bright blue and the wind is low.
Photographers: Gary, Hal & Jessica.
Welcome!... to the new & returning members of the Stetson Flyers...
We wish you a long and happy relationship with the club...
Stetson Web History...
Tuesday March 26, 2013 is the next scheduled meeting at the Aviation Museum. Catch up with club members and let everyone know what you have been upto this winter.
Meeting starts at 7:30, come around to the back door.
The St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School in Russell... weather station is back up and running and according to John Jackson, and is finally a 24/7 operation. That's great news for us as we are unsure whether we will have luxury of Dave Colpits on-site system this year. St. Thomas Aquinas CHS is 9.8km SSE of the Stetson field.