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Tuesday May 4, 2016 Flight School begins.

Refer Flight School page for further details.

This Notice to Air Men (NOTAM) is a new permanent feature to inform you about field availability & new information. Check back often as this information will be regularly updated.

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March 5, 2016 was...

...the Stetson Club's annual Winter Fun Fly!

Saturday March 5, 2016 was a really nice Canadian Winter Day! It was a bit nippy, but sunny and most importantly, CALM! 08:00 -16C to noon, -6C afterwards, winds nil. The Stetsons hosted our Winter Fun Fly to 28+ hardy folks who came out and flew, chatted, and enjoyed the Chili!

Thanks to Sue and Hal MacDonald for being the organizers of this event. Mostly, Thanks to SUE for the great Chili and Buns. Sorry Hal!

Dan, our intrepid leader, was out there at 7 AM, with Pierre Coulombe, field coordinator, making sure all was ready for us wimps that stayed warm in bed for hours after that. The infield plowing was much appreciated by all, and the residual ice was testament to why we had to clear off the pits and entrance areas.

Hal demonstrated this for us with a not-so-gracious swan dive on the icy runway entrance at mid field. Safety Officer! Get the Safety Officer! Dan, just a heads up: Hal's attorney will be in touch with you Monday AM regarding the unsafe conditions.

...and so the fun continued...with big, small, in-between and all sorts of aircraft in the air taking advantage of the CALM day.

We enjoyed seeing many, many electric foamies just having a blast! THAT has to be the way to go for trouble-free winter fun! We enjoyed watching the gasser and glow guys flip and flip and flip....and flip some more.... BUT, they were all successful and got airborne, enjoying the day, and with that SMUG smile that comes with knowing that you got a REAL engine airborne in winter! Way to go, you guys!

We nearly had a perfect day of fluegeling until poor Les got all excited at missing the group photo and dumped his sport flyer onto the ice! Never mind though, Pierre Menard was there with his 200 hp, 3 cylinder, tuned pipes recovery vehicle. Les says the crash was nothing, but the recovery trip turned all his hair white! Just check him out next time you see him!

It was really a great day.

It made us all yearn for spring, for green grass, for WARM, for more great flying days with our buddies.

It made us all happy to be Stetson Flyers!

Thank you to all who contributed!

Gary Robertson

Photos: The first 36 by Gary Roberston, the remaining 91 from Hal MacDonald.


February 27, 2016 saw...

...the Stetson Club visit Vintage Wings of Canada!

The Stetson Flyers Model Aircraft Club would like to thank Vintage Wings for providing us with an excellent experience this morning at the facility.

We had 26 members visit the hangar and thoroughly enjoy the guided tour. Our THREE guides were delightful to listen to and learn from. They provided us with so many anecdotes, facts, history, great stories and lots and lots of answers for the questions from our very keen group!

I must say that I was personally very impressed with the developments I saw on this visit. It's been a few years since I last visited, and it was great to see the flags, posters and memorabilia in the hangar. The place looks great!

Your well stocked gift counter is new to me, and great to see! You got us on the Junior Bomber Jacket for our grandson!

Thank you to Vintage Wings staff and volunteers for the dedication, vision, and sweat equity needed to create this impressive operation!

The Stetson Flyers would like to extend an open invitation to you and your staff to come visit us at Stetson Field on the nice calm summer days and see what we are up to!

Best Regards, and thanks again for a wonderful experience!

Gary Robertson
[Written of behalf of the Stetson Club to Peter at Vintage Wings]

Photos: The first 29 by Dan Marcotte, the remaining 53 from Hal MacDonald.


January 1, 2016 was...

...the annual Stetson First Fly of the Year event!

Contrary to last year we actually got snow this time around and around 25 people showed up for the First Fly of the Year event.

-3 degrees C was quite mild and the forecast wind didn't begin picking up until after 9am and not to the expected 24khp (luckily!).

7 aircraft were entered for the electric 'race' won by Tony Garbish and 2 for the glow powered class won by Gary Robertson.

John Jackson manufactured amazing trophies for each class and did an outstanding job, thanks John!

Many thanks to Michael Lalonde and all the volunteers that made today a success! The Tim's coffee and Timbits were very much appreciated as was Gerry Nadon's donation of a bottle of bubbly.

Nigel, Gary and Hal have additional images from today's event here: Dropbox link.

Click the picture above for the full album, share and enjoy!

Goose.

Photos: Goose


Stetson Web History...


Wednesday January 27, 2016 is the next scheduled meeting at the Aviation Museum. Catch up with club members and let everyone know what you have been upto this past summer.

Meeting starts at 7:30, come around to the back door.


Spring 2015 Newsletter Available!


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Weather

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.

Click here for Stetson field weather history & details.

Click here for the St. Thomas Aquinas CHS weather history & details.


Click here for a map of the field for weather.

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