The Stetson Xmas party... saw around 50 club and family members gather for a Christmas feast, some fun and even a visit from Santa. A good night was had by all and Gary wrote a short account of the whole thing and then helped Jessica to get some pictures.
See details by clicking the picture above...
In a week... filled with weather forecasts including rain, high winds and low temperatures the annual Stetson New Pilots Fun Fly was set to be a wash-out however the weather gods finally gave the flight school crowd a break and granted us a perfect day.
A chilly 5°C in the morning eventually warmed to a balmy 17 by lunchtime and 24 registered pilots, executive and volunteers were enjoying the sun.
Pierre Menard setup his big Edge on the buddy box for pilots to try out flying a big aerobatic plane with great success. Many took the opportunity to fly which resulted in smiles and much chatter about buying a larger plane.
It was great to see students from previous school sessions come back to fly and mingle with the newbies.
Many thanks to the Executive & Dan who, as usual, ensured a smooth running event. Big thanks to Sue & Jessica for the celebratory cake, cooking our lunches & organizing registration. Thanks to Pierre for the Edge on a buddy box & Isabel for organizing the 50/50.
Finally thanks to Sue, Isabel (and me!) for donations of pilot's prizes that were raffled at lunchtime & everyone that participated in an excellent day.
Click the picture below for the full set and enjoy... Goose.
September 8 & 9... is the Stetson Giant Scale event and this year it has been sanctioned by the IMAA making it an official Minifest.
The weather was the worst on record with winds gusting to 60+kph from the South West, torrential rain and squalls that flattened two pop-up tents and sent plane covers and garbage in all directions.
All this was not enough however, to keep around 30 pilots away from the field. Flying in between squalls was the only flying possible and during the rain/wind periods time was spent chatting with friends, cooking and consuming lunch/roast pig dinner, prize giving and general camaraderie.
Many thanks to Scott Clarke for organizing the event along with many other members, the executive and volunteers that work extremely hard to make our events successful. Thanks also to our sponsors including Orleans Hobbies, Great Planes & Pilot RC. Another significant donation (KMP P-47 Thunderbolt) was received from a member who wishes to remain anonymous... Thanks Joe!
A windy and wet but fun day was had by all and we are all hoping for better weather for Sunday although it was fun to watch planes being flown backwards for the latter half of the day!
The pictures from this event are being posted in a new format. Much larger (by request) and using better navigation/presentation software. Please let me know your comments via email or in person. Thanks... Goose.
PS: Sundays weather was much better and we had a great day. Sundays pictures are online below. Enjoy...
July 21 to 22, 2012... was the Stetson IMAC Scale Aerobatics competition and whilst I was not able to attend Saturday, Sunday's turnout was as excellent as the weather.
The temperature peaked at 32°C and the wind continued to build throughout the day to 19kph (max gust 32kph) from the South West.
The Stetson club not only hosted the two day long event, but entered a record number of pilots... many of which won prizes in both the basic and sportsman catagories. Congratulations to all those who competed.
The list of people who made all this possible is long, from organizers Ray & Isabel Deslauriers to Dan and the club executive and the many volunteers... THANK YOU!
I'm looking forward to next year!
Canada Day at the Aviation Museum... was well attended this year with over 20 aircraft and 12 people representing the Stetson Flyers Club including:
Several hundred people of all ages passed the Stetson Club area and many stopped to ask questions about our aircraft, the hobby and how to get started.
Pictures :Dan's smart phone.
The expert panel responded and also distributed 50+ club brochures. With so many children running around, border patrol needed to be vigilant as the temptation to evade the barrier and play with such amazing toys was more than they could stand.
There were no issues and a great day was had. Many thanks to all those who participated and made this day a success for both the Stetson club and the Aviation Museum.
The Ed Rae Memorial Fun Fly... was held today Sunday June 10, 2012.
Pictures :Goose. Thanks to Pierre Menard for the shots of my plane.
The weather could not have been better except for perhaps a little cooler as the temperature hit 30°C and the wind was light albeit shifting around a lot.
34 pilots registered for the event and brought many aircraft. The shelter filled with the general public off and on through the day.
Many thanks to Dan who organized the event and was helped by Hal, Len, Merv, Maurice, Isabel, Jessica, Brooke and others. More volunteers will need to step up if the club is to continue holding events.
A great day, enjoy the pictures!
Dan snapped this amazing sunset after flight school on Tuesday June 5, 2012. A great reminder that despite all that is going on around us, we have an amazing field due to a small group of dedicated people.
Tuesday May 29th... was the Stetson club's annual dinner meeting and was held once again at D & S Southern Comfort BBQ restaurant in Carlsbad Springs and as usual the turn out was great. This is mostly due to the excellent food but I'm sure comradeship had something to do with it as well.
Pictures :Hal MacDonald.
Hot topics regarding the field and noise were discussed along with the regular meeting contents. A slide show of images shot over the last 6 years ran all night providing members with memories of planes that no longer exist as well as some of the great people we have lost.
The night ended with everyone full and looking forward to the summer season. Thanks Hal for the following pictures...
Saturday May 26th... was the IMAC Boot Camp which was hosted at the Stetson field and run by Isabel Deslauriers. Approximately 30 people attended to listen and learn all there is to know about flying IMAC scale aerobatics from a national champion.
Pictures :Hal MacDonald.
The basic and advanced routines were displayed and Isabel talked the group through each maneuver followed by each of us flying our chosen routine with assistance from Dave Rees and Tom Hastie. When then flew a mock competition with scores being assigned but perhaps the most valuable information was the feedback from the judges.
An excellent day was had by all and much was learnt. Many thanks to Isabel, Dave and Tom along with Gary, Dan, Hal and all the volunteers who made this a success. Thanks Hal for the pictures... enjoy!
Saturday May 5th... was the annual Stetson Flyers Flying Field Cleanup/Maintenance Day at the Stetson Field. At one point we had over 40 members out of the current 115 plus who gave their time and energy in completing our flying field improvements.
Pictures :Daniel Marcotte & Hal MacDonald
This outpouring of members support was phenomenal and we are proud of so many successes and achievements. To those who participated, it is your commitment and support that make this club so impressive and rewarding. To this end, we accomplished about 95% of our list of maintenance items and the remaining tasks were completed in the following week.
If you didn't make it out on Saturday, there are still plenty of ways to help support this ongoing effort to improve our field and our events.
Too all those who participated and supported their club on Saturday, thank you very much from the Stetson Flyers executive.
Yesterday was a great days flying... today wasn't so good after a heavy rain early in the morning but as the weather cleared and the temperature rose several large aircraft were brought to the field for their maiden flights.
Pictures :Goose May 13, 2012
Scott & Mike Amodeo maidened planes today and Pierre completed two yesterday. The pilot numbers grew during the day and despite the blustery cross wind from the North, many flights were had from the giants down to foamies and everything in between.
The radio programming seminar...
Pictures :Hal MacDonald
was held during the May club meeting and was delivered by Isabel Deslauriers of IMAC fame.
The complexities of the subject were handled extremely well, catering for both the beginners and the more advanced by Isabel's color coded Powerpoint presentation. Everyone appeared to leave with a lot of new-found knowledge and enthusiasm for IMAC and tuning their radio setups for better flight.
On behalf of Stetson members and the executive, Thank you Isabel!
Dinner Meeting Announcement:
Stetsons May 29 club meeting will be a Dinner Meeting and Social Mixer at:
D&S BBQ, Carlsbad Springs.
6501 Russell Road, Carlsbad Springs, ON. K0A 1K0
All club members and guests are invited to attend this function for great food, good friendship, and good times!
We will begin the Social Mixer at 5:30 pm and dinner will be at 7pm.
PLEASE NOTE: We need you to sign up in advance for this, no later than May 23, 2012.
Orleans Hobbies have kindly agreed to help us with the signup sheet and $10 per person pre-pay.
Please visit Orleans hobbies and get your names on the sheet.
They will collect $10 per person from you at that time and you will be given a dinner ticket for each person.
We will return the $10 to you at the door on May 29.
The Stetson Winter Fun Fly... was postponed to Sunday March 4, 2012 due to bad weather. The wind in the previous 24 hours reached 75.6kph.
Pictures : Goose.
A dozen brave souls arrived with 5 aircraft and flew a good part of the day despite the -9.9°C temperature that felt much colder with the WSW wind.
The fire barrel was kept well stocked and warmed everyone between flights. Chilli was prepared for lunch and made for some happy pilots.
Thanks to all who organized and participated to make this a successful event.
January 1, 2012... not only heralds the beginning of a new year but sees the Stetson club's 36th year of operation.
Each year on the first day, members head to the field to participate in the First Flight competition which resulted in 21 brave souls venturing out in the very mild weather (this year) and the following:
Tim Hortons coffee was served and the weather was perfect for flying with a light ESE wind of 6.5kph and a temperature of -5°C.
Goose arrived with several year's worth of damaged aircraft to offer to the airplane gods as a sacrifice on behalf of all members. This provided not only 'good karma' but some much appreciated warmth from the cermonial fire barrel.
Only one crash to report in which René Lepage's baby resulted in a complete write-off. He needed the space for a new plane anyways.
Pictures provided by the ever reliable Hal MacDonald, thanks Hal.
Happy New Year everyone...