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Stetson Field Use Temporary Rules Effective June 2022.

Members and guests who have COVID symptoms or have tested positive are required to self-isolate in accordance with Ottawa Public Health direction.

This Notice to All Members (NOTAM) is a permanent feature to keep you informed about the Stetson Club.

June 4-5, 2022 was...

...the annual Stetson Ed Rae memorial Fun Fly Event!

After a fine but breezy day for Saturday, Sunday was significantly better!

This weekend (4-5 June) was the Ed Rae Memorial Fun Fly, our first major event since 2019! Nineteen pilots defied the brisk winds and cool temperatures on Saturday and eleven more signed up on Sunday, when the weather was a bit more suitable for relaxed flying. Most people agreed that it was a great opportunity to socialize and get back together after two years of cancelled event. Many thanks to our cooks and food handlers, Debbie, Pauline, Alain and Jim, and to our ever hard working President Daniel. Enjoy the pictures!

Pierre Coulombe

Photos: Goose. Click image above for the album.

March 5, 2022 was...

...the annual Stetson Winter Fun Fly Event!

What a wonderful winter day!

We couldn't have asked for much better weather for our annual Winter Fun Fly. Sunny skies and very light winds made the cool temperature totally bearable. A great turn out as well, with at least 23 pilots, including several from other clubs as far as Montreal. Many visitors also dropped in to add to the numbers. The convenience of electric planes for winter flying was very evident, as all but two airplanes were battery powered.

There is nothing like a hot meal, a warm drink, and some carbs when you spend a winter day outside. Many thanks to Jim & Deb Denyer for preparing a delicious chili, to Jon Harper for his hot chocolate and donation of too many Timbits to count. Also, Alain Richer's perfect home-made molasses cookies were much appreciated as were the chocolate chip cookies donated unnoticed by a member or visitor. Also, thanks to Daniel Marcotte, Mike Lalonde and Pierre Coulombe for clearing the snow around the tables and pit area. But most of all, thank you to all who came out and made this a most enjoyable event.

Dan Marcotte

Photos: Hal, Rick and Dan. Click image above for the album.

October 3, 2020 was...

...the Stetson Meeting & Vote (at the field)

Due to COVID-19 the Aviation Museum was unavailable for the annual Stetson Executive vote meeting however as it is mandatory for the club, Dan & the Executive arranged it for the field.

Social distancing, masks and situational awareness is the new normal and was adhered to for the both the meeting and those who remained to fly afterwards.

The Executive and volunteer positions were voted in with John Jackson performing the Master of Arms role. The 2020 budget was discussed along with the proposed budget for 2021. General business rounded out the meeting followed by the official close of the Flight School.

Certificates were presented to the instructors in appreciation of another successful season and the challenges of this particular year acknowledged. Many thanks to the instructors, Len Streefkerk (Assistant C.F.I), executive and those who ensure the Flight School program continues to thrive.

With the mild weather, many remained after the meeting to fly a vast range of aircraft and enjoy the day. Many pictures can be seen on the Stetson Facebook Group page.

Photos: Hal MacDonald. Click image above for the album.

March 7, 2020 was...

...the annual Stetson Winter Fun Fly Event!

Sometimes it just really works out!

GREAT sunny skies, good karma, and wonderful weather greeted a fantastic crowd of snow-weary members and guests from all over the zone today for the Stetson annual Winter Fun Fly event.

We were 35 plus pilots registered around 11 AM, when President Dan did a quick calculation, then disappeared in a cloud of snow down the road to load in more lunch supplies! We don't have a final number yet, as folks were still arriving at lunch hour, but the total is likely over 40 pilots, 100 plus aircraft, and a considerable number of spectators. BIG thanks to Dan, Louise and Rene for the help with Chili lunch and fixings!

The skies were filled with 3, 4, and 5 at a time all morning and after lunch break. Every kind of aircraft imaginable took to the skies, providing an ever-changing airborne spectacle. The field was perfect! Iced over smoothly in all directions and dusted with a light powder snow cover from yesterday's flurries. We could land virtually anywhere, and taxi safely, as evidenced by Jon Harper, landing out near the tree line and successfully making it back without incident. When I left in early afternoon, the action was still hot and heavy!

We had many Stetson regulars out, and a good number of folks from the clubs in the region, including our Zone Director Geoff, one of our newest Stetson members.

Several onlookers were out to have a first look at the sport and gather information on how to get involved. Thanks to the members and executive who spent time explaining how it all works!

Today was a fun celebration of winter flying. We all look forward to spring and warmer days ahead, but for today, flying and friendship was enjoyed by many, and that's what it's all about!

Gary Robertson
Events Director

Photos: Goose. Click image above for the album.

Additional event pictures by Dan Marcotte.

Additional event pictures by Jim Denyer.

Additional event pictures by Louise Gelinas.

January 1, 2020 was...

...the annual Stetson First Flight Event!

Early on New Year's Day, 22 members gathered at the Stetsons Field for our annual First Flight of the Year.

The temperature was a comfortable 0 Celsius, and we were pleasantly surprised by lighter winds than forecasted. At 9:00, eight electric planes lined up for takeoff, and Nigel Chippindale got the honour of being officially the first one in the air in 2020, earning bragging rights and a small prize (neck warmer). A short time later, Gary Robertson launched his glow powered Twist to take the IC category, unopposed for the second year in a row (we need more glow or gas planes at this event!)

We enjoyed some coffee, Timbits, and Jim Denyer's home made cookies, and everyone had a great time flying and socializing.

Happy New Year to all!

Pierre Coulombe.

Photos: Goose. Click image above for the album.

Stetson Web History...

Wednesday January 29, 2020 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 in through the front door.

February 2021 Newsletter Available!


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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