January 1, 2017 was...
...the annual Stetson First Fly Event!
After a blustery early morning following a snow storm, some 19 members were treated to sunny skies and moderating winds for the 2017 edition of Stetsons' First Flight.
Photos: Goose. Click image above for the album. Dan's pictures are available here...
With several inches of fresh powder down, it was a perfect runway for the event!
Sue and Hal MacDonald had everything ready to go for the 9 AM start, and eight electric aircraft were airborne in no time flat, with Jim Denyer winning the honors as first electric airborne for the year! It was great to see all those WHITE airplanes up flying around....don't know how they kept track of who was flying which, but they did a great job!
The Gas/Glow guys were ready right after the electric crowd came in and gave them some room. Four pilots were flipping like mad, and Charlie Caldwell showed us all up by getting his 35 glow-powered flying wing running first, and launched for the 2017 honors.
No incidents occured, a great way to start off the year! Mind you, some combination of wind gust, frozen thumbs, numb toes, and numb brain gave me a wake-up on my landing attempt. The trusty Twist dropped about 3 feet, bounced off the soft snow to my surprise, and gave me a chance to goose it and go around again! BONUS!!!
Hal and Sue had lots of hot coffee, compliments of McDonald's, and some delicious rice crispy squares. They also rounded up two very nice hand-crafted trophies from John Jackson for the winners in Electric and Engine classes, along with $50 gift certificates from Princess Auto! Very nice! Thanks for running the event, you two. Great job!
A big shout out goes to Daniel Marcotte, Hal MacDonald and Paul Abouassali, who were out early shoveling pathways to the setup tables, the shelter, washroom, etc. Our parking lot and access road were well plowed, and the field is very flyable, so for all you members who are getting cabin fever, go fly! The shelter and propane heater are working very well to thaw out between flights.
Thanks again to Goose and Dan for the photos shown here & Hal's pictures on the Stetson Facebook page. We all really appreciate the results!
So it's official, all you Stetsons: 2017 has launched successfully at Stetson Field.
Happy New Year to all!
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Wednesday January 25, 2017 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 in through the front door.
January 2017 Newsletter Available!