1. Stetson field will be open for normal flying starting on Tuesday 16 February 2021, with COVID-related restrictions.
2. NEW: Masks must be worn except when you are flying your model; max 25 people at the field (first-in-first-out as required to avoid exceeding limit).
3. All seasonally applicable Stetson COVID rules are still in effect. The key ones are:
- Stay home if you have any symptoms or if you have to self-isolate; follow city guidelines for testing and self isolation.
- Always maintain 6ft/2m distancing. It is easy to be distracted and forget.
- Follow good hand cleaning practices.
4. Winter shelter closed.
As a club, we have done a very good job of remaining compliant with provincial and local orders, while still managing to enjoy our hobby.
Enjoy some winter flying, and stay safe and vigilant. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
This Notice to Air Men (NOTAM) is a permanent feature to keep you informed about the Stetson Club. Check back often as this information is updated in real-time.
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.Photos: Hal MacDonald. Click image above for the album.
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.
March 7, 2020 was...
...the annual Stetson Winter Fun Fly Event!
Sometimes it just really works out!Photos: Goose. Click image above for the album.
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!
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.
Photos: Goose. Click image above for the album.
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!
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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!