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Next Event: Stetson Heli & Multi Rotor Fun Fly Sunday June 16, 2019 only, due to weather.

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.

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June 1, 2019 was...

...the annual Stetson Ed Rae Memorial Fun Fly event!

41 pilots registered for the annual Ed Rae Memorial Fun Fly event and despite the cool weather (it was not raining thankfully) it was a great day filled with flying many different kinds of aircraft.

Prizes were donated with thanks to Great Hobbies, Orleans Hobbies and AMR Hobbies. Michel Boulerice won the peoples choice award. Huge thanks as always to the Stetson Executive and particularly Dan for organizing and running the event. Big thanks to all those who make our events possible running everything from registration to the canteen/lunch.

Photos: Goose. Click image above for the album.

May 7, 2019 was...

...the annual Stetson Field Cleanup!

Well, the spring cleanup is behind us for another year! Although juggling the date seems to have cost us a few of our regulars, and our numbers were lower than usual as a result, the 14 members who were there certainly made up for it with hard work. Every task on our usual long list was accomplished, including rolling the field by Tom Pellows, scraping and painting 'everything that didn't move', and spreading gravel and stone dust to fill holes, (Thanks to Peter Blair for the use of his truck and trailer).

We completed many more repair and maintenance tasks, including one that we don't do every year, that is to wash the outside of the trailer. Steve Maines deserves a special mention for doing the whole thankless job alone. We wrapped things up around 2:00 pm after breaking for an excellent BBQ lunch prepared by Bob Myhara.

So, our sincere appreciation to the following 14 members who worked very hard to get our field in top shape for the new season: Pierre Coulombe, Jim Denyer, Jean-Maurice Moreau, Steve Maines, David Tymofie, Pete Blair, Gary Robertson, Nigel Chippindale, Peter Wakefield, Fred Lottes, Robert Myhara, Tom Pellows, Earl Jared and Daniel Marcotte.

Pierre Coulombe
Treasurer/Field Coordinator

Photos: Nigel Chippindale.

March 2, 2019 was...

...the annual Stetson Winter Fun Fly event!

The grey skies and the sometimes nippy wind from the east did not stop a dozen pilots and almost as many spectators from thoroughly enjoying a fun morning of flying and socializing.

Although this was not the best day for flying white airplanes, Kevin and Les managed quite well, except for a minor mishap with Les' E-Flite Convergence. The most difficult part was the recovery. The snow is still quite deep, and a pair of snowshoes would have helped make the trek to the far side of the runway a bit easier. On the other hand, Gerry did not have any problems with visibility, with his very colourful red, yellow and green machine! Overall, everyone had many pleasant flights.

The heated shelter was available to keep people warm, and we all gathered in it at lunchtime to top off the fun fly with an excellent bowl of chili. Several prizes were drawn, including two pairs of fingerless mittens donated by one of the women of the Blackburn Hamlet Community Church 'Knit Café', as well as some Stetson stickers and pins. Hal MacDonald and Nigel Chippindale won the gloves, and Kevin McDougall and Charlie Colwell won the Stetson stickers and pins.

Like always, teamwork made this event a success. As usual, thanks to Simon and Hal for bringing their top notch photo equipment out in the cold and taking pictures (Hal's pictures are on the Stetson Facebook page). Many thanks to Daniel and Louise for preparing and serving the lunch. Finally, thanks to Daniel and others who cleared snow around the tables over the past week, making the event safer and more enjoyable. Again, thanks to all who helped and participated - we all had a great time.

Pierre Coulombe
Treasurer/Field Coordinator

Photos: Goose. Click image above for the album.

January 5, 2019 is...

...the annual Stetson first flight of the year event!

Although it did not occur on New Year's Day due to the risk of unsafe road and field conditions, the 2019 First Flight held on 5 January was a total success. The flying conditions were almost perfect, with above freezing temperatures and very light winds. The day began with hazy and light gray skies, which posed challenges to pilots flying white planes, but this improved considerably as the morning progressed.

Sixteen members took part in the event, and after the usual first flight friendly competition and presentations, several people stayed on and enjoyed a very pleasant morning of flying.

The honours for first in the air went to Nigel Chippindale in the Electric power category, and to Gary Robertson in the IC engine category. The winners each got a very nice engraved medallion donated by John Jackson, and a pair of fingerless gloves donated by one of the 'knitting ladies' from the Blackburn Hamlet Community Church Knit Café.

Many thanks to Simon and Hal for taking photos, and to the executive for organizing the event and preparing the field.

Enjoy the pictures. Jon's ultra micro SE5A looks great!

Pierre Coulombe
Treasurer/Field Coordinator

Photos: Goose. Click image above for the album.

Stetson Web History...

Wednesday April 24, 2019 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.

January 2019 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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