Our AGM will take place on Monday, Dec 2nd, starting at 7pm at the usual location. Please note the earlier kick-off time. The evening will start with a meal of pizza, wings ,and refreshments. During the meal a short 15 minute slideshow will be playing, reviewing the past year.
This will be followed by the AGM where our usual discussions regarding Club business will take place. An election for the Club Exec positions will also is planned.
Club memberships will also be available. Remember to have proof of your 2020 MAAC membership. Take note that any membership renewals after Dec 31st will incur the additional late fee of $20.
As per normal, Show & Tells are welcome and all presenters will receive an entry for next year's draw for a $100 Gift Certificate.
The annual Club membership photo will be taken during the meeting. Tuxedos are not necessary.
So come on out and enjoy an evening of food, entertainment and a little business.
Steven is preparing to enter the Combat Club with his nearly complete Gnat.
Work Party Required We will be shortening the Flight Stations Wednesday morning (Nov 6th). If you have time drop by and help.
November Club Meeting
The first winter meeting takes place this coming Monday evening (Nov 4th) at our usual location, commencing at 7:30pm. Minutes of the previous meeting are here.
2020 membership will be available for purchase. You must provide proof of your 2020 MAAC membership. Be advised that the date after which the $20 late renewal penalty fee will be applied has moved forward to December 31st vice February of the following year. So you only have this or the December meeting to purchase membership to avoid the penalty.
Starting this year, our membership cards will feature a Club member and his/her plane instead of the generic cover. The draw for the lucky member is taken at the previous year's annual Field Work Day. The winner for the 2020 card is Garfield. The downside is you may have to face questions from your spouses as to why you carry around a picture of Garfield in your wallet
In addition to taking nominations for the Exec elections to be held at the December AGM we will be discussing some improvements and possible changes to the field.
Show & Tell will be starting up again. At the last meeting we had an excellent turnout of presenters so hopefully that will continue. As in previous years, each presenter gets a ticket for each presentation he/she makes, for a draw at the April meeting for a $100 Skycraft gift certificate. So bring out those new planes!
Rory joins the 'Combat Club'
And so does Garfield!
Congratulations Rory Mark, our Chief Flying Instructor, presents Rory with his certificate for successfully completing the Wings training program. Rory, a previous helicopter pilot, decided to leave the dark side and take up fixed wing flying.
Friends and Family Fun Fly This event is now scheduled for Saturday, August 24th (rain day Sunday Aug 25th) A free BBQ with refreshments will be available. So bring your family and neighbours out for a great day of flying.
The Friend and Family Day scheduled for Saturday, July 6th is cancelled.
Field Work Day (change 2) Please re-update your calendars with the new, new, date for the field work day. It is now Sunday, June 2nd.
Field Work Day (change) Please update your calendars with the new date for the field work day. It is now Saturday, June 1st.
Update From the Field Our Field Manager, Paul, has prepared the lawnmowers for the upcoming season. And though the grass is not quite ready for cutting, as can be seen from the latest photo, the field is hardening up nicely and some have already been flying.
April Meeting Is scheduled for Monday April 1st (no, this is not a joke) at the usual location starting at 7.30pm. Be advised that this will be the last meeting prior to the summer flying season with the next meeting not taking place until November. The minutes of the March meeting are here.
We will be discussing the potential impact of the new Transport Canada regulation on Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) due June 1st.
We are also taking nominations for our vacant Vice President position.
A draw for a $100 Skycraft gift certificate will take place for all winter Show & Tell presenters. You still have a chance to enter the draw if you make a presentation at this meeting.
Be advised that members who have not renewed for 2019 will be deleted from the Club email list and denied access to the restricted Members area of this website after this meeting.
Membership Application Changes At the March meeting two changes to the Club Membership procedures were approved by the members:
a) the current additional fee of $20 applied to late membership renewals will now apply to renewals after December 31st of the previous membership year vice the end of February in the current year. This will better help the Exec plan the Club budget for the new year.
b) a refundable $25 key deposit will now be applied to all new keys issued commencing March 1st. The key deposit monies will be held in a separate fund similar to our Insurance Contingency and Lawnmower Replacement funds.
Both these changes are reflected in the updated Application for Membership form located here.
Photos From the February 2019 Meeting The Minutes of the meeting can be found here. Many thanks to Dale for filling in as Secretary
Peter presents Dave with the 2019 Frozen Finger Award
Craig with his Coby Hawk glider
Carl's 32" Zactly EPP made from internet- based plans.
Mark presents Garfield with us Wings
Not to be outdone, here's Will with his glider
Helmut's DLE 55 powered Pheonix Tucano
Peter' 1/16 scale Boeing 727 in FedEx livery
February Club Meeting
A reminder of the upcoming club meeting this coming Monday, 7:30 Feb 4th, at the usual location. Due to the cancellation of the January meeting, the last day to renew membership, without incurring the $20 late fee, has been extended to the March 4th meeting vice the end of February. Don't forget to bring something for Show & Tell. Remember, you will get a free ticket for the April meeting draw for a $100 gift certificate, for each presentation you make.
Annual General Meeting The AGM will be held on Monday Dec 3rd. Start time will be 6:30pm vice 7:30 as we will be having our annual Christmas get-together prior to the meeting. Pizza, wings, refreshments and a 40 min video 'The Stoney Creek Hawks: the Story so Far' will be on tap. So come on down and celebrate with fellow club members.
November Meeting The Minutes of the meeting are posted here.
Peter's Phoenix Hawk
Dale showed a neat Inductrix convertible to a drone or hovercraft
New Junior Member Congratulations to CY and Amanda on the arrival of Terrence, a new Club junior member.
November Meeting A quick reminder that our first meeting of the winter season is this coming Monday, 5th Nov, at the usual location. Meeting starts at 7:30. Show and Tell presentations are welcome. We will also be taking nominations for the 2019 Exec positions in preparation for the elections at the AGM in Dec.
Indoor Flying (or the lack thereof...) Sadly, as you are aware, our previous indoor flying location has been sold to a Grow-Op company. So much the progress of man. A search for a replacement has so far been unsuccessful. There are two other locations available, run by different organizations, but available for the casual flyer. See further here.
Steven H. has been busy with the paint brush and come up with a very attractive paint scheme for his Timber
Here's something that sounds like an April fools news item but sadly, it ain't April. Players Paradise, our indoor flying location, has been sold to a grow-op business. This is very unfortunate news as the site was ideal for winter flying and our relationship with the company was extremely cordial. We will be looking into other possible locations but unfortunately it will be very difficult replacing Players Paradis.
As an aside, any jokes about indoor flying and grow-op 'flying' will be considered in poor taste at this time.
Tony, CY and Ralph set up their EDF jets for a round of formation flying.
Friends and Family Day Video
Your Club Dues in Action Paul got a great bargain on a jack for the lawnmowers...just $30. This will aid in the cleaning, maintenance and blade removal operations. Paul demos the jack whilst Will, just in case there is any confusion on our part, points out which one is the lawnmower.
Friends and Family Day
Saturday July 7th
11am - 3pm
Free BBQ for everyone
Door prizes for members
Buddy boxes and trainers available for guests to try their hand at flying
Bring your family and friends out for a great day at the flying field. There will be free food and drinks available for everyone, plus a couple of door prizes for members. We will have a few trainers, with buddy boxes, for anyone wishing to have a go at flying. The only thing you may want to bring, besides your planes of course, is a chair, camera and sunscreen as the weather forecast looks fantastic! Email the secretary if you have any questions.
Just Out of the Paint Shop!! Peter has a new Boeing 727 turbine jet done in an absolutely stunning FedEx paint scheme. The attention to detail is quite amazing.
For Sale Ralph needs to make room for his new turbine jet and has his Freewing Scorpion 80mm EDF for sale. Give him a call if you are interested.
Field Work Day - CANCELLED Hi Ho Hi Ho , It's Off To Work We Go' - Not so fast!! Our annual Field Work Day is cancelled due to the fact that, well er, there is no work to be done. Paul has already painted the shack and Will has cleared all the trash from the creek. Bottom line is that the field is in great shape and ready for use and flying is in full swing so come on out and fly. The only temporary hiccup is that due to the heavy spring rain the outskirts of the field are still quite damp, but this should clear up with the fine weather ahead.
Show & Tell - April 2018 Meeting
The meeting commenced with coffee and a casual club Swap Meet
Turn out for the meeting was quite good
Rene Kindly donated a hawk to replace our guard owl at the field, who came to a sad demise
Carl shows his Flite Test Mustang made from $ Store foamboard
Ralph has a new Avanti S EDF to accompany his Scorpion
Will in the midst of destroying the room with his 12' wingspan glider
Indoor Flying The indoor flying season is coming to a close. There are only two more dates open before the season ends - May 2nd and 9th, so come on down and try it out.
Indoor Flying Update The original schedule showed that there would be no flying on April 11th due to a tournament. The tournament is cancelled and we can now fly on that date.
Swap Meet - Monthly Meeting We will be holding a casual Swap Meet prior to the April Meeting (Monday, Apr 2nd) commencing at 7pm. Doors open at 6:50pm to set up. Regular meeting will commence at 7:30pm as per normal. There is no cost involved and free coffee will be available. You are requested to take home any unsold items at the end of the meeting.
At the meeting we will be voting on the seasons budget so please make an effort to come down and make your voice heard. I will also be taking the annual Club Photo (dapper attire not essential).
Show & Tell - March 2018 Meeting Congratulations to Dave Coniam, who won the free membership draw. Also the Club bestowed a Lifetime Membership award to Carl Small in recognition of his contribution to the Club. Carl is a past President of the Club and was one off the founding members.
Dave the President presents Carl with his well deserved Lifetime Membership award
Craig showed his Balsa USA Smoothie, powered by a Supertigre 46.
Dave has finished framing the wings and fuse of his RV-4 in preparation for sheeting in 1/8" balsa.
Dave the President presents the other Dave with his free 2018 membership after having won the free draw.
Carl shows his nearly complete Mustabg built out of Dollar Store foam board using free plans from Flitetest
Slava sbrought 3 versions of his carbon fibre landing gear, the latest havinga foam core with double carbon fibre.
March 5th Meeting The next Club meeting is on Monday evening the usual location, commencing at 7:30pm. A draw for a free membership will take place. You must have purchased a membership to qualify. Note that any membership renewals after Feb 28th will incur a $20 late fee.
Just a reminder that all Show & Tell presenters from the Dec 2017 to May 2018 meetings will have their name entered for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from Skycraft.
Show & Tell - February 2018 Meeting
Carl presented a template he had made of a Dollar Store foam Flite Test Mustang. The model is relatively easy to build and quite cheap. He is recommending we use something similar for the basis of a Club mass build.
Another amazing scratch build from Carl.. His latest is a home made L-39 Albatross EDF jet.using balsa stringers, Dollar store foam board formers and hot wired foam wing.
Craig showed his Top Flight glider he intends to fly with the Southern Ontario Glider Group club this summer
Dusan presented a video of the flight of his Alip VTOL model, from which he hopes to build a full scale demo. The flight was successful although forward flight will require C of G improvements which he will incorporate in his next version.
Carl designed his own plans and had them transferred to acetate and projected on the wall to the scale he wanted. This is going to be a very light EDF jet.
The unpowered glider has a 100" wingspan and can be launched either by catapult or from a tow plane.
February Meeting The February meeting is scheduled for this coming Monday evening, Feb 5th, at 7:30, at the usual location. For those who have yet to renew their membership, be aware that Feb 28th is the last day to do so without incurring the late $20 fee.
Show & Tell - January Meeting
Decent turnout for the new year
Peter's Jet Teng L-39 turbine jat
Craig and his J-3 Cub
Peter presents Dave with the 'Frozen Finger' award
Carl's Viper EDF jet
Garfield shows his new kitchen wallpaper. (SIG Ryan STA)
Annual General Meeting Pizza, wings, coffee and soft drinks were available prior to the meeting. Minutes of the AGM are here.
Points of interest from the meeting: - No nominations were received for the election to the Exec, therefore all incumbents will remain in place for 2018. - The Exec are concerned at the continuing trend of poor participation at Club meetings. Low attendances hamper the successful running of the Club in that many times we are short of the numbers to make up the quorum required to conduct Club business. In addition to looking at reducing the frequency of the meetings, members will be canvassed on suggestions and ideas on how to increase interest in attending. - We had 3 Show & Tells at the meeting.
Peter' Wankel rotary engine
Ralph's Twisted Hobbies Extra 330 ver 3
Dave at the early stages of his RV-4 build
Note the vectored power motor which improves maneuverability
Frozen Finger Fly
January 1st 10:00am Come to the field to welcome in the New Year. The fire will be a-roaring and home-made chili will be a-cooking. Coffee and hot chocolate will be on hand to ward off the cold (and looking at the forecast, it WILL be cold). So time to man-up and say hi to your fellow club mates. And for the first flyer to take to the skies will go the coveted 'First in the Air' award.
Annual General Meeting / Xmas Gathering
Date: Monday, Dec 4th Time: 7:30 pm Location: Usual meeting hall Refreshments: Free Pizza, wings, soft drinks and fresh coffee will be available for all attendees.
Note: Starting with tomorrow’s meeting, all members who make a presentation in the Show & Tell will receive an entry for a draw, to be held at May’s Meeting, for a $100 gift certificate to Skycraft
November Meeting Show & Tell (Minutes of the Meeting are here.)
Will shows his new Inductrix Pro
Carl and his Elite Commander
Club Events - Coordinators checklist is posted here.
Commences tomorrow, Wednesday 29th Nov. See members page for details.
November Meeting and Membership Renewal Information Our next meeting is Monday November 6th at 7:30pm at the Optimist’s Club, Stoney Creek. We will be taking nominations for positions on the board of directors for the elections to be held at our December meeting. Please give some thought to taking an active role in the operation of your club. If you are willing to stand for election, please let someone know so they can nominate you. If there is someone you wish to nominate for a particular position, please check with that person before putting their name forward to ensure they are willing to let their name stand.
Club memberships for 2018 will available for those wishing to sign up. You will need to show proof of your 2018 MAAC membership. Be advised that we will be installing new locks and keys for the field and shack effective Jan 2018. As part of your membership renewal, you will be presented with, and must sign for, a new numbered key in exchange for your old key. Note that you must return your old key to receive a new one.
Also, please bring in something you are working on and share your story with your fellow members. The “Show and Tell” is the most interesting part of the meeting. You’ll never know how something you are working on might inspire other members to try something new, and grow within the hobby. See you Monday!
News From The October Meeting At the meeting, Dusan presented the latest model of his projected full scale personal transport VTOL that he is pursuing. His intent is to continue to develop his concept through various models with the ultimate goal of building a full scale VTOL to enter the Boeing GoFly competition. More details on the competition and its $2 million prize can be found in the note underneath the below photos and on the official site here.
Dusan is looking for people interested to join his team whilst concurrently seeking sponsorship for his project.
A New Jet Glider Tony brought his new 6m glider to the field. The motor raises out of the fuselage when operating, and then retracts when not in use.