Flying Field Opens (with restrictions) The field has re-opened albeit with some restrictions. Although flying has re-commenced, the Covid-19 threat has not disappeared therefore the following protocols must be adhered to by our members
.1. Social distancing of 2 metres is to be maintained at all times in ALL areas of the field. If a spotter is required, they must maintain the 2 meter distance from the pilot. If a pilot is under training, the buddy box cord must be at least 2 metres in length or have a wireless connection. 2. Until further notice, presence at the field will be restricted to Club members only. To aid in discouraging random visitors, please replace the chain on the gate after you enter. No need to lock it. 3. The shack is to remain closed except for accessing items required for field operations. Only the Field Manager may enter. The picnic tables are not to be used. 4. Please maintain at least one parking space between vehicles. 5. The Club will not be providing sanitation supplies, therefor members are encouraged to bring their own chairs. 6. Obviously, if you are feeling unwell please do not come to the field. All members are encouraged to self regulate. I.e. if you notice someone not following the protocols, a gentle reminder is all that is required. Eventually the point will be reached where it becomes second nature.
Something To Help Pass The Time
Since we cannot fly, I've added the 2018 and 2019 end-of-year Club videos to the site for you to peruse at leisure and reminisce over better times. The files are rather large (17 min and 46min) and you may experience stuttering so I've put two versions of each, one high and one low resolution. Enjoy and stay safe.
Field Work Day - CANCELLED Due to the extended state of emergency in Ontario and the restrictions imposed on social gatherings, the Field Work day scheduled for May 9th is now officially cancelled. Our Field Manager continues to keep the field in excellent shape so that we can commence flying operations immediately upon the re-opening of the field.
The already budgeted and planned building of the new lean-to will take place once the field resumes normal operations. Members can expect a short notice request for a volunteer work party shortly thereafter.
The budgeted partial levelling of the field project will also require a short notice work party, however this project is dependant on field conditions as we will be having vehicles transporting soil onto the grass, so we are envisioning a late fall time scale.
April Meeting - CANCELLED Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, the April Club meeting is cancelled.
Be advised, for those that were planning on attending the Toledo R/C Show, the event has been cancelled.
Mini-Gnat Combat Plane After finishing all the orders for the Gnat combat plane I thought I would design and build a scaled down version. Due to the weather only one small test flight was flown, however the concept seemed airworthy so I've build and handed out 6 so far. Anybody else wanting one drop me an email. Below are a few photos.
Paul's version after decal placement
And the underbelly
Motors are 2212/6T from Amazon with 30A ESC
Partly complete Election sign awaiting aileron servo and motor mount
Photos from the March Meeting
Ralph shows his new E-flite F-18C
Peter shows a scratch built SU-57 based on Aero Tetris plans
The Cosgrove boys make their annual pilgrimage to the Club
The SU-57 will be going to the paint shop for its finishing
Ralph's F18C is in US Marine Corps colours.
Highly detailed with external ordnance and fuel tanks
March Meeting Our next Club meeting is this coming Monday evening, March 2nd, at our usual location. This is another great opportunity to meet with your fellow, and future, flying buddies and talk shop during the long winter months. Bring out your latest and greatest builds, or something unique or new in the hobby, to present to your fellow members at Show & Tell (remember that each presentation comes with an entry ballot for a $100 Skycraft gift certificate draw)
Photos from the February Meeting
Dale shows the Gnat, used by the Club for combat, to Tim, Garfield and Oldrich
A good turnout at the February meeting as shown at the Show & Tell part of the evening.
Not satisfied with winning last month's 50-50 draw, Dale tops it by taking home the free Club
Peter introduces his impressive Tomahawk Aviation Viper jet, prior to it's scheduled painting appointment.
Jeff shows his Top Flight Gold Edition P-47 that he has updated from an O/S 91 to a Sato 100 and
finally, a DLE 20 gasser.
Slava helps Peter with the fin whilst Ralph and one of the Armstrong brothers (potential new member?) look on.
February Meeting A reminder about our upcoming monthly meeting on Monday (Feb 3rd) at 7:30 at the usual place. There will be a draw for a free Club membership for all those who have already signed up. You can still enter the draw if you sign up at the meeting.
Frozen Finger Fly 2020 Dale won the highly coveted 'First in the Air' award.
Our first meeting of the new decade will take place on Monday, Jan 6th, starting at 7:30pm at the usual location.
2020 Club memberships will be available. Remember to have proof of your 2020 MAAC membership. Take note that any membership renewal will incur the additional late fee of $20. Also note that the Club Members Profile list located here will be amended after the meeting and all those who have not renewed will be deleted.
As per normal, Show & Tells are welcome and all presenters will receive an entry for April's draw for a $100 Gift Certificate, so bring out those new toys Santa left you.
Come out and enjoy an evening of friendship, conversation and a little Club business.