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Postings by Tom Holmsley

El Paso RC Annual Ray Hall

by Tom Holmsley   October 1, 2019

Sunday, September 8, 2019
As usual, the Annual Ray Hall Memorial event sponsored by The El Paso Radio Controllers was a big hit with lots of flying, good fellowship, and great food. President Fritz Gatlin and officers Bobby Avvacato (VP), Dennis Linden (Sec. Treas), and Mike Greeson (Safety Officer), supervised the activities assisted by Ray Welch (CD). The judges were Jill Myrick, Paul Rucker, and Lalo Anaya. And the wonderful cooks were Gina Merli, Kathy Linden, Aiden Linden, and Maddi Linden. Then there was Kevin Parker, the announcer, who added much color to it all. The Horizon RCers and The Alamogordo RC Club were well represented and added to the fun. The day ended with the presentation of awards and an extensive raffle. With lots of good memories, everyone is already looking forward to next year.
The award winners were L to R:
Philip Evans, Alamogordo
Maurice Evans, Alamogordo
Phil Gibson, El Paso
Ernie Morris, Alamogordo
Todd Penka, Alamogordo President
Tony Lovett
See photo below.

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 Ray Hall Participants Award Winners 


ASYMCA Summer Learning Adventure

by Tom Holmsley   July 30, 2019

About 35 future pilots ages 6-12 visited the El Paso Radio Controllers today (July 29, 2019). They were participating in the Learning Adventure program from the Armed Services YMCA, and today's events gave them new knowledge about aviation. Several EPRC pilots were present to give them first hand experience with airplanes and how to fly them. There were several flight demonstrations followed by ground school training which led to each youngster actually flying by use of the buddy box. Fritz Gatlin, the EPRC President, organized the activities which included the presentation to each participant a club letter with a patch, a propeller, and a hand tossed glider.
Officers from the ASYMCA were there to oversee the activities which was a big help for the club. They were:
Paola Camacho, Teacher Assistent
Nadine Carrillo, Child Care Provider
Diana Bengson, Development Manager
Betty Ramirez, Program Coordinator
Isabel Ortiz, Bus Driver
On departure, one of the ASYMCA adults commented to me that she had heard one of the youngsters say "this is the best field trip they have ever had".
A big congratulations to all the ASYMCA and EPRC members who participated, and we're looking forward to seeing a whole new batch of aviators in the future.

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 Dennis Lynden, treas; Tony Flores, Amelio Dimas, Honesty Cornelius, Ben Saldana Joe Pritchard, ASYMCA Exec. Director, with curious new aviatrixes. 


EPRC Hosts Military

by Tom Holmsley   July 1, 2019

On Sunday, June 30,2019, The El Paso Radio Controllers hosted a social event for The Armed Services YMCA and the Fort Bliss Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers. The event provided an opportunity for individuals in these two organizations to learn more about our hobby and give them an idea about how they can get involved. Activities included hands on flight training and demonstrations for both fixed wing and drones as well as a brisquet lunch followed by a drawing. Attendance was great, and everyone had a good time.

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 Armed Forces YMCA and EPRC officers Members of the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers from Ft. Bliss 

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Great Day in Alamogordo, New Mexico

by Tom Holmsley   May 12, 2019

The Alamogordo RCers annual club picnic was held at their flying field starting early on Saturday morning, May 11, 2019. The eager early birds were rewarded with a beautiful, clear morning which made their flying that much more fun. They gathered with their planes for the photo below. They are L to R:
Dawn Packwood
Walt Packwood
Terry Ott
Maurice Morgan, Safety Officer
Todd Penka, President
Mike Taylor, Horizon Club
Tom Jacoby, Event Manager and Secretary.
Harry Johnson
David B. Smith
Charlie Bice

A highlight of the day was the superb picnic lunch cooked by President Todd Penka with dishes provided by other members.

Since this is always such a nice annual event, we're already looking forward to next year.

 The Alamogordo RCers Early Birds 


IMAC Event, El Paso

by Tom Holmsley   April 30, 2019

The 2nd Annual Southwest and South Central Smackdown International Miniature Aerobatic Club (IMAC) Meet at the Border was hosted by The Horizon City RC flyers at Danny's field April 27th and 28th, 2019 in El Paso.

There were 27 flyers from the combined South Central and Southwest IMAC regions. Those coordinating the event where Texas Regional Director and CD Dan Powell from Callisburg, Texas; CD Mike Taylor from the Horizon Club; Amanda Coke, AMA District 8 Contest Coordinator from Dalhart, Texas; and Alex Dreiling, Southwest IMAC Regional Director from Phoenix.

The photo below shows Dan Powell, Texas Regional IMAC Director on the left followed by the winners from left to right.
1st Unlimited: Alex Dreiling, SW
1st Advanced and 2nd in Seniors: Michael Marcellin, SW
1st Freestyle: Mel Nipkow, SW
2nd Sportsman: Richard Crutchfield, SW
1st Sportsman: Mike Triebe, SW
3rd Seniors: Jacques Telles, SW
1st Basic: Jimmy Allen, SC
3rd Basic: Amanda Coke, SC
3rd Sportsman: Allen Delger, SC
1st Intermediate: Rhett Lambert, SC
2nd Basic: Joe Adame, SC
Rudy Voldrich, Contestant Intermediate, SC

Congratulations to the Southwest Region who took the trophy as overall winner.

This outstanding IMAC event was the 2nd for the Horizon Club, and they are hoping to sponsor it again next year.

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 Alex Dreiling, Southwest Regional Director, 1st Unlimited, and high score trophy Contest winners as shown above. 

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EPRC Flying Cupids

by Tom Holmsley   February 27, 2019

The El Paso Radio Controllers held their "Flying Cupids" Fun-Fly and Swap Meet on February 9, 2019 at Patriot Field, their home field. The events were timed loops, timed flight, and spot landing. 1st, 2nd, 3rd place medallions, donated by Ray Welch, were presented to the winners. Congratulations to Rick Quast, the over all champion. There was also a raffle for a P-47 donated be Ray Welch and won by Tony Lovett, and a P-51 UMX donated by Phil Gibson, won by Kevin Parker. An added attraction was firing paint balls at a MIG-27 piloted by Bobby Avvacato. Tony Lovett scored the only hit on this plane.
All this was topped off with tasty brisquet, baked beans, chips and a drink.
It was a very fun day for everyone with perfect weather.

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 Kevin Parker, Rick Quast(Champion), Tony Lovett, Eric Truster, Guy Barber Paint Ball Squadron, Tony Lovett scored only hit, Bobby Avvacato, pilot. 


Mesilla Valley Swap Meet

by Tom Holmsley   January 20, 2019

The Mesilla Valley Model Aircraft Club from Las Cruces, New Mexico, held a large swap meet on January 19, 2019. There were at least 15 tables loaded with a large variety of planes, kits, engines, radios, building materials and all kinds of related accessories in addition to fresh cooked breakfast burritos for all the shoppers. In addition to the Mesilla Valley Valley Club, Alamogordo, and Horizon City also had booths, and there was a raffle as well. All together, it was a fun event, and lots of shoppers went home happy with their new found treasures.

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 A view of the Swap Meet area with shoppers. Alan Siegwart, President of the Mesilla Valley Club over-seeing the swap meet. h 

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Horizon City R/C Flyers Memorial Fly-In

by Tom Holmsley   December 20, 2018

On October 28, 2018, the Horizon City R/C Flyers Club hosted their Memorial Fun-In to remember club members who have taken their final flight. Great weather and good participation made this a very enjoyable event which included not only airplanes, but rockets as well. It was a nice tribute to those who have passed away.

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 Mike Taylor preparing for a rocket launch. Dave Blanke getting ready to fly his Somethin' Extra. 

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El Paso Radio Controllers Ray Hall Fun Fly

by Tom Holmsley   September 17, 2018

The El Paso Radio Controllers held their Annual Ray Hall event on Sunday, September 9, 2018. Participation was outstanding with the clubs from Alamogordo, Horizon City, and El Paso represented.
Military Flying awards went to:
1st, Michael Morgan, Corsair, Horizon
2nd, Tony Lovette, P-47,El Paso
3rd, Oliver Bimberg, DR-1, Horizon.
Civilian awards went to:
1st, Todd Penka, Piper Tri-Pacer, Alamogordo
2nd, Phil Gibson, Cessna 150, El Paso
3rd, Ernie Morris, Stinson Reliant, Alamogordo
There were many other awards including several for static display.
The support team was large and included organizers, judges and great cooks who presented a fabulous meal.
This was a fun day and a great tribute to our hobby.

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 All Ray Hall Memorial award winners. Support team for Ray Hall Memorial 

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El Paso Radio Controllers Meet for Model Aviation Day August 11, 2018

by Tom Holmsley   August 12, 2018

The El Paso Radio Controllers met to celebrate Model Aviation Day, and it was a fun time for all. There was a lunch and raffle and good flying. Not only did regular members participate, but there were a number of visitors as well. It was a great day to celebrate our great hobby.

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Mesilla Valley RC Association Fun Fly

by Tom Holmsley   July 30, 2018

On June 9, 2018, the Mesilla Valley RC Association held a Fun Fly at their field in Las Cruces, New Mexico. There was a lot of activity with fliers coming from Alamogordo, El Paso, and Horizon City. There were awards for Pilots Choice, People's Choice, and a Contest Director's Award. Pilots Choice went to Tom Holmsley, AMA AVP, with Peoples Choice going to Todd Penca, President from Alamogordo. The CD's award (Mike Moore) was won by 3 pilots from Alamogordo all flying magnificent Corsairs in formation. They were Maurice Morgan, Michael Morgan (son), and Fred Upshaw.
There was also a drawing for prizes donated by Bitgo Hobbies and club members. Al Sigert donated an Albatross which was won by Rey Quiambao, EPRC, and Dod Fordham donated a Yak which was won by Javier Garcia of Horizon City. There were other drawing winners including Antonio Flores Jr. who won a Rascal kit and a $50 gift certificate from Bitgo Hobbies. David Blanke from Horizon City won a gift certificate from Olive Garden, and member White got a gift certificate from Applebee's.
Congratulations to the MVRCers for hosting such a fine event.

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 Antonio Flores, Jr, EPRC Rey Quiambao, EPRC 


IMAC Competition, Horizon City RC Fliers

by Tom Holmsley   May 4, 2018

A great International Miniature Aerobatic Club (IMAC) Smack Down event was held April 28 and 29 at the Horizon City RC Fliers Club field near El Paso. There were 22 fliers from the combined Southwest and South Central IMAC Regions. This includes Louisana, Mississippi, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, and Arkansas. Those coordinating the event were Southwest Regional Director Doug Pilcher from Sherman, Texas, Area Director Rich Whitlow from Baton Rouge, Lousiana, Area Director Dave Powell from Sherman Texas, and Mike Taylor and others from the Horizon City Club. Competition was divided into Basic, Sportsman, Intermediate, Advanced, and Unlimited classes with 10 maneuvers in each class. There was no limitation as to the type of plane, but there was a size restriction of 48 inch wing span up to 42 percent, and no minimun age. In this event, Rhett Lambert, age 15, was the youngest contestant, and he was first in Sportsman Class and Freestyle. He attended the NATS in Muncie and is qualified to compete in World competition.
The winners in each class were:
Free Style, Danny Sander
Sportsman, Rhett Lambert (and Freestyle)
Intermediate, Michael Marcellin (and Raw Score)
Advanced, Randy Wagner
Unlimited, Bill Adams (and Seniors over 50)
Their photos are shown below.
This outstanding IMAC event was the first for the Horizin City RC Fliers and already plans are being considered for next year.
Congratulations to all for making this such a fine event.

 L to R Randy Wagner, Michael Marcellin, Bill Adams, Danny Sander, Rhett Lamber 


Alamogordo (New Mexico) RCers Club Picnic

by Tom Holmsley   May 3, 2018

The Alamogordo RCers sponsered a very pleasant and fun club picnic at their great field April 28. It was very well attended and the food was delicious prepared mostly by club president Todd Penka. Note the twin Corsairs flown by Maurice Morgan and his son Mike. T Morgan family is shown below.

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 LtoR Michael's family Sophi, Emilia, Mike, Heidi, son Phil, Maurice, wife Edith Walt Packwood with his 107 inch wing span Phoenix Super Cub with a DLE 50 

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Horizon City RC Fliers

by Tom Holmsley   April 6, 2018

The Horizon City RC Fliers utilize two flying sites. One field was built by Danny Sander (kneeling in the green shirt), and to show Danny their appreciation for his contribution, members of the club presented this Horizon A-26 to him.

 Members of the Horizon City RC Fliers with Danny Sander in the green shirt. 

District News

3 Generations Change Windsock

by Tom Holmsley   March 27, 2018

Three generations replaced the windsock at the El Paso Radio Controllers Patriot Field. Don Geyer (standing right) started flying at the EPRC field in 1963, but started U-Control in the 1940s and also flew in Alaska and Germany. His son John, also standing, has been flying RC for many years, and he brought his son Ryan (on the ladder) into the hobby at an early age. All 3 are avid fliers and great supporters of the club.

 Don Geyer, standing right, John Geyer also standing, Ryan Geyer on the ladder. 


El Paso Radio Controllers STEM Event

by Tom Holmsley   February 12, 2018

On Saturday, February 10, The El Paso Radio Controllers participated in a Science, Technology, Engineering,and Mathematics Fair at the Harmony School of Innovation. They were able to inform the public about the hobby and their club and share information about The AMA.

 Holly Geyer, John Geyer pres, Ryan Geyer, Tom Holmsley, Fritz Gatlin, RickGatli 


El Paso Radio Controllers Ray Hall Event

by Tom Holmsley   December 6, 2017

The El Paso Radio Controllers held their annual Ray Hall Memorial Scale Model Airplane event on September 3, 2017 to honor Ray Hall and all members who have passed away since. Their field was established around 60 years ago in north east El Paso, and has been an outstanding club ever since. There were 60 airplanes and 28 pilots registered. There was plenty of flying, fellowship, and good food making for a great time for everyone. The C.D. was Fritz Gatlin.
The Officers are:
John Geyer, President
Joe Salazar, VP
Dennis Lee Linden, Treasurer
Rick Gatlin, Web Master
Mike Greeson, Safety Officer


Horizon City Swap Meet

by Tom Holmsley   December 6, 2017

The Horizon City RC Fliers met July 30, 2017 at Danny Sander's field for a great swap meet with lots of fun flying, good fellowship and plenty of good food. The Horizon City RC Fliers is an exceptional group that has been flying on the east side of El Paso for many years.
The club officers are:
Jeff McMillin President
John Verslype, VP
Mike Taylor, Secretary
Manfred Balster, Treasurer/Web Master
Preston Ramos, Safety Officer

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Alamogordo RCers, July 8, 2017

by Tom Holmsley   December 5, 2017

The Alamogordo RCers is a great club in New Mexico located in the cradle of American's space program. It has a beautiful year 'round flying site at the foot of the Sacramento Mountains near the White Sands National Monument, The New Mexico Museum of Space History, and Holloman Air Force Base.
Their event took place on July 8, 2017. It was well attended and lots of fun with a variety of interesting air planes.
Their officers are:
Todd Pemka, President
John Harris, Treasurer
Maurice Morgan, Safety Officer

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Mesilla Valley Model Airplane Club

by Tom Holmsley   December 5, 2017

June 10, 2017,was a great day for the Mesilla Valley Model Airplane Club in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The club was started in 1959 and is still very active today. They have an outstanding field with two paved runways and lots of shade courtesy of the City of Las Cruces.
19 pilots signed up for several fun events including a paint ball shoot-out, open flying, and drone flying.
Congratulations to the MVMAC and wish them continued success in the future.
Jerry de Long, President
Fred Upshaw, Safety Officer
Mike Moore, Contest Director
John Womack, Co-Contest Director


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Lawrence Harville


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