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Cajun Helifest 2019

by Clay Ricks   April 18, 2019

Cajun Helifest 2019 was amazing. This was my first time at the event. The first thing I noticed was the hospitality. The folks from Southern Louisiana were amazing. I never felt more welcome so quickly at an event. They've put on a great event for several years now. The event drew in people from all over the country.

I personally love cajun and creole food and they didn't let me down. One night we had crawfish and another we had gumbo. Even had a little boudin one morning.

The most interesting thing was the heli fishing. They had a contest in which a string was attached to the heli and then they hovered over the pond in an attempt to catch a fish. The winner got a nibble so unfortunately I didn't get to see one caught but I'm told that they have caught some in previous years.

I'd like to say thank you to guys that do the work to host the event. I will be back for sure.

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 BB Smith and Jon Martin serving some crawfish Heli fishermen 


WAMS Swapmeet 2019 Weatherford, TX

by Clay Ricks   April 18, 2019

I was able to attend the WAMS annual swapmeet once again this year. The club hosts an excellent swapmeet every year. It's a great time of the year to get everyone together, see some old friends and make some new friends. If you've never been, I highly encourage you to make the trip next year.

They use the Weatherford High School which allows several rows of tables. They also run an auction at the end of the event.

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 AVP's Johnny Hunt, Tony Breyen, and Clay Ricks Okie's visiting;Tommy, Kevin, Frank A, Richard, Gerald, Bill, Frank B, and Lewis 

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New AVP in Oklahoma

by Clay Ricks   March 14, 2019

First off, a little about me. I live in Duncan, OK and I'm the club president here at the local field, Chisholm Trail RC Squadron.

Aviation is a lifelong passion for me. I honestly cannot remember a time in my life that I wasn't obsessed with flight. I got my first model airplane around the age of 10. I flew some as a kid growing up but not as much as I wanted.

After high school, I attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe where I earned a bachelor's degree in aviation business. It was during my college years that I truly got into model aviation. My friends and I would fly every chance that we could get out.

However, life doesn't always go as you planned and I ended up working as a pipeline corrosion technician in Oklahoma. It was here that I met my wife and we now have a family here in Duncan.

Once I started flying with the club in Duncan is when I started to get into giant scale and then into 3D. I currently fly a variety of aircraft types including 3D (primary), helicopters, scale planes, and sport planes. Simply put if it flies I like it.

I host an event here each year and I attend events all over the district. I will be attending several this year spanning across Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana.

My goals as an AVP include meeting and talking with AMA members at events, helping members and clubs with issues that arise, and I'd like to see more flying events in the state of Oklahoma.

I look forward to meeting and doing some flying with you all.

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