AMA District VIII AMA District VIII

San Antonio Swap Meet

by Johnny Longoria   March 1, 2020

I went to the Tri City Flyers 2020 Swap Meet. Couldn't make it on Friday but went Saturday. Seems that all the tables were sold out before the event. Many great deals to be had. It's always great to start the year off by seeing old friends and meeting new.
I was congratulated by quite a few on my new AVP position and talked to Ed Valls who stepped down from the position. He gave me a few pointers and I plan on going to the Central and South Texas area events to meet more of our members.
Until next time...
Keep Your Wings Level

 Me and my A10 


Mike Vawters Memorial - Charity Fundraiser

by Benny Behrens   December 8, 2019

On November 16, 2019 Alvin RC Model Airplane Association held its annual charity fundraiser at its field in Alvin, TX. The club had planned a fun fly for the previous week which had to be canceled due to wet field conditions. Due to the many items donated for sale at the fundraiser Alvin RC decided to hold a simple event consisting of sale of items through silent auction, priced “garage sale” items, several tables were set up with donated items where attendees could simply take what they wanted and donate based on their conscience and of course simple donations were accepted also.

Even though weather conditions were poor and attendance was not what the club hoped the event was a success and generated $2,150 in donations. The money donated was used to purchase gift cards which were given to the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Deputies then distribute the cards to less fortunate individuals/families in the county.

This has really turned into a great way to work with the Sheriff’s Department to support local folks at Christmas time. Thanks to everyone that donated and helped make the event a success.

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 L to R Lewis Mack, Tom Youens, Sheriff Dept Rep, Benny Behrens Letter from Brazoria County Sheriff 


ARCC Un-swap meet

by Brian Regan   November 4, 2019

Un-swap meet? What is it? ARCC had a Un-swap meet last Saturday. Les Beason came up with this idea. The stuff you have left after a swap meet just takes up space in your work shop. An un-swap meet was designed to get rid of that stuff. Here is how it works. Fill up a box with stuff, mark the box with the contents and seal the box. You can't look in the box. Just pick a box or two and take it home. It could be anything.
The turn out was light. Everything was taken. One man took almost all of it. It was fun and a little weird. I hope we do it again.
It was a great day of flying too. A little cold to start and then it got nice. I got in a couple flights and then called it a day.
If you get a chance, try a un-swap meet sometime. It will make you laugh.

 Here is Les giving away his un-swap stuff. 



by Amanda Coke   August 6, 2019

Good Afternoon All,
Amarillo Arks club will be having their Annual War Bird Event this coming weekend August 10th and 11th at the ARKS field (Amarillo). Proceeds from this years event will be donated to the Honor Flight Society that provides veterans travel expenses to Washington DC. The Amarillo ARKS club will also make an additional donation to this very worthy cause to honor our military veterans for the sacrifices they have made for our great nation insuring our freedoms. Please plan to attend this very worth while event there is sure to be some excellent fellowship, nice airplanes and possibly a full scale fly over of military aircraft. Lunch will be available.

For Additional Information please call Mark Cavitt 806-672-4868 if no answer please leave message I will return your call.


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 


RRCC First Annual Swap Meet and Auction

by Lawrence Harville   June 28, 2019

To All RC Modelers,

The RRCC First Annual Swap Meet and Auction will be held in the Allen High School Cafeteria on August 31st from 8:00AM - 1:30PM (see flyer for breakdown of check in times, auction times, help with hotel reservations and restaurants from the Allen Chamber of Commerce)

Reservations will begin upon your receipt of this message and end on August 25th. Tables are $15.00 each.

Reservations will be on a first come first serve basis.

There are two ways to reserve tables.

This information is also located at:

1. If you prefer to pay by check, go to and click on Go To Swap Meet Page and Register Online Button. This will take you to a page where you can open and print the flyer. You will find a registration form at the bottom of the flyer that you can fill out. Mail your check and registration form to:


Attn: Treasurer

P.O. Box 860131

Plano, Texas 75086-0131

2. If you prefer to pay with Pay Pal, Follow the same instructions above only this time click the button Go to Online Registration. Once you click this button a reservation form will appear that you will need to fill out before pressing the SUBMIT button. After clicking the submit button you will see a page with a RRCC Logo. Click this logo. On the following page CLICK ADD TO CART. You are now in the RRCC Store where you will resubmit Qty of tables you wish to reserve. You will now click Check out with Pay Pal. Make sure you complete the process to the point of logging into your pay pal and selecting method of payment and you getting a verification from Pay Pal that you have paid.

You should receive a confirmation email from me and receipt within 24 to 36 hours of payment.

*****There is adequate space for anyone wanting to sell RC related merchandise and planes. For this reason, NO OUTSIDE sales will be allowed at the event.

If for some reason you fail to reserve a table prior to the event, one of the RRCC event staff will make every effort to provide space for you.

Additional fees will apply.

For any questions please go to:

Or contact Ed Kranz at:



Alvin - 29th Annual Big Bird Fly In

by Benny Behrens   April 23, 2019

On Saturday April 20, 2019 the Alvin Radio Control Model Airplane Association (ARCMAA) held its 29th annual Big Bird Fly In and 15th annual Swap Meet. The weather was absolutely perfect – clear, very mild breeze and cool – don’t know how Fred Daniels, CD found the contact info for Mother Nature but hope he saves it. The club had close to 20 pilots registered along with local RC visitors from local clubs and local spectators. With the weather as perfect as it was the pilots should have gotten all the flying they wanted.

The entire event was a success and very well done. It ran very smooth, no safety issues and no crashes that I witnessed.

Airplane entries were a complete cross section of airplanes in our hobby from large scale cubs to large warbirds and everything in between.

The first photo below is a group shot of some of the pilots, CD Fred Daniels, some of the airplanes entered and me. The second photo is Alvin RC’s hard working dedicated Hamburger Team responsible for “the best hamburgers in Texas”!!!

Thanks to all of the pilots, visitors, spectators and all of the club volunteers that made this event a success. Benny Behrens, AVP Houston area

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 Group Photo Of Pilots "Greatest Hamburgers in Texas" team 


San Juan Radio Control Club Swap meet.

by Brian Regan   April 21, 2019

Yesterday morning Howard and I got up early and drove to Farmington New Mexico for a swap meet hosted by SJRCC. There were a few sellers and some lookers. Two ARCC members came up too. The weather was great. Those that were flying had a good time. It is fun to visit this club. They are a lot like all clubs. Lots of laughing and telling stories.
Visit this club and fly with them. You will have a good time.

Brian Regan


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 



by Stew Moore   February 5, 2019

I attended the MASA swap meet this last Saturday in EL DORADO, ARKANSAS .Also attending were DIST VIII AVP'S Gary Strickland and Olen Rutherford .It is normally a mixture of electric to large gas R/C and a large segment of CONTROL LINE equipment in a great facility .The club has a very nice R/C and CONTROL LINE field on the East side of town . Lunch and breakfast snacks are always available .Jason Cunningham and the guys put on a good event - swap meet , r/c or control line .
I had a great time at the end talking to Olen Rutherford as we spent a significant amount of time recalling our early model airplane and AMA experiences plus many of the great modelers we had known .

Just a reminder--- The Texarkana Texas club will have a swap meet on FEB 16th at Gary Strickland's facility in Nash, Texas

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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 


Alvin RC - Charity Fund Raiser Fun Fly

by Benny Behrens   December 15, 2018

This year Alvin RC Model Airplane Association had to cancel their Charity Fun Fly due to rain and wet field conditions. At the club’s last meeting it was decided to ask for donations and as a result of this effort we were able to give the Sheriff $700 in $50 gift cards for distribution to less fortunate folks by his deputies. Below is a letter from the Sheriff expressing his appreciation:

{979) 864-2214
December 12, 2018

Mr. Benny Behrens, President
Alvin Radio Control Model Airplane Association

On behalf of myself and the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office I want to thank you and all members of the Alvin Radio Control Model Airplane Association for your contribution to the citizens of Brazoria County.

I understand that this year due to extreme weather you were unable to hold your "Fly ln Fundraiser" but instead members of the club donated $700.00 which you wish to contribute to the Sheriff s Office in the form of cash cards. The Sheriff’s Office through its deputies will identify citizens in need some still from the effects of the last three years of flooding and other hardships and will then distribute these cash cards to those citizens.

Again, I wish to thank you and your fellow members for such a generous act and for giving the Sheriff's Office a chance to be a part of your team to help those in need.
Charles S. Wagner, Sheriff
Brazoria County, Texas”

Thanks to everyone that contributed and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Great New Year full of great flying weather...Benny


Texas City RC Warbird

by Benny Behrens   May 15, 2018

Saturday May 12, 2018 I visited the Texas City RC Club’s (TCRCC) annual Warbird Fly-In. Unfortunately TCRCC’s original date earlier in the year got rained out but for a reschedule date they picked a great day - weather was perfect and the event was well attended with pilots and visitors. The club volunteers had the field in great shape and did a great job of planning and managing the event. CD Harvey Capel and Larry Ammons, Club President did a very good job of keeping the event running smooth and safe.

With 24 pilots there were many types and sizes of military aircraft that represented a great cross section of history and provided a great show for the spectators and visitors. Two gaggles were flown which added to the excitement.

The weather was typical spring conditions - cool and very flyable with the flight line full for most of the day. Texas City’s field is really a very nice facility with large air-conditioned clubhouse, full restrooms, lots of shade for planes and spectators along with plenty parking.

Thanks folks for a great event…

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 Pilots for first gaggle - Harvey Capel CD is fifth from left in white shirt Why Harvey Capel won the "Smoking Hole" award!!! 


Warbirds Over Johnson Space Center 2018

by Benny Behrens   May 2, 2018

On Saturday April 28, 2018 I had the privilege to visit Johnson Space Center RC Club’s (JSCRCC) Warbird Fly-In. The event was a great success with approximately 38 pilots registered.

JSCRCC has somewhat of a unique situation in that their field is located within the fence line of JSC and to reach the field/event pilots and spectators have to pre-register enough in advance to allow security time to clear them. Their security folks did a great job in hassle free handling of the security checks and it did not appear to be any real burden or restriction on attendance. The security folks were very helpful and courteous at the entrance gate. In addition to the registered pilots many visitors/spectators were in attendance. Weather for the event was perfect with wind right down the runway. As with all events volunteers are critical and JSCRCC’s crew did a great job.

There were many, many different type military aircraft from small electrics to large scale WWI and WWII combat aircraft. Pilots came from as far away as Fort Worth and Austin.

After 911 JSCRCC stopped having events for several years due to tighter security policies but three years ago JSCRCC decided to try holding an event working with security. It is obvious their event is growing and becoming a popular classic in the area.

Thanks to all of the pilots and club volunteers that made this a very successful and enjoyable event…I am sure everyone enjoyed themselves….I know I did.

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 Pit crew work Randy Larsen's new "Lone Ranger" 


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 


Alvin RC - Charity Fund Raiser Fun Fly 12-2-17

by Benny Behrens   December 11, 2017

On Saturday December 2, 2017 the Alvin Radio Control Model Airplane Assoc. (Alvin RC) held a Fun Fly Fund Raiser. The proceeds from the event were to be used to purchase cash gift cards for distribution to less fortunate folks through the Deputies of the Brazoria County Sheriff Department.

Last year Alvin RC had the same plans but due to heavy rains the event had to be cancelled. This year event day could not have been better with clear skies, temperatures in the low to mid 70’s and a light breeze right down the runway. We had a very good turnout of pilots, visitors from other chartered clubs in the area and local spectators. The event was open to all types of airplanes so long as they could be flown within the overfly limits of Alvin RC’s field.

What made the event a huge success was the contributions and donation of money as well as RC ARF’s, equipment and materials (plus one strawberry/chocolate cake) from club members as well as members of other local clubs. All items were either raffled, included in a silent auction or sold outright. As a result of essentially everything being donated the club had very little cost related to the event and was able to use almost 100% of the proceeds to purchase the gift cards.

On Friday December 8th Mike Vawters Club VP, Safety Officer and Event Organizer along with Benny Behrens Club President and District VIII AVP met with and delivered 34 - $50 gift cards to Sheriff Charles Wagner of Brazoria County. The letter below sums up the Sheriff’s feelings on the event.

"Alvin Radio Control Model Airplane Association

Dear Sir:

On behalf of myself and the Brazoria County Sheriff s Office I want to thank you and all members of the Alvin Radio Control Model Airplane Association for your contribution to the citizens of Brazoria County.

I understand that on December 2, 2017 your association held a "Fly In" and that as a result of this event where able to raise $1700.00 which you wish to contribute to the Sheriff s Office in the form of cash cards. The Sheriff s Office through its deputies will identify citizens in need as a result of this year's flooding and other hardships and distribute these cash cards to those citizens.

Again, I wish to thank you and your fellow members for such a generous act and for giving the Sheriff s Office a chance to be a part of your team to help those in need.


Charles S. Wagner, Sheriff Brazoria County, Texas"

It has been an honor to do this and thanks to everyone that helped make this a great success. Thanks…Benny Behrens – AVP Houston

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 Items for sale or silent auction Ken White closest and Pete McIntosh on Rt Benny Behrens on left, Sheriff Charles Wagner and Mike Vawters on right 


Southeast Texas Warbird Rally

by Benny Behrens   November 4, 2017

On October 27th and 28th Jetero RC Club hosted their annual Southeast Texas Warbird Rally. I was unable to attend due to a timing conflict but Michael Jackson, CD sent the following write-up and it looks like I missed a great event:

On October 27th and 28th the Southeast Texas Warbird Rally hosted by the Jetero RC Club turned out to be an awesome event, despite the cold and windy conditions. We had 52 pilots that did an outstanding job of putting on a great show during the two day event. The highlight of the weekend was an epic 21 plane gaggle where all aircraft took off, flew well, and landed without incident. Lawrence Harville, AMA District VIII Vice President, attended the event on Friday and appeared to be having a really nice time. Thanks for coming Lawrence!!! We ended the day on Friday with some delicious catfish dinners catered by Mike’s Restaurant from Dayton, TX. Everyone was full and happy
The 2017 award winners are as follows:
Best WWI: Mark Kramer with the Balsa USA Sopwith Pup (The plane flew surprisingly well in the high winds)
Best WWII: Keith Fontenott with the Phoenix Models Spitfire (Keith did a fantastic job of weathering and detailing this aircraft)
Best Civilian: Deryl Rolle with the RV4 (Darryl flew this plane really well, Speed Fresh style)
Best Multi Engine: Randy Larsen with the F-82 (TRULY AWSOOOOOME!! This aircraft is a show stopper. Very nice flying Randy)
Fastest Warbird: Greg Yancy with the fast and furious Sweet Caroline P-51 Mustang
Best of Show: Larry Hultman and Glenn J Snedden with the two Ziroli Skyraiders (beautifully detailed and flown very well by both pilots)
Congratulations to all the award winners. Great job guys!!!
The Grand Raffle prize this year was the Top Flite Giant Scale Tarheel Hal P-47D Thunderbolt with Robart pneumatic main
retracts. The lucky winner was Andre Medveczky. Congrats Andre!!!
This success of the event would not have been possible without the support from the Jetero club members. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication. A BIG THANK YOU to this year’s warbird sponsors: Randy’s Hobbies, Samano’s Hobbies, New Creations, VQ Warbirds, Tower Hobbies, Hobbico, Callie Graphics, Tru-Turn, Sullivan Products, RTL Fasteners, Bob Smith Industries, Big Dog RC, Pete and Mary Ruth Cyer, and the Jetero RC Club members.
I can’t forget my Texas Warbird Thunder Pilot brothers. Thank you all for making this an outstanding flying season. We went to many meets this year and flew hard and put on an outstanding show each and every time. GREAT JOB GUYS!!!!
Best Regards,
Michael "No Loops" Jackson

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HATBOX FLY IN 2017- More Photos!

by Bill Holland   October 16, 2017

Here are a few more pictures from the event. Mike Pennell captured a great shot of Howard Davidson feeding the pilots during Gaines' morning pilot briefing. Olen Rutherford is keeping a close eye on Howard! Sharon and I brought out the big 1/2 scale Dr.1 and was able to get one flight in before the winds picked up.
Great fun was had by all again this year! Special thanks to Mike Pennell for the great photos!

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 Howard attempting to feed the crowd! The 1/2 scale Fokker Dr 1. 



by Bill Holland   October 16, 2017

The TRAMPS hosted the 16th annual Hatbox Fly In October 13-14 in Muskogee, OK. Gaines Smith and the entire TRAMPS organization did an excellent job. Pilots from throughout Oklahoma and Arkansas attended. The pilots did have a challenge dealing with winds each day. All types of aircraft were campaigned from WW1 to jets. Bill Cunningham put on a show with his huge 1/5th scale F-16 in Thunderbird colors. Saturday morning a few minutes past 7:00am nine WW1 aircraft flew their traditional Dawn Patrol flight. Olen Rutherford who is the AVP for Arkansas made is way over to Okie land again this year. Come and join the TRAMPS in 2018 for the 17th annual Hatbox Fly In!

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 Gaines Smith giving his pilot briefing. Bill Cunningham with his F-16. Aircraft length is 10 feet! 


Kingsbury Memorial Cancelled

by Lawrence Harville   August 9, 2017

9/30/2017 - 10/1/2017 -- Kingsbury, TX (C) DTRI CITY FLYERS CELEB OF FLIGHT/RICE MEMORIAL. Site: Old Kingsbury Aerodrome. Douglas Line CD PH: 210-325-5160 Email: Visit: Sanction #17/1201. **********************EVENT CANCELLED*********************************** Sponsor: TRI CITY FLYERS



by Bill Holland   July 18, 2017

The 3rd Annual Oklahoma Dawn Patrol was held at Mike Harvey Field hosted by the Oklahoma Sooner Squadron on July 7th - 8th. Thirty one pilots form Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin were in attendance. The event continues to grow each year. Shortly after the crack of dawn 9 pilots began the traditional dawn patrol flight. Immediately following the flight was a pancake and sausage breakfast. Flight resumed shortly after 9 am. Two additional AVPs attended the event. They were Olen Rutherford from Arkansas and Marc "Doc" Shelstrom from Wisconsin. Bill Holland presented Jim Pittman with a Making a Difference certificate on behalf of the club. Jim is a great supporter of the club. He and his wife Cheryl provide use of their large hangar to store aircraft over night. Mark your calendars for the 4th annual OK Dawn Patrol on July 6-7, 2018!

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 Jim Pittman presented certificate by Bill Holland and OK Sooner Squadron Aircraft staging for dawn flight Saturday at 6 am 


June Events

by Jerry Walters   June 29, 2017

I had the pleasure to attend two events in June.
The Larks club in Sulphur, La., celebrated an early Model Aviation Day because of scheduling conflicts with the official day coming in August. The flying was great and I got to renew old acquaintances and meet a bunch of new avid modelers.
The Aeromodelers of Acadiana in Breaux Bridge celebrated their first annual Warbird event. Starting with a raising of the flag by a local Boy Scout troop and ending with a great home cooked jambalaya feast. Warbird enthusiasts from as far away as Monroe, La., Sulphur, Beaumont, Houma, New Orleans and many others had a great time. Looks like this was the first of many to come.
The summer rains, heat, and humidity are setting in and I suspect the frequency of events will slow down for a few months. I'm not wishing my life away but looking forward to an early, cool fall.


Red Stick RC New Field Dedication

by Jerry Walters   May 9, 2017

I had the pleasure of attending the Red Stick RC new field dedication this past Sunday. Like a lot of clubs, Red Stick lost their field last year and was faced with the quandary of finding a new location. Somehow they have developed an outstanding relationship with BREC (recreational and park commission in Baton Rouge) and dedicated their new flying site at Farr Park. BREC has granted them a 20 year free lease and assisted with much of the initial construction work. Even the nearby eagles that have there nest in a tree only 500' away have welcomed the club. I had the pleasure of presenting Dist.VIII appreciation awards to three members that provided much "sweat Equity" to the project. Red Stick can now continue its' proud 30 year history.

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 Presentation of Appreciation Awards Ribbon Cutting 


JSC RCC Annual Warbird

by Benny Behrens   April 24, 2017

On Saturday April 22, 2017 I had the privilege to visit Johnson Space Center RC Club’s (JSCRCC) Warbird Fly-In. The event was a great success with almost 40 pilots registered.

JSCRCC has somewhat of a unique situation in that their field is located within the fence line of JSC and to reach the field/event pilots and spectators have to pre-register enough in advance to allow security time to clear them. Their security folks did a great job in hassle free handling of the security checks and it did not appear to be any real burden or restriction on attendance. The security folks were very helpful and courteous at the entrance gate. In addition to the registered pilots many visitors/spectators were in attendance. Weather for the event was perfect with wind right down the runway. As with all events volunteers are critical and JSCRCC’s crew did a great job.

There were many, many different type military aircraft from small electrics to large scale B-17’s and B-24. Pilots came from as far away as Fort Worth and Austin.

Near lunch time I had the honor to present a District VIII Service Award to Dave Hoffman. Dave has been a member of JSCRCC for 50 years and was the club Treasurer for almost the same 50 years. That is a “tough act to follow” – Congratulations Dave!

Thanks to all of the pilots and club volunteers that made this a very successful and enjoyable event…I am sure everyone enjoyed themselves….I know I did.

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 Presenting Dave with his District VIII Service Award Dave Hoffman and friend Lisa Bingtson 


Alvin RC - 27th Big Bird Fly In

by Benny Behrens   April 24, 2017

On Saturday April 15, 2017 the Alvin Radio Control Model Airplane Association (ARCMAA) held its 27th annual Big Bird Fly In and 13th annual Swap Meet. The weather was very questionable up to two days before the event. Somehow Alvin RC got lucky – the weather cleared two days before the event and the ground dried and weather turned out perfect. The event was well attended with about 24 pilots registered along with many local RC visitors from local clubs and local spectators. Alvin was honored to have a reporter from the Alvin Sun visit our event. He was very impressed with the quality of planes and flying skills and is in the process of writing a front page article for the paper.

The entire event was a success and very well done, ran very smoothly and safely.

Airplane entries were a complete cross section of airplanes in our hobby from large scale cubs to large warbirds and everything in between.

Thanks to all of the pilots, visitors, spectators and all of the club volunteers that made this event a success.

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 Some of the pilots just before start of flying Nice Cub 


Texas City RC Annual Warbird Fly In

by Benny Behrens   April 24, 2017

Saturday April 8, 2017 I visited the Texas City RC Club’s annual Warbird Fly-In. The weather was perfect and the event was a huge success with approximately 45 registered pilots, many swap meet participants, great raffle prizes and many spectators and visitors. The club volunteers really did a great job planning and managing this event.

The many types and sizes of military aircraft represented a great cross section of WWI through current military aircraft and provided a great show for the spectators and visitors. The weather was typical spring conditions - cool and very flyable with the flight line full for most of the day. Texas City’s field was in great condition and with improvements made during the last year the club was able to handle the number of pilots and spectators with no problems.

The flying included two turbine demonstrations and an attempt to break Jetero’s 18 warbird gaggle local record but fell short by about 6 planes. Still a great try!

Thanks folks for a great event…

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 Pilots gathering for warbird gaggle Busy flight line 


Model Aviators of South Arkansas 17th Annual Swap Meet

by Olen Rutherford   March 7, 2017

On Feb. the 4th the Model Aviators of South Arkansas' held their 17th annual swap meet in El Dorado, AR. An estimated 100 to 150 buyers and sellers came through the doors,with raffle numbers being called all day. At 2pm Sue Bryant won the big prize. In attendance this year was VP Lawrence Harville, AVP's Gary Strickland, Johnny Hunt and myself. CD Jason Cunningham and the MASA club members put on a good swap meet, with lots of food, a good time was had by all.

Olen Rutherford
Arkansas AVP
See you at a flying field somewhere.

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Jetero RC - Southeast Texas Warbird Rally

by Benny Behrens   October 31, 2016

On Friday October 28 and Saturday October 29 Jetero RC Club held their annual Southeast Texas Warbird Rally. This was one outstanding event with major participation. The following is a copy of the Facebook post prepared by Michael Jackson the event CD:

The Jetero RC Club would like to thank everyone that came out and participated in the Southeast Texas Warbird Rally. Thanks to the BIG GUY for the outstanding weather that resulted in there being 61 registered pilots and a host of spectators that attended the two day event.

This event would not have been possible without our great sponsors: Samano’s Hobbies, Remote Control Hobbies Spring, Randy’s Hobbies, RC Hobby Shop, Tru-Turn, Sullivan Products, Callie Graphics, BSI, RTL Fastener, Servo City, RedWing RC, RC Fueling Systems, and Tower Hobbies. Thank you all for supporting the Jetero warbird event. Hobbyist, please continue to support your local hobby shops as they have supported us over the years.

All the pilots including the famous Texas Warbird Thunder Flying Team did a fantastic job putting on a great show for all to see. There was continuous flying during the two day event with very few mishaps. Some crazy person came up with the bright idea of doing a 15 warbird gaggle to top a 14 warbird gaggle record that was set earlier this year. Well, the record was SHATTERED with 18 warbirds flying at once with not one casualty. During the entire gaggle we rocked to AC/DC’s Thunderstruck. It was a FAST, FURIOUS, and THUNDEROUS gaggle to be a part of and witness. AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME! A big thank you to all the courageous pilots that made the record breaking gaggle a success. WOW!!!

After all of the flying on Saturday we proceeded to the award ceremony. All of the pilots had very nice planes and did a fantastic job of flying them. The judging was tough. The award winners are as follows:

Best WWI Award: went to Albert Thibodaux for his Sopwith Pup.
Best WWII Award: went to Gary Smith for his scaled out B-17 Bomber.
Best Civilian Award: went to Larry Hultman for his PT-17 Stearman.
Best Multi-Engine Award: went to Len Haroldson for his F7F Tigercat.
Fastest Warbird Award: went to Paul “Low Pass” Curry (Lower! Lower!)
Dedicated Pilot Award: went to Randy “Firewall” Lawson (You Da Man)
Best of Show: went to Deryl “Speed Fresh” Rolle (Well deserved Speed)

Congratulations guys. You did a fine job.

This year the Grand Raffle Prize was a Top Flite P-47 Razorback ARF, Robart Pneumatic retracts with a large deluxe air kit. The LUCKY WINNER was Glenn Snedden. Congratulations Glenn!

I can’t forget about the Jetero supporting staff that worked tirelessly to keep the event running like a well-oiled machine. THANK YOU for all your hard work.

In closing, this has been a long, but great year of flying. I’ve made many friends and have enjoyed the camaraderie with all that have attended the fly-ins here in Texas and Louisiana. I encourage you all to get out and support other club’s events. If you don’t fly, buy a lunch or purchase raffle tickets. Anything will help. I’ve always said, when you support another club’s event they will reciprocate and support yours. Well, I’ve been missing out on the Texas Warbird Thunder gaggles, so I gotta go do some work on the P-47. As Arnold would say. “I’LL BE BACK”

Best Regards,
Michael "Distraction" Jackson

Picture Links:
Password = Windy2016

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 Pilots Meeting (additional photos available via links in text) Some of the entries (additional photos available via links in text) 



by Bill Holland   October 9, 2016

The annual Hatbox Fly In at Hatbox Field in Muskogee, OK was held October 7th - 8th. This is an annual event hosted by the TRAMPS R/C club. Over 40 pilots from Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas attended the two day event. The TRAMPS get outstanding support from the City of Muskogee making this a must attend event. Great food and over $1000 in pilot prizes. Friday morning pilots were greeted with early rain followed by overcast skies and strong north winds. Later in the afternoon the winds calmed down and blue sky was the norm. Saturday was absolutely beautiful with sunshine and light winds! The skies were filled everything from WW1 to jets all day. The traditional Dawn Patrol flight launched at 7:15am with a 8 WW1 aircraft awakening those camping on site! District 8 VP Lawrence Harville attended Friday. Two other AVPs from District 8 also attended in addition to myself. They were Olen Rutherford from Arkansas and Johnny Hunt from Texas. Congrats to the TRAMPS for another great event this year.

 Dawn Patrol 2016 Squadron 


NW OK Flyers 2016 Fun Fly

by Bill Holland   September 9, 2016

T 17th Annual Fun-fly hosted by the NW Oklahoma R/C Flyers was held at their club field in Mooreland, OK. Jim and Calvin Ellis from the OK Sooner Squadron attended the event on my behalf. Darwin Loomis was the CD and put on a great event. Pilots from Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma numbering over 40 attended the traditional Labor Day event. Darwin put on a great event with prizes and great food. Many of the pilots camped on site in their RVs. The flying site is a private full scale airport. The hangar was used to serve the great food during the event. The event continues to grow yearly and strongly recommend you come out next year!

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 Darwin Loomis with pilots attending the event following briefing. Hangar used for the great food and fellowship. 


LA Aeromodelers (Los Alamos NM)

by Brian Regan   August 2, 2016

Once a month or more the LA Aeromodelers get together on the weekend to fly. I was sent these pictures of some of the members. I have flown with them and had a great time. I hope to get up there this summer and fly with them. If you get a chance, look them up and visit their field. You will have fun.

 Some of the club members. 


Alamo RadioControl Society (ARCS) Swap Meet

by Ed Valls   July 17, 2016

On Friday, July 9, I had the pleasure of attending the ARCS Swap Meet held in San Antonio. The event was well attended and ARCS should be very proud of the event. The following article and photos was submitted by ARCS member Jim Witthauer.

The Alamo Radio Control Society of San Antonio Texas hosted an AMA sanctioned two-day swap meet July 8th and 9th. Nearly 300 people attended the event browsing the twenty-four vendors and fifty tables that filled an old fire house and the grounds to the fire house entrance. It was by far the biggest swap meet in the San Antonio area in recent memory. With plenty of food and drink available for the hungry and thirsty, the affair culminated in an auction led by Jim Rice, AMA Executive Council, and a raffle which included prizes donated by HobbyTown USA, and Al’s Hobbies both of San Antonio, and donations by ARCS members. Organized by club member Tom Richards the event was a sure success. Delighted with the event’s success ARCS is contemplating an annual fall swap meet when cooler weather prevails.

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2016 ARCC Scale Meet

by Brian Regan   June 26, 2016

I just got home from ARCC's scale meet here in Albuquerque. There was over 30 pilots and lots of planes. Rick, Keith & Vic did a great job. They had help during lunch from Stan. Most of the work for this weekend was done by Rick, Vic & Keith. Thanks for helping us have a great time.
Norm Redenchec won pilots choice with a cool tigercat. Baylor from Farmington won civilian with his cub and Paul Jarvis won beat military with a great P47.
Saturday was overcast with light winds straight down the run way. Sunday had a cross wind that ground most flying. The guys that flew had a blast.
Just want to thank the 3 club members ( Rick, Vic & Keith) for all their work. I wish the other club members at the event would have helped them. It would have made it a lot easier.
Great time was had by all who came out. Next event for them is the Labor Day fun fly. Lots of open flying.

Brian Regan

Brian Regan

 Three hard working members. Vic, Rick & Keith. 


Warbirds over JSC 2016

by Benny Behrens   April 27, 2016

On Saturday April 23, 2016 I had the privilege to visit Johnson Space Center RC Club’s (JSCRCC) Warbird Fly-In. JSCRCC has held off holding events at their field at Johnson Space Center due to increased security restrictions after 9/11. Last year they decided to hold a Warbird event but with the requirement that all pilots and visitors had to preregister to allow security to clear them through the gate prior to the event. Last year their event went well and this year they had a really great and well attended event.

By observation their security folks did a great job in hassle free handling of the security checks and it did not appear to be any real burden or restriction on attendance. The security folks were very helpful and courteous at the entrance gate. JSCRCC had 37 pilots registered and many visitors/spectators. Weather for the event was great but due to the continuous rains several days prior to the event volunteers spent two days pumping water from the area to get the field ready for event day - it turned out perfect. As with all events volunteers are critical and JSCRCC’s crew did a great job.

There were many, many different type military aircraft from small electrics to large scale B-17’s and B-24. Entries included Butch McEachern’s beautifully build Boeing P-26 Peashooter. This year was highlighted by being Boeing’s Centennial and special awards were given for best Boeing Bomber and best Boeing warbird. Pilots came from as far away as Fort Worth and Austin.

Thanks to all of the pilots and club volunteers that made this a very successful and enjoyable event…I am sure everyone enjoyed themselves….I know I did…Thanks Benny Behrens, AVP Houston Area.

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 Flag Raising Some of the Volunteers that made it happen 


WACO Club Invites US Congressman

by Douglas Staines   April 11, 2016

The following was submitted by C.C.Adams, HOTMAC Secretary/Treasurer

On Sat. April 9th the Heart of Texas Miniature Aircraft Club (HOTMAC) held Club 40/EF1 Races at the Club field in Waco, TX.

The Club invited Texas District 17 Congressman Bill Flores to attend and get up to speed on Model Aircraft Operations. It was his first visit to a Club Field. Club Officers were able to brief him on current FAA, AMA, and local club issues. A private pilot himself, he was aware of all the recent legislation regarding our hobby and basically left the club with a “don’t worry” feeling.

Doug Staines, AMA Associate Vice President District VIII was also in attendance and was able to brief Mr. Flores on how AMA initiatives fit in to the life of club and its’ members.

When the racers took a lunch break Mr. Flores participated in an FPV flight, got about 30 min. of buddy box time flying Horizon’s big electric T-28 and got demos of a well automated quad copter and an F-15 turbine.

When the Congressman left 2 hours after arrival he thanked all who participated and said he would put the club’s Sept Jet Rally on his calendar.

The HOTMAC club has used their airfield since the mid 1960’s without any airspace problems with the Waco Regional Airport 4.8 miles away. Last week the club received a draft Letter of Agreement from the FAA Control Tower and Airport Authority awarding plenty of airspace to fly in and only requiring a notification when flying after dark.

The Club 40 races were won by Steve Fabianke and the EF-1 by Jason Duda. Yes, the Congressman saw some “carnage”.

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 AVP Doug Staines, talking with Congressman Bill Flores Congressman Bill Flores on the Buddy Box with HOTMAC Club VP Ronnie Dean 


Texas City RC Annual Warbird and Crawfish Festival

by Benny Behrens   April 10, 2016

Saturday April 9, 2016 the Texas City RC Club held their annual Warbird Fly-In and Crawfish Festival. The event was a huge success with 39 registered pilots, many swap meet participants, great raffle prizes and many spectators and visitors. Travis LeDoux, the club Secretary, handled the Crawfish Festival and did an outstanding job of boiling the crawfish with potatoes and corn all seasoned perfectly.

There were many types and sizes of military aircraft represented providing a great show for the spectators and visitors. The weather was typical spring conditions - cool and very flyable with the flight line full for most of the day. The event was run very smooth and efficiently thanks to efforts of many club volunteers.

Thanks folks for a great event…

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 Full Flight Line Some of the entries 


ARCC Spring Swap Meet 2016

by Brian Regan   April 9, 2016

It was a cool damp foggy morning. I arrived at the field to se several swappers set up for the day. Rick and Keith from ARCC helped line up the swappers. There was about 20 or more swappers. You could find almost anything. There was some fishing tackle too.
I think the early morning fog scared some buyers and sellers away. It was still a pretty good day. I sold a few things and gave away a few things. Thanks ARCC for doing another swap meet. They will do another one in the fall.

Brian Regan

 Rick and Keith from ARCC. 


Marks Club Yearly Swap Meet

by Olen Rutherford   March 11, 2016

On Feb. 27 I attended the Marks Club of North Little Rock Arkansas' yearly swap meet.CD Stan Kopreski, Club President Randy Womack and all the other club members did a excellent job of putting on this swap meet.
The doors opened at 10 am and ran until 2 pm, with 27 tables around the perimeter of the gymnasium, along with some vendors utilizing floor space in the center, for 30 vendors registered. With visits from additional 64 plus people from the surrounding area and other clubs.
Marshall Singer ran the concession stand with hot dogs, pop corn and soda.
It was a good swap meet, with planed improvements for next year. Be sure to put it on your calendar.
See you at a flying field some where.

Olen Rutherford
Arkansas AVP

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Model Aviators of South Arkansas Swap Meet

by Olen Rutherford   February 12, 2016

On Feb. 6th I attended the Model Aviators of South Arkansas 16th Annual Swap Meet in El Dorado Arkansas.Over a hundred buyers and sellers came through the door. With raffle numbers being called all morning, the main prize number was called at 2 pm.
CD Jason Cunningham and the MASA Club members put on a good swap meet, with lots of food and camaraderie; a good time was had by all.

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RRCC 50th Annivesary Party Come help us celebrate

by Tony Breyen   February 10, 2016

RRCC 50th Annivesary Party
Come help us celebrate 50 Years of Model Aviation!
Calling all current and former members of RRCC, you and your guests are welcome to join us for a weekend of celebration, fellowship and flying!

Weekend plans include:
Cavanaugh Flight Museum Guided Tour: 2p to 4p Saturday April 9th. Tickets are $10.00 per person, and must be purchased at the museum. The Cavanaugh Museum is located at 4572 Claire Chennault, Addison TX, 75001. For more details and directions, visit the Cavanaugh Museum website here:

Reception and Banquet: 6p to 9p, Saturday April 9th. Tickets are $50.00 per person. All current, and former members are encouraged to attend! Please bring a guest! Location: Courtyard by Mariott in Allen Texas, near the Allen Events Center. Appetizers and Cash Bar reception from 6 to 6:30. Dinner and Program 6:30 to 9. Special guests and speakers during the program. Dinner Menu: Salmon or Chicken Entree, variety vegetables, salad and dessert.
Please RSVP by using one of the methods below.

Open Flying: All Day - Sunday April 10th. All guests and members welcome out to fly. Field location is here:

Please RSVP for Banquet Saturday Night by clicking one of the below options. Please RSVP by February 11th. Banquet purchases will need to be paid by March 30th.


Pearl Harbor Remembrance Fly-In

by Benny Behrens   December 29, 2015

The following was submitted by Fred Daniels, Leader Member and CD:

The Second Pearl Harbor Remembrance Fly-In was held at Space City RC Club in Katy, Texas on Sunday December 6, 2015. There were several different type Japanese aircraft and US aircraft represented. At lunch time Paul Curry, the organizer of the event, read a moving account of the day including the president’s speech. Sorry to say that some of the Japanese planes did not survive the event. Lunch was provided by the club for the pilots. Turnout was great and the weather was perfect for the event. The one that Paul organized last year was held on Sunday December 7, 2014 matching the day and time of the attack. The weather was horrible but, still a few guys with Japanese planes showed up.
Paul has mentioned that he wants to do this every year in remembrance of the ones who lost their lives on that faithful day.

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 Great Pilot Turnout Some of the Zeros flown 


Tri City Flyers 2016 Swap Meet

by Ed Valls   December 17, 2015

Hello everyone. On behalf of the Tri City Flyers I would like to mention that their annual Swap Meet is fast approaching. The event will be held on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19 and 20, 2016. As usual it will be held at the Garden Ridge Community Center in Garden Ridge, TX. IF you are unfamiliar with the location it is north of San Antonio just west of I 35 on exit 175 in Schertz, TX. This event is always fun and well run. The Tri City Flyers would like to invite any and all to attend. Food and beverages will be available on-site both days.

For additional information please visit the Website: On the left side of the home page under, "Upcoming Events", click on Swap meet. Once on that page, scroll down and click on "Event Flyer" for full information.

Hope to see you at the event.

Ed Valls


Alvin RC Model Airplane Association - Open house and Fun Fly

by Benny Behrens   December 6, 2015

Saturday December 5, 2015 Alvin RC Model Airplane Association held an Open House and Fun Fly open to all local AMA members to come fly whatever they had. Only conditions were all AMA and Club Flight and Safety requirements applied. No landing fees and food (breakfast tacos and great Louisiana Gumbo thanks to Travis LeDoux, Secretary of Texas City RC Club) was free. The weather was almost as good as it gets, light wind, cool and sunny-you couldn’t ask for better. Pilot participation was good with lots of different airplanes and flying styles. In addition we had many interested spectators and guests. There seemed to be several airplanes in the air most of the day with no safety issues and along the way Alvin picked up two new club members.

It was a lot of fun with local RC friends and spectators and I believe everyone got their share of flight time, food and fellowship.

Thanks to all that attended and hope everyone enjoyed…Benny

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 Hot Louisiana Gumbo thanks to Travis LeDoux A few of the planes flown 


AOK raises money for Wounded warriors.

by Brian Regan   November 21, 2015

Today 4 members of the Aero modelers of Kirtland put on a static display to raise money for the Wounded Warriors project. We raised 110.00 dollars. The club will add to that and send it to the AMA. This was fun and worth the time. We got a chance to meet lots of people and talk model aircraft. Thanks to Norm, Marcelino and Howard for coming out to help. We were glad to be able to give a little to help the Wounded Warriors.

Brian Regan


Boysville Show and Tell September 5, 2015

by Ed Valls   November 13, 2015

Hello everyone. I am a little late in getting some of the posts for events I have attended and for this I apologize. Seems like sometimes life's events get in the way.

Anyway, during the Tri City Flyers (TCF) National Model Aviation Day event, the club decided to donate the proceeds from the event (approximately $1300) to the Boysville facility. If you are not familiar with Boysville, please visit : . As part of the TCF's new association with Boysville some of the club members offered to do a show and tell for any interested residents of the facility.

On September 5, 2014 Jim Rice, Jack Matlock, Gary Rice, Hannah Rice (Gary's daughter and Jim grand daughter), Walter Boone II, Walter Boone III and I visited the facility and performed a show and tell and some of the club members did some flying demonstrations. The event was held in the facility gymnasium and we had about 20 young boys and girls. Jim spoke about the AMA and many of its programs aimed at getting young people involved in model aviation and in STEM programs. Jack Matlock spent some time talking about his large gasoline engine powered Valiant. Gary Rice spent some time talking about his scratch built model and a little time about model design and aerodynamics. Walter Boone III (one of our Junior members) spent some time talking about his association with the AMA, modeling and Camp AMA. He also told the youngsters how model aviation has made a difference in his life. I spent a few minutes talking about the turbine powered F-15 that I brought.

After these introductions to modeling, Jim, Jack, Gary, Walter III and I did some indoor flying. Jim and Walter spent quite a lot of time doing some 3D flying while Jack and I flew our HobbyZone foam Champ's in a VERY loose formation.

The program director for Boysville thought that the program was well received and the TCF members plan on continuing a model aviation program with the Boysville youngsters. The current plan is for the club to host a program where the interested youngsters build some "foam plate" gliders and then progress to more complicated models (some stick and tissue models). On behalf of the AMA I would like to thank the members of the TCF that helped with this event and I would especially like to thank Jim Rice for taking the lead on this program. I believe that this program has the potential to grow and get some youngsters interested in model aviation.


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 TCF Members Participating in the Program Walter Boone III doing some 3D flying for the group 


Richardson Radio Control Club Gary Harvey Charity Fun Fly

by Ed Kranz   October 27, 2015

The weather turned out to not be a friend this past weekend as the RRCC held its 12th Annual Gary Harvey Memorial Charity Fun Fly. Saturday was canceled due to weather and Sunday was marginal at best. With this being said, an adjusted format allowed the small crowd of spectators and members to raise over $2000.00 for the Veterans Center of North Texas, Allen Community Outreach and the Branch Volunteer Fire Department. Many thanks to those present for their GENEROSITY and to Robert Ferguson for his efforts in raising these funds under the circumstances he was dealt.
There was plenty of fun to had for spectators as the club trainer was present and 15 or so people got to experience RC Flight for the first time. Curt Jones was in charge of ground school and Brad Mennenga manned the trainer and, as you can see from the pictures, gave several people an enjoyable experience they will remember for a long time. Thanks to Allen Delger for his devoted efforts to MAKE this event happen even though circumstances warranted otherwise.
Again many thanks to the members of the RRCC for first obtaining the many donations and for their generous contributions that raised the $2000.00 for these very deserving charities.

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 Small but DEDICATED Group for opening Ceremonies Brad and First time Flyers 


Cajun Nationals 2015 - Pattern Contest

by Jerry Walters   October 23, 2015

The RAMS club in Crowley, La. held the 2015 Cajun Nationals Pattern Contest on October 17-19. The last time I saw the roster they had 46 competitors registered. The weather was great except for a sometimes challenging direct cross wind. As usual, the competition was serious and the hospitality was great with nightly parties for the pilots. A little Cajun music on Saturday night topped it off.

Contest results:
Sportsman: 1. David Hayes 2975 pts.
2. Jonathan Falgout 2965 pts.
3. Bryon Myers 2935 pts.

Intermediate: 1. William Higdon 2951 pts.
2. Robert Campbell 2950 pts.
3. Sheldon Reyher 2862 pts.

Advanced: 1. Clifton Bradford 2992 pts.
2. Glen Shepherd 2943 pts.
3. Keith Hoard 2842 pts.

Masters: 1. Stephen Byrd 2984 pts.
2. Donald Ramsey 2979 pts.
3. John Fuqua 2978 pts.

F3A; 1. AC Glenn 2983 pts.
2. Brett Wickizer 2980 pts.
3. Chip Hyde 2974 pts.

Very close competition in every category!

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 Along the flight line Relaxing between rouds 


Ozark Flyers Annual Benefit Fly-In

by Olen Rutherford   October 20, 2015

Saturday October 17, I attended the Ozark Flyers of Fayetteville, Arkansas' annual benefit fly-in. This year's charity event was for Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. With 24 registered pilots from Arkansas,Oklahoma,Texas and Missouri, the club members raised $500 from raffles and 50-50 drawings. In addition,there was a private donation of $90. All money raised went to the J.D. Foundation.
You could see the smile on Brody's face, along with his dad Bryan, when the club set him up with a "buddy box".
Everyone had a great time, flying all types of aircraft. Mark your calendars for next year so the Ozark Flyers can raise more for next years charity.

Arkansas AVP
Olen Rutherford

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Arkansas pilots in Oklahoma

by Olen Rutherford   October 14, 2015

On October 9-10 five pilots including myself from around the state of Arkansas attended the TRAMPS giant scale fly in. The TRAMPS event is located at the historic Hat Box Air-Dome in Muskogee, Oklahoma. With all the hard work of CD Gaines Smith,Co CD Mike Wise, and all the club members, it was a great event.
The event started with 37 registered pilots.Rain dampened our spirits on Friday morning but skies cleared after noon and flying began. Friday night we had the use of the old Hat Box Beechcraft hanger to store our planes in. "Fantastic"
Saturday started at dawn with a gaggle of WW I aircraft. It was a perfect day with light winds down the runway; if you didn't fly all you wanted, it was your fault.
With the best hospitality around, mark your calendar for the second week end in October to attend this one!

Arkansas AVP
Olen Rutherford

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Warbirds Over Alvin 2015

by Benny Behrens   October 9, 2015

Saturday October 3, 2015 Alvin RC Model Airplane Association, Alvin, TX had their Annual Warbird Fly-In. Cash prizes were given for Scratch/Kit WWI, WWII, Post WWII, Best ARF and Best Overall on a fun basis with judging by the registered pilots.

Weather was great being clear and cool with mild winds somewhat down the runway. Registration was light with only 12 pilots but the quality of planes and flying was great. Alvin did have a fair turn out of visitors and spectators with lots of great airplanes, flying and of course great hamburgers.

Anyone that did not visit the event missed a great raffle with three ARF’s given out along with some other prizes. The grand raffle prize was a 50cc Aeroworks Yak 54 donated by a member – what a prize for the lucky winner!

CD Ken White and his volunteers did a great job keeping the event moving with lots of safe flying, pilot prizes and good food.

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 Some of the registered pilots Couple of WWI birds going up looking for a dog fight! 


Richardson Radio Control Big Bird

by Ed Kranz   October 4, 2015

What an awesome day for a flying event. Thanks to all the Richardson Radio Control Volunteers for hosting an EPIC EVENT. Noon demos started with CD Phil Cartwright flying his 50% Pitts Python with a 250cc 5 cylinder radial (GROWLLLLLLL), This was followed by a rarely seen airplane and helicopter being flown at the same time to music. Thanks to superior flying skills Alex Dean was able to dodge the airplane while at the same time putting on a dramatic show of heli flying skills. Then came the show stopper. Patrick Mason flew his 42% Extreme Flight Extra. Personally I am impressed with the way Patrick flies when he can see his plane, but when it disappears in a cloud of smoke, how do you know what to do when you can't even see it. Truly AMAZING. Everyone had a great time and finished the day with a great raffle. If you want to fly at a great field with truly great people who love the sport, be sure and watch for the next event at the Richardson Radio Control Club.

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 Pilots Picture Photo OP for fans 


Wichita Falls Fun Fly

by Tony Breyen   October 3, 2015

Lots of sunshine,no wind and tons of pizza. The crowd was small but the day turned out great. We had guys from Duncan OK and Graham TX. to help the day be enjoyable. Some kids from the local civil air patrol came to learn so we put them on the buddybox and also helped them with their plane. Patrick Mason came to do the noon time show and did a awesome job. And the very lovely Mimi ran around taking lots of pictures of the day.
This couple is an awesome pair that makes any event they show up for more enjoyable. Check out her Facebook page Model aviation memories by Mimi.

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Allen Rotary Program

by Ed Kranz   September 24, 2015

My new District VIII AVP name tag and shirt showed up just minutes before I left to do the Program for the Allen Rotary Club on Wednesday September 23rd.
I had asked Alex Dean, a very accomplished 3D helicopter pilot, from the Richardson Radio Control Club to accompany me to the event.
We were served a wonderful lunch of chicken, salmon and potatoes. The salmon was absolutely amazing.
Enough about the food.
Alex talked about helis, showed a video of Kyle Dahl a world class heli pilot sponsored by Mikado. The crowd was amazed at what a heli could do when flown by an accomplished 3D pilot.
There was a considerable amount of attention and questions asked about Drones and I pointed out that thru no fault of their own most new drone pilots are never directed to any information concerning FCC or AMA rules concerning the flying of these air craft. Thus many people because of the ease of operation from technology often operated these craft due to not being properly informed causing problems.
I referred everyone to the AMA Web page and the Know Before You Fly Info.
I brought 7 different types of planes including a Calypso Sail Plane, two small foamies (one being a night flyer), a shark speed plane (175+mph), an 80 inch electric B-25, an Extreme Flight 91 inch gas 300 Extra, and a newly built 88 inch Pilot 330SC that had been modified to be electric with complete internal lighting in a very special Texas Tech Theme that I dedicated to my son who is a Police Detective and SWAT officer and a 1996 Texas Tech Graduate. I automatically had several in the crowd who liked me from the moment they saw this plane (also Tech Grads)
We shared a lot of information including the upcoming events in the area. War Birds over Texas at the North Dallas RC Club September 25th and 26th, Richardson Radio Control Club Big Bird October 4th, RRCC Celina Balloon Fest October 16th and 17th, RRCC Gary Harvey Memorial Charity Fun Fly October 24th and 25th, and the Wings Over Windsong co-sponsored by the North Dallas Radio Control Club, Richardson Radio Control Club, and Rowlett Radio Control Club on November 7th at Windsong Ranch.
From feedback of the members after the meeting Alex and I definitely hit a home run. We had fun and as Alex said, “I think they know the PASSION we both have for this hobby!”
I look forward to more of these great times meeting people who share a love for planes and being able to represent AMA, and the Richardson Radio Control Club.


Nate & Steve's Most Excellent Fun Fly.

by Brian Regan   September 20, 2015

On Saturday Howard and I went to Farmington for Nate & Steve's Most Excellent Fun Fly. The weather was great. There was over 20 pilots. I didn't count them, probably a few more. This was an open flying event. Just bring an aircraft and fly or sit around hanger talking. The only requirement was to have fun.
Steve brought the grill and started cooking. The hamburgers and hotdogs were great.
If you like meeting new people and flying come up to Farmington next year or just pop in and fly with these guys.


 Nate & Steve. The look nothing like Bill & Ted. 


Ray Hall Memorial 2015

by    September 7, 2015

The El Paso Radio controllers club held their Ray Hall Memorial on Sunday September 6th. Raymond Welch was the CD and the event and approx 25 pilots but well over 30 very nice aircraft. The entire club was out to help with everything from food to cheering other pilots on during flights. The public came out to visit as well to enjoy the many aircraft being flown and displayed.

I had a great time the club and all the support was great.

 Group photo of all the pilots 


ARCC 60th Annual Labor Day Air Show.

by Brian Regan   September 6, 2015

This weekend I attended ARCC's 60th Annual Labor Day Air Show. There were 20 pilots. I don't know why there was such a low turn out. We had a great time. Rick was the CD and Keith helped him a lot. Vic worked the food with Al (Top Bun). The weather was nice and cool until Sunday. It got a little warmer then. Norm won pilots choice with his Tigercat. Len was second with a turbine and finished 3rd with my DR1. I hope they have this event next year. This is a fun event for all types of planes. Come to Albuquerque and see what all the fun is about.

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 Norm and his Tigercat. Theron, He did some nice low passes. 


Fort Bend RC Club Muscular Dystrophy Fly-a-Thon

by Benny Behrens   September 6, 2015

Saturday September 5, 2015 Fort Bend RC Club (FBRCC) held their annual Muscular Dystrophy Fly-A-Thon with event proceeds donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. This is the 18th consecutive year FBRCC has held this very successful event.

The event was held at FBRCC’s field which is located west of Houston in Rosenberg, TX just north of Highway 59. The club has outstanding facilities with two paved crossing runways of suitable length for most any RC airplane including large scale turbines. 24 pilots were registered and essentially all sized airplanes from basic trainers up to twin engine turbines were safely flown for the pleasure and entertainment of the many spectators and visitors that were on hand.

At lunch time RC Hobby Shop’s Warbird team put on a very impressive demonstration, followed by a great helicopter demonstration after which there was additional flight demonstrations by several pilots flying turbine aircraft.

Rob Longenecker, President of FBRCC, recognized “Charlie Caulkins for successfully managing the elements and volunteers to have such a successful event. We also appreciate the support of the Air Force JROTC and Major Doug Hawn from Dulles High School, who handled donations and food service”. It was obvious that many of the club’s members had a hand in helping make this a very successful event. I am sure the spectators, pilots and RC visitors from local clubs had a great time and really enjoyed the event – I know I did.

And most important the Muscular Dystrophy Association reaped the rewards thanks to all that participated.

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 Very nice twin turbine A-10 and it flew beautiful Some of the spectators and visitors 


ARCA Big Bird event (Austin)

by    September 4, 2015

Today and tommorrow I am attending the Austin Big Bird event. We arrived at the field today to see several nice flights. Gary Smith the club president flew a nice B-17 with a Willys jeep escort out to the flight line. Was very cool. I gave out several balsa airplanes to some kids and had some one make me a P-38. See picture below.

The event had 43 pilots. Randall Larsen is the official CD in charge and we have lots of public here due to the TV coverage in Austin. The club did an outstanding job with the event. Had a great time flying and visiting with all of the pilots that attended.

The space city club showed up in force 11 club members came to the event. A picture of everyone will be in the electronic version of the November magazine along with all the rest of the pictures I took.

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 Gary Smith Jr and his P-38 All the pilots 


Tri City Flyers National Model Aviation Day Fly-In

by Ed Valls   September 3, 2015

Hello everyone. On August 8, 2015 the Tri City Flyers (TCF)hosted their third National Model Aviation Day Fly-In. The event was open to all types of model. We had a mix of remote controlled models as well as a few modelers flying in our control line circle. I was fortunate enough to CD the event and it was a privilege to CD this wonderful fund raiser.

This year the TCF decided to donate all proceeds to Boysville in San Antonio. Boysville has been in existence since 1943. Here is their mission statement.

"Our campus is designed to help children in crisis who cannot remain in their own home for a variety of reasons. Our children come from homes that are in crisis, due to emotional, physical or sexual abuse. Sometimes a parent cannot take care of the child due to a terminal illness and do not have the support of family to take care of the children. Children who come to Boysville come from various backgrounds. Boysville does not look at the child’s past…we look at their future. By providing food, shelter, clothing and medical services, we are able to provide the basic necessities needed to make the child feel safe and comfortable at Boysville. Our residents do not wonder if they will eat at night or if they will have a safe place to sleep. With our education services, our children realize their potential. We encourage education. We encourage them to explore college, trade or military options. Options that previously seemed like a dream. We are able to pull children out of abuse cycles or poverty cycles and teach them to become an active part of society."

We were quite honored to have Dave Mc Ilvoy (former CEO of Boysville) and Steve Herlich (chief philanthropy officer for Boysville) attend the event. During the pilots meeting, Steve provided a brief overview of the Boysville mission.

This year we had a wonderful turnout of twenty seven pilots attend our event. I heard a number of the pilots say they enjoyed the event and would come back next year.

The TCF club is proud to say that they donated $1300 to Boysville. The club donated all of the food and drinks. The club would also like to thank American Legion Post from Converse, TX. and the VFW Post from Universal City, TX. for their financial contributions to the effort. Additionally, three club anonymously members donated a total of $300 toward the Boysville contribution.

If you would like to learn more about the Boysville mission, please visit:

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 Group Photo of all Pilots and TCF Staff Steve Herlich gets some stick time from Jim Rice as Gary Looks On 


Texas City RC Club

by Benny Behrens   August 30, 2015

Texas City RC Club (TCRCC) had their annual Big Bird event scheduled for June 20, 2015 – as with many events in the Houston area it got rained out. TCRCC rescheduled the event for August 22nd, safe bet in the middle of a drought and with temperatures in the 100’s but who would have thought during the week before the event heavy drought breaking rains hit again and the event was rescheduled for August 29th. Then the Monday before the event the field got another 4 inches of rain and a big question mark loomed over the CD Mike Samano and the club members – would the field dry enough to support the event. Well as it turned out the third time was a charm. They could not have asked for better weather – dryer air settled in and dried the field and morning of the event temperatures in the low 70’s, full sun shine and mild winds – after three tries they had picked a winner-the perfect day!!!!!!

Turns out TCRCC had a great event with 37 registered pilots, large spectator turn out and a lot of good safe flying. No one could have asked for a better turnout or overall event. Many types of very nice airplanes were on hand and flown to the spectator’s pleasure and enjoyment of the pilots. Some of the pilots had a great time with mock dog fights (Corsair vs Zero or Zero vs Corsair) but everybody won cause they all went home in one piece.

TCRCC’s members did a great job putting this event together and I believe fun was had by all.

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 Some of the entries Randy Larsen (Zero Pilot thinks he won the dogfight) 


WARPS Mid-Summer Event

by Jerry Walters   August 25, 2015

After months of rain, heat, drought, wind, and general adverse conditions the WARPS Club in Berwick, LA. decided to have a just for fun, we need to fly, no fee, no food, lit BBQ pit, and jambalaya fun fly last Saturday. About 25 pilots showed up and had a great time. Heli's, turbines, 3-D giants, and little electrics tore it up. There were even a couple of trainers buzzing around. The Berwick Club is a great bunch of guys welcoming pilots from 100+ miles away. I am looking forward to late summer and fall events as the event schedule fills up.

 WARPS Mid-Summer Event 



by Stew Moore   August 24, 2015


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by Brian Regan   August 22, 2015

This weekend August 22nd, RCRCC held their annual float fly in at Cochity Lake in New Mexico. Rick Mahlum was the CD and did a great job. There were 20 pilots signed up. Lots of foamies. There were a few built up plane as well. The day was as perfect as it can get. Light winds and cool in the morning. The flying was real laid back.
If you like float flying, plan on flying with the Santa Fe club next year. It was a lot of fun.


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 Clarance from Soccoro after a good flight. This Cub flew real good too. 


National Model Aviation Day

by Benny Behrens   August 21, 2015

Saturday August 15, 2015 Alvin RC Model Airplane Association celebrated the 3rd Annual National Model Aviation Day by hosting an open fun fly. The event was also a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project along with a local charity. The Boy Scouts prepared and served lunch which included snow cones to help beat the Texas heat. We had a good assortment of helicopters, warbirds, 3D and scale aircraft. Sponsors included individuals, local hobby shops as well as many national suppliers.

24 registered pilots got a full day of flying under almost perfect conditions. In addition the Boy Scouts along with many spectators had an opportunity to try their hand on the simulator and then on a trainer with a buddy box. Little warm but fun was had by all!!!!

Additional photos can be found from the links below:

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 Group photo of some of the pilots and scouts Lunch time 


Farmington Flyin for Fun

by    August 16, 2015

On Saturday and Sunday August 15-16th the San Juan RC club had a fly in in Support of National Model Aviation Day and raise money in support of the City's efforts for the Animal Shelter. The city had several events around the area to get people out to see different activities and all worked together to raise money. The Club had a good crowd and about 18 pilots flying through the two days. Allen Price ran the event as CD but got lots of support from everyone in the club.

Great Job by the Club working with the community.

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 The Entire Gang almost, Several were missing in action at the time of the photo. Farmington has a nice facility that the city helps maintain. 


Alvin RC Model Airplane Association 40th Birthday

by Benny Behrens   July 12, 2015

On July 11, 2015 Alvin RC Model Airplane Association celebrated its 40th Anniversary at its flying field in Alvin, TX. The event was rescheduled from June 13th at the last minute due to the heavy rains that up until July have plagued the Houston area.

The event was in celebration of the Club’s 40 continuous years of RC Model Airplane fun and included a Fun Fly with events like a balloon bust (no balloons were injured in the event), toilet paper streamer cut (attempted anyway) along with simple continuous open flying by the members. Tom Stancliff a long term member of the club barbequed brisket true Texas style and members brought their specialty covered dish. Becky Bridge, wife of one of our member’s specialty was a custom designed cake (actually two – one for the rain out and one for July 11th). The cakes were designed to reflect many aspects of the club facilities and history.

Inside the clubhouse a memory lane photo history of the club lined the walls. As with many clubs the history included the many challenges necessary over the years to develop and maintain a first class facility. The club owns its own land and has been in its current location since 1983. This alone is quite an accomplishment when we consider all of the changes in equipment and flying styles, maintaining neighbor and community relations and relationships with the modeling community.

The Alvin Club currently has approximately 80 members and is recognized by AMA as a Leader Club – Gold level. The event was well attended and I believe everyone enjoyed the food, flying, friendship and talking about the history that got us where we are today.

Thanks to all that contributed to making the event a success and the Club a success.

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 Club members celebrating the club\'s 40th Birthday Becky\'s cake with detailed field features 


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