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16th Annual District VIII Celebration of Flight

by Ed Valls   October 14, 2016

On September 24 and 25, 2016 the Tri City Flyers held their 16th annual District VIII Fly-In. The event is a celebration of flight and also honors and recognizes those District VIII members who have passed away during the year. This years even, as in recent years, was expertly CD'd by Frank Simas and hosted by the Tri City Flyers. Given the weather forecast, the event was considered a success and drew 37 pilots. The weather on Saturday was very favorable and a lot of the pilots got some good flying in. At the noon time lunch break Jim Rice read the names of the district VIII members who have passed away during the year and Jack Matlock then performed a short flight demonstration in honor of those lost during the year. Jim and Gary Rice also spent a lot of tie with their trainer "buddy boxing" guests.

AMA HQ. representatives Dave Mathewson (AMA Executive Director) and Ilona Maine (Safety and Member Benefits) attended and provided an update on the "state of the AMA" and addressed the status of Congressional legislation regarding model aviation. They also held a short Q&A during the Saturday evening BBQ dinner.

Jim and Linda Rice arranged for the funding for a Saturday night BBQ expertly cooked by Red Rich and his team of talented "chefs". The kitchen was expertly run by Ben and Kim Lewis with a lot of help from Ed Stout and other club members. Registration was run by Charles Roccaforte, Rick Corbell and George Sheffield.

Jim and Linda Rice also arranged for all of the pilot and raffle prizes. Many thanks to Jim and Linda for the outstanding efforts in coordinating the dinner and arranging for the prizes. I would also like to thank District VIII VP Lawrence Harville for his donation of AMA hats for the pilots prizes.

The weather forecast for Sunday was not good so CD Franks Simas called the event on Saturday after the dinner. However, he was at the field on Sunday for anyone that wished to come back and fly on Sunday. A number of the pilots did come back on Sunday and did a lot of flying.

A big congratulations to CD Frank Simas and the Tri City Flyers for another successful Celebration of Flight Fly-In.

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 Group Shot of Some of the Pilots Attending Brian Strachan and his Pilot RC IMAC Aircraft after his wonderful flight deom 


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