16th Annual Fall Warbird Fly-In

While delayed from our original date due to hurricane Matthew, mother nature couldn’t have provided better weather than she did on November 5th for our 16th Annual Fall Fly-in.   We were honored to have representatives of Chapter 634 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart present for this warbird event as we helped raise funds for their chapter.  41 pilots registered for the event and joined guests and spectators for a delicious BBQ lunch prepared by Bobby Helms and his team of volunteers with desserts provided by our friend and neighbor LuAnn McCracken.

We were happy to have Rick Cawley, Associate VP for AMA district IV in attendance, as well as Bob Wesley that came all the way from the Raleigh area to attend.

CD Scott Gantt presented awards to several pilots as follows:

  • Best Scale – Phil Lowery – Jenny Aircraft
  • Best Military – David Hames – T-34 Mentor
  • Best Sport – Bob Wesley – Giant scale J-3 Cub
  • Best Bi-Plane – Terry Owens
  • People’s Choice – Rick Cawley – 50% Jungmeister

Thanks to CD Scott Gantt for leading the event and to all who helped and participated and helped to honor the members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

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Model Aviation day Fly-In attracts 40 Participants

Our annual National Model Aviation day event at the McCracken Aerodrome is now complete.  CD Mitch Robbins ran the event and held some informal competitions which were a great success.  Several pilots competed in a spot landing competition that ran throughout the day.  The participants and spectators really enjoyed the competition.  Winners for the day were as follows:

  • Jim Katz – Demonstration Pilot
  • Benton Griffin – Spot Landing
  • Todd Griffin – Spot Landing Judges Choice (he did it with a discus launch glider)
  • Camden Helms – Peoples Choice
  • Camden Helms – Youngest Pilot
  • Ed Apolinar – Oldest Pilot
  • Camden Helms – Raffle Winner

The crowd was also excited to see a noon demonstration of high speed flight piloted by club member Jim Katz.  Jim flew 3 different types of planes in various categories.   A traditional and delicious CAM lunch was prepared and served by Bobby Helms, Billy Pigg, and Luann McCracken along with the help of others.  The club would like to thank Mitch Robbins, Jim Katz, and everyone else who helped to make the Fly-In a great success.

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Charlotte Aeromodelers Pattern Contest attracts 23 Participants

Our first pattern event hosted at the McCracken Aerodrome is now complete.  Despite less than perfect weather, the event was a great success.  23 pilots competed in 5 categories. The winners are as follows.

  • Sportsman – 1st Sam Bujnarowski
  • Intermediate, 1st Gene Flynn, 2nd Tim Pritchett, 3rd Chris Holiday, 4th Rick Harn
  • Advanced – 1st Roger Jones, 2nd Buff Miller, 3rd Don Manson
  • Masters – 1st George Asteris, 2nd Braxton Dudley, 3rd Charles Simmons
  • F3A – 1st Peter Collinson, 2nd Don Szczur, 3rd Arch Stafford

We look forward to hosting our 2nd pattern event Sept 17 and 18, 2016.

The club would like to thank Jerry Plyler and Rick Harn for planning and coordinating this event.

If you are not familiar with pattern competition, please check out the NSRCA.US website for more information.

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Spring Fly In a Great Success

Our Spring fly in was a great success!!!

We had 31 registered pilots, great hot dogs and hamburgers, great flying, and great camaraderie.  We unveiled our new, enclosed, food preparation area to 100% positive reviews.  All involved, both from the cooking side and from the eating side enjoyed the use of the newly remodeled facility and look forward to using this space for many events in the future.

The following awards were presented at the fly-in:

  • Bobby Helms – Best Bi Plane
  • Trent Wilhelm -People’s Choice
  • Best Scale – Ray Andersen
  • David Morton – Best sport
  • Jesse Coffer -Best military

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Fall Fly In a Great Success

Our fly in was a huge success!!!

We had 45 registered pilots, great BBQ, great flying, and great camaraderie. We spent time honoring Gene Leonard by dedicating the Gazebo as a memorial to Gene for his service to the country and the many contributions he made to the club.

We also were able to honor the Purple Heart Foundation for their work and service. A large portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to the Foundation to be used to support their mission and to help veterans who served our country.

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Good Bye to a Fellow Aeromodeler Gene Leonard

Good Bye to Fellow Aeromodeler Gene Leonard

Today is a sad day for the Charlotte Aeromodelers as we lost one of our long time members.  Gene Leonard  died Saturday after a fight with cancer.  It was an honor to know and fly with Gene. Gene was one of the lucky ones that survivesd the WW2 Normandy invasion. Gene’s passion was flying model aircraft. You would hardly ever see a day that Gene was not at the field making memories with fellow Members.

We will miss him!

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