On April 27, 2019 the Charlotte Aeromodelers club located near Monroe, NC hosted our first ever Electric Ducted Fan (EDF) jet event at our club field. The weather was perfect and we had a great turn out, 33 pilots and a total of 100 pilots and spectators in attendance. Dymond Model Sports, Motion RC and Horizon Hobbies each provided pilot prizes and raffles and was well received and appreciated. We had pilots as far away as Michigan and Virginia come down for the event and enjoy the day with us. Bobby Helms, a club member and chef extraordinaire served smoked BBQ with all the trimmings. Our landowner and fellow club member LouAnn McCracken provided several wonderful desserts. EDF jets are a fast growing part of our hobby and we intend to make this an annual event. Thanks to also to fellow club members Bob Grunden, Dave Mohr, Liem Tran, Dave Warr, Dave Wertz and his wife Mary for volunteering to help with running this event.
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Club member Clifford Culpepper has submitted the following paper from the 1977 National Free Flight Society Symposium. Wow, things have really changed since 1977. Or have they? Thanks Cliff for the submission.
Back in May at our monthly club meeting member, Doug Morris suggested CAM investigate having a booth at the annual Warbirds airshow in Monroe. Thanks to Doug’s suggestion and the efforts of more than 25 CAM volunteers our members enjoyed a fantastic weekend at the Warbirds Over Monroe event.
Thanks to the leadership of Rick Harn the club was able to enjoy this event at nearly zero cost to the club. In addition we now have a tent, complete with club banners, that can be used at other events. Special “Thanks” to club member, Wil Radimer for securing additional tent poles which were needed for hanging our new banners. In total, CAM volunteers contributed more than 250 man-hours to making this a successful event.
During the show we were able to talk with hundreds of present, past and “want a be” RC pilots. We also attracted the attention of younger potential pilots as Doug Morris manned his flight simulator throughout the entire show.
Our primary objective when we decided to participate in this show was to promote RC and introduce people to Charlotte Aeromodelers. Having talked with hundreds of people over the two day event and passing out more than 700 CAM business cards I’m confident we achieved our objectives.
Thanks again to all the volunteers…it was a great weekend.
John Davis, President
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The 18th annual Warbirds event was a success despite inclement weather. We had 31 registered pilots, around 100 attendees and a full contingency of officers from the Monroe Police Department who indicated they had a great time and were very appreciative of our support of them and raising the public’s awareness of what they do, the tools and equipment that they use. CAM would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of our event: Dymond Modelsports USA, Hobby Stop in Rock Hill and a number of private sponsors. Special thanks go out to Bobby Helms and his team for the excellent BBQ meal they served and Dave Mohr for DJ’ing our event along with many other volunteers.
At the Tuesday night meeting at the field, the club recognized long time member, safety officer, and official Club flight instructor Jerry Plyler for his many years of service to the club as our main flight instructor. John Davis and Dave Werts presented Jerry with a nice plaque and thanked Jerry for his service to the club and the RC flying community. As Jerry accepted the award he commented that “for once in his life, he was speechless”. Thanks Jerry for your service to the club!