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By John Sandy, Safety Coordinator
Editors Note: The Clubs webpage is updated once a month, usually a few days after the monthly meeting. Daily and weekly updates are covered by Facebook or the email listserv that all of you are members of. Messages to members can be received pretty fast.
Club Newsletter November 2021
Membership since last meeting: Welcome new members:
Lane Holmberg, Chris Butler, Anthony Stinger, Mike Fischer, Egan Fischer (Youth), Gus Schaak,
Bryley Schaak (Youth) and Jim Hutchins
Fall Fury Review
By Dan Woods
What started as an idea back in September of 2020 became a reality October 16th, 2021 when Big Sky RC Modelers hosted its inaugural off road, radio-controlled racing event at the newly constructed Black Horse RC Raceway. The Fall Fury was the first of many events to be held at the new racetrack and could not have been possible without the countless club member volunteer hours, generous sponsor donations of both funding and materials and the willingness of an RC club focused on aviation to expand its thinking, embrace change and create one of the first multi-sport RC complexes in Montana. Thanks to a strong partnership with Hobby Time RC as well as donations from Builders First Source, Gusto Distributing, E-Z Bail Bonds, Strobelís Rental, Electric City RC Racing and MDS Construction Supply what once was a small piece of grassland became a playground for kids of all ages to enjoy.
The event brought 24 drivers and there families out to participate in 6 RC off road racing classes that included 48 individual entries. The first day started with a driverís meeting and playing of the National Anthem and consisted of 3 qualifying races for each class as well as some exhibition nitro and gas cars racing around the track in the afternoon. The repurposed snack shack, that was relocated from adjacent to the runway to adjacent the drivers stand, served as the headquarters for the announcer and timing system as well as provided a variety of snacks and hot and cold drinks sold by 12 year old entrepreneur Emily Woods. The smell of barbequed cheeseburgers and hot dogs that filled the air was hard to resist and by early afternoon the snack shack was sold out of cheeseburgers. A big thank you to Nick Moss for cooking and all of Hobby Time RC volunteers for keeping the orders straight! Mid-afternoon Zach Olson, owner of Hobby Time RC, raffled off your choice of a RC airplane or $300+ gift certificate to Hobby Time RC and Chuck Woods won the drawing, he chose the $$$$. Also, thank you to Tony Stinger for announcing and running the timing system during qualifying.
The second day started with a beautiful sunrise and a lot less wind so everyone was excited to get racing. After the drivers meeting, playing of the National Anthem and a fly over by a RC F-22, the main events began. Each class had a varying number of mains (A, B, C, D) depending on the number of entries for the class. Each lower main allowed the top two drivers to bump up to the next main so the racing was fierce from the start of the first race. There was a slight malfunction of the timing system and drivers were announced by there starting position and not their running position but the end results were correct and the only prize drivers were racing for were bragging rights so fun was had by all. The final race results as well as photos of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and TQ are posted the Big Sky RC Modelers Facebook page so be sure to check that out. Thank you to Matt Woods and Greg Ackerman for helping me with the timing system when I was racing!
Overall, I think if you ask anyone that ventured out and participated in this inaugural RC racing event they would say it was a lot of fun and they cannot wait for the next one which will likely be early spring when the track is dry enough to race on!
Leo's Memorial Fly In
By John Sandy
Hello guys, a quick note regarding our last flying event of the year, Leo's Memorial Fly-In, is scheduled for this Saturday, October 23rd east of Power, MT at the "Lone Tree Aerodrome". Flying to start whenever you get on site and prep aircraft but usually about 8:00 a.m. The weather might be breezy and chilly so dress accordingly. I'll have a trainer available for those new club members or guests who would like to try flying so come join us. You will not regret it!! As I stated earlier it might be breezy but don't let that deter you, remember the wind is your friend! We will be flying on a packed dirt, "L" shaped runway with both legs approx. 375' long and 150' wide and can handle most aircraft! The site is somewhat primitive with no improvements but is still one of the most favored flying events of the year. Usually, we clean up about 1:30 p.m. and head to the local watering hole in Power, Les's Bar for a late lunch. As a side note, the meals at Les's are quite good and affordable but if you want to bring your own lunch and eat at the field and continuing to fly that is not a problem. Feel free to invite guests who might have an interest in R/C flying! The directions to the flying site are below! We in Big Sky R/C Modelers are looking forward to flying with you!
This winter we are renting the Paris Gibson School Gym on Wednesday nights from 6 pm to 9 pm..There is a #5 charge for flyers to cover the rent and AMA insurance agreement with the School District. Come by and check it out. AMA required. Club membership is not required for this flying.
We want to mention the passing of long time member Joe Slocum last month. We will miss his friendly personalilty and friendship. May he RIP.
* EDITORS NOTE: A complete list of winners, lap times are posted on Facebook. A safety note from the above event. I noticed several; kids playing in the main parking lot and on the airfield. A word of warning, rattle snakes are seen to share our acreage, so be mindful or caution your kids and remind yourself to be on the outlook for snakes.