|01-06-2007, 10:00 AM||#11|
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Thank you Kevin for the kind words.
I have been running this event for three years now. The first two years, I had the help of one of Canada's most notable pilots: Ivan Kristensen.
The story goes like this.
Three years ago, Ivan and I had a need to get indoors with our planes. We tried an aircraft hanger, a small church gym and a few other inadequate sites. None proved workable. We stumbled on RIM park almost by accident. I was at RIM park with my son helping him to learn how to use his "wheelies" which he just got for his birthday. As I walked past the Field house, I noticed that the lights were out and the doors locked. I couldn't believe all that space was just sitting there empty and unused. I called Ivan and told him about my find. We then contacted the management of RIM park and put in place a series of meetings which ultimately lead to the use of the soccer fields for indoor flying. In the beginning, most of the pilots that showed up were friends of Ivan. He has the amazing ability to attract pilots to events in and around the Guelph, Kitchener Waterloo area of Ontario. Later, the event just sold itself. The need for indoor flying spaces is growing faster every year.
This year I have been running the events solo because lucky Ivan and his wife are spending their winter in the sunny south. I'm so jealous.
The first session was a bit of a learning curve. We found that some people flew constantly from the time they arrived until the time the event was over. Others who were less confident in their flying abilities waited patiently for a break in the flying to get their chance. Often, that never occurred. All paid the same price but only a few got a chance to fly. If we wanted the indoor flying to grow and attract more new pilots, this would have to change. The next session, we imposed a time slot style of flying. We would allow only 3 planes in the sky at a time for a 6 minute time period. Bod Hudson, an imaginative engineer and a well respected RC Canada member, built us a frequency board with a built in bell system. The board is equipped with a door bell switch to activate the bell. Someone would monitor the time and ring the bell at the 6 minute intervals. The pilots in the air would land immediately and the next group would take off. The system worked well as long as we imposed another rule. You could only put your name down on the waiting list one at a time. After each flight you could put your name back on the waiting list for your next flight only. You could not put your name down for multiple flights in a row. This ensured that no one "hogged" the air space.
We have done this for every session since with great success.
We average about 15 pilots per 3 hour session. The cost is $10 a head. The event is also sponsored by Flite Craft Model Company of kitchener with a monetary injection to take some of the financial burden off my credit card. Early in the season, we don't get enough pilots to cover the rental costs. The same occurs at the end of the season. Mid season we have a surplus to cover the deficit in the begging and at the end of the season. We always seam to break even at the end of the year, thankfully.
I'm in contact with the management of RIM park at this time, organizing the next few flying dates for 2007. I will be publishing them soon.
|01-08-2007, 03:21 PM||#12|
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I am: Bryan M
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Here is my old/ new foamy. Nothing special. Just some slight variations to a great laser kit. It came out a 6.4 oz The colour scheme was assisted by my cousins, 3 year old daughter. She picked the colours
The flight charateristics are the best I have ever flown. I don't know why I didn't have a light plane like this when I started.
MACH 1 MAILLOUX
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