Next Meeting January 23rd – Annual General Meeting and BOD election
Please consider running for the board of directors or executive. If you are interested please contact a member of the executive to have your name included on the ballot.
Frost Fly 2020
About 20 intrepid souls ventured out into the icy blasts to celebrate our annual fun fly. Truth be known, while it was certainly blasting, it wasn’t too icy. As a result most of the planes were left in the car, while we huddled in the hut knocking back hot chili, greasy donuts and endless cups of coffee and hot chocolate, courtesy of Ashley.
However for the few who ventured out from time to time, aerial entertainment was provided by Trevor Blum, bundled up in fur hat, for coat, fur mukluks and, for all I know, fur knickers. He flew a Bushmaster masterfully, making it do things that defied laws of aerodynamics. One stunt, which I witnessed, was true STOL. The thing was seen to take off after less than six inches of ground roll. (When Ashley saw this, he decided to disband the runway committee as superfluous!). The plane hovered, almost flew backwards in the wind, and gyrated all over the place. Not to be outdone, Don Larkin got his Bell chopper out to show what true hovering looked like. Additional entertainment was provided by Brian Harrington, with his F4 EDF and Ian Brown, with a Luftwaffe flying wing. Despite the weather, a very good time was had by all. Special thanks to Ashley, for providing the coffee, donuts and chili.
Highlights of the November 28th Meeting. – Derived from the draft minutes.
Present: 53 members (sufficient for a quorum)
The meeting was opened at 7:00 pm. Mike Block acted as Chair of the meeting and Vic Wells
acted as Secretary.
Guest: Gerry Ghoujalou was welcomed as a guest.
Minutes: Minutes of the October 24, 2019 Club meeting were approved on motion made, seconded and carried unanimously.
Bronte Field: Michael commented that the Bronte field remains closed for flying. He added that the two safety related bylaws that were passed by the MAAC Board were not in effect as they have not been posted to the MAAC website. He commented that negotiations to arrive at a solution to the closing of the field were ongoing with MAAC and that the possibility of reaching a solution still exists.
January Annual Meeting: Michael noted that the date of the Annual Meeting is January 23, 2020. He reminded all members that the election of the Board will be held at this meeting, and there will be an opening for the Vice President. Nominations should be sent to Michael as soon as possible. Nominations from the floor will be accepted at the meeting, as long as the nominee is present to accept the nomination. The preference is to receive nominations ahead of the meeting.
Flying: The New Year’s Day “Frost Fly” is planned – speak to Ashley if interested.
Termination: On motion made and seconded, the meeting was terminated at 7.15 p.m.
The meeting was followed by a very successful Christmas social consisting of a rubber flight fun fly contest, Christmas goodies and pizza.
From Bill Ayre
McMaster is looking for volunteers for this stem hack, the science hack involves building a balsa model airplane. Could be a fun day, and that elusive free lunch!!
If you think you might be interested click on the stemhacks.net link, scroll down to be a mentor/volunteer, click again to learn more.
Volunteer, Mentor or Judge at STEM Hacks 2020! (a Mathstronauts competition https://mathstronauts.ca/)
February 8, 2020 | McMaster University
Looking for a meaningful one-day Mentorship/Volunteer opportunity in #HamOnt? On Feb 8, 2020 we invite you to join us at our 5th annual competition STEM Hacks 2020! At STEM Hacks we will engage 225 middle school students to develop hacks for science and engineering related challenges.
Join our team as an event-day Mentor, Volunteer or Judge by registering online at www.stemhacks.net.
Opportunities to receive letter of reference, community service hours and develop 21st century skills.
Ted Pritlove has posted an article on how he repairs his foamy EDF jets.
See the Members page.
Warbirds 2019 event at Bayview was a great success! The weather was fantastic! hot and dry. We had to deal with some heavy winds on Saturday gusting almost 50 km an hour! But the flying went on to the delight of all the spectators. Sunday was the perfect day for Flying! Trevor Brum flew his 1/3 scale Stearman and his Alpha jet. What a great show he put on! I must say that all of the pilots at our club we’re flying at their best, Peter Foto, Tim Bidwell, to mention a few. We also had a few pilots from other clubs, Mississauga, and the Niagara region. The prize for best in show went to Brian Harrington for his beautiful Lysander, and he did a wonderful job of flying it to scale. I also want to thank Barry and Bob for running our barbeque and planning all food, drinks and ice purchasing leading up to the weekend they did a great job.We should all thank the members and volunteers who helped plan and execute Warbirds over the bay! Months and weeks before the event, members were cleaning barbeques checking equipment and getting ready for this event. Tony Madage and I arrived at Bayview field Friday morning before the event to find this great group cutting the grass setting up PA systems and making sure everything was going to run smooth for the weekend. Tim Bidwell, Ian Brown, Scott McGregor, Peter Foto, Tony Madage, Ashley Armstrong, Barry Parkinson, Bob Fowler, Geoff Norm and many more! It was a job well done by all! I hope we can do this event again in 2020 and make it even better.
Warbird 2019 Photos
Norm Harris is moving and needs to downsize.
See the Members page buy and sell section for a list of items.
Maidenfest May 4th
About a dozen fliers and another dozen BRCM members braved the miserable weather on May 7 – cold, damp, and grey – to participate in Maidenfest, an opportunity to display the fruits of a winter’s labour. The diversity was amazing. Ashley Armstrong brought out his astonishing Me323 transport, powered by 6 nitro engines. Assembly took longer that than the build time of an average ARF. It didn’t fly, but the fact he got all 6 engines going is a cause for celebration. Trevor Blum dazzled us with his turbo F-16 at high speed.
Air Cadets Model Airplane Course
Starting in January, BRCM members — Ashley Armstrong, Doug Edwards and Geoff Norman — began a model airplane course with the Dundas 737 Squadron air cadets. About 15 cadets joined the course. The goal is to get cadets more involved in model aviation. Ashley is teaching them about construction, using basic Sig rubber-powered balsa and tissue planes. Doug is coaching them on R/C simulators. Geoff does a bit of both. We have also purchased two indoor planes. (Super Cub) to fly in the Community Centre and two outdoor trainers (Sig Kadet). Once the weather improves, we will be getting some of the cadets out to Bayfield for dual instruction. The initiative is supported by a $5000 grant from the Dougher Foundation, administered by the Hamilton Community Foundation.