BRCM-50th ANNIVERSARY (1973-2023)

During the autumn of 1972, a group of Hamilton Flying Tigers Radio Control Modellers had an impromptu get together. They were all from Burlington and in their mid thirties.  Their subject: How about forming our own Burlington R/C flying club?  The group consisted of Dick Fawhey, Wally Moris, Cliff Moore, Charlie Chomos and Harold Jones.  Dick Fawhey was the inspiration since he had an active association with MAAC.  

In 1973, these founding members spread the word of Burlington’s new club, and with about 10 other Burlington modellers had their first meeting in the basement of the Union Gas building on Brant Street.  The board consisted of the above founding members with Cliff Moore as president and Wally Moris as secretary.  

                               Charlie’s Member’s Card 

The club’s first flying site was located at Rattlesnake Point.  Around 1976, the city of Burlington allowed the club to use part of a farmers field just southwest of the hydro lines that cross King Road.  In 1985, the club was informed that their flying field would be closed due to a needed expansion of an adjacent dump site.  However, the city offered another location that had been resurfaced over an old dump site next to the Gun Club-our present Bayview Air Park!  

Charlie Chomos said he was the first club member to fly off this new site.  It was loose fine gravel and lots of weeds.

And so our R/C club is 50 years old, has grown from 5 to 145 members and with our paved runway, we have one of the best R/C clubs and facility in all of Ontario!  

Just two of our founding members are still with us—–Charlie Chomos and Harold Jones.  

So thanks to you both for your inspiration and memories.  

                                   Picture of Charlie and Harold 

Cheers, Ted Pritlove

NOTAM – All pilots grounded until further notice!

Dear BRCM Member

As we look ahead to the New Year, one issue dominates the Club. How will the MAAC crisis regarding controlled airspace resolve, and how long will it take? No one can answer this question.

However one thing is clear. At the present time, we MUST abide by the present rules and remain grounded. From the original email:

“the MAAC Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend all outdoor flying activity, effective immediately. “

If individual fliers ignore the suspension, they risk not only losing their own membership, but also de-sanctioning the Club. In another letter, the MAAC president states:

“If you fly your model in Canada in defiance of the MAAC suspension, you could face disciplinary actions from your club and MAAC. If you fly an RPAS you will be flying under the Canadian Aviation Safety Regulations Part IX and could face disciplinary action from Transport Canada which could include fines for individuals and clubs.”

We can hope that this grounding will be temporary, but for the moment, the right course of action is to play the game and be a little patient.

We are moving to explore how we might proceed if the unthinkable happens and MAAC can no longer speak for fliers in Canada. I am creating a task force to explore these issues, and ensure we will be in a position to deal with any eventuality. However, with luck the issues will be resolved expeditiously at a national level and we can resume flying under MAAC umbrella soon.

Geoff. Norman


Message from the President – Nov 28

  • 1) The clubhouse now has an electronic lock. We no longer have to worry about which key is which. For the remainder of this year, until Jan 31, the combination is the same as the charging station and gate. If you don’t know what that is and want to know, email me at and I’ll send it to you
  • 2) Christmas party at the Church, 128 Plains Road E., on Thursday Dec. 15 at 7:30.

Show and tell, swap meet and free pizza.

  • 3) Thurs Jan. 27 is the AGM. We will need some additions to the Board and to other essential positions. Please give it some thought. The Club runs on volunteers – there’s no other way. And if we have lots of volunteers, we don’t have much work for anyone.
  • 4) If you don’t renew your membership before Jan.31, 2023 there will be a $25 late fee. This restores the system in place before Covid. Send e-transfer and application (download from Web) to Steve Waterfall at

Message from the President

It took about 48 hours for the flying season to end. Last week we benefitted from several days of glorious summery weather and calm winds. Then came the weekend and suddenly we’re in winter. It looks like it’s here to stay, so for most of us, except a stalwart few, this signals the end of flying for a while.

It’s also time to pause and recognize the major contributions of many Club members who have contributed long hours to maintain the field and plan activities.


Keeping the grass under control is a BIG job. We have two individuals scheduled each week to cut grass and two others to trim the weeds. That’s each and every week from May to November.

A huge vote of thanks to:

Field managers Ken Sisler, Ross Gosling, Dwayne Baldwin

Grass cutters Ken Sisler, Ross Gosling, Frank Pilih, Dave Darling, Ashley Armstrong, Tony Madge, Peter Foto, Dominique Binckly, Steve Waterfall, Dwayne Badwin

Week trimmers Marty Field, Robert Christie, Mike Penney, Geoff Norman


Ian Brown organized 3 special events over the summer: Maidenfest in May, EDF Day in July and Corn Roast in September. The weather gods cooperated and turnout at all events was amazing. Feedback was very positive. We even got photos from the Corn Roast in the centerfold of RC Canada magazine.

Special thanks to the following: John Ham, Dave Darling, Barry Parkinson, Bill Ayre, Pete Foto, Don Irvine, John Zellman and undoubtedly some others who should also be counted.


Chair Don Irvine

Instructors Eric Klebsch, Paul Penney, Barry Parkinson, Brian Harrington, Branko Jazvac and Tom Norton


Membership: Steve Waterfall

Webpage: Dwayne Baldwin

General Maintenance: Dwayne Baldwin, Bill Ayre

Facebook Ian Brown

Photographer John Ham

We all owe a round of applause to these people who have given so freely of their time. As I assembled the list it didn’t escape my notice that compared to overall membership, they are a small minority, with many folks doing multiple roles.

It goes without saying that without people stepping forward to volunteer, the club would not be sustainable. I am aware that many more people do give their time in less formal ways by helping others at the field. But I hope each of you will give some thought to how you might commit to helping out when the next flying season rolls around.

Geoff Norman

An Act Of Kindness

Chris, Hugo, Eric

Since I live just a few minutes away from our Bayview Air Park, I drop by often during the day. One afternoon last month, I saw an older gentleman sitting on a type of wheeled walker with Eric Klepsch standing beside him holding a transmitter. I asked Eric’s dad, Chris, what’s happening?

Well, the gentleman’s man is John Amos and at 82 years of age, he wanted to learn to fly radio control models before he got too old!

Apparently, John does not drive anymore, lives in an apartment; so Eric picks him up with his Apprentice Trainer, then drives him to our field. A commitment well beyond most of our instructors expectations.

Eric has dedicated an enormous amount of time helping, training, and test flying a lot of our models. In fact, he rarely has time to fly his own models because of his willingness to help others. Chris said they have three models to test fly, but Eric becomes too busy helping other members. Eric said with the help of Chris and son Hugo, he has trained close to twenty members in our club. He currently has two students. Eric is no stranger to instructing. He has been an instructor in several clubs from Vancouver’s big RCFCBC Club to clubs in Brampton, Campbellville and Oakville.

In Eric’s words——-“it’s always very satisfying to help others experience the joy of R/C modelling. I’m giving back as aviation began for me with models, leading all the way to a top Captain with Air Canada. Models teach aerodynamics better than books. I can’t say which type of flying I enjoy better.”

So I thank Eric and Chris for the help they have given me and other club members.

Cheers, Ted Pritlove

My Yellow Yak

I had a surprise visit from Wayne Bransfield in August of last year (2021). He wanted to give me a Freewing 70mm Yak-130 with 2-4000mah Lipo batteries. I asked him, why? His answer was –“everyone seems to be flying jets, so I bought one, but I realize EDF jets are not my thing.”
I suggested that he should sell the model and get some return from his purchase. After a lengthy discussion, he told me his real reason for this gift.
Some years ago, when Wayne returned from living in BC, he had all his models and equipment stolen from his van. When I heard his story, I gave him a ready to fly Ultra Sport 1000 complete with a receiver. He said, because of my generosity, he wanted to return the favour.
Brian Harrington had assembled and test flew the model; so all I did was install my receiver and with Peter Krautter’s help, flew the jet a few weeks later with Wayne being present.
During winter, I repainted the model duplicating the Russian Yellow “04” Yak 130. As is my custom, I replaced the “04” with my current age “86”. At present I have had 34 flights on this model.
The Yak is a very fast, smooth, and quiet jet, and has a nice presence in the sky.
Thanks, Wayne, for the gift and Peter for taking the pictures and posting this article on our club’s website.
Cheers, Ted Pritlove

Pilot Briefing – Failsafe and Flyaways

There seems to be a lot of confusion about flyaway and failsafe. In this short briefing, we are going to discuss preventive measures, the proper flyaway emergency procedure, the required failsafe tests for every plane, and BRCM reporting requirements.


A flyaway is caused by either loss of signal to the model and/or a loss in effective control leading to the model moving ever distant from the pilot/field. In most cases, a flyaway is created or exacerbated by pilot error.

Failsafe is a safety feature designed into receivers that drives the servo positions to a pre-set location if the signal is lost.

Normally you have complete control of your plane and keep it well within the flying area or zone. However, there are many complications that can cause loss of control, including wind conditions, mechanical failure, loss of signal, perception, orientation, incorrect inputs, pilot error, and so on.

Identification Requirements

Every aircraft should have an identification label. This is not just good sense; it’s hard to get a plane back to the pilot if you don’t know who the pilot is. It is also a MAAC regulation (MPP10). The label must contain your MAAC ID, MAAC email and MAAC phone number.  It is optional to include your name and contact information.


To minimize the opportunity for a flyaway we highly recommend the following standard operating procedures:

  1. All BRCM pilots adhere to the failsafe requirements below.
  2. Pilots lacking overall or recent experience fly with a spotter capable of flying the model. This practice should be continued until the pilot can always keep the model within the field boundaries.
  3. Pilots moving to a faster, higher performance model use a spotter until full comfortable with the new operating envelope.

Flyaway Emergency Procedure

If you have attempted to return your plane to the flying zone and cannot do so, then you should perform the flyaway emergency procedure without delay. Do not wait until your plane is no longer visible.

If your plane leaves the dedicated flying zone for any reason:

  1. Immediately reduce the throttle stick to zero.
  2. Watch where your plane is going and call out “Dead stick” or “Flyaway” to ask for assistance.
  3. Turn off your transmitter (to activate failsafe).
  4. Continue to watch your plane looking for helpful direction and distance clues for recovery.

This simple procedure is designed to bring your plane down as quickly and safely as possible. It will keep your plane closer to the flying area to minimize damage or injury and maximize recovery efforts.

Required Failsafe Tests

Before any maiden flight, or whenever receivers are changed or damaged, you should take sixty seconds to perform a failsafe test…

  1. Secure the plane mechanically or have a helper hold your plane.
  2. Be extremely cautious and mindful of the dangerous propeller. Remove the prop for even greater safety.
  3. Run your engine at half throttle. For failsafe control surfaces, also apply aileron and elevator (hold the stick to any corner) .
  4. Shut off your transmitter. Some models may take a few seconds to complete the shutdown process.
  5. Note what happens to your engine speed and control surfaces in failsafe mode.
  6. Reduce the throttle and turn your transmitter back on.

Failsafe Engine Test

If the engine shuts off when your transmitter is off, you have passed. If your engine stayed running (hold/increase/decrease) you have failed.

Failsafe Control Surfaces Test

If the control surfaces center, you have passed. If they held position, you have failed.

Do not fly your plane until failsafe is programmed properly and works as expected. Some receivers only need re-binding (some include flap and landing gear positions), while some transmitters can program failsafe. Consult your receiver instructions to program failsafe as the steps vary by manufacturer and model.

Reporting Requirements

If your plane is within the flying zone and caused property damage or personal injury…

or landed or crashed outside of the flying zone (North or East of King Road, South of the chimney stack, West of the tall trees beyond the runway)…

…immediately contact your Safety Director, your President, or any board member. They will expect model details, direction and distance estimates, and will guide you with any further requirements as per MAAC and/or Transport Canada.

Note that if you followed the Flyaway Emergency Procedure, it is highly unlikely that your incident will require a report.

Hopefully, you can locate your plane, repair any damage, retest your failsafe, and get back to having fun flying.

Corn Roast Fun Fly – Sep 24 – Update


On behalf of the Board I would like to thank the volunteers, pilots and club members who helped to make our event a success.

The club sold $160 of raffle tickets for the r.c. plane at the event. I would also like to thank the Fish family for the donation of their late father’s plane for the raffle.

Ian Brown

Lights, Cameras,Sound/Action Corn Feast kicks off at 9 am Bayview field 24 September.

Volunteers on set 8.30 am

Aircraft and drones welcome. Prizes for best static and flying photograph.