Activity in South Louisiana
by Jerry Walters November 29, 2017In the past two months the flying event activities have been picking up as we enter winter. Formal competition pattern events at RAMS, War Birds at Larks, Heli's at Rams and AOA, and Funfly's at Berwick,Baton Rouge, and AOA have drawn big crowds.
By the way, I've been advised that the AMA is now accepting Field Improvement Grant applications for 2018.
Rumor has it that Lafayette Escadrille has lost it's lease and the old flying site will be taken over by another club. Stay tuned on that.
by Jerry Walters June 29, 2017I had the pleasure to attend two events in June.
The Larks club in Sulphur, La., celebrated an early Model Aviation Day because of scheduling conflicts with the official day coming in August. The flying was great and I got to renew old acquaintances and meet a bunch of new avid modelers.
The Aeromodelers of Acadiana in Breaux Bridge celebrated their first annual Warbird event. Starting with a raising of the flag by a local Boy Scout troop and ending with a great home cooked jambalaya feast. Warbird enthusiasts from as far away as Monroe, La., Sulphur, Beaumont, Houma, New Orleans and many others had a great time. Looks like this was the first of many to come.
The summer rains, heat, and humidity are setting in and I suspect the frequency of events will slow down for a few months. I'm not wishing my life away but looking forward to an early, cool fall.
Red Stick RC New Field Dedication
by Jerry Walters May 9, 2017I had the pleasure of attending the Red Stick RC new field dedication this past Sunday. Like a lot of clubs, Red Stick lost their field last year and was faced with the quandary of finding a new location. Somehow they have developed an outstanding relationship with BREC (recreational and park commission in Baton Rouge) and dedicated their new flying site at Farr Park. BREC has granted them a 20 year free lease and assisted with much of the initial construction work. Even the nearby eagles that have there nest in a tree only 500' away have welcomed the club. I had the pleasure of presenting Dist.VIII appreciation awards to three members that provided much "sweat Equity" to the project. Red Stick can now continue its' proud 30 year history.
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Red Stick Scale Event/Cajun Helifest
by Jerry Walters March 26, 2017I traveled over to the west side of Baton Rouge on Saturday to Erwinville, La. for the Red Stick Classic Scale Competition. Unfortunately the drive was in the pouring down rain with the hopes of a bright spot over Baton rouge RC's club site. It didn't happen that way unfortunately. The rain prevented an early start for the event but the food and conversation was fine as usual. They finally got one round off in the late afternoon and had a weather hold due to fog again on Sunday. I haven't seen the final tally yet.
The Cajun Helifest at RAMS in Crowley had a great turn out and only had a couple of short rain delays on Saturday morning. Those guys will fly under almost any conditions.
Aeromodelers Of Acadiana Fall Fun Fly Huge Success (Nov. 5)
by Jerry Walters November 12, 2016After having to cancel their May Fun Fly the AOA team finally had dry weather and pulled off a huge event. After going from flooding to draught flyers from far and near were hungry for a great event and they got one. With 48 registered pilots, a great raffle, night flying, camping, and the Star Taco food truck everyone had a smile. Fixed wing and helicopters shared the airspace with only a few mishaps. AOA and their friends are looking forward to the first Weekend in November 2017 for a repeat performance.
On November 12 the WARPS Club in Berwick, LA. will open its' gates for another great event.
Red Stick Classic Scale Contest
by Jerry Walters May 2, 2016April 8, 9, 10
Baton Rouge R/C Club
Erwinville, LA, just West of Red Stick (Baton Rouge)
Beautiful, but sometimes windy weather made the event great and sometimes challenging. The scale work was awesome and even included a true turboprop built and flown by Derrick Martin of the Aeromodelers of Acadiana Club. I even got to meet our esteemed District VIII leader, Lawrence Harville, at the event.
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by Jerry Walters November 27, 2015Acadian Radio Control Club (ARCC), formerly in Maurice, LA. and Aerodrome of Acadiana (AOA)have merged. The new club, known as Aeromodelers of Acadiana (AOA) will continue to fly at the Breaux Bridge flying site. The original ARCC AMA charter will be maintained by the merged club, AMA #321.
Merging the two clubs facilitated the formation of a much larger, better financially positioned club at a beautiful flying site with no airspace limitations.
The clubs capital investment strategy is being formulated and plans for new construction and improvements are in process.
Cajun Nationals 2015 - Pattern Contest
by Jerry Walters October 23, 2015The RAMS club in Crowley, La. held the 2015 Cajun Nationals Pattern Contest on October 17-19. The last time I saw the roster they had 46 competitors registered. The weather was great except for a sometimes challenging direct cross wind. As usual, the competition was serious and the hospitality was great with nightly parties for the pilots. A little Cajun music on Saturday night topped it off.
Sportsman: 1. David Hayes 2975 pts.
2. Jonathan Falgout 2965 pts.
3. Bryon Myers 2935 pts.
Intermediate: 1. William Higdon 2951 pts.
2. Robert Campbell 2950 pts.
3. Sheldon Reyher 2862 pts.
Advanced: 1. Clifton Bradford 2992 pts.
2. Glen Shepherd 2943 pts.
3. Keith Hoard 2842 pts.
Masters: 1. Stephen Byrd 2984 pts.
2. Donald Ramsey 2979 pts.
3. John Fuqua 2978 pts.
F3A; 1. AC Glenn 2983 pts.
2. Brett Wickizer 2980 pts.
3. Chip Hyde 2974 pts.
Very close competition in every category!
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LARKS WARBIRD FLY-IN
by Jerry Walters October 6, 2015Last Saturday I had the pleasure of attending the LARKS Warbird event in Sulphur, LA. The weather was beautiful and 22 registered pilots flew some beautiful warbirds. The LARKS field is beautiful with a 600' paved runway and a 7200 sq.ft. pavilion with work benches and picnic tables. The CD Lynn Hinch rounded up some delicious burgers, boudin, etc. The hospitality was great.
I also had the pleasure of presenting AMA Appreciation Awards to Danny Oliver and Lynn Hinch.
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WARPS Mid-Summer Event
by Jerry Walters August 25, 2015After months of rain, heat, drought, wind, and general adverse conditions the WARPS Club in Berwick, LA. decided to have a just for fun, we need to fly, no fee, no food, lit BBQ pit, and jambalaya fun fly last Saturday. About 25 pilots showed up and had a great time. Heli's, turbines, 3-D giants, and little electrics tore it up. There were even a couple of trainers buzzing around. The Berwick Club is a great bunch of guys welcoming pilots from 100+ miles away. I am looking forward to late summer and fall events as the event schedule fills up.
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Almost too hot for flying
by Jerry Walters July 27, 2015This heat in South Louisiana is killing the flying for all but our most avid pilots. We've been running between 95-100 for two weeks now with no rain or breezes to create some relief. Last weekend at Aerodrome of Acadiana in Breaux Bridge the President of Acadian RC, a neighboring club, showed up with a surprise to help (see picture). Unfortunately, Louisiana has no sanctioned events scheduled in July or August.