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Upcoming Events

August Club Meeting
Thursday August 11th, 7:00 p.m. - Saratoga Springs Flying Field

Climb and Glide Fun Fly!
Saturday August 13th, 10:00 a.m. - Saratoga Springs Flying Field

Weather at the Field

AMA Charter #2834

Welcome to Utah Valley Aeromodelers!

Welcome to the Utah Valley Aeromodelers Club Website! We are an all-ages RC club looking to have some fun flying!
Whether you are just starting out or are a competition level pilot, we welcome you to come fly with us!
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Climb & Glide Fun Fly

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Fun Fly Competition Rules

Aircraft: any powered aircraft allowed: gas, nitro, or electric (including powered sailplanes), may have wheels for takeoff and landing for an ROG takeoff, or may be hand launched.

Timing: Watch will be started at commence of takeoff roll or hand launch, and will stop upon first touchdown. Engine/motor will be run for 20 seconds. Engine/motor must be positively shut down after the climb portion of flight. For gas/nitro, this will be confirmed by the pilot pushing up the throttle 10 seconds after shutoff to make sure that the engine is not just idling. If the engine is still running, that flight will be a zero. For electric, the judge will monitor the pilot’s transmitter to ensure that he doesn’t inadvertently activate the throttle during the gliding portion of flight.

Points: each pilot will be awarded 1 point for each second the aircraft is airborne (beginning from start of takeoff roll). Each pilot will also receive 50 extra points if the aircraft touches down on the runway during the landing (artificial turf for planes with no wheels). The aircraft must touch down on the specified surface first – it may subsequently roll off the surface without deduction of points.

Rounds: three rounds will be flown, with the lowest score dropped. In case of a tie, the tied pilots will simultaneously start their takeoff. Last plane down (plus landing points) will break the tie.

August Club Meeting

The next club meeting of the Utah Valley Aeromodelers will be Thursday, August 11th at the flying field. Hope to see you there!

Float Fly at Utah Lake

It was a little on the breezy side, but the lake was still smooth enough for some good float flying! Access was fine and Wendell could park his bus right on the beach. See all the photos on our Facebook photo album UVA Float Fly 2016.

Terry shows us how to have a good time at the Float Fly!

2016 Elwyn Peck Memorial Open House & Fly-In

The weather was threatening but between a few showers we had some great flying at the 2016 Open House! Milt and Bill worked hard to keep the flight line moving and planes in the air at all times. Big thanks to everyone who helped out with flight ops, check-in, music, the raffle, set-up and clean-up, and especially the food! Great job from everyone! Pictures are up on Facebook.

John Schauble's giant Carbon Cub floats in for a landing near the end of the 2016 Open House.

Field Clean-up Day

This month's club meeting was a clean-up day at the flying field. A good number of folks came with weed whackers, lawn mowers, edgers, brooms, blowers, and lots of enthusiasm to give the field a good once-over. We now have three sets of bleachers for spectators at the upcoming Open House, which have been placed on the north side of the field near the taxi-way. We also had a quick meeting and model-of-the-month entries. Wendell and Pocho came back over the weekend with some big mowers to knock down weeds and grass in the "rough" near the runway. Thanks guys!

See all the photos over at Facebook!

New Starting Tables at the Field - from Milt Sanders

I went over today and helped Morris Fruit from Fresno build another starting table. We started at 10:00 and dropped it off at the field at 5:00. This one is a little larger and has a few new features that the other does not. Morris made some changes after seeing how the first one he built on his own was doing. I will attach construction photos and our travel to the field to drop it off. Morris deserves a great hand from the club for his outstanding work. Also we need to advertise how the stands are to be used. They are for temporary use when starting up your plane before taking it out to the flight line. Please do not leave aircraft or support equipment on the tables so that others may use them.

A big thanks to Morris and Milt for this great addition to the field! These look like they're great to use and will be a safety enhancement, too.

A Visit from some Seniors

The group of assisted living folks from Osmond Senior Living Center came to visit our field today, invited by Ron and Rodney LeBlanc. Ron is currently living at the Center. There were about 15 guys and gals who arrived in a bus at 1:00 and stayed until a little after 3:00. They enjoyed their outing very much. Rod talked to them for a couple of minutes, than I gave them about a 5 minute spiel on the club, our field, what we do, and showed them how the controller works with the controls on my SE5. A couple of the other guys also spent a few minutes telling them what was going on as planes were flying.

They saw a 3D demo, a few other planes fly around, then Alan and I put up our WW I biplanes with 35 foot streamers to try some friendly combat (we wanted to practice an act for the Open House) and they loved that. Pocho flew his big P-47 and his helicopter, I also flew my small P-51, and Rodney flew a couple of his planes. Morris from Fresno put up his big gasser and we filled the sky for about an hour and a half. They sounded like they wanted to come out again, so I gave out some flyers for the open house and made sure that their activities director got one of them too.

They had a good time! - Milt Sanders

2016 Open House and Air Show!

Big thanks to Michael Wiggin! He continues to help out the club even after moving to Texas by updating the flyer for our air show.

April Club Meeting Report

A lot of folks came out to our April meeting and it was well worth the effort because Milt Sanders showed us a video he had made back when he was serving in Vietnam flying an F-100 Super Saber. He also brought his flight G-suit and helmet for us to see. The video was on the ground and in the cockpit, and was from his last mission there. Milt has loved aircraft and aviation his whole life and we're glad to have him in the club!

Business was a review of preparations for the upcoming Open House, in particular any items needed for the food preparation. We also discussed the need for better access control to the field to paid members of the club, with a way at least to identify who has a current membership. Right now about half of the people who have been members of the club, and have a current AMA membership, have paid club dues for 2016. We would like to encourage everyone to share in supporting the financial costs of running the club. While the club leadership continues to work with the city of Saratoga Springs and Utah County on what can be done with the gate and lock mechanism, it was proposed that we make a club membership card that could be worn on a lanyard or badge pin when at the field. Bill Zamora offered to create a draft design for us to consider. Wendell Henrie and Lance Andrewson both have laminating machines that could be used in making the cards. We will need to discuss the details and process for how this would work, if adopted, at the next club meeting.

Photos are posted on Facebook at April Club Meeting photo album.

It was good to see everybody out at the meeting this month! Next month we will start meeting out at the flying field for the summer, with a field clean-up evening being the likely activity. See you there!