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Funeral Dir. Float Fly –Field Roll Party Birthday Party, Russians & Wow! - May 19, 2017, 12:03:59 PM

  Ok, you’re not going to believe it… but our summer flying season is kicking off with a very busy week ahead if you choose to partake of any of these exciting activities…

Tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. is the weekly Saturday morning breakfast crew at Iris Café in Lake Orion. Join us!

Chet Brady Memorial Float Fly Sunday May 21, 10:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Sunday at Trout Lake, very near our flying field, on the east side M-24 just south of Greenshield Road is the main entrance to Bald Mountain Recreation Area. When you drive back in there to the beach area is beautiful Trout Lake and it’s all ours Sunday for the Annual Chet Brady Memorial Spring Float Fly. Chet Brady was a dynamic member of our club that I wish I had the honor of knowing. I understand he was naming events in memorial of himself while was alive. So, Sunday… 10:00 – 2:00 p.m. May 21st get yourself to this event and maybe you will win a prize. Come even if you’ve never float flown, flied, flowen… Lunch provided and its always a great event!

Rolling Party – Tuesday May 23 Beginning at 8:30 a.m. – Flying Shut Down!

Next up… back by POPULAR DEMAND… as of now scheduled for all day Tuesday May 23… VIBRATORY ROLLING OF OUR FLYING FIELD… FLYING WILL BE SHUT DOWN ALL DAY WHILE WE MAKE OUR RUNWAY FLAT. This is weather dependent and we need your help. Last year we had about five or six guys that took turns riding that dang roller for NINE hours and the second and third shift was WAY TOO SPARSE… So… please, if you’re able take some time and come out to the field and take some of the shifts riding the roller for short shifts to smooth out our runway and pit area of our field. Ted L. and I are picking up the equipment in Clarkston at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning and should be to the field by 8:30 a.m. ish, and will begin rolling right away… if you can come in the afternoon or after work that would be great. If we have more than enough help that would be a better problem than not enough! Thanks guys!

Field Opening Party Potluck – BC Memorial - Wednesday May 24, 6:00 p.m.

Then, as if that’s not enough to fill up our busy week before Memorial weekend, we have our annual, Field Opening Party Wednesday May 24th beginning at 6:00 p.m. with potluck dinner. We’re going to christen our new permanent bonfire pit and it will be an evening full of twilight night flying, family fun and whatever else we can do to celebrate our club, members and our families to have fun. I am also going to hijack this night in Chet Brady’s honor and I’m having the Bob C. memorial field opening party for my birthday since it is this same day! Sure, you can bring me presents and Flightline Hobby gift cards are appreciated or just cash or anything hobby related to finish my Avistar or any of my other projects. Or you can contribute to my President’s slush fund as I continue in my efforts to get impeached and blame the Russians…

Ok, like I said at the beginning… WOW, we have a lot going on. Wednesday May 31st begins our Student Nights – Potluck Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. each week through the summer.

It has been great to see many of you at the field over the past few weeks and as the weather gets nicer I look forward to seeing those of you I haven’t seen since last summer or fall. Thanks to all the Skymasters and especially Vice President, John Billinger for making our Field Work Day happen and getting a lot of great projects done to make our field look great. We’ve got more to do, but all in time… it’s time to FLY!

Anyway, I apologize if my grammar, spelling or punctuation is flawed in this email, it’s been busy… take care. See you!

Bob Chapdelaine, President
Skymasters R/C Club of Michigan
231-675-8590 | 248-805-1404 |

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Oshkosh 2017 - Great Video Link from EAA - May 05, 2017, 07:08:19 AM

  I've never been... watched a lot of YouTube videos, hear a lot from you fellow Skymasters that have gone... check out this awesome video from EAA and maybe it'll inspire you to head there in 80 days or less now... I sense another awesome Skymasters Field Trip in the works...

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Skymasters is World Class – Our Newsletter - one of many examples… - May 02, 2017, 05:04:57 PM

  So, I don’t want to boast, but, I think I will. I know we’re all busy and maybe we don’t take time to read all the stuff that comes out from this hobby flying club. I just want to point out a few things… if you haven’t taken time to read this month’s Skywriter newsletter: wish you would. We put out a world class newsletter each and every month with world class columns and articles.
This month we have contributing articles from John Larock on “situational awareness/diminishing skills” and a reprint of an article he wrote last year in follow up of our world class 26-year event, the Midwest Regional Float Fly. Our AMA District VII Vice President Tim Jesky printed John’s article in last month’s Model Aviation Magazine under his District VII news which gets national exposure.
Our newsletter has regular columns by Joe Finkelstine called “Propwash” and “Tech Talk” by our newsletter editor Paul Goelz and for the past year “Some Assembly Required” by Steve Kretschmer and I’m sure you realize the quality and caliber of those writings, but, I think you’ll agree… world class.
On our club web-site you can access nearly twenty years of past newsletters and gigabytes of photos and information for not only our club, but, almost every other club in the area. I’ve heard that many others use our club website as a resource to find out what is going on around the area. World Class!
I hope you’ll take some time to read our club newsletter this month and every month! I know that there’s a lot there to read and our club president always is long winded but there’s a lot of information in his message and the other articles are excellent. Do you have an article in mind that you could write for our club newsletter or a topic you might recommend? Let our newsletter editor Paul Goelz know at
It’s another beautiful day at Skymasters!

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Field Trip – Customs Border Protection Air Unit Operations Center! - April 17, 2017, 02:51:29 PM

  Field Trip – Customs Border Protection Air Unit Operations Center!
Skymasters we have a great opportunity thanks to our beloved (now retired) Federal Air Interdiction Agent, AKA, the Blackhawk pilot known to show up at our field a few times, Ted Labbe. And, its coming up soon!

Saturday April 29, 10:00 a.m. meet at the Selfridge ANG Base, North Gate Visitors Center, (main gate) at the end of M-59 and Ted will get us all clearance to head on into the CBP Air Unit Operations Center and we will get to tour their Northern Border Command Center, see their maintenance works and hangers where all the cool aircraft are stored. We’ll see Ted’s Blackhawk, (hope it’s there) he said there’s some new aircraft outfitted with some awesome new technology that we’ll get to check out.

I know Ted’s trying to work on some other surprises while were there… as if this isn’t enough. All you have to do is send an email to me: at with your name and the full names of those that you have coming before Friday April 28, 2017. I need to give the names to Ted to get you clearance (ahead of time). Please indicate in your email that it is for the CBP OPS CENTER visit and list your full names of those attending. Families welcome! See you there!

Check out these awesome videos of Ted in his Blackhawk! - Ted at work touring a reporter - Ted on a flyover of our field


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