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Check out Skymasters on Facebook! Like Us too! - August 15, 2017, 07:27:29 AM

Skymasters has a presence on Facebook and our website updates our events to Facebook! I notice that a lot of people check there for our upcoming events and I've been experimenting with it somewhat in promoting some of our Events this summer, like our Open House, Warbirds & Scale and now the Midwest Regional Float Fly coming up. It's very interesting as you can target the promotions and spend $1.00 a day and still hit several thousand people in a huge geographical area, and it even pushes out to Instagram and Twitter. The metrics give reports back as to now many clicks and hits the promoted events receive and all kinds of data that I am still trying to interpolate. So, I will see if the $10 spent to promote the MWRFF pays off for the next 10 days has any impact through social media, LOL!

Anyway, it would be great if you could "LIKE SKYMASTERS" on your FACEBOOK PAGE" and invite your friends to do so also!


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A CHRISTMAS STORY - MWRFF 2017 - July 26, 2017, 06:11:51 AM

  Remember from the movie A Christmas Story with Peter Billingsley... the dad won a major award the leg lamp... HAHA! well our club has a Major, Major Event that has been going on for 27 years this year and not to make fun of it, but it is a BIG DEAL. The Midwest Regional Float Fly, honoring former President, now in memoriam of Darrell Watts. This event has drawn national attention for years and our club has upheld this great event and hosted one of the greatest float fly’s EVER! Yes, there are others, maybe even bigger, but none quite like this one and this year is going to be great! AGAIN. We've got a great team of committed guys. Veteran MWRFF guys and gals who know the ropes and new members who are committed to making this, like all the events our club puts on, the BEST!
I want to continue to encourage all Skymasters and everyone else to get your float planes ready for September 9-10, 2017 at Island Lake State Recreation Area in Brighton at Kent Lake Beach. You won't find a more beautiful place to hold a float fly with 1000' of sandy beach and crystal clear smooth waters. Great RV/camper camping available wonderful facilities, great food, local hotels/motels, awesome viewing and a great family friendly environment for the whole weekend.
We opened our online registration the other day and we had a record number sign up day one… how great is that…! It’s going to be a great MWRFF year! Mark your calendar… print out or pick up one of the flyers and affix it to your fridge and make your plans to attend the Skymasters Midwest Regional Float Fly 2017. We’re already excited and planning for your to be there!
Don’t hesitate, register today…

Soon we’ll have our online volunteer list of specific help we need so you can sign up for a shift to help out at this year’s MWRFF. This is an all club participation event! Each Skymaster is needed to help out at some point during the weekend. I appreciate your help!
It is another beautiful day at Skymasters… and it’s going to be a great weekend at Island Lake 2017!

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July 4 2017 - God Bless America - June 29, 2017, 11:59:11 AM

  For your Fourth of July - From YouTube - The Duke

This is the closing scene in John Wayne's "Swing Out Sweet Land" 1970 TV Special. Besides John Wayne, the song "God Bless America" features Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Dan Blocker, Rosco Lee Brown, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Roy Clark, Bing Crosby, Phyllis Diller, Lorne Greene, Celeste Holm, Bob Hope, Michael Landon, Ann-Margret, Dean Martin, Ross Martin, Ed McMahon, Greg Morris, David Nelson, Rick Nelson, Hugh O'Brien, Doodletown Pipers, Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Rowan & Martin, William Shatner, Red Skelton, Tom Smothers, Leslie Uggams, and Dennis Weaver

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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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