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10-22-2013 11:33 PM  5 years agoPost 21

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.there was no enforcement of flying zones...planes were always in our tiny designated heli corner.
i see part of your problem right there. this is an event. a heli event. it should have been planned through your club that this would be a heli-only event and that you'd be using the entire field for the day(s). this is by far what i see as the norm within most clubs i've belonged to or attended. a club should welcome/accommodate one major event per year per aircraft typet: heli event is helis only; warbird event is warbirds only; electric events are electric only, pylon races are for racers, etc. you get the idea.

planned well enough in advance with lots of reminders to the general membership, and no one should get their feathers ruffled. worst case you have a coupla club members show up who forgot, and either stick around to watch for a while, or tuck their tails and pack their non-event aircraft home.

i agree 100%
but, i'm not proposing to know how to run the perfect event. i'm just saying set up reasonable rules, and enforce them. whether they're draconian or not is up to the club. i'd hope they wouldn't be.

our rules are usually: stand behind the flight line, fly in front of the flight line, stay in your box, fly with a spotter (it's the spotter's job to let the pilot know what's going on around him and let him know if he's encroaching on boundaries).

you WILL get a talking to if you can't follow these rules. first offense is usually a friendly reminder of what the spotter's duties are. 2nd offense will be a stiffer reminder. 3rd may be a sit down talking to. really, if you're not getting the idea by then maybe you *shouldnt* be flying. I've personally never had to give the 4th warning. 2nd warnings are rare. but, if pushed you will get grounded. I don't think that's "being that guy".

if it ain't broke, break it.

10-22-2013 11:36 PM  5 years agoPost 22

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Killeen, Texas - USA

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Many manufacturers/vendors/distributors are willing to donate prizes.
this is kinda like a catch 22 kinda gotta have people to attract sponsors....and sponsors are only attracted to lots of people.

I seriously doubt anyone is going to donate a damn thing to our 20 total people event...other than a dozen doughnuts maybe.

we would have to prove that we have a substantial amount of people in attendance before that could happen...and that proof is based on past I wrong?

showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...

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10-22-2013 11:41 PM  5 years agoPost 23
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...then we have a problem...our field area is about 200yds by 150yds and surrounded by trees 30 - 40 feet its kinda cramped for flying more than two planes at a time....and way too small for 90+ size planes...plenty for a heli though.
Due to space, you may be better off having a separate plane event and a heli event. Flying both at a single event is difficult unless you have a ton of space or rotate by time.


10-23-2013 01:40 AM  5 years agoPost 24

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I'm wondering if the size of the field (its not big) and location (out in the boonies) how that matters.
There is a tiny airport right smack in the middle of town were I see only small prop planes come and go from...I wonder If they would be willing to give up a day for an event (someone mentioned using an airport somewhere)...I like that idea...more room to fly.
The size of the field matters a bit but not as much as you think. Our club has 2 flying sites. We hold our big year event at the airport (which is also our primary flying site) and we hold some smaller, club invite type events at our other field.

Our primary flying site (the airport) is out in the sticks, that is why we do a bit extra for our guests, the pilots. Because we are out in the boonies, we provide a proper, full lunch (not hotdogs which I HATE), AND a dinner which again is a full spread. Why? Because we realize that we are a distance away from town so we make sure that they can comfortably spend the day there. Not worrying about a poor lunch, getting hungry and wondering where to go. After all, once they leave, they are not going to come back.

Like someone else said, our club sat down, wrote down what we liked about funflys, what we didn't like, and organized ours from that list.

So yes we are the one that uses a full scale airport and we have an incredible relationship with them.

Advertisement plays a role but really the main thing is to have fun. Our event draws about 40 pilots. Would we like more? Sure, but our primary concern is that we put on an enjoyable event. We don't get the pro pilots showing up (in part because our event conflicts with the Joe Nail which they all attend), we don't have manufacturer ties, but the vendors that do support us are very much appreciated.

Some people go to the events only for the prizes. Unless you have the "in" with the companies, you won't ever get the huge number of pilots. Have a great event, do the best that you can, and enjoy it. If you have 20 people show up, that is great, if you have 80 people show up, that is great to. It is all about having fun

10-23-2013 02:13 AM  5 years agoPost 25


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10-23-2013 02:30 AM  5 years agoPost 26

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