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Birmingham, Alabama - One of the best events in the land ... 22 years and counting!

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12-26-2015 03:38 PM  3 years ago
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bkervaski

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Birmingham 2016
Birmingham 2016 - 22nd Anniversary!

March 18,19,20 ... One of the best events in the land!

GPS Coordinates:
N 33 19.512 W 086 57.155

Field Address:
7477 Dickey Springs Road, Bessemer, AL 35022
(located off exit 1 and 6 of I-459)

Camping:
Yes (no hookups)

Landing Fee:
$25.00

ALL NOVICES COME AND BRING YOUR HELIS AND GET SOME EXPERT HELP

We will have areas available for new pilots and novice pilots.
This is our 20th Anniversary, please come and join us and help celebrate. This is just a casual event where the emphasis is on having fun and enjoying the camaraderie of other helicopter pilots.

AMA membership required to fly!

Motels:
Best Western: 205-481-1950 exit 108 on I-59/20
Hampton Inn: 205-425-2010 exit 108 on I-59/20
Jameson Inn: 205-428-3194 exit 108 on I-59/20
Holiday Inn Express 205-424-2600 exit 108 on I/59/20
Comfort Inn: 205-428-3999 exit 108 on I-59/20
Sleep Inn: 205-424-0000 exit 6 on I-459
(mention heli event at two above for special rate closest to field)
Tannehill State Park Campgrounds: 205-477-5711
Hoover RV Park 205-739-7440 or 866-466-8378
Cherokee Campground 205-428-8339 or cell 205-383-5097

Contacts:
Ernie Hester
205-901-0491
ernie100@bellsouth.net
Team Synergy Factory Specialist / Scorpion / Thunder Power / Byron's Fuels
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12-29-2015 08:00 AM  3 years ago
Jtcrowder49

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See y'all there Bill
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01-16-2016 03:11 PM  3 years ago
rcnut

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Room booked! Vacation submitted at work!! Hope the weather is good for this weekend!!!Team Miniature Aircraft
"I love the smell of Nitro in the morning!"
...Citizen 654!
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01-31-2016 11:23 PM  3 years ago
Nitro Bird

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Since I am now retired I will be there all week. Always look forward to this event every year.
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02-03-2016 08:48 PM  3 years ago
vburge

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The contest director has changed, so please contact:

Ernie Hester
205-901-0491 
ernie100@bellsouth.net
Synergy 516
Graupner
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02-13-2016 03:24 PM  3 years ago
Ernie H

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Looking forward to seeing all our old friends and hopefully many new.
Everything is laid on for the 22nd annual event.
I have been involved with the last eight events and most had fair to good weather so hopefully the weather will cooperate this year.
We have heard suggestions that some of the past activities would be welcomed back like Heli drag races and an auto contest.
Still open for comments on these and any other suggestions.
Trying to be sure we keep it fun for all with plenty of open flying but also have some other interesting things in which to participate.
Of course it is the people, camaraderie and just plane flying fun that makes a good event.
Thanks to all who have flown with us in the past to keep this thing going so long and here's to another great one.
Hope to see everyone there.
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03-01-2016 01:21 PM  3 years ago
Nitro Bird

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This event is getting closer. Who all is going to Do The Ditch this year?
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03-02-2016 10:19 PM  3 years ago
maviation

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FAA
Is FAA # req?
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03-03-2016 12:08 AM  3 years ago
Ernie H

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FAA
No one from the FAA has contacted us about it.
We will check AMA cards as this is an AMA sanctioned event and chartered field.
If they want to send someone to check them that will of course be fine, they don't pay me enough.
If I get any word otherwise, I will post.
If anyone has insight on this from other events, I wouldn't mind hearing it.
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03-03-2016 04:18 AM  3 years ago
maviation

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Ditch !
Cool, I come every year, only a hr away. Thanks.
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03-03-2016 12:50 PM  3 years ago
bkervaski

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Birmingham, AL, USA

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Ditch (and all),

Make sure you comply with any rules and regulations regarding your model aircraft.

This is the first year of fun flys that these new rules will be in effect. It will take a bit for everyone to get sorted.

Bill
Team Synergy Factory Specialist / Scorpion / Thunder Power / Byron's Fuels
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03-08-2016 06:33 PM  3 years ago
bkervaski

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Hey guys, let's get this show started for the season!!!

Who's coming?
Team Synergy Factory Specialist / Scorpion / Thunder Power / Byron's Fuels
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03-09-2016 03:16 PM  3 years ago
bkervaski

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We've been getting questions about FAA registration, here's our official response:

Be sure you comply with all local and federal rules and regulations. No group (not even the AMA) has the authority to sanction non-compliance with federal law.

The process literally takes 2 minutes and $5. We have all registered and are encouraging everyone to register. It's easy and painless.

https://registermyuas.faa.gov

We can debate the actual issue as to whether this is overreach or necessary at the event, most of us have very strong opinions about it and most of us agree.

Birmingham is the first big event of the year and eyes will be on us. We are an AMA sanctioned event and will comply with all rules and regulations.

The AMA does not require FAA registration for membership, has no plans to do so, and there is no requirement for event directors to check and/or require FAA registration. FAA registration is between the individual and the federal government.

However, if the feds shows up, don't be the one they make an example out of over $5 and 2 minutes of your time.
Team Synergy Factory Specialist / Scorpion / Thunder Power / Byron's Fuels
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03-14-2016 07:56 PM  3 years ago
Billigan

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This year's event shirt!

--------------Married With Helicopters!----------
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03-16-2016 01:26 AM  3 years ago
Nitro Bird

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Field is set-up and looks good. The ditch looks hungry and ready to eat whatever heli anyone is willing to feed it. Got a few flights in today even though the wind was blowing.
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03-17-2016 03:03 AM  3 years ago
vburge

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We are having some great weather here and the first camper from TN showed up today. There are a couple of guys from Michigan here already and some local guys have been flying and hanging out for the past few days. Don't miss this event!! The weekend forecast has greatly improved from what is was a week ago and this will be some of the best conditions we have had in the past few years.Synergy 516
Graupner
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03-18-2016 12:59 AM  3 years ago
Salesmanheliboy

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Spent the afternoon today; weather was great ant lots of pilots showing up.Futaba - Kontronik -SAB Helicopters - GensAce -http://rotorworld.co.uk/
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03-18-2016 01:10 AM  3 years ago
randy

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I will be on my way here in a few hours see everyone when I get there.
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03-18-2016 07:44 PM  3 years ago
laqs376

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B'Ham 2016
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03-19-2016 03:32 PM  3 years ago
maviation

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Ditch !
Hey bill, Is it raining to day, how does it look.
Team Heli Proz
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