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Jun 30, 2014, 12:22 PM
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Hey... I moved, can you update my listing for me? I fly at the Chandler park mostly. You can just list it as Mesa, Arizona
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Jun 30, 2014, 12:29 PM
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Got it Jasmine. Thanks for letting me know.

Frank

PS here is our map link; https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=U...4bc&dg=feature

and how it looks today.
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Jun 30, 2014, 05:51 PM
Come fly with us in Henryetta
Hi Frank,
We are working on forming a club and have a couple of good places to fly. One is the airport in Henryetta where the fly in will be starting this year. And the other is in a nearby town called Okemah. We would be happy to help new modelers.
Wes
Jun 30, 2014, 10:20 PM
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Got it Jasmine. Thanks for letting me know.

Frank

PS here is our map link; https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=U...4bc&dg=feature

and how it looks today.
Thanks! Strange that I'm the only one listed in the Phoenix area? Flying is really popular around here.
Jun 30, 2014, 11:26 PM
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Hi Frank,
We are working on forming a club and have a couple of good places to fly. One is the airport in Henryetta where the fly in will be starting this year. And the other is in a nearby town called Okemah. We would be happy to help new modelers.
Wes
Wes,

I have you down for Holdenville right now. I can list your club (little green house) or just use your contact info off of RCG, phone number or email address. Any or all is good. Let me know if you want me to move your marker to one or both of those towns or wait for your clubs.

And thanks for volunteering!


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Thanks! Strange that I'm the only one listed in the Phoenix area? Flying is really popular around here.
Yes, it is quite strange. There are tons of modelers there in the Phoenix area but you wouldn't know it looking at the map.

I know there must be over 200 RCGers visiting this forum everyday. Let's set a goal of getting 25 new MA mentors from RCG by the end of the week. So if you know someone that is willing to help others in their local area, let them know to contact me and I will add them as a mentor. Thanks!

Frank
Jul 01, 2014, 01:37 AM
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I will pm you my cell to make sure you have the current one. Change my location. I don't really go to Holdenville much anymore. The places here are great to fly from. There are pictures of the airport in Hneryetta in the fly in thread.
Wes
Jul 02, 2014, 11:04 AM
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Mentors and flight instructors in MA


Hi everybody,

My name is Brian Rickman, and I'm an RC flight instructor. (Sounds like an AA meeting doesn't it? Maybe not too far from reality.)

My main interest in RC is in helping other people learn to fly. I've worked with 8 year olds, senior citizens, and everyone in between. I can help with building (balsa or foam) and flying powered planes and gliders.

I fly with the Charles River Radio Controllers at Davis Field in Sudbury, MA. Davis Field is a HUGE open space. It's a great place to learn to fly. We have an agreement with the town of Sudbury that we will only fly electrics and gliders there. We have another (private) field in Medfield, MA where gas and glow powered planes can be flown.

Davis Field is open to the public. The most popular time to fly is Saturday and Sunday mornings, but we have several retired club members who fly there throughout the week.

The CRRC website has a list of volunteer flight instructors. We provide RC flight instruction (for free) to anyone who shows an interest. You do not need to be a member of our club to fly with us. It's best if you contact one of us by phone or email to schedule an appointment so that we can set aside time to work with you 1 on 1, but if you just show up at the field we'll be happy to talk to you between flights.
Jul 03, 2014, 11:38 AM
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I do think that this is a wonderful resource for those interested in getting into the hobby.
I am on the map, but have never been contacted by anyone looking to get into R/C.
Then again, my area isn't exactly a hotbed of radio controlled aircraft activity.

Troutbum
Jul 04, 2014, 12:05 PM
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Sounds like you have a great program Brian and I appreciate you volunteering to be a mentor. The more mentors we can get the better for newcomers into this hobby. Sadly, as Troutbum pointed out, the tough part right now is getting the word out to the newcomers to this hobby. If they can't find us, we can't help them.

I did make this video so just in case someone may be cruising around YouTube and just happens to want to get into RC, they may be able to find someone close to them to help.

Frank

Finding An RC Instructor In Your Local Area; Model Aviation Mentors (8 min 41 sec)


The best thing we can do is to encourage others to get away from the PC screen and meet total strangers. That may be tough for some to do even though they may have a lot to offer but are afraid to not be so anonymous.
Jul 06, 2014, 12:04 PM
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The best thing we can do is to encourage others to get away from the PC screen and meet total strangers. That may be tough for some to do even though they may have a lot to offer but are afraid to not be so anonymous.
There is something different about today's kids though. I don't know how to address it really. Used to be, there were shooting ranges in high schools and students were given rifles and taught to shoot - but kids today can't even be trusted not to make guns out of pop tarts. That is a big difference, and it affects our hobby. I don't know why, but people don't like taking their kids out into the real world any more, and they don't trust that their own kids will act in a safe manner.

I think one way to overcome that is to just take responsibility for the kid yourself. The parents don't need to come flying with you. Maybe if they hear the filtered report from the kid, they won't be aware of all the dangers the kid faced because he went outside. I just don't know. It is super frustrating though.

At gun ranges I seem to always run into other parents worried about that issue, so there's still a lot of us out there, but how to influence the ones that aren't?
Jul 07, 2014, 05:12 PM
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All the kids I ran into at our field was because they drug their parents there. They are all excited about learning about model aviation. The adults on the other hnd are like ho-hum.

I think it's the same with getting people to help others. Many talk a good game, but there really are only a handful that actually do help. I have been instructing for many years now and I have seen this cycle repeat over and over.

Some folks say they want to help but when asked they rarely step up to do so. Same thing with club leadership. Like you said, it is frustrating but what can you do? The only thing you can do is help when and where you can and keep your head up. One can only do so much I'm afraid. Sometomes I wish I could do so much more, but without the help of others it is impossible.

Frank
Jul 08, 2014, 12:13 PM
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Yeah I was the membership officer for our club for a few years. Three hundred members and maybe fifty of them would ever help out. At all our events it was the same core group. We don't even have a newsletter editor any more. It is sad. Here in Phoenix, the only place I'm flying is kind of a pick up club, park club, no membership is required, I don't even think it's an actual club. I'm going to be training my nephews to fly though. Bought a Cessna for that, buddy box type.
Jul 10, 2014, 12:55 AM
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I was an officer in my last club as well. Prior to moving from VA, there was a number of guys worried that the club would fold when I left due to no one wanting to step up. By the looks of it our club is not alone in that aspect.

I guess it is a different world we live in today. Not sure we would ever have the 2500 or so clubs if things were like this years ago when flying clubs were being formed.

Frank
Jul 30, 2014, 05:46 AM
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I'm a new pilot who currently lives in Kalamazoo. I would love to find someone who can help me tame my plane. I come from a helicopter background, and thus far I have had little success in even launching my craft (against all good reasoning, I bought a flying wing).

Thus far, I've settled right into the practice of building planes. I would love to observe some more accomplished pilots in action, as I'm struggling with the flying side of the hobby. If I could find someone (anyone!) who could help me, I would be greatly appreciative.

Edit: Found someone!
Last edited by TheFink; Aug 01, 2014 at 11:41 PM.
Aug 02, 2014, 02:37 PM
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Cool! 3dnoob lives right there near you and Ed (on page 2) is just up the road.

Frank


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