BURNABY LAKE NEWS – FLY BY WIRE – June 27, 2006
Greetings Burnaby Lake Flyers,
Ohoh, looks like the "Prez" is falling behind again…Last Enews was over two months ago so I'll have to do some updating for you all…Lots of goodies this time around!
Wow, Norburn Robbed at gunpoint!
On Friday June 16, 2006 two of our members were involved during a robbery at Norburn Hobbies, one of our clubs best sponsors. Dave Scoular and Neil Achilles had gone over to see Dean to pick up spares and stuff in the afternoon. While they were in the store some creep dressed like a ninja showed up waving a pistol. At first both Dave and Neil thought it was just one of the guys screwing around but soon realized that the gun pointed at Al Bowers was indeed the real thing and that this was a serious scenario they were involved in. Poor Al had the gun pointed at his head from about 3' away and was ordered to give the $#% all the money in the till. Al proceeded to do exactly what the guy was ordering him to do and put the money from the till into a bag. The creep then exited saying "Thanks Gentlemen" and disappeared around the corner. Unthinkingly Dave gave chase until he realized that the guy was only separated from him by only few feet, with a single little bush for cover. He quickly realized the error of his ways and retreated. After giving the police a full report they were finally allowed to leave and return to the field where they remained pretty shook up. I'm glad to hear that this didn't turn far more serious or end up with someone getting hurt, perhaps badly.
to our webmaster Dejan for keeping the site looking so crisp and
clean. He's added lots of content to the site including a video
section for your enjoyment as well as our usual features including
the Forum and Gallery sections. Check it out, you'll really be proud
of the club site, its one of the best I've seen http://www.hoods-up.com
BURNABY LAKE FLYIN
June 18 we enjoyed our first Fathers Day FlyIn, resurrected from
the joint effort usually held between RCFCBC and the Burnaby lake
Club in past years. Dean Stoney caught many, many photos of the
relaxed affair and everyone enjoyed the first of the nice weather
flying with no competition from the cricketers. We even had live,
onsite entertainment as former, banned club member Jordan Dobrikin
showed up as did Parks and finally the RCMP. Most members were simply
amazed at how silly an old fool can get…It was finally over
when the police got annoyed with him and removed him telling him
if he returned inside the fence that he would be arrested!
As usual I got involved with a little friendly leg pulling with
Dave Scoular pointed at our “unwanted” guest of the
day….Jaz doesn’t look amused at all…
next shot show’s the event of the day a balloon pop contest.
It involved letting a helium filled balloon go up into the air and
trying to pop it with your plane…The contest was a hoot, guys
were flying like the WWI pilots in dogfights, unbelievable!
To fly in and out all around the balloon was a very entertaining
for all involved and really sharpened the pilot’s skills.
In each event (there was three) three balloons released in succession
(until they flew off the field area). At that point another balloon
would be released until all three balloons were gone for the round.
In the first round there were a lot of very close calls, but no
cigar. Same for the second round with many close calls but still
the guys were unable to pop a single balloon. Finally, in the third
round Dave Scoular popped the first balloon with his “SlowStick”,
but that was shortly followed by Dean Stoney’s foam P47 cutting
through it as they both exited the airspace at the same time. Dean
swears he’s going to put his first kill sign on his P47 and
that he only needs 9 more “kills” to get ACE status…maybe
watch for him flying…haha.
The rest of the day’s activities can be found at http://www.viathelens.com/HoodsUp
Click on June FlyIn on the left side of the page and view all the
days’ antics. Thanks again to Dean for persevering throughout
MAAC PRESIDENTS VISIT!
July 2, 2006 in the later afternoon Richard Lyle Barlow our MAAC
President will be visiting our Burnaby Lake Field. Come on out and
help show him a good time and introduce him to the biggest electric
club in Canada!
next issue I want to address is placement of the signs on the field,
both putting them up and removing them following your flying. There
are a number of issues here again folks so pay attention. We are
now in our Spring/Summer schedule (see below) so this means we are
going to be sharing our fields again. There are two layouts for
signage, one for full field, the other for our reduced field size
on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Because there are others allotted
to use the fields now we have to insure that we follow these rules
carefully as well as make sure that the signs are up before you
go flying and that the last one to finish flying removes the signs.
If any problems with the signs areencountered please let Dave Scoular
know, he's become our unofficial sign repairer… (Thanks Dave!).
We also have a new sign (yes, sigh another one…). This new sign
is to be placed at our entrance gate advising that anyone entering
the field area has to be either a member or an escorted visitor.
This was done following the expulsion of an undesirable member and
at the request of Burnaby Parks. It is a slightly different sign
than all the rest and easy to spot. For full field coverage during
our allotted times the correct way to place the signs are as follows:
for modified field times (ie Saturdays and Sundays between 11:30AM
In the NEWS
new Spring/Summer schedule is now in effect. Please insure that
you observe others rights to the field if they have an allotted
scheduled event. Members disregardingthis will be severely penalized
and could lose their flying privileges.
Friendly Advice for flying at
A member has
again brought up the need for there to be some cooperation between
heli flyers, 3D flyers and regular larger fixed wing aircraft before
an incident takes place. I'd hoped that common sense attitude would
prevail but unfortunately this hasn't happened to date. People have
continually been advised that if other flyers are present on the
fieldthere is to be NO 3D flying in and out of them. Adding to the
mix is the small heli's that require they be flown in close because
they are so small they would be virtually invisible if flying in
the full circuit. For this reason, we are now asking that all 3Der's
and micro heli's not capable of flying in the circuit fly on the
upwind side of the flight line as far as our boundaries extend.
If the wind is coming from the south of the field (clubhouse side)
going towards the mountains this means you fly at the extreme end
of the field by the Cricket pitch. If the wind is reversed and the
wind is coming from the mountains it means you would fly in the
top corner of the field up tight to the trees. BY cooperating with
us on this you will prevent us from having to add more rules to
the clubs rulebook, something I wish to avoid if at all possible.
Another item is calling your landings and takeoffs… this is very
much a concern to thosewho are also flying. It is also a courtesy
to them as well. Lets hope you can al remember to yell "TakeOff"
or "Landing" in a very loud voice so that all present on the field
can hear you in the future. Recently I also had an occasion to visit
the flying field during the day…Much to my dismay there were no
flyers present BUT our Safety notices were still up. Come on guys,
it isn't that much work to put the sings up and take them back down
when you'refinished. Members caught not doing either will be penalized,
so pay attention...
Both your MAAC and club membership fees were due
January 1, 2006 in order to continue flying right through into 2006
without any problems. Get your forms filled in now!!! Links for
Sprin/Summer Flying Schedule
These are our official, (scheduled) allotted times.
No one else may use the fields during these times other than flyers
and your executive worked hard to get these days for you, make sure
that they’re used!!!
4:00PM until Dark
Wednesdays: 4:00PM until Dark
Fridays: 4:00PM until Dark
Saturdays: Sunup until 11:00AM – 7:00PM until dark
Sundays: Sunup until 11:30AM – 7:00PM until dark
Upcoming Burnaby Parks Scheduled events
Apr 15 BC Disc Sports Tournament 10am-6pm 3,4,5,6
May 13, Burnaby Ultimate Corporate Challenge 8am-5pm
18 Bby Lk Flyers Fly In 8am-10pm 3,4,5,6
Jul 4-7 SFU Camp Soccer Camp 8:30am-4:30pm 3,4,5,6
Jul 10-14 8:00am-7:00pm 3,4,5, 6
Jul 14 8:30-12pm 3,4
Jul 14 K9 Cliffhangers Dog 12pm-5pm (set-up)
15,16 Agility 7:30am-7pm 3,4
(Requested 12pm Jul 14 thru to Jul 16 at 7pm)
Aug 10,11 SFU Camp Soccer Camp 8:30am-4:30pm 3,4,5,6
13 Bby Lk Flyers Fly In 8am-10pm 3,4,5,6
Flying Events Comming Up
Come and help us. The "Lets get Lyle out of the tree FlyIn" s being
held at Lyle's place in Surrey on the weekend while our field is
taken over by the dog agility competition. Lyle's place is at 1109
168 th Street, Surrey, BC V3S 9R8. Lyle can be reached by phone
at 604 5380052 or email him at email@example.com Lyle has a very
nice setup in Surrey as you can see from this photo...Hopefully
lots of you will be able to make it out!
Red Bull Flugtag
is coming to Vancouver: If you or anyone you know has a knack for
tinkering or creating, please forward this link to them and check
out the website to watch some video from past Flugtag's. http://www.redbullflugtag.ca/en/default.html
So you think
flying a heli is easy: http://www.hurtwood.demon.co.uk/Fun/copter.swf
Test your reflexes:
Here's a fun game to play. The object of the game is to move the
red block around without getting hit by the blue blocks or touching
the black walls. If you can go longer than 22 seconds you are phenomenal.
Reportedly, the US Air Force uses this for fighter pilots. They
are expected to go for at least 2 minutes. Give it a try! GOOD LUCK!!!!
As usual if
you have any comments or suggestions please contact me directly….
Doug B, President
Burnaby Lake Flyers