Report on the September 14, 2013 Fly-In

Twenty-three pilots registered from eight cities and towns for the September 14th, 2013 Giant Scale Fly-In. Held at the Smoky Hill Model Club flying field SE of Salina, the weather gods smiled on the day with warm temperatures and mild winds. Electronic and human glitches were absent with the pleasant result of no crashes. Pilots came from Salina, Lindsborg, Manhattan, Topeka, Logan, Mankato, Osborne and Wichita.

Perhaps 50 planes were displayed and flown, many several times. Aerobatic maneuvers were common. An unusual sound was created with a seven-cylinder radial engine powering a bi-plane. All eyes and ears were trained to capture these special moments.

Cubs, Extras, and Sticks of all sizes were common. A scale Beech Super 18 covered in chromium "iron-on" with faux rivets flew impeccably with twin engines pulling the load.

A noon feast was prepared for pilots and visitors composed of pulled pork and sides. Smoky Hill club member, Kevin Schafer served as chef for the pulled pork. Bill Burrows and Company provided lunch entertainment with his mandolin, guitar, harmonica and vocals.

Kansas State University, Salina, Department of Unmanned Arial Vehicles brought the University's trailer, simulator, and working models for display.

Three drawings were conducted to give away: first prize was one plane chosen from variety of electric-fly planes to be shipped directly to the winner; second prize was a $200 gift certificate to Don's Hobby Shop, Salina; and the third prize was a new G62 engine. The person who won the engine won the large aerobatic plane in 2012, so the engine and plane fit perfectly.

Phil Kovar, Marysville was the CD.

A satisfying and happy conclusion was enjoyed by the pilots and visitors.

--Respectfully submitted by Club President Marshall Stanton

Thanks again to Larry Geiger, and Marshall Stanton for submitting these great pictures from the event. If anyone has additional pictures that should appear here, please submit them so they can be added.

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