February 27, 2018
The R/SeaHawks RC Club honored their oldest Member upon returning to the Air Field after a brief but serious illness. Sid was greeted by fellow members on Tuesday morning (2-27-18) for a pre-birthday gathering and celebration of his upcoming 95 birthday (Saturday 3-3-18). Sid and friends were reliving his many years of flying beginning with AT-6, B-17, B-29 and P-51 war birds. Flying General Aviation aircraft until his 70’s and then model radio controlled aircraft from that time until now. He plans to continue flying RC aircraft in the future!
The article starts out:
“Some of us never seem to grow up. Building a model airplane as a youngster isn’t enough. Having to put away childish toys just doesn’t feel right. Some of us refuse to grow up. But those would all be considered positive traits if you are one of them.” Read more
Twenty volunteers showed up in horrible weather to move dirt and fix the edges of our runway on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. They all did a great job and are obviously great and caring members of our Club. Thanks to them and to Dave King who organized it and also provided the donuts to keep people sustained.
Please forward your thanks to CD John Gorla and Asst. CD Randy Butz for putting on a great show in War Birds Over Paradise on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Many thanks to the pilots who participated. Thanks also to Alan Affortit who kept everyone satiated with delicious burgers. We managed to make enough to be able to donate $150.00 to the Cape Coral War Museum on the Club’s behalf. Well done everyone.
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Update: August 11, 2017:
The runway resurfacing and striping is complete!
Update: August 8, 2017:
The City have just informed me that the striping contractor is running a little behind because of the rain. They are not sure that they will be able to get to striping our runway today or not. If it is not done today it will be done tomorrow morning.
The paint takes about one hour to dry so hopefully we can get back in the air tomorrow afternoon. Please use common sense and if you find people working on the runway tomorrow, please give them time to finish the job.
Update: August 5, 2017:
The runway is being paved! August 5.
Update: July 24, 2017: The runway resurfacing will begin Tuesday, July 25 and will continue approximately 12 days.
The Seahawk Air Park runway will be taken up and re-done starting July 25, 2017 will close the runway for approximately 12 days.. The field will be closed while the work is being done. I will give you more specific dates and details as they become available. I trust that the new runway will be in pristine condition when finished.
Members can view progress using field cameras #1 and #2. See your email for instructions.
R/Seahawks Club President
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SECOND ANNUAL APRIL 1, 2017
R/SEA HAWKS PARK 1030 NW 28th St,
The 2017 (2nd Annual) Cape Elec Fun Fly (C.E.F.F.) is in the books as a huge success (probably an understatement). This is not because of us but because of all the volunteers who helped on the flight line, in the pits, on the grill and behind the camera (some photos above), plus the support of the board and officers.
Almost every time we checked we had 4 flying and a couple more in line. The T28 Gaggle was fun but the Combat Event seemed to excite the crowd the most. How we can have 7 airplanes in the air in close proximity and not hit a one is amazing – and appreciated. At the 2016 event we had 35 pilots. This year’s total was 47 — that’s an increase of 35%.
The weather was a big plus with a gentle wind almost down the runway – which certainly helped everyone have a ball. Special thanks must go to Mick, the owner of Paradise Hobbies for his support with the gift card for the registered pilots’ drawing and the addition of their banner to our flight line.
Our next planned event will be a duplicate of last year’s Military/Veteran’s day fun fly on November 11 (the actual Veteran’s Day). In closing, many thanks to all for the great showing and the enthusiastic energy put into the event.
Joe Dolliver & Jim McCormack
Proud CDs for the 2017 Cape Electric Fun Fly
The winner of the plane raffled at the 2017 Gathering of the Giants is Guilermo Hernadez of Estero, Florida.
Mr. Hernandez bought his raffle ticket at Aviation Day in Fort Myers last year. Congratulations!
Just to let you know that our Club supports and tries to help our veterans and their endeavors, we had a Warbird fun fly on Nov 12, the day after Veterans day.
We had a great turn out to the event which was organized by Joe Doliver. Many thanks, Joe, for a great job. We had lots of Warbirds flying plus food for the spectators.
The Club matched the profit taken in and the proceeds ( $358.00) were then donated to the Cape Coral Military Museum.
For those of you who haven’t been to the museum it is well worth a trip. It is located just off Cape Coral Parkway on Leonard Street. They have items from all the wars, dating back several hundred years, plus a plethora of Warbird model planes hanging all over. The Museum is set in about 30,000 sq. ft. of space.
I thought you, the Club members, should be aware that your Club is pro-active on all types of actions that can help other people.
There are lots of great places to fly your drones, but over or near a wildfire isn’t one of them. In fact, drone operators who interfere with wildfire suppression efforts are subject to civil penalties of up to$27,500 and possible criminal prosecution.
Here’s why it’s important:
Aerial firefighting aircraft, such as airtankers and helicopters, fly at very low altitudes, just a couple hundred feet above the ground and in the same airspace as hobby and recreational drones. This creates the potential for a mid-air collision that could seriously injure or kill wildland firefighters in the air or on the ground.
As a result of unlawful drone operations near fires this year, fire managers have temporarily grounded all aerial firefighting aircraft on several occasions for safety reasons. Shutting down firefighting operations could cause wildfires to become larger and can threaten lives, property, and valuable natural and cultural resources.
The bottom line is “If You Fly, We Can’t.”
Please fly responsibly – keep your drone away from wildfires.
A few days ago a R/Sea Hawk member had a very bad battery fire in his garage. He wrote a rather detailed account of the
incident and posted it on Helifreak, a prominent helicopter internet forum.