Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Farewell to our dear friend




Dear Friends, 

                It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that our fellow club member Richard Utkan passed away.  This tragic event occurred Saturday September 21st, 2019.  He laid down to take a nap and did not get up.  Richard was a distinguished pilot, builder, US Air Force veteran, and recipient of the Carl Goldberg vital people award from the AMA.  Most of all Richard was our friend. 

He was a member of the UFO club since records were kept.  Richard joined in 1984.  A member of the lawn crew and a club trainer,  Richard would help other members and provide advice, and help both on and off the field.  Richard pushed the envelope with new building techniques and scratch-built designs that were often very successful.

This truly is a detriment to the RC community and to our club.  Richard was the Vice-President of the EFO, the electric only spin off of the UFO club that has a field down in Lyon Township near Ann Arbor.  The EFO members include Keith Shaw and Ken Myers editor of the Ampeer, the oldest electric RC publication.  Richard was among the founding fathers of electric RC, especially modern Electric RC.  Among his peers are the best and most famous pioneers of RC flight.

          It has been suggested that we name the UFO annual corn roast in honor of Richards memory.  It was also suggested that we name the field after Richard.  We all miss his unique laugh and conversation.




The link below leads to the official obituary.  



https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/white-lake-mi/richard-utkan-8865044




Saturday, September 21, 2019

Fwd: UFO-RC UFO Annual Club Corn Roast and Picnic, 9/21/19




From: ufo@emaildodo.com
To: rrrjjjsss@aol.com
Cc: Rrrjjjsss@aol.com
Sent: 9/21/2019 5:45:49 PM Eastern Standard Time
Subject: UFO-RC UFO Annual Club Corn Roast and Picnic, 9/21/19

Hi Folks,

Attached in the link below are some pictures today's activity.

On behalf of all the club members we would like to thank all those who  organized and contributed to the great success of this fun filled day.

A special thanks to Bill who purchased and donated much needed gravel to fill the holes in our entrance way and parking lot.  Thanks also to Bill and Greg who spent a lot of time and effort spreading the gravel.  Thus,  the lead pictures shown highlights them and the great job they were just completing.

Hope you enjoy reliving a wonderful day  captured in the pictures below.

Rick

https://photos.app.goo.gl/GrvFZZcpzVUH58rB8

 


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Friday, May 31, 2019

She was a good ship

https://youtu.be/XQYzfneF6GE


An emotional roller coaster ride.  With award winning video editing.  The first annual UFO best musical score 2019.  Congratulations.

"She was a good ship"

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Monday, December 18, 2017

New Years Chili Fly

 

UNITED FLYING ORGANIZATION

AMA CHAPTER 1025

 

NEW YEAR’S DAY CHILI FLY

REMINDER

 

Just a reminder about the upcoming Chili Fly

 Monday, Jan 1st 2018     New Year’s Day

 

Bring a sample of your chili recipe for all to try! All welcome!

 

Ski’s may be the way to go – snow on the field is pretty deep.

 

Flying starts at 10AM – come hungry!

 

Some shots of our prior years:

 

    

     

 

                

 

       Carl J Piro

   Secretary – UFO’s

cpiro@chetsrentall.com

 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2017

2017 UFO Open Fly Photos

Here are some pictures I took at this years open fly! Click on the picture to view all photos. 2017 UFO Open Fly

Sunday, October 9, 2016

New woodstove will keep us warm.  For those who have not been to the field in a while, we have a new woodstove.  Take a look at this beauty.  We still have the barrel stove as a backup.  Come out and visit with us this winter to see how warm we can make the impound with the new stove.






New woodstove will keep us warm.  For those who have not been to the field in a while, we have a new woodstove.  Take a look at this beauty.  We still have the barrel stove as a backup.  Come out and visit with us this winter to see how warm we can make the impound with the new stove.



 
 

2016 Scare in the air

We want to thank our friends at the signal seekers for hosting the scare in the air contest for 2016.



















Saturday, June 25, 2016

Monday, February 22, 2016

Working on a new plane!

I've been working on an old NorCal Aero PeeTee kit. It's "a fun scale PT-19"  I got this kit by trading the little Lanier Stinger kit I bought from Rob a while back for it.  It has a 63 in wing span and originally called for a 60 4 stroke.  It will be electric of course.






Now Complete!