Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Robert "Bob" Turpin

 a message from Scott Turpin

For those that remember us, my Dad Robert (Bob) Turpin passed away Monday, February 22nd.  It has been a long time since we were active regulars but I wanted to get the word out for those we flew with and or knew about his passing and what the funeral arrangements will be.  Unfortunately, these types of events are what usually bridges the gaps in time as the years pass by but we had a lot of fun back then and it would be great to use this occasion to catch up.  As a testament to his building ability, I plan to have a GeeBee Sportster and my Phoenix 8 pattern plane to honor him and his incredible ability to "ad lib" when the plans were less than perfect and his crazy ability to lay down an awesome paint job.  Both planes are now 35 plus years old and have weathered the years pretty well.

Funeral arrangements are the following:
Elton Black & Sons
1233 Union Lake Road
White Lake, MI 48386
Date: 3/6/21
Time: 11-2 (visitation) >> 2pm (service)


Scott(Scotty) Turpin

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Airplanes for sale - Please contact

Tony Madaffer      


Trainer with 40 OS - has been flown  - all planes for sale - everything but cap and chipmunk very cheap - cap and chipmunk just cheap

 Uproar with OS 40 - new plane engine has been run

300 extra - new never flown with new 90 OS 4 stroke

Chipmunk - new never flown with new 60 2 stroke

Monday, November 23, 2020

Drone Punch

Drone PUNCH.

Local man irate and hostile after drone flies too close to RC helicopter.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

"Scare in the Air" inter-club event, UFO vs Signal Seekers, Sept 26, 2020

Saturday Sept 26, 2020, was a very memorable day that will be long remembered by many. On that date, 14 (7 per side) of the finest flyers in the State of Michigan fiercely competed for the 10th time for the famous "Scare in the Air" inter club trophy. Flying skills and emotions were on the highest levels as the lead changed 3 times prior to the final event, the famous "egg bomb drop." The UFO members heroically rose to the occasion and dominated this event by taking 1st thru 6th places. The much honored "Scare in the Air" trophy thus changed hands once again, and will be proudly displayed by the UFO for the entire coming year. 

I would like to thank Scott, Greg and Bill for helping me with this memorable event. A special thanks also goes to Jim for the fantastic job he did as "Chef" in preparing the feast we all shared together. Pictures are provided, below, so that we can relive this memorable day over and over again in the future. Please note the extreme emotions on many of the faces, a clear indication of the importance of this day in both clubs history.  

Rick Sawicki

Sunday, September 20, 2020

 The  1st Rich Utkan Memorial fly was an overwhelming success. Great weather, great food and great friendships all contributed to an extremely successful event.  Over 40 aircraft and helicopters were flown during the event. The food was  fantastic  with a great variety of items being available.  A special thanks to Ken Wade for being a fantastic  BBQ cook.  I'm am sure Rich was with us during his memorial day and was extremely pleased at being honored. If you were there, you can relive the wonderful day via the pictures that captured many aspects of the day.  If you were not, then please join us for a picture review and make sure you make it next year.

-Rick S.

Thank you Rick I couldn't have said it better myself.

I am so glad that we had such good weather, a good turnout of friends, and a great flying event.  I am very proud of our club for hosting such a great event.  I look forward to the 2021 event with much anticipation.

Mark W.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

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.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

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

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.



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Friday, May 31, 2019

She was a good ship

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








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


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.