Bird Fly-In July 14,
2012 Click on image
Fun Fly Report
This year’s Big
Bird Fun Fly was very successful in many regards
as outlined below. But more importantly fun
was had by all! We had a very sunny day with
temps reaching up to 88 degrees and the wind
stayed in the 4-6 mph range. I am guessing
we had approximately 150 spectators stop by
throughout the day. I did hear reports of
200 or so spectators which is exciting.
Keeping a count was very hard to do so I just
stopped trying! We had approximately 18
Why were we successful?
1) Spectators –
· We had ads running on
craigslist in Portland all the way down to
· Brad sent personal
emails to many of the clubs in the region with a
· I submitted our event
to several news outlets (KEZI ran a story prior)
Signs have always been great to help pull in
· Wayne took several
people up on his trainer which was a huge
hit. Several people
were waiting in
line for their turn
· Signs that Jeff Harris
made helped reduce the amount of spectators in the
pits. I don’t
know if I saw even
one cross the line. It definitely made a
huge difference for safety.
2) Parking –
· Our lot was double
parked and full most of the day.
· Thanks to Jim for
marking the lot on Friday
· Several volunteers
helped with parking throughout the day including
James Thomas, Doug
McWha and Chuck O'D. I know there were
throughout the day helping as
· Doug and myself
stretched a safety barrier along the west side of
the runway providing
a barrier and also
additional parking which really helped.
2) Food –
· Al kept the BBQ
running for a couple hours feeding everyone and I
heard we had the
donations from the food bin ever
3) Pilots –
· Pilots meeting kept
· We invited Chris McVey
to demo his helicopters which is always a hit
· We invited Steve from
Chief Aircraft and he brought down some huge
planes and a
couple of other workers
including Mark from the showroom and Brett that
runs the Florida
operation. They put on a huge show while
just playing around -
4) Volunteers –
· We can put hours and hours
of planning, marketing etc… but without the
would have been in
serious trouble! Thank you for all that came
out and helped.
· Barrington, Al (BBQ Master)
· Doug McWha (Lawn, Parking
· Jim Corbett (Pre-setup)
· Cohen, Mickey (Parking)
· O'Donnell, Chuck (Parking)
· Blain, Frank (Announced
· Jeff Harris (New signs!)
· Heidi Winklepleck
(registration, t-shirt sales and raffle)
· Jayne Krenz (registration,
t-shirt sales and raffle)
· Wayne Wahrmund (Intro pilot
was very busy! Great job!)
5) T-Shirts –
· I’m not sure how we did but
I didn’t see very many left at the end of the
Even some spectators
bought some shirts which was cool.
· Members were wearing their
shirts with pride and it gave the feeling of a
active and organized club
6) Raffle –
· We had a spectator win the
$200 gift certificate due to flying with
Wayne! That was
awesome as this new potential
young flier can get started in our sport!
· The raffle was successful as
well but I do not know how much we brought in from
7) Marketing –
· We had two news teams come
out and film which I hope will bring more
our sport and club.
You can see the spots by going to kval and or kezi
or click the
links on our site.
Areas of opportunity
1) Pilots –
a. We could have had more
pilots but due to some conflicting events.
We need to
the date for next year. Medford had a huge
event that drew most of our
Grove and Creswell pilots.
2) Spectators –
a. We need more intro pilots
available as Wayne was swamped
b. More people to greet and
discuss our sport to new comers
3) Volunteers –
a. We need a new set for each
event. We need more people not the same
volunteering as this can get very tiresome.
4) Parking –
a. We should not double park in
the future. We did our best to park those
that said they
staying awhile behind another car that said they
would leave soon. It caused
some issues but the
spectators were understanding as we tried to hunt
people down that
were blocking them
b. We need a new plan and I think
opening up the field to the west really helped and
we can make
better use of that area next time with some paint
That’s all I can think of right now other than
THANK YOU from Brad and I to all those that helped
make it a success! If I forgot someone that
helped please let me know and I will ask Jim to
add them to this report!
Mike Winklepleck, Big Bird Fly In 2012 Event
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KEZI - By
Nha Nguyen -
JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- Folks in
Junction City could look up and see some special
aircrafts zipping around overhead Saturday.
Club members said it's a family
friendly activity that gives people a chance to
experience what it's like to be a pilot.
On Saturday, the club held its annual
Big Bird Fun Fly where some of the biggest model
airplanes around are invited out for a day of
Some of the participating planes had a
wingspan of more than 80 inches and zipped through
the skies at speeds of 100 miles an hour or more.
More than 50 special aircrafts flew and
flipped through the air.
"These planes fly the exact same way
and with the same governing physical rules as a
full-size airplane. The difference is we're flying
these things by remote control. So we're flying them
all by sight," said Brad Werneth, Eugene RC
RC pilots said all that's missing is
physical feeling of movement from being in an actual
About 200 people made it to the event.
Club members said if you're interested in learning,
you don't need a plane, just give them a call.
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KVAL - -
JUNCTION CITY, Ore. - Some of the
largest radio controlled airplanes took to the skies
at the Big Bird Fly event in Junction City on
Eugene Aeronauts hosts the event every
year at Henson Field.
RC plane enthusiasts from all over the
area come out to fly their airplanes for the public.
All of the airplanes have an 80 inch
wing span or larger.
The event gives spectators a chance to
pilot the fancy air crafts.
"A lot of people have the dream of
flying, but they don't have the funds to fly a good
sized aircraft or the time," said Brad Werneth,
President of Eugene Aeronauts. "This a way to fly
and fulfill that dream for a lot less money and a
lot less time commitment."
"It's a blast," said Steve Coleman, an
RC plane pilot from Medford. "I enjoy everything
from an adrenaline rush when you get down low to the
adrenaline and the fascination of being in front of
More than 100 people came out for the
Eugene Aeronaut's next air show will be
Saturday, August 18th at Henson Field in Junction
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- Steve Coleman, Chief Aircraft, Grants Pass, OR
Thanks again for your clubs hospitality. We
all felt very welcome and had a great time.
TV coverage of the Big
Doug McWha photos
Mike Winklepleck photos
|Mark from chief
|Steve for chief
|37.5% Yak 54 - 40%
Mark Tobin was flying the
Pilot RC 37.5% Yak 54 and Steve Coleman the Pilot RC 40%
Extra 330 SC,
Both airframes are
available through us at www.ChiefAircraft.com
|More of Khoi's planes
|Flying team from
|Ooo'd the spectators!
|Helis flew too!
Parking lot at 2 pm
Al Barrington photos