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The Bulkley Valley Radio Controlled Flyers (BVRC) has been an active club for over 30 years. The goals of finding an airfield, supporting radio controlled (RC) flyers and increasing public awareness of the hobby are still goals, along with just having fun and learning more about aircraft.

The BVRC uses the Houston Airport off of Barrett Station Road West of Houston as its primary flying field. The airport has approximately 4000 feet of paved runway which it shares with full scale planes and occasionally with other community activities. RC pilots will be seen there as soon as the snow clears, usually on Sundays, but at any time when a pilot can organize a buddy to spot for him. Spotting means watching out for full scale planes, people, deer or other obstacles to good navigation.

Club membership is open to anyone, and if you have Model Aircraft Association of Canada membership which provides $5,000,000 in insurance you may use the airfield. Although pilots may fly at any time, Sundays are a favourite and there is a social atmosphere along with flying, fixing and talking about planes. Occasionally, there is an impromptu hike into the bush to find a get away plane. Several times per year a group of club members will camp at the airport and enjoy hot dogs or hamburgers along with their flying.

Twice each year the club organizes special events which have been very popular. The Father's Day weekend fun fly at the Houston Airport comes early in the season. Between twenty and thirty pilots and their families camp for three days or up to a week (dry camping) and enjoy the weather, the flying and the camaraderie. It has been going for 29 years and provides an opportunity to see a wide variety of planes as well as a chance to meet and exchange information with pilots from other areas. Pilots have come from Vancouver, the Okanagan, and Alberta in the past. Pilots and their families take part in a free steak and prawn supper on the Saturday night, and a free pancake breakfast on the Sunday morning.

The To-Sink-It Fun Fly has been going for about 25 years, and is currently hosted by Dave and Verna Hopper at their property on Burns Lake, east of the community of Burns Lake. The Hoppers have created a lovely park like area along the lake, with dock facilities and a picnic gazebo, and it is available to flyers on the first long weekend (civic holiday) in August. Dry camping is available. Club members take part, while others again come from distant points, and there is often an audience of locals, such as a senior citizen's' group. The scenery is beautiful and there are a wide variety of planes to be seen. The atmosphere of mutual assistance and appreciation is part of what makes the event so attractive. If the weather closes in, there will be a cluster of "experts" around any plane that has been having problems. Evenings find the pilots and families in the gazebo swapping stories of past successes and sometimes spectacular failures. The gazebo also comes in handy for marshmallow roasts, a group dinner on the Saturday night and a pancake breakfast on the Sunday morning.

Twice the club has organized an RC Air Show. These events were advertised to the public and prizes were awarded for a variety of categories of plane on display. Presentations by RC jet pilots were a favourite, along with the stunt flying by local and visiting pilots. The air shows were a part of the Father's Day weekend fun flies.

There is a certain amount of gloating by the senior pilots who enjoy saying, "Retired guys fly anytime!"


Vice President:

Steve Hachey
Paul Rodrigulz
Ted Dean
Alan Sandercott

Previous year meeting minutes (2016):

Printable version of 2017 meeting minutes:

Date: December 10, 2017

Location: Home of Dave & Verna Hopper on Burns Lake BC.

Meeting called to order by Dave Hopper @ 1205 hrs.

In attendance: Dave Hopper, Ken Nielsen, Pete Peters, Ted Dean, Paul Rodrigulz, Josiah Lindberg & Alan Sandercott.

Minutes from previous meeting (November 27, 2016) were read by Dave as well as having been posted on Club Website. Ken moved the adoption of the minutes as read. Seconded by Ted. Carried.

Treasurer's Report as read by Ted revealed a total of $3771.17 in the bank. The total included two donations of $500 & $200.. Paul moved to accept the report and seconded by Ken. Carried.

Business arising from the minutes:
  • Election of Officers: Dave Hopper's two year term expired. Steve Hachey accepted nomination as President by telephone.

    • President: Steve Hachey
    • Vice President: Paul Rogrigulz
    • Treasurer: Ted Dean
    • Secretary: Alan Sandercott
New Business:
  • Paul suggested that Bulkley Valley RC Flyers work with the Vanderhoof club:

    • BVRCF membership is open.
    • A field in Vanderchoof can be registered under BVRCF's name.
    • BVRCF membership is declining.

    Moved by Paul & seconded by Dave. Carried by acclamation.
Vanderhoof Flying Club
  • Events must be held on airport main flight line.
  • Other events must conform to MAAC Regulations.
  • To do: Organize.

  • Houston Airport is official and registered / insured with MAAC.
  • Available for weekend / overnights.

  • Identified with MAAC & insured.

Burns Lake Airport
  • They are eager to co-operate.
  • Clean up fee - pay janitor.
  • Father's Day Weekend is available.
  • Flight radio is essential. Steve & Paul have one and Dave can set them up to come over the loud speaker.
  • Two bedrooms for rent. (Eldon wants one, & Martin may want one.)
  • Dry camping is okay.
  • Building to hanger RC Planes may be available.
  • We should make a donation for the use of the facilities.
  • Firewood needed. Dave will provide.

Fly Ins
    2016 contributions of $900 covered the following for 2017:
    • Prizes (Airplane).
    • Rental.
    • Food that was purchased.
    • Steaks were donated.
    • Shortage of salads.
    • Prizes were generously donated.

    2018 Planning:
      Holding at new site may bring increased attendance.
    • 60 steaks to be purchased.
    • Steaks from Smithers cost $400.
    • Paul will look into steak prices at the Vanderhoof Co-Op.
    • Tickets at registration.
    • Steak dinner for pilots & immediate family free, others will cost $20.
    • Advertising on website.
    • Ask for salads be made - volunteers to contact Coral.

BBQ & Grill: Moved by Dave & seconded by Ken that cash from account be used.
  • Pete is upgrading the BBQ. He can get metal cheaper if more is required.
  • Purchase cleaning stones.
  • Install wheels - Pete can get axles.

Motion to adjourn at 1315 by Ken and seconded by Paul.

The meeting was followed by an excellent festive dinner.

Club Membership: $20 Annually.

BVRCF Club has three MAAC approved Locations:

Houston Airport
Houston BC Airport.
Co-ordinates: 54 26" 15" N   126 46' 35" W
Decimal Degrees: 54.4375   126.776389
GPS: N54 26.250   W126 46.583
UTM: 9N   x 644212   y 6034477

Burns Lake Airport
Burns Lake BC Airport.
Co-ordinates: 54 22" 55" N   126 57' 25" W
Decimal Degrees: 54.381944   126.956944
GPS: N54 22.917   W126 57.417
UTM: 9N   x 632683   y 6027942

Dave Hopper Location
Dave Hopper Location on the shores of Burns Lake.
Co-ordinates: 54 12" 35" N   125 37' 24" W
Decimal Degrees: 54.209722   125.623333
GPS: N54 12.583   W125 37.400
UTM: 10N   x 328926   y 6010034

BVRC Flyers Club Caps

BVRC Flyers Club Crest
3" Cotton&Nylon
$8 plus shipping.

BVRC Flyers Club Stickers
50 plus shipping.