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BVRCF CLUB

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.

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 Burns Lake 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!"


BVRCF CLUB OFFICERS: (2019/20)

President:
Vice President:
Treasurer:
Secretary:

Steve Hachey
Dave Hopper
Ted Dean
Corol Johnson



For further information contact: Steve Hachey at Email:


Printable version of 2019 meeting minutes:

Date: November 14, 2019

Location: Home of Ken Neilson, Tatalrose, B.C.

Attendance: Dave Hopper, Ted Dean, Corol Johnson and Ken Nielsen.

Called to order 11:25am

Minutes of 2018 AGM:
  • Reviewed, m/s/c Ken/Corol
Financial Report:
  • Ted Dean. $29.21 in BVCU Shares, $3,563.94 in cash deposits
    Approved, m/s/c Ted/Ken
Old Business:
  • BBQ trailer is in Dave and Ken's names. It is not yet completed.
  • Trailer is ready for inspection but needs sideboards, preferably before Fly In.
  • Material donated by DaVern Entrerprises.
  • Grill/BBQ is under shelter.
  • Jan/Feb work session recommended
    Approved, s/m/c Ken/Dave
New Business:

- Trailer:
  • Rent it out? There may not be a market. Advertise it in free market newspaper. Keep the old grill as it is bolted onto the trailer.
    m/s/c Ted/Dave

    To finish it will require two 3/4 ply, 1/2" flat bar. Ted will donate $200.

    Dave will provide receipts so Ken can investigate grants, to reimburse those who donated to costs.

    m/s/c Corol/Ted
- Father's Day Fly In:
  • More help is needed to make it happen this year.
  • There were thirty pilots at last year's Burns Lake Airport meet.
  • Advertise open Tuesday to Sunday, with Saturday night supper and Sunday morning breakfast.
    m/s/c Ken/Ted
August Long Weekend:
  • No Fly In at Hopper's place.  %nbsp; m/s/c Ken/Ted
  • Advertise closure on MAAC and website.    m/s/c Ken/Ted

Airfield Registration:
  • Sites must be registered.
  • Houston, Hoppers/SD #54, and Burns Lake airfield are currently registered.

Houston Airport:
  • A Society/user's group is being formed for Houston Airport.
  • Dave has committed us to be involved.

AGM:   Move AGM to Sept, date to be determined.    m/s/c Ken/Ted

Elections - status quo, by acclamation.
  • President: Steve Hachey
  • Vice-President: Dave Hopper
  • Secretary: Corol Johnson
  • Treasurer: Ted Dean


Adjourned at 11:05am    m/s/c Ted/Dave



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
(Above)
3" Cotton&Nylon
$8 plus shipping.

BVRC Flyers Club Stickers
(Below)
50 plus shipping.