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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

This year's Christmas Dinner/Meeting was hosted by Ted & Coral at their Smithers home on Sunday, 9 December 2018.

For further information contact: Dave Hopper at 250-692-3035 or Email:

Printable version of 2018 meeting minutes:

Date: December 9, 2018

Location: Home of Ted and Corol, Smithers, B.C.

Meeting called to order Dave Hopper at 1130 hours.

In attendance: Ken Nielsen, Dave Hopper, Josiah Lindberg, George Dean, Jim Easterday, Ted Dean and Steve Hachey.

Minutes from previous meeting ( December 10/2017 ) were read by Dave Hopper . Motion to accept minutes as read by Ted and Second Jim. Carried.

Treasurer's Report . . .

Old minutes: Discussion held regarding completion of grill and how well it worked. BBQ trailer still needs licensing and registration. From Dave's conversations with insurance company it's probably much easier to insure as individuals rather than as club. Trailer will probably need inspection as well. Motion to conclude old business by Ken, Jim second, carried.

New Business: Motion by Josiah to put BBQ trailer into Ken and Dave's Names for insurance purposes, seconded by Ken, carried.
Motion by Dave to look into grants for grill, seconded by Ted, passed.

2019 Fun Fly Events
  • Burns lake Dates June 09-16 at Burns Lake Airport. ( Fathers day Weekend )
  • Burns Lake Float Fly July 29 August 05 at the Hopper residence. ( AUG long weekend )
  • Steve to send dates to Roly for fun fly events.
  • Motion By George that Ken and Steve work on welcoming pamphlet/handout outlining general fun fly rules/airport facilities use, parking diagrams etc, Seconded by Ted, Passed.
  • Discussion had on 2018 fun fly events and indoor flying at the school in Smithers.
  • Discussion also by Ken and Dave about the Burns Lake Fall Fair and possible display of RC planes in September,
  • Motion by Dave to look into fall fair displays. Seconded by George, passed.
Election of Officers:
  • President: Steve Hachey 2cnd year
  • Vice President : Paul Rodriguez 2cnd year
  • Treasurer : Ted Dean
  • Secretary : Alan Sandercott ( confirmed via Email )
Motion to accept officers by George, seconded by Josiah, carried.

Motion to adjourn meeting by Dave, seconded by Ted, passed at 1230 hours.

Meeting was followed by an excellent meal. Thanks to all !!

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.