LDS Girls Learn to Fly

Nichole and six girls (8 to 11 years old) from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mormon Church located in Arvada near West 64th Avenue and Quail Street visited the field for an introductory flight. Everyone had a terrific time. Thank you Pat and Dewey Louderback, Eric Gropp, Jim Hagberg, Bob Lenhardt, Paul Kling, Frank Barnard, and Dick Snyder for helping. The young girls’ excitement and energy was electrifying.

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Cub Scout Day Camp

On Tuesday June 7, 2016 our club was invited to attend and demonstrate our RC airplane hobby at a Cub Scout day camp. The camp was at Ellis Park up on Lookout Mountain and there were about 150 scouts aged 6 to 11 years old, plus adult leaders, parents, and siblings.

Dewey, JD, and Ted had a great time answering numerous questions, talking to them about how RC and control line airplanes work, and flying their airplanes in the park. The scouts, other kids, and adults enjoyed and appreciated the demonstration. There is no doubt that some of them will be visiting our field for demo flights and training.

AAM Visits Legacy High School Aeronautics Class Again

On Monday, February 1, 2016 Arvada Associated Modelers visited Legacy High School.  JD, Dewey, and Ted met with teacher Al Godman’s aeronautics class and talked to the young folks in his class about our club, the RC hobby, training, and professional/commercial applications for rc flying.  It was snowing, so at the end of the class everyone went to the gym and JD flew a quad and a Vapor.  One student brought and flew his quad.  We hope to see some of the students at Thursday training this spring.

AAM Visits with Girl Scout Troop 3572

On Friday, December 11, 2016, Dewey Louderback and Ted Hughes attended a meeting of Girl Scout Troop 3572 and talked to them about RC airplanes. Their interest, enthusiasm, and excitement was fantastic. There were 16 Girl Scout Cadettes who are learning about different aspects of air as part of a “Breathe” journey. They will also be building kites to participate in the Arvada Kite Festival in April and visiting Wings Over the Rockies.  They hope to develop a new badge program for Girl Scouts of Colorado that would include RC modeling because of all of the STEAM activities troops could do (science, technology, engineering, art, math). They are looking forward to coming out to the field and learning to fly in the Spring.

Dewey and Ted had a terrific time talking to them and answering their questions. They were challenged with over an hour of very interesting and intelligent questions from the scouts.

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AAM Visits Legacy High School Aeronautics Class

On Tuesday October 13, 2015 Arvada Associated Modelers visited Legacy High School. Pat Vachon, Dewey Louderback, and Ted Hughes met with teacher Al Godman’s aeronautics class and talked to the young ladies and men in his class about our club and the RC hobby. At the end of the class everyone went outside and we flew some airplanes. One student brought and flew his Stryker.

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Legacy High School Aeronautics Class Demo 2015

February 5th 2015, the Arvada Associated Modelers Club attended Legacy High School; in particular Mr. Godman’s aviation class. The class was made up of approximately 15 high school boys who are interested in aviation. On display we had numerous foam fixed-wing aircraft, a gyro copter, a quad-copter and a large scale aerobatics 28 lb. airplane. In addition Joe Falconer brought his hexacopter with a 3 axis gimbal and live feed camera.

ed started us off talking about the club and promoting our flight instruction. The class gathered around the large scale aircraft that Ted brought. The students asked relevant and thoughtful questions about Ted’s aircraft. We discussed how the plane works, the amount of electronics on board and approximate costs. He tied it into AAM’s training program and the students seemed very interested. Pat then talked about his aircraft and showed the functionality of his foam aircraft. There were a lot of questions for Pat about how much his aircraft cost and how hard it was to fly. Dewey then told everyone about his scratch built gyro-copter and explained how stable the design was. Finally Joe explained his hexacopter and how the 3 axis gimbal works along with an explanation of the future of UAS. A lot of questions revolved around cost.

Once we were done with the conversation portion of the demo we went to the gymnasium to demonstrate the capabilities of the multi-rotors. Pat went first and showed how stable his multi-rotor was indoors. Apparently if you can get the quad to use your head as a reference point it will follow you around as you walk. The students seemed to enjoy the demo that Pat gave. Joe was next to fly his hexacopter. He explained how he needed to calibrate the compass then gave a student a remote to control the camera. He also brought FPV equipment so the video signal was transmitted to a monitor the students could see. In addition Joe brought a pair of FatShark FPV goggles and the students took turns looking through the goggles.

The flight portion was uneventful and the students seemed to be enjoying themselves. Multiple people asked about the flight instruction that AAM offers. We expect we will see some of them at the field in the near future.

AAM Teaches Kids to Build

On Thursday, January 22, a few of our club members visited Little Elementary School and taught some children how to build AMA Cubs, a balsa and tissue rubber band-powered airplane.  After the glue had dried, our AAM members returned to the school on Friday, January 23 and watched the kids fly their airplanes in the gym.  What fun!

Pat Vachon and Dewey Loudenback put the program together and received help from Dick Snyder, Rod Sage, George Baxter, Bill Neyman, Denny Malone, Ted Hughes, and Richard Maszy.  Well done!

Pack 969 Enjoys a Successful Rocket Launch

Pack 969 Rocket Launch 1On September 27th at 9:30 AM, Cub Scout pack 969, out of Westminster, visited the Arvada Associated Modelers Club for their traditional rocket launching event. Approximately 15 youngsters showed up whose ages ranged from 6 to 10 years old. They all brought rockets which were built at home and purchased from local hobby shops. Rockets ranged from mini size, A10-3t, up to a 6 foot, D12-3, multi-staged rocket. Albeit the D12-3 rocket was built, owned and flown by a parent, but he was a kid at heart. The purpose of the event was to pass an ‘achievement’ towards one of their Cub Scout badges.

Pack 969 Rocket Launch 2The weather was perfect, an absolutely beautiful Colorado day, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. JD started the day off by flying his Carbon Cub for a couple of touch and goes, loops and slow rolls. The kids and especially the adults seemed to enjoy the short airshow.

Pack 969 Rocket Launch 3Once Mick, the troop leader, talked to the group to emphasize safety and the rules of the field, the Cub Scouts started to prepare their rockets for launch. Three at a time were placed on the launch pad; each scout was able to launch their own rocket. Although there were a few minor technical difficulties, as to be expected, the launches went off without a hitch. In fact the first few, that were launched, were so straight and the wind was so calm, they almost landed back on the launch pad after reaching a height of about 500 to 600 feet.

JD and Dennis McNally donated numerous hobby materials and rocket parts to help with the Cub Scout’s event.

Parents and children enjoyed a fun filled Saturday with each other while experiencing the excitement and thrill of launching rockets at the Arvada Associated Modelers Club.

Legacy High School Aeronautics Class Demo

A few AAM members went to Legacy High School in Broomfield on February 4 to present to their aeronautics class about flying quad helicopter drones.  The drone was controlled via physical movements of an iPad.  The students loved the demonstration and they even had their chance at controlling the drone.

Check out the video from the demo – the drone had an onboard camera which recorded the students actions.