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August 8, 2006 > A radio-controlled Family Fun Day

A radio-controlled Family Fun Day

by Julie Grabowski

Come take to the skies via radio controls (R/C) on Sunday, August 13, courtesy of Bayside R/C Club. It's their 5th Annual Family Fun Day open to one and all where club members allow test flights of their radio-controlled trainer planes and helicopters from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as a way to introduce and promote their hobby.

Every test flight is performed with an instructor via a buddy box: two controllers connected with a cord for the transference of flight control. The instructor gets the plane into the air then flips a switch, giving the new pilot a chance to try out his or her flying skills. The buddy box provides assistance at the ready if fliers have difficulty or the plane gets out of control. If flying just isn't your thing, try out a R/C car or truck on a new off-road dirt track. Admission and instruction are free and open to all ages.

Family Fun Day is the perfect opportunity to get an inside view of the R/C hobby, mingle with those in the know, and experience the fun first hand. Along with test flights, attendees can see a variety of planes and helicopters on display. They can even build their own free-flight paper airplanes.

Club member planes come in a large range of sizes and types from small, beginner aircraft through sport planes, biplanes, and military warplanes, some with wingspans up to 17 feet. They can be electric or fuel powered and cost anywhere from $100 to $5,000. Bayside member and Family Fun Day founder Lynn Curry has been an enthusiast for six years and says the hobby is also educational, like a history lesson. Getting involved includes learning about plane types, origins, and the historical periods they represent.

Curry is pleased that Family Fun Day has become so popular. Last year's event drew over 150 people. "It couldn't even begin to be a success without all the support I get from the members, that is, in my opinion, one of the top reasons our club is such a success." As the only female in a club of older men, Curry would like to see more young people and women in the hobby. She hopes everyone will come out for the fun of both watching and trying something new to many.

Participants, both amateur and professional, will take a break from 11 to 12:30 for lunch, with sodas, and barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs available for a minimal cost. Then they'll be treated to demonstrations war bird formations, helicopter rotations, airplane aerobatics, and races. At 2 p.m., a variety of R/C items will be raffled, along with a grand prize of one complete ready to fly trainer plane donated by Hobby Town U.S.A. and including a one-year membership to the Bayside R/C Club. Raffle tickets are $1 or 7 for $5.

Established in 1989 with a current membership of over 300, the Bayside R/C Club is supported by Sheldon's Hobbies in Milpitas, Hobby Town U.S.A. in the Fremont Hub, and D&J Hobby & Crafts. The club will be featured in Fremont's 50th Anniversary Celebration. Interested parties can join for a one-time initiation fee of $55 with dues of $55 per year. Insurance through the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) is required for $58. Package deals are available for multiple enrollments. Member benefits include a monthly meeting, newsletter, and barbecue, as well as free help and instruction. Beginners practice with a trainer and must be able to land their craft in two directions in the wind before becoming a solo pilot. Bayside Field is open to members 365 days a year from 8:30 a.m. until dusk.

For more information on Family Fun Day or to join Bayside R/C, contact Lynn Curry or Doug Field at (408) 229-8210. You may also visit

Bayside R/C Family Fun Day
Sunday, August 13
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bayside Field
45031 Warm Springs Blvd., Fremont
(near S. Grimmer Blvd. & Osgood Rd.)

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