Polar Bear Fun Fly history

The Polar Bear Fun Fly happens on January 1st of each year. We could be flying off of grass, snow or ice.

2023 Polar Bear Fun Fly

The 2023 Polar Bear Fly was a resounding success with at least 24 people attending. Many fliers had the chance to brave the low to mid 30 degree temperature and loft their airplanes into the frigid sky. We gathered two new members into the fold and at least one flier was from out of town. The Clyde Crash Cup was awarded to G. There was chili (thanks G and April) to take some of the bite out of the air, snacks and lots of camaraderie. Don and Camille had the membership renewals running like a well oiled machine. The new gate code was dialed in and we called it a day.

2022 Polar Bear Fun Fly

2021 Polar Bear Fun Fly

Presidents Message: 2021 Polar Bear Fly Event

There was a great turn out for the event this year. Over 20 attended at some point or other and many got in first flights. The temp was cool, but little to no wind. Some of us remarked that it was one of the more pleasant Polar Bears in recent years.
To the surprise of many the runway was still covered in snow/ice/slush and only planes with large tires and the flying “W”s could get off the ground. Of course, hand launched gliders weren’t a problem.
JIm Anderson was awarded the much coveted Clyde Crashcup Trophy for his back to back crashes on the same day. He conceded there was probably much entertainment value for the rest of us if not for himself. Congrats! Jim.
Scott brought us up to date on the remote ID rule changes from the FAA. Still several months off, but as of now, no big changes for us. We’ll keep you informed as things progress.
The gate combo’s were changed. I sent a separate email to those who paid via paypal or early payments and may not have been there yesterday. If you did pay early and did not get my email about the gate combo change, let me know.
Looking forward to seeing all of you in the new year.

2020 Polar Bear Fun Fly

New Years Day 2020 brought sun shine and wind, neither of which stopped the 25 or more club members, wives and visitors that showed up to support the event.

On arrival at the site, the tumble weeds had gathered in protest of the day’s events, but Charles and I were able to overcome them and get the gates opened.

Food for lunch was in abundance, with fried chicken, chili, split peas soup, chicken casserole, chicken soup, sub sandwiches, tater tots, chips and multi layer dip, chocolate covered donuts, cookies, breads etc. No one went hungry.

Flying was a bit of a challenge, with the winds, but this did not stop the many club members that brought planes to fly. There were a couple of nay sayers, who did not bring their planes, saying “they though it would be too windy”.

One or two small mishaps added some extra challenge to the day, with one mid air collision and an uncontrolled landing some what short of the runway.

2019 Polar Bear Fly

I arrived at the field around 10 am.  John was already at the site setting up.  A few members had arrived and some flying already in progress.  The weather was somewhat good, considering the time of year, with 37 degrees, low to NO winds, partly cloudy skies.

Throughout the day some 20 members showed up at the site, some to fly, some to pay dues, some to chew the fat, some to eat, and or a combination of all of the above.

The flight line consisted of mostly electric fixed wing aircraft with one glow engine and one helicopter.  Good mix of pattern, fun flyers, sport, and trainers.

The menu of the day consisted of;

Baked Potatoes
Hot Italian Sausages in a Marinara Sauce
Smoked Peperoni
Tomato Soup
Three Cheese Blend
Home Baked Bread
Corn Bread
Banana Bread
Thanks to all who contributed to a great lunch.  Baked Potato, smothered in Italian Sausage Marinara, topped with Three Cheese blend, MMMGood.

The combinations to the locks have been changed.  Please contact John to pay your dues and get the new combination.

Enjoy the pictures of the day, posted below.  Cheers (click on a picture to enlarge)

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