Getting ready for the 2013 flying season

Flying season is just around the corner, even though it may not seem like it because Mother Nature has other ideas. Believe we’re being punished for the mild winter we had last year.

On Saturday April, 20 @ 10:00am club members will meet at the flying field to get it ready for another great flying season; whenever it does get here. If you have never been to a field prep party what basically happens is we empty the container of all the stuff that was put away in October. Things like the frequency board, chairs, signs, wind indicators, etc.

Just about every year there is also what can be called an extra initiative. These are special projects that make a marked improvement at the field. For example one year members built about half a dozen starting benches. Another year the bricks under the pavilion were fixed and cemented in around the perimeter. It’s rare year where we don’t tackle at least one special project for the common good of the club.

Even if you didn’t participate in last years extra initiative, you very likely know that it was removing all the brush between Mackey Rd. and the flying field. That project had a very important objective; to increase field visibility from the road, in an effort to put a stop to the theft and vandalism that plagued the club field.


HCH field as viewed from Mackey Rd. following the 2012 Spring brush removal project.

HCH field as viewed from Mackey Rd. following the 2012 Spring brush removal project.

That project was probably the most labor intensive we’ve ever tackled, behind building the field in the first place. A lot of guys put in some serious hard work cutting down brush and hauling it away. It was worth it though as we’re glad to report there has not been a single incident of theft or vandalism since.

Before we go patting ourselves on the back for a job well done there is one small problem… The bushes that were removed (Russian Autumn olive) are relentless and will continue to keep growing back. At last check those bushes had grown back enough in a single year to severely limit visibility of the field from the road.

If continued to go unchecked, we’ll be back at square one, probably by the start of the 2014 flying season. We have too much at stake to give the thieves and vandals a secluded spot for free reign on OUR field again.

This years extra initiative will be a maintenance cleaning of that area. The object is not only cut down what has grown back but to also clean up that area to make it mowable. This will be a relatively easy job if we get the same number of members to help this year as we had last year.

We do need members to bring rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows, lopping shears and weed whackers to make this happen. Hopefully chainsaws won’t be necessary this year however it wouldn’t hurt if some guys brought saws just in case. Everybody should wear boots and bring a sturdy pair of gloves.

Coffee and donuts will be available to help get the day started. When we’re all done, lunch will be served.

Hope to see you there.

HCH Club officers

P.S. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, you can post it in the “leave a comment” section below. You will get a reply!

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2 Responses to Getting ready for the 2013 flying season

  1. Lauren wenger says:

    Wish I was there to join in the fun. Tell everyone I said hi, thanks. Lauren Wenger

    • Scott Rhoades says:

      Hey Lauren, good to hear from you. Wish you could join the fun too. 🙂

      Hope all is well with you and you are able to get a lot of flying in. Be sure to look us up next time your in town.


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