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20 May 2017 - AFJROTC Cadets

Air Force Junior ROTC Cadets from FW Springstead High School enjoy RC Flying with Bay City Flyers Club Pilots

The Bay City Flyers Radio Control Club from Tampa Florida recently sponsored 18 cadets from the Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AFJROTC) program of FW Springstead High School, Spring HillFlorida.  The project began in 2015 and has become an annual event.

Photos below were taken by Roger Cherry


4 December 2016 - Holiday Breakfast at the Field

On Saturday, Dec 3, 2016, in the spirit of the holiday season already upon us, the very-early-morning crew at the field was treated to a surprise breakfast, consisting of home-made sausage and toasted rolls, with all the trimmings. It was cooked and served by member Ron Haynes and was over before 8:00 AM, proving once again the truth in the old adage that it is the early bird that gets the worm, or, at least in this case, breakfast!

The photos below were taken by the Club’s official photographer, Roger Cherry.


28 November 2016 - Food Drive Wrap-up

Below is the letter received after the successful conclusion of the 2016 BCF Food Drive, driven by Joe Barzyz:

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12 November 2016 - Club Jackets

The Club will be ordering club jackets, if there are enough people who are interested. These are first quality jackets like the last ones we ordered. The cost is $75. Please contact Jim Slaughter ASAP, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you want one. All orders need to be in by the end of November, at the very latest. Jim's cell number: 813-966-7529


22 September 2016 - Demo at Hillsborough school

The Club has been recently contacted by Mr. Ken Perry, on behalf of the Hillsborough County K-12 Special Needs School, about setting up a demonstration on November 17, 2016, in occasion of the Great American Teach-in day. The school is the Dorothy Thomas School, located at 3215 Nundy Rd, 33618 in the Lake Magdalene area in Tampa. Please contact Jim Slaughter, the Club Secretary, if you, or anyone else you know, would like to participate. Jim will provide more details. Jim's cell number: 813-966-7529


1 August 2016 - ME Hobbies is a new sponsor

Welcome ME Hobbies, located in Lutz/Land O' Lakes. It is a great shop with a wide variety of items available. They have agreed to be a new club sponsor, giving 10% off to all Bay City Flyers Club members. Just show your membership card.

On a separate note, Charlie's Discount Hobbies in Tampa has closed for business.


21 May 2016 - JROTC Cadets

Air Force Junior ROTC Cadets from FW Springstead High School enjoy RC Flying with Bay City Flyers Club Pilots:

The Bay City Flyers Radio Control Club from Tampa Florida recently sponsored 13 cadets from the Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AFJROTC) program of FW Springstead High School, Spring Hill Florida. The project began in 2015 and has become an annual event. The event was an idea of several club members, and retired Lt Col Darryl Sweetwine, FW Springstead High School’s JROTC instructor who is also a member of the Bay City Flyers. Several members from the Bay City Flyer’s club dedicated time and effort to ensure this year’s success. The Bay City Flyer’s chief organizer was Mr. Joe Barzyz, who along with Club pilots Bill Intini, Gordon McClain, and Pete Rundle ensured the cadets had plenty of opportunities to fly and have fun.

The cadets belong to the AFJROTC radio control club and began making plans for the field trip to the Bay City Flyers' field. Several meetings were held where cadets learned the basics of RC flying and spent numerous sessions on a flight simulator which made the transition a cinch when the students arrived at the field on May 21st 2016. Once the students arrived, they were treated to a “continental” breakfast and then given a safety briefing and a familiarization trip of the field by the Bay City Flyer’s Club’s safety officer, Mr. Joe Barzyz. Next, they were divided into groups and teamed up with their instructor pilot. Several students honed their skills and some came close to soloing.

The Air Force sponsors AFJROTC in high schools and encourages JROTC students to participate in RC flying and even provides JROTC units with funding to help start flying clubs. AFJROTC is a program that teaches leadership and how to be a better citizen. It is offered at selected high schools as an elective course with over 100,000 students enrolled throughout the US and selected overseas locations. The course includes studies in Aerospace Science, Drill and Physical Fitness.

Overall, the cadets had a great time and many stated that they were hooked and planned on joining the AMA and a local club in the near future.

Most of the photos below were taken by Roger Cherry, the de facto Club official photographer.


25 April 2016 - Hitec is a new sponsor

At the April meeting, it was decided to buy two lipo chargers for the club trainer aircraft. Jim Slaughter volunteered to research and purchase them. Jim decided on a Hitec charger and then contacted Hitec and asked if they could provide the club a discount. They sold us two $200 chargers for $131 each! Thanks Hitec!


15 March 2016 - Work Party

Below are pictures showing the hard working Club members who participated in the March 12 Work Party, to fix holes and level the grounds at the field. Many thanks to them for their volunteering!

Photography by Roger Cherry.

A brief note by President Werner Keil about this work:

".....On Saturday March 12th, we had a scheduled work party. We had a good turn out and lots of things were accomplished on the runways. It seems like when we have these events only a certain percentage of our membership seems to find their way to help maintain our field. It is everybody’s responsibility to step up and help fill the holes on the runway that the birds create. We should all thank the people that came out and worked hard to repair the runways. They are not your servants and they paid their dues just the same as you did, so in the future make an effort to fill the holes on the runway. Don’t complain if you don’t help. With the warmer weather coming, the grass will start growing and the grass cutters will be busy again, so when you see them, thank them for the job they are doing for everyone......"


12 November 2015 - Food Drive Wrap-up

Below are pictures showing the successful conclusion of the BCF Food Drive, with Joe Barzyz donating 2 carts of food and $395.00 in cash, collected during the food drive.

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9 October 2015 - BCF Food Drive

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Contact info for Joseph Barzyz: 352-428-9242 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


11 September 2015 - AMA Membership Fees

AMA will increase their yearly rates effective September 15, 2015. If you renew your membership before September 15 you will pay the old rate and your membership will be good through December 31, 2016.

Old open rate $58. New rate $75.

Old senior rate $48. New rate $65.

Senior rate applies to 65 years old +.

This an opportunity to save a few dollars, why not renew for two years?

You can renew online or call AMA on Monday 9/14. AMA: 1-800-435-9262


26 July 2015 - Heavy rains at the field

After the heavy rains of the last many days, the Area 52 field appears only suitable to flying float planes. Should you intend to go there, you may want to wait until after some serious drying of the grounds.

Here are some photos, taken yesterday:

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1 June 2015 - JROTC Cadets

On a beautiful, sunny Saturday in May, a group of JROTC Cadets from F.W Springstead High School enjoyed interacting with and learning from veteran R/C aircraft pilots from all around the region. This event, sponsored by the Bay City Flyers, was a first for the Cadet Corp and an event that will be remembered well into the future.

The sponsors of the event, The Bay city Flyers, are an RC Aircraft flying club located in Land O' Lakes, FL. This club is made up of flying hobbyist from around the Bay area. The idea for this event began during a presentation by retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Darryl Sweetwine. As a Springstead High School Teacher and a Bay City Flyers Member, Mr. Sweetwine realized the opportunity to bring the two groups together. The Club’s membership unanimously approved this event and provided several trainer aircraft, including two monoplanes and a glider. Cadets were allowed to fly these aircraft with the guidance of experienced instructors from the club.

The cadets arrived at the flying field at 9:00 AM on May 9th and were treated to donuts and juice while receiving a basic safety briefing. Mr. Bruce Baltera, the Bay City Flyers president, gave the safety briefing and a general introduction of the club members. Next the students were divided into three groups and assigned an instructor. The pilot instructors then taught them the terminology and basic flying science required for a successful flight. Upon completion of this final lesson, Cadets took the controls and took to the sky!

A few of the club’s experienced flyers also came out and showed off some of their personal equipment. On display were stunt helicopters, stunt planes, speed airplanes, and large scale replica aircraft. These examples of how the hobby can grow truly peaked many Cadets’ interest. Especially the extremely fast, upside down flying stunt helicopter that seemed to be attached to strings in the sky.

The Cadets formed an R/C Club and began making plans for the May 9th field trip back in January. Meetings were held and students learned the basics of R/C flying while accumulating the required hours on the flight simulator. Upon completion of at least 5 familiarization flights, Cadets were invited to the event with the Bay City Flyers. The Cadets also joined the AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics), which opens the door for them to join the Bay City Flyers or any other local club in the future.

At noon, the club supplied lunch for the cadets and continued to wow them with flights from a very large Bi-Plane on its maiden flight after a major accident and rebuild. The Cadets and the club all had a good time and everybody learned something. The day concluded with the presentation of a certificate of appreciation from the FL 952 JROTC Cadet Corp to the Bay City Flyers. The certificate was created to express their appreciation to, not only the club, but the volunteers as well.

"All Flying clubs should consider this type of program to ensure our sport’s continuation in years to come”

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