The “winner picture” of the year 2015 was not taken by me. I don’t recall who sent me this picture. It was apparently exported at low resolution, unfortunately. If you are the photographer, please send me your original. The picture shows Eugene and Paul working on a plane in front of the shed.
Again, I’ll show pictures in roughly chronological order. I don’t have pictures from the month of January. I guess we were all busy shoveling snow. Or at least, I was.
My first picture was taken at the school gym where we flew our micro foamies.
At the March meeting, invited guest Bob Hunt talked about battery and propeller choices for electric aircraft.
People flew on a cold March Sunday.
Spring arrived. This was the first weekend of May. It was still chilly. Some wore short sleeve T-shirts, while others still sported multiple layers of winter clothing.
Roariness is a word.
Almost no one took pictures of airborne planes. I was no exception. But someone took these pictures and gave them to me. This was the same person that took the Picture of the Year.
We flew on a foggy morning.
Everyone laughed when Ben showed us the Snoopy biplane he designed and made himself, out of some cheap construction-grade foam that contractors used as floor insulation.
But remember, this was the man who later designed, made and flew the Ironman Superplane in 2016.
Another glorious May weekend at the field. Everyone broke into song.
Glorious day continued.
A guy showed up at the field in full pilot uniform, “wanting” to fly his “toy chopper”. Eric stood by him as a safety officer. Jaws could be heard dropping to the floor all around the field as Stefan flew his toy chopper. Some almost suffocated from holding their breath, until the chopper landed where it took off by autorotation.
Many a folk signed up on the spot with Stefan for their gardening needs, especially those with tall trees.
An ornithopter flew for the very first time at the field, in HHAMS history, with yours truly at the pilot station. Here is a video of the its successful maiden flight, plus the many failed attempts preceding it. Some screen-captures are shown below, but the they don’t do this ornithopter justice – go watch the video.
This is not really a HHAMS event. Here is a passenger jet over Flushing on its landing approach to LGA. At the pace they build taller and taller apartment buildings at Flushing, one day these planes are going to scrape a lightning rod or two.
Summer is now in full swing.
We spontaneously decided to have group pictures taken.
I engaged in an unscripted hot air balloon chase in Lancaster. Some pictures from that chase are shown below. Yeah, yeah, it’s not a HHAMS event. I know. But it involves things that approximate flying. I guess it counts.
We don’t fly at night at the field. But that doesn’t stop people from bringing planes with flashing lights to show off. I actually turned an Apprentice S 15e into a night flying machine.
Some planes at the field fly. Then some planes “really fly”.
People have different ways of carrying their planes to the field. I fold down backseat chairs in my sedan to make space for planes. Then I secure them to the trunk floor using Velcros. I learned this tip from Chris.
I don’t have pictures of the paintball event. I was busy manning the paintball station, and running errand to refill air tanks. But I do have pictures of the flyer being posted to community locations such as the LIRR station and the Port Washing Library.
We ordered HHAMS hats which were very well received. I recall that there were two colors: beige and red.
It is now November. The flying season is coming to an end.
I bought and put together an Extreme Flight Laser 60. But I dared not fly it this year in the cold. It would have to wait until 2016 for its flight…
This is my last picture from 2016. Eugene and the usual cold-defying folks showed up to open the field.