History of the Sky Ranch Flyers:
The Sky Ranch Flyers R/C Club is a not-for-profit
radio-controlled model aircraft club formed in the early 1990’s to promote the sport and hobby of flying R/C models. We are chartered by the Academy of Model Aeronautics, Chapter VII #2883.
Originally, the flying field was located on the west end of the Hahn Sky Ranch Airport, and flying usually wasn't available until early May as the spring rains usually flooded the runway
1998 fun Fly - Photograph by Dave Hoppe
.In 2001, the Sky Ranch Flyers cleared the center section of the Hahn Sky Ranch Airport and built a new shelter. The move to "high ground" provided the club with a longer flying season.
2001 Shelter build
The Sky Ranch Flyers are involved in a number of different activities.
An annual event is the Delta Darts contest was held for the Young Astronauts / Astro-Kids at the Allenton Elementary School.
After the students completed building their Delta Dart rubber powered airplanes, a club members would give
a brief talk about how and why airplanes fly using one of the R/C models brought to the event.
Later, a contest was held to see whose plane could stay up in the air the longest. Some of the planes maintained flight for longer than ten seconds, which is quite good for 100 turns of a rubber band.
The Sky Ranch Flyers also organize flying demonstrations for the Cub Scouts and the Threshold of West Bend.
We also work with the Kettle Moraine EAA chapter #1158, during their Annual "Air Camp." This program began in 2000 and is a great opportunity for kids between the ages of 13 to 15 to learn about aviation. Club members meet with the Air Camp kids at the EAA 1158 building, explain the fundamentals of RC flight, then setup computers with flight simulators for the students to get some "virtual flight time" in.
Later, the students arrive at the SRF flying field to have a “hands-on” experience with real RC Trainer Aircraft. Instructors use radios linked together to maintain control of the aircraft as needed.
Club members Bob Schmidt,
Dennis Snow, Guilhem Domenget
and Tom Blackstone visited the West Bend Library on May 4th.
As Tom told stories of club members crashing ariplanes, Bob and Dennis got setup outside for an Drone Flight.
Click on the picture for more photos and the in-flight Drone video!
Sky Ranch Flyers visit the West Bend Library!
From Left: Dennis Snow, Helmut Schmidtke and Bob Schmidt
Meet Helmut Schmidtke:
Meet our new Pilot and Club Member Helmut Schmidtke. Helmut travels to us from Racine Wisconsin, and really enjoys being part of the club.
Helmut has an interesting ability in that he cannot hear, and has been deaf since birth. Helmut has taught himself Radio Control and has been working with Dennis Snow (left) on "Mastering" his flight techinques. To communicate during flight, Dennis and Helmut have developed a way to communicate by touching Helmut's back.
Sliding up means go higher, sliding down to go lower, and of course left and right.
Vicki, Helmut's wife, has been teaching the guys Sign Language at the field, and of course started us out with the most important sign of all ...beer !
Sky Ranch - WITI Channel 6 News!
The Sky Ranch Flyers were featured on a live broadcast on Monday the August 29, 2016 from 7:00am -10:00am. Click here for a link to the Fox News Report!
From the Drone of Scott Nelson:
Live to Fly. Fly to Live."
Here is Scott's FPV chase
plane video of Dennis Snow's
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Sky Ranch - WDJT Channel 58 News! - Passion runs high for Sky Ranch Flyer Members
The Sky Ranch Flyers were featured on a live broadcast on Tuesday July 25, 2017,early morning, discussing how the hobby has changed over the years! They flew FPV (First Person View), Quads and Electrics.
The stars of the show were our own Bob Schmidt, President of the club, and Amy Eillott, expert Drone Pilot.
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