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HUCKtoberFest 2007 The huckfest is coming to Atlanta. October 26th through the 28th. Check here for coverage.

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Old 10-29-2007, 03:02 AM   #1
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Yes..Yes..I know…we are all electric so what I am doing bringing Glow and Gas into the realm of quiet and clean? It doesn’t have to be discussed here to be appreciated .
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Luckily the host site of GMA is only about an hour West of my house. It is the home of many great modelers as well as ExtremeFlight RC’s home club. It is literally in Chris’s (owner of EFRC) back yard so as you can expect and see by the photo’s it could have been named Yakfest instead of Hucktoberfest. The second sponsor/host of the event was Flyinggiants.com. Mad Max Duncan flew in from <st1:state w:st="on"><st1>California</st1> </st1:state>and was a riot. Bob “Mouth of the South” Sadler came in also, but from the <st1>Carolinas</st1>. Those two together? Pure trouble, but they definitely kept things interesting as well as everyone within earshot bent over laughing.
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I arrived at around 10am Friday morning. Hey..I needed my beauty sleep! The event was already kicking with a live DJ and some of the most beautiful airplanes both in the sky and resting in the pitts. Chris was pitted show center, so I plopped my gear down and socialized for a while. I really didn’t bring anything to fly this day as I wanted to get some media under my belt and I was “on call” if the office needed me. Note to self… remind office what the definition of "needs me is”. “I need to know where the coffee filters are because Jack needs a dose of Caffeine" does not qualify.
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Even as I was sitting around socializing it was difficult to stay in the conversation as some of the best sticks around (Slang term I picked up over the weekend..that and duuuude!) were on the flight line constantly. I finally had to give up and turn my attention to the runway.
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As a caveat:
GMA is one of the nicest clubs in the area. A paved runway, perfectly manecured secondary <st1>Bermuda</st1> runway, landscaping around the entrance, vending machines, covered pitts, charging outlets, wifi (yes WIFI!) and some of the nicest guys around. If you are ever in the area I highly suggest looking them up.
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The days festivities consisted of telling stories, meeting old friends as well as some new ones and flying, flying, flying. It was drizzly and overcast until late afternoon and that finally broke into daylight and a strong breeze. Though these monsters didn’t mind at all. I had to leave around 5 pm due to other commitments, but I heard the party rocked on until early in the morning. From the looks of things upon my return the next morning and everyone’s groggy eyes it appeared they partied hard!
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Saturday I arrived a little bit earlier (good thing I got my beauty sleep the day before!) and the crowd had grown by both spectators as well as pilots. The impound had set up and the DJ was in full swing. Everything from Electric foamies to 50% Extras were in attendance. And the flight line had 6 planes in the air at any given time. I was in awe at the class of both planes and pilots. You couldn’t turn without seeing a smiling face and a hand to shake.
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There were a few crashes and the pilots just laughed them off and usually got a standing ovation. Amazingly though, I didn’t see one mid-air. With all the planes 3D’ing in the same vicinity with others zipping by in an IMAC sequence, not one plane met the personal space of another. But then every pilot had to have a spotter. And the spotters did a great job of keeping the pilots aware of where everyone was at any given time. Kudos!
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The one crash that was spectacular and merits mentioning was a 27 or 30% that went out of control and crashed into the back of a PT cruiser. I didn’t see it personally, but got plenty of second hand accounts. The amazing thing was that the PT cruiser had a trailer hooked up to it and the hatch was open. The plane skipped off the of the top of the trailer and flew into the back of the Cruiser. Yep..right into the back. The cowl was at the gearshift, the wings were clipped and laying by the front tires and the rest of the plane would fit into a hefty bag. They had to pull the DA50 out as it was embedded in the rear seat. Luckily no one was injured and both gentleman worked it out between them and civility rained. After all, it was an accident and think about the story they have to tell! Where is the pic you ask? I am still waiting on one to leak. I figured there would be plenty of them out there by now. By the crowd it generated you would have thought that the paparazzi caught up with Brittney Spears at a Taco Bell. When one comes available, I will certainly post it here!
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Well..there was actually one more crash that merits honorable mentioning. A young pilot (I believe his name was Jonathan, but don’t hold me to that) crashed his plane. It was a 50CC plane that he loved. He was probably 7 or 8 if I had to guess. Not sure what happened, but it went in. He was a really good pilot and you could tell that he was heartbroken. The next thing we know is that Bob and Max are on the PA telling what happened and they wanted to pass a box around for donations to help this young man replace his plane with a 50CC ExtremeFlight Yak. Pilots were coming up in droves to drop money in the box. They gave the box to Jonathan and his father and his father said he would subsidize the rest. But it doesn’t stop there. Steve from Mercury Adhesives stepped up and said that Mercury would subsidize the remaining amount that was not covered to get Jonathan in the air again. The fellowship was strong and nothing short of amazing. Kudos to Mercury Adhesives for the support of this young man and the hobby in general.
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You still reading? Awesome!
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Well the event was wrapping up and pilots and spectators were treated to some incredible barbecue. The smoker had been going all night and the smell had been killing us all day as dinner couldn’t get there quick enough! They served pulled Pork barbecue, baked beans, cole slaw, garlic bread, cookies and pickles. Needless to say I was stuffed!
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As I was preparing to leave there was a bonfire at one end of the runway and someone had rolled in construction lights for a little night flying. Unfortunately I couldn’t stay and packed and drove the hour home to reflect on the event. The GMA and Chris did an amazing job of organizing the event from the pilot packages to the barbecue. Chris was honored with club member of the year and presented with a trophy. I can’t think of a better or more worthy person to be honored with that award. Congratulations Chris!
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This may be the first Hucktober fest , but I feel it wont be the last for the sleepy town of <st1:city w:st="on"><st1>Ball Ground Georgia</st1></st1:city>.
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Indeed, i haven't processed it yet, but there should be some decent stuff.
This was a VERY interesting fly-in.
It was a true yak fest. Probably 70% Yaks, 20% Edges and Extras, a few Caps (One was HUGE)...
It was certainly a HuckFest, there weren't ANY golden age planes at all, NO warbirds, NO trainers, just all out aerobatic models... cool...
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Looking forward to it Tony

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Hey Mike,
I see you got a shot of Our Sponsored Pilot Tony Bjerke. Did you get a chance to meet him?

Looks like you guys had tons of fun.

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Originally Posted by JAM MaxAmps View Post
Hey Mike,
I see you got a shot of Our Sponsored Pilot Tony Bjerke. Did you get a chance to meet him?

Looks like you guys had tons of fun.

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I sure did. He is phenomenal pilot and really nice guy.

More fun than should be legal . And we'll do it again next year!

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