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August 7, 2007 > Flying high with Bayside R/C

Flying high with Bayside R/C

By Julie Grabowski

Grab your goggles, crash helmet and bomber jacket! Saturday skies promise to be clear and the control tower has indicated a green light for the flight line. Now is the time for pilots, young and old, to test their piloting prowess without ever leaving terra firma at the 6th Annual Family Fun Day hosted by the Bayside R/C Club. On Saturday, August 11, over 20 different types, styles and sizes of remote control aircraft will be on hand for the public to view; some available for first-time piloting (with the guidance of experts). And for those whose interest is of the four-wheeled variety, the club offers a newly constructed dirt track for remote controlled cars and trucks.

All aircraft and vehicles are supplied by club members from their own collections and many of these "pros" will be on hand to assist and answer questions. Family Fun Day founder Lynn Curry has been told that Bayside is a special club and she agrees. "We're very outgoing and very instruction and training oriented. If someone is interested in R/C and wants to learn, there are tons of people ready to answer the call." She says that this is not always the case in other clubs. "We're very willing to help people."

This unique club is in danger of losing their field, in use for over a decade. The land has been leased from BART who will need it for the planned Warm Springs/San Jose extension. Bayside members are anxious to talk with anyone who has adequate space or knows of alternative locations for their activities. With a thriving membership of over 300, Bayside wants to continue and expand their activities. People are consistently lured by the fun and excitement of remote control vehicles; many new enthusiasts join after attending Family Fun Day.

Saturday's event is a great opportunity to experience the excitement first hand with instructor-assisted flights, view the diverse planes and helicopters on display, and build Delta Dart paper airplanes. Test flights halt at the lunch hour for attendees to purchase a barbecue lunch and watch Bayside Club members perform helicopter rotations, war bird maneuvers, airplane aerobatics, and more. A variety of beginner R/C toys will be raffled and one lucky grand prizewinner will take home a complete, ready to fly, plane along with a one-year membership to the Bayside R/C Club. Raffle tickets are $1 apiece or 7 for $5. .

An R/C flea market will be held in September as well as an auction in November where beginners can get good deals and veterans can pass along useable items. R/C equipment can also be found at D&J Hobby and Crafts, Hobby Town U.S.A., Victors Hobbies, and AeroMicro, all of whom sponsor Family Fun Day.

So if you're looking for a new hobby or just a day of fun with family and friends, whether to watch or get in the driver's seat, come out to the Bayside R/C Family Fun Day where it's a sure thing you'll be flying high. All ages are welcome; admission and instruction are free.

For more information on Family Fun Day contact Lynn Curry at (408) 309-5277 or lycurry@mindspring.com. To learn more about the Bayside R/C Club visit www.baysidercclub.com.

Bayside R/C Family Fun Day
Saturday, August 11
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bayside Field
45031 Warm Springs Blvd., Fremont
(on Osgood Rd. near S. Grimmer Blvd.)
(408) 309-5277

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