In the last couple of weeks, the state of our local indoor flying event has been in question. The typical venue, SVSU’s Ryder Center has officially severed the relationship they have enjoyed with the Frankenmuth R/C Aeromodelers Club for a number of years, resulting in the annual Ryder Center eFly events being cancelled altogether. An unfortunate turn, to be sure - the Ryder Center eFlys were an event that brought many pilots together from all around mid-Michigan. It will be sad to see it go.
It has been suspected that a new “no-fly” policy in place at SVSU is the cause for this situation, but so far, I have not been able to confirm that. I have reached out to the media relations department at SVSU for further information, and will update this post when I hear anything back.
Not all is lost, though. Dan Pierce, of the Frankenmuth club, has found a new venue for the indoor flying events. The Kern Pavilion in Frankenmuth, will be host to an initial event on November 8th, 2015 from 7pm until 10pm. The cost of the event is $5 per pilot, while spectators get in free.
Additionally, I have heard from multiple sources that another local club is pursuing other indoor flying locales, and should any additional information come to light, you can check back here for more information.
I think we can all agree that any venue of indoor R/C flight is better than no venue, and if any of these negotiations and rumors pan out, we hope for a seamless transition from the Ryder Center to wherever we go from here.