Indoor eFly Status: Another Event & Venue!

Last week, we reported that the Frankenmuth Aeromodelers Club found a new venue for their yearly indoor flying events. Now, this week, we're happy to report another event has been scheduled at yet another venue, this time by the Bay City Flying Eagles, and it's a pretty exciting announcement.

The new venue is the Tri-City Sports Complex in Auburn, with a huge 73,500 square feet and 65' ceilings, as you can see pictured above. This is hoped to be the first of many; depending on how well attended this first event, it might become a monthly thing - which would be awesome. Oh, and did I mention that this first event is FREE for pilots and spectators alike? How cool is that?

For this event's details, as well as the Frankenmuth Club's upcoming indoor flying event, check out our completely re-vamped Indoor eFly Event page, where you can see the latest news, event dates and times, and get directions to the venues.

Hopefully both of these events are well attended and grow into a regular thing in the winter, and it would be even better if the two clubs could work together so as not to schedule on top of each other and help bring all of the R/C pilots in Mid-Michigan together a couple times per month. If that which doesn't kill us makes us stronger, then the breakdown in relations between SVSU and the Frankenmuth Club just might turn into a blessing in disguise.

Indoor eFly Status: No More SVSU, New Location

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.

Heritage Park & Harvey Kern Pavilion

601 Weiss Street

Frankenmuth, Michigan 48734

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.

Ryder Center eFly Dates Announced

The dates for the 2014-2015 Ryder Center eFly events have been announced! You can view them here.

Dan Pierce, the coordinator of the eFlys for the Frankenmuth Aeromodelers, announced the dates today via email. Unlike last year, where the dates had pilots moving from Sundays to Wednesdays and back again, the events are all on Sundays for the upcoming season, and all take place from 6pm to 10pm.

Pricing, while normally announced with the dates, was not immediately available, as the Frankenmuth club and SVSU are still ironing out the contract. As soon as we hear more, we'll post it on our Ryder Center eFly Hub.

Ryder Center eFly 2013-2014 Dates Posted

The dates for the 2013-2014 indoor flying season are in! Dan Pierce of the Frankenmuth Aeromodelers sent out an email earlier this week to announce the dates, and we've now updated our Ryder Center page to reflect the new dates. The price is unchanged from last year, despite rumors to the contrary, so that's great news as well. We'll see you all at the Ryder Center!

PSA: Ryder Center E-Fly is Tonight, 6pm-10pm

Remember: The Ryder Center E-Fly is tonight! It was rescheduled from last to this evening from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. So charge up your batteries and go fly!

The Ryder Center E-Fly is free for spectators and $10.00 for pilots. Pilots must have their AMA credentials to fly, and a size limit will be enforced. Check out our Ryder Center E-Fly Page for more information and directions.