Family Fun Day Beverly Airport Benifit For Cystic Fibrosis

11 Sep 2017 4:47 PM | Steven

During our spring Jet Rally at Plum Island Airport RC Club AMA # 5198 in June of 2017, I was introduced to a gentleman named Bob Snuck. Bob is the Airport Manager at Beverly Regional Airport in Beverly, MA. Bob was so impressed with the jets flying at the rally that he asked me if we would be interested in doing a radio-controlled jet demonstration at the airport on September 9, 2017.  Bob explained to me that this would be a fund raiser for Cystic Fibrosis. Immediately I said “absolutely” we’re interested. I then gave Bob my AMA business card and he said that a gentleman named Richard Little would be contact me. (Richard Little was person responsible for putting this fund raiser event together.)

Then (about a month or two went buy and I had all but forgotten about this) unexpected I received a call from Richard Little asking me if we were still interested in participating with a jet demo for this fundraiser. I told him that I had completely forgotten about it. After a chuckle, I said of course we were interested. I had the exact club members in mind that I would like to perform.

I asked Chris “Moe” Gleason, Domenic Mirabello, and Brian Lloyd (members of Plum Island RC Club) if they were interested in doing a demonstration at this event. Without hesitation, they all agreed. Brian and Domenic would handle the speed, agility; would demonstrate the precision capabilities skills with their Ultra Flash turbine jets. Chris would demonstrate the skills required to fly the scale portion with his Breitling L-39.

Richard explained to me that he does this show every year to raise money to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. Richard has a family member that has been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis and this charity is close to his heart! He then told me that this was going to be an interactive show for spectators. There were going to be full scale airplanes offering rides to the public!! I knew we had to be a part of this event. I filed for a Class D Sanction with the AMA to be able to participate and was granted a sanction waiver.

We (club members) all met at 7:00 am and set up our jets and awaited the spectators. As we were waiting some of the planes that would be on static and offering rides started to fly in. The first plane was a T-34 Mentor! Then a red WACO Bi-Plane, then a yellow WACO! Following those were Robinson helicopters, a US Army Blackhawk, Eurocopter EC135, Med Flight EC145 Airbus. All sorts of airplanes and helicopters were just flying in one after another. I was most excited about the Douglas DC-3. When I saw that airplane, it was like watching a living piece of movie history! I expected Humphrey Bogart to get out of the plane as if it were Casablanca! All of these aircraft were most impressive to see! There were all kinds of activities for children. They had bouncy houses, train rides around the airport; and all kinds of trucks for kids to explore. There was something there for everybody! It was a good time for everybody to be had.

We were told that we would perform our demonstration at noon time. The airport was going to be shut down from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. They were going to have paratroopers jumping out of the Eurocopter EC135 first and we would follow once they landed. Well the helicopter didn’t take off until 12:15 and eating into the time slot. Luckily their portion of the show was over by 12:30 and we got ready. Chris, Dominic, Brian, and spotters took their place to begin the RC Jet portion. The crowd was so excited to see these jets fly. We with the Stars of The Day on the ground but wait until they see these in action!

We asked Larry Roper of Boomerang RC Jets to narrate this portion of the event and the DJ was more than happy to oblige. Dominic and Brian were up first. They took off and got into a formation and performed a routine that they have been practicing over time. They climbed, did a split S and came down the runway at a high rate of speed to show precision and skills of control. You could hear Larry narrating and the crowd. You could hear excitement and the oohs and ahhhs of the crowd as the jets made their passed down the flight line at what seemed like subsonic speed!! (under 200mph) Their routine was about 5 to 6 minutes and the crowd was going crazy in the background.

When Brian and Domenic landed it was Chris’s turn to burn the sky! Chris had made up a routine to show the capabilities of the L-39 from high speed to aerobatics to slow and low flight. Chris took off went down the runway into a vertical climb. At the top, he did a split S and came back down the runway showing the speed preperformance and skill required to handle this jet. He then went into his routine that he designed and it was breathtaking to say the least. We had planned to have Brian and Domenic go back up after Chris landed and Chis was going to fuel up and all three jets fly together. However, time was against up and Dominic developed an air leak in his breaks so Brian went up and did a routine demonstrating his skills. If anyone has ever seen Brian fly then you know he’s one of the best! Brian landed and conclude the portion of the RC Jet Demo. The crowd was clapping and cheering so loudly you would have thought that they came just to see us!!! LOL

It was an exciting day for all of us to say the least!!


On a personal note. I want to thank Chris Mo Gleason, Domenic Mirabello, Brian Lloyd, Janet Lloyd, Al Bontempo, Bob Segroi, Jim Caloggero, Larry Roper, and anyone else that I forgot to mention that made today's Beverly Family Fun Day event a success! The demonstration flying you guys put on was Awesome! You guys were the Stars of The Day!!! Everyone in the crowd loved you guys! Also glad that Andy Argenio (District 1 AMA Vice President) was able to make this event. It was a perfect day and you guys made it special. Thank you for making my first CD Event a Success!!!! Special thanks to Amanda Gleason for taking great videos. I'll try to share her videos!! There are many photos on Facebook and too many to list. If I get around to it I will put captions on them.

Check out some of the photos linked below:

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