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Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Monday, January 6, 2020

Spirits of St. Louis R/C Flying Club Holds New Year's Day Frozen Thumbs Fly-In

By Carmelo Turdo
When New Year's Day arrives each year, you can be sure that a group of radio control aircraft fliers will participate in the annual Frozen Thumbs Fly-In. Over thirty members of the Spirits of St. Louis R/C Flying Club gathered at the Robert W. Gizzie Flying Field last Wednesday to enjoy some flying and fellowship on an unusually warm first day of 2020. The field, named for the Late Bob Gizzie, offers a 600ft runway, pavilion, charging tables and other amenities. Club members fly a variety of aircraft types and they are friendly and welcoming to guests. The Aero Experience visited the club this year to cover our third New Year's Day flying event, and the photo essay and video included here convey some of the fun and excitement experienced at this great R/C aircraft flying event.

The Spirits of St. Louis R/C Flying Club traces its history back to 1965 when it received club charter number 396. Members flew their R/C aircraft from various locations in St. Louis and St. Charles Counties before landing at their current home in 2000. As mentioned above, it is now dedicated as Robert W. Gizzie Flying Field. Bob Gizzie, pictured at right, welcomed The Aero Experience to our first visit in 2014 and gave us a few minutes of dual training with his SIG Kaydet Senior. We will never forget his enthusiasm for the sport and the warm hospitality he offered. We dedicate this story to his memory and the future success of the Spirits of St. Louis R/C Flying Club. 


The R/C aircraft hobby offers first-hand flying experience that requires attention to spatial orientation as the aircraft maneuvers while the flier remains stationary. The aircraft involved here range from basic cardboard and foam designs to wood and carbon fiber models, and they are propelled by electric and gas engines. As with any hobby, the investment can be minimal or extravagant, depending on the model desired and skill level employed. The members of the Spirits of St. Louis R/C Flying Club are experts at helping new and experienced fliers find the aircraft and other accessories they need to thoroughly enjoy the hobby, and you can contact them for further information.

The Aero Experience thanks club President Ralph Grant and the other club members who welcomed us to their event and gave us every opportunity to capture the day's flying. Check their website for upcoming events in 2020. 

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