Sodbusters RC Flying Club
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About Sodbusters      . The club is a non-profit corporation and formed during the winter of 1982 / 1983. Currently, our club  membership averages 100 people each year. Originally, the club name was the Stillwater Flyers; however  with time, the name changed to the present Sodbuster’s R/C Flying Club and the club was chartered by the    Academy of  Model Aeronautics  (commonly called the AMA). Originally, the founders had flying sites near  highway 36 and Manning Avenue on and old sod field just south of the present Stillwater Motors, the group  also flew north of the current Herberger’s location and where the Stillwater High School is located.  The sod  fields were owned by   Anderson  , whose house and buildings are still on the east side of the road. During  the fall of 1981, the group collected donations from those who flew on the   Anderson  property and Bruce  Staberg along with Mark D’Aloia presented Mr. Anderson with a Christmas card and about $120 cash. They  approached Mr. Anderson about designating his sod fields as a AMA flying site if a club was formed and He  seemed agreeable. So, over the winter of 1982/83 the club was formed. Jim Kriesel filed the papers for the  club and his daughter helped things along by getting shirts and jackets for the club. A logo was needed for  the materials and this lead to the development of the ‘Sodbuster” name and our present logo.   Development forced the move in 1987 to a site in   West  Lakeland  Township  directly across from the  location where we presently fly at the sod farm located at Manning and I-94. This early site at the I-94 /    Manning Avenue  intersection was named “Medved Field” after Don Medved, an early member of the club  now deceased. Don had been an early driving force in the club’ and, as a result of his contributions to the  club efforts, the club named the Sodbuster field “Medved Field” in his honor. The name continues.  Early members were Jim Kriesel, Mike Kriesel (Jim’s son), Mark D’Aloia, Bill Soete, Scott Russell, Don  Medved, Frank Selbitschka, Al Stroth, George Gary, Bruce Staberg and Jim Staberg (Bruce’s Dad).  Over the years, the club has provided a much needed civic service to our communities. Club members  routinely lecture at local schools, scout activities (both boy and girl), various law enforcement programs and  give assistance to the Civil Air Patrol training programs. Many current members instruct new students how to  safely fly remotely controlled aircraft and a number of these students have gone on to fly full size aircraft as  both private and commercial pilots. This civic need goes on today and continues to be served by our club  members. Members operate a variety of gas engine, electric powered and glider type radio control airplanes. Each type  presents its own challenge with size and design of the airplane dictating the flying skill needed.   The  exception is that no planes controlled by wires (U-control) are permitted. Safety issues preclude the flying of  these aircraft types. All members must also have current membership in the AMA). The AMA - in addition to  providing insurance coverage to members and owners of flying sites - promotes model aviation by  sponsoring competitive flying events nationwide.  Sodbuster members are also involved in float plane operations. The club maintains a flying site at   Lynch   Lake  in   Washington  County  . Different flying skills are required for flying off of the water and this  represents another challenge for radio control model airplane pilots.  Thanks to Bruce Staberg for sharing his memories with us.
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Sodbusters RC Flying Club
Home About Maps Community Pres. Join the Club Member Links/Info News Letters Pictures For Sale Events Merchandise Contacts Links
About Sodbusters      . The club is a non-profit corporation and formed during  the winter of 1982 / 1983. Currently, our club  membership averages 100 people each year. Originally,  the club name was the Stillwater Flyers; however with  time, the name changed to the present Sodbuster’s R/C  Flying Club and the club was chartered by the    Academy of  Model Aeronautics  (commonly called  the AMA). Originally, the founders had flying sites  near highway 36 and Manning Avenue on and old sod  field just south of the present Stillwater Motors, the  group also flew north of the current Herberger’s  location and where the Stillwater High School is  located.  The sod fields were owned by   Anderson  ,  whose house and buildings are still on the east side of  the road. During the fall of 1981, the group collected  donations from those who flew on the   Anderson   property and Bruce Staberg along with Mark D’Aloia  presented Mr. Anderson with a Christmas card and  about $120 cash. They approached Mr. Anderson about designating his sod fields as a AMA flying site if a  club was formed and He seemed agreeable. So, over  the winter of 1982/83 the club was formed. Jim Kriesel  filed the papers for the club and his daughter helped  things along by getting shirts and jackets for the  club. A logo was needed for the materials and this lead  to the development of the ‘Sodbuster” name and our  present logo.  Development forced the move in 1987 to a site in    West  Lakeland  Township  directly across from the  location where we presently fly at the sod farm located  at Manning and I-94. This early site at the I-94 /    Manning Avenue  intersection was named “Medved  Field” after Don Medved, an early member of the club  now deceased. Don had been an early driving force in  the club’ and, as a result of his contributions to the  club efforts, the club named the Sodbuster field  “Medved Field” in his honor. The name continues.  Early members were Jim Kriesel, Mike Kriesel (Jim’s  son), Mark D’Aloia, Bill Soete, Scott Russell, Don  Medved, Frank Selbitschka, Al Stroth, George Gary,  Bruce Staberg and Jim Staberg (Bruce’s Dad). Over the years, the club has provided a much needed  civic service to our communities. Club members  routinely lecture at local schools, scout activities (both  boy and girl), various law enforcement programs and  give assistance to the Civil Air Patrol training  programs. Many current members instruct new  students how to safely fly remotely controlled aircraft  and a number of these students have gone on to fly full  size aircraft as both private and commercial  pilots. This civic need goes on today and continues to  be served by our club members. Members operate a variety of gas engine, electric  powered and glider type radio control airplanes. Each  type presents its own challenge with size and design of  the airplane dictating the flying skill needed.   The  exception is that no planes controlled by wires (U-  control) are permitted. Safety issues preclude the  flying of these aircraft types. All members must also  have current membership in the AMA). The AMA - in  addition to providing insurance coverage to members  and owners of flying sites - promotes model aviation  by sponsoring competitive flying events nationwide.  Sodbuster members are also involved in float plane  operations. The club maintains a flying site at   Lynch   Lake  in   Washington  County  . Different flying skills  are required for flying off of the water and this  represents another challenge for radio control model  airplane pilots.  Thanks to Bruce Staberg for sharing his memories with  us.
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