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  1. RDRC FlyForTots 2011, Sept 16-18! 
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    Mark your calendars, FFT in Youngsville NC is just around the corner. Loads of work is underway in the background, pulling all the data together for the Grand Prize Package and other prizes, logistics for the event, site preparation, and more. I'll be posting updates and photos in the coming days, as we near the event date. Once again, this is for an awesome cause ... Victory Junction Camp.

    The latest version of the Fly For Tots http://www.FlyForTots.com/ website is now uploaded. We're still streamlining the shopping cart, but just remember the tickets are $5 each. When you click [Buy Now], simply purchase in $5 increments, the number of tickets you want. Example, for 3 tickets, put in $15 and check out. You can pay with PayPal, or you can check out with any major credit or debit card as a PayPal guest.

    The pages for Demo Pilots, Prizes, Event Sponsors, etc will be updated as info comes in. The Grand Prize package is gonna be killer, and all the info for that is being pulled together now.

    Loads of historical data from previous years is archived in the [History Overview] section of the site. Directions, hotel info, GPS co-ordinates, info for vendors and sponsors, and more is found on the site.

    Dave AMA119484
    http://www.FLyForTots.com
    http://www.RD-RC.org
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    There have been several changes and additions to the FlyForTots website since yesterday...

    - First...the FFT site has grown considerable over the last few years. Info about previous events, loads of photos, media links to TV spots, Newspaper clips, various video, magazine clips and FFT featured in AMA mag, Vendor Row info, Sponsored Pilot backgrounds and features, streaming video links to the field event, constantly growing prize listings, local hotel and direction information, and lots more. The basic toolbar across the page (in red) provides links to the most popular sections, but every page has a more detailed menu on the LH side to help you better navigate the site for this awesome charity event. I just wanted to take a moment to point that out, to help those of you whom I see surfing the page (over 1000/day currently), as we approach the event date. Now, on to the new stuff...

    - Jason worked on the shopping cart code to allow easier addition of multiple tickets, for those supporting the cause from afar

    - New FFT Sponsors were added to the [- FFT 2011 Sponsors!] link and the Sponsors banner found on the RH side of every page

    - New FFT Prizes were added to the [- PRIZES!!] page.

    - More discussion threads are spreading across the internet and these were added to the [- NEWS & Discussions!!] page

    - FFT is being spread on Blogspot. This is seen on http://eastrc.blogspot.com/2011/08/r...ept-16-18.html and can also be found on the [- NEWS & Discussions!!] page. You can also subscribe to the RRS feed with your newsreader at this link:
    http://eastrc.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    - You can follow FFT updates on Twitter with your mobile device or home computer! Go to http://twitter.com/RDRCFFT and click "FOLLOW". You can also find this link on the [- NEWS & Discussions!!] page.

    - Friend and follow FlyForTots on Facebook! Go to http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fly-For-Tots/139795332322 , click into our facebook page and post a "Like", to be added to your Facebook stream.

    You can also go to the FlyForTots Event Page on Facebook at:
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/e...60756750622772
    ...and click that you're attending!!

    There are also [Facebook Share], [Twitter Share]. amd [Email Buttons on every page, just below the bulletin ticker.

    - The annual FlyForTots mall show is at the amazing North Hills Mall on Saturday, Aug 20th. You can find more info on this on the FFT site in the [- RD-RC/FFT North Hills Expo!] section.

    - Robert has crafted a new FFT Flyer! The flyer image and link for the full size printable copy is now posted on all pages of the FFT website at www.FlyFotTots.com !
     

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    Lots of new bits and pieces on about FlyForTots at www.FlyForTots.com ...

    - The Event flyer is on all pages for download...Please print this and post it at your local hobby shops and hand'm out at your club meetings. We need all the exposure we can muster for this awesome charity :-)

    - The [- FFT 2011 Sponsors!] page has grown considerably! Check it out...we're adding more sponsors and specifics as info is available.

    - The [- PRIZES!!] page is popping with new goodies. More images and info are being added every day.

    - The Pre-FFT Mall Show Event is at North Hills Mall in Raleigh on August 20th. Check out the [- RD-RC/FFT North Hills Expo!] page for more info.

    - FFT will have a fresh blacktop for the event! Work is underway, and the field will be closed on August 20th for paving work. Come to FFT and fly on a nice, fresh piece of blacktop!

    - We're sorting out the list of Demo Pilots as I type. You can see this as it morphs into shape on the [- Sponsored & Team Pilots] page.

    - The shopping cart page is now fully functional, and the club treasurer is processing donations on a regular basis. Your donations are what make this whole event a sucess!

    - The Sponsor banner on the RH side of every page is being updated every day. Watch for your favorite R/C supplier to be added, and please be sure to visit their websites when you need goodies for your hobby!

    ...more info coming...
     

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    FYI, mall show this coming Saturday. Just for fun, you can see clips from the 2009 North Hills Mall Show at the following links:

    http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/2027301

    http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/2027112

    http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/2027069

    Dave
     

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    Please help the 2011 Fly For Tots childrens' charity event and take a chance to win something cool by buying some raffle tickets at http://www.FlyForTots.com . There are already thousands of $$ in prices donated for this awesome cause!!!
     

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    Field preparation underway for FFT. Runway repairs were made, sealer put down, new grass in areas, preparation for running water, beautiful work under the shelter and around the pilots stations with fresh pea gravel, and much more. RDRC members are working hard to make this the best FlyForTots event ever. C'mon down and fly from our fresh, beautiful blacktop!
     

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    A bunch of work has been done at the field in preparation for FFT 2011. You can see a few pics with captions at:

    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...252cc3d&type=1

    I'll give a whirl at posting them here:
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    ->The FFT Grand Prize - WOW!!!

    Professionally built by Matt Balazs of Evil R/C. This Ready To Fly 33% Hanger 9 Piper Pawnee supplied by Horizon Hobby is loaded with the best components available today. A brand new Desert Aircraft DA-100L straight from Desert Aircraft with mufflers supplied by JTec, Spektrum DX8 Radio System supplied by Team Guru Aviation and Spectrum A6020 servos supplied by Anderson RC. The complete Power System with chargers was supplied by Duralite, the best prop available was supplied by Vess Propellers, Jersey Modeler Fueling System, TruTurn Spinner custom cut for the Vess prop by TruTurn, Custom Machined Motor Mount supplied by Blazing Star Products, Servo Leads supplied by HobbyTown USA of Apex, Servo Arms supplied by Jackie Sacks, custom vinyl graphics supplied by B&E Graphix + more!!!

    More info at http://www.FlyForTots.com and http://eastrc.blogspot.com/2011/08/g...-released.html
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    Loads of new updates have been uploaded to www.FlyForTots.com...

    - Updates to the main & [Pilots] pages, including info on a special event guest

    - Even more prizes have been added to the [Prizes] page...

    - New info added to the Main Page and the [Prizes] page about a special NASCAR memoribilia auction on site

    - Updated Grand Prize Image and info

    - More Vendors are signed up for vendor row

    - More sponsors added to the [FFT 2011 Sponsors!] page and to the sponsors banner found on every page.

    The Pre-FFT Mall Show was a sucess, and photos of that and the newly updated runway will be posted on the site next. It's only 16 more days until FFT, so get your gear together and plan to attend the 2011 RDRC Fly For Tots!
     

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    NASCAR Memorabilia Auction at FFT!, Check out :

    http://eastrc.blogspot.com/2011/09/n...on-at-fft.html

    ...for the skinny, and visit http://www.FlyForTots.com for more info updates on the event, sponsors, prizes, pilots, demos, etc.
     

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    Another boat-load of updates were made to the site at FlyForTots.com , including MORE prizes, MORE sponsors, MORE companies chipping in for goodies on the Grand Prize package, MORE vendors on vendor row. Get over to the site and pick up some tickets online at a chance at the thousands of dollars in prizes. You don't have to be able to come to the event to have a chance at all the goodies and support this awesome Children's Charity!
     

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    All online ticket sales come to an end on Saturday night, so go to www.FlyForTots.com and get'em if you want'em!!

    Dave
     

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    Check out www.RDRC.tv ... night flying underway right now...

    Dave
     

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    Those of you who couldn't make it to the event, we really need your help today. This is the 21st year of the event, and has donated over $75k to Victory Junction in the last 3 years alone.

    Much of the proceeds comes from food sales during the event and raffle ticket sales. We have literally thousands of $$ in prizes donated by some of the biggest names in the industry for this event, and it has become the largest "Fly Anything" R/C event in the US. You don't need to be present to win. We need every ticket sale we can get today... after all, it's all about the Charity.

    The problem is, the weather has killed off much of the general public this year, so we're still running ticket sales for donations online until tonight. Please take advantage of a chance to help a great Children's Charity and while getting chances for thousands of $$ in prizes. See all the info and get tickets at www.FlyForTots.com

    You can learn all about the event at the same site (www.FlyForTots.com) , it's history, activities, loads of photos, and more. You'll find loads of info about the club who sponsors this annual event at www.RD-RC.org. You can watch the event cams at the event location (our flying field) online at www.RDRC.tv .

    Please consider getting at least one donation ticket today, before it shuts down. The event really needs the help, what with this pittiful weather. It normally hosts several thousand people, but this year doesn't look so bright, and the charity could really use the help of every ticket sold. Please take a moment to also help spread the word. Thanks for reading.
     

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    As luck would have it, we've been having an intermittent issue with the internet feed at the field. I've met with Century Link 3 times, and they've been changing things at the main switch, the modem, etc, and have not fixed the problem yet. Just before FFT, the ISP said they're probably gonna have to replace the underground cable, so we decided to wait until after FFT, because of their schedule to get it dug in would have left cable on top of the ground during the event.

    I had to keep a broswer up so I could keep an eye on the feeds from work all day, and reboot them every time it would go offline. I prolly rebooted at least 25 times, but it did stay up quite a lot. I'm rebooting again for the night flyers right now. I'm doing my best to keep the vid running for the FFT fans who have helped support the event remotely.
     

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    Noon-Time Airshow Demos on right now at http://www.RDRC.tv . Learn more about event at http://www.FlyForTots.com
     

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    Thanks to all who supported via the internet. About 10% of our proceeds came in this way, and every penny is appreciated and goes directly to the charity. Some of you won some cool stuff, too ( I heard it over the streaming audio while trying to keep an eye on things from work, today). Thanks for your remote support to this awesome charity!
     

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