[connectikiters] Re: Indoor Flying
- Hi all:
Regarding Rich's questions about Connecticut indoor flying.......
So far I think the only indoor event we have had in Connecticut was at
There really hasn't been any real interest expressed by anyone to date. We
did have a nibble acouple of years ago, but it came to naught.
The "Hanger" referred to is on Pratt & Whitney Aircraft's (not Sikorsky)
property. It is adjacent to Rentchler (name after the co-founder of Pratt &
Whitney.........it's a long story) Airfield. It has been proposed that it
be developed as a Exhibition facility, and in fact has been used in that
capacity once or twice. I would think that the cost would be somewhat
Following the "Marblehead Model" what seems to work best is a school
gymnasium with 21' ceiling. There is at least one in every town. The cost
is moderate. When divided among attendees, it becomes minimal.After that
all that is needed is "a sound system" (a good boom box will do. That is
what we used at Muncie). The interesting thing to me has been "if you have
it, they will come".
The only way to really determine Connecticut's interest in indoor flying, I
would think, would be to set one up and see who comes......
I would be glad to help.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, October 18, 1999 2:06 PM
Subject: [connectikiters] Indoor Flying
> As the sun sets earlier, and the wind blows colder,
> I think more and more about indoor flying. I would
> like to start flying indoors regularly, therefore I
> have the following questions:
> (1) Are you flying indoors in CT? If so, where?
> (2) Are you interested in flying CT? If so, where?
> (3) Has a spot for the indoor club fly been found?
> In order to establish regular indoor flying over the
> winter months, I think we need a "critical mass" of
> 10 or more flyers. I'm hoping there are enough
> folks within a reasonable distance of each other to
> get started. For what it's worth I would like to fly
> for a few hours once a week at a minimum. I live
> and work in the Farmington valley area.
> A flyer at Harkness suggested contacting Sikorsky's
> Rensalaer (sp?) Airfield in East Hartford. He said
> there is a large hangar facility that isn't used to
> house planes anymore, only for holding an
> occasional trade show or expo, but mostly unused.
> He thought they might be receptive to letting in a
> group of kiteflyers. Does anyone have any other
> suggestions for possible central CT locations?
> Rich Michna
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- Fellow Kiteflyers:
Indoor flying in CT is now a reality !
As some of you know, over the last few months Rich Michna and I have
been working to secure permission to hold indoor flys in the Seymour,
CT public schools. At a Board of Education meeting last week, that
permission was finally granted. Though the B.O.E. normally charges a
$300 rental fee to use the facilities, they have waived that fee and
we will only be responsible for hourly custodial charges.
We have scheduled 4 indoor flys to start, all of which will be held
in the Bungay Elementary school gym. The flys will be monthly at
first. Later, if the level of interest is sufficient we will
investigate more frequent flys and possible use of a larger facility
like Seymour High School or the new Seymour Middle School.
We will be passing the hat in order to cover custodial fees and AKA
sanctioning cost. Responses to this post will help us gauge the
number of participants and thus estimate the donation cost in
advance. Please note that we intend to waive the donation for any
members of the non-kiteflying public for their first try in order to
The first four flys are as follows:
August 31st - 6:30PM - 9:30PM
October 27th - 8:30AM - 11:30AM
November 17th - 8:30AM - 11:30AM
December 8th - 8:30AM - 11:30AM
Directions to Bungay Elementary School will follow in another post,
for now just check your calendars and mark the dates. All types of
indoor kites are welcome - dual-line, quad-line, single-line - bring
it along and come fly indoors with us!
- Ron Graziano