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2006 Symposium
Author: Luella Cousins

The 2006 Symposium was hosted by the Shuswap Lake Aero Modelers with our own District Zone Director Doug MacMillan as the master of ceremonies. It was held at the beautiful Sunnybrae Bible Camp just outside of Salmon Arm on the weekend of February 25th.

Sunnybrae has expanded over the years and now boasts a main hall with plenty of room for other activities in spacious rooms. There was plenty of room for those who chose to spend the week-end. The staff was on hand to serve the meals, which were excellent, and keep everyone happy. They were accomodating to all the requests made and helped to make sure everyone was well taken care of. This is a great place to have a conference.

The setting of the camp allowed for some spectacular scenery as it looks out on the lake. There was also an auditorium where some of the flyers got to try their hand at electric flying. The main facility hosted most of the seminars available as well as allowing Lester from Lesters Hobbies to set up shop. Anyone needing a few nuts and bolts, or anyone who thought they could sneak a new plane past their wife could shop between seminars.

Topics covered included:
Insurance - Luella Cousins
Radio spectrums - Mark Bertuzzi
Covering - John Kristenson
Making ARF's Safe - Bill Cousins
Understanding Park Flyers - Martin Hunter
Motors for Electrics - Mark Dawkins
Introduction to Scratch Building - Doug MacMillan & Lorne Barber
The Challenge of Indoor Flying - Steve Hughes & Rory Greenwell
Understanding CG - John Nissen
E-Conversions for Glo & Gas - Rod McRae
Building Light for Electrics - Ivan Pettigrew
Unique Applications for RC Planes - Rob Dover & Doug MacMillan
Preparing for Scale Competition - Roly Worsfold & Mike Allman

Although participation numbers were down this year, there were several factors that could have come into play. We had bad weather and road closures in the week preceding the symposium which would have had people thinking twice before driving out. Distance for some of the clubs in the province could have stopped some from attending as it would have been quite a drive if the weather again turned inclement.

Whatever the reason for the attendance numbers, there still remained an interest in having this annual event and Kelowna will be the next area to host.

Many thanks to Doug MacMillan for all of his organization efforts and for providing us with a first rate facility. Nothing was lacking in hospitality and for those that attended for the week-end, they were pampered beyond their expectations.

Next year, I am sure that Kelowna will be able to provide a memorable event.

Thanks again to Doug and his wife Lyn for this year and good luck to Kelowna for next.


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A beautiful scale bi-plane
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A closer look at Christine's camera
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A plane by E-Flite
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A small electric graced the tables
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An electric twin float plane
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Another view of the Bristol
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Christine Meroniuk's trainer can carry a camera
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Doug MacMillan's Mustang that he flies in competition
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Doug MacMillan, our Zone Director, welcomed everyone to the 2006 Symposium hosted by SLAM
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Doug made the introductions
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Everyone gathers around the ladies for their tickets
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For sale - one fibreglass ???
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General assembly prior to programming
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German World War I plane
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Great flying boat
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I believe this is a World War I Bristol
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John Kristenson had a nice little Eagle for sale
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John Nissen's plane
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Look through the window at the fantastic view we had
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Luella Cousins talked to the gathering about insurance matters
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Mark Bertuzzi brought everyone up to date on the radio changes
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One of the new radios Mark brought to the symposium
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Roly Worsfold built this Ultimate and John Kristenson bought it
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The classic Cub can add class to any event
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There were some planes that were for sale
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Well-known pilot John Kristenson

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