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Frankenmuth Aerotow Festival - Aug 11-12, 2018

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  • Frankenmuth Aerotow Festival - Aug 11-12, 2018

    Hi Guys,

    Time to start a thread for the 2018 Frankenmuth Aerotow Festival aka the "FAT Fest".

    I am uploading the flier and will report any updates here, if needed.

    The "FAT Fest" is an AMA Sanctioned event and will be our first 2 day aerotow event which is open to all flyers.
    We dipped our toe in the water last year and managed to host close to 30 pilots at our initial invitational event. Please plan to join us and enjoy all the area has to offer.

    Frankenmuth Aerotow Festival - AMA #18/997

    When: August 11-12, 2018
    Where: Frankenmuth Aeromodelers Club, 9650 Dehmel Rd, Birch Run, MI 48415
    What: Aerotow and Electric Sailplanes - No Plans for a winch at this point in time.
    Club Web SIte:

    AMA and FAA Required

    Early Registration:

    Tugs so far....
    Stephane has indicated he will be attending which means we'll have a Bidule 111 Tug as a baseline. He also Listed a H9 Valiant.

    I will be bringing a Eflite Timber which is great for the Foam Parkzone Ka8's or similar sailplanes, a Flex Innovations Cessna 170 Tug for 2-3m ships.
    I also have a 1/4 Scale L-4 Cub with a ASP 160 twin that can be available. Last year it was ready but never used as we had plenty of tugs.
    My last Tug option is still waiting for it's maiden and testing. 113in BlackHorse Storch with a Laser 300v 50cc V Twin.

    Don't let the above list fool you, we need tugs and drivers. It's hard to fly 4 tugs at once and the Storch is yet to have wind under it's wings.
    If you have a tug available please let me know and we can promote it here. Thanks !!!!

    If you are new to aerotow, but a current RC pilot, this is the event for you!!! We invite, welcome, and want you to make yourself known to us !!!

    We will have 2 Parkzone KA8's available for current RC pilots to try their first aerotow. We flew 10-15 sport pilots last year for their first ever flight on the tow line.
    If you have an electric or aerotow sailplane bring it along, get some help, and enjoy the day. The day is designed for sport pilots to see what aerotow is all about and to give seasoned aerotow pilots as much flight time as possible.

    This is still a new and growing event. Planned so far are Hot Dogs and Drinks. Grab a bite to eat and be sure say hello to the cook! Every bit collected in the donation jar is a great help for a club of 23 or so guys that have been very kind by sharing their airspace with us to put on a very cool aerotow event !

    Please Drive Slow on the Entrance Road

    >>10mph Please<<

    We enjoy the hospitality of the farmer whose land we are flying on, please treat his home as you would your own. Thanks!

    Local Area - Food, Fun, and Shopping...

    The Frankenmuth area offers many side trips and unique dinning choices to enjoy during your stay while flying at the FAT Fest.

    Look at the City of Frankenmuth's web site for fun things to do that weekend after hours. Last year I made the mistake of choosing the same weekend as the Frankenmuth Car Festival which is literally the largest car/hot rod show in the country with over 2500 show cars in attendance. All the Motels were filled and rates are high for that weekend. Lesson learned and we moved our date.

    Sorry to all those guys that came last year but had to stay in Saginaw due to the massive Car Show Attendance !! The change in dates this year should help.

    Just for fun - here's a taste of 2,500 Hot Rods taking over the town -

    This year, there is a Ethnic Music Festival of German, Polish, and Slovenian music that would be fun to attend after flying. See the link below.

    Also close by are the Birch Run Outlet Stores for shopping. If you'd like a side trip while enjoying your FAT Fest weekend maybe the Outlet Stores are for you!
    Link Below for the Outlet Stores.

    If you've never been to Frankenmuth, there are many shops and places to eat with the best known being Zender's and the Bavarian Inn for all types of German dinners and of course their Famous Family Style Chicken dinners. Be sure to order a plate of Zender's fried chicken livers before I get there or they might run out.... lol.

    Places to Dine;


    Bavarian Inn:

    Shopping in the Frankenmuth area includes many gift shops and even shops for those that love the Needle Arts. Be sure to see what's available at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, which is the worlds largest Christmas store !!

    I'm sure I've missed something.... If you have questions, want to say hello, or will be bringing a tug post a note here and I'll do my best to help.


    Attached Files
    Last edited by Joespeeder; 03-27-2018, 03:31 PM.

  • #2
    Hey Guys,

    We have our first registration on file ! Thanks Stephane.

    Tugs Noted: Bidule 111 and a H9 Valiant

    Onward and Upward.



    • #3
      Hi Joe, the pdf flyer link doesn't work. Can you fix please?


      • #4
        Hi Tom,

        Hmm... I just tried it and it opens here no issues. I'm on an iPad currently. I'll try again from the office later today. Send me a PM with your email and I'll send it to you.

        Thanks! We'll get it worked out.



        • #5
          Hey Guys,

          Does the PDF linked a couple of posts above open correctly? It opens here ok but I need to know that it's usable.




          • #6
            I had an error before, must be something on my end. Its working now, thanks.


            • #7
              Thanks Tom,

              Glad it's up and running with no issues.

              Just in case...

              I copy and pasted the raw flier screen grab into Evernote and grabbed a link to the Evernote page. So I have an alternate viewing option just in case.

              If anyone needs to they can download the Evernote flier by hovering your mouse over it to bring up the download icon.

              Here's the link below to that new flier on Evernote if needed.

              Since I copy and pasted the screen grab Evernote shouldn't even show it as a PDF that you open.
              It should just be seen as a photo of some sort. Whatever form a screen grab is when you do that...



              • #8
                I figured out what it was. You have to login to downoad the PDF but the evernote flyier let's you download anonymously.


                • #9
                  Then, there is the jpeg option....

                  Also on our Facebook page at:
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