Chuck Hellings Named Honorary H.A.M. President
& inducted as a Lifetime Member !
CHUCK HELLINGS BENEFIT FLY A SUCCESS !!!
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE *
Hellings Benefit Fly
was a great success!
Although the weather tried to dampen
things a little early in the morning, the rain
cleared up and the event went off just about perfectly!
In addition to the monies raised, which was significant
to say the least, having Chuck back at the field
that he loves so much was simply the best possible
thing to have happened.
Thanks to all the HAM members who participated
and volunteered. Without you all we would not
have been able to pull this event off.
There were some great flights by Rolando Perez
and even a special surprise from Brian Gafford.
Not many HAM members have had the chance to enjoy
the smell of Kero...!
Some other R/C Clubs were so generous that words
cannot describe what they did for Chuck. Some
clubs came from hundreds of miles away to surprise
us with amazing donations.
Thanks to everyone, the members, the helpers,
the vendors, the manufacturers, the pilots, the
spectators and my biggest thank to the Hellings
family for bringing our buddy back out to "HIS"
We all really miss you Chuck...
FUNDRAISER NOW SET-UP FOR ONLINE DONATIONS TO
THE HELLINGS FAMILY !!!
I wanted to share with you all the Fundraiser
webpage that Mark Lackey set up for Chuck Hellings.
Please visit the following link - http://www.gofundme.com/d4z7ws
We hope all of you can donate something to help
a great man, a great friend and an avid member
of the modeling community.
We all know times are tough these days, myself
included, but all it takes is the price of a gallon
of fuel, or a propeller. Please find it in your
heart to donate ONE SINGLE DOLLAR or the cost
of a DLE170, whichever you can afford! There is
NO donation too small or too large. The proceeds
will GO DIRECTLY to the Hellings family.
When you are finished donating here, please remember
that on October 4th, 2014 we are having the Chuck
Hellings Benefit Fly at Hernando Aero Modelers
We hope you can join as and enjoy the day supporting
a man who means so much to every member of Hernando
Aero Modelers R/C Club.
Once again that link is - http://www.gofundme.com/d4z7ws
Our sincerest thanks to you...
HERE To download a printable .pdf version of the
or you can copy and paste the address below into
your browser -
http://www.hamrc.com/pdfs/CH Benefit Fly.pdf
Please print these out, pass them
around, mail them to friends, drop them by your
local club, just take a minute to get the
word out about THEE fundraiser event to be part
of, The Chuck Hellings Benefit Fly on Saturday
Oct 4th, 2014.
As many of you know, on February
1st, 2014 a tragic event occurred...
H.A.M. President Chuck Hellings was out at “his”
field, the Hernando Aero Modelers (H.A.M.) field,
flying one of his favorite airplanes, his Ultra
When you saw Chuck flying, he almost always did
so with a grin on his face. Not just a normal
little grin that I think we all can say we share
a bit of when we are flying. No, this was almost
always a devilish grin I would say. You know the
sort of smile a young kid may have when he gets
away with a little something he shouldn’t have!
Chuck’s grin could perhaps be described as his
way of saying… “this is more fun than a man should
be allowed to have”. That was Chuck’s grin.
While enjoying that gorgeous day with not a cloud
in sight, boring holes in the sky at will, Chuck
lost visual contact with his airplane after what
some have suggested was him accidentally flying
his airplane directly thru the sun. As many of
you know, on those days when the sky is such a
bold blue, the air is cool & crisp, the sun
is an absolute laser beam of intensity with no
clouds to block it. It is not hard to lose your
sight momentarily after looking directly into
the sun like that.
What happened next was as devastating as it was
bizarre. The Ultra Stick was heading right for
him, unbeknownst to Chuck. From my own personal
experience of flying thru a winter sun low in
the sky burning seemingly so much brighter than
normal, it takes a fair amount of time to regain
your vision. The Ultra Stick was closing in on
Chuck much faster than he could regain his vision
or at the very least, reacquire the airplane.
The airplane impacted Chuck in his head knocking
him unconscious instantly. That impact and resulting
injury to him was a life changing event.
Chuck survived the accident, but his life will
forever be different. In that one instant, that
one blink of an eye, a man who provided so much
for his own family & friends and to our club,
was suddenly in need of help himself. Several
club members tended to him at the scene. There
was no discussion or guesswork. They went right
to work doing everything possible until the medical
personnel could arrive and transport Chuck to
After everything Chuck has done for his H.A.M.
brothers, it’s OUR turn to give back to him. Enter
the “Chuck Hellings Benefit Fly”…
On October 4th, 2014 we are going to have an
event, a party, an air show, a gathering of fellow
flyers who share the same passion as Chuck does,
to benefit the man who means so much to us. H.A.M.
was his passion, it was his love. He took more
pride in our field and our club than anyone I
have ever seen before. Now it’s our turn to show
him how much we take pride in him for who he is
and what he stands for.
All the net proceeds will go directly to the Hellings
Family. We want you to come and be charitable.
We want you to come fly and enjoy the day with
us and be generous. If every H.A.M. member and
everyone who attends the event can see their way
clear to donate $100, $50 or even $20, the presentation
to the Hellings Family can be significant and
we can make a difference for a man who made such
a difference to us.
Please join us on October 4th 2014 at the Hernando
Aero Modelers Flying Field in Brooksville, FL
starting at 7am. Landing Fee $15. Spectators $5
or $10 a car load. Gates open at 7am. Pilots meeting
at 8am. Open flying begins thereafter. 50/50,
Games, Raffles, Prizes! The H.A.M.Burger Grill
will be open for business providing great food,
cold drinks, snacks, coffee, water & more!
Please, find it in your heart to come out and
support this event and help the family of a fallen
fellow R/C enthusiast in need...
Event Date: October 4th, 2014
Event Start Time: 7am
Pilots Meeting: 8am
Event Location: H.A.M. FIELD
Event Cost: $15 Landing Fee
Spectators: $5 / $10 Carload
For More Information, including Vendor / Donation
information please contact:
352-606-3972 (M-F 9am to 5pm)
352-293-1157 (After Hours)