Although tropical storm Tammy made ROC 2005 seem more like "Rain Over Carolina", we all had a great time enjoying and renewing old friendships. One could see small groups sitting under various tents chatting Wednesday through Friday around our own private Lake ROC Friday night, most of the group went to Ryan's for supper.
Fortunately, Saturday turned into a fairly nice day, so we were able to get in some flying that day ... and even managed to hold a spot landing contest. The day ended with a nice meal and drawings for the raffle and various small prizes.
Unfortunately, we lost Florida visitor and long time flying enthusiast, John Palmer, to a heart attack. Reports indicate that John was very much looking forward to his trip to ROC2005, and he appeared to have very much enjoyed the time he had here with us. Our condolences go to John's family.
WAGT News Clip
To view the video clip about ROC 2005 broadcast by WAGT TV, Channel 26 in Augusta, Georgia on Saturday, October 8th, 2005, click below:
We may be wet, but everything is AOK
The club registration area
Ray Pierce (front) and John Magnan (rear) ... the primary contributors to ROC each year
Jack Bombard (another steadfast contributor) brings in another group on the people mover
Elaine Bombard and John Magnan at the registration area
Randy Berry, Safety Officer and club VP, has the green flag out signifying "GO" conditions
Dana and Laura Linn of Star Bee Gyros ... click on logo above to go to their corporate website:
President Ron Awad wowed the crowd and TV cameras in his Dominator ... again!
Gary Kenslow with his 2-place Dominator
Ron Dobbs with his beautiful silver RAF
Maxie Wildes on takeoff with his red Air Command gyro
Dan Leslie of Rotor/Wing Sports TV beside his beautiful Air Command gyro
The Mosquito exhibit area (left); Mosquito testing (center); and the kingpins of Mosquito (right): shown left to right - Rev. Ernest Burton (owner), Mike Driggers (former Bensen Aircraft employee), and Dennis King (long time gyro enthusiast and pilot).
Scott Essex (TV star) with his gyro; Phil Ruffin & George Lambert in the background
Chris Wilson (other TV star) with his Monarch ... the one with the "cushy" landing gear
Tim Verroi and his gyro
Jonathon Weis (left) and his modified Air Command with monster engine and Todd Day (right) looking on.
The gyros of Phil Ruffin (green) and Ron Awad (white)
EAA 172 came through for us again with the food trailer
Wonder what Maxie is trying to talk Phil into ... or vice versa?
A long shot of the field on Saturday
Wow, those clouds sure look ominous
Another view of the field from the tent area
The Trenton Flyers flew down on Saturday
A lone trike made an appearance
A Rans S-12 from Twin Lakes
Bill Couch flew his Cessna 185 in from Tennessee
George Lambert (left) and John Palmer (on the scooter) shown chatting only minutes before John's heart attack