Our flying field is the Former Champaign Municipal Landfill which was operated as a municipal solid waste landfill from approximately 1955 to 1975. As an AMA chartered Club our goal is to provide a forum for club members to exchange ideas and benefit from each others experiences with the hobby of building and the sport of flying radio controlled model aircraft. We are committed to promoting the enjoyment of safe R/C flying in accordance with AMA and Champaign County Radio Control Club rules and guidelines.
Mailing Address Field Location CCRCC 3616 W. Bloomington Rd. P.O. Box 6105 Champaign, Il. Champaign, Il. 61820 61826-6105
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August 26th and 27th 2017
Until 09 May 2017 01:30 AM
CCRCC Business Meeting at the CCRCC flying field - 7:00PM
Until 20 May 2017 05:00 AM
Click Here to view Joe Nall (Triple Tree) website for all info
JOE NALL 2017-DON’T THINK SNOW………..THINK GO!
With the winter winds blowing and the snow and ice accumulating, it’s hard to believe that everyone’s favorite RC event is just a few months away. In just a short while, you’re going to be able to shake off winter and meet with your very best friends, fly your favorite RC models, eat the very best food and enjoy life at the world’s premier aviation facility. It’s not too early to start planning the trip and anticipating the great times to come!
This year, as in years past, the Triple Tree gang has been hard at work. You just can’t imagine the incredibly beautiful new river bank camping spots. This area will rival (or top) the very best you’ll find anywhere. What could be better than RC “music” duing the day and the river gently lulling you to sleep at night?
New restrooms have been built on the patio.
The Electric Line runway has been nurtured, leveled and rolled and should rival the main line runway. Yes, it has that same incredible, walk barefooted, grass!
The vendors are going to be here in force and will have the very latest offerings.
The food planned for this year is going to be exactly what you expect….delicious.
The flying will be, as always, JUST AWESOME!
So, shake off those winter blues and get your pre-registration in today. Before you know it, you’ll be at YOUR home of “Fun, Fellowship and Hospitality”.
Until 19 May 2017 12:00 AM
Join CCRCC at the airfield and learn to fly RC airplanes. Are instructors have trained many new pilots to fly on their own using the buddy box system where you are free from the burden and fear of crashing an airplane.
Every Thursday beginning May 18th (weather permitting) at 5:00PM at our airfield at 3616 Bloomington Rd, Champaign
For weather updates casuing possible cancellation of that weeks training please check our Facebook page about 45 minutes before the scheduled start time https://www.facebook.com/ChampaignCountyRcClub/
Until 27 August 2017 10:00 PM
Barnstormers Over Champaign
August 26th and 27th 2017
Registration Location Coordinator RC Flightdeck Champaign County RC Club Dan Kemphues 3616 W. Bloomington Rd. Champaign, IL. 61820
By JShumate in FlyRC.com FeedForeword By Matt Maziarz
Main Body and Story By Scott Copeland
We’ve all been there, right. You know; sitting at the field or on the bench looking at a model that you poured your blood, seat and tears into … after it’s been swept into a dust bin after a yard sale crash. Perhaps it was a mechanical failure. Perhaps it was an improperly setup radio. Perhaps it was just plain dumb thumbs. Perhaps it was all of the above, but that’s not really the point. What matters is that it happens to all of us at some point or another in our modeling and RC flying careers. We are all human (last I checked) and as suck, we make mistakes. We are stubborn and sometimes ignorant. We are impulsive and impatient. We are also creative and adaptive though. We are all those things and the fact that we are human means we are going to make mistakes.
Of Course, some of us take it to sadistic levels of stubbornness or wallet-bending trips to the LHS, but all of us have to get back up, dust ourselves off and get back into the air again. Why? As in, why the hell would I want to waste my time scratch building another beautiful model when my last one got destroyed? Why would I want to keep practicing that ever elusive 3D maneuver when I’ve already trashed two planes trying to perfect it? Why would I want to continue on with pylon racing when my old thumbs aren’t really keeping up with the millennials at the field? WHY??!!
Well, you already know why, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this. It’s the glory you bask in after a full day of successful flights. It’s the joy you feel after a self-designed, stick-built model flies like a dream. It’s the thrill you get when you hit that perfect first flat spin and you do it over and over again (much to the behest and jibes of the fellow club members. It’s being able to final fly on your own after being trained by a competent veteran pilot. That’s why. For all the failures we suffer, whether self inflicted or not, The highs are much higher than the lows and Scott is ready and willing to share a few of his own tales that kept his focus strong in the aeromodeling hobby. I thank him for his humility and willingness to share his stories, even if they get him a few robust fists to the shoulder at the field this years. Thanks Scott!
BEDTIME FOR BONZO
I was a pretty typical 12 year-old kid in the summer of 1984. I was in love with baseball, glad to be out of school and filled my days with playing and exploring. One thing that seemed to separate me from my contemporaries was my absolute passion for airplanes. My cousins, my brother and even my uncles had a surface interest in aviation, but for me, it was much deeper. When I relaxed, I had a model airplane magazine in my hands. When I went outside, it was rarely without something to fly. When I daydreamed, my thoughts drifted to the magic of biplanes, round engines droning overhead and mayflies dancing over sunlit grass landing strips.
Like most 12 year-old dreamers, I was a boy with big dreams and small budgets. Until now, I had been content building rubber-powered free-flight models, but wanted to get into RC in the worst way. I had a paper route, but the cost of a kit, radio, engine, etc. was well beyond my financial grasp. My grandfather was an RC modeler of some repute, mainly in the realm of “sport scale”. He has to be given most of the credit or blame for my interest in aviation. My Mom would smile and comment, “Child’s life ruined”, when he and I would return from the flying field, excitedly chattering about our aeronautical exploits. I loved attending contests with him throughout the late ‘70’s and early ‘80’s and he had also done a little bit of RC flight training with me using his old Fleet biplane and Kraft radio (with no buddy box; we hurriedly passed the transmitter back and forth during lessons). If my interest in RC wasn’t galvanized before that, it sure was afterward! He decided when I turned 12 that the time was right to give me the responsibility of my own RC airplane.
When that big rectangular box showed up on my birthday, I was pretty sure I knew what it was! The box was labeled “Midwest Bonzo”, a 1/2A pylon racer, based loosely on Steve Wittman’s famous race plane. My grandfather thought that if we revamped it slightly and powered it with an O.S. .10 with 3 channels it would perform well. We spent about a month of free time building the airplane together and it looked great when we finished! The color scheme was white and silver and we even put a hand-painted pilot figure under the canopy. The ship was guided by an ancient O.S. 3-channel radio, which seemed to have an antenna so long it could cast trout flies! I patiently waited for the day we could fly.
We got together on a brisk, sparkling morning to finally fly the Bonzo. We did our pre-flight check, filled the fuel tank and started and tuned the engine. I lifted it to shoulder height. When I got the head nod from my grandfather, I ran about as fast as my legs could carry me and gave the Bonzo a hefty push when I felt the plane starting to lift from my hand. It was one of the best hand launches I had ever performed and the Bonzo climbed away magnificently! We put in a few flights that day, and I took the controls for at least half of the flight time. What a rush! After a couple such sessions, my grandfather felt I was sufficiently adept at handling the Bonzo, so he set me up with some field equipment and fuel and let me take the Bonzo home.
This is when the learning really began! I was so excited at the prospect of my first true solo, I could hardly wait for the first good flying day. It was a hot, calm day in July with light winds and perfect clear skies. The Bonzo was loaded into my Mom’s car and off to the schoolyard we went. Like a typical 12 year old, I had more confidence than experience and thought to myself, “I’ve got this.” The objective truth of the matter was far different than my perception.
After starting the balky engine, I did all of the checks I was taught by my grandfather and felt I was ready to go. I throttled up and my pulse quickened. I started to run forward, but in the excitement of running, holding the transmitter in one hand and anticipating what I would do next, I rushed my launch and the Bonzo barreled into the ground. Broken prop, bent landing gear, bent pride. I replaced the prop, straightened the gear a bit and tried again. This time, the launch was good, but I failed to let the model gain sufficient speed before pulling back on the stick. You can guess the results; one massive stall, a brief moment of pilot terror, followed by a half-roll directly into the ground. This time the firewall was broken, the wing was broken near the root and I was dejected.
I did eventually manage to get a few great flights with the Bonzo, although after my repairs, it began to resemble an anti-aircraft target rather than the semi-scale race plane it had once been. For me, my first RC plane was a teaching tool and uncovered the core of this fine hobby. My takeaways were in no particular order:
Don’t rush, control your excitement and remember the proper way to do things (patience is the most important virtue of aeromodeling) If you fly, you will eventually crash (Sir Isaac?) Most airplanes are repairable, although they rarely look as nice as they did before When you are 12, you don’t know as much as you think you know I learned a lot from my time with the Bonzo and held onto the airframe until only a few years ago. It had some sentimental value and was a reminder of some of the less-intelligent, hurried decisions I had made in my modeling past. I would love to tell you all that I only found success after this learning experience, but… you’ll have to wait until next week to hear my next adventure in RC flight.
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By JShumate in FlyRC.com FeedHorizon Hobby has been releasing a bunch of cool new scale foam models in the past year or two, but most of them have been of the park flyer or mini size variety. Not this one though!
The all new Cessna 150 spans nearly seven feet across the wing and is almost five feet long. Don’t fret if you have a smaller car or vehicle to transport this beautiful beast as it has a two-piece wing that is “plug and play” … that means no fussing with servo leads into the fuse. Also, the nose gear is strut equipped for rough field operations and there are optional floats for those fond of flying from water. The power system is potent and capable of running any 4-6S LiPo with a maximum capacity of 7000mAh! Each model comes equipped with scale Nav lights and the BNF model has AS3X with the option to add the SAFE system.
Best of all? This Cessna can provide a wide flight envelope. Slow it down with the use of the included functional flaps for some knife edge and rolling circles or practice your STOL operations … OR … toss a potent 6S pack in there and let it rip! Whether scale flight or not so scale aerobatics are in your bag of tricks, the Carbon Z Cessna 150 is sure to please.
Check it out for yourself right HERE.
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By JShumate in FlyRC.com FeedWe all have our favorites, right? Some of us might be fond of a model that holds heavy sentimental value, passed down from an earlier generation. Some others might cherish a scale model that’s built-up, having spent hours upon hours detailing and making it as realistic as possible. Perhaps some model pilots will pick an aircraft not unlike one they actually flew while in Civilian or Military service. That’s not what we’re talking about in this instance though.
Basically, imagine you’re relegated to a desert island, shipwrecked and alone and all you can have with you is one of your models. Which would you pick as the only one you can fly for the rest of your life? Yes, we’re aware that most pilots fluctuate in their tastes over the years, whereas a 3D powerhouse might be their fave one year, but an scaled out warbird might be the go-to source to keep that passion flowing the next year. So, what’s it gonna be then? You’re stuck with nary a hobby shop in sight and no means of ordering anything on this very day and you have to pick just one. We know, it might make your head spin as such a query is akin (to some) to picking which child or pet is your favorite. It might not be an easy question, but we figured it would be a great way to get the comments rolling and start a purely RC model debate … just keep it respectful and classy.
Managing Editor for Fly RC, Matt “Mini Guinea” Maziarz is quite enamored with EPP models these days and though the resiliency of such aircraft is a strong selling point, it’s all about the performance for these machines. Of late, the models that are most often in tow to the field with Matt are the Crack Turbo Beaver from Twisted Hobbys and the Laser 260 full fuse from Aerobeez … both EPP, but also both very different in their flying styles. The Beaver is slow and capable of the most extreme 3D flips, twists and everything in between. Because of the x-style cross profile frame with a generous dose of side surface area, the Beaver will knife-edge with little to no rudder input and hang there all day if commanded. It’s also the perfect platform to hone your hovering and harrier skills, without a single worry of stuffing it and suffering crippling damage. The Laser, on the other hand, can get up to a pretty good clip flat line speed-wise, also excels at aerobatic flight. The surface areas aren’t a big as the Beaver’s, but in capable hands it can hang with just about any 3D machine. We all know that hovering a model is cool, but hovering it right on the deck, dipping the tail into the grass every so often only further amplifies the excitement for both the pilot and spectators alike.
So what’s it going to be then, eh? Tell us what your single favorite model is on the very day you read this post and be sure to comment on it. As stated before, we only ask that you keep it respectful and playful. Remember, we are merely a cross section of society and to that end, we might all share a love for flying models, but we are also all very different in our individual tastes and models.
If EPP tickles your fancy, be sure to hit the links below to check out Mini’s faves and feel free to reach out at any time with any questions regarding them or RC in general (Mini Guinea also pilots drones, helis, boats and cars … so long as it’s with a transmitter in hand).
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By JShumate in FlyRC.com FeedIf you’re like most of the new generation of RC pilots, you probably got your start with electric powered models propelled by torque monster brushless power plants fed by LiPo cells. That’s definitely not a bad thing, but if you’ve got a hankering for more realism, gas is the way to go. The look, sound and smell of a two stroke gas engine is sure to satisfy that “Scale” need you’ve been hunting for, but how do you go about getting into it without destroying your engine and plane or harming yourself from a prop strike?
Of course, the best thing to do is consult with members of your local club who are familiar with gas powered models, but that might not be an option for everyone (or you might just be to proud or stubborn to ask). If you’ve got questions regarding getting into gas, our friends over at Hobbico have the answers you seek, using their DLE engine as a test bed and featuring on their Keep It RC website. Follow THIS LINK for all the info you need on how to get that beast burbling and feeding you the power you need whether you’re flying a scale Cub, a perfectly detailed Warbird or an extreme 3D machine. You’ve got questions, Keep It RC has answers.
As always, use extreme caution when starting a gas powered model. There is absolutely no shame in using a chicken stick or other such device to prime and start your engine and beyond that, you’re going to have to tune the gas breather after break-in or for optimum performance depending on what you’re doing. Keep it fun, but more importantly, keep it safe and Keep It RC!
KEEP IT RC
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By JShumate in FlyRC.com FeedSo, did you ever think that your love for RC could be translated into monetary assistance for your higher education? Of course, we at Fly RC often dreamed of such glorious acts of altruism for our fondness of flying models, but this is now and this is real. RCJugde is offering a $1000 scholarship to the winning essay writer for their first ever contest of this kind.
The folks over at RCJudge have been reviewing models for a while now, but being RC enthusiasts themselves, they have also seen the vast improvements in or gadgets and electronics over the past few decades of the RC hobby. It wasn’t that long ago that most folks on the electric side of the fence were still relying, largely, on NiMH cells to power their rigs. Now, LiPo is the only choice. Brushed motors are much like the dodo, gone and mostly forgotten as brushless power plants have emerged. The innovation in the industry isn’t just an RC thing though, it’s an everything thing. The advances in tech throughout the spectrum of motors, engines, cells and materials in all facets and hobbies in life lead directly to advances in our models.
To further exemplify the fun of RC as well as the things that the wonderful hobby teaches us, far and beyond playing with expensive toys, RCJudge is sponsoring this awesome contest. What you’ve got to do for your chance at a G-note off your next year of college tuition is write a 700-1000 word essay on where you think certain tech-related components on our models will evolve in the future. Of course, there are certain restrictions, but pretty much everything RC related is fair game. So what are you waiting for. Dust off the word processor and get writing!
Check out the full list of eligibility requirements and where to send your essay to at the link below. The contest ends on May 21, 2017 and the winner will be announced on June 21, 2017.
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Our field is located at 3616 W. Bloomington Rd, Champaign Illinois 61820