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Champaign County R/C Club

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.

A Great Place To Fly

Our flying field located at 3616 W. Bloomington Rd, Champaign Illinois is well maintained and large enough to accomdate the smallest of quadcopters to most of the larger aircraft including giant scale planes and jets.
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The Gold Standard!!

Recognized as a top tier leader in safety and community involvement, Champaign County R/C Club has been awarded the Gold Leader Award by the Academy of Model Aeronautics.

Barnstormers Over Champaign

Every August we host our largest event of the year bringing in up to 100+ aircraft to the field for the weekend. Even if you do not fly you should attend to some some great planes and awesome flying.
Events Calendar

New To R/C Flying??

Every summer our club offers free airplane flying lessons. Learn to operate these aircraft safe, smart, and legally to provide yourself with years of enjoyment
Events Calendar

Grandview Burial Notice

In order to maintain good relations with Grandview Cemetery directly to the west of the flying field, there is to be no model flying at the CCRCC model air park during funerals that are taking place with the exception of SMALL, LOW SPEED electric powered aircraft. These small aircraft must remain within the bounds of the field.  I will do my best to keep this page up to date with notices I receive, but the list posted at the clubhouse should be checked before flying for more current updates.

Friday 1/18/19 - 11 AM

Saturday 1/19/19 - 1 PM

Saturday 1/19/19 - 2 PM

Stop flying 15 minutes before the burial time. If possible, visually check 45 minutes after burial starts to insure it is actually over.

  • Blog Entries

    • By JShumate in Model Airplane News
      The Academy of Model Aeronautics leadership team is hard at work making sure lawmakers in Washington, DC, will ensure that AMA members will continue to legally fly RC aircraft. It is so important that the RC modeling community has a strong voice in Washington! Here’s what the AMA has to say about the FAA’s proposed rulemaking:
      Chad Budreau, Executive Director at the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), the world’s largest community-based organization whose members fly model aircraft for recreational and educational purposes, today issued the following statement in response to the FAA’s notice of proposed rulemaking on the Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems over People and advance notice of proposed rulemaking on Safe and Secure Operations of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
      “The proposed rulemakings on flying over people, night flying, and safe and secure operations are a step toward opening up the airspace for more commercial UAS operators. For model aircraft hobbyists, however, we do not anticipate these rules will have a significant impact on our existing guidelines for safe and responsible operation.
      “Model aircraft flights over people are currently not allowed under AMA’s community-based safety guidelines. We believe this is a sound and proven safety guideline for all recreational UAS operators. At the same time, we understand that some commercial applications present the need for UAS to fly over people for effective and efficient operations. We believe these operations should be allowed, provided they can be done safely and any potential risk to people on the ground is appropriately mitigated.
      “In addition, AMA’s safety guidelines allow night flying as long as a lighting system that provides the pilot with a clear view of the model’s attitude and orientation at all times is in place. We believe this policy continues to make sense and, at first glance, is similar to what the FAA is proposing.
      “AMA’s safety guidelines also address several of the questions raised in the ANPRM for Safe and Secure Operations of Small UAS. For example, according to the safety guidelines, model aircraft are not allowed to be operated closer than 25 feet away from an individual except for the operator, with few exceptions. AMA also has varying guidelines for model aircraft with different capabilities.
      “Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, AMA recognizes that one of the FAA’s top priorities is to put remote identification rules in place to better facilitate the integration of UAS into the nation’s airspace and address security concerns. We continue to ask for FAA collaboration in adopting remote identification requirements that reflect the operational use of UAS – model aircraft, under AMA’s safety programming, pose no new risk to the airspace, therefore the remote identification rules for model aircraft operations should be more flexible.”
      In 2016, AMA President Rich Hanson participated in FAA’s Micro UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee, which made recommendations on the regulatory framework for small UAS flights over people. At that time, we expressed some concerns about allowing recreational UAS flights over people primarily because of safety. In addition, we were concerned that the public would be sensitive to drones flying over their heads – concerns that are still valid today.
      AMA’s full safety guidelines are available here.
      The post AMA’s Response to FAA Proposed Rulemaking appeared first on Model Airplane News.

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    • By JShumate in Model Airplane News
      Bracketry is an old term referring to making small brass brackets for scale model airplanes. Mostly for attachment points where you need a solid hard-point for the attachment of wing struts and rigging wires for biplanes and other wire braced airplanes. For the longest time, this was all done by hand, using fine-toothed coping and hack saws, files and more recently, Dremel Moto-Tools with grinding bits and cutoff discs. Once the flat layout part has been cut to shape, it is sanded and filed smooth, drilled and bent to shape. Well, the newest technique is milling with precision CNC systems and this really speeds the process along.

      When you want to make brackets, first you have to figure out what it is going to look like and today we draw with CAD, then print out the drawings and transfer the shape to your brass sheet material.

      This is typically 1/16 inch thick (0.0625 in.), and the old fashioned way is to use a dykem layout fluid to coat the metal and use a sharp fine point scribe to mark the cut lines. Today a wide tip Sharpe pen can do the same thing. This process is much more precise than trying to draw with a pencil the cut and trim lines on the shiny surface of brass (or steel) sheet metal.

      With bench top hobby grade CNC 3-axis milling machines like the 2-420 from Stepcraft, you can save lots of time and effort after the drawing stage. Depending on the size of your brackets, you can select the proper double or single flute milling bit and produce the parts with great accuracy.

      The trick is to figure out the speeds and feeds that work best with your material. As a stating point for this brass cutting job I used a feed speed of about 10mm (3/8 in.) per second with a 0.010 in. depth of cut. I ran a 2 mm dual flute up cut bit at about 18,000 rpm. This worked fairly good but I increased rpm to about 2,000.

      Another good thing about using CAD and CNC is that if you need to make adjustments to your drawing designs and multiple parts, it is very easy. The old fashioned way is very laborious and time consuming. Above is the final version of the lower attachment bracket for my Nieuport 24’s V-struts.

      Here you can see the final parts cut from the mother sheet of brass material. To keep the parts from flying away after the final cut is made, I use V-Carve Pro to make the G-code that runs my Spetcraft CNC. In the process, I add small thin holding tabs placed around the finished part. When the cutting is complete, I used a fine pair of wire cutters to snip the tabs away, similar to how you would remove molded parts from a plastic airplane kit from its molding trees.

      Here you see the finished bracket soldered to an alignment pin made from a length of music wire. The bracket has been bolted in place on the lower wing of the airplane.

      The end of the V-strut (made from 1/4 inch poplar), has been drilled to accept the alignment pin. Once everything has been aligned and measured, the pin is epoxied into place in the strut.
      The post Making RC Brass Fittings — Saving Time and Effort appeared first on Model Airplane News.

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    • By JShumate in Model Airplane News
      Watch out Red Baron!!! That’s right, Model Airplane News has redrawn the classic plans for Al Signorino’s 1969 RC Snoopy’s Doghouse and we’ve cleaned them up with CAD.

      The old original plans were falling apart and so it was time for an upgrade! If you are a Snoopy fan, watch out for the new 50th Anniversary Special Edition plans in an upcoming issue of MAN. For those who know Snoopy’s Flying Doghouse, this is the improved version that was published in 1971 with the extended fuselage box added to re-balance the model so Al could remove some 2 pounds of lead from the model! We’ve very excited!

      The post Snoopy Flies Again! appeared first on Model Airplane News.

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    • By JShumate in Model Airplane News
      Joe Ambrose, the CEO of Horizon Hobby and a special friend to Air Age, has passed away. We and many others will miss him deeply. Here is the release from Horizon Hobby.
      It is with deep sadness we announce the unexpected passing of Joe Ambrose. Joe died in Champaign on January 4, 2019, at the age of 61. Longtime Horizon board member and Chairman of First Busey Corporation, Greg Lykins said, “With Joe’s passing, we have lost an amazing human being and visionary leader. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Joe have lost a dear friend and inspiring mentor.”
      Joe joined Horizon Hobby in 2005 as the Vice President of Distribution. In 2008, Joe was named President and CEO. In 2014, Joe led the buyout of the Horizon ESOP with partners from Armory Capital and Mill City Capital. In 2018, Joe headed the acquisition of Hobbico’s RC assets, in the largest acquisition in industry history.
      In addition to leading Horizon Hobby, Joe also served as a director of First Busey Corporation, a financial services company, since 1993. Before joining Horizon, Joe practiced corporate law for twenty years in Bloomington, IL. Joe received a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois. He earned a Law Degree from Indiana University and an MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
      The executive leadership of Horizon Hobby will work closely with their board of directors during the transition.
      We appreciate your respect for the privacy of the family during this difficult time.
      The post Joe Ambrose, Horizon Hobby CEO appeared first on Model Airplane News.

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  • Upcoming Events

    • 19 January 2019 03:00 PM
      Fly no matter the weather, meetup at the CCRCC field at 9:00AM
    • 22 January 2019 01:00 AM Until 02:00 AM
      Social Meeting at Huber's - 7:00PM
    • 02 February 2019 03:00 PM
      Fly no matter the weather, meetup at the CCRCC field at 9:00AM
    • 12 February 2019 01:00 AM Until 02:00 AM
      CCRCC Business Meeting at Lucille's (Frasca Field)- 7:00PM
    • 16 February 2019 03:00 PM
      Fly no matter the weather, meetup at the CCRCC field at 9:00AM
    • 19 February 2019 01:00 AM Until 02:00 AM
      Social Meeting at Huber's - 7:00PM

Our Flying Field

Our field is located at 3616 W. Bloomington Rd, Champaign Illinois 61820

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Our main runway is 400 feet x 30 feet asphalt, the cross wind runway is 200 feet x 22 feet. We fly over approximately 4 acres of mowed grass and 71 acres total. The runway has 5 flight stations, 5 stands to start small glow and gas airplanes and 3 stations to start giant scale airplanes. In addition to the airplane runway we also have a helicopter landing pad. 

In addition to the flying areas, we have a large pavilion with lighting and electricity and a smaller pavilion near the helicopter area also with lighting and electricity. 

For directions to our flying field please Click Here.