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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.
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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.
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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
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  • Notice - The CCRCC website will be offline March 2nd and 3rd for a software upgrade. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

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.

                                                        

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
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      The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has posted a rule in the Federal Register requiring small drone owners to display the FAA-issued registration number on an outside surface of the aircraft. Owners and operators may no longer place or write registration numbers in an interior compartment. The rule is effective on February 25. The markings must be in place for any flight after that date.
      When the FAA first required registration of small drones in 2015, the agency mandated that the registration marking be readily accessible and maintained in readable condition. The rule granted some flexibility by permitting the marking to be placed in an enclosed compartment, such as a battery case, if it could be accessed without the use of tools.
      Subsequently, law enforcement officials and the FAA’s interagency security partners have expressed concerns about the risk a concealed explosive device might pose to first responders upon opening a compartment to find a drone’s registration number. The FAA believes this action will enhance safety and security by allowing a person to view the unique identifier directly without handling the drone.
      This interim final rule does not change the original acceptable m*thods of external marking, nor does it specify a particular external surface on which the registration number must be placed. The requirement is that it can be seen upon visual inspection of the aircraft’s exterior.
      The FAA has issued this requirement as an Interim Final Rule—a rule that takes effect while also inviting public comment. The FAA issues interim final rules when delaying implementation of the rule would be impractical, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest. In this case, the agency has determined the importance of mitigating the risk to first responders outweighs the minimal inconvenience this change may impose on small drone owners, and justifies implementation without a prior public comment period.
      The FAA will consider comments from the public on this Interim Final Rule, and will then review any submissions to determine if the provisions of the ultimate Final Rule should be changed. The 30-day comment period will end on March 15, 2019. To submit comments, go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for “RIN 2120-AL32.”
      As Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao promised last month, today the FAA also posted proposed new rules to let drones fly routinely at night and over people, and to further integrate them safely into the nation’s airspace. The comment period for these proposals begins tomorrow and will end April 15.
      The post FAA: Exterior Reg. Number appeared first on Model Airplane News.

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    • By JShumate in Model Airplane News
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      During winter, most of the planes we fly are tail draggers and just have skis on the front.  Small skis for the tail of the plane are unavailable. If the snow is soft or crusty, this more or less works: the wheel drags through the soft snow or stays up on top if the snow is crusty. You do run into a problem once in a while where the tail wheel and wire catch in a soft part of the snow or footprint on the runway (left by someone retrieving a plane or coyote).  If you’re lucky the snow gives, but after watching the rudder and wheel suddenly depart from the tail of my friend’s E-flite Carbon Cub giant scale foamy during a landing, I decided it was time to make a ski that would just replace the tail wheel on any airplane.

      My winter airplane is the E-flite Super Cub 25e. This has version 1 ski design. It is a profile of the ski curved shape with two side pieces, made out of 1/8” plywood, to form a keel for the ski.  Add some scr*p canopy plastic bent to the curve, plywood, CA, trim to shape and you have a ski.  Canopy plastic was used for the ski, trying to keep it light and not affect the CG.
      This the key photo for success. The front skis have axle attachments, mid ski, which is strong enough to keep the skis from pitching up (causes trim changes to flight controls) or downward (which results in some colorful landings). The rear tailwheel wires are generally pretty thin so the rear ski has to be axle forward.  You can see above the axle location is forward (1/3 the length back from the front of ski). Gravity wants to make the rear drop, keeping the tip up for landings.  A fail safe is also required in case of rough snow crust. This makes it impossible for the ski to pitch downward and get caught in the snow. Just drill a hole anywhere at the front of the ski and put the plane in takeoff/landing position on a table.  Loop some wire through the hole and through some scr*p copper tubing (similar to pull-pull aileron connections). Snug the wire up on the tail wheel leg, crimp and trim. Paint if you want.

      Above shows the ski painted to match the Cub colors and size of the ski relative to the Du-Bro Snowbird Snow Skis (Part 825 R).

      This photo shows the ski mounted to the airplane and looks great.  You can also see the snow is not always a smooth surface. Take the plane out next weekend with a new tail ski and brag to your friends about how the rudder on your airplane is not going to come off like it does on some airplanes?  Well, after a few flights on crusty snow, the plastic had broken from the cold and the tail of the plane was sinking into the snow.  I did get razzed a bit about, where was my new ski? Hence version 2.

      The version 2 ski is shown above with a ruler for scale. Same ski design as version 1, but with 3/32’ plywood formed to shape and glued onto a similar frame and painted.  The plywood was cut to the top view profile and size I wanted and the front half, soaked overnight. While it was soaking I took a scr*p of 2×2 and cut the ski side view profile in it with my scroll saw.  The ski was placed in the form and clamped until dry (overnight)
       
      On the first attempt with the form the plywood cr*cked so I modified the front ski angle.  There are a couple of thin wedges at top of photo to help hold ski nose in the revised profile shape.

      Above shows the dry ski and form. The finished ski is still on the Cub and has sustained several winters of service. The same technique could be used to form the main skis for a smaller aircraft.  A wire from the front of the ski connecting close to the fuselage is required to keep it from dropping forward when flying/landing.  The wind from flight seems to keep the skis relatively level and in a minimum drag position.
      I hope this article will get a few more pilots successfully enjoying winter flying.  Our field is several miles from a main road across a farmer’s field which isn’t plowed in the winter. Most of us have 4-wheel drive trucks with tow ropes and equipment to pull you out from the back if you get stuck on the way into the field.
      Text & Photos By Art Irwin
       
      The post DIY Airplane Tail Ski appeared first on Model Airplane News.

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    • By JShumate in Model Airplane News
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      Wow! Get your WW I aircraft ready! Thus new RC event is intended for models of any size, any power, as long as they are aircraft models of full-size aircraft from between 1903 and 1938! Mark your calendar for May 23-25. AMA sanction #7387. $25.00 Entry Fee.
      The event will be flying off a 1,500 foot grass runway and the field has 30/50amp RV service with water hook ups. Also on site are air conditioned his/her restrooms with showers.
      For more information contact CD: Mark Chapman   mc2fastnlow@comcast.net   904-705-3178
      Site location: Heath/Green Sky Ranch 248 Wells Cemetery Rd. Hinesville, Ga. 31313. GPS 31.84479 – 81.6125
      For RV reservations contact Dan Green 912-660-4343.
      The post CLASSICS OVER GEORGIA appeared first on Model Airplane News.

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    • By JShumate in Model Airplane News
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      I really enjoy the wing covering process as it impresses me just how much the fabric strengthen and stiffens the wing panels. Just like the fuselage, the first step is ...

      Continue reading ... Join our premium membership! The post Covering Wings with Fabric appeared first on Model Airplane News.

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  • Upcoming Events

    • 19 February 2019 01:00 AM Until 02:00 AM
      Social Meeting at Huber's - 7:00PM
    • 12 March 2019 12:00 AM Until 01:00 AM
      CCRCC Business Meeting at Lucille's (Frasca Field)- 7:00PM
    • 19 March 2019 12:00 AM Until 01:00 AM
      Social Meeting at Huber's - 7:00PM
    • 23 March 2019 10:30 PM Until 24 March 2019 12:30 AM
      Indoor flying at the armory.
       
      Download the PDF for rules and waiver form Spring 2019 Armory Track UAV Rules & Regulations.pdfSpring
    • 06 April 2019 10:30 PM Until 07 April 2019 12:30 AM
      Indoor flying at the armory.
       
      Download the PDF for rules and waiver form Spring 2019 Armory Track UAV Rules & Regulations.pdfSpring
    • 09 April 2019 12:00 AM Until 01:00 AM
      CCRCC Business Meeting at Lucille's (Frasca Field)- 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.

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