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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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  • gutter body

    Dared myself, Trainer 60 wing 60" sort of like a big stick so 57" body, apprentice tail. Made one circle (lap) landed on wheels. Was not pretty but will try with a bigger prop. If still work rough will put a bigger tail feather set.

    Gary Pugh
    Gary Pugh
    Airplane Talk

    Basic Gas Engine Tuning

    This info provided from @DIrwin with PDF download >> Basic Gas Engine Tuning.pdf   VERY IMPORTANT!    Read each step and follow exactly and move the sticks exactly as I indicate, there is no slow stick movement when checking the H and L needles. Since both needles work together, slowly throttling up or down will tell you very little when doing your base needle settings. Don't omit any steps and don't do any steps out of order and IT WILL WORK, follow each step and do exactly

    JShumate
    JShumate
    Gas/Nitro Talk

    Winter Project (‘19/‘20)

    Scratch building a 1/2A stunt control line trainer, the Zinger II. Instructions and plans available on-line. I’ve cut rib and fuselage templates from red oak. If anyone is interested in building one, I’d be happy to loan the templates out. I’ve also got some spare balsa to share. Just shoot me a message at tkronas@yahoo.com

    TKronas
    TKronas
    Airplane Talk 1

    biplane

    Maiden flite is successful. This is 3 different planes. Wings are d17 if I figure correctly, body is carbon cub, tail assembly is Apprentice e15, uprights in wings are carbon arrow shafts. All parts came from Mansfield back room. Top wing is 48".

    Gary Pugh
    Gary Pugh
    Airplane Talk 1
  • Current Weather Conditions at the Field


    To view the current weather conditions at the CCRCC airfield you will need to sign up on WeatherLink. This can be done on PC or mobile. Mobile users can find WeatherLink in their app store (Google Play or Apple Store). Once on WeatherLink search CMI West Bloomington Road for the weather station at the club or click THIS LINK to be taken to the correct weather page.
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  • Last Flight of my Triplane

    Here’s a video of editor Gerry Yarrish’s 1/4-scale Fokker Dr. I Triplane on its last flight. Gerry had setup a remote video camera in the c*ckpit so he could film a dogfight between him and his flying buddy Sal Calvagna. The flight took place at the Central Connecticut Big Biplane Bash 11 years ago. In the video you can just see Sal’s aircraft just before Gerry’s Triplane heads for the ground. Built from a Balsa USA kit, Gerry’s triplane was powered by a Zenoah G-26. And up until this last fl

    JShumate
    JShumate
    Model Airplane News

    Giant Stunning Stearman

    Pedro Sanchez is a master scale modeler and a member of the Georgia Model Aviators in Ballground. He has many large scale models in his hanger and prides himself with absolute detail on his models.  His latest, as seen here, is a Balsa USA Stearman. Pedro is relentless when it comes to detail and realism.  He spends hours looking at pictures and full size airplanes so he can impart that detail on his model.  Along with this he has developed the skills to make things not usually seen on models th

    JShumate
    JShumate
    Model Airplane News

    Rotor Man

    And now for som*thing completely different! Ralph Kayser built this flying man using bubble wrap and tape inside a paint-ball suit. A lightweight, fiberglass helmet and vinyl boots provide the finishing touches. Ralph notes that his 3.5-pound “man” can fly for 8 minutes on 10S 3000mAh LiPo batteries. The post Rotor Man appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full article

    JShumate
    JShumate
    Model Airplane News

    Workshop Tips: Easy Tail Surfaces Supports

    Now that the Nieuport 24 project build is up on its landing gear, it is time to finish up the tail surfaces. Here you see the lower attachment bracket used to secure the vertical fin. The bracket is soldered to a threaded rod that goes through the horizontal stabilizer and is secured with a lock nut below. Here you see the hex head cross bolt that secures the fin to the attachment bracket. Also the upper support rigging has been installed. Threaded at one end and soldered at the other, 2-56

    JShumate
    JShumate
    Model Airplane News

    How To: Vintage Landing Gear

    There are several ways to make landing gear for WW I aircraft, and making them look authentic is always the goal. For my Nieuport 24 project, I wanted to use “easy to do” techniques while making is equally as easy to end up with scale looking results. For the basic structure, I used 1/8 inch music wire and bent the front and aft struts to shape using the mount rails in the fuselage as a guide. Once they were bent to shape, I decided to use steel sheet material to form the axle guide that the st

    JShumate
    JShumate
    Model Airplane News

    Field Report: The Blue Max

    The Blue Max Scale Challenge and Fly In is one of those events that everyone looks forward to. Anyone interested in early aviation and WW I airplanes will enjoy this gathering of RC vintage and pioneer aeroplanes. In this way, with the help of clubs, pilots, and enthusiasts, RC events are quickly becoming action packed venues to view seldom seen icons of an aviation era long gone. History is being preserved albeit in miniature form. There aren’t a tremendous amount of museums and airfields remai

    JShumate
    JShumate
    Model Airplane News
  • Our Flying Field

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

    Click Here for Google Maps link

    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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