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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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  • 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

    Autonomous Nano Talon build

    A couple of you have seen my Nano Talon at the field. So far I've been using it for training, but my end goal for this plane is to fly autonomous medium-range routes while capturing video, so that I can explore my surrounding from a new perspective. Shortly after getting the plane earlier this year, I also ordered a more capable flight controller, and a mini camera. The camera can record HD flight video while transmitting a lower resolution feed to the ground. I'm not interested in flying v

    IVanier
    IVanier
    Airplane Talk
  • 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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  • Master the Knife-Edge Spin

    In my opinion, the knife-edge spin is one of the most impressive extreme aerobatic maneuvers. It’s very demanding for the pilot and the airframe. First, I’ll describe the maneuver. In traditional knife-edge, the aircraft is rolled approximately 90 degrees from upright level flight. Then altitude is sustained by using “top” rudder. When the maneuver is complete, the pilot will roll the model 90 degrees to return to upright level flight. Compared with a traditional knife-edge, in a knife-edge spi

    JShumate
    JShumate
    Model Airplane News

    James May Flies RC Across the Channel

    James May of Top Gear and The Grand Tour fame has a soft spot for RC model airplanes. In this video, he builds a glider based on a childhood model and then attempts to fly it across the English Channel! An hour long, this terrific short film is definitely worth your time! The post James May Flies RC Across the Channel appeared first on Model Airplane News. View the full article

    JShumate
    JShumate
    Model Airplane News

    Turbine powered He 162 Salamander

    The Heinkel He 162 Volksjäger (People’s Fighter”), was a single-engine, jet-powered Luftwaffe fighter that saw limited action at the end of World War II. It was designed and built quickly primarily of wood as metals were in very short supply and prioritized for other aircraft. Several Volksjäger (Salamander) jets were captured by allied forces at the end of the war for future study. This impressive RC model though not especially large, is very impressive and it has excellent flight perfo

    JShumate
    JShumate
    Model Airplane News

    FAA Proposed Rule for Drones/RC Aircraft

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued the proposed rule for remote identification of drones, which by strict definition include RC model aircraft. We encourage our audience to read the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking now in the Federal Register and share their comments. The following regulations are in the proposed rule and would impact the RC hobby. > It would limit the number of approved flying sites > All flying sites must have internet capability > Requires registra

    JShumate
    JShumate
    Model Airplane News

    Wing Repairs for Built-up Airplanes

    Let’s face it. If you fly RC airplanes, sooner or later, you’re going to damage your model. Knowing how to deal with common damage inflicted on our models saves you money and extends the life of your plane. So why buy a replacement wing when you can fix it yourself? Here’s our damaged wing. This is much like what would happen if you ran your plane into the safety fence at the flying field. With so many ARFs available on the market today, few modelers are actually building up their models fro

    JShumate
    JShumate
    Model Airplane News

    Easy Tips for Balancing Propellers

    When operating RC airplanes, properly balanced propellers are very important. Having a balanced prop helps prevent excessive vibration which can cause electrical connections to loosen, fuel in your gas tank to foam up, and can even cause structural damage.  Balancing your propeller helps avoid all these problems and it is very easy to do by following this two-step procedure. 1.  To balance blades, place the mounted prop on the balancer with the blades in a horizontal position.  Remove materia

    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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