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Another very successful own-design, scratch built project. This one is Jim's Demoiselle. A very short video shows how authentic it looks in the air.

Congratulations Jim!

  This is a video of the combined WhiteKnight and SpaceshipOne in flight and then the separation. Still a few bugs to work out of the design, but a great achievement.

Congratulations to Bruce:

An indoor free flight competition is held during the winter here in SE Michigan. At the end of the season a trophy is awarded to the seasonal champion . This year there happened to be a tie between Ron Joyal and RCCD's Bruce Thoms. The Cloudbusters club declared that there would be a one flight, last plane down wins, tie breaker held at the largest indoor event in Michigan.

The event is known as the Spring Fling and has been held at the Ultimate Soccer Arena for the last 4 years. Bruce's winning flight time was 1 minute and 37 seconds.

The plane was designed by Al Blatter back in the early 70's. It has a span of 16 inches. It is intended for one design competition and the only things you can alter are the length and cross section of the rubber motor along with using your best wood. You must use one of the plastic props specified on the plan and it must be unaltered. The plane must be covered with tissue. No film coverings or lighter types of paper are allowed. Flight trim is, of course, critical. Planes are required to ROG, that is, take off under their own power from the floor or other suitable surface as declared by the CD.

Bruce's plane weights 7.1 grams including prop and the rubber motor he's currently using.

Bruce gets bragging rights and to admire the trophy for a year. I bet he tries to win it again next year. Any competition out there?

Way to go Bruce


Among the club member presentations at our May 6th club meeting this one captured our attention for a couple of reasons:

  1. It is a project that went from "I think we can do this"; through design and construction; to flying.
  2. It is a project that a father and son team tackled. Pascal & Alex R.

Let the video tell the story.

We look froward to a video of the combination.


Spring clean-up day at RCCD (Pictures from George D.)


Member projects presented in January & February:

Note: If you plan to present a project, please schedule it with Pete M. Rattlesnake

so we don't have a crowded holding pattern one meeting and clear skies the next.



In 2016, RCCD is adding an exciting opportunity to the schedule of club activities. This year we are arranging a ROAD TRIP! That's right. We have made arrangements with the AMA for RCCD members to fly at the IAC (International Aeromodeling Center) in Muncie, Indiana. This is the AMA HQ location and the site of the Nats each summer.

Here are the details:

When: Saturday, Sunday, Monday & Tuesday, May 14, 15, 16 & 17, 2016 (Back home in time for WOW) Fly some, or all 4 days
Where: The IAC in Muncie, IN. Site 3.
Who: RCCD members & family members. Must be an RCCD and AMA member. (Non-RCCD members may participate for $20 each, if invited by an RCCD member. One visitor per member.) Must be registered with the FAA (Small UAS registration)
What: RCCD road trip to the IAC Flying for fun at our AMA HQ site --> WIDE OPEN flying site So bring your "good stuff" to fly. We'll have one dinner planned for all participants (Date/time/location/cost(if any!) TBD)
Cost: No cost to fly for RCCD members. ($20 for non-member guests. See above)

Each member is responsible for their own transportation, accommodations, meals and incidental costs. Club members will get there either on their own or team up with others in a car pool. It is about 230 miles from Detroit. The club is not making transport arrangements. On the way there or on the return trip, consider a detour to the National Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH. It's well-worth the drive.

We had a presentation of the proposed trip at the Jan 21st club meeting. The presentation contained more detail and highlighted the wide open nature of the IAC. You can see a copy (pdf file) of that presentation at

Contact either Dave Biegas or Noel Hunt if you have questions. But take a look at the presentation first. Your question may already have been answered. To assist with planning, please send Noel an e-mail - - if you intend to join us. (Of course if something comes up and you have to back out, no problem. But having a reasonable count of participants will help with planning)

Hope you can join us., This will be FUN!

Dave Biegas and Noel Hunt



We sure do know how to ring in (fly/eat in?) the New Year.

First Electric powered flight of 2016
(After 8:00 am)

First internal combustion engine powered flight of 2016
(After 10:00 am)

First crash of 2016 - Still to be determined !!!!!


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