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Ready for take-off on New Year's Eve. RCCD field sees its last flight in 2011. Who will be the first to fly there in 2012? The winds are forecast in the 20's on New Years Day!!

The RCCD 2012 board was elected at the December 1st Meeting. Thanks to Darryll Rohrbeck who conducted a highly amusing election:

President - John McCormick
Vice President - Peter Van Heusden
Treasurer - Mike Pavlock
Secretary - Noel Hunt

The RCCD All Star 60 "kits" were distributed and the following project presentations were made:


The RCCD All Star 60 project is about to commence - as soon as the wood arrives. Here is the prototype. The "follow along" web pages are taking shape too

November 17th project presentations



Presentations at the last few meetings.
Pictures by George D.





RCCD's 2011 Tom Brett Memorial Pattern Contest was held on September 10th & 11th. Click the picture below for more images of the weekend.



The Javerys make it a family get-together at RCCD's picnic and fly-in. "... this is some of our family at the camp and fly Saturday. Great time in the hot weather. Three of my sons and one daughter in this photo were members and flyers in our club in the 70's and 80's and one still is."



RCCD visited the Selfridge Museum on Aug 30th.
Click the C-131 for more pictures of the visit.



Some of the presentations from July & August meetings


8/21/11 The EAA Chapter 13 / RCCD Joint fly-in is fast approaching (Aug 27th). Lou's article on the previous fly-in is published at AMA's Model Aviation On-Line.

And here is the detail and flyer for the Camp & Fly weekend:

September 3rd & 4th

RCCD Annual Club Camping/Picnic Fly-In

A Full Weekend of Food, Flying and Fun for all Club Members.



- General flying, 8am - 7:45pm (<78db), 10am - 6:45 (< 98db)

- “A Bundle of Sticks” Bring your club stick project.

- Lunch provided at the field, Donation Jar.

- Club Dinner at 5pm. $8. Chicken Breast, Corn on the Cob, Baked potato, Salad and Dessert.
Sign up ahead with Rainel at 586-778-7362 or

- Bon Fire (weather permitting)

- Overnight camping at the field


- 10am, Fun Event Flying starts, Events being considered:

- Ring Drop, Jellybean loops, Touch and go, Balloon Bust, Run and Glide& wingless drag race.

- Complementary lunch provided at the field

- Prizes, 50/50 raffle.

Contact:   Phil Laperriere 586-876-5401,


September 3rd & 4th (Labor Day weekend) - 11th Annual Camp & Fly. RCCD's Fly-in, Fun Fly & Picnic

Details for the weekend are coming together, but be sure to put it on your calendar. In addition to the flying, we will have what has become a great tradition: the Saturday night Chicken Dinner at the field. The menu includes:

Dinner Menu
Chicken breast
Baked potato
Corn on the cob
Tossed salad

All for only $8

Then gather round the bon fire after dinner for conversation with friends. Bring camp chairs and perhaps bug spray!)

So that the correct amount of food is ordered for the dinner, please let Rainel know by e-mail if you will attend and how many in your party (family definately welcome).

As the detail for the weekend develops, it will be posted on



August Ground School - 8/30/2011

RCCD will visit the Selfridge Air force Museum for the August ground school. Our own Darryll Rohrbeck (who does a lot of volunteer work there) will host us. We will have an opportunity to tour both the inside and outside exhibits. Be sure to take a look at the replica SPAD, which Darryll and Sam Blaga helped build.

Advanced registration is required for security clearance to enter the Selfridge base.: Either sign up at the regular Aug 18th club meeting, or if you can't make that meeting, contact Darryll and let him know you are attending. Guests are welcome, but also need to sign up in advance.






<-- One of the planes on display at the museum.
......No prizes for guessing what it is!


U-Control Fly-in; 2x2 Rally; 4-Stroke Rally

A Message (e-mail) from Frank Carlisle:
"Willie McMath sent me pictures from today's RCCD Fly In. I didn't think to bring my own camera so we have Willie to thank for shooting great pix and sharing them with all of us. Thankyou Willie. The r/c guys had a two X two rally wherein the plane had to have either two wings or two engines. On the c/l side we had our 12th annual fly in. Both groups had good turnouts and the club's womens auxiliary cooked up some food.
It was hot!! But the winds were calm and there was lots of pop, water and shade. It was fun

Thanks to CDs Phil and Joe T, for leading a good weekend and all the support from the rest of the club members. The weekend also included the 4-Stroke Rally on Sunday. Click on the pictures below for more images of the weekend:


2 x 2

4-Stroke (46 MB video)

4-Stroke (14 MB video)


Just a note of “Thanks” to all the club members and their family members, who attended the “Sticknic and BBQ” and made it a success. The attendance was great, in spite of the wind. After the postponement from the June 23rd date, due to rain, to June 28th, the weather somewhat cooperated. We certainly dodged the rain, but we found ourselves in 'the mist of wind'. The wind certainly curtailed the flying, but it didn't curtail our fun. We did have two brave souls, Chris Bonner and Kieth Jones, successfully testing their flying skills and the durability of the Ugly Sticks.

The list of names of everyone involved in the “Ugly Stick Club Project” and those who made the “Sticknic and BBQ” a success is a long one, so I will just generalize, and hopefully no one is missed.

Many Thanks to:

The Quad Squad, The Kitchen Staff, The Club Officers, The Builders of the Sticks, All The Club Members who brought their ugly stick type planes, All The Club Members directly and indirectly involved in the project, and All Our Family Members, and Those who couldn't attend but were there in spirit.

Pete M............Rattlesnake

P.S. Looking forward to the next club winter project (The RCCD All Star 60)


RCCD's Stik Together Stiknic. A Tuesday evening gathering of any plane that looks like it has Das Ugly Stik heritage, including the club scratch-build project planes.

13 of the 24 scratch-build project planes

The line-up of all the sticks

F O O D ! ! ! ! . . . .


Presentations at the June meetings:


BIG BIRD - IMAA District VII Mini Fest....... June 11 & 12. Click on the group for more pictures with captions


June is here and out come the planes:.......




The biplane boys June 5, 2011:

5/23/11 St Clair County Propbusters invites you to their Interclub Invitational R/C Fly-in on June 18th. Visit their website for more detail.

John and Noel attended PMAC's 5/22/2011 Warbird Fly-in. PMAC made all pilots feel welcome, as did the weather! So there was a great turn-out of pilots and warbirds. Click on John's AT-6 for more pictures from the day.

There is also a video on Youtube


Projects presented at the 5/19 meeting:


Members' projects presented at the May 5th Meeting



2011's first really pleasant weekend day for flying resulted in a good turnout.

The RCCD field is ready for the season. Now if only the weather was also ready! More pictures if you click on this one. --->

The promise of a warmer day saw more members out at the field on Saturday. However, it was a promise broken: It was still pretty cold as the wind started to pick up.


Presentations from the 4/7/11 Meeting



Radio Control Aircraft Show at the Gibraltar Trade Center. (Take a look at the Macomb Daily coverage of the show, but don't worry: we do have more than 30 members!)





Member projects presented at the 3/17/11 club meeting (G. Dudek pictures)



Members keeping busy during the cold months (pictures by George D.)

Good use for foam picnic plates!!


Thanks to Peter for passing this along - Bill passed in the Senate:

TEXT OF AMENDMENTS -- (Senate - February 15, 2011)

[Page: S759]
SA 86. Mr. INHOFE submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 223, to modernize the air traffic control system, improve the safety, reliability, and availability of transportation by air in the United States, provide modernization of the air traffic control system, reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

On page 245, between lines 7 and 8, insert the following:

(g) Special Rule for Model Aircraft.--

(1) IN GENERAL.--Notwithstanding any other provision of law relating to the incorporation of unmanned aircraft systems into FAA plans and policies,, including this section, the Administrator shall not promulgate any rules or regulations regarding model aircraft or aircraft being developed as model aircraft if such aircraft is--

(A) flown strictly for recreational, sport, competition, or academic purposes;

(B) operated in accordance with a community-based set of safety guidelines and within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization; and

(C) limited to not more than 55 pounds unless otherwise certified through a design, construction, inspection, flight test, and operational safety program currently administered by a community-based organization.

(2) MODEL AIRCRAFT DEFINED.--For purposes of this subsection, the term ``model aircraft'' means a nonhuman-carrying (unmanned) radio-controlled aircraft capable of sustained flight in the atmosphere, navigating the airspace and flown within visual line-of-sight of the operator for the exclusive and intended use for sport, recreation, competition, or academic purposes.


Better weather this year . See you in April. Richard. Sent from my iPhone

02/04/11 Spectrum and JR owners: Should you up-grade to DSRX?

Members' projects presented at the Feb 3rd Meeting:




Some progress pictures of Willie's scratch-built Lovings Love. Looking good Willie!:

Projects presented at the January 20th meeting.

Flying continues through the winter. Click for more pictures


Member projects at the 01/06/2011 meeting, and "kits" are distributed for the Scratch Build project.


New Year at RCCD

The day was soggy and high 40's, but the spirits were high. The flying started at 10 a.m. with Don Veres first with his electric P-51 and followed by Dave Durocher with his fuel powered Stick. The first non-flight was Pete Mlinarcik---his Ugly Stick was missing the needle valve?? Other pilots were also flying, when around 11:30 the wind and rain really kicked up forcing the aircraft to land. Henry Dudek brought in his Cub on floats and planted it firmly on terra firma. If others have photos, it would be appreciated to view.

The food was terrific(as usual) and brought in by Dave and Maria Biegas and Phil Laperriere. Sorry I'm not sure who else brought in some goodies, my apologies.

Enjoy these few photos (click on the picture to the right).

George Snapshot

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