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Club Officer elections were held on Thursday. Our club leadership remains the same for 2015. Congratulations to Phil (secretary), Peter (president), Gordon (VP), & John (treasurer).

All the January dates for meetings and ground school shift one week later (second, forth and fifth Thursdays). We will finalize our 2015 event schedule at the January 8th meeting.



News forwarded to us via Willie: Skip Mast is an RCCD life member who now lives and flies in Florida. He sends pictures of his latest project. It is an electric-powered C-130. At 1/12 scale it has a 130 inch wing span and weighs 38 lbs. It is powered by four Turnigy SK35045 motors turning 14x10 props. Power to them comes from four 6S 5000 mAH batteries and 41 amp ESCs. Skip had a successful maiden flight on September 1st and said it flew better than any of his other C-130s. Great project Skip!

In the past, Skip has competed in World Scale competition.


8/29/14 National Model Aviation Day and the Wounded Warrior Project at RCCD was covered on Shelby TV. Take a look
If the link does not work, cut and paste this address to your browser:

EAA Chapter 13 held a fly-in pancake breakfast at the Ray Airport. RCCD supported our EAA friends by displaying a few of our R/C models and performing a few demo flights while the "full-size guys" waited for the mist to burn off. Once they could get airborne from their home fields and fly in, we went to"static display" mode. . . . and enjoyed a great breakfast among other aviation enthusiasts. Thanks to all who participated.


How do you think Jim feels about flying his N3N? Perhaps the smile is a hint . . .

They offered to cover my refueling after the demo flight !


Pictures from the June Ground School on Basic Aerobatics and Trim.
The hand-out is available on the Tips & Hints page (Tip 2.10). George Dudek pictures.




Catching up on pictures taken at the field so far this year . . . .



May Ground School on tuning engines.


May Member project presentations:


Some aircraft from our 2014 Warbirds and Scale event.

Click to go to PMACJOE's video of the event


Some first flights in May:


New Startup Tables at the Field

We have a number of well designed, well constructed, and safe to use startup tables at the field to replace the ones that have served us well, but were starting to fall apart.

Rattlesnake, provides this video on the easiest way to move tables out for your flying session, and to move them off the grass before you leave so the grass is clear for cutting.

Click on the picture to watch the video. Depending on your browser, you may see a message to download the video. Go ahead and download it and and watch it.

This is slick!

3/21/14 We will be making some new starting tables this spring. This RC Universe link answers many of the questions you may have about the proposed design.

We finally have all the 2014 club leaders together at the same time as I have my camera available:

******* Phil Laperriere - Secretary ********** Peter Van Heusden - President ****************** Gordon Gibbons - V.P. ************************* John Gronowski - Treasurer *******

Member projects presented in February and March:




Rattlesnake Pete's Junker J-9 is on Model Airplane News' Facebook time line.

Their comment: "We love that camo scheme!"

Almost 600 "likes" when I wrote this! Well done Rattlesnake!



Our 2014 RCCD leaders at the first 2014 meeting:

******* Phil Laperriere - Secretary ******* Peter Van Heusden - President ******* Gordon Gibbons - V.P. ******* John Gronowski - Treasurer *******

John had a work emergency. I'll update this picture when all 4 are together.

Members' projects presented at the January meeting:


IMPORTANT: State of Michigan Recreation Passport required for RCCD flying field access.

A term of our new lease with the State of Michigan, is that a Recreation Passport is required for access to Wetzel State Park, just like any other State park in Michigan. The new lease is effective from January 2014. If you already have the Passport tab on your licence plate you comply and don't need to do anything more. If not please go to the Michigan DNR website for details.,4570,7-153-10365_55798---,00.html

Note that this is a State of Michigan requirement.



At the field New Year - 2014

Please Note: The lock combination number was changed on all the locks on Jan 1st. You received the new number when you renewed your club membership, or will receive it when you renew. Remember to ALWAYS roll the combination right after you unlock any lock. The combination number should never be left showing.


First electric flight at RCCD, in 2014

First glow flight:


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