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Renew your membership for 2018 the easy way. Click the image below to access the Online Application and Renewal Form. After you submit it we will email you payment options. Don't forget your AMA has to be renewed also. Renew early and avoid the rush!





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Float Fly will be at the location of our last float fly, just east of our usual Area 5 location. We liked the additional shade, and pilot stations were on more of a point. It is a little farther from the restrooms, and a little closer to the island, but overall the pilots liked it.



Halloween R/C Airplane Float Fly - October 28th


 Float Fly

Come get your feet wet. Corona R/C Club is hosting a Halloween Float Fly at Lake Perris State Recreation Area on October 28th from 8:00am to 2:00pm.Fuel and Electric welcomed. Will have a retrieval boat and a raffle.. Landing fee $15. Park admission $10 ($9 seniors). Park snack bar and camping available. nice hard sandy beach, can park close to the water.






Snap Maneuvers add "Snap" to your flying


If you want to achieve a good snap roll, practice is mandatory. The snap roll is an autorotation maneuver in a stalled condition. During a snap, one wing is stalled while the other is accelerated about the roll axis. This creates a sudden roll-rate acceleration that you can’t obtain by simply inputting aileron. To achieve this condition in a model, several inputs must be given, including elevator, rudder and aileron.




The simplest snap is known as the “inside snap.” This maneuver is performed from the upright position and is induced by adding elevator, rudder and aileron. Before you try this maneuver, be prepared for your plane to rotate at least twice as fast as it does during a typical aileron roll. You probably won’t even see your plane perform the maneuver because it happens so quickly. Instead, you will barely have started your control inputs when you’ll immediately have to think about recovery.


Make sure that you have enough altitude to allow mistakes! Now take the airplane to a comfortable altitude at least 100 yards in front of you, parallel to the runway. Enter the aerobatic zone and fly to the center of the box at mid throttle (not full throttle). From level flight, perform an inside left snap by simultaneously applying up-elevator, left rudder and left aileron for 1 to 2 seconds.



Get More Satisfaction from your Flying

Why just fly around doing random (and sloppy) maneuvers? Use your flying time to improve your skills. Click on the link below to access the Senior Pattern Association pattern judging guide. It is a Power Point presentation that details the correct - and incorrect - ways to perform the pattern maneuvers. Give it a try.


Senior Pattern Judging Guide link


 MECOA Buys Assets of Fox Manufacturing and
Macs Products


Both companies fell on hard times with the loss of their founders, and downturn in demand for nitro engines. I understand that MECOA (of Irwindale CA) will not manufacture their products (engines and mufflers / pipes) but may have old stock available.



Float Fly July 8 Report

Fortunately a steady breeze held the heat down at the lake, on what was in many areas a record hot day. Many attendees had come a good distance, and enjoyed a mostly successful day of flying. Unfortunately, early on, Scott Popjes misjudged distances and "landed" his beloved Knockabout in a tree on the other side of the lake. A couple of rescue parties managed to retrieve it, actually with repairable damage. There were a number of boat retrievals for stalls and splash downs.  Frank Ross and Jan Coultrap did the heavy lifting to provide a very enjoyable BBQ lunch, always the high point of the event.


A new direction and non-2/4 frequency sign was provided by Josh Dawson, and pilot stations were marked in the grass. A new sign in and wrist band procedure kept things organized. The location as the pavilion east of where we usually are, and provided more shade and better take-off angles being on more of a point than a cove.


Lifeguards were enforcing the no-parking on the grass rule. We have ALWAY advertised this rule on the float fly announcements on the website and in the newsletter, so we should not be surprised that the park is enforcing it. We have our field rules that we enforce and they have theirs.


Robin Gordon Hambley
February 28, 1926 - June 26, 2017

Robin G. Hambley was born in Los Angeles, California February 28th 1926 and passed away on Monday June 26, 2017. He was the owner of Robin's
 Hobby in Glendale California, He started a flying club in Sylmar Ca. where he and friends would fly model aircraft.

He is survived by his brother William
Hambley and his sons Robin L. and William J. Hambley along with his daughter in laws Sofie and Kathy Hambley and his five grand children Victoria, Kristina, Alexander, Danielle and Ryan. He will be missed by all.


FAA Offers Registration Fee Refunds to Hobbyists


To qualify for the refund, owners need to reiterate that their drone is used only for recreation and in accordance with community safety guidelines — of course. If you're ticking those boxes, you can find the rest of the application form here, so send that off and start imagining what you're going to do with that sweet fiver.



Whittier Narrows Field Closed after 4PM Daily

According to the San Gabriel Valley RC League web site, the Whittier Narrows flying field will be closed daily at 4pm until further notice by order of the parks department. No reason was given. Late afternoon flying there is problematic anyway as pilots face the setting sun.


 Maiden Flight for Gary Stevens

Solar Airplane May 29
Video below


"Memorial Day saw the successful maiden flight of the solar airplane. Thin clouds and a 9:30AM flight time precluded a "pure" solar powered flight. Despite this, the model's ability to fly was demonstrated, and instrumentation within the aircraft successfully recorded valuable data that will be used in future flights. I put about 2,500 hours into the analysis, design, testing, and construction of this contraption, so this was a very "Happy Day" for me! "


"This project started about 15 months ago with the idea of building an RC airplane that could sustain flight using only the electricity produced by solar cells in the wing. It will take time and many flights to fine tune this airplane and my piloting skills to see if  it can achieve the ultimate goal.

I want to give special thanks to the members of the Executive Club members of the SFDRCM who allowed me to "break the rules" and conduct the test flight from atop the berm. The extra altitude gave an important measure of safety in getting the plane up to flying speed."


"Thanks also to my "Pit & Launch Crew" and all of the club members that gave me permission to fly alone during this test flight. It was definitely "white knuckle" flying for 300 seconds, but knowing there were no other models in the airspace made it easier!"


 If any of you have photos or videos of the flight I'd like to get copies if possible.

" I started this project 15 months ago. I wanted to see if I could design and build a radio controlled airplane that could sustain flight using only the electricity produced by solar cells in its wings.

The maiden flight of the solar-electric plane will be on Memorial Day (Monday) at the SFDRCM flying field. Cameras are welcome. Hopefully you'll share your photos/videos with me."


Gary with 12 foot wing



Meeting Time & Location Information
Wednesday at 7:30 PM
Arcadia Red Cross on Methodist Hospital campus
376 W Huntington Dr
Arcadia , CA 91007  map it
7:30 Second Wednesday each month


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