Welcome to the Loudoun County Aeromodelers Association (LCAA), AMA #799. Our goal is to promote model aircraft building and flying for the purpose of education, pleasure and recreation. The public is invited to club meetings held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm at the North County Governmental Center in Reston, Virginia. Meeting activities include show 'n tell of members' aircraft and discussions on club events, activities, and business. Gather with us on Facebook and YouTube.
We invite you to join us at our flying field at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve in Loudoun County. Non-club members are encouraged to try their hand at flying as a guest of a club member with assistance from a qualified pilot. As a member of the club, flight instructors are available to assist new pilots through the pilot training program. All club members must be members of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). You must be a guest of a LCAA member or a LCAA member yourself to fly at the field. Only club qualified pilots may fly at the field by themselves.
Field hours: The LCAA flying field is open 7 days a week from 9 am to one half hour before sunset. Occasionally, the field is closed all day or for a limited amount of hours for special occasions and members are given prior notice.
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As an AMA club, LCAA is required to have an annual safety briefing. Dave Eccelston, the club safety officer, provided the 2022 safety brief during the last Club meeting. For those who were unable to attend the meeting, we ask that you review the 2022 presentation and the AMA Safety Handbook. One important thing to remember is if there is an incident at the field that requires the use of the firs aid kit or the fire extinguisher, you must notify the club safety officer as soon as possible.
It is time to renew your club membership for 2022. New for this year, you can renew your membership online and pay via PayPal. You will be required to upload a copy of your AMA card, or AMA renewal receipt, with a 2022 or later expiration date. If you prefer using a paper application and paying with a check, you may get the application here.
Please note in the online application if your AMA number is less than seven digits, you will need to prepend one or more zeros to make it seven digits. For example, if your AMA number is 123456, it would be entered as 0123456
If you haven't already done so, you are highly encouraged to take the new FAA safety test. It only takes a few minutes and you cannot fail. While currently there is no deadline for completing this exam, it will at some point be required to fly an RC aircraft recreationally. This test is free to take and very easy. Do not fall for scams asking for payments or for study prep. Upon completion of the exam, you will receive completion certificate. Save a copy and print a copy to have with you at the field. If you lose your certificate and don't have a backup, you will need to retake the exam to get a new one. As the FAA moves forward with more regulations on recreational model aircraft, you will be required to show proof of FAA registration and exam completion to law enforcement if requested. Don't be caught with both.
On this episode of AMA Air, AMA Social Media Manager Lee Ray and Fitz Walker, from the RC Roundtable podcast, were joined by Chris Wolfe, aka The RC Geek, to talk about their experiences at Joe Nall Week at Triple Tree Aerodrome in Woodruff, South Carolina. Chris teased big news, along with a giveaway announcement. Additionally, Chris talked about his current projects, including scratch-building a Convair B-58 Hustler. Lee wrapped up the show with some upcoming events, such as the MultiGP International Open and Camp AMA. Registration for Camp AMA ends May 16, so make sure to register now!
After several weather delays, the club held its first picnic of 2022 on Sunday, May 15th. The weather was perfect. Warm, but not too hot, and only a light breeze. Several planes got maidened, and a few met their demise. There were more crashed than you can count on one hand. Guess we all need to get the rust off. Hope to see every back again in wo weeks for the Memorial Day picnic. Just a reminder, that picnic will be on Monday, May 30th.