Loudoun County Aeromodelers Association

Loudoun County Aeromodelers Association We are a model aircraft flying club sanctioned by the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). We enjoy the privilege of flying model aircraft of all types at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve in Loudoun County.

We are a sanctioned Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) Club.

We are a sanctioned Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) Club.

Operating as usual

Anyone building anything these days?  Here are some photos of the latest old timer I am working on - The Lanzo Bomber fr...
03/08/2021

Anyone building anything these days? Here are some photos of the latest old timer I am working on - The Lanzo Bomber from Brodack Models.

Here is some background on the designer:

Chester D. Lanzo was a model airplane pioneer who started building model airplanes in 1922 at the age of eight. His modeling career extended over a period of 65 years, until the time of his death on August 13, 1989. Chester was well known world wide for his expertise in model airplanes.

In 1937, Chester won first place in the first National Radio Control Contest ever held.

Chester started designing and building his own Radio Control system about 1933. His first Radio Control model, built and flown in 1934, was a 7-foot span cabin model. Chester called it Radio Control No. 1. It is now commonly known as the RC-1. This model proved too fast to be controlled with his primitive radio control system. His second Radio Control model had a 12-foot span, which flew very slowly. Chester named it the Racer. Unfortunately, he crashed it prior to the 1936 Nationals in which he planned to enter the model. The 1937 Radio Control Champion model, known as the Radio Control Stick was his third Radio Control model. In 1938, Chester designed a 9-foot span Radio Control glider, which he flew in the 1939 Nationals. It was the first Radio Control glider to compete in a National Radio Control Contest. He named it Airborn.

He held records in outdoor stick, cabin, and rubber speed. Chester's designs are in Air World, Flying Models, Air Trails, Model Airplane News, and the Model Aeronautics Yearbooks by Frank Zaic. Burd Models kitted several of Chester's Free Flight designs.

Chester worked in various fields of engineering such as electrical, instrumentation, heat transfer, nuclear and lasers. He authored numerous reports for the Lewis Research Center.

Chester was inducted into the following Halls of Fames:
> Model Aviation Hall of Fame
> National Free Flight Society Hall of Fame
> Society of Antique Modelers Hall of Fame

The Bomber has been the dominant winner in recent years in the Society of Antique Modelers contests. The Bomber won many contests, mainly in the Radio Control Assist contests.

That time of the year again! LCAA membership, AMA and possibly FAA renewals are all due.  We are also encouraging member...
02/10/2021
Friends of Banshee Reeks

That time of the year again! LCAA membership, AMA and possibly FAA renewals are all due. We are also encouraging members to join the Friends of Banshee Reeks club too (www.bansheereeksnp.org).

It is a little snowy right now, but the field is in good shape and the charging station is operational - but you have to have a current membership to fly. So why not renew now?!

Donate Contact https://youtu.be/tOhJiWY_PDs Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve is open during the pandemic. Please visit Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Service’s COVID-19 website for current information. ALL THIRD SATURDAY VOLUNTEER DAYS HAVE BEEN CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NO...

01/22/2021
Flite Test

Good to see Josh and Josh back together. I am looking forward to seeing Fly Girls.

Women's Airforce Service Pilots of WWII - WASPs 🇺🇸

Had a great turn out for our Spring field day!  Lots accomplished, a few more things to do...  Thanks to all that helped...
01/16/2021

Had a great turn out for our Spring field day! Lots accomplished, a few more things to do... Thanks to all that helped!

01/16/2021

As per FAA TFR 1/4508 the field is closed to all flying on January 20th through January 21st for inaugural events.

01/12/2021

Our monthly club meeting is tonight at 7:30 pm. The link to the Google meeting is in the Airbag and in the announcement section of our LCAA Slack.

07/02/2020

4th of July picnic! We are going to do it responsibly. Hamburgers and hot dogs made to order and served to you on a paper plate. You take the plate and social distance yourself and enjoy your meal. Bagged chips, bottled water and sodas will also be served. The cook and food deliverers will be wearing masks and gloves.

If you have a combat plane bring it. The planes don't have to social distance but the pilots will! Otherwise, it will be a leisurely event with folks just flying

when told to stay home, you build!  BJMR Panther.
04/06/2020

when told to stay home, you build! BJMR Panther.

01/04/2020

There will be indoor flying this Sunday (1/5) at Westfield High School. 8-9:30am. A small donation is suggested at the door to support the STEM program at the school. NVRC is sponsoring the gathering!

10/08/2019
Academy of Model Aeronautics District IV

A call to action LCAA members! Please do your part.

CALL TO ACTION NOW! From the AMA Gov't Affairs Team:

Dear District IV Member,

We need your assistance in an urgent matter. Late last week, the FAA unexpectedly informed us that, contrary to earlier commitments to AMA, the agency is planning to limit all recreational model aircraft operations to 400 feet in controlled airspace – with no exceptions. Additionally, the FAA is proposing restrictions in uncontrolled airspace to altitudes that could present safety issues as well as limit some model aircraft operations altogether. We were stunned by this proposal and are pushing back, but we need your help.

We urge you to send a letter to your elected representatives in Congress and ask them to contact the FAA on this critical issue. https://www.modelaircraft.org/higher-flight

Congress specifically granted the FAA the flexibility to allow operations over 400 feet if safety would not be affected. The FAA has not provided AMA with any data that proves that our operations are a safety risk. As you know, our model aircraft operations do not pose any safety or security risk to local airports or aircraft. The FAA needs to honor the Congressional directive to work with AMA on these issues.

Because of the negative impact on so many AMA members and clubs, we are going to fight this proposal with every resource at our disposal. You, our members, are our best resource.

To have the maximum impact on this proposed policy as possible, please share this message with your friends, family and fellow club members who love our hobby. Please also monitor your emails and www.modelaircraft.org/gov for new information as we work to fight this restrictive policy. As always, we are committed to doing everything possible to protect the model aviation hobby. If you have questions, please contact us at (765) 287-1256 or [email protected].

Sincerely,

The AMA Government Affairs Team

07/18/2019

All. The Hobby Hangar Appreciation Event scheduled for this weekend is being cancelled due to the heat. We are working on possibly scheduling a new date.

Happy 4th of July!  A little red, white and blue...
07/04/2019

Happy 4th of July! A little red, white and blue...

We had a member get locked into the park recently and in working with park management have come up with the below soluti...
07/02/2019

We had a member get locked into the park recently and in working with park management have come up with the below solution.

The park lock and chain and gate ring are painted YELLOW.

The LCAA lock, chain and gate POST ring are NOT painted.

Here is a very simple way of locking…

There is a RING on the GATE and on the POST. ONE link at the END of the chain –yellow to yellow – goes through the appropriate lock.

PLEASE do NOT wrap the chain AROUND the POST or GATE. There is NO need for this.

The park closes at 8PM until the end of September.

Remember too, that our lock combination is on the back of your membership card. Don’t forget to bring it with you to the field!

They don’t have a laser cutter yet, but the price is right!
04/25/2019
Arlington Public Library Opens Free Makerspace

They don’t have a laser cutter yet, but the price is right!

A new makerspace has arrived in Arlington -- in a library.

Arlington Public Library announced today (Tuesday) that their new makerspace is now open in the Ballston Central Library on 1015 N. Quincy Street.

Called "The Shop," the free makerspace comes equipped with wood working tools, soldering

04/04/2019

No April Club meeting this month. We have been kicked out of the Government Center as a more important event/meeting has to happen. We’ll see everyone in May!

The Flite Test Scout - the plane we are building this year at our club building event!  4 channels, 1300 3s battery, sup...
03/18/2019

The Flite Test Scout - the plane we are building this year at our club building event! 4 channels, 1300 3s battery, suppose to be easy to fly.

We're arranging a club build event.  Keep an eye out for special Airbag...
03/17/2019

We're arranging a club build event. Keep an eye out for special Airbag...

11/02/2018

Indoor flying dates, times and places in our area. Come out and fly and support the high school clubs that are sponsoring these!

November 10. 8am-2pm. West Potomac High School
December 9. 8am-9:30am. Westfield High School
January 27. 8am-9:30am. Westfield Hight School
February 2. 8am-2pm. West Potomac High School
February 10. 8am-9:30am. Westfield High School
February 24. 8am-9:30am. Westfield High School

08/11/2018

We are still on for tomorrow's Hobby Hangar Demo Day! Might be cloudy but the winds are suppose to be light! Come on out, watch the demos and have lunch.

Great picnic today (tacos!) and a couple of maiden flights too!  Probably had up to 35 members and a couple of curious f...
05/05/2018

Great picnic today (tacos!) and a couple of maiden flights too! Probably had up to 35 members and a couple of curious folks partake throughout the day. The club’s Fenix trainer / fun fly planes were big hits!

04/18/2018

Congress has begun drafting language to address Section 336. During this process, some are asking for the repeal of Section 336 – which has allowed AMA to manage our members and fly safely and responsibly, as we have for over 80 years. Losing the Special Rule would be an enormous burden for our hobby.



There are currently two paths to fly legally in the U.S. – either under Section 336 or under the FAA's Small UAS Rule (Part 107). If Section 336 is repealed, everyone will have to take an in person test, pay for a remote pilot's certificate, and fly under Part 107 rules. Under Part 107, an individual must be at least 16 years of age to obtain the remote pilot's certificate, so this path leaves AMA's 50,000 youth members unable to fly.



This is a critical moment to let our elected representatives know the importance of Section 336 is us, our club and our hobby. Please reach out to Mark Warner and Tim Kaine today as well as your local Congressperson!

03/05/2018

The field is open as of today (3/5). Down power lines are repaired.

03/03/2018

Field is closed. Power line is down in the park blocking access. (3/2/18)

2018 Membership!  If you are thinking aobut joining us, now is the time.  If you are going to renew your membership, now...
02/24/2018
LCAA – RC Aircraft Club – Virginia

2018 Membership! If you are thinking aobut joining us, now is the time. If you are going to renew your membership, now is the time time.

Existing membership should have received a renewal application back in December. (Check your readers!)

Interested people can get an application on our website. www.lcaa.org.

Should be a fun year! Lots of picnics scheduled!

02/02/2018

Notams:
Thursday, February 1, 2018
An FAA NOTAM/TFR has been issued for Sterling, VA and the surrounding areas for Friday, February 2nd from 1:45 pm EST to 4:15 pm EST. The TFR is issued for security purposes to cover VIP movement in this area. Outdoor radio control model aircraft operations are prohibited within a 30 nm radius for the specific times listed below. Control Line and Free Flight modelers should use discretion when operating within the TFR. Please note that TFRs are subject to change with very short notice. Check back often for the most current NOTAM/TFR information.
Airspace Definition:
Center: On the ARMEL VOR/DME (AML) 036 degree radial at 6.5 nautical miles. (Latitude: 39º01'49"N, Longitude: 77º24'06"W)
◾Radius: 10 nautical miles
◾Altitude: From the surface up to and including 17999 feet MSL
Effective Date(s):
From February 02, 2018 at 1845 UTC (February 02, 2018 at 1345 EST)
To February 02, 2018 at 2115 UTC (February 02, 2018 at 1615 EST)
TFR - 8/4346

12/22/2017

A reminder to our club members, the park is officially closed on December 25th and January 1st. There is to be no flying at our field on either of these two days. Thanks!

12/11/2017

Club meeting Tuesday, December 12th at the Reston Government Center. 7:30pm.

11/09/2017

INDOOR FLY-IN Saturday (11/11/17)!

8 am to 2 pm
West Potomac High School -- Main Gym
6500 Quander Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22307

There is a $5 landing fee and proceeds go towards supporting the competitive engineering team at the school.

11/05/2017

We are canceling November's club meeting this Tuesday (11/7). Go vote!

10/07/2017

All, the field will be closed on the following days so a controlled deer hunt can take place at the park:

October 13,20,27 (all Fridays..)

December 1,8,15 (all Fridays..)

February 2,9,16 (23rd is weather date)

06/30/2017

REMINDER. If you are flying quad chopters you need to abide by FAA rules since our field is technically within the restricted flight area - meaning fly within eye sight and no higher than 400 feet. Thanks!

06/30/2017

All - On Monday and Tuesday (July 3rd and 4th) the park will be officially closed but our flying field will be open! Please make sure to close the park gate behind you as you leave and enter the park - EVEN IF IT HAPPENS TO BE OPEN! Thanks and have a safe 4th! Picnic on the 8th! Plenty of cold refreshments will be available...

Address

21085 The Woods Road
Leesburg, VA
20175

General information

We enjoy the privilege of flying our models at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve in Loudoun County.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

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This is the organized protest of FAA's remote ID proposal. Show up to support a hobbyist exemption that will preserve scale modeling, aerobatic competition, discuss launch gliders, FPV racing, fly-ins, STEM opportunities for the next generation, and weekends outdoors with friends and family.
A nice summary of how the FAA's proposed remote identification rule would affect model airplanes. Make sure to submit your comments by March 2.
For anyone who might be interested, NovaLabs is running a class on learning to fly quadcopters via first person view. The $250 fee for the class includes the gear you need to get started.
Looks like we have a TFR for Saturday, 0800-1430 Local