Welcome to the Loudoun County Aeromodelers Association (LCAA). 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 Park 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. 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. Membership applications for LCAA and AMA are available on this site.
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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It is time for a Spring clean-up at the field. The date is 30 March 2019 and we will start around 9:30 a.m. The rain date is 6 April 2019. Most of the work entails trimming back brush, racking leavings and sticks and general clean-up. So bring gloves, lawn and steel rakes and electric bush trimmers. No chain saws!! Will get a more detailed list a little later. Be there early and you can get on the 'easy" job of cleaning the sides of the road--they usually sneak off for doughnuts and coffee. We will have pizza around noon.
The club will have a plane build event on Sunday, March 31st at 1:00pm in the Banshee Reeks Nature Center Training Room. We will be building the Flite Test Simple Scout. For $35, participants will get a laser cut plane kit, 4 servos, push rods, control horns, landing gear and wheels. We’ll gather at the Banshee Reeks training center and start building our planes. We’ll have hot glue guns available for use, tape for fixing mistakes and razor blades for trimming the foam boards. Power Pack recommendations from Flite Test are a 20amp ESC, 2212 1000Kv motor, 3s/1300mah battery and either a 9X4.5 Slow Fly or 10X4.5 propeller. To reserve you kit, click here
Undecided - Preview the Flite Test build video and see if this is something you would like to try. Flite Test planes are designed for to be easy to build, even for people with no building experience.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) posted a rule in the Federal Register requiring small drone owners to display the FAA-issued registration number on an outside surface of the aircraft. Owners and operators may no longer place or write registration numbers in an interior compartment The rule is effective on February 25. The markings must be in place for any flight after that date. Read the FAA news article on the rule change.
The AMA produced this video to help with properly marking your aircaft
In September, several LCAA members made the trek north to the Catskills to attend the Northeast Electric Aircraft Technology Faire (NEAT). Some folks opted to stay in nearby hotels, while a few diehards camped on the flight line. All who attended reported having a great time. Arlen won one of the contests by landing his plane closest to the mark. Check out some of the photos here. If you attended NEAT and have photos you would like to share please contact Brian Roberts
The club held its annual Labor Day picnic on Monday, September 3rd. Despite the hot and sticky day, we had a great turn out. Click the image below to see photos.