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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This is a reminder that Banshee Reeks will be closing at 5:00pm Starting November, 1st until further notice. Don't be locked in! You will not be able open the main gate after the park closes. It is strongly suggested that you plan to leave the field no later than 4:30pm to ensure you leave the park before the gats get locked for the evening
Due to a scheduling conflict with the Reston Government Center our first 3 club meeting next year will be during the first Tuesday of each month and NOT the second as per our normal schedule. We will go back to the second Tuesday of the month starting in April.
Hunting season is upon us folks. The following Friday’s are hunting Friday’s so the field is closed on these days:
Dec 6th, 13 and 20th
Feb 14th, 21st and 28th
It has come to the club's attention that some members have been allowing guest who are not AMA members fly at the field without the use of a buddy box. This is a friendly reminder that all members and guests must have valid AMA and FAA numbers to fly at the field. Provisional pilots (those guests who do not have an AMA membership), may only fly with the direct supervision of a sponsoring member who is a qualified pilot. The sponsoring member must be able to take control of the aircraft using "transmitter swap" or buddy box.
Additionally, a FAA number must be displayed on the outside of all aircraft over 0.55 pounds. Also note, that the FAA does not make a distinction between fixed wing and multi-rotor aircraft. All are drones in the eyes of the FAA.
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
On Sunday, October 5th the club played host to Hobby Hangar. The weather was much more pleasant than 100 degrees that we had in July when the event was originally scheduled. Those in attendance go to see some of the new products from Horizon Hobby. Several wee ones in attendance got to try their hands at flying with the club trainers. The club would like to extend a thank you to Hobby Hanger for their time and for providing some items to raffle off. We would also like to thank John Bisaga for organizing the event.