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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Due to the extreme heat predicted for this Sunday, we have decided to cancel the Hobby Hanger Day activities. The safty and well being of our members and guests are paramount and we feel that the risks of heat exhaustion or other heat related emergencies are just too great. We are working with Hobby Hangar to reschedule this event for later in the year. Please stay tuned.
Loudoun Now, a community-owned news organization covering Loudoun County, Loudoun Now, a community-owned news organization covering Loudoun County, Virginia recently ran an article of drone flying in Loudoun County. In researching this article, Patrick Szabo, the article's author, visited the LCAA flying field and spoke with many of the club's members. The article puts flying drones and other RC aircraft is a positive light. Good press about our hobby is always welcome. See the complete article here.
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 July 6th, the club held it July picnic. The theme for this event was warbirds, so of course we had to fly some combat resulting in the usual wreckage. Despite the heat and humidity, we had a good turn out with over 25 people in attendance. If you haven't seem them yet, check out the additional photos posted by Mike Hennig on Facebook