GET A GOOD START...
is a bewildering array of RTF (ready to fly) and ARF (almost
ready to fly) models available to the aspiring park
pilot. Not all of them are as “beginner friendly” as
the ad copy promises. A bad choice here may become a nasty
experience, forever ruining a persons outlook on the fastest
growing, most pleasurable hobby in the world.
Before you spend money, spend some time with experienced
flyers. The RMEF club has grown out of a group of quiet
flyers who love the hobby and want to share their aquired
to make the experience SAFE and FUN for the beginner.
We invite you to come out and soak up free advice from people
that have been through the learning curve. Check out
trainer plane and buddy box program. If you already have
a plane, bring it out for help with set-up. If you are
an experienced flyer, please join with us to promote the
and expand it’s potential.
A Short History
In 2001 a small group of electric RC'ers began flying at
Sloans Lake and later, at the Stenger Sports Complex in Arvada,
Colorado.Among the fliers was Jorge, Rich, Cory, Eric and
Ray. Over time the good folks at Hobby Giant and Thompsons
Hobby began referring new e-pilots to join them. In 2002
I went out to Stenger and met the group. During that summer
we began talking about formalizing the gang into a club and
joining the AMA. By this time we had about a dozen regulars
including Chuck C., Dustin, Todd, Glenn, Mike G., Frank,
Chuck S., Axle, Gregg S., Burt and Terry. We were rapidly
outgrowing Stenger and during soccer season we were forced
to move to Drake Middle School, which was dangerously small.
In addition to the site problems the performance of the aircraft
increased as we tried new aircraft and power systems. It
was obvious that continuing to fly on public land was an
accident waiting to happen. In December of 2003 the 4 members
who also happened to be AMA members signed on as officers
for the AMA club charter application which was granted in
Feburary 2004. The AMA charter # was 4525 and the official
name of the club became the Rocky Mountain Electric Flyers.
By very good fortune one of the members, Webmaster Gregg S., made contact with
the site manager of Cobe Cardiovascular Labs and was able to obtain permission
to use the empty lot north of their facility. They own about half the land and
the other half is (so far) unused. At this time a larger problem developed; The
land was very close to being within the 3 mile minimum spacing required between
an existing AMA RC field, the site used by the Arvada Associated Modellers. Although
many fliers were eager to start using the Cobe site, cooler heads prevailed and
a frequency scan was arranged with AAM. Also, GPS measurements showed that the
actual distance was 3.17 miles (!). The scans showed that there was no interference
and the next weekend, May 2nd, 2004, Cobe Airdrome saw its first official RMEF
flights. Cobe Labs has been named on our AMA insurance and we have tried to maintain
a good relationship with all our neighbors. During the summer of 2004 we saw
the number of members and guests grow each week, including fliers who have a
dual membership in both RMEF and other clubs. Our official membership as of November,
2004 is 59 and growing. As a sign of the recognition the club has received the
Arvada Associated Modellers asked RMEF to participate in their September 11,
2004 Airshow and we were happy to take part. The e-power portion of the show
was very well received and over 500 spectators witnessed electric Hotliners,
Helis, Gliders and 3D models.
Gregg S. has designed a great Website (.www.rmeflyers.org) which helps to keep
everyone in touch with the goings-on of the club even if they can't make the
flying sessions. We have meetings every 2 months in Arvada, recently named a
safety committee which formed rules recommendations adopted by the club and we
now have 4 trainer airplanes, kindly donated by Hobby Giant, Thompsons Hobby
and Colpar West. In addition the club has purchased 2 canopies, chairs, fire
extinguishers as well as "buddy" radios. As we enter our second year
of official AMA membership the future looks bright for RMRF thanks largely to
the hard work and dedication of the members and the generosity of our friends.On
behalf of the entire club I would like to express our gratitude to all those
who helped make the dream of an all-electric flying club a reality!
We take fun seriously!
- Our approach may be casual, but safety is the priority.
Even the lightest, slowest models have the potential
property or cause injury.
- Learning to fly with RMEF members will help provide
you with basic safety guidelines that the new flyer may
- We strongly
encourage all flyers to consider joining the AMA—Academy of Model Aeronautics– a
wealth of data, technical and otherwise, is made available,
also provides you with liability insurance.
- NOTE: You do not
have to be a member of RMEF and AMA to come out and
fly with us (organized events may be an exception),
but it does offer the best opportunity to grow with
the hobby and invest in the future of the sport.
Some Club Goals:
- Establish one or more dedicated fields.
local and regional invitational events (fun flys, swap
- Encourage local hobby shops
to provide a large selection of products specific to
- Promote electric R/C flying
Board of Directors
President/Secretary: Ron Evans
Treasurer: Chuck Cadillac
Safety Officer: Glenn Crowder
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