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We have a great hobby and invite newcomers to visit us and consider joining.

MRCSS club members

 

The Membership Application (PDF) is >>> HERE<<<

Please mail your applications to:
MRCSS Membership Coordinator
c/o Charles Thiele
36 Battle Creek Place
Saint Paul, MN 55119-4905
 

 

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As a MRCSS member, you will be able to quickly, safely, and inexpensively explore model aircraft design, construction flying, and competition. MRCSS sponsors monthly fun flies every Saturday following our monthly meetings which are held on the third Thursday of every month. The meetings include discussion of soaring topics, demonstrations, and event planning. Our club is run by five officers that are elected each fall. RC soaring can be done for as little as $200. Most beginners start with a 2-meter model, a basic dual stick 4 channel radio, and a heavy duty hi-start for launching. Advanced modelers fly models with 100"-192" wing spans as well as fly slope, electric, scale, and lightweight hand launch models.

MRCSS members must belong to the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) which provides low cost liability insurance. Pick up an application to the AMA at any hobby shop. Model building is a great activity for young adults. Whether they come along with a parent or just join on their own, MRCSS welcomes young modelers. This hobby is not only a wholesome and diverse learning experience, it is great fun!

Young modelers can take advantage of free building and flight instruction, and they have full access to the complete MRCSS library of instructional books and videos.

Ten Steps to Successful Soaring
By Brad Smith, www.moneysmith.net/soaring.html

  • Visit the local soaring club, watch some sailplanes fly and ask for advice from club members.
  • Research and purchase an appropriate trainer sailplane.
  • Purchase a radio with some growth potential in mind.
  • Join the Academy of Model Aeronautics.
  • Join your local club, and attend the meetings.
  • Clear some space out and build your plane.
  • Have an experienced flier check your progress at several stages as you build your plane.
  • Select an instructor from the local club to help you learn to fly.
  • Fly under the supervision of your instructor until you have soloed your plane in a variety of conditions and attitudes.
  • When you've become a great pilot, take the time to teach someone else to fly!

 

THERMAL DURATION

thermal duration soaringThermal duration is the traditional method of soaring. In this method a model that is optimized for staying aloft is launched to a height of 600 feet and then set off in search of thermal lift. Thermal lift forms on the ground due to the sun´s energy, it gradually releases from the ground in the form of bubbles or columns of rising air. Thermal duration pilots try to aim their plane to and fly in this lift with the intent to stay aloft as long as possible. On ideal days, staying aloft over an hour is possible. Climbing in lift requires practice. Thermals move around and they change in size. Generally a plane is circled by the pilot to stay centered in the core of the lift, much like a soaring bird. Strong thermals will allow a model to gain well over 100 feet in altitude per minute.

SLOPE

slope soaringSlope soaring is another exciting aspect of this hobby. Here the pilot stands overlooking a steep and high slope, then launches the model by hand into the updraft caused by wind impacting the face of the slope. Flights of several hours are routine off the slope due to the generally unlimited lift conditions. Models of all types can be used for slope soaring, including thermal duration models. During high wind conditions specialized models can be used for racing and to perform impressive aerobatic maneuvers. Scale models are also popular at the slope since their beauty can be appreciated by slow fly-bys and scale-like aerobatics.

HAND LAUNCH

hand launch soaringHand launch is similar to thermal duration soaring, but the models are often much smaller and they are launched into the air by hand. An overhand javelin style launch is the traditional method of launching these sailplanes. In recent years a new method called discus launch has revolutionized this type soaring.




AEROTOW

Aerotow soaringAerotow soaring requires a powered aircraft to tow the sailplane into the air. This is the way that full scale sailplanes are launched. Once in the air, the pilot releases his sailplane from the tow line and begins to search for thermal lift to stay aloft.