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"Roger's Ramblings -- Our Arizona Transplant
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From Roger Redenbaugh, Sedona Arizona

            As I settle into winter here in sunny Sedona I thought I would fill you in on what I've been doing since I abandoned y'all in North Carolina.

            I found there is an RC flying Club here that has been in operation since 1979. The Central Arizona Modelers is not unlike MAM. They are mostly retired, with a few younger guys thrown in to make it interesting. The field is hard pack dirt which they roll with an old pavement roller that some company abandoned on the roadside. Takeoffs, landings and taxiing are skills that are expected and appreciated. It took me a while to get so my taxing didn't include two or three ground loops along the way.

Roger In Flying Cage at CAM
The field is very well maintained with an active volunteer program. There are five pilot "cages" where you are supposed to stand while flying. The only exception is long duration flying (read - sailplanes) where you can put a orange traffic cone at the cage to signify that you are in the air. Traffic is restricted to five in the air at one time. There are ten setup tables and one large engine test table. Because this field faces west it is active only in the mornings. But boy is it active! It is not unusual for all ten tables to be full of airplanes.
We have over 300 sunny days a year with winter temps in the 60's and summer morning (7 - 9 AM) temps in the 70's. You can see why this club has been here this long. Rain averages 17" annually and the field can recover from even a hard rain in less than a day.

            The runway is 700 feet long and about 150 feet wide. Wheels of 1.5" diameter or larger can use the field just like it was paved! They use the AMA safety rules and have them posted. They control frequency use the same way MAM does. They do, however, give members a name tag attached to a clothes pin to put in the channel spot on the board.

            They have two First Aid kits - one for humans and one for airplanes. The one for airplanes is quite complete, including props, wheels, servos, nuts/bolts and anything else needed to fix the occasional hard landing. The field also has its own weather station -

            The most popular type of airplane in use is the Sport / Pattern 40 size or larger. Extras and Sticks are much in evidence. Also, lots of 40 and 60 size trainers for the less experienced members. The ratio of fuel to electric power is about 80 / 20. But I'm workin' on that! The experience level of the club ranges from beginners to guys that have been flying pattern competitions for 30 years!

Just some of the aircraft here at CAM.

I continue to be interested in many different types of flying. I now have five airplanes here in Sedona. My Elegance is still my favorite, but I have a new interest in sailplanes - I have two, an Omei (75" wingspan) and a free Electra 2 meter (when a member doesn't want something he donates it to the club).


I also have a Hellcat parkflyer and a Hellcat combat foamy (both about 35"). I am saving my money for a Sport / Pattern plane with a 55 to 65" wingspan, hopefully less than $150 for the ARF. Any ideas?


My free Electra sailplane - actually sails better than my $400 Omei.

            I hope you are getting your stick time in North Carolina. I'll keep you up on what happens next in the exciting adventures of this newbie RC'er.

           Roger Redenbaugh, Remote Member

           Macon Aero Modelers, Inc.

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