MODEL AIRCRAFT CLUB
About the 95th Squadron Model Aircraft Club
Members of the 95th Squadron are a fun-loving group that enjoys building and flying all types of model radio control aircraft. From the smallest electric park flyers to the largest gas powered 3D planes, all interests including helicopters, scale and Warbirds are well represented among our membership. Visitors to the field are always welcome and Club members enjoy the opportunity to talk about their hobby and demonstrate their airplanes. New members will find a friendly, helpful atmosphere in which to become accomplished pilots.
The Club boasts three national competition pilots including our President, David Hayes, who twice earned the coveted Mr. Top Gun award with his scratch built Thrush crop duster. David continues to compete and his experience at building and flying models, combined with his patience as an instructor makes him a most valuable asset to all our pilots.
95th Squadron Club President David Hayes with some of the
hardware earned at the 2008 Top Gun Competition.
The Club was formed in the fall of 1990 and chartered with the AMA on June 10, 1991. Several charter members are still active participants in the Club. We moved to our current flying site on Kapstone Paper Companys property a short time after the Club was formed.
Our flying field is a 410 foot long by 90 foot wide grass strip that is mowed weekly and also contains a separate control line circle. There are five pilot stations and tables in the pit area for model assembly and repair. You will find our pilots flying there regularly on most weekends, weather permitting, and frequently on weekday evenings.
The Club hosts four fly-in events each year, beginning in January or February with an indoor fly-in held at a local church at Lake Gaston. This fly-in is centered around introducing youngsters to the hobby. Free rubber powered airplanes are provided to every child that attends and assistance is provided in assembling and trimming their new planes for flight. All up, last down contests are held for the children and prizes are awarded to the winners. Flight simulators are provided as well as free copies of past issues of RC hobby magazines.
In late May or early June the Club hosts an annual Warbirds Over the Roanoke Fly-in at the Club field that is open to all types and sizes of Warbirds from World War I to present day. This is an AMA sanctioned event and pilots must be AMA members. Spectators are welcomed at no charge and lunch and soft drinks are available. Raffles and door prizes are also held.
In early September, the Club hosts an annual Rotor Head Rally Helicopter Fly-in at the Club Field. The event attracts accomplished heli pilots from all over North Carolina and Virginia and they put their choppers through every imaginable maneuver.
Usually the first Saturday in October, the Club hosts a Fly What You Brung Fun-fly with a full day of open flying. Trainers are available for adults and children who want to try their hand on the sticks using a buddy box system. For dates of 95th Squadron events, please see our Club Calendar.
The Club believes the future of our hobby lies in children and works with local Scouts and school groups at every opportunity to provide instruction on the basics of flight and the piloting of model aircraft.
Club meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at Roanoke Valley Hobby Shop beginning at 7 p.m. from November through March and at the Club field on the third Sunday of each month at 4 p.m. from April through October. Visitors are always welcome and encouraged to come check us out.