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The Crown Point Aeromodelers was chartered by the Academy of Model Aeronautics, Inc. (AMA) in January 25, 1981 and has been in continuous operation since that time. The club maintains a membership of approximately 70 members, conducts monthly meetings and yearly elections. Membership is open to anyone with a desire to pursue the hobby of model aviation.

The club conducts Radio Control and U-Control flying of miniature aircraft at a field located south east of Crown Point, Indiana. The field contains a 465' grass runway (north-south) and a 275' grass runway (east-west). There is also a shelter structure, trash barrels, and a PortaPottie for the comfort of the members and visitors. These facilities are behind locked gates on 165th Avenue and can only be accessed if you are a member. If you wish to visit the facility, you may contact any OFFICER to arrange for a member to escort you..

Membership

MEMBERSHIP WITH CP AEROMODELERS

Anyone with an interest in Model Aircraft building and flying will benefit from membership. Modeling is an excellent family activity and many new friendships are created through associations at the field and the events during the flying season. Many members travel together to fly-ins and contests around the country. You can download a Membership Application HERE.

Flight training is free to members. Meetings are held the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Crown Point Civic Center in Crown Point, Indiana. CLICK HERE for directions


AMA MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

Each AMA member must sign a statement that they will abide by the AMA Safety Code. Each member is protected by $2.5 million dollar Commercial General Liability Accident / Medical insurance coverage.

The AMA has contests and other activities in locations all over the U.S. and the world. As you become a more proficient flyer you may wish to travel to these events and be a participant.

Flying at the site

The county and surrounding farmer have appointed us as the responsible organization for safe operation of all flying at this field. This responsibility includes control and supervision of all activities in this area. Everyone using the airfield must observe the following rules:

  • Be a member of AMA and follow the AMA Guidelines.
  • Be a member of CP Aeromodelers or the guest of a member.
  • Abide by the posted CP Aeromodelers Operation Rules and Guidelines.
  • Follow the AMA Safety Code.
  • Follow CP Aeromodelers Frequency and flight control rules.
  • Demonstrate to an CP Aeromodelers member the ability to safely operate an R/C or U-Control Aircraft.


INVITATION

Now that you have taken the time to go through the website, we would like to invite you to arrange to come to our field some nice day. Bring the family or friends and we will show you what our hobby is all about. We feel sure that you will enjoy yourself and may even decide you would like to become a member.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get involved?

An entry-level training airplane will cost about $350.00. This will include a basic radio, an engine and a trainer airplane kit. To get started right away, you should look for an ARF (Almost Ready to Fly). An ARF is essentially a kit that has been pre-assembled which can have you flying in a very short time. In addition to these basic costs, there are several accessories which are needed to get your aircraft up and running which will add approximately another $100.00.

Club Dues are $55.00 Annually and $27.50 for Juniors. There is a one time initiation fee of $20.00. Prior to joining you must attend three meetings or have three visits to the flying field. You can download a Membership Application HERE.

In addition to the club membership, all users of the fields must also be members of the AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics). This organization provides liability insurance, a monthly magazine and other benefits at an annual cost of $58.00. Those 19 and under receive special rates on both memberships.

How long can the airplane fly?

Most R/C aircraft are equipped with a fuel tank that can power the engine for about ten minutes. This is an average length of flight for most R/C pilots. The rechargeable batteries in the radios, which control the airplane, generally last six to ten flights.

How do you learn to fly?

After a few lessons, you will quickly learn the basics. The radio control systems can be interconnected so that an experienced pilot can assist you on your first flights. This "buddy box" system allows you to learn to fly in a step by step manner. At first, instructors will takeoff and land for you, allowing you to concentrate on learning to control the airplane. Once you're comfortable with climbs, descents, turns and other various maneuvers, you'll learn how to takeoff and land. After you've mastered those skills, you'll be soloed! Then the fun really begins as you continue to learn to fly on your own. This system helps reduce the risk of crashing your model before you really get to enjoy the hobby.