ABOUT RAAID

Radio Aeromodellers' Association Ipswich District

Location

Our flying field is located at Haigslea, on the Warrego Highway about 20 minutes drive from central Ipswich.

When

We get together to fly on Sunday mornings from about 8 am. Some members also fly through the week, and for safety it is required that there are at least two people present.

Planes

There are two main types of model planes flown at the field - electric powered and nitro powered. Many members have one or more of each type.

Membership

Membership is invited from interested enthusiasts and is paid on a financial year basis.

FLYING SITE

The flying field is a large north-facing field located within a rural property at Haigslea.
As the photos show the field varies between lush-green and crispy-brown depending on the rainfall, or lack-thereof.
Members can elect to be part of a roster to mow the field, and receive a reduction in membership fees.

EQUIPMENT

Both Electric and Nitro powered planes are flown at the field.

Electric Powered

Electric powered planes are very easy to operate and the battery typically lasts about 10 minutes.

Care needs to be taken with the storage and charging of the Lithium-Polymer (LiPo) batteries that power electric planes.
Members can assist beginners with the safety procedures and there is also a lot of information available on-line.

Nitro Powered

Nitro powered planes take more work to setup and maintain but the reward is the sweet smell of nitro!

Fuel for nitro-powered planes can either be purchased pre-mixed, or many members like to mix their own from methanol, nitromethane and oil.
Engines can be either two or four-stroke, and some model engines are designed to use straight-petrol.
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Radio Transmitter

Regardless of how your plane is powered, the same radio transmitter is used.
Modern transmitters can operate hundreds of different models, which are all stored with their own settings such as trim and switch functions.

MEMBERSHIP

Membership is invited from interested hobbyists, no matter your experience level.
Once approved, all memberships become due for renewal on July 1.

The club has members who are keen to train beginners of any age, and this is usually done using a buddy-box
setup where the student pilot's radio is connected to the instructor's radio.
In this way the student can gradually gain experience with controlling the plane
and without much risk of crashing the plane as the instructor always maintains control.

CONTACT

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President: Ben Sotiriadis  E: sotiriadis@optusnet.com.au  M: 0413 102 399

Secretary/Treasurer: Trevor Wendt  E: thewendthouse@optusnet.com.au  M: 0439 856 553

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