All About Us
The Radio Control Flying Club of Toronto is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the building and flying of radio controlled model aircraft. Our field is located on the north side of Passmore Avenue one half kilometer east of Tapscott Road in the north east section of Scarborough. We have about 145 members at the present time varying in age from fourteen to over eighty years young. The members' interests vary from .25 size Sport to Scale to Giant Scale. Power varies from glow to gas to electric. The majority of members fly sport and scale glow and gas powered aircraft, although electrics are making great strides forward. Helicopters are also flown.
Our club was founded in 1957 by six gentlemen who were interested in furthering the interests of radio control model flying. In those days the club was known as the Toronto Radio Control Club. In 1967 the club was incorporated as the Radio Control Flying Club of Toronto (RCFCT) as it exists today. More information concerning the history of our club can be found here.
2016/17 Meeting Dates:
- Friday, Dec.16, 2016, 7 to 10 PM.
- Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, 7 to 10 PM.
- Friday, Feb.3, 2017, 7 to 10 PM.
- Friday, Mar. 3, 2017, 7 to 10 PM.
- Friday, Apr. 7, 2017, 7 to 10 PM.
- Friday, May 5, 2017, 7 to 10 PM.
Meeting Location and Info:
Gentlemen, we have a new location for this season's meetings. It is St. Maria Goretti Catholic School, 21 Kenmark Blvd., just south of Eglinton on Kennedy Road, east side.
Entrance is on the South West corner of the school, actually on Kennedy. There is plenty of parking on school property between the school and the parish.
Meetings and indoor flying will be held in the double gym. Pop, drinks and food is NOT permitted inside the gym.
No street shoes either, only running shoes or socks.
The intent is to allow indoor flying in the gym from 7 to 8, then have our meeting from 8 to 9, followed by more flying from 9 to 10. There will be no flying during the meeting. Make sure you have a current MAAC card in your possession if you intend to fly.
Our flying season officially begins on January 1st. at 10:00 AM. each year when a bunch of hearty souls, some of whom are hung over from the festivities of New Years Eve, brave the cold Canadian weather (eh!) to see who can be first to get their aircraft into the air successfully. There is usually a very good turn-out (20-30 members) considering the time of year and weather. Sometimes coffee is served, and sometimes donuts.
Except for that particular day, the majority of the members are content to stay indoors to work on their latest creation which they unveil at the start of the flying season in May. A few brave members fly during the warm and sunny days in the winter, sometimes on skis if we get some decent snowfalls.
Club membership fees for 2017 will remain the same at $100.00 for Open members, $75.00 for Seniors (over 60 on Jan. 1) and $35.00 for Junior members under 18. There is a $40.00 initiation fee for all new members (except Juniors) for the first year. If you wish to become a member of our club you can download all of the necessary forms from the Forms menu item under Membership. To join our club and fly model aircraft, it is mandatory that you also join the Model Aeronautic Association of Canada (MAAC) . Among other things, they provide members with $5,000,000.00 in liability insurance. MAAC fees are presently $80.00 plus HST for Open members and $21.00 plus HST for Junior members, which also includes a bi-monthly magazine. There is no Senior category. We ask that you submit your own MAAC application. It saves us a lot of unnecessary paper work. Proof of MAAC membership is mandatory when you join our club unless you have no intentions of flying.
We have a Wings Program for new members to assist them in becoming competent pilots. Several of the more experienced members provide free instruction to student pilots. Flying instruction usually begins on the first Monday evening in May and continues until the end of September. Ground instructors are sometimes available to assist the new students on the ground in getting their engines started, ensuring that their aircraft are air worthy, and other such things. This year student times will be Wednesday evenings from about 5:00 PM until dusk and Saturday morning from 9:00 AM until about noon. Students must demonstrate that they can take off, perform some simple manoeuvres and land a training type aircraft safely and successfully several times in order to receive their "Wings". The length of time required to become proficient varies from a few weeks to more than a season in some cases. It really just depends upon each person's capabilities and the amount of "stick" time the new student is able to get in each week. Younger students usually require less time than more mature students. After receiving their "Wings", new pilots may fly on their own.
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