Frequently asked questions about
does it cost to join?
active AMA membership required to fly?
receive help in learning to fly?
get help learning to fly at any time outside the training
benefits does my club membership provide?
are club meetings held?
are the hours of operation of the club flying site?
already know how to fly. Do I have to go through the club
to learn how to fly a helicopter. Is there an instruction
program for this?
have questions about GCRCC. Who can I contact?
Q: What does it cost to
A: Annual membership at
the GCRCC is $50 for senior members (19 years of age and older) and
$15 for juniors (ages 16-18). For each senior membership your
spouse and dependants under 16 can join for $1 apiece. If you join after October 1st, you will not be
charged full membership fees because the instruction program has
ended for the year.
Q: Is an active AMA membership
required to fly?
A: AMA Open or Park
Pilot membership is
required at all times for GCRCC members. You must show proof
of AMA membership when you pay dues to receive "flying
status." There is no substitution for an AMA
membership. Your homeowner's insurance will not cover you for
Q: Can I receive help in learning
The greatest benefit to new GCRCC members is the instruction
program. This comprehensive training program is held on Monday
and Wednesday nights from 6:30 PM to dusk from April through
September. Each new student is provided with a training manual
containing all the basic information needed to begin flying.
The program is a skill-based instruction program that starts with
the basics of straight and level flight and adds progressively more
complicated skills as soon as the basics are mastered. You
will progress through turns and altitude management to take-offs,
landings and mild aerobatics. The instructor will maintain a
step-by-step skill sheet to keep track of your progress. When
you are ready for your solo flight you will demonstrate safe flying
skills and command of your aircraft to two designated
instructors. When this is completed you will be "signed
off" and earn your wings.
Q: Can I get help learning to fly
at any time outside the training program?
A: Yes. Most
instructors are happy to assist students on weekends or other times
during the year when they may be at the field. The student may
ask the instructor for assistance but PLEASE understand that
the instructor may not be able to provide help at that time.
You will mostly be assisted because who in their right mind will
turn down stick time on somebody else's gas?
Q: What benefits does my club
A: Your membership in
GCRCC goes far beyond a flying field and a monthly meeting. GCRCC is
a community organization. We take pride in participating in
various community and charity functions each year. In fact, we
participate in over 40 such events each year. We are proud to
support the Spina Bifida Association of Greater Cincinnati each year
with the Kid's Fly. Other events include support of the Boy
Scouts, sponsoring community sports teams for children, volunteering
to teach basic aerodynamics to young schoolchildren, support for
local college projects in aerodynamics and and others.
Additionally, the club sponsors many flying contests that are both
challenging and fun. We have an annual banquet that is a
fantastic evening for club members and their families. Several
picnics throughout the year provide a day of fun, food, and flight
for the entire family. The greatest event of the year is the
annual "Flying Circus." If you have never seen this
show it is second to none anywhere in the US in crowd pleasing
antics. This is three to four hours of a dozen airplanes constantly
in the air performing chases, races and stunts such as the low level
balloon bust. Slow electric park flyers that fly at a walking
pace to specialized racing airplanes with blistering 200+ mph
performance wow the crowd. Lastly, each member will receive
the monthly newsletter, 'Flightlines' which contains club news and
model related articles.
Q: When are club meetings held?
A: Club meeting s
are held on the last Thursday of the month with the exception of
November and December. These two months are combined into the
first Thursday in December. Indoor meetings start at 7:30 PM
from November through April. Check home page for current
location. Outdoor meetings are held at
the flying site at dusk - to maximize flying time - from May
Q: What are the hours of operation
of the club flying site?
A: The field is
open to members 365 days a year. Flying is permitted during
hours with sufficient visibility for SAFE flying.
Q: I already know how to
fly. Do I have to go through the club training program?
pilots do not have to go through the training program. You
will be asked to demonstrate SAFE flying skills and ground
Q: I want to learn how to fly a
helicopter. Is there an instruction program for this?
A: At the present
time there is no official helicopter training program. There are
several very highly qualified helicopter pilots in the club who can
assist you in getting started.
Q: I still have questions about
GCRCC. Who can I contact?
A: General club questions contact Club President Larry Guthier LGuthier149@yahoo.com. There are
other contacts listed in our contact page, the link is in the upper
left column on this page under About Us.