Radio Control Club
History, Revision 3
15 January 2005
The club as sit exists today originated in
1960. Prior to this, the
Radio Control modeling pioneers were flying at the West Fork Dam in
Winton Woods. Radios
were single channel, had tubes and were large and bulky.
The original group of fliers was broken up by a
large GE layoff in 1957. In
1958, the Queen City Radio Control Club was formed and the group was
incorporated as the Greater Cincinnati Radio Control Club in 1960.
Meetings were held at the Saint Gabriel Church in
By 1962 the club had grown and other changes
were spurring the evolution of the club.
A user fee of $250 per year was imposed by the Park Board so
the club initiated its first site search. (The
Dam Site was still in use as an RC flying site until the Park Board
closed it in 1973.)
moved to the
grounds in 1964 thanks to the efforts of Roger Williams and others.
At that time flying was done across the road at the soccer
and softball fields. The
club moved to the area abutting
in 1974. The ground was
leased from the
on a yearly basis. A
shelter was erected in 1976 and was used by club members and
seminarians. The shelter
was gradually enclosed over the years and became a clubhouse with a
fireplace. Father Ric
Schneider led most of the efforts in this development.
In 1977 the Flying Proficiency Program was
started. A committee
developed the initial criteria and definitions of various levels of
program grew until it was second to none in the region.
Relations with the
and the neighbors along
were very good. One
issue remained a constant goal: to prevent flying over restricted
areas. It is interesting
to note that this is still an area of emphasis with our new
landlords and current flying location.
In October of 1990 the club house was burned to
the ground. The cause
was never officially determined, but the insurance company paid off
and the club had enough cash on hand to rebuild the shelter and
repave the runway. That
shelter was carefully taken down and rebuilt at our current site.
In 1997, the club had approximately 100 members and was very
active in charity and civic affairs in the community.
That spirit of activism and participation continues today.
Every year, an air show known as the Flying Circus was put on
as a fundraising activity and to get the community interested in
In the summer of 1998, the club was informed
that their lease with the
was being terminated. Fortunately,
we were able to hold our annual flying circus that year as the last
event at the center before we made way for further development of
the grounds. An intense
search for a new site was initiated, with a goal of having the new
field ready for the 1999 air show.
A site was located and negotiations with Cinergy resulted in
a lease for acreage at the Cinergy Woodsdale Power Plant.
The grounds were prepared and the runway was laid in time for
the spring flying season. This
major effort was accomplished by the hard work of many club members.
The location was dubbed the ĎField of Dreamsí because of
its size and openness. After
decades of flying at a site on the border of Winton Woods with its
immense trees looming just yards from the runway, the new site fit
perfectly into the specifications for the best flying site
available. The 1999
Flying Circus was indeed a success with nearly 2000 visitors over
two days of hot flying weather.
In 2003 the air show was relocated to the
so that it could be expanded to celebrate the 100th
anniversary of powered flight. That
event was so successful that it was repeated in 2004 and a decision
was made to hold the air show each year at the airport.
The Greater Cincinnati Radio Club remains true
to its origins in the new century.
We continue to be active in local affairs, sponsoring local
kidís sports teams and inviting them to a picnic, as well as
maintaining contact with Cinergy and the local Park Board.
Our annual Kidís Fly to benefit the local chapter of the
Spina Bifida Association is well received and other charities
continue to benefit from our altruistic natures.
We sponsor many regional events and fly-ins such as the Moon
Shot pylon race, the Cliff Kell Giant Scale fly-in and a low-key
electric meet. This
group spirit and camaraderie is what makes this club stand out in
our region. It does take
much hard work to keep the site running.
Your participation is needed to keep the site in shape and to
help with the events, especially the flying circus.
The working together as a team attitude in all we do is what
makes our group such fun to be with.
Please donít hesitate to join in and benefit from the
social efforts of the club. The
most common observation from new members who are experienced fliers
is that we are very open and friendly and have no groups who oppose
each other and keep grudges going.
That is what makes this hobby fun.
Original document created by
First revision in May, 1995
Second revision in April, 1997
Third revision in January, 2005