Welcome to the Spirits
"Website Security Alert!........."
Recently, a major security vulnerability named "Heartbleed" has made headlines around the world. This is a severe vulnerability stemming from a coding mistake in a widely-used security utility called OpenSSL.
The bug affects the encryption technology designed to protect your sensitive data on the Internet, like usernames, passwords and emails.
This is a flaw in the OpenSSL encryption code, not a virus that can be stopped by consumer security software. Because this vulnerability takes advantage of servers, and not consumer devices, websites usign OpenSSL need to update to the latest version of OpenSSL to mitigate and address the dangers posed.
The "Spirit's" website "DOES NOT use OpenSSL software, nor does our internet provider.
The severity of the Heartbleed vulnerability cannot be overstated: several major enterprises use OpenSSL, and are likely affected by this vulnerability as well. The dangers posed by this vulnerability are very real and could affect you if exploited.
So what do you need to do?
Right now, the best thing you can do is wait to be notified about affected services and patches. If you'd like to investigate whether or not a website you frequent has been affected, you can use this link.Heartbleed Test
Then, reset your password for every online service affected by Heartbleed. But beware: you should only change your password after the afflicted business has fixed its servers to remove the Heartbleed vulnerability. Changing your passwords before a company's servers are updated will not protect your credentials from being leaked.
Bob Gizzie (R) gives Jeff Becker a lesson in 'respecting your elders'.
Photo by: Vic Bunze
One-third Scale B-17 . . .
Note: This is not an RC aircraft. This is a fully flyable, experimental aircraft. With the four engines, retracts, and a total of over 240 HP. This would be considered a complex category of airplane and require a special certification on your pilot's license to be allowed to fly it. "Click for more info."
"Tracking the Internation Space Station........."
Real time tracking of the ISS as well as many other satellites currently orbiting Earth
There is also a link to real time audio and video from the "ISS"
Getting tired of the cold? In need of some"Action"?
Download "World of Warbirds for "FREE"
Just in case you missed it, (like I did) check out page 26-27 in the Feb. edition of "MA"
World of Warplanes features over 100 vehicles from Germany, the Soviet Union, USA, Japan, and Great Britain; allowing players to choose from three main warplane classes—fighters, heavy fighters, and ground-attack planes.
Each national tech tree introduces squadrons of planes ranging from Tier I entry-level machines all the way up to Tier X advanced jet-powered aircraft. All warplanes can be unlocked and upgraded through a continued gameplay progression.
Tech trees will expand as the game evolves. New nations and additional aircraft for each nation’s tech tree will be gradually introduced post-launch.
Thirsty? - Need a beer? - Drone to the rescue!
That is until the FAA catches up with you
According to the FAA, it is currently illegal to fly any unmanned aerial vehicles for commercial purposes.
"Fly the friendly crowded skies of......."
This is for real, not to mention "scary"! At almost any given time through out the day there are thousands of aircraft flying above the United States and Canada. This screen print was taken on 1/29/14 at 10:45 CST. Count them if you must, but the data listed at the time of this screen print was 6,503 aircraft aloft.
Click the following link: www.flightradar24.com Place your mouse above any active aircraft. Click the aircraft icon for the complete inflight details.
I doubt if "Wilbur and Orville" every dreamed it would come to this.
"Mark your calender! April 26, 2014.........."
"HUGE SWAP MEET! APRIL 26 2014"
It only cost five bucks($5.00/car) Now is the time to clean out your shop! Get rid of the stuff you’ve been keeping too long (you ain’t ever going to fix). Make room for the bargains you will get at this HUGE SWAP MEET! Sell your old junk cheap (you know is not worth anything). Some of it is just too good to throw away. Sell or give it to someone else to throw away. Swapping will begin about 9:00 AM, lasting until about 2:00 PM, Flying is optional at no additional cost (AMA required to fly not buy). Bullshit story swapping will be permitted along with wife swapping. Please don’t try to sell any household appliances or livestock. Autos and motorcycles will be permitted; all will be towed at owner’s expense. A free table will be set up next to the cigar smoking area. That way you can sneak your embarrassing stuff in under a cloud of smoke. Please no personal weapons, Atomic bombs but IED’s are OK. Concession available (burger, brats, dogs (non-barking) and refreshments. If you want to help on this exciting
“HUGE SWAP MEET" contact Babe Raab Tel. #: 636-936-8952
Email - Babe Raab
Slow and low..........
Bill Lindewirth captures Bob Gizzie's Kadet Senior on New Years Day during a low and slow fly-by using his GoPro camera set to 15 frames/sec. With a little help from "Photoshop" he created this time lapse photo.
Camelo Turdo from the "Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum" visited our field on New Years Day after hearing about our event on our website.
Visit their website at:The Aero Experience for his complete article and photos of our event.
For additional information about the "Air and Spcae Museum", visit their website at:
Photos by: Vic Bunze and Bill Lindewirth
A "Great Day" for everyone!, scroll down for slide show. You can stop the images by moving your mouse on top of the picture.
The farmer and the drone..........
"...and on his farm he had a drone, E I E I O"The farmer and the drone. © Huffington Post
Open House 2013
Photos by: Walt Wilson & Bill Lindewirth, To see a complete slide show of all the "Open House pictures,"CLICK HERE"
What's special about the Spirits of St. Louis R/C Flying Club
The Spirits’ field is ~12 acres of fun surrounded by farm fields and blue skies. Our amenities include a 600’ asphalt runway, paved taxiways, a 24’ x 36’ pavilion with ceiling fans, run-up tables, picnic tables, helipad, electricity along the flight line, gravel parking lot and restroom. The grass is commercially mowed to a height suitable for most planes. From micro to GIANT scale; airplane, helicopter, control line or sailplane, electric, nitro or gas, Spirits of St. Louis R/C Flying Club, Inc. is the Best Flying Site in the area.
The Spirits flying field is located at 73 Amrein Road, St. Charles, MO 63303 Lat. 38.702006, Long. -90.577898
Use your GPS, look us up in MapQuest or Google Maps, or click here to go to our Directions page.
At the left you find a series of quick links to various areas, explore have fun, and please let us have your feedback. Send any comments to the Webmaster.
As updates and new features are added we will do our best to inform you by posting the information and links in this area. Some features allow you to click on them to see more. PLACE YOUR MOUSE ON THE IMAGE TO STOP THE SLIDE SHOW.
Thanks to Vic Bunze for sharing this link to some very impressive photos featuring some rarely seen aircraft.
Thank you to Dale Buchanan for finding this interesting and useful link. You can see aircraft positions from all over the world. Check it Out! There is a permanent Link on the bottom left of the home page.
It is a very interesting collection of RC aviation, WWII aviation, full scale aviation, tips, processes, procedures and unlimited enjoyment. We at Spirits urge you to take a look at this collection and marvel at the aviation information herein. Continually updated.
Useful Links to Resources, Manufacturers, Distributors, Hobby Shops, Organizations, and other Items of Interest. Now with links to more than 30 manufacturers, more than 45 distributors, 11 organizations, 9 links for beginners, and over 20 links to other RC clubs and organizations.
.....continually updated; send a link to add to the Webmaster.
The Spirits' is a private non-for-profit radio control flying club located in St. Charles, Missouri. Visitors are always welcome as spectators and pilots. You must be a current AMA member to fly at our field. If you are just getting into the hobby or been flying for a while, give us a test flight. We think you will be happy with our club
Please take time to explore our site through the tabs and embedded links to learn more about our hobby and our organization.
Spectators Always Welcome!
Flying daily from 9 AM until Dark. Come and watch our members fly and enjoy our private park.
A snapshot of Spirits' Activities
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Our club is open to anyone interested in R/C flying. AMA members may fly up to 4 times as a guest before membership is required. Membership is annual and runs from Jan. 1 thru Dec. 31 each year.
Check out the membership tab above for more details.
The Spirits conduct many R/C flying events every year. Events are open to all Spirits' Members, and many are open to anyone with an current AMA card may attend. See our Events Page for more details.
73 Amrein Road, St. Charles, MO 63303 Lat. 38.702006, Long. -90.577898
From Hwy 94 & Jungs Station (10 minutes) - SOUTH on Jungs Station (it crosses the Katy Trail and turns into Greens Bottom Rd.), turn LEFT on Amrein Rd. (just past the stop sign) we are about 0.6 miles down Amrein Rd. on your RIGHT.
From Hwy 94 & Kisker Rd.(10 minutes) - SOUTH on Kisker to Towers, LEFT on Towers, (just before Pitman Hill) RIGHT on Caulks Hill, RIGHT on Greens Bottom Rd., turn LEFT on to Amrein Rd., we are about 0.6 miles down Amrein Rd. on your RIGHT.
Ever wanted to try to fly an R/C plane?
At Spirits we offer free intro flights for newcomers to the hobby. If you decide to join and get into the hobby, the staff of Spirits' volunteer instructors will get you flying in no time and solo sooner than you think.
Check out the Flight Instruction tab above for more details.
All documents below are in PDF format.
Spirits' Poster 11" x 17" [Select "shrink oversized pages" when printing] (general information flyer)
Spirits' Tri-Fold 8.5" x 11" (2012)
Spirits' Suggested Purchase List (suggested planes and equipment for newcomers)
Spirits' Getting Started Flyer 11" x 17" (general information and terms about the R/C flying hobby)