Welcome to the Spirits
At the meeting....
Members present at the January meeting
Know before you fly!
(KTVI)- Did you find a drone under your Christmas tree last week? Do you know the rules of the sky? Vic Bunze, President, of the Spirits of St. Louis R.C.Flying Club explains to John Pertzborn why the drones can make for unsafe flying. Click to visit: Know before you fly!
© 2015 KTVI, St Louis, MO
In reply to the broadcast Dave Mathewson, Executive Director of the Academy of Model Aeronautics emailed Vic with the following" "Hi Vic, I saw the piece you did for Fox 2. Great job. It was the perfect message for the viewing audience. Thanks to the club for stepping up and taking on this important challenge. The Spirits should be an example for other clubs around the country. Happy New Year…… Dave"
Bob Bennet claimed the coveted honor of being the first to fly in 2015
Photo by: Vic Bunze
View the "Slideshow" of more great NYD pictures from Vic Bunze, Greg Bowles and Bill Lindewirth.
Rocket Test with Babe Raab's grandkids
Photos submitted by Babe Raab
Pictures are Babe Raab's grand kids Aaron, Renee, Karina. Brendon and friend takes Renee up on the buddy box. Christmas rocket last two fights.
A "Great Day" for everyone!, scroll down for slide show. You can stop the images by moving your mouse on top of the picture.
"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"
"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.
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.
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
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.
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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" (2015)
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)