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11-28-2011 10:06 PM  5 years agoPost 1
Eury

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I'm moving to Fairfax soon (full time, I've been there part time for about a year), and looking for a place to fly. I know about MHA, but that's over an hour away. Is there anything closer? Parks aren't an option in a county with a $250 fine for Rc models in parks (not to mention that I'm not flying my 7HV and Logo in a park), and my searches have been pretty much fruitless for anything close by.

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11-29-2011 12:43 AM  5 years agoPost 2
Ed W

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The DCRC field might be closer.

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11-29-2011 01:10 AM  5 years agoPost 3
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Several Options

Eury,

There is a lot of helicopter flying in the metro Washington DC area, Fairfax is limited on flying space. As mentioned above, DCRC is one club located a bit south and west of Germantown, Maryland.

Hook up with the guys at Hobby Hangar in Chantilly (that's close to Dulles Airport in a business park near Routes 28 and 50. See their website at http://www.hhvastore.com. Ask for Dennis, Quang, or Angel. They all fly helicopters and know the local flying spots. There's a Virigina helicopter club west of Fairfax that they can tell you about.

There's also the Fredricksburg VA RC club which puts on a great heli fun fly called Heli Invasion, I'm guessing they have a good number of heli pilots in that club.

If those are too far away and you don't want to drive to MHA, consider my club, Free State Aeromodelers in Laurel, Maryland. There are a few of us heli guys there, we're certainly heli friendly. That's almost all that I fly (T-Rex 700, T-Rex 600).

Good luck with your move!

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11-29-2011 02:56 AM  5 years agoPost 4
ncostes

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Some places out west

http://virginiaflyers.com/ and another one out around centerville or warrenton.

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11-29-2011 03:17 AM  5 years agoPost 5
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The biggest helicopter club in the area is based on Bealeton, VA... Virginia RC Helicopter Association. You can reach them at http://www.varcha.org.

Also they are the club that is responsible for putting on the Heli-Invasion (http://www.heli-invasion.com). The Fredericksburg club is mostly a plank club and VARCHA rents the field from them to host the Invasion.

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11-29-2011 01:22 PM  5 years agoPost 6
Dr.Ben

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Welcome to VA Nick!

I hope your patience is high for traffic .

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11-29-2011 01:35 PM  5 years agoPost 7
Eury

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I've been there 4-5 days out of the weeks since last November. You're not kidding about the traffic, late at night it takes me 20 minutes to get to Dulles. Try it around 5pm and its a hour or more. Ridiculous.

Thanks for the leads, I'll sit down with Google maps and see where they are all located in relation to my place in Fairfax.

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11-29-2011 02:34 PM  5 years agoPost 8
whirlyspud

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I feel for you. Fairfax is not a very good to place to be into RC.

Mike

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11-29-2011 03:06 PM  5 years agoPost 9
joec

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Thanks for the leads, I'll sit down with Google maps and see where they are all located in relation to my place in Fairfax.
Honestly the only clubs that are workable from Fairfax are the following:

Heli-Only
MHA (about 2 hr drive)
VARCHA (40 mins)

Plank & Heli
Fredericksburg Area RC Club (about an hour)
LCAA (40 mins)

But if you only fly helps, I would probably stick to the heli-only fields as many heli-only pilots have had "problems" flying at the combo fields.

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11-29-2011 04:06 PM  5 years agoPost 10
whirlyspud

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Joec, Where does NVRC fly these days?

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11-29-2011 04:09 PM  5 years agoPost 11
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NVRC = Poplar Ford Park, I think....

http://www.1nvrc.org/index.php/page,25.html

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11-29-2011 04:14 PM  5 years agoPost 12
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Sorry...I meant LCAA, not NVRC.

http://www.lcaa.org/

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11-29-2011 04:16 PM  5 years agoPost 13
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11-29-2011 04:51 PM  5 years agoPost 14
whirlyspud

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Thanks for the link. I flew at NVRC for many years back when they were in Arcola. Long time ago.

Mike

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11-29-2011 06:01 PM  5 years agoPost 15
Eury

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I think I'll end up at a heli only club. Looking at the club sites that fly both gives the impression that helis are tolerated, but not welcome.

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11-29-2011 06:06 PM  5 years agoPost 16
JimmyC

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DC-RC (http://www.dc-rc.org/) in Germantown Maryland flies both. Helis are extremely welcome there. We (helis) utilize the field more then the airplanes do. And we all get along great.

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11-29-2011 06:15 PM  5 years agoPost 17
Eury

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Wow, that DCRC facility is beautiful. I'll have to check it out.

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11-29-2011 06:18 PM  5 years agoPost 18
JimmyC

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It's a real nice field. They have numerous events during the year for everyone. Pretty top notch club and like I said very friendly. They have no problems with helicopters.

JimmyC

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11-29-2011 09:37 PM  5 years agoPost 19
Eury

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I would prefer to fly at a club that allows anything, just so I have the option (even though I rarely touch anything besides a heli). I'll do some driving around and check the various places out, I"m not moving full time until April, and probably won't bring my helis out until then.

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11-29-2011 10:26 PM  5 years agoPost 20
joec

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VARCHA allows members to fly airplanes at their field, but you need to be a member, and helis take priority.

For what its worth, the heli pilots that live in around Fairfax, Chantilly, Manassas, etc, all fly at VARCHA.

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