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01-28-2012 05:33 PM  6 years agoPost 1
Bouchah

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Willow Spring, N. Carolina USA

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There is a good chance that I may be moving from Ann Arbor Michigan area to Durham North Carolina, there are some things that have to fall in place before this happens but there is a good chance.
Currently I live in an area that I could fly whenever I want as far as a field goes, there is a 100 acre field in my back yard. I could fly year round if I wanted to deal with the cold, which I dont. The problem with having all this room to my self is, it is by my self! To me, being out back alone is boring, I may put a few flights in then get bored. What I am hoping if and when this move happens, is that I will find an area to settle in where there is a nice club, flying field(s), cool hobby shops with rc stuff and even a place to race my 1/8 scale buggy or bash my savage monster truck. Is this too much to ask for? Is there anywhere near Durham N.C. like this?

Another thought of mine is, currently I am about 4 hrs from IRCHA, not sure but I think the trip would be closer to 10 hrs from N.C.
Are there any events in N.C. that are like IRCHA? I realize IRCHA is the mac daddy of them all but what events are in the N.C. area.

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01-28-2012 09:25 PM  6 years agoPost 2
tomd27858

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There is a heli only field in Knightdale. http://www.rchelisonly.com A good bunch of guys fly there.

I fly out of Greenville, NC http://www.ncspacecowboys.com. We are putting on a two day fly in on in June.

Go to the AMA website. You will find quite a few fields near Raleigh, NC.

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01-28-2012 09:27 PM  6 years agoPost 3
Dr.Ben

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Lots of RC modeling activity in central NC. And the winters aren't crappy, either .

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01-28-2012 10:25 PM  6 years agoPost 4
Dood

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The "Heli-Invasion" in Fredricksburg, VA is a 3h40m drive from Durham, NC. Last year, that event was held 30 September to 2 October.

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01-29-2012 02:14 AM  6 years agoPost 5
salrica

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Do you have allergies?
To pollen?

There is a club here in Knightdale, about 45 mins, from Durham.
http://rchelisonly.com/
Andrew, great guy, friendly group of people.
I don't go to the club.

About LHS...... there are a few around Raleigh area.
http://www.raleighhobby.com/
http://tomstrainstation.com/
http://local.triangle411.com/raleig...y+shops.zq.html
I buy my spare parts on line, so not sure what parts/ brands they carry.

For flying fields: I'm not sure, I fly mostly near my house on an open field/ tobacco area, by myself.

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01-29-2012 02:30 AM  6 years agoPost 6
philip 01

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Lived in north carolina for 4 years. Loved it. Beautiful state.

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01-29-2012 03:03 AM  6 years agoPost 7
Glenn Goodlett

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Careful what you wish for, all those things you desire may come at a high price. I wish I had a hobby shop, local club, etc. But with those things comes lots of people, traffic jams, crime, etc.

With that being said North Carolina sounds like a nice place to live.

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01-29-2012 04:07 AM  6 years agoPost 8
Bouchah

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Do you have allergies?
To pollen?
No allergies to speak of so far.
Careful what you wish for, all those things you desire may come at a high price. I wish I had a hobby shop, local club, etc. But with those things comes lots of people, traffic jams, crime, etc.
Im sure there is crime everywhere, even in our small town people are starting to lock their doors when they leave their house. Im not going to let that worry me.

I live in the country but drive to the city for work, 52 miles each way. Where I live now all my hobby shops are near my work, an hour away. With gas prices these days its not worth it for me to drive an hour to go to the hobby shop on my days off so I try to schedule necessary trips on lunch breaks since Im in the area already. Im looking to find a place to stay that is near work as well as play.

Im going to have to talk to Steve at Experience RC and see if he will open up shop in N.C. Its been nice to have him a block away from my work.

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02-04-2012 04:20 PM  6 years agoPost 9
cmsilvoy

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I have lived in North Carolina for most of my life.
I have lived in Durham for about 16 years now.
The hobby shops around here are few and far between, but there are some good resources for heli related goods if you know where to find them
Surrounding Durham are some locales that were and still are farming communities.
So, there are LOTS of potential places to fly.
For about 3 years, we would ride about 20 minutes up the road to a farm where the guy maintained a grass runway for his plane, and we (with permission) flew on about 20 acres of sweeping hills, nothing but grass.

Then as far as clubs there's the flying tigers of Jordan Lake, RCHO, BARKS, RAMS, and RDRC.
One of the clubs has a secondary, almost unused field that is 20 minutes away but I refuse to go out there alone since an accident would likely result in being stranded there...well lets not talk about it.

Anyhow, I like it down here. The weather sure is a lot better than the great NE states. Generally the people are nice. Medical care is second to none here. And in Durham, you are 3 hours from the beach, or 3 hours from the mountains.

Oh, and concerning IRCHA, we have gone for the last 3 or 4 years and when you have 3 or 4 guys the drive in easy even if it's 10 hours.

And even though they advertise IRCHA as the World's Largest RC Event, Durham is about 3 or 4 hours from the Joe Nall event, which is 1 week long and while not heli specific, is supposedly a blast as it attracts the best RC from every discipline.

So, PM me if you need to know anything else.

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02-05-2012 02:48 AM  6 years agoPost 10
cowboychris

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I am in the BARKS club that was previously mentioned. It is an incredible field to fly at, and has great members. We maintain two fields, both of which are 20 - 30 minutes to Durham. There really aren't any heli specific shops, but Experience, and others, will deliver directly to your door! There are usually two fly-ins a month within an hours drive from Durham all spring/summer/fall long. I really like it here. Pm me if you have specific questions.

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02-05-2012 01:48 PM  6 years agoPost 11
Bouchah

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Willow Spring, N. Carolina USA

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So, PM me if you need to know anything else.
Pm me if you have specific questions.
Thank you both for the offers if something comes up I will be in contact.

The BARKS fields that are 20-30 min from Durham, which direction are they of Durham?

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02-05-2012 02:30 PM  6 years agoPost 12
cmsilvoy

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To the west, my friend...
to the west....

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02-05-2012 03:07 PM  6 years agoPost 13
Havoc

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Ky.

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North Carolina a good place to live for our hobby?
Depends on how close you are to the coast. Because then you can sail instead.

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02-05-2012 03:56 PM  6 years agoPost 14
evansracecars

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Ellerbe,NC

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Im about an hour south of Greensboro and there is only one flying club i know of within an hour...thankfully I live in the middle of nowhere(literlally) and have plenty of places I can fly my plane or heli

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