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01-02-2013 12:12 AM  5 years agoPost 1
Rainmaker

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Anyone know where I can fly localy?

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01-02-2013 12:31 AM  5 years agoPost 2
OLROY

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Try this may help

http://www.horizonhobby.com/content...r-field-locator

You have to hit launch field locator

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01-02-2013 12:58 AM  5 years agoPost 3
TheWoodCrafter

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Costa Mesa, Ca.

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Carson for nitro and Los Alamitos for electric.

Thanks, TheWoodCrafter

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01-03-2013 03:10 AM  5 years agoPost 4
Rainmaker

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Long Beach, Ca USA

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Disapointed in Carson flying field....
I flew there about 9 yrs ago when it was a big open flat planned for future industrial construction. I drove by yesterday and to my suprise saw it was all fenced off with a tiny little sign saying it was reserved for local club members only with AMA membership required. So now we pay a membership fee to fund a club AND $58 a year to AMA? Where does it end? Soon the city will require a permit charging modelers for airtime. Can anyone think of more ways to tax us? As I drove by yesterday (New Years Day)it was locked up like Fort Knox! So I guess if you're not a member you cant fly on a beautiful off day or holiday when a key holder isnt present? Does the club own the property?
Ok here is my rant....
There are 3 pads maybe 70 ft from each other. Most of the activity I saw before were 3-D flyers. I fly more like a real helicopter would fly, gently and with grace. Love the sight and challenge of precision flight the way its full size counterpart would. I prefer to be further away so simply we dont crowd each other. When there was no fence I could simply go around the corner and be by myself. I fly 2.4Ghz so there is no frequency issues. Why anyone still operates on 72Mhz is beyond me. AMA should ban requiring everyone on 2.4Ghz. Also there are people who like to walk their dogs around that field. Now they cant! As far as the eye can see, 6ft tall chain link fence! Its sad that our society has to put a fence around every peice of vacant property for liability or some other reason. Now I have to track down the club representative and ask how to access the field when I want to fly and where? What happened to being responsible for ourselves? Dont get me wrong I enjoy being social and would love to hang with fellow modelers and could be perfectly happy launching from one of the end pads occasionaly but are there business hours now to fly? For Petes sake its an industrial area with no homes for over a mile away so noise is NOT the issue. Liability maybe? Ok but no one flies over or near the road so all your gonna crash into is dirt. These upside down lawn mowers should be flown a LONG CLEAR distance from anyone else anyway!
Added to all this, there was a person living in his truck just in front of the locked gated entrance to the field and oh the odor.... YUK!
Will society ever allow us to take responsibility for ourselves again and allow us to live resposibly? Ok if I have to join AMA I will however for a private club to take over an entire field utilizing only a tiny portion is a bit much. With as much field as is there, glider flyers could launch from the opposite end and they would never come close to each other. Yes its that BIG!
I guess the tree huggers and "do-gooders" are winning over our freedom. Next they will take our guns away!
I will retire from this and crawl back into my bubble as these people would have it.....

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01-03-2013 05:56 AM  5 years agoPost 5
TheWoodCrafter

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Costa Mesa, Ca.

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For someone that is so upset about loosing your freedoms you really need to spit up some money and join the AMA.
Are you a member of any gun organizations like the NRA?
These organizations are our voice in Washington.
I really think we (the RC community) would have lost some our freedoms to Homeland Security legislation if it were not for the AMA.
ALL RC hobbyists should belong to AMA.

I am not a member of the Carson club but from what I hear you get the lock combination after you join so you can fly anytime you want to.

And yes the blood sucking attorneys run the world now.

Thanks, TheWoodCrafter

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01-03-2013 08:00 AM  5 years agoPost 6
benaresenferno

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Long Beach California

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Carson field
Who do you contact to join the Club in Carson?

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01-03-2013 02:44 PM  5 years agoPost 7
scott s.

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rainmaker
I belonged to that carson club for a long time. The prez is/was a guy named John who is tired of being prez and gave it up to another guy named Don.

Don`t know his # but if you go on a sat or sun. in morning there`s usually someone there.

You do have to have AMA to protect the property owner and they let us fly the for a $1 a year.

The $50 was for 2 times a year club meetings and raffles, didn`t go into someone`s pocket.

Don`t know if the new prez is asking for money for club or not.

I`ve seen a lot of people come and go over the years there.

I myself took this summer off from flying but stop by on occassion

BTW , the homeless guy there is John`s brother , can`t do anything about that but he`s a nice guy.

Just homeless and jobless.

After you join the club you get the gate combo and can fly whenever you want.

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01-03-2013 02:49 PM  5 years agoPost 8
scott s.

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Orange, Ca.

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Carson Fence
BTW, the fence was put up to keep the motorcycles and 4 wheelers out.

They were coming from all over for a while and it was out of control while we were trying to fly.

The owners are ok with us flying there because of AMA insurance but worried about the motorcycle riders getting hurt and suing and that`s why the fence.

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01-03-2013 09:55 PM  5 years agoPost 9
Rainmaker

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Long Beach, Ca USA

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Carson Fence
Here's my rebuttle...

I agree with keeping the motorcycle riders out because of liability and of course the neucense factor. They are off-road vehicles and an empty lot is NOT off-road. The city should take action with that but we all know that would fall on deaf ears. Ok for that reason I understand the fence and will go along with that. The gentleman hard on his luck should NOT be parked in the doorway so to speak nice guy or not. Its standard MO for homeless people to position in our faces. This is another contravercial subject I choose not to participate in. I will visit on the weekend and check out the crowd. Should I feel comfortable and welcome I will entertain joining the AMA for the one in a million chance of an accident however I would disagree with paying a club fee. I dont want to attend a club meeting or participate in a raffle. For Pete's sake all I want to do is fly! Short of this I will go to the city college football field and fly untill asked to leave then go to another ball park. Soon we all will be taxed on the air we breathe, take our guns away and pay just to use a toilet!
Whats this world evolving to?

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01-04-2013 02:22 PM  5 years agoPost 10
scott s.

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Orange, Ca.

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I get it
your choice

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01-04-2013 02:28 PM  5 years agoPost 11
P.I.Engineer

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Kent, WA

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flew today, i change my opinion, he's got to go, there was crap everywhere, i want carson rocking again, it's such a good place to fly.

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01-04-2013 03:52 PM  5 years agoPost 12
RAK402

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Alhambra, CA

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I fly there a few times a year.

That field is home to some of the hottest pilots in SoCal (maybe the country). Also, some of the nicest people I have ever met.

I need to renew my membership, as I do not get down there too often (the Rose Bowl lawn and Whittier Narrows are much closer.

I have not problem with the fence, or that membership and AMA are required.

Team KBDD/Compass Team Manger/Experience RC/Team JR Americas/WR Field Rep

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01-04-2013 05:48 PM  5 years agoPost 13
icanfly

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ontario

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Amazing, a plot of acreage in the LA area not sold to developers.

The guys who own the land and the AMA with its fees have really done the hobby a good turn, It might be unwise to knock even the guy in the van, he could be the key holder. That fence is expensive to erect and probably came out of membership fees.

The "homeless guy" in the van could utilize his time to maintain the field, learn the hobby and instruct members when someone needs help. He can always give lessons to interested newbs should he get involved for instance. If he's panning at the gate that's not good. Give him a bottle of water at least.

Take care guys, be real. There's a tech/rc revolution going on, right now.

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01-04-2013 06:21 PM  5 years agoPost 14
foxone64

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hawthorne, ca

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icanfly,

infact the "homeless" does maintain the field during the times that I fly there. He isn't just picking up trash or whatnot but actually picking the weeds and broken heli parts. For the most part he doesn't bother much at all and when he does talk it is about heli stuff, not like other homeless that are nuts.

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01-04-2013 06:37 PM  5 years agoPost 15
scott s.

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Orange, Ca.

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Homeless guy is Tony
Brother of the prez John, who is giving up the prez to another guy soon.

Tony`s nice but he doesn`t fly

fence was paid for by owners of the field to protect themselves from lawsuits and they like that we are there to keep others out .

because we have ama insurance is why they are ok with us being there.

property was or has been up for sale but due to some long beach law if there`s a certain % of commerical buildings that are vacant they can`t build on that land.

this is what i heard anyway

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01-04-2013 06:51 PM  5 years agoPost 16
tcfrum323

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Carson field is a decent field with a good group of guys. Much of the details of the field Scott has already laid out in his post up above. AMA membership is standard with most flying fields and the small club fee for full access to the field is not a big deal. If one has an issue with a small club membership fee, I would hate to think how an rc helicopter hobby is handled as far as expenditures and expenses. Flying at a non-approved field holds the possibly of an accident with a person(s) and/or property. I know some of us may still fly at local parks or fields but given the choice, I would always opt to fly at an AMA approved flying field. That's just me.

John H.

It's just one of those heli days...

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01-04-2013 09:33 PM  5 years agoPost 17
Rainmaker

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Long Beach, Ca USA

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Fees...
Price of the helicopter. Thousands
Cost for additional field gear. Hundreds
Misc. for chairs, food and whatever. A few more..
AMA. $58
Club fees ????
Where does it end?

Hey who else wants a piece of the action. Wait till the city of Long Beach charges a fee to modelers like Costa Mesa does! We're all made of money right? Well I'm not and simply am not in a position to pay a club fee if all I want is to fly. I dont need to attend club meetings nor want any raffles etc. All I want to do is fly! Get it? FLY! As I said before I will join (reluctantly) the AMA. So if any of you who dont mind paying fees, memberships etc would like, step up and pay my club membership and I will gladly frequent the Carson field.
I guess I've said my peace and given my piece. Flame or support at will....

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01-04-2013 10:27 PM  5 years agoPost 18
trainwreckk

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Huntington Beach, ca US

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Having seen all your negative comments, and Exaggerated Complaints about an Organization that so many worked so hard to keep and Maintain. Not to mention your bashing of another Mans Misfortune, Ill pay you NOT to join.

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01-04-2013 11:16 PM  5 years agoPost 19
Rainmaker

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Long Beach, Ca USA

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Mr. Trainwreckk
Seems your getting a bit pesonal here...
I dont see my comments as negative, only objective. Have I bashed anothers misfortune? I dont think so!

Do you deny me freedom of speech and expression? Seems your guilty of your own accusations....

SHAME ON YOU!

And since you are making this personal, I'll take your money anyways.....

LET FREEDOM RING!!!

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01-04-2013 11:34 PM  5 years agoPost 20
ThumbBumper

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Price of the helicopter. Thousands
Cost for additional field gear. Hundreds
Misc. for chairs, food and whatever. A few more..
AMA. $58
Club fees ????
Where does it end?
I look at it this way, if it costs me a couple of additional dollars (in comparison to the equipment I'm flying) to fly, have the insurance and the piece of mind knowing that some fool isn't going to go riding his bike across the field while I'm flying, then so be it.

Realistically, the cost of AMA and a club membership is nothing compared to what I've seen destroyed in an afternoon.

If you wanna play, you gotta pay!

If it ain't broke, go fly some more!
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