lockheed-martin skunkworks breaks fai world record with their Stalker vxe uas - clovis rc assists in the validation process
At a recommendation to Lockheed-Martin from the AMA, the Clovis Area Modelers – Contest Directors – were contacted and asked if they would assist Lockheed-Martin in tracking time for a continuous and near autonomous UAS flight over a 24 hour period. On April 11, 2022, CD’s from the Club were Dave Fusinato, Erik LaCour, Conrad Nerdahl, and Jan Sunberg. On the ground at the skunkworks test flight location near Pismo California were Jan, Dave, and Erik; while, Conrad monitored the event remotely through a Lockheed-Martin web interface. This event was kept quiet until a final verification and validation of the flight record could be made. Overall, this was an exciting opportunity for ClovisRC to assist in what ultimately became an incredible observation of extended flight duration. All those on the ground (Erik, Dave and Jan) were equipped with ISO rated stopwatches to independently track the time for this flight from liftoff to touchdown. The flight surpassed expectations and finished up at 39 hours. A new official FAI record for a single continuous flight. Please use the attached link to read the entire story from Lockheed-Martin.
WE TEACH NEW PILOTS
WE PRESENT TECH TO SCHOOLS
WE REACH OUT TO THE COMMUNITY
WE HOST NATIONAL EVENTS
JUST FLY & ENJOY THE HOBBY
Welcome to the Clovis Area Modelers Club!
Based out of Clovis, California, our mission is to be the finest model aviation club in the nation.
We have two active fields to fly at;
(1) an old ranch 3,000′ airstrip with (A) 700′ x 45′ resurfaced runway, 120′ x 24′ shade with 120vac power plus for RC; and, (B) a Control Line Circle with 10′ pilot pad. Along with RV Parking (no hookups) and cool view of the Sierras. Where we fly and also host large National and Regional Events from the US Scale Masters National Championship (2019) to the Kings Canyon Jet Rally – 2022 (Photo Below).
(2) a Park near central Clovis that features a 200,000 square foot area for electric planes
We have instructor pilots and master builders who can help you learn to fly or build your own airplane. We invite flyers using Turbine, Gas, Glow, Wind, and Electric powered aircraft. We fly everything from Control Line Combat to Turbine Jets. Learn More.
Please Help Clovis Area ModelersPURCHASE PEG FIELD
The Clovis Area Modelers Inc. also referred to as the ClovisRC Club is purchasing the property that encompasses the old Ketscher Ranch Airstrip known as PEG FIELD.
Such an opportunity helps to secure an existing airstrip for dedicated Model Aviation purposes from Radio Control Aircraft to Control Line Flying. Such facilities are difficult to find as many are being encroached upon and eliminated.
Most importantly; securing this property will put ClovisRC in a strong position to establish this field under Clovis Area Modelers – CBO (Community Based Organization) and as an FAA recognized FRIA (Federal Recognized Identification Area) that will be exempt from UAS (Your RC Planes) transponder requirements as well as forthcoming altitude restrictions. At Peg Field as a premier regional RC Field, you’ll be able to fly when other locations may have imposed restrictions.
By purchasing the land outright and partnering with nearby educational institutions and community STEM programs, the Clovis Area Modelers will create a regional model aviation facility void of ongoing development threats; and, renovate the existing property and solidify its purpose to further education in aviation.
To achieve this goal, you can be a part of this endeavor by donating to the Clovis Area Modelers for the exclusive purpose of purchasing this property.
Donors will be recognized in some way unless the donor chooses to remain anonymous.
UPCOMING EVENTS AT PEG FIELD
WEST COAST FESTIVAL OF GIANTS
May 26 – May 29, 2022
The relocated – Castle – Giant Scale RC Fly-In
Kings Canyon IMAC (Aerobatic) Challenge
September 24-25, 2022
Kings Canyon Warbird Fly-In 2022
October 7-9, 2022 (Fri-Sun)
SPRING 2023 – KINGS CANYON COMBAT SLASH
March 3-4-5, 2023
SPRING 2023 – KINGS CANYON JETS (KCJ)
Wed (April 26) – Sat (April 29) 2023
Other Clovis Area Modeler Events & Services
CoPilot Flying Program
The Clovis Area Modelers (ClovisRC) Inc. is pleased to announce the creation of the New CoPilot Program.
The programs intent is to assist skilled seasoned pilots where for one reason or another due to health or other life challenges would like to continue to fly but are in need of a dedicated CoPilot. Where the CoPilot – a skilled flyer – acts as an assistant (copilot) to help the chief pilot get back in the flight path or out of challenging situations when needed.
The Yosemite Sierra Pylon Racing Association (YSPRA)Clovis RC - On the YSPRA - NMPRA Circuit
Introduction to NMPRA Electric Formula One (EF1)
NMPRA (National Miniature Pylon Racing Association) Electric Formula One (EF1) is a racing event for radio control airplanes powered by electric motors. The event is intended to be easy to get into, available everywhere, reasonably priced and using off-the-shelf components (ARF and build KITS) to create the maximum amount of fun. While there is a great diversity in equipment available for electric models, the rules are designed to eliminate a technological advantage available to a limited few and allow all participants to compete on an even level.
The NMPRA maintains strict control of the rules and their interpretation; and, will make necessary adjustments to these rules to eliminate any development, technological or otherwise, which upsets the level playing field. Therefore, the rules will provide a guideline for the racing event and its equipment, necessary for the CD to execute the EF1 event. The EFI rules to be utilized can be found by searching with your browser “NMPRA Electric Formula One Rules”. It is a 12-page PDF document dated 4/15/2014.
The (Fresno Radio Modelers) would like to invite all interested pilots to come to Ave 12, FRM field for the 2021 YSPRA racing season, starting the last weekend of March on Saturday 27th. Pilots do not have to be a member of FRM; however, do need to have their AMA license. There will be a nominal pilot fee (to cover prizes and awards) at each contest. FRM would like all pilots that come to our YSPRA EF1 events to have an enjoyable good time and be sure to have fun.
EF1 – NMPRA Website – http://www.nmpra.net/index.php
EF1 – Approved Equipment – http://www.nmpra.net/EF1Approved.htm
EF1 – Racing Guidelines – http://www.nmpra.net/basics.htm
EF1 – Provisional Rules – http://www.nmpra.net/rules/EF1NewRules4_15_2014.pdf
EF1 – Pilot Interest Form – https://clovisrc.club/wp-content/uploads/YSPRA-Pilot-Application.pdf
EF1 – FRM (modified) – Intro Form – https://clovisrc.club/wp-content/uploads/YSPRA-Racing-Intro.pdf
AMA awards Clovis Area Modelers $3,000 Field Improvement Grant
You Made it Happen!
|In January 2021, the Clovis RC Club applied for an AMA Field Improvement Grant. Based in part on our accomplishments to-date like the US Scale Masters Championship, the Jet Rally’s, the Control Line Combat Event, and the Heli-Fest to name a few that we as club members jumped in to make happen through field improvements. Not to mention, the various educational youth programs; as well as, the future events we plan on hosting for our community to help meet our commitment to further aviation knowledge through STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math). With all of this, in May of this year we were graciously awarded the highest amount possible from the AMA; which, was a $3,000 Field Improvement Grant. It is with great thanks to our members (past and present), attendees, and competitors that helped us get to where we are now. This award would not have been possible without the assistance from the Academy of Model Aeronautics and all of you who contributed to our efforts.|