We are the Puget Sound Silent Flyers, located in Olympia, Washington. Our membership base of approximately 60 individuals share an interest in designing, building and flying radio-controlled model aircraft.
Our operations are limited to sailplanes and electric aircraft only. Noise and safety are primary concerns.
You would not be the first person to fly one of those at the field. I am sure you would be welcome. A Striker is still far less noisy then most glow/gas models. Come on out the December club meeting on the 17th and introduce yourself.
And the years have FLOWN by! Still flying Strykers, have an Icon A-5 I fly @ Long Lake. Rebuilding a Radian (for relaxed soaring) & Radian Pro (for fun, Games, and AV), and am 1/2 done w/ a MPX Fun Cub, oh, and am rebuilding a typhoon after the elevator snapped on me
It has been along time. I actually have not flown in over a year. With a tight budget I have to pick and choose my hobbies at the moment and fling has taken a back seat to RC Car racing. Sounds like you have been bitten by the bug though. Keep em in the air.
I haven't flown at our field nearly as much as I wanted to in the last few years. My right hip and left knee stopped me from standing up for very long. Soon after we built the new clubhouse, I had to give in.
In 2014 I had both of these problems fixed, Dr. Smith at Oly Ortho is great.
Now in 2015 I hope to fly 3-4 days a week after I get the kitchen cabinets done.
My thumbs are so rusty I may have to use a wire wheel to get them working.
Dave, glad to hear you're doing better. Wish I'd heard your complaint about not being able to stand for too long earlier though. As most clubs probably do, we have our share of older members, some also who have a little trouble standing for long. So they just pull up a chair and fly while seated. I don't think there's a rule about having to stand while flying! Works great for them. Come tothink of it, we also have a couple of younger members who happen to be in wheelchairs. Anyway, good to hear it's not a big problem for you any more.
I can use a chair while flying gliders, in fact I have a fold-up chaise lounge just for the long high altitude flights. I just don't feel comfortable flying a high performance plane sitting down.
I have used a chair sometimes with the stunt planes, but it just didn't feel right.
Kind of like, I just can't get used to using my very nice transmitter tray. I custom built it with places for a stopwatch, and a countdown timer, that I can hit easily. I've flown so long using just my thumbs, it feels strange to pinch the sticks. One of our club members uses a tray because he says it give him a much better feel for the small corrective movements. He is a great flyer.