The Twin Cities Model Aero Club has served those interested in Aero Modeling in the Albury Wodonga area for over thirty years. Members of the club construct and fly all types of model aircraft. Our organization caters for a complete cross section of the community, the common interest being flying model aircraft.
Members come from all walks of life, from professionals, shift workers, pensioners, retirees and students. Such is the interest in aero modeling that we count several pilots and aircraft engineers among our members. Many aero modelers, particularly those building and flying radio controlled model aircraft, have progressed to a career either in the military or airlines, either as pilots or engineers.
Flying takes place at the club’s own flying field a few kilometres north of Albury, this facility is available seven days a week, although most activity takes place on weekends, particularly on Sundays. The flying field, in addition to its runway also has a club house, toilets and shade shelter. An area where smaller electric models and free flight models can be flown is also provided. A new addition to the site is a world class facility for flying control line models comprising an 80 metre concrete circle. This mini airfield has been developed over recent years by club members with assistance from the Model Aeronautical Association of Australia, the Victorian Model Aircraft Association and Albury Council.
The Club has an established training policy in place, with qualified instructors to assist student pilots through all aspects of radio controlled flying up to their solo stage and beyond. In addition to this flying training, help and advice is always available from experienced members to assist new starters in both the selection of equipment and aircraft construction. Younger members can gain valuable experience from building and flying model aircraft; the acquired skills and knowledge can greatly enhance their career prospects, particularly in the aircraft industry.
The Club is affiliated with the Victorian Model Aircraft Association (VMAA) and the Model Aeronautical Association of Australia (MAAA) and operates under air navigation rules as required by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). It is strongly recommended that prospective members talk to current club members, and enquire about the club’s training program, before any radio equipment, engine or model is purchased. A little advice taken before starting could save frustration and unnecessary expense, while ensuring rapid progress in flying skill.
Further information on Club activities and contacts can be obtained by checking the Club’s web site. www.tcmac.com.au or by coming out to the flying field and talking to members, visitors are always welcome.
Initial enquiries can also be made by contacting
David Balfour On (02) 6043 3169