“Where to Live if You Live to Golf and to “FLY”
Many of us at Black Diamond have for years watched our fellow members fly their model airplanes over the Quarry (off golfing hours, of course.) Fascinating! In researching information for this blog, I Googled for information and asked members for their input. RC flying (Radio Controlled Airplane) is quite the hobby and passion!
According to a website found, there are 96 flying fields in Florida. The closest ones are in Central Ridge Park near Holder (10 minutes) and Dunnellon about (25 minutes from the Black Diamond gate.)
The Tri-County R/C organization has roots dating back to the 1980’s. They now call themselves the Tri-County R/C Club and utilize the Rainbow R/C Air Park as their base. The group leases about 40 acres from the Florida Greenways Project (Part of the Good Stewards of the land program.) There are about 130 members in the club and they are all members of the Academy of Model Aeronautic (AMA). The Tri-County R/C club will host a fundraiser on Saturday, September 19, at 11:30 am. The event ($2.00 entry fee) is to benefit American Legion Post 58 and the vets they help at Post 58. There will also be a raffle for a chance to win a World War I model airplane kit valued at $300. There will be a “cook shack” as well. To attend the event at the Rainbow Field: Take US 41 in Dunnellon to CR 484 east to Bridges Road. Visit their website for more information.
The Tri-County R/C Club’s website also has a “great links” button that can give those interested in the hobby a lot of information. The beginner’s link (listed below) indicates there are “easier to fly” planes that range in cost from $100-$500 and they have samples planes they recommend for beginners. Or, there is “an alternative to the classic high wing style trainer” that suits beginners, and that’s the electric powered glider. See the website link included for more information.
I asked our high fliers at Black Diamond about the sport. Here are their comments:
“I fly a quad – which meant it has four propellers. This enables the craft to have an HD video camera. I enjoy taking videos of the landscape and gulf. The controller has a wifi and fm radio which allows me to control the camera and the quad. I can hover, or fly up to 20 mph, and about 600 feet high. The range is farther than I can see – and that’s dangerous and it can get lost. The controller synchs with up to 16 GPS satellites, and can find its way home if it gets lost – assuming there is sufficient battery life.”-Ed Serra
“I must confess that it is not an easy hobby to enter. Kevin and I have crashed over 30 planes/helicopters/drones over the past 4 years and have spent tens of thousands of dollars for a few precious minutes of flying time. I might add I have been radio controlled flying for over 40 years and it is still hard! Realistically no one should fly anywhere other than over the Quarry and even then, of course, when it is empty of human beings which is what Kevin and I do. There are two flying clubs close by that can provide instruction and guidance for newcomers to the hobby.” Jim has made several videos and “I plan to do a similar but even more professional flyover of all 49 holes at BD when I get back this fall. I have posted some preliminary videos of BD this past winter that I plan on improving on in the final presentation. You can find all my videos by searching Jim Bob Plunkett on YouTube including some preliminary ones filmed at Black Diamond. –Dr. Jim Plunkett.
Although, Jim has several videos about Black Diamond on YouTube video many of us have enjoyed the “rescue” video :
Flying an airplane as a hobby is one thing; of course, flying one with a camera is another. The flying of drones has become a much covered item in the press, as the US FAA establishes laws and guidelines for the use of drones. A website, “Know Before You Fly” states: “Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones as they are often called, are increasingly available online and on store shelves. Prospective operators—from consumers to businesses—want to fly and fly safely, but many don’t realize that, just because you can easily acquire a UAS, doesn’t mean you can fly it anywhere, or for any purpose. “Know Before You Fly” is an educational campaign that provides prospective users with the information and guidance they need to fly safely and responsibly.”
Black Diamond Ranch-Where to Live if You Live for Golf or “To Fly”!
A Premiere Gated Community in Citrus County: Lecanto, Florida
Black Diamond Ranch :
Labor Golf Tournament …September 8,
Classic Car Show II… November 7, noon.
Boutique Noel…November 15, 2-6 pm
Citrus County :
Citrus 20th Annual Save Our Waters Week… September 18-26
Chuck Yeager Fly-in Rainbow Field, Dunnellon…September 19, 11:30 am
Murder at the Canyon Rock Crusher…October 2