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Downeast Soaring Club is an active New England Radio Control Soaring Club with interests in flying Thermal Duration, Slope Soaring, Handlaunch Thermal, F3J,F3B, F3A, and Electric Glider Soaring.
The Downeast Soaring Club was established in 1991 as an off shoot of the Brunswick Area Modelers. We received our charter from AMA with 7 initial members. We typically have members from all of the New England States (Maine, NH, VT, CT, RI, MA) and exchange newsletters with many soaring clubs throughout the country.The core of the Club Officers are from the Topsham Maine area.
Our first few years focused on sanctioning up to six thermal duration contests per summer season at a sod farm in Biddeford, Maine. This event schedule helped to quickly establish the Club throughout the greater New England area. We then cut back our contest schedules after several years and began focusing our energy to produce a more relaxing flying schedule that focused on fun and camaraderie. This approach was more conducive to providing an avenue for our members to exchange ideas, and to assist in the development of others. In past years, we've offered annual workshops during the winter months to expose members to some of the newer construction techniques and materials.
The Club has two winches and two retrievers and a club trailer to support thermal flying at our two thermal fields. A lot of informal slope flying takes place through the year and especially during the winter months.
Club fees are $12 per year and AMA membership is mandatory. Several Club outings are organized each year,including several “No Host Soaring Lobster Festivals” which include soaring combat, annual fun fly contest, slope getaway weekend and others.
We established the first New England R/C Soaring Convention in 1993 after two members attended the M.A.R.C.S. Sailplane Symposium Proceedings in the fall of 1992. Since then we have held two other “New England R/C Soaring Conventions” in Portland Maine. We wanted to bring a similar format to the folks of greater New England.In addition to "Soaring To Greater Heights Through Knowledge" with our convention speakers, the week-end offered the opportunity to fly at our favorite sites, sample some of the fabulous cuisine offered at our well known New England restaurants, or see the sights of our beautiful state.
Learn to fly radio controlled aircraft by joining our club. Dues are only $12 a year. The Downeast Soaring Club (DSC) is a glider only radio control club serving the New England Area. DSC is a charter member of the Academy of Aeronautics (AMA). Benefits include: