The Roundwood Model Aero Club was established in the 2005 by a small group of enthusiastic modellers living in the Wicklow / Dublin area.
The Club’s flying Site is located adjacent to Roundwood village in County Wicklow. The principal activity of the Club is the encouragement amongst its members of Radio Control model flying of all types of fixed wing aircraft. The Club has members who are active in all disciplines of the hobby and these include Scale models, Pattern models and Gliders. The Club welcomes spectators provided that they obey the safety rules and remain behind the flying line and pits area at all times. Unfortunately no dogs / cats or any other animals are permitted on the flying field for their own safety.
Flying takes place on most Saturday and Sundays throughout the year and most evenings in the summer months, weather permitting. In the summer months the Club can, by arrangement, provide a model for use by prospective members to give them the feel of the hobby before making any purchases and this facility is available most Saturday mornings.
The Club operates a training system whereby modellers are taught by experienced pilots how to fly their planes and there are regular training times set aside for this purpose and the club has a list of experienced pilots available to carry out this training.
The Club members generally build their own model Aircraft spanning in size from 60” models to those in excess of 120” and many of these larger models have petrol engines. This building knowledge is shared between all club members, advice and practical assistance is given to all new members on the field.
The flying field has runways in excess of 150 Metres long and 12 Metres wide which can cater for all sizes and types of model Aircraft. The field has good clear horizons which enables models to be flown with long low approaches before landings with plenty of run off afterwards.
The Club has a 13M x 6 M “Club house “on site which is used by all the members as a focal point for conversation or just relaxation.
The Club has a policy of frequency control with regards to members. When a new member has been accepted he / she are allocated a specific frequency. This allocation is designed to help restrict possible frequency clashes and lengthy periods of waiting before you can get your model into the air.
The Club will be running various events throughout the flying season for its members with the emphasis on participation rather than competition. The Club is very active on the Competition scene and takes part in all regional events and its members have won the National Championship on several occasions
About the Club
The Club is affiliated to M.A.C.I. (which is the Governing Body for the Hobby in Ireland) and it is through this Body that Insurance cover is arranged and the Club requires evidence of this Insurance cover (M.A.C.I. Certificate) before permitting flying at Club Site. This Insurance cover is the only form of cover accepted by the Club and is mandatory.
The Club will soon be publishing on a bi-monthly basis a Newsletter, which will keep everybody informed as to what is happening in the club and will keep everybody up to date with the latest technology. The Newsletter will also be a great source of second hand bargains as members change and upgrade their aircraft and radio equipment.
The club flying season and period of membership runs from 1st February to the end of the third week in January each year. All members, new & Existing, must then formally re apply for membership for the New Year using the Clubs latest membership application form which will be available from any of the Club Officials. No flying or site access whatsoever is permitted in the last week of January each year. (This is a condition of the landowner) and is to be strictly adhered too.
There is a certification process for competency in the M.A.C.I. to improve peoples flying skills and this is divided into two categories, the “A” cert. and the “B” cert. When members are learning to fly they must have an experienced pilot at their side at all times (like the Provisional Driving License) and when the member has gained enough experience and is confident then they take the “A” cert. and upon passing this test they are free to fly unattended. This “A” cert. covers the basic fundamentals of flying and carrying out simple manoeuvres, all of which are available from the club and are issued to all new members. The “B” cert. is of a higher standard and is only necessary to be taken for those members who are asked to fly in front of the general public at displays or the like.
The club has a list of safety do’s and don’ts to make the hobby safer and a copy of these is sent to each new member upon joining. There is also a pre-flight and take-off check list given to assist in the final checks before coming to the field, flying and afterwards.
There are two forms that must be completed for those who wish to join the club and these are as follows:
1. Membership Application Form – ( For consideration by Facility Owners at their next scheduled meeting).
2. MACI Membership Form
These completed forms should then be returned to the current Club Treasurer. Please do not include any money at this stage, if your application is accepted the Hon Secretary will contact you to advise of current fees etc.
Roundwood Model Aero Club was founded in 2004 when 10 enthusiastic Aeromodellers, purchased a new flying site of approx. 20 acres of land planted with Christmas trees near Roundwood village in Co.Wicklow.
We cleared, drained and leveled approx 8 acres of the land during 2005/6 and set out 3 main runways which were rotavated, fertilized and seeded with grass on newly applied top soil. Proper flying took place from around May 2006
The Club is now up and running. The principal activity of the Club is the enjoyment amongst its members of Radio Control model flying of all types of fixed wing aircraft. The Club has members who are active in all disciplines of the hobby. These include Scale models, Pattern models,Gliders and Jets.
We have excellent facilities on site, including a well fitted out Club house. Electric power, Heating, Work bench and of course the all important lunch table, where you can relax and enjoy the banter!!
If you would like to come along and see for yourself, please drop in.
We are always more than happy to introduce new members to this fantastic hobby.
We have recently incorporated the Dublin Model Flying Club into the RWMAC. This is one of the oldest clubs in Ireland with a history stretching back to the 1930's, have a look at the DMFC tab to get the full history.