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Rick Eckel launches his AvA. A RES (Rudder, Elevator, Spoiler) thermal duration contest design.

Rick Eckel launches his AvA. A RES (Rudder, Elevator, Spoiler) thermal duration contest design.

Good day and welcome to the Orlando Buzzards Radio Control Soaring Society. We are a group of Central Florida enthusiasts who derive enjoyment from the building and flying of soaring model aircraft. The objective of the club is participation in competition and sport flying. Sport flyers make up the majority of the club. Members build and fly gliders of all sizes – ranging from as small as 24 inch wingspan to some over 16 feet across. Some models are hand launched while others are towed into the air with an electric winch or elastic bungee. A fast growing segment of our sport also utilizes an electric driven prop to launch the glider to altitude.

The Orlando Buzzards are members of the Florida Soaring Society (FSS) and supports the principles and goals of the League of Silent Flight (LSF). FSS is a statewide organization with a current membership of four participating soaring clubs who sponsor weekend contests throughout the year. Participation in the FSS contest lets interested pilots compete for trophies/medallions at each contest and for year end trophy awards. Contesting is an excellent way to improve soaring skills rapidly.

The League of Silent Flight is an organization that promotes a series of soaring tasks for personal accomplishment by new and experienced pilots. As tasks are completed in a series of five levels, pilots are awarded certificates of achievement. LSF Level V pilots are few but those who have reached this level have demonstrated an unusually thorough mastery of sailplane piloting skills.

Most of the sport flying activity is at the club home field on Saturday and Sunday between 10 am and 3 pm, however members are entitled to field access at any time the field is open.

The Xplorer (a molded carbon fiber Unlimited aircraft) comes in for a landing.

The Xplorer (a molded carbon fiber Unlimited aircraft) comes in for a landing.

We now maintain two flying fields in Christmas FL, one 15 acre field with a grass runway for electric airplanes and another 25 acres for sailplanes. The main entrance is near 22181 E Colonial Dr, the sailplane field is on the left, the electric airplane field is thru the second gate, around the pond to the north. (GPS:  28°32’9.75″N   81° 2’24.69″W)

Christmas-Savage creek

Our other field for the last couple of decades has been a 12 acre site located just off of Old Lockwood Road in Oviedo. The land is owned and has been generously made available for our use by the Seminole State College. Recently we have been undergoing some changes re access to the field and members and visitors are currently restricted to accessing the field only while the Seminole State College is open. Those hours are generally Monday thru Saturday 8am -6pm except on college closure days (holidays, spring break, winter break etc) basically as long as security is on campus. The field maintenance is funded by the society through dues and contest proceeds. Access is via the Seminole State College “back” entrance off Old Lockwood Road, Oviedo with more detailed instructions on this page. Two metal storage sheds are located on the northeast corner of the property. They are owned by the club and used to store equipment for contests and sport flying. All equipment is property of the club and maintained by its members.

Club meetings are usually held monthly on the first Saturday of the month at the Christmas field. Guests are welcome to attend the meetings. From time to time, the date and/or time of a club meeting may be changed. Information about the next meeting is available on the events calendar.

The Buzzards host at least two FSS contests each year as well as the premier Tangerine Soaring Championship. The club also hosts 3 or 4 ALES contests(Altitude Limited Electric Sailplane) Details of each of these events and their dates can be found on the Contest Schedule. These contests raise much of the money the club requires for equipment and maintenance.

Jamie Buckland sends his Icon on her way.

Jamie Buckland sends his Icon on her way.

Ed White with his contest winning Gentle Lady

Ed White with his contest winning Gentle Lady

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