Things to know at CBRC

How to Join CBRC

Got a Fever for Flying?
Join the club and fuel that fire!

You can fill out a NEW Membership Application and bring with you to our next meeting. We hope you will  get to know some of our members there and join in on the fun! You can E-Mail our Treasurer, Steve Barnett if you have any more questions.

You can mail your dues along with proof of AMA membership to  Treasurer, Steve Barnett

We have a wide range of people in the club from very experienced modelers to  youth members 15 years old and up, beginners, intermediate flyers, husband and wife teams, people who like to build from scratch, people who fly electric planes only to some real hotshot helicopter pilots! If you don’t think you fit in one of these categories then I will just have to add your interest to the list. In other words you will fit in! We have instructors who are ready and willing to teach at any level you are at from which end of the plane does the propeller go on, to how to adjust  that new 4 stroke engine you just bought to purr like a kitten.

CBRC would welcome you to join us. We currently have an active membership nearing 100 men, women and young adults. In order to become a member, you must join the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and have a FAA registration certificate. We are a sanctioned AMA field and you must belong to the AMA and CBRC to use our flying field. You can obtain a membership application by clicking on the link below.

Membership  Dues

Regular                      75.00

Family                        100.00

Senior                         65.00

Student                      30.00

Military                      0.00

For your AMA Membership Application Form, click here


CBRC Student Log Book



Lithium Battery Fires

Lithium batteries are becoming very popular for powering the control and power systems in our models. This is true because of their very high energy density (amp-hrs/wt. ratio) compared to NiCads or other batteries. With high energy comes increased risk in their use. The, principal, risk is FIRE which can result from improper charging, crash damage, or shorting the batteries. All vendors of these batteries warn their customers of this danger and recommend extreme caution in their use. In spite of this many fires have occurred as a result of the use of Lithium Polymer batteries, resulting in loss of models, automobiles, and other property. Homes and garages and workshops have also burned. A lithium battery fire is very hot (several thousand degrees) and is an excellent initiator for ancillary (resulting) fires. Fire occurs due to contact between Lithium and oxygen in the air. It does not need any other source of ignition, or fuel to start, and burns almost explosively.

These batteries must be used in a manner that precludes ancillary fire. The following is recommended:

  1. Store, and charge, in a fireproof container; never in your model.
  2. Charge in a protected area devoid of combustibles. Always stand watch over the charging process. Never leave the charging process unattended.
  3. In the event of damage from crashes, etc, carefully remove to a safe place for at least a half hour to observe. Physically damaged cells could erupt into flame, and, after sufficient time to ensure safety, should be discarded in accordance with the instructions which came with the batteries. Never attempt to charge a cell with physical damage, regardless of how slight.
  4. Always use chargers designed for the specific purpose, preferably having a fixed setting for your particular pack. Many fires occur in using selectable/adjustable chargers improperly set. Never attempt to charge Lithium cells with a charger which is not, specifically, designed for charging Lithium cells. Never use chargers designed for Nickel Cadmium batteries.
  5. Use charging systems that monitor and control the charge state of each cell in the pack. Unbalanced cells can lead to disaster if it permits overcharge of a single cell in the pack. If the batteries show any sign of swelling, discontinue charging, and remove them to a safe place outsideas they could erupt into flames.
  6. Most important: NEVER PLUG IN A BATTERY AND LEAVE IT TO CHARGE UNATTENDED OVERNIGHT. Serious fires have resulted from this practice.
  7. Do not attempt to make your own battery packs from individual cells.

These batteries CANNOT be handled and charged casually such as has been the practice for years with other types of batteries. The consequence of this practice can be very serious resulting in major property damage and/ or personal harm

Safety Committee
Academy of Model Aeronautics

5161 E Memorial Drive
Muncie, IN 47302

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