Indoor Free Flight is the Zen of model aviation. The ethereal models are simple and delicate, offering endless options in the quest for performance.
Indoor models are typically very light and fly at slow speeds powered by twisted rubber strips driving a large propeller. It is also possible to fly gliders indoors from rubber catapults. Indoor models are one of the least expensive and simplest ways to get started in aeromodeling, aeronautics, and aerodynamics, and suitable flying sites are available in most locations all year round.
Indoor free flight models are most often flown for endurance where the longest flight (or best two flights in some events) determines the winner. Thus, every detail or extra bit of weight makes a difference. Modelers attempt to convert as much of the potential energy in the wound rubber band into extra time on the stopwatch! This is both a hobby and a puzzle, and it is always an amazing thrill to watch something you built with your own two hands fly on its own.
The minimalist design of indoor models require that every component does just what is required, working in balanced harmony with the rest of the model. Subtle changes affect the flight profile, efficiency in extracting energy from the rubber motor, and ultimately the time on the stopwatch.
Spectators are often surprised to see the amount of control we have over our models. It’s just that the control is pre-programmed into the airplane before it is launched – with minute adjustments and tiny mechanisms. We can even steer the models with poles or helium filled balloons if they are in danger of drifting into obstacles.
The challenge isn’t over once the model is in the air. Feedback from careful observation, and data collected before, during, and after the flight are all used to decide what changes may be made for the next attempt.
Many people fly Indoor purely for the beauty, grace, and enjoyment it provides. Others fly for the challenges of competition or record attempts.
Either way, Indoor is easy to start with simple inexpensive designs and can challenge you as far as you want to take it. Give it a try!
Last update: 8/28/23
Confirm all dates and schedules before travel.
Submit current information to email@example.com.
An annual indoor meet is held each April at the 99’ Round Valley Dome in Eagar.
Contact Tom Gaylor firstname.lastname@example.org
Monthly indoor flying in the Luther Burbank Middle School gym, second
Friday from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Contact David Gee email@example.com
Sierra Eagles of Sacramento host indoor flying on the 2nd Thursday of each month – 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Ceiling is 22′ and fairly smooth.
Turn Verein Hall – 3349 – J St., Sacramento, CA. Park and enter at rear of building.
Contact Chris Borland 916-457-4469 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The San Diego Orbiteers and Scale Staffel host indoor flying on the 1st Sunday of the month at the Grossmont College Upper Gym, 7:30 to 11:30 am.
8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon. No flying is scheduled for Fall 2022 but they anticipate re-gaining access in 2023.
Contact John Hutchison 619-303-0758
Indoor model building (Squirrels, great beginners model) and flying events are roughly once per week on Wednesdays at 6pm. at the Atomic Rooster Pub, 303 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario.
More information here: www.rubber-power.com
Contact Darcy Whyte darcy@inventorArtist.com
Various Friday evenings at Beth Eden Baptist Church gym, 2600 Wadsworth Blvd.
Contact John Christensen email@example.com.
Monthly flying sessions at the Manitou Springs High School Gym (23’) and annual Pikes Peak Ceiling Climb contest every March.
Contact Darold Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
The Glastonbury Aero Modelers host indoor flying sessions under a 34 foot ceiling in the Glastonbury H.S. gym.
Contact John Koptonak email@example.com
Monthly flying at Christ Chapel Indoor Soccer Facility in Macon, 25’ and 30’ gyms. 170 Starcadia Cir, Macon, GA 31210. Current information is available at www.thermalthumbers.com
Contact David Mills 404-509-4209 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Bill Gowen email@example.com
Annual meet in the Kibbie Dome, usually in June.
Contact Jake Palmer firstname.lastname@example.org
Trinity Lutheran School, 11503 German Church Road, Burr Ridge, IL
23′ ceiling, 75 x 150 flying area. $5 donation per person.
Thursday nights, 7–10PM.
Please note: the only way into the gym is by the back door. The door is located at the South end of the building down the ramp.
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Contact Phil Binter 630-852-5831, mobile and text: 630-254-3829 or email@example.com
West Baden Springs Hotel, world class high ceiling hotel rotunda. Jim Richmond Open contest every March.
Contact David Lindley firstname.lastname@example.org
Hudson High School Gym
First and third Wednesdays of the month from 6:30 to 9:00 PM. Nothing fancy, no contests, just come on out and fly.
Contact Bob Nelson at 319-233-4771 or email@example.com
Osawatomie and Overland Park
HAFFA Indoor Flying
Osawatomie Auditorium, 439 Main Street, Osawatomie, KS
WHAM Indoor Flying
Wellington Memorial Auditorium, 208 N. Washington Ave. Wellington KS
The auditorium ceiling is just under the Cat 1 ceiling height, flat with only 4 ceiling fans. Floor space just over the size of a basketball court.
Contact WHAM Club firstname.lastname@example.org
The Detroit Cloudbusters host indoor flying at Relmagine Recreation Complex, 867 S Blvd E, Pontiac.
Contact Mike Welshans email@example.com
For the 2023-2024 indoor season MMAC is flying at the Lakes International Language Academy Headwaters Campus main gymnasium located at 19850 Fenway Avenue N, Forest Lake.
Sunday evenings, 5:00 to 9:00PM.
November 12, 2023
December 10, 2023
January 14, 2024
February 11, 2024
March 10, 2024
April 14, 2024
Contact Dennis Batty firstname.lastname@example.org
The East Coast Indoor Modelers (ECIM) have the use of Hangar #1 every week from sunup to sundown.
The hangar is 800 ft. long by 250 ft., and 180 ft. high.
Contact Rob Romash at 856-985-6849 or email@example.com .
The Metropolitan Sport Squadron has use of the Teaneck National Guard Armory on Wednesday mornings. 1799 Teaneck Rd., Teaneck, New Jersey.
Contact Tom Schiavone firstname.lastname@example.org 201-391-9534
Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse, Orchard Park, NY.
Contact Bob Clemens 585-392-3346 or email@example.com
Exchange Ave. Baptist Church, 1312 S Pennsylvania Ave., Oklahoma City
The site is a 100’ x 60’ x 25’ high gym. Entrance on the south side of the gym on S. Sulzberger St. Free, but donation requested.
First and Third Saturdays, 9:00AM till 4:00PM (though we’re usually done by 2:00PM).
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Contact Tom Solinski 405-414-6947 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Willamette Modelers Club hosts indoor flying at the South Albany High School gym.
Contact George Gilbert at 541-971-9549 or email@example.com
Cohocksink Recreation Center, Cedar and East Cambria Streets, Philadelphia
Full-court gym with 24’ open structure ceiling
Flying on alternate weeks –
Thursday, December 1st, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 PM
Thursday, December 15th.
Contact Herb Shallcross firstname.lastname@example.org
The Brainbusters FF Club has a site in Highland Springs, Virginia at 200 South Airport Drive.
Racine Memorial Hall (43′ ceiling) at 72 Seventh St. on Racine’s Lake Front. Entry is on the east side (lake front) of the building.
The Bong Eagles host a monthly indoor flying session on the first Wednesday of the month from October – May. Flying starts at 4:00 pm and ends at 10:00 pm.
Bong Eagles Web Site
There is an alternative, thanks to the Winnebago County RC Flyers, who combine indoor RC and free flight flying at the Carl Traeger Middle School in Oshkosh on Sundays.
Contact Hable, 920-267-1920, email@example.com, also see: http://wrcf1269.com/Indoor_Flying/IndoorFlying.html