The Central Arizona Control Line (Model Airplane) Club or CACLC is an Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) sanctioned club, which was formed in 1980 by Jim Hoffman, Jeff Hanauer, Ted Kraver and Jim Storts.
Members build and fly control line model airplanes from all categories. Three flying sites allow members from all over the Greater Phoenix Area to fly off of asphalt or grass.
The club also hosts a variety of contests, as well as partnering with our Sister club, the Tucson Cholla Choppers for the Vintage Stunt Championships.
Club Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. (except June - August to allow for AMA competition as well as the summer heat). The meetings are held at the Metro Center Community Room off of the Food Court (west entrance near the Harkings Theater).
What is Control Line? Dating from the 1930’s, Control Line is the oldest and most reliable form of model airplane control. The aircraft is attached to the pilot of the model by lines or wires. The control mechanism in the plane is attached to one end of the wire, and the control handle at the opposite end of the wire is in the hand of the pilot. To learn more, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Control_line
What Categories of Control Line Flying are there? There are 7 Categories of Control Line Airplanes.
Sport Flying is the first and most widely used Category. These aircraft can be any size or style, with any number of engines powered by Fuel, Electric, or CO2, even jet engines are used. This is flying just for the fun of it.
Scale Flying involves exact replicas of real airplanes, and can have as many functions as the imagination can hold. Retractable landing gear, flaps, engine(s) control, brakes, lights, and parachute drop are only some of the possibilities.
Speed Flying is ultimate speed that can be reached for the size of the engine. These planes are more engine than wing.
Racing teams consist of a pilot and pit crew. The objective is to complete laps before the other teams with required pit stops.
Stunt Flying (Precision Aerobatics) like Figure Skating, is judged against a prescribed aerial course for accuracy.