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© 2002 Ribcrackers Model Airplane Club
Ribcrackers was organized over 50 years ago as a non-profit model airplane club under
the auspices of the Livonia Department of Parks and Recreation. At the time, the primary emphasis
was on control line flying with considerable effort given to public demonstrations of model
aircraft flying to promote the hobby.
Today, we are almost exclusively a radio control club and do not enjoy the support of any
municipal recreation department. Members fly nitro, gas & electric powered planes, gliders
and helicopters. We are approximately 80 in number with our primary emphasis on sports flying
Our goals are the promotion of the safe flying of radio control models and the general advancement
of radio controlled model flight. Ribcrackers runs an active, free R/C pilot training program
and we continue to devote our efforts to providing public service demonstrations and displays
as part of our responsibility to the community and our public whenever possible.
The club currently flys out of Ray Field (see the maps for directions). Ray Field
is on the south side of Grand River, one mile east of New Hudson. It is on the Walbridge property on the
east side of their access road. It has a large, mown grass runway (400'x 400') which is suitable for most
modelers. As the field is near the New Hudson Airport, a spotter is mandatory - no solo flying
without a spotter to watch for full-scale airplane traffic is allowed at Ray Field. While
Ribcrackers has been flying at Ray Field for nearly 20 years, we do not own the flying field but we
are constantly searching for a suitable, permanent site.
Monthly club Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month (except September and when New
Years Day or the 4th of July falls on a Monday - then it's the second Monday) at either Ray Field
or the Livonia Senior Center (see the maps for directions). The meeting usually includes some
type of demonstration, discussion or presentation, a show-and-tell, Model-of-the-Month period,
and general socializing and tall tale swapping (the general, good natured banter found in most
modeling clubs). Visitors are always welcome. Refer to the Schedule page for meeting dates,
times and location.