About Imperial R/C Club

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About Imperial R/C Club

Imperial R/C Club (IRCC) is an Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) chartered, non-profit club dedicated to the radio controlled model aircraft hobby and is open to anyone interested in model aviation.  We are currently located on Highway 60 in Mulberry, Florida. Imperial R/C Club is a recreational, community oriented, radio controlled aircraft flying club that provides members and visiting AMA registered individuals with a local, secure radio controlled flying site.  Our current membership includes residents throughout Polk County and surrounding communities. Imperial R/C Club was started in 1969.  At that time, the club was located at the Old Bartow Airbase.  Around the early 1980’s, the club flying site was moved to our current location on Highway 60 in Mulberry, Florida.  The club’s main purposes are promoting, education, advancement and safeguarding of remote control modeling activities. Imperial R/C Club invites visitors to our club to watch and partake in flying activities.  We have AMA approved instructors to train new pilots.  Imperial R/C Club hosts several events at our field each year to promote flying activities and support local business through assistance with International Flying events and bringing outside visitors to the greater Lakeland/Polk County area.

There has been a change in venue – It is now at KC’s Artisan Pizza, 6645 South
Florida Ave., Suite 5, Lakeland, FL 33813 6-9pm on Saturday December 5, 2020.

Pease drop Jim Giallombardo a quick email and let him know if it will be just you or if you will be bringing a date.


On behalf of the IRCC Executive Committee, and in response to the Governor’s “Safer at Home” Executive Order, IRCC will operate as follows:

1.  IRCC Is Open as it is a recreational activity as defined in Florida Governor Executive Order 20-91, page 4, Section 3(A)(ii) Participating in recreational activities (consistent with social distancing)

2.  IRCC will observe social distancing when at the IRCC.  6 feet apart, no handshakes, wear a mask.

3.  IRCC members who are at risk as defined by the CDC should assess their vulnerability and make a personal choice as to whether or not it is safe for them to attend the IRCC.

4.  IRCC members who are sick will stay at home and not participate at the IRCC until they are well.

5.  Entrance to the IRCC is limited to members only during this executive order 20-91. The IRCC visitor policy is suspended, no visitors or guest pilots allowed.  Members should keep the gate closed after their entry and upon leaving.  First person unlocks, last person out locks, entering and exiting members must keep gate closed by putting chain on the nail with gate closed.

I know this is an inconvenience, but you can still fly if you follow these temporary rules.  If you can’t, please don’t come, we will get through this!

Jerry McGhee
President, IRCC

The new Coronavirus may not show sign of infection for many days. How can you know if you are infected? By the time you have fever and/or cough and go to the hospital, the lung is usually 50% fibrosis.

Taiwan experts provide a simple self-check that we can do every morning: Take a deep breath and hold it for more than 10 seconds. If you do this successfully without coughing, without discomfort, stiffness or tightness, there is no fibrosis in the lungs; it basically indicates no infection. In critical times, please self-check every morning in an environment with clean air.

Serious excellent advice by Japanese doctors treating COVID-19 cases: Everyone should ensure your mouth & throat are moist, never dry. Take a few sips of water every 15 minutes at least. Why? Even if the virus gets into your mouth, drinking water or other liquids will wash them down through your throat and into the stomach. Once there, your stomach acid will kill all the virus. If you don’t drink enough water regularly, the virus can enter your windpipe and then the lungs. That’s very dangerous.

Please send and share this with family and friends. Take care everyone and may the world recover from this Coronavirus soon.


1.If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold.

2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.

3. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27 degrees C. (About 77 degrees F.) It hates the Sun.

4. If someone sneezes with it, it goes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne.

5. If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours – so if you come into contact with any metal surface, wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap.

6. On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours. normal laundry detergent will kill it.

7. Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice.

8. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but – a lot can happen during that time – you can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on.

9. You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.

10. Can’t emphasize enough – drink plenty of water!

1. It will first infect the throat, so you’ll have a sore throat lasting 3/4 days
2. The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs,
causing pneumonia. This takes about 5/6 days further.
3. With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing.
4. The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you’re drowning. It’s imperative you then seek immediate attention.

How to post pictures to the forum

New functionality has been added to the forum. Go to the IRCC website >>Forum >>Website/Forum Suggestions topic, I have posted instructions on how to imbed pictures. You need to be signed in to post (pictures or anything else).


IRCC Safety Start Up Procedure for Electric Powered Aircraft

  1. Insure area around aircraft is clear of spectators.
  2. Turn on Transmitter, engage Throttle Cut.
  3. Insert and plug in battery.
  4. Adjustments to aircraft allowed only with propeller removed.
  5. Absolutely no motors are to be run in the shelter area.
  6. Carry aircraft to taxi way with the Throttle Cut still engaged.
  7. Proceed with flight.
  8. After landing, taxi to yellow line, reduce throttle to ero, engage Throttle Cut
  9. Return aircraft to shelter, unplug aircraft battery.
  10. Turn off Transmitter

There has been some confusion about the forum section. If you have not registered recently, you are not in the system. If you look at Forum, Members, you can see if you are registered or not. If you are not a member, then go to the Forum, Registration to register.

To log in/out of the forum, go to Forum, My Account.

To place pictures into the forum topic, copy/paste the picture inline with the text. If you want to add files, go to the bottom of the topic and select ‘add a file’.

I hope this helps, if you have a problem, give me a call or email me. 

Ron McKie 410 533 3352 ronaldmckie@gmail.com