Flying Events

Come check out our different flying events!

Float Flying

One of the real thrills in R/C flying is to see a model equipped with floats lightly touch down, skim across the water and lift back off without a bounce.

Although there are some differences specific to float flying, for the most part it is not that much different from flying off of land. Listed below is what I see, after twenty years of active float flying, as eight key elements to successful float flying:
1. The length of your floats should be 75-80% of your fuselage length (As measured from the prop disk to the rudder hinge)
2. The step of the float should be located 1/2 to 1 inch behind the CG
3. 10% of the total length of the float should be ahead of the prop disk
4. Wing incidence should be 1-3 degrees positive when the top of the float is level
5. Any model which has enough power for "brisk" performance off of a grass runway can handle the addition of floats
6. Do install a water rudder
7. Avoid cross wind take-offs
8. Take-off speed can be deceptive on water. Take a longer than usual take-off run.

The RC Barnstormers Model Airplane Club hosts the Heart of America Float Fly at Lake Miola on the first weekend of June.


Pylon racing is becoming more popular in Kansas City and the surrounding area. AMA 424 racing is making racing more accessible to more people. To begin racing all you have to buy is a Great Planes Viper ARF and a Thunder Tiger .40 PRO engine. There are many people that are willing to share what they know and help you get you ready to fly.

As of now, Thursday evening is designated as pylon practice night. We will set up the pylons and practice either one plane, or two planes, at a time. We can help you to trim and set up your plane.


Precision aerobatics is a type of disciplined RC airplane flying where pilots strive to perfectly execute a series of aerobatic maneuvers. Pattern Airplanes especially in the top levels of competition, are specifically designed to fly aerobatic maneuvers perfectly. A pattern plane's length and wingspan must be two meters or less, and the total weight must be 11 pounds or less. Other than that, there are really no other restrictions.

Many pilots are perfectly content flying around aimlessly while "boring holes" in the sky. There's nothing wrong with that if that's what makes you happy! Perfecting aerobatic maneuvers gives you a purpose and a set of goals to work towards when flying your RC airplane. You not only compete with others, but you compete with yourself as you strive to perfect each maneuver by practicing them over and over. Most pattern pilots consider themselves as their biggest competitor! It takes a lot of discipline to really get good at pattern flying. But there's more to it than just flying. You will develop long lasting friendships with pilots all across the country. It's a huge family of pilots that share a common interest and strive to help one another succeed by sharing their experiences with different types of aircraft, set-ups, and flying techniques.

Freeze Fly

The R/C Barnstormers’ Freeze Fly has been a staple flying event for many, many years. This fun fly occurs every January 1st. No matter the weather, it is never cancelled.This event draws a unique list of diehards who will fly in any kind of weather, especially with the advent of electric motors. The shelter is blocked up with tarps, heaters are fired up, and chili is eaten! It is always a challenge to see who will be the first to fly in the new year. Right, Art? If you have never been to one of these, you are missing a wonderful time sitting on the bench seats and watching the pilots fill the sky with their airplanes.