Radio Control Model Flying Club

Located in Grafton, Wisconsin

A club dedicated to the hobby and craft of radio control aircraft flying

Welcome to Astrowings of Wisconsin
Located at 1866 N. Port Washington Rd, Grafton, WI 53024

Astrowings - Grafton WI Flying Field Rules


WE Energies Field
Located at 1866 N. Port Washinginton Rd, Grafton, WI 53024

Our flying field is located east of Grafton and south of Port Washington. Here you can fly all types of planes including glow, electric, and non-powered planes. This is also the location of our Annual Fun-Fly!

Flying Field Rules

1. This WE Energies field may be used only by Astrowings members and their guests (when accompanied by the member)

2. Each user flying aircraft must have current AMA membership with its accompanying liability insurance. Members shall have their current membership card and current AMA card in their possession while using this facility. Guests shall have a current AMA card in their possession

3. At all times, the interests of WE Energies and neighboring residents must be respected

4. Flying hours:

  • Electric Flight is allowed:
    • Every Day of the Week
      • 8:00 AM: to dusk
  • Gas and Glow (Combustable Engines)
    Flight is allowed:

    • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
      • 10:00 AM: to dusk
    • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
      • 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Grass cutting is scheduled for Fridays. No flying permitted during grass cutting or field maintenance
  • Flying is not permitted over WE Energies or contractor personnel at anytime that are working the ash site
  • As a condition for flying, pilots must sign in and out of the field flight log located in the field box on the frequency board for each flying session. Field log records will be maintained by the President

5. Parking shall be in the designated area Entrance to the field will be from the south heading north and west of the pit area

6. Pit areas shall be along the west edge of the N~S landing strip area.

7. Air space to be used is described on the map of the site. It is particularly important not to fly west of the perimeter berm nor close to any residence or farms. Historically flying fields are lost when neighbors are annoyed.

8. Noise Control - Noise source

  • The Club's objective is to reach compliance with the AMA recommended noise maximum of no more than 94 dB at 9 feet distance. The best way to achieve this is to use large, properly designed mufflers 
  • The Sound Control Officer is responsible to maintain the Aircraft Sound Qualification Forms located in the field box. All aircraft flown must have a current Aircraft Sound Qualification Form on file with the Sound Control Officer 
  • Instructions for completion are located in the field box. The intent is to reach AMA recommended noise maximums by aircraft modifications and improvements noted on the Aircraft Sound Qualification Form for each aircraft flown at the field 
  • If in the judgment of the Board of Directors, an airplane/engine/propeller combination is too loud, it may be banned from the field.

9. Plastic propellers are not permitted on engines larger than 0.19 c.i.d. unless the propeller is fiber-reinforced

10. All engine shafts shall be covered by a spinner or an AMA nut.

11. Because of interference by Channel 4 TV, Channel 20 shall not be used at the field

12. Novice fliers shall not fly unless under direct personal supervision of an accredited instructor. Competence to fly alone, to graduate from the novice class, shall be in accordance with the Club's proficiency test

13. The proficiency test consists of the following maneuvers:

  • Take off from ground 
  • Straight flight out 
  • Procedure turn 
  • Two slow flybys, right and left 
  • Land within landing strip area 
  • Demonstration of proficiency to fly alone shall consist of performance of these maneuvers in a satisfactory manner during a single flight while being observed by two instructors. *Instructors are designated by the Club President as listed in the current club newsletter*

14. Pit operations are confined to the area behind the demarcation line (snow fencing)

  • Pit operations include:

    • i. Airplane maintenance and adjustment other than simple external control trim and needle valve adjustment

    • ii. Transmitters may be removed from impound and switched on in the pit area for necessary maintenance operations only if the frequency flag is owned 
    • iii. Parking of airplanes 
    • iv. Relaxing, eating, conversation 
    • v. Fueling

15. Flight line operations are conducted only at the pilot stations and include:

  • Switching on TX 
  • Starting engines 
  • Engine tuning through adjustment of needle valve(s) 
  • Start point for taxi out to runway 
  • Flying airplane from the pilot station marker and nowhere else 
  • If the airplane will not taxi successfully, a helper may take it onto the field and position it in takeoff position provided that "Man on field!" is announced to other fliers

16. The following operations are prohibited:

  • Parking on the road 
  • Standing on the road 
  • Hand launching from the road 
  • High speed passes or dives directed toward the flight line 
  • Flying over the pits or the car parking area 
  • Flying to the west of the N-S runway except for takeoffs and landing patterns when the E-W runway is in use 
  • Taxiing into or out of the pit area 
  • Solo flying by novices. A qualified instructor must be present until the novice graduates to solo status through passing the flight proficiency test

17. The following operations should always be performed:

  • Pilots should announce their intention to come in for a landing so that other fliers can hear the call 
  • Similarly if it is necessary to go on to the active runway to retrieve an airplane call out, "Man on the field!", and don't proceed until it is clear that no one will land or takeoff during your presence on the runway. Get on and off fast, avoiding long, diagonal strolls down the runway 
  • Turn on transmitter only after you are the sole possessor of the frequency flag 
  • Your AMA card or club membership card must be affixed to the proper frequency flag on the frequency control board 
  • Electric hand launch flyers can use the area just south of the sheds 
  • Fuel flyers can use the regular pit area

18. All members shall comply with the AMA Safety Code

19. The last member to leave the site is responsible to see that the gate is locked. Leaving the site unattended with the gate unlocked may cause the field agreement to be rescinded. If there are any problems locking the gate, call WE Energies Site Supervisor

20. The Club shall insure that all members, present and future, are fully aware of these rules

21. The Board of Directors may expel any member it finds in violation of these rules as per the Bylaws

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