Links to Soaring Clubs in Ohio and beyond
The LSF is the League of Silent Flight and is so simple in concept since it's based solely on an individual advancing their skills. This has to be the best "bang for the buck" you're going to find in R/C affiliations anywhere: http://www.silentflight.org/
I'm a member of MOSS and DARTS and heartily recommend the club experience to anyone who wants to learn from others and enjoy the fellowship of flying with buddies. Here are some links to websites and local discussion groups:
Dayton, Ohio: Dayton ARea Thermal Soarers or DARTS flies on a beautiful site called Twin Towers Park which is east of Dayton. They've been holding regular club contests with a set of excellent winches on this field which is a shared use facility with a horse jumping club, so not every day is available for flying. That said they have an active internet/email presence so it's easy to know which days are OK to fly. Here's the link to the discussion group: http://groups.google.com/group/daytonsoaring and website: http://www.daytonsoaring.org/
Columbus, Ohio: Mid Ohio Soaring Society or MOSS flies on four official fields where we have AMA insurance and several slope sites where we don't ask but nobody tells us "no". Check out the discussion group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mossohio/ and the website http://www.midohiosoaring.com for more info on the club or the links elsewhere in my blog to see the googlemaps links for all these locations.
Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky based contest series called OVSS or the Ohio Valley Soaring Series: http://www.mvsaclub.com/ovss/OVSS.html The competition is extremely challenging at the few events I've managed to attend, and yet the spirit of good will and sportsmanship is outstanding. Come out and fly unlimited thermal duration with these guys and I think you'll agree.
Michigan club which sponsored a great inaugural event at the Toledo Weak Signals Field which is in extreme SE Michigan near Toledo, Ohio: http://www.rcsoaring.org/ I hope they hold another one in 2010 Toledo is only a couple hours drive from where I live.
Ft. Wayne, Indiana is home to LOFT, League of Flight by Thermal: http://www.loft-rc.org/ This is another great club who hold regular contests and LSF-task based days at their field using excellent equipment.
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