Many different types of people come to fly at the RFC, exploring lots of different aspects of aviation. We operate several groups for those with shared interests. Don't see what you want? Contact us at dispatch to discuss!
RFC members organize all sorts of trips: from local hops for a $100 hamburger to international events such as Oshkosh. This activity contains a forum for discussing and planning trips with fellow RFC members e.g. if you are looking for a flying buddy or joining up as part of a group.

A fly-in is a pre-arranged gathering of aircraft, pilots and passengers for recreational and social purposes. Fly-ins may be formally or informally organised, members of the public may or may not be invited, the gathering may be at an airport or in a farmer's field. This group tracks regional fly-ins in the Ottawa area.
A $100 hamburger trip typically involves flying a short distance (less than two hours), eating at an airport restaurant, and flying home. "$100" originally referred to the approximate cost of renting or operating a light general aviation aircraft, such as a Cessna 172, for the time it took to fly round-trip to a nearby airport. Your mileage may vary...

As one becomes a more experienced pilot, it can be fun to share your flying with others at festivals or competitions. For example, competition aerobatics is an air sport in which judges rate the skill of pilots performing aerobatic flying: it is practiced in both piston-powered single-engine airplanes and gliders.

This group is for those owning, or contemplating owning, their own general aviation aircraft.  Whether it's discussing how to manage fractional ownership, determining how best to calculate an engine fund, or simply sharing the joy of aviation with others, we support each other in a particular joy of aviation: having the keys to your own aircraft!

An open forum for discussion about the goings on at the RFC.
This group is for those aviators who enjoy county airfields on sunny days: the cool close-cropped grass of the strip rolling away in gentle undulations, the cicadas buzzing, a wind sock creaking in its pivot, the smell of lilac, avgas and toolboxes – these combine to slow your blood, free your mind and to ease you back to a gentler time. Grassroots aviation is good for your soul!
This group promotes women's participation in the aviation sector. Historically such participation is low, forcing women who want to fly to struggle with the attitudes of both co-workers and society. Attitudes are changing, through promotion provided by groups such as The 99s, and for example in 2014 Canada saw an increase to 18% of women in Royal Canadian Air Force jobs.
This program is design for someone who has just obtained a Recreational Pilot Permit or Private Pilot Licence, and is not sure what to do next. Perhaps you are hesitant to fly into different or larger airports, hesitant to talk with Air Traffic Control, want to fly but do not have a "buddy" to fly with, think flying from A to B requires a lot of ground preparation, or can not afford the time (or possibly money) to fly more than a few hours per month? The wider horizons program is for you!
This group brings together instrument-rated pilots (or someone thinking about becoming rated) to discuss what they are passionate about….flying! Not just flying but instrument flying. Join the discussions with both experienced and newly instrument-rated pilots to learn about this exciting and evolving aspect to flying.
Flight simulators artificially re-create aircraft flight and the environment in which it flies, for pilot training, design, or other purposes - such as fun! The RFC Redbird Full Motion flight simulator is available for all members to practice recurrent training and experience challenging situations while safely on the ground. This group is for those interested in flight simulation, from using the Redbird to creating their own simulators.

In about 100 years we have gone from no aircraft to the remarkable machines than now crowd our skies. This interest group is for those interested in this journey, with fond memories of the aircraft developed along the way - including Canadian birds such as the Avro Arrow, the de Havilland Tiger Moth, and Grumman Tracker.

Social media are computer-mediated technologies that facilitate the creation and sharing of information, ideas, interests and other forms of expression via virtual communities - such as this one! In this group, we collaborate over how best to promote our Club to both ourselves - the membership - as well as to others.

This group is for those between the ages of 8 to 17 wanting to experience flight in a general aviation airplane while learning about aviation. You will have the opportunity to actually fly in an aircraft, experience how it works and look down on the world below from inside the safety of an aircraft. It is possible to solo from age 14, and apply for a recreational pilot permit at age 16 or a private pilot license at 17... assuming mum and dad drive you to the airport!

Have you stopped flying?  Maybe you learned when you were younger, but somehow don't seem to get around to getting back behind the controls.  Staying involved peripherally in aviation is good, however getting back in to flying takes support - and that is what we do in this group.

Flying in US airspace means contending with local definitions of airspace and classifications, as well as operating with local departure, arrival and approach procedures.  If planning a trip through US airspace, the information shared here should help you with flight planning as well as other operational issues of which you should be aware.