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Horace Hagen, President
15 Parkway Place
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Keith Inglin - Web Admin
720 Milford-Mount Pleasant Rd.
Milford, NJ 08848


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Created By: Horace Hagen 9/6/2017 11:13:52 AM | Updated By: Horace Hagen 12/18/2017 10:01:37 AM
Welcome to the ECIM Club Web Site

Welcome to the ECIM club website, a central place to quickly disseminate information to everyone . As the club has grown, so have the administrative duties. We have almost 100 members and contacting everyone in a timely manner is expedited via this site. The site will contain information for present and new members as well as schedules, photos and contest information.

Horace Hagen
Club President
Created By: Keith Inglin 7/2/2007 4:56:16 PM | Updated By: Horace Hagen 8/12/2017 4:03:46 PM
Base Access


 REGULAR ACCESS (Every weekend plus national holidays)

Lakehurst Naval Air Station's Hangar 1 is located on an active military base. To gain regular base access you must have an Air Force issued DBID badge (Photo ID) or a Contractor Access Card (CAC).  To get a DBID badge please follow the below procedure:

  • You must be a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA Website
  • Email club president Horace Hagen at to get the Lakehurst Base Access Form (BAF) and fill it out. You will also receive a criminal history background check (CHBC) form. The CHBC form must be filled out and presented to the Lakehurst Welcome Center (LWC) not the club president. 
  • Join the club by mailing the completed BAF, club dues ($20.00 check made out to ECIM) plus Self Addressed Stamped Envelope (SASE) to the club president.
  • The president will send you an ECIM membership card in the SASE.
  • Go to the LWC with the completed criminal history background check form and show your ECIM membership card and a photo ID.  The LWC will issue a DBID badge only on weekdays between 07:00 - 15:00 hours.  If you already have a valid DBID badge do not renew it until the end of March when our AMA insurance certificate and Air Force license are renewed. 


OCCASIONAL ACCESS (Less than 29 days per year)


  • You must be a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA Website
  • You do not need to get a criminal history background check.
  • Send an email to club president Horace Hagen at to get a Lakehurst Base Access Form (BAF) and fill it out.
  • Join the club by mailing the completed BAF, club dues ($20.00 check made out to ECIM) plus Self Addressed Stamped Envelope (SASE) to the club secretary.
  • The secretary will send you an ECIM membership card in the SASE.
  • Go to the Lakehurst Welcome Center (LWC) between 07:00 and 15:00 hours on the Friday preceding the weekend and present your ECIM membership card and photo ID.  The LWC will issue a paper pass for the weekend.

For assistance call / email club Secretary Horace Hagen at 732-741-3097 /

Created By: Horace Hagen 7/11/2011 7:05:36 AM | Updated By: Horace Hagen 6/9/2017 1:15:07 PM
FAI F3P Indoor World Championship
I recently looked at the web site for the 2016 FAI F3P Indoor World Championship to find out how ECIM members Devin McGrath, Dave Lockhart and Joseph Szczur placed.  The Championship took place from February 19 thru 25 in Strasbourg, France. Some of our members that visit Lakehurst Hangar 1 frequently have watched them practice for this competition. Personally I have watched them in awe while their very light F3P planes performed precision manoeuvres. You can look at the results on the event's web site But to summarize Joseph Szczur placed 2nd out of 12 in the junior class and Dave Lockhart and Devin McGrath placed 38 and 39 respectively out of 50 total competitors. Congratulations to our F3P pilots.

Created By: Horace Hagen 5/5/2017 11:41:28 AM | Updated By: Horace Hagen 5/5/2017 11:41:28 AM
Created By: Horace Hagen 12/10/2016 9:02:07 AM | Updated By: Horace Hagen 3/28/2017 11:55:08 AM
Congratulations - ECIM F1D Pilots

Please join me in congratulating our fellow ECIM club members who participated in the recent FAI/F1D World Championships in Romania.  I received the following results directly from the FAI CIAM.  John Kagan placed 6th overall assuring the FAI gold medal for the USA team.  


Title : FAI World Championship for Free Flight Indoor Model Aircraft

Sport : Aeromodelling FAI F1D - (Indoor Model Aircraft)

Date :  31.03 - 05.04.2014

Location: Slanic Prahova (Romania)

Final Results :


1st : Kang Yuan Lee USA - ECIM
2nd : Brett Sanborn USA - ECIM
3rd : Ivan Treger SVK

6th : John Kagan USA - ECIM

Senior - Team

1st: USA - ECIM
2nd: Romania
3rd: France

1st : Evab Guyett USA
2nd : Calin Bulai ROU
3rd : Antonin Ricou FRA

Junior - Team
1st: Romania
2nd: France
3rd: USA

Created By: Horace Hagen 4/23/2014 8:33:21 AM | Updated By: Horace Hagen 7/24/2014 9:25:47 AM
ECIM: What We Do

ECIM provides access to historic Lakehurst Hangar 1 every weekend and national holiday throughout the year for free flight and slow fly RC enthusiasts. As far as we know, ECIM is the oldest operating model aircraft club in the nation. We have been flying in the Hangar for over 80 years! We host sanctioned free flight record trials throughout the year, and our members regularly set national records, competing on a world class level.

inside hanger no. 1 at Lakehurst NJHangar 1 provides one of the largest indoor spaces on the planet. Its interior dimensions are: 800' long X 250' wide with a 180' ceiling. The Hangar was originally constructed during the heyday of Zeppelin development and is most famous for housing the Hindenburg between its Trans-Atlantic flights. Hangar  1 is part of the Navy Lakehurst Air Engineering Facility, which provides the US Navy with developmental support. Today it is a national historic site and part of the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB-MDL).

ECIM maintains a close relationship with the base and is considered part of Hangar 1's history.

ECIM is a chartered club (#414) with the Academy of Model Aeronautics.



Created By:  7/2/2007 5:37:22 PM | Updated By: Horace Hagen 11/20/2013 12:55:28 PM
Brett Sanborn sets new Duration Record
Here is Brett's quick report of the flight last Saturday July 7. 2012:

"The winds outside were relatively low, and the temperature was quite warm at 104 F.  At 6 PM when the flight was launched, the ground temperature in the hangar was about 94 F.  My first flight of the day was a 38:04, which got up about 150' and landed with some rubber windings left. The next flight got much higher at 165' and had many more windings. The plane went straight up and did not drift much; the first steer was required at about 17 minutes in.  The second short steer happened around 23 minutes and finally the plane was descending in the center of the hangar past the tent drying rack where it was launched.  At around 36 minutes the plane looked like it needed another steer to avoid the carrier deck, but then drifted into the prime "landing zone" near the drying rack. Only a small bit of pole steering near the end was required to avoid the rack, and after subtracting the prop stop time, the plane landed at 42:03; 21 seconds longer than the old record flight of 41:42 set by Aurel Popa nine years earlier at the Cargolifter hangar in Germany, which has a ceiling height of 300', almost twice as high as Hangar 1 Lakehurst which is 177'.

Minutes after the flight landed, a strong thunderstorm rolled in; luckily the flight was not launched later. The hangar went dark and everyone scrambled to put their models away since it became quite windy and wet inside. Fortunately, the control room on top of the carrier deck had lights, which is where the model was processed by John Kagan."

Please join me in congratulating Brett for his wonderful achievement. Brett and John are assembling the proper documentation for submission to the AMA and the FAI for recognition as an official USA and World record. We wish you good luck in your effort! The below picture of the record setting model was taken by new ECIM member professional photographer Michael Hnatov.
Created By: Horace Hagen 7/12/2012 1:16:13 PM | Updated By: Horace Hagen 5/17/2013 6:15:33 AM
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