Hard case Lipos.Β* Hobby King sells hard case lipos that are R.O.A.R. approved.Β* Viable solution.
There are dozens of vendors that sell hard cased Lipos and many for less money but that is not a serious solution since hard case Lipos are much larger and heavier. Besides, the real issue is a fuel vs electric fight. I suspect your answer had nothing to do with the issue and was merely an attempt to be controversial. You failed on that account.
No - the real issue is that this club wasn't proactive in their fire supression plan and gave the University a reason/excuse/rationale for kicking them off the field. The fire opened the door for the Fire Marshall to review the site use, and the FM found club members smoking on site in violation of local rules/regs/ordinance. That is a big problem.
Hobbiests of all genres suffer from the same disease - they lose the ability to see themselves as others see them. They become so enthralled with their own activities that they forget that the interests of others matter. I've seen hunters shoot up storage containers and portapottys, I've seen drag racers drive eight hours to set up illegal races on county airports, and I've seen R/Cers drive 4wd pickups through farmers fields to retrieve wreckage.
When clubs fail to protect landowners interests first and foremost, it always catchs up to them. How hard the hammer falls depends largely on relationships, and smart clubs work hard to maintain strong relationships with landowners and public agencies who control their flying sites.
The oldest club locally used to have a fantastic site - over a half-mile square piece of asphalt WWII training field, with a NHRA drag strip on one side and a full-scale runway on the other. We started flying there in the '50s. In the '80s, a company leased a large portion from the County to use for processing ag waste for animal feed. Eventually, they expanded to the point where we were crowded out. Fortunately, another club had an agreement with the County to use another training strip. Several years before the expansion of the feed plant, this other club had folded up and ceased operations. I approached the County, reminded them what good stewards we were of County land, and offered to add the other site to our agreement - and add another AMA insurance policy to cover it. They thought that prudent, so for several years we had both sites. When the flies and stench of the feed plant became unbearable, we moved exclusively to the second site. That site is hosting the Best In The West jet rally this weekend.
Our relationship was tested when photos of after-hours activities at the field were posted here on RCU. Our agreement with the County prohibits alcohol consumption on the site, but the photos showed the bar set up and serving. If the Club had been on a less-than-excellent basis with the County, that would have cost us the field.
We can argue the merits of the University's position, we can suggest compromises, we can do petitions. IMO, those efforts would be better spent finding a new location. The University had made their decision.