With the current membership at 138 flyers as of October 2015, the Casa Grande RC Flyers embarked on another membership drive. The club offered new members a chance to win a Hobby Zone Super Cub aircraft when they joined by November 30. The club also gave away a new EP Falcon ARF aircraft at the November 14, 2015 celebration of National Model Aviation Day at their field where money was raised in support of local charities. The club hopes its membership will continue to grow as more retirees move into the area. The growth is expected because the club is the only AMA sanctioned club within 25 miles of Robson Ranch, has a paved runway, has scheduled swap meets and fun fly events, allows both gas and electric aircraft and members receive area hobby shop discounts.
Club members have access to the field at any time; however, Robson residents wanting to watch the activities can expect to see flying every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday starting at about 9:00 a.m. Club swap meets are on the second Saturday of each month. The club’s monthly swap meets have food and beverage service, free parking and toilet facilities. A schedule of the club events can be seen on the club website at www.CasaGrandeRCFlyers.com.
Many Robson Ranch residents seem to enjoy watching the club events and are welcome at our field. Remember to bring a lawn chair when visiting in case all the benches are occupied. The Casa Grande RC Flyers and their flying field should not be confused with the field and club located within Robson Ranch. Some residents reported going to the Robson field in error when trying to attend Casa Grande RC Flyers events. Directions to the Casa Grande RC Flyers field are on the club website at www.CasaGrandeRCFlyers.com.
Membership in the Casa Grande RC Flyers is open to anyone wanting to fly or learn to fly radio controlled aircraft, regardless of their residence. Free lessons are offered by any of eight AMA certified instructors. The club even has a training aircraft for new members to use. The first year club dues are $40 per calendar year, and renewal dues are $25 annually. Membership in the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) is required because AMA membership provides the pilot with the required insurance coverage and also provides the pilots with a professional resource to get valuable information. Details about both the AMA and the Casa Grande RC Flyers are on the club website. The site also has a list of all club activities. Club members receive discounts on purchases in area hobby shops when their membership card is presented. The Casa Grande RC Flyers is an Arizona non-profit cooperation dedicated to exposing the joy of flying to the public and giving back to the community by supporting worthwhile charities. For more information about the club contact Alan Friedman, the club president, at his Robson Ranch home or visit the club website: www.CasaGrandeRCFlyers.com.