Visit the Field
The Santa Fe Dam Radio Control Modelers club is fortunate to have an AMA compliant flying site in Los Angeles county. As well as the enjoyment of recreational model aviation, our missions include promoting interest in aviation of all types and promoting the educational, technical and social benefits of model aviation.
We welcome visitors. Please read below.
Because of the locked gate, please call a member for directions and arrange at time to meet you.
The field is located near the southwest corner of the junction of the 605 and 210 freeway in Irwindale CA. It is open to members for flying every day from 8am to sunset. Most flying occurs between 8 am and noon. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday are the most active days.
Aerial View of Field and Vacinity (runway and pit area in upper right half of red circle)
See below for directions to entrance gates.
If you are not a member, you will have to have a member meet you at the locked gate to accompany you in.
The entrance to the field is at the corner of Duarte Road and Highland Ave, just east of City of Hope. The member you contact to let you in and will instruct you on directions from there. There are also club direction signs posted.
Our members fly a wide variety of model aircraft. For airplanes, wingspans range from 10" to 10 feet. Power is by electic motors, glow (nitro) engines, and gasoline. Simple Slow Stick aircraft, scale model fighters, ducted fan jets and giant scale aerobatic aircraft can be seen on a typical day. Many members fly helicopters from micro to .90 size. Most are electric but some are glow. An increasing number have ventured into the multicopter hobby, also from micro size up to 500 - 600 size. Some have build from scratch with Multiwii, KK or Naza controllers, others the ready to fly from DJI or Blade. We do not allow model rockets or (at this time) turbine aircraft.
If you are new to model aviation, we can give you an introductory flying lesson on one of our club trainer airplanes. With some ground school and a dual control set up you can take control of a powered flying airplane, against beautiful background of the San Gabriel mountains. Call one of the club officers to arrange this. As a courtesy if you make such an arrangment please honor it, or call if you must cancel.
If you have your own aircraft, we can help with inspection, set up and test flying by one of our members. If you want to fly your own aircraft you must have a current AMA membership card with you. We allow two 'guest' flying sessions, after that we ask that you become a member.
The AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) is the national organization for model aviation in the United States. They provide insurance for our activities, and they lobby the government for the preservation of our access to the radio frequencies and FAA permissions we need to fly. For information about AMA MEMBERSHIP CLICK HERE.
Under the current FAA regulations, recreational and hobby model aircraft flyers are compliant if they fly in accordance with the AMA Safety Code and related AMA documents (regarding large aircraft, FPV, tubines, etc).
The club has a number of events during the year to which spectators are welcome. These include float flying on the lake inside the Santa Fe Dam recreation area. These are usually on the Saturday after the club meeting in odd numbered months. We also have open house, swap meet, and the National Model Aviation Day event in August. Look on the website for specifics.
We rely on new members to keep the hobby fresh and growing. Please click THIS LINK to go to our membership information page.
The monthly membership meeting is on the second Wednesday of the month at the Arcadia Red Cross. This is located on the grounds of the Methodist Hospital in Arcadia. Meeting begins at 7:30 pm with socializing starting at about 7. There is a raffle, show and tell, club business, and a speaker when possible. Visitor are always welcome.
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