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.
If you want to visit at a specific time and day, we recommend you
contact a club officer to be sure you can get in.
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.
From the 210 Fwy, exit Buena Vista Ave. Go south about 1/4 mile to Duarte Road. Turn left, drive past City of Hope to the end of the road. The gate to the flying field is the right hand gate. (The left gate is the City of Duarte yard, don't enter that.) For map software, enter 1850 Highland Ave Duarte, or Duarte Rd and Highland Ave Duarte.
There is a Gold Line station right at the corner of Duarte Road and Highland Ave. However it would required a rather lengthy walk (or moderate but rocky bike ride) to get to the flying field.
Aerial View of Field and Vacinity (runway and pit area in upper right half of red circle)
See below for directions to entrance gates.
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. Foam 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. Turbine aircraft would need approval from the Board as to suitability for our location.
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).
As of 05/20/17 FAA registration is no longer required for hobby model aircraft.
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.
Float flys are held in odd number months (July, Sept, etc) inside the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area. It is a beautiful setting and fun to watch or participate in. Lunch is available. See the Welcome page for dates.
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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