Welcome to Dare County Radio Control Flyers
Interested in Radio Control Aircraft? Then Dare County Radio Control Flyers is for you!
We are an Academy of Model Aeronautics chartered club that promotes radio control model aviation as a sport and recreational activity at the home of the first flight, the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Membership in Dare County Radio Control Flyers is open to any person interested in participating in radio control aviation. Whether you are an experienced radio control pilot, a beginner, or just interested in learning more about this rewarding hobby, we have the resources, expertise, and desire to make your experience into the world of radio control aviation enjoyable and gratifying!
Club Bulletin Board
Club Attains Prestigious Gold Leader Club Status: 11/07/22
Dare County Radio Control Flyers was recently advanced to the level of a Gold Leader Club by the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), according to the club's president, Jim Davis. This recognition was granted following a determination by the AMA that the club, that had been designated a Silver Leader Club earlier this year, had now attained all the necessary elements to be advance to top-level status. Currently, only about 7-percent of the AMA's 2,500 charted clubs are Leader Clubs, and this distinction serves to publicly acknowledge the efforts the club and its members have made to advance the sport and recreational activity of aeromodeling throughout the Outer Banks community.
Flying Event Provides Donations for Beach Food Pantry: 10/20/22
Dare County Radio Control Flyers club president, Jim Davis, met Elisabeth Silverthorne, executive director of the Beach Food Pantry to drop off non-perishable food items and cash donations that the club collected at their "Outer Banks Festival of Model Aviation" event on October 15, 2022.
The club wishes to once again thank those who visited with us and donated to this worthy organization that does so much to assist local residents in need.
Elisabeth reported that our donation was enough to provide 350 meals—enough to feed eight people for two weeks!
Dare County Radio Control Flyers Named Club of the Month: 06/01/22
Dare County Radio Control Flyers was recognized by the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) as "Club of the Month" for June 2022 on a recent AMA podcast. The announcement was made by the AMA's social media manager, Lee Ray. You may watch an excerpt of that podcast announcement in the accompanying video link to the left.
We are very proud of our members for their efforts as a team over the past few years, and this national-level recognition is the most recent accomplishment that makes our club truly noteworthy.
Club Awarded 2022 Takeoff and Grow Grant: 05/19/21
Dare County Radio Control Flyers received a $1,000 "Take Off and Grow" grant from the Academy of Model Aviation (AMA) Foundation recently, according to the club's president, Jim Davis. Seventeen such grants were awarded nationally, and these funds will be used to hold a public event in our community during mid-September, Davis added.
The event entitled the "Outer Banks Festival of Model Aviation" will afford local residents the opportunity to learn about the hobby of radio control model aviation, and to actually fly a radio control aircraft under the supervision of one of the club's instructor pilots. In addition to flight operations, other activities will include handing out, building, and flying balsa glider for the youngsters, raffle prizes that will be awarded to non-club members who give flying a try, and lunch consisting of hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, and soft drink.
Admission to this event will be one non-perishable food item per attendee, and these items will subsequently be donated to a local food bank.
Further information about this event will made available in the near future.
Return to Primary Meeting Location: 05/01/22
Our usual meeting location in the meeting room at the rear of the Dare County Public Library in Kill Devil Hills has reopened, and we have been approved to meet there for the months of May and June 2022. Updates for meeting locations for the remainder of the year will be provided as they become available. Details about this location, including an interactive map and driving directions, is available at the link below.
Program for New Pilots Implemented: 06/24/21
Club members Jim Davis, Grant Dick, Steve Smith, and Robert Yanacek were recently approved by the Academy of Model Aeronautics as Introductory Pilot Program instructors/mentors. This innovative program seeks to encourage those with little or no previous knowledge of radio control aviation to try out the hobby at no cost, while providing 90 days of liability insurance coverage in addition to the knowledge, experience, and guidance of our club's designated instructors/mentors.
Recreational UAS Safety Test Now Available: 06/22/21
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released their long-awaited safety test that is now required for all radio control pilots. The test, known as TRUST, will now be required for a recreational-use pilot to register with the FAA as required by law. Although it is referred to as a "test," it is in all actuality little more than a 30-minute course of instruction designed to ensure that model aircraft pilots understand their obligation to operate both safely and lawfully when using airspace. The test is available free of charge, through a number of FAA approved TRUST test administrators.
FAA Releases Improved Mobile Application: 11/16/20
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has redeveloped their mobile application to provide situational awareness to recreational flyers in knowing whether it is safe and lawful to fly their model aircraft in a particular area. This application, known as B4UFLY, utilizes interactive maps and GPS technology to alert radio control pilots where they can and cannot fly. This application is highly recommended for all club members because it alerts you in real time to areas where flight operations are restricted, controlled, or under a temporary flight restriction. The application may be downloaded at no cost, and is available for both iOS and Android mobile platforms.
Radio Control Pilots Must Register with the FAA: 12/21/15
Those flying Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs), which includes model aircraft, are now statutorily required to register with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The registration for recreational-use pilots covers all of the model aircraft you operate for a period of three years. In addition, as part of the statutory requirement, pilots must also ensure that their FAA issued UAS registration number is displayed on an outer surface of any aircraft or drone they own and operate. Registration is inexpensivem quick, and easy.