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Old Jan 27, 2009, 03:45 AM
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List of Flying Fields / Clubs in the Sydney Area

Since my encounter with the Park Ranger at Ermington (http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...56244&page=253) I have done some research and compiled a list of RC Flying Fields / Clubs in the Sydney area. I am hoping that this post can help people looking for a good place to fly and that others can add to this list. Some of the fields / clubs I have listed here I have never visited, so if you go there and no one flys there, don’t shoot the messenger . Please check with the contacts I have listed and remember:

I’m just a boy who’s intentions are good, please don’t let me be mis-understood


Suburb: Belrose (North Shore)
Name Warringah Radio Control Society
Web Address: http://www.wrcs.org.au
Contact: Ron Clark (Registrar)
I think only members ($$$) are allowed to fly.
Aircraft flown: Planes and Helis


Suburb: Ermington
Name: Ermo??
Park: George Kendall Reserve – baseball fields and adjoining field,
Spurway street side. There is a car park on Boyle Street.
This is not a dedicated club but a group of guys who fly there on the weekends. Previously the pilots were flying at the Gregory street end but this is now off limits due to complaints from residents. Some folks were flying really early in the morning. The surface of the field is a bit rough, maybe tough on planes (need big wheels - Steve ). There is a good mix of beginner and experienced pilots flying planes - Easystar foamies, duct fans and helis – Align Trex (myself included). The heli flyers are in the minority.


Suburb: Hammondville (near Holsworthy)
Park: Cricket oval
Contact: Mr Kamikaze (RC Groups forum)
This is not a designated flying club, planes and helis are welcome.


Suburb: Luddenham
Name: Sydney Society of Model Engineers
Web Address: http://www.ssme.org.au
Members ($$$) fly planes and helis


Suburb: North Ryde
Name: Macquarie Uni Model Flying Club
Web Address: http://mmsc.org.au
Contacts: Colin Fleischmann (President), Robert Watson (Secretary)
Members fly on Roger Sheeran oval on Sundays between 9am and 1pm, but there are some Sundays that aren’t allowed. Cost of membership varies.
I have seen the field and it looks to be well looked after, just have to look out for the other flyers and dodge the light towers. Planes and helis (minority) flown.


Suburb: Parramatta
Name: Parramatta RC Flying Club
Web Address: http://www.rcflyingclub.com/
Contact http://www.rcflyingclub.com/contact/
Pictures of the flying field is in this post.

I have visited the field and it looks a bit cramped, the power lines are a worry.


Suburb: Malabar (near Marouba)
Name: Sydney Model Aero Club (SMAC Inc.)
Web Address: http://www.smacinc.info/
Members ($$$) fly at the ANZAC Rifle range at Malabar Headland on Sundays. The field is also available on other days.


Suburb: Vineyard (near Hawkesbury)
Name : Sydney Radio Control Society
Web Address: http://www.srcsclub.com/
Members ($$$) fly in a field shared with farm animals


Suburb: North Wahroonga (near Hornsby)
Name: Sunset Soaring Club
Web Address: http://au.geocities.com/sunsetsoaring/
Members ($$$) fly every Wednesday, Friday, Sunday between 9am and 1pm at the Golden Jubliee Oval. Visitors can also fly at the field at a cost of $5 but must hold MAAA membership and be accompanied by a sponsoring SSC member.
Contact: Peter Smith (President), Robin Smith (Secretary)


Suburb: St Marys (near Penrith)
Name: Whalan Reserve
Address: Debrincat Avenue
This is not a designated club but a group of heli flyers (Align Trex) with a good mix of experience. Very helpful bunch who fly on the weekends between 8am and 11am. The field is a sports field so the surface is quite good.


Suburb: Blacktown (west of Sydney)
Name: Blacktown Aeromodelers Club
Address: Doonside Rd, Doonside
Web Address: http://members.optusnet.com.au/blacktownac/index.html


Suburb: Penrith
Park: Jamison Park
Address: Cnr York and Jamison Road, Penrith
Pictures of the flying field is in this post.
This is not a designated flying club, Sunday afternoons after 2.00pm


Suburb: Penrith
Club:Penrith Electric Model Aero Club
Address: End of Russell Street, Emu Heights
Web Address: http://www.pemacflyers.com/

From their web site:
"...Members will be permitted to fly Tuesdays, Thursdays and every weekend (weather permitting) at our new field. Visitors and fellow MAAA members will be most welcome but please contact a committee member to make arrangements to be met at the gate.

Our field is a Penrith City Council owned reserve located at the end of Russell Street, Emu Heights.

Vehicle access is restricted to club members and their visitors on our designated flying days (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Weekends). M.A.A.A. members and members of the public are most welcome at our field on flying days but are asked to contact a committee member to arrange access.

The main security access gate is locked at all other times by a Council lock.

Vehicles MUST be parked in the parking area.

Our club has strict rules in relation to flying our models (See our Flying Rules). Pilots are expected to fly their models within the general flying area at all times. Pilots that fly in the red zone will be grounded.

ONLY ELECTRIC POWERED MODELS MAY BE FLOWN AT THIS FIELD."


Suburb: Hornsby
Name: Hornsby Electric Model Flying Club (HEMFC)
Address: Fagan Park
Web Address: http://messagestick.net/hemfc/


Suburb: Cronulla (south of Sydney)
Name: Cronulla Model Aero Club
Field: Bill Edwards Field is located off Heathcote Road, Menai (UBD 29th Edition...Ref P11 on Map 310 ).
Web Address: http://www.cronullaaeroclub.com/

According to the website, "...CMAC’s field is a gravel surface which is graded and rolled as necessary to provide a reasonable flying surface. The strip is about 220 metres long and about 40 metres wide with cross-strip facilities if the wind is really off. Under-cover shelter is available, as is toilet facilities and the pit area is provided with ground cover to protect models. The field is available to members at all times but flying occurs principally on Saturdays and Sundays."


Suburb: Londenderry
Name: Springwood Nepean Model Aero Club
Web Address: http://www.hobbynet.com.au/clubs/snmac.html
According to the website, "...the club caters mainly for the sport flyer having facilities for radio control, control line and limited free flight/gliders as well as shade and seating. Being near to RAFF Richmond we have a 300 feet ceiling.

Members include ducted fan, pattern, biplanes, twin, fun fly, general sport and trainer models as well as assorted control linners. Members come from diverse background with a broad range of experience and are always willing to give newcommeers to the hobby a hand.

Sunday is the general club flying day. Visitors and prospective new members are most welcome to our field."


Suburb: Heathcote
Name: Heathcote Soaring Club
Web Address: http://www.hsl.org.au/index.html
Location: Old Princess Highway Darkes Forest

According to their website, "....HSL is the largest Radio Control Soaring Club in the Sydney Metropolitan Area. We welcome new members whose primary interest is to fly radio controlled sailpanes, electric sailplanes or oldtimer models.
We do not encourage Sports power models to fly at the Club site. Pilots who wish to fly power models, will be directed to one of the many Clubs in the region, who specialise in power flying, and whose club flying fields and operating procedures have been developed specifically for that purpose."
Contacts: Jack Murphy (President), Fred Lodden (Secretary)


Suburb: Mt Annan (South West)
Name: WSSS - Western Sydney Slope Soarers
Web Address: http://swenban.rchomepage.com/page.php?id=1
Members ($$$) are allowed to fly.
Aircraft flown: Gliders
Contact: Steve Wenban (RCGroups)


Suburb: Otford (South East)
Name: NSWSSA - NSW Slope Soaring Assoc.
Members ($$$) are allowed to fly.
Aircraft flown: Gliders - Non-powered


Suburb: Sutherland (near Cronulla)
Name: Sutherland Shire Sport Fliers Association, SSSFA
Web Address: http://www.sssfa.net/

According to the their web site, "....We all love flying, and usually you will find the majority of us at Garawarra on the weekends. However, you can also find us during the week at Heathcote Oval... So, if you you are interested in model aviation as a hobby (and have come to visit) or, if you are a club member and checking for club informationand updates, its all here. This page will be updated on a regular basis with the latest information about the club and it's members.
SSSFA consists of nearly 150 members. We have a large range of model aircraft from Trainers to Giant Scale planes.

Why not come down to visit us at either Garawarra or Heathcote and see what we do. Model aviation isn't just about flying, nor is it for everyone. It requires a great deal of and skill and technique. At SSSFA you will be sure to meet great people who share your interests. So, if you want to learn how to fly, please fill out an expression of interest form...."

"....The Club has access to facilities that enable us to operate seven days a week. Flying takes place on a restricted basis 8.00am - 4.00 pm Monday to Friday at Heathcote Oval, but our own field at Waterfall is available seven days a week from 8am till sunset. This field, known as “Garawarra Field” has been developed by club members over recent years, the entrance to this site can be found off the Princes Highway at Waterfall, 300 metres south of the road leading to the Woronora dam. The gates protecting this field are kept locked; keys are made available to financial members only."
Contacts: Howard Cooper (President) 02 9548 0839, Jeffrey Stewart (Secretary) 02 9544 1701


Suburb: Sutherland
Name: Sutherland Indoor Flying
Web Address: http://www.hstore.com.au/
Location: Sutherland basketball stadium
I believe this is run / sponsored by Hstore (pretty good store to pick up a few rc accessories - Steve is probably their favourite customer! ), held every fortnight
Contact: Ian Boyd (owner of HStore)


Suburb: Werrington / Mulgoa (near Penrith)
Name: Werrington Park Model Aero Club Inc.
Web Address: http://www.freewebs.com/wpmac/home.htm
Contact: Dave Lewis 02 4736 2611

According to their web site: "..The Mulgoa Field is located approximately 56km west of Sydney off Chain-O-Ponds Road and is approximately 5 minutes south of Penrith via the Northern Road. Unfortunately, this field is located on private property and and by agreement with the owner not open to casual visitors or the general public. Gates are locked at all times. Members generally fly every Sunday and access may be extended to visitors in the company of a member or by prior arrangement with a committe member. "


Suburb: Oakville (near Windsor)
Park: Oakville Oval / Pittown Pirates Soccer Oval
Location, Wolseley Road, Oakville
Contact: park avaiator (RC Groups Forum)

This is not a dedicated club, there are some pilots who fly around 7 to 9am on Tuesday morning. They use the cricket pitch as the runway so this is ideal for small wheeled models. There are facilities at the ground, tables and toilets.
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Old Jan 27, 2009, 04:03 AM
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Another from the Flying in Syd this weekend thread. Looks like Marsden Park. Best ask SRL for some info

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I've been flying at my Club UMAC today and the President Peter turned up. As we where the only two there not surprisingly he told me that we are also looking for new membership.
Here is our field
http://maps.google.com.au/maps?ie=UT...07499&t=h&z=18

We have a open day coming up .

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Old Jan 27, 2009, 04:18 AM
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I have a couple also:-

Suburb: Blacktown
Name: Blacktown Aeromodellers Club
Address: Doonside Rd, Doonside
Web Address: http://members.optusnet.com.au/blacktownac/index.html

And

Suburb: Penrith
Park: Jamison Park
This is not a designated flying club, Sunday afternoons after 2.00pm
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Old Jan 27, 2009, 04:21 AM
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Old Jan 27, 2009, 04:48 AM
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Another one I've visited:

Suburb: Hornsby
Name: Hornsby Electric Model Flying Club (HEMFC)
Address: Fagan Park
Web Address: http://messagestick.net/hemfc/

I once contemplated joining, but I have several suitable ovals near my house.
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Suburb: Cronulla (south of Sydney)
Name: Cronulla Model Aero Club
Field: Bill Edwards Field is located off Heathcote Road, Menai (UBD 29th Edition...Ref P11 on Map 310 ).
Web Address: http://www.cronullaaeroclub.com/

According to the website, "...CMAC’s field is a gravel surface which is graded and rolled as necessary to provide a reasonable flying surface. The strip is about 220 metres long and about 40 metres wide with cross-strip facilities if the wind is really off. Under-cover shelter is available, as is toilet facilities and the pit area is provided with ground cover to protect models. The field is available to members at all times but flying occurs principally on Saturdays and Sundays."

Suburb: Londenderry
Name: Springwood Nepean Model Aero Club
Web Address: http://www.hobbynet.com.au/clubs/snmac.html
According to the website, "...the club caters mainly for the sport flyer having facilities for radio control, control line and limited free flight/gliders as well as shade and seating. Being near to RAFF Richmond we have a 300 feet ceiling.

Members include ducted fan, pattern, biplanes, twin, fun fly, general sport and trainer models as well as assorted control linners. Members come from diverse background with a broad range of experience and are always willing to give newcommeers to the hobby a hand.

Sunday is the general club flying day. Visitors and prospective new members are most welcome to our field."


Big special thanks to PEZ for these two.

Keep them comming.
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Old Jan 27, 2009, 03:52 PM
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Great thread. Always on the lookout for a club with a big field on the North Shore. The Blacktown Club is likely to have to move in the next 12 months, unfortunately. Very good field, if bumpy, and great atmosphere.

Belrose is set in a narrow valley only open at one end (an ex quarry) which imposes limitations, otherwise a very well run top class club. Black cockatoos to be seen on occasion.

Sunsetsoarers has excellent participation, is excellent for all thermal gliders, but doesn't allow racing gliders (F5B). Great field for learners, including several teenagers.

Macquarie. My home club. A limited field in my humble opinion but a great bunch of guys right into electric flight particularly competition gliding.

Just realised the Heathcote Soaring League [HSL] field is missing.
www.hsl.org.au.
Location: Old Princess Highway Darkes Forest
A first rate glider field.

As I said there doesn't appear to be any big open field on the north shore of sydney. Amazing really. Anyone interested in forming a club to buy some land, let me know.
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Old Jan 27, 2009, 05:54 PM
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ummm try here , look under member clubs in the index
http://masnsw.org/
or here http://swenban.rchomepage.com/page.php?id=1
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Old Jan 27, 2009, 06:32 PM
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A couple more:-

Suburb: Mt Annan (South West)
Name: WSSS - Western Sydney Slope Soarers
Web Address: http://swenban.rchomepage.com/page.php?id=1
Members ($$$) are allowed to fly.
Aircraft flown: Gliders
Contact: Steve Wenban (RCGroups)

Suburb: Otford (South East)
Name: NSWSSA - NSW Slope Soaring Assoc.
Members ($$$) are allowed to fly.
Aircraft flown: Gliders - Non-powered

I have flown at both sites and they are all a great bunch to fly with.
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Old Jan 27, 2009, 08:13 PM
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Just realised the Heathcote Soaring League [HSL] field is missing.
www.hsl.org.au.
Location: Old Princess Highway Darkes Forest
A first rate glider field.
Yep, and we are OK with electrics, but no gassers. And we expect users to have MAAA insurance and join HSL.

There is also a club called the Sutherland Shire Sport Fliers Association, SSSFA, that I think fly from a field somewhere near Cronulla. I am not sure of their details.
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Old Jan 28, 2009, 12:22 AM
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SSSFA fly at 2 places Heathcote oval during the week when there are no organised sport events & Garrawarra field which is opposite the hospital on the Princes Highway on the way south to Helensberg. contacts per MAAA site
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Old Jan 28, 2009, 02:45 AM
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Thank you to all those who have contributed but there must be more fields out there?

If you know of a upcomming fun fly or open day, feel free to add to this post. I'm sure we would all like to see photos. It doesn't have to be this either, maybe some photos of your field / club.

David, thank you for your insights on the various fields you have visited. I think it adds more to the prospective flying fields when someone has actually been there is able to describe and compare it to somewhere else. Readers will get more out of this post rather than from the scant descriptions of the club and locations I have listed.

Personally I have found Macquarie to be quite good, I was tempted to join but dodging the light towers and the other flyers is a concern for me.
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Old Jan 28, 2009, 04:17 AM
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hi Navman, Thats great work you are doing with the list. I just wanted to ask what you mean by ($$$). Some of the electric flight clubs are asking less than $200 for a an annual adult membership including MAAA insurance, and lower rates for juniors around half of that.
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Old Jan 28, 2009, 05:40 AM
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Hello John235,

I use the dollar signs to mean that pilots have to pay an annual membership fee in order to fly. Others like the Sunset Soaring Club charge visitors (who wish to fly) $5 per visit. Not unreasonable, yet fields which are not designated clubs eg. Whalan, Ermington, Jamison Park etc.. do not charge fees as such; simply fly when you want to (but within rules and regulations). I'm sure there are advantages of joining a club but I just want people to be aware of the costs associated with that particular field / club and to have the option of going to say a park without costing anything. As you know, its a great and expensive hobby (highly addictive) and it all adds up.
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