The primary purpose of the Hampshire County Radio Controllers is to promote fellowship, goodwill and the general enjoyment of its members through participation in the hobby/sport of radio-controlled modeling. Membership is open to anyone interested in the purpose of this club.
The club is sanctioned by the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and operates under the rules of the AMA. You must be a member of the academy to join the Hampshire County Radio Controllers. When you join the AMA you will receive a membership license that will permit you to fly in AMA sanctioned events and at club flying fields requiring AMA membership. You will be covered by an AMA comprehensive general insurance policy in the event of an accident causing damage or injury to others. In addition, you will receive monthly issues of Model Aviation Magazine. (See the AMA application form for rates and other information.)
To join HCRC just fill out the membership application and deliver it to one of the club officers or mail to the club secretary listed on the form. Upon receipt and acceptance of your application at a regular scheduled business meeting, you will recieve copies of the club constitution (By-Laws), flying site safety and operational rules, club membership list and an access code for the front gate combination lock. If you are an experienced R/C pilot, one of the club members will give you some general guidelines for operations at the club field. If you are new to the hobby, the club has several instructors who will be happy to assist you in learning to fly R/C. (Note: Flying instruction is by appointment only)
Members have unlimited use of the flying field leased to HCRC, although we ask you not to fly before 9 a.m. on the weekends during the summer months. The field is located in the "Honey Pot" section of Hadley, off Route 9 and North of the Coolidge Bridge. Regular business meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at the VFW in Florence (7 p.m.) for the months of October thru April. During the remainder of the year all business meetings are held at the club flying field, weather permitting. Guests are welcome at the club meetings and at the flying field.