Some people have asked – “Is it really worth the money to join an RC Club?”. The answer is, without a doubt, YES. A club lets you be a part of something special – a group of like minded individuals with the same passions about the hobby. If you are just starting out in the hobby, a club will help you learn to fly, and the members are willing to provide as much information and assistance to make your time and experience enjoyable. Clubs are more than just having a place to fly, Clubs are about socializing, planning, helping and, of course, flying.

The South Bend Radio Control has some of the nicest people who are friendly and always happy to see you come to the field. We have a wonderful flying field called the “Jack Allinger Field” (named after one of our charter and founding members). We also have a runway so even smaller electrics can perform ROG takeoffs and landings.

Becoming a member is easy. First, you must be a member of the AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics). Second, just download the attached membership application and submit it to the address on the form. You will receive your membership card along with gate access to the field once your membership has been processed.

Come join us, won’t you?
Questions about joining? Visit our ‘Contact Us‘ page and submit your question.

Membership Application 2019


To be recognized as the best radio control model aircraft organization, professional in all that it does, to provide a medium for like-minded hobbyists, to gather for fellowship and sharing of information, and to provide a suitable site for the operation of radio controlled aircraft.


  • Develop a premier flying site for all categories of radio controlled model aircraft.
  • Develop community service activities employing the talents and resources available within the Club.
  • Maintain relationships with the neighbors of the flying site.
  • Encourage young people exhibiting an interest in radio control model aircraft.
  • Promote the hobby of radio-controlled aircraft through Club sponsored activities.
  • Provide activities and functions to enhance the camaraderie and interest of Club members.
  • Sustain the Club financially to sufficiently support these goals.

Flight and Field Rules

Updated 7/2018
  1. Model Flying must be in accordance with current AMA National Model Aircraft Safety Code.
    1. This is required for AMA Liability Protection to apply.
    2. The Safety Code is posted in the shelter.
  2. All Transmitter are required to be Narrow Band 72MHz or 2.4GHz.
  3. No flying before 8:30AM or after 8:30PM (Except non-power or electric models)
  4. Mufflers are required on all 2 stroke engines. (Db’s will fall under AMA guideline)
  5. 4-stroke engines are not required to have mufflers. (Db’s will fall under AMA guideline)
  6. Pilots must have Frequency Pin from cabinet in shelter if you are flying on 72MHz. (updated 7/2018)
  7. Maximum of 4 Aircraft in the air at one time.
  8. No taxiing of Aircraft in or through the Pit Area.
  9. Maximum of 15 minutes flying time if someone is waiting to go up.
  10. Absolutely no take offs or landing towards the Pits. (North)
  11. No flying over or North of the Pilots Flight Line Stations.
  12. All flying to be done from behind the pilot protection fence. No flying from taxiway or runway. (updated 7/2018)
  13. If one or more pilots are flying you are to notify them you are taking off and to what direction.
  14. When preparing to land you are to notify the other pilots and from which direction.
  15. If the need arises to go out in the field to retrieve a plane you are to notify the other pilots. (On the field)
  16. When you have returned, notify the other pilots. (Clear)
  17. When two or more Aircraft are in the air at one time, pilots will establish the flying pattern.
  18. (14, 15, 16, 17, Make sure all pilots acknowledge all your requests)
  19. Helicopter or Multicopter Pilots are subject to all the above Flight and Field Rules.
    1. All flying will be from the West of the flight stations, where the helipad is located, unless you are the only one up. (updated: 7/2018)
    2. Fixed Wing Aircraft have the right away for takeoffs and landings.
    3. If performing official photography and videography of aircraft for the club, inform Fixed Wing Aircraft pilots of your intended flight path. (updated: 7/2018).
  20. All aircraft are to be facing south when being started.
  21. New members that state they are experienced pilots must perform a check out flight with a Board Member, Safety Officer, or Club Instructor.
  22. No breaking in of engines at the field. (Long running of engine on the grounds)
  23. No Alcohol on the premises.
  24. Do not leave any trash at the field.

Articles of Organization

The name of this Club is to be “SOUTH BEND RADIO CONTROL CLUB. INC.”

The purpose of the Club is to provide a place to fly and promote radio controlled aircraft.

The Club is chartered by the ACADEMY OF MODEL AERONAUTICS (AMA) and shall conform to the policies of the AMA.

Anyone interested in the Sport of Radio Control Aircraft.

The Governing Body of the Club shall be vested in the Elected Officers consisting of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.


1.1 Any person having an interest in the Sport of R/C Aircraft is eligible for Membership.
1.2 All Applicants must show proof of Membership in the AMA. Any Members’ Spouse and/or immediate family member (son and/or daughter) 18 years and under may fly without paying SBRC dues providing they hold an active AMA License.

2.1 The Annual Dues shall be based on the needs of the Club.
2.2 The Officers of the Club shall recommend the amount of annual dues at the October Meeting. The Membership will vote at the November Meeting.
2.3 The annual dues are payable on or before January 1st for the current year (as amended 2008).
2.4 Members not having a current Membership Card shall not have Club privileges.

3.1 (As amended Oct. 28, 1986) The general Membership shall elect (4) Officers to a Four Member Board. The four Board Members shall decide among themselves, which Members will hold the individual offices of President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary. At the first election, the two Board Members with the most votes will serve two years; the remaining two will serve (1) year. Each year two Board Members will be elected. A Member may succeed himself if elected.
3.2 (As amended Oct. 28, 1986) Nomination of Board Members/Officers will be held at the October Meeting and voted on at the November Meeting.

4.1 The Officers of the Club shall be responsible for the management of the Club.
4.2 PRESIDENT The President shall preside at the General Meeting and be responsible to see that all Rules and Regulations are carried out.
4.3 VICE-PRESIDENT The Vice-President shall assume the responsibilities of the President in his absence.
4.4 SECRETARY The Secretary shall maintain a permanent record of the Minutes of all Meetings and be responsible for all official correspondence.
4.5 TREASURER The Treasurer shall be responsible for all monies and maintain a permanent record of collection and disbursements. The Treasurer shall be responsible for completion and filing required reports to the State and Federal agencies.

5.1 FIELD RULES: The Field Rules will be established by the Membership. Any Members failing to follow these Rules may be subject to reprimand by the Club Field Marshal, Safety Officer or Officer of the Club.
5.1.1(As amended February 10, 2007) GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE(FLIGHT AND SAFETY RULES VIOLATIONS)The grievance procedure provides a mechanism to enforce existing safety rules by providing a progressive disciplinary system when needed. Although most complaints can be resolved informally, if a complaint is serious or cannot be resolved informally. the matter should be referred to the Safety Officer/Committee for its consideration by means of a Grievance Form to be filled out and turned into the Safety Committee Chairman. At least one witness is required to sign the Grievance Form.The Safety Officer/Committee shall use its judgment in carrying out action on the following:
a. A grievance form will be filled out and turned into the Safety Officer/Committee Chairman. At least one witness is required.
b. FIRST VIOLATION Viewpoints of both complainants and accused will be considered. Complainant’s name will be disclosed. The Safety Officer/Committee will give a verbal reprimand to the accused. This action will be recorded in the Club records.
c. SECOND VIOLATION Complainant’s name will be disclosed. The accused has the right to a written rebuttal, to be reviewed by the Club Safety Officer/Committee. If the Committee so decides, the flying privileges of the accused will be suspended for thirty (30) days. Written notice of this shall be issued and a copy published in the Club newsletter.
d. THIRD VIOLATION Safety Officer/Committee will notify the accused in writing and the Club members via the Club newsletter that the Club will vote on the expulsion of the accused at the next meeting. Said expulsion will last for a one-year minimum. A member may be expelled from the Club only upon a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the membership present at the meeting. Voting will be by secret ballot at a regular monthly meeting. The expelled member may reapply for membership after the expiration of the expulsion time period
e. The three actions will not be enforced unless they are accumulated within a two -year period of time.
f. Any member receiving a Grievance, who directs any retaliation action against the person filing said grievance, will be subject to immediate expulsion from the Club. This is to include threats, intimidation, physical harm, intentional equipment damage, or any other action deemed to be retaliatory by the Club Officers.
5.2 GUEST: Any Club Member may bring a Guest to the Field to fly. The Guest must be a current Member of the AMA. The Member will be responsible for the conduct of the Guest
5.3 BY-LAWS: The By-Laws may be changed or modified at any time by a majority vote of the General Membership. A proposed change must be submitted to the Officers of the Club. The President will present the change to the Membership at two consecutive Meetings. The change will also be mailed to all Members. The vote for the change will be held at the second reading.
5.4.1 A Quorum for By-Law changes will be defined as 2/3 of the total Club Membership.
5.4.2 A Quorum for General Business voting will be defined as 30 percent of the total Club Membership.