Come join us on May 20, 2016 for our Spring Fun Fly and Swap Meet.

Location: Thompsonville Airport

Starts at 10AM and Ends at 3PM

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 Come join us on August 26th for our Annual Airshow

Location: Thompsonville Airport

Starts at 10AM  and ends at 3PM

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2017 Airshow Flyer

We are moving our flying activities indoors.  We will be flying indoors at the Frankfort High School starting on Thursday, December 1st.  Flying time will be 6 – 8 PM.  If you haven’t seen RC planes flying in a gym, you should come check it out.

Congratulations to BARC.  We won 3rd Place in the Beulah 4th of July Parade.  Our display this year was a good one.  Here is a link to the Trophy.

BARC is now a member of the Benzie County Chamber of Commerce.  Here is a link to the Benzie County Chamber of Commerce.

The club will have our second Spring Fun Fly on May 20th.  We are inviting other clubs to attend.  As last year, we will have a fun fly and swap meet.

Our Summer Airshow will be held on August 26th at the Thompsonville Airport. The airport is located on Lindy Road in Thompsonville, Michigan.  We will have pilots from all over Michigan.  We fly off of the airport paved runway.  Planes flying will include biplanes, WWII fighters, jets, and helicopters.  Bring the whole family and chairs.  There will be hot dogs and refreshments.  As a special feature there will be a candy drop for the kids.  The Airshow starts at 10am and goes to 3pm.

We fly at two locations in Benzie County.  Our main flying field is at the Thompsonville Airport just East of Crystal Mountain Ski Resort on Lindy Rd.  We also fly at the Empire Airport on County Rd. 667.

The club keeps growing every year.  We have over 55 members.  For the most part we fly electric, but there are still some members that prefer nitro or gas.

The club has two electric trainer airplanes.  We have two Apprentice 15’s.  If you haven’t tried flying an Apprentine, they are very easy planes to fly.  They have 3 modes, beginner, intermediate, and expert.  Our two instructors are Fred Stafford and Doug Stolz.

To join the club you must belong to AMA and get an FAA certificate.  AMA membership at this time costs $75.  An FAA certificate costs $5.  0n June 1, 2017, the dues will increase to $45.

Indoor Flying starts in November and ends in April.  We fly at Frankfork High School on Thursday nights.  Flying time is 6 pm to 8pm.  Contact Fred Stafford or Doug Stolz for more information about flying indoor.

The Benzie Area RC Club (BARC) has a close affiliation with The Traverse City Club (TRAMPS).  We have TRAMPS members that also are members of the BARC Club.  In past years we have co-hosted our end of summer Airshow.  TRAMPS has flown their Airshow at the Empire airport.

We have a few members that also belong to the local Sailplane Club.  Fred Stafford our President flew sailplanes for many years.

BARC has participated in the Beulah 4th of July parade for number of years.  We have also participated in the Frankfort 4th of July parade.  In 2008 BARC won Ist place in the Beulah parade.

Slope flying on Lake Michigan is a great attraction for some members of the club.  In past years we have flown at the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes.  Unfortunately, due to the privilege being abused by non AMA pilots, we can no longer fly in any National Park.  There are two major locations that are used for slope flying.  One of places that we fly at is from the platform used by hang gliders in Frankfort.  The other place that we fly at is just south of the Sleeping Bears Sand Dunes in Empire.

Typically, flying day is Thursday at the Thompsonville Airport.  Members also fly other days of the week.  An announcement is sent out to the club members by our President.  We also have club members that fly during the week at the Empire Airport.

We are chapter #2638 of The Academy of Model Aeronautics. Click here to read the Purpose of the club.


One of our guest pilots took an aerial view of the field at our 2014 Airshow.  Here is a video of the 2013 BARC Summer Air Show presented by Record Patriot.  Check out Peter Blitzer flying his slope plane at Empire.

For information about membership or any questions you may have send us email HERE.

Club Officers
President Chris Bobek
Vice President Doug Stolz
Secretary Peter Blitzer
Treasurer Jim Tyler
Field Manager Fred Stafford
Contest Directors Mark Harrison
Doug Stolz
Jay Stolz
Ed Mcintosh
Web Master Jay Stolz
Safety Officer Doug Stolz


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