The Benzie Area RC Club is a group talented builders and flyers of radio control aircraft in Benzie County and from and all over the state of Michigan.
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 tw fly. The have 3 modes, beginner, intermediate, and expert mode. 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 cost $5. Club membership cost $35.
Indoor Flying starts in November and end April. We fly at Frankfork Hgh School on Thursday nights. Flying time is 6 pm to 8pm. Contact Fred Stafford to 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 flys 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.
In past years we held two major events. We held the Spring Thing Airshow the Saturday before Memorial Weekend. Our big event was the Summer Airshow held on the Saturday before Labor Day weekend. This year we are changing from two Airshows down to one (Summer Airshow). We will have a Spring Fun Fly instead of an Airshow. Members of the club and local clubs will be invited to attend.
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 Franfort. 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 Pesident. We also have club members that fly during the week at the Empire Airport.
BARC Club members need to watch on the website for announcements for weekly flying, dinners, and club meetings. The will longer be announcements being sent by email, except for those members that don’t have computers.
Club monthly newsletters are written by our secretary Chris Bobek. The news letters can be viewed on the website. There are newsletters from 2013 to the present available for viewing on the website.
We now have a classified section on the website. Members can list items for sale directly on the website. Members have the options to create, search, browse, an edit items for sale.
The website also a new section to write posts. Members can post information on the website. If you have something interesting to talk about, such a new plane just built, if you are going out to fly, maybe some pictures that you want to let others see, post your information on the website.
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.
|Vice President||Doug Stolz|
|Field Manager||Fred Stafford|
|Contest Directors||Mark Harrison|
|Web Master||Jay Stolz|
|Safety Officer||Doug Stolz|
|Our Parade trophy|