Bay City Flyers Overview
Bay City Flyers (BCF) is a non-profit radio control (RC) flying club. BCF is chartered by the ACADEMY OF MODEL AERONAUTICS (AMA, www.modelaircraft.org), the world's largest sport aviation organization, and is recognized by AMA as a Gold level Leader Club.
BCF operates the flying field affectionately called Area 52, located approximately 8 miles north of Land O’Lakes, in the Tampa Bay area. See the “Our Flying Site” tab for more information about the field and don't miss the recent interactive, 360 degree panoramic photo of Area 52.
BCF is one of the largest RC flying Clubs in Florida and caters to all types of flying models, such as scale and aerobatic airplanes, helicopters, and multi-rotor aircraft, with the exception of turbine-powered jets (but Electric Ducted Fan jets are permitted). This restriction is the result of the Area 52 field being located within the Conner Nature Preserve, managed by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), the field landlord, and their concerns about potential fires resulting from crashed jets. This seems like a small price to pay for the advantage of being in the middle of a very peaceful nature setting, without any buildings in sight and with wide open spaces in all directions of flight. The only “locals” often seen around the runways are a family of sand-hill cranes, searching for tasty critters in the ground and mostly minding their own business.
Highlights of the Area 52 field are the two superbly maintained grass runways, each about 800’ long and 80’ wide, running almost perpendicularly to each other in the north-south and east-west directions, respectively, so that cross-winds are rarely a problem for the pilots. Two 100’ long shelters parallel the runways and protect pilots and equipment from the sun, and the passing summer rains, in between flights. In addition, a covered pavilion offers a place for meetings and relaxed lunches, while observing models flying nearby.
The Club is proud of this field and welcomes new people interested in model building, flying, related competitions, and general advancements of the hobby. Members range from teenagers to over 80-year olds, but all of them share the same excitement about any man-made thing that flies.
BCF has programs aimed at introducing the RC flying hobby to younger people, by giving demonstrations at various schools, as well as hosting special "instruction days" at the flying field. Experienced instructors are available for anyone interested in trying and learning this exciting hobby.
If you are an expert RC pilot, or a person just contemplating RC flying as a hobby, or an individual at any level in between, you will enjoy visiting with the Bay City Flyers and, depending on your situation, may even decide to join.
To review the requirements to join or renew your membership, click here.
To download the Membership form (for either Renewal or New Member application), click here.
Annual Club Dinner
The Bay City Flyers Annual Club Dinner will be held on March 12, 2016, at the Aquafinz Seafood, Steak & Crab Restaurant, in Lutz. The restaurant is located at 16553 Pointe Village Drive, Lutz, FL 33558, at the intersection of SR-54 and the SunCoast Pkwy. Call Jim O'Brien at 727.776.8319 to make your reservations. Capacity is limited to 55 people, members and their spouses/significant others, so make your reservations now!
To download the flyer with all details, click here.
(Updated on 26 January 2016) While the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) registration is now a requirement for all people flying model aircraft, the AMA is still in discussion with the FAA to streamline the registration process for AMA members. A number of proposed initiatives have already been agreed in principle between the two organizations; however, it is very unlikely that these agreements will be finalized before the FAA registration deadline of February 19, 2016. Therefore, the AMA now recommends proceeding with the direct FAA registration. According with a very recent position change on the AMA website, members need to list both the AMA number and the Federal registration number on their aircraft, at least until the registration process is finalized with the FAA.
For FAA registration, the official website is at: https://registermyuas.faa.gov/
Questions and Answers on the UAS registration can be found on the FAA website, at: https://www.faa.gov/uas/registration/faqs/
A third-party website, assisting with the registration process, is at https://drone-registration.net/
The AMA position on the registration process is summarized at: http://amablog.modelaircraft.org/amagov/2016/01/11/update-uas-registration-frequently-asked-questions/