Our Club History
It was back in the mid-Eighties when a few people with a common interest in flying radio-controlled model aircraft as a hobby, came together and embarked on a search for a field that could accommodate their needs.
At the time, the nearest flying fields were in Deland and Daytona Beach...a long drive from Palm Coast.
They approached George Dance, the owner of a large piece of land on Old Dixie Highway in Flagler County.
Mr. Dance agreed to allow the use of a portion of his land for the flying of their aircraft.
A few years later, Mr. Dance had an opportunity to sell fill from the site for the building of the new Flagler Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway.
It was an offer he could not refuse. So the flying club would need to find a new location.
Fortunately, the County landfill on Old Kings Road was being closed-down, which presented a fantastic opportunity for the flyers to pursue the idea of using it as a flying field.
Negotiations with the County were successful, and On September 16, 1995, the Flagler RAMS held their official dedication ceremony on their new field.
The RAMS club maintains the flying field, and has since built a shade pavilion, a geo-fabric runway, servicing tables, and a storage shed.
From its original five charter members, the Club has grown to an annual average membership of approximately one hundred.
The airfield is open to the public for spectating anytime the gate is open.
To fly model aircraft, membership is required, which is easy to obtain. And, yes we will be more than happy to teach you to fly !
Our Near Future
Rather than move to a new location, the forces of good luck have come together to allow us to update and improve our almost ideal present location.
So, the last several months of 2018 have seen many major projects completed...the likes of which the Club has never seen before.
Check-out these recent accomplishments:
1) The entire runway has been re-excavated, elevated with new clean fill, compacted, and re-surfaced with a state-of-the-art geo-fabric.
2) New safety fencing has been installed in the pit areas.
3) Work tables have been repaired, and spectator benches have been painted.
4) Grass has been planted, and runway borders have been sodded.
5) Upper-level parking access has been re-excavated, stabilized, and enlarged.
6) Additional upper-level parking spaces have been established for flyers.
7) A new bridge has been built between the lower and upper parking lots.
8) The lower storage building has been completely re-built.
9) The water well pump house has been completely re-built.
10) New entry gates have been ordered.
11) The sun/rain shelter has been repaired and re-painted.
12) The upper storage building has been repaired and re-painted.
13) An upgraded, increased capacity electrical service is on order.
14) New club signage and traffic control signs have been installed.
15) Ceiling fans for the sun/rain shelter.
16) New field tables.
15) ...and, under consideration is a commercial-grade mower to replace the existing residential-grade mowers.