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Sanford Aero Modelers at the Lee Dargue Facility

The Sanford Aero Modelers was founded and chartered with the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA Charter # 1626) in 1978 by a small group of individuals interested in promoting Radio Control Model Airplanes in the Sanford area. Over the years, the club has grown to its current maximum of 130 members who have a variety of backgrounds, interests, and levels of modeling and flying experience. The main focus of our club is to promote safe model flying in a non-competitive atmosphere. In other words, we are in it for the pure joy that model building and flying can and does provide. Coupled with the fellowship of being with like-minded individuals, the bottom line is to have fun.

If you are a beginner, or someone returning to modeling after years of inactivity, SAMs membership offers you the benefits of talking with and learning from a group of individuals who have years of modeling and flying experience, and who are more than happy to assist and share their experience with you. The club has a number of pilot instructors who have the experience and teaching skills needed to get you safely and quickly through the early training flights and soloed. If you are a seasoned pro, we welcome you, and hope that you will share your experience with us.

We then negotiated a lease with the City of Sanford, the owner of the property. We received a fifteen-year lease with an option to renew.

Taking all this into consideration, our initiation fee and annual dues are very reasonable. To encourage participation by family members, there is special pricing for those interested. See our application under the Join Us page for a fee schedule. For special cases, we can make financial arrangements for partial payments.

To introduce newcomers to the joy of RC flying without the normal up-front investments in the hobby, the club offers a unique program, “The Introductory Pilot” program. This was established by the AMA to allow certain instructors of a chartered club to provide hands-on exposure to non-AMA members. In this program, the designated instructor pilot’s AMA insurance has an attachment to cover non-AMA flyers. The program allows up to two month’s participation, using equipment owned by the club, instructor, or the flyer. There are requirements that must be met before starting; they deal mostly with briefing the new pilot about safety issues and having the pilot read and sign a form. If interested, please contact our Chief Flight Instructor or one of our Introductory Pilots, who are listed on the Contact Us page.

If you are looking for a friendly, well-established club, we extend a cordial invitation for you to contact one of our club officers. We also wish to invite you to attend one of our quartery meetings at our field. We generally meet at 9:00 a.m. on the third Saturday of every third month.

If you are interested in becoming a member of SAMs, please see our Join Us page.