New  3/29/21 Proposed Southwick Flying Field 

From Al Ritchotte to the club:

John Whalley and I had conversations over the weekend and this morning.  At John’s request Bill Sitler and I staked off the footprint of our proposed flying site for John to see.  John and I viewed the site this morning and I have bad news. John apologized profusely for not being able to help us and has backed out of our negotiations.  Our footprint would take up too much of his plantable land.
At this point I don’t have any more active leads.
Al Ritchotte



PVRCC Field Relocation Update 5/22/20

The going forward field choice in Granville has not yet been finalized. There is concern about the possibility of the site having a solar panel array installed. We are waiting to get input from the land owner regarding this happening and, if so, how long it would take to be completed. We need this information to decide if the expense to have a grass runway installed is a good value for the club. Also, a site in Longmeadow has become available and we are in negotiation with the Town Procurement Manager to determine mutual agreement on the site lease. There are tall trees on the side adjacent to what would be our runway that needs to be addressed. Mark Henrie wants to recognize the efforts of the Relocation Team, especially Al Richotte, whose energy, enthusiasm and dedication has made this update possible.

Latest news from the AMA on the FAA Regulations can be found here .

For local conditions try Air Sports Net  Aviation Weather from Barnes Airport

New Pilots - check out the AMA's Flight School for info on getting started. More links to info here.


Welcome! The Pioneer Valley Radio Control Club is a group of approx. 75 members who enjoy a common interest and participation in the hobby of Radio Control Modeling.The purpose of the club is to enjoy and promote R/C aeromodeling in the Westfield area. It is a most rewarding hobby because of the challenges it affords you in both building and flying model aircraft. We fly both gas and electric powered airplanes and helicopters.

The club is a charter member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). The AMA is the world's largest sport aviation organization, representing a membership of more than 170,000 from every walk of life, income level and age group. The  AMA is the official national body for model aviation in the United States and provides flight safety rules and regulations, insurance and other benefits to the club and its members. You can find out more about the AMA here.

Even if you are only interested in observing the club in action, please come and join us at the field, visitors are always welcome. Weather permitting, weekends from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM usually have the most activity. 



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