The following questions and answers were generated based on several years of web site and at-the-field questions to members of the Bayside R/C club.
There is a yearly fee for regular membership. It’s currently $45 for adults and $30 for children. No initiation or start-up fee is required. AMA membership (required) and FAA fees are extra.
Yes, gasoline and nitro powered aircraft can fly at our facility. We also have a large number of electric fliers as well as some gliders.
The field is available for club members from sunrise to sunset, 365 days a year.
The approximate street address is 7640 Mowry Ave. Newark, California, 94560.
Contact one of our flight instructors and schedule a visit and training session. It’s offered at no cost to club members.
The runway is 440 x 44 ft and is covered by a US 230 Woven Filtration material placed over hard packed earth. Even after it rains, the area drains quickly and is ready to fly off of once again.
The club issues the gate code information to club members only. You can get this code on the back of your club card when you join. Otherwise, you may visit the club when other members are present to see the facility.
The FAA requires most modelers who fly aircraft between .55 to 55 pounds to register with the FAA. Modelers will receive a single FAA registration number which is to be placed inside all aircraft. You can register at https://registermyuas.faa.gov. You need to register your name, physical address, and email address once. You will receive a single FAA registration number which is to be placed inside all of your aircraft along with your AMA number.
AMA is the Academy of Model Aeronautics. Becoming a member with the AMA grants you access to liability coverage for the operation of model Aircraft, Boats, Cars, and Rockets, comprehensive general liability protection for model activities for members, clubs, site owners, and sponsors and accident/medical coverage for members. This insurance helps protect you, your property, and the property of others while engaged in model activities at an AMA site. And as stated elsewhere, AMA membership is required to use the Bayside R/C club field.
No, there are no RV water, power or sewer hook ups available.
There is an on site port-o-potty for club use. No sink or water sources are available at this time.
Not at this time. The club is currently investing in some solar power and battery stations for limited battery charging. More details to come.
Our AMA sanctioned flying site is not intended for commercial use and we are not interested in opening it up for this kind of use. There are several suitable non sanctioned flying sites around that you might be able to use to train your customers.
Drone, UAV and FPV flying are OK at the field, so long as you are not interfering with or endangering other flyers. There is a separate, dedicated UAV area and course developed away from the main runway with a set course and gates. Check with the FPV area managers for further details.
Not at this time. We have had several members ask about setting up a track, though. If this is something you are interested in, please contact the club president and let him know.
Yes, we allow helicopters. We have a separate area just for helicopter hover practice. However, any helicopters in forward flight requires flight off the main runway and a requirement to stay within the same flying boundaries that our airplanes use.
Turbine powered craft require a valid AMA Turbine Waiver and assurances that you will not melt the runway and taxi surfaces, as they are not asphalt or concrete based. Please visit the field while one of the club officers are present and see if you meet these criteria before attempting to fly your turbine aircraft.
If you have thoughts, ideas, expertise or just free labor, contact the club president and let him know. He would welcome the assistance.
If you are just coming out to look at the field, weekend days, between 9am and 2pm, are the best times to find members at the field and to find the gate unlocked. Weekdays are more hit and miss, so its best to try mornings before noon but don’t be surprised if you arrive and find the gate locked. It is best to contact someone specific to meet them at the field to ensure that you can get in and understand the layout and rules of the field.