Radio Control Club
Board meetings are on the first Tuesday of each month.
Membership meetings are the third Tuesday of each month.
PGRC's general membership meetings begin at 7:00 PM
Winter meetings will be held at clubhouse while summer meetings will be held at the flying field's pavillion (weather dependent)
The public is invited to all membership meetings.
|Initial Assessment - New first time members - (Juniors exempt)||100.00|
|Annual - General||75.00|
|Annual - Junior - (under 18 years of age)||10.00|
|Annual - Family - (adult plus juniors)||85.00|
|Late fee - (For returning members if paid after January meeting)||25.00|
|Dues will be 1/2 of annual fee for all "NEW" members if joining on or after August 1st. Members joining in December will have dues paid applied to the next year's season.|
Dues can be paid at meetings or may be mailed
12215 Malin Lane
Bowie, MD 20715
Current single person
memberships (75.00) may be renewed by sending
funds (gift) via Paypal to:
All other payments should be coordinated through Steve Baker prior to utilizing paypal.
All payments made by check shall include the
2) Phone Number
3) AMA Number
New members of PGRC who have never flown models before are
given free flying lessons by qualified instructors using a training aide known
as a 'buddy box.' This is a functionality built into most modern radio systems
and allows instructors to instantly regain control back from their student when
they get into trouble. Use of buddy box systems reduces crashes, accelerates
learning and greatly increases
the success rate of new pilots. The best type of aircraft to learn on are
appropriately called trainers. Trainers are sturdy, high-wing planes that fly
slowly and have a lot of inherent stability. Good quality electric or
glow-fuel-powered trainers are sold by several companies as kits,
almost-ready-to-fly (ARF) planes, and complete ready-to-fly (RTF) packages that
include the radio system and other accessories. The PGRC instructors can advise
new members on appropriate beginner airplanes.
PGRC members are welcome to fly FPV and autopilot-equipped models, whether fixed-wing or multi-rotor, at our field.Drone flying is not allowed.
There are distinct differences between RC First Person View (FPV) autopilot-equipped model aircraft flying and drone flying. Drone flights are mission-oriented, flown beyond Visual Line Of Sight (VLOS), and computer controlled for nearly their entire flight. AMA members fly RC or autopilot-equipped model aircraft as a recreational visual/video experience. The AMA FPV pilot is required to fly within VLOS, with a spotter, and manually controls the aircraft via RC for nearly the entire flight.
FPV and Multi-rotor rules can be located on the "Site Map" page.
most frequent question prospective flyers is:
How much would it cost me to get started?
There are a lot of variables that factor into the answer. A glow powered trainer with engine, a basic radio system and support accessories will probably run around $ 400.00. A similar electric powered trainer will probably cost about $ 500.00, but no fuel costs.
It is possible to get less expensive set ups, however most include lower quality radios that are incompatible with the buddy box systems.
Hyperlinks to current club newsletters, PGRC Application, AMA Application and pilot training program can be located on the "Site Map" page.
|Vice President||Charlie Gettier|
|Safety Officer||Hernan Garcia|
|Field Marshall||Tim Williams|
|Board Member||Alwin Alleyne|
|Board Member||Mark Kikta|
|Board Member||Rick Moreland|
|Board Member||Bob Gensler|
|Board Member||Roland Jackson|
|Board consist of eleven positions||Eleven positions are re-elected over a three year period (3-4-4)|