Welcome to the Mesilla Valley Model Aircraft Club (MVMAC)
We are a club with 85+ members in Las Cruces and are enthusiastic about R/C model aviation. We range from the beginner to expert and enjoy flying: park flyers, helicopters, jets, aerobatic planes, war birds, and a flying wing or two. Located within the desert southwest in New Mexico not far from the Texas border, our weather provides excellent flying opportunities almost all year long. If you follow the "Academy of Model Aeronautics National Model Aircraft Safety Code (AMA Document #105)" you can fly from either of our two air fields. Visiting a typical day at the flying field a person would enjoy the sights and sounds of model aircraft ranging from; smaller electric powered planes, EDF jets, glow powered aircraft, to occasionally giant scale masterpieces.
Why join our club:
We work hard to provide decent, authorized, and safe flying venues without backstops or trees.
We offer training to novice flyers that will minimize the frustrations of trying to learn by yourself.
We are a great group of guys that you will enjoy sharing the hobby with. You can find new friends, mentors, and have lots of fun flying with the group. Sharing the hobby with likeminded group of enthusiasts multiplies the fun of the hobby.
We help each other sort out our models, teach each other techniques, and discover answers to questions we might not even know to ask! Our members are a priceless source of knowledge and guidance.
We organize and run several fly-in events where you can interact and compete with people who enjoy the hobby as much as you do.
You don't have to worry about: dog walkers, kids in the middle of flying activity, or having to look over your shoulder for cops and park personnel who want you to leave.
Why join the AMA:
It is a requirement for you to become a member of our club.
Gives you access to the Las Cruces radio airplane park with paved runways, taxiways, permanent sunscreens, and safety fences.
Gives you access to national contests, exhibitions, fun flies that contribute to the enjoyment of the hobby.
You get a nice monthly newsletter/magazine.
And some secondary insurance in case you nail someone or someone's property with your plane.
AMA is making terrific progress by laying down the foundation of 75 years worth of safe operations and securing the rights of modelers (not just AMA members) to share the skies with our full-scale brethren.
Whether you are a member, prospective member or just curious about model aircraft, we encourage you to take a tour of our website. We are doing our best to provide current, accurate information concerning the club, upcoming events, and topics of interest across the model aviation community. Guests are always welcome and our flying fields are open to anyone who would like to observe our members "in action" flying their model aircraft. Bring your AMA card and you can join us in the skies!
The FAA has released a notice of proposed ruling about remote ID for drones (all RC aircraft). There seems to be many aspects of our hobby that will be directly affected if this goes into law. Please take the time to watch the following video and review the document yourself.
There are two aspects of this proposed rule that we need to understand:
1) All aircraft that weigh over 0.55 lbs must be registered. If you have 20 aircraft, you need to get 20 unique registrations.
2) The addition of a 400 ft lateral restriction for all drones without the "Standard" Remote ID. Basically if you have flown past the end of the runway, you are too far out.