Meetings, Events and Activities

Bartholomew Co. R/C Fliers Club Meetings

Our monthly club meetings are usually held on the first Tuesday of every month.  Currently, we are meeting at the Bakalar Air Museum at the Columbus Municipal Airport.  Contact any officer for info.
We do not meet in November or December.  Our January meeting is our Holiday Club Member and Guest Pitch-In. For more meeting info see Meeting Minutes under the events and activities drop down above.

New Events This Year

Scout Troop Model Aviation Day

We are hosting a buddy-box R/C flying school for local Scout Troop 557 & 1557. Scouts & families will be given the chance to learn about model aviation as a hobby, participate in a ground school to learn how R/C airplanes work, and gain real flying experience with help from our Introductory Pilot Program mentors. This will be held on July 16th from 1pm - 5pm

IMAC Contest

Club Events

Earth Day 2022

Earth Day will be held on April 23th this year. It is held at the Recycling Center on South Mapleton. The Club will be displaying some of our members airplanes, and making egg carton penny gliders.

Click here for Flyer

Firemen's Cheer Fund Charity

This event benefits the Firemen's Cheer Fund, which has existed since the 1930's. It provides toys, clothing and food during the Christmas season to less fortunate children and families. Our First Fly-in was held in 2007 and this year it is TBD if we find an event leader.

Click here for the Public Flyer.

Click here for the Pilot Flyer. 

         X out to return.

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Joe Grube Memorial Warbird Fly-in
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This annual event is dedicated to the memory of the first of our Charter Members to "Go Flying". It was held on June 5th, 2021 this year. Will be on June 4th 2022.

Click here for the Public Flier.

Click here for the Pilot Flier.

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Swap Meet

Date is TBD if we find an event leader, at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds, south of Columbus, IN on Highway 11.

Click here for Flyer

New Year's Day ​Freeze Fly

It's a tradition of almost every club.  We come out on New Year's Day to fly, no matter the weather.  In central Indiana, sometimes there is no snow, sometimes more than a foot.  However, it is hardly ever warm.
Hot coffee and doughnuts are staples.

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Indoor Flying

 For the 2021-22 Winter season, Indoor Flying is again FREE for any AMA member.  We fly in the St. Peter's Lutheran Church's Den from 2:00 to 4:00 PM,  on The following Sundays: 

November 7 & 12, 2021
January 9 & 23, 2022
March 27, 2022
December 5 & 19, 2021
February 13 & 27, 2022
April 10 & 24, 2022

The Den is located at 5th and California (see Google Map bellow for directions)

You must enter through door #1, which faces 5th street.

Video of Indoor flying on 2-7-2021

Free RC Flight Instruction

Our club participates in the AMA Intro Pilot Program.  This means you can have a period of 90 days of flight instruction at no cost to you.  In previous years, flight instruction was on Thursday evening.  It still is.  You can also schedule other times with our Intro Pilot Mentors.  When the weather turns bad, we can continue indoors in The Den at St Peter's Lutheran Church. 

"No cost" means you do not purchase anything or pay anything.

Current Active Intro Pilot Mentors are:

Ken Erickson

Horizon Hobby Flight School Coach

812-418-8124

Ken_erickson@comcast.net

Mike Marthaler

812-342-1474

marthaler55@gmail.com

Greg Emerick

812-371-2217

gregemerick@comcast.net

Rob Weismiller
517-242-2919
Aerobatpilot03@aol.com

Chuck Baker

Horizon Hobby Flight School Coach 
317-590-7506
indyrcpilot@comcast.net