The Pomona Valley Model Airplane Club (PVMAC) is an AMA Gold Leader Club that operates as a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and enjoyment of R/C model airplane flying. The club is composed of approximately 400 members and currently enjoys two flying fields.

The club has a field in Prado Park in Chino, California, and a second field at the old Norton AFB in San Bernardino, California. The Prado field is approximately '800’ x  50’ with enough asphalt pit area to support 30 canopies. The Norton field is 490' x 50' and can support about 15 members in the pit areas at a time. Both fields are operated under the AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) guidelines.


Read more: About The PVMAC

2014  PVMAC Events      
  • December 7 - 16th Annual Toys For Tots and Swap Meet
    Prado  Airpark - Chino CA
  • Jan 9-11 2015 - AMA Expo
    Ontario Convention Center
  • Jan 11 2015 - Membership Renewal period Ends
    Memberships renewals received after this date will 
    Pay the new Member rate of $200.


Pomona Valley Model Airplane Club

16th Annual Toys 4 Tots Fun Fly & Swap Meet (2)

ToysforTotsSunday, December 7th, is the 16th annual Toys For Tots Fun fly, which is the final flying event of the year for the PVMAC. I cannot think of a better reason to come out and fly than to support the Toys for Tots during the holiday season.  To join the flying fun, the entry fee is $25.00 or you can donate a Brand New Unwrapped Toy with a value of $20.00 or more. Food & Refreshments served all day and of course a swap meet which starts at 6am.  Included with your entry Dee

All Donations & Proceeds will go to benefit our USA Military Families through the San Bernardino Childrens Fund.  Steve Parola, the events yearly organizer,  said  "when the truck arrives to drop off the toys around the 14th of December, we are usually the last ones with their donations, and they almost always out of toys to give to kids by then, so the PVMAC's support really helps".  This year, the fund expects less participation due to the economy, so we need to step up and help.   

In addition to the fun fly, there is a PVMAC Swap Meet starting at at 6AM. 2 events-in-one  is sure to put a smile on your face. The selling fee is the same for this event $25.00 or an unwrapped toy worth $20 or more.  There also will be a Pancakes & sausage breakfast for $5 starting at 6:30am

The funfly event check in is at 9am sunday monring, Rain Or Shine.

Please come out and support the Toys for Tots. We need your help to make this christmas the best for these kids and all were asking is for a toy.  Flying airplanes is an expensive hobby, and many of us spend hundreds and more a year on it. So there should not be any excuse to come out and support this event by donating a $20 toy.  Even if your not planning on flying,  bring a toy, enjoy the company of friends and watch the action. Toys are in short supply this year so the kids need us to come through this year.

This is an AMA sanctioned event, and Current AMA card is required to fly.  

Here is a link to the event Flyer 

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Check out the table landing event from the 2009 Toys 4 Tots Fun Fly.




2015 Membership Information

updateThe Membership page has been updated with the new 2015 forms.  You must get your renewal form and dues in by December 31, 2014 to fly  on January 1st, 2015.

Please read the following information as it pertains to membership renewals for 2015.  

1. Current members who renew before 4:00 PM January 12, 2014 will continue to pay $80 for their PVMAC membership renewal.
2. New members signing up before 4:00 PM PST January 12, 2014 will pay $80 for membership and an additional $20 initiation fee to join the PVMAC.
3. Current 2013 members who do not renew before 4:00 PM PST January 12, 2014 will pay $80 for a new membership and an additional $120 ini-tiation fee for a total of $200.
4. New members signing up after 4:00 PM PST January 12, 2014 will pay $80 for a new membership and an additional $120 initiation fee for a total of $200.
5. Past PVMAC members who did not renew in 2013 are considered new members. Applying for 2014 membership will cost $80 plus the $20 ini-tiation for signing up before 4:00 PM PST January 12, 2014.
6. Any past PVMAC member that did not renew in 2013 will be considered a new member and pay $80 plus the $120 initiation fee for a total of $200 for renewing after 4:00 PM PST January 12, 2014.
7. If you mail in your membership, it must be postmarked by January 12, 2014 to receive the current rates.
8. Any membership application received without the correct payment amount included will be returned to the sender. Any membership re-turned for insufficient payment will not be considered received by the deadline unless the application and correct payment is returned by the deadline. Membership renewal period for 2015 ends January 11, 2015. 
  1. The membership renewal period for 2015 ends January 11, 2015
  2. Any past PVMAC member that did not renew in 2014 will be considered a new member and pay the New membership rate of $80 plus the $120 initiation fee for a total of $200 .
  3. New members will pay $80 for a new membership and an additional $120 initiation fee for a total of $200.
  4. Any membership application received without the correct payment amount included will be returned to the sender.
  5. All 2015 renewals must be postmarked on or before January 11, 2015, with the correct amount of $80 included.   2015 Renewals will NOT be accepted after January 11, 2015 .  If you do not send your 2015 renewal in by January 11, 2015, you will be considered a new member and pay the new membership rate of $80 plus the $120 initiation fee for a total of $200 
  6. If you mail in your renewal membership, it must be postmarked by January 11, 2015 to receive the renewal rate.
  7. Any membership application received without the correct payment amount included will be returned to the sender. Any membership re-turned for insufficient payment will not be considered received by the deadline unless the application and correct payment is returned by the deadline.

In addition, the PVMAC rules and regulations Page has been updated, and you will definatly want to make sure you read them.

As with last year, you must have a  fire extinguisher in the pit area in order to fly.    Read about the new Fire Extinguisher requirement here.

AMA Membership Join/Renewal Page


Classic Pattern Contest - October 4th

pattern planesOn Saturday October 4th, 2014, the  PVMAC is hosting a classic pattern contest at the Prado field. Entry fee is only $20.

Classic Pattern contests are held around the country and brings back competition of the 1970's and 1980's. Some of the participants will even fly with airplanes, radios and engines of the era - although this does not help with the scores.

Almost any 40 - 60 size airplane glow or electric is allowed to fly in the Pre-Novice and Novice classes. We are looking for a style of flying, one maneuver at a time as indicated on the attached call card. Can you fly a straight line? Can you roll? How about a loop - or 3 loops.

In the Advanced and Expert classes, we like to see an airplane more of the era. There are several ARF's that you can buy today, the most popular is probably the Phoenix 7 and the Dirty Birdy.

Classic Pattern Association ( is a site you might want to look at. There is a membership of $15.00 a year but membership is not required to join our event in October. The Site will also have a written description of all the maneuvers as well as the call cards. Click here to download the call card that we will be using and all classes will be flown. 
Note: U = the maneuver is flown upwind and D = the maneuver is to be flown down wind.

Last June, there was a Classic Pattern get together in Riverside. Two PVMAC members were there. I showed up with two electric Kwik Fli's flown with Kraft radios that I converted to 2.4. Brad Lang also brought some airplanes that he flies with Futaba Single stick radios converted to 2.4.

Look over the Call Card and come out and join us Saturday October 4th.

Cal Orr

Big Jolt 2014!!!

The PVMAC is hosting the 5th annual West Coast Big Jolt Electric RC Experience on Saturday October 25th, through Sunday October 26th 2014.  With this event now being held in late October, the temperatures are sure to be mild and battery friendly.   If you have been to any of the previous Big Jolt events in the past, you know that this event will be a great time and feature some amazing aircraft ad some superb pilots. This years event is sure to be even bigger thanks to John Reid's  positive writeup in the March 2013 Issue of Electric Flight Magazine. (posted with permission from John Reid).  Also, watch Some videos featuring John Reid taken at the  inaugural Big Jolt event in 2010 on the Model Airplane News Event channel on Youtube.

The BIG Jolt event is open to all electric Aircraft, Including EDF Jets So if it has batteries bring it out.  Helicopters and Quad roters are welcome, and will have a special time slot to fly each day.  The Pilot registration fee is $30.00 and includes the pilot raffle.  But if you pre-register, the fee is only $25, which is $10 less than last year, and the First 50 people who pre-register will receive an event Hat ($15 value).  Public admission is FREE, so bring your lawn chairs, and don't miss the action. This is an AMA sanctioned event and a current AMA membership is required.

new stickerSaturday Night- Oct 25th, starting at 5:30pm, dinner will be at the field.  On the menu is a 16 oz Steak, Baked Potato, Corn-on-the-cob, Salad w/dressing, Soda or Water. all for $15.00 per person.  You are encouraged to Pre-Order your dinner on Flightdeck as quantities will be limited.   

At 7:30pm, we will start our open night flying (no Contest this year, just a-lot of Fun).  So bring your Brightest LED lit plane and join in on the fun.  

Overnight on-site Dry Camping is available for a $10 fee, or you may try to reserve a Full Hookup camping spot at Prado Regional Park, which is less than 2 miles away.

We will be providing a manned central charging station  with power for up to 16 chargers, each  with 12v/16 Amps of output.  In addition to 12v power, we will also have 110Volt power strips at the station.  On the safety front, the flight line will have 2.5 gallon Halotron 1 fire extinguishers.  This is state of the art for any fire incidents without covering your aircraft with the destructive powder type extinguishers.  Food will served out of our new snack bar, keeping the food clean & hot, and drinks ice cold.  Vendors will also be onsite showing the latest and greatest electric RC products.

Free Event Hat to the first 50 people who Pre-Register on RC-Flight Deck
Save $5 By Pre-Registration is Now!
You Can now Pre-Register on RC Flight Deck and Pay-Pal!!!   

  • The Prado field will be closed to general flying starting on Saturday,  October 25th  through Sunday, October 26th until noon.
  • Current PVMAC members can join in on the Electric Flying Fun on sunday For Free!
  • Vendor area will open Saturday and Sunday.
  • Volunteers are needed, and signups are open on RC Flight Deck.  Clike Here if your interested.  You Will receive a Food wristband and 

Below is all the information you will need for the Big Jolt event, 

BIG JOLT Downloads

This event is made possible by
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Power Station
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Prado Kitchen
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Celebrate Nation Model Aviation Day, August 17, 2013

OCMA LogoThe OCMA (Orange County modelers Association) is inviting you to celebrate National Aviation Day along with the AMA at their charity fun fly event at the OCMA Bob Swenson Memorial Field (formerly Black Starr Field) on Saturday, August 17th, 2013.  Entry fee for a full day of fun is just $20 and all proceeds will benefit the Semper Fi Fund at Camp Pendelton.  There will be a noon time demo and raffle. Download the Flyer for more details or contact the CD: Randy Wilbur for details.

7th Annul Scale Squadron Fly-in Photos posted

SCALESQUADRONLOGO-300x202The  7th annual Scale Squadron Fly In, which was hosted by both the Scale squadron of Southern California and the PVMAC at Prado has come and gone, and  event was a great success.   There was a great turn out with close to 70 registered pilots that weekend, and as usual,  there were some amazing scale airplanes in the air and on the ground.  
In case you missed it, or you want to relive the weekend,

I've posted some picks of  just some of the impressive airplanes from the event, which you can CHECK OUT HERE... 

In Addition, You can check out these YouTube videos from the event.  
Video 1 Posted by Mike Curry
Video 2 Posted by Brad Algra


2013 7th Annual Scale Fly-In

The Scale Squadron of Southern California presents the 7th Annul Scale Fly-In on June 7-8-9, 2013 at our premier Prado flying Field in Chino, Ca.  This event is open to all Scale or stand-off planes, and will include Sport Scale, Built Up , ARFs, Kits, electric, glow, Gas and EDF Jets. Turbines and profile Aircraft are not included.  

Download the flyer here or check out all the info below.

Pre-Registration is now open! Click here to get signed up today.  PayPal is required.

If you have any qustions about this event, please contact Randy Wilbur the Contest Director by clicking here


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10 Questions featuring Oscar Furlong

OscarFurlong1It has been a while since we have done a 10 questions Posting, and to be honest its difficult to get folks to offer their time to answer the questions.   Oscar Furlong however,  was gracious enough to spend a few minutes answering these questions.  Oscar Furlong is a frequent flyer at the Norton field, and has been a PVMAC member for 5 years.   Oscar also attends most monthly Club meetings, and while in attendace at these meetings, he seems to win something.

  1. Tell us a little about yourself.
    I am a motorcycle mechanic running a small shop with my two sons.
  2. How long have you been flying model airplanes?
    I have been in the hobby for 9 years. My dad used to buy  me plastic models when I was a kid.
  3. What was the first airplane you flew and how did it go?
    When I was 7, I made my own kites and rockets, but my first RC was a cox cesna 182.  I bought it on 1998 but I didn't fly it until 2003, and crashed it, of course.  3 months later I found an RC instructor at a local hobby store and he tought me to fly.
  4. What types of planes do you fly most of the time and why? (i.e. Scale. Sport, EDF, IMAC,  Pylon,  Float, 3D, Giant, etc.)
    3d, scale, edf's and helicopters, but now I focus on  helis.
  5. What is/are your most favorite aspects about being involved in this hobby?
    Building, I really like to build, and then see if it fly.
  6. Tell me about the airplane you enjoy flying most today?
    A 25% cap 232 gasoline, and a EDF hobbyking foammy shark
  7. What's the best memory you have since becoming involed in this hobby?
    too many, but all the events at the field are a great memories,
    Too many, but all the events at the field are a great memories.
  8. What is the biggest mistake you've made (in the Hobby), and what did you learn from it?
    I crashed a very nice P-47 because I did not check the receiver battery. Now i really take care of the batteries
  9. What are you working on now?
    An ultimate biplane 85cc gas engine.
  10. If you could fly in any real airplane, what would it be and why?
    I am planing on helicopter flight training to fly ultralight Helicopters. Why?  because the price of a small heli is like a big SUV,  and  I can transport in a trailer and storage it in my back yard. Oh, and I like helis.

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Upcoming Club Meetings

Club Board of Directors Meeting
Tue Dec 02 @ 07:00PM - 09:00PM
Club General Meeting
Tue Dec 09 @ 07:00PM - 09:00PM
Norton Field Monthly Swap Meet
Sat Dec 13 @ 08:00AM -
Club Board of Directors Meeting
Tue Jan 06 @ 07:00PM - 09:00PM


Norton Field

Humidity: 32%
Wind: N at 0 mph
Friday 51°F / 81°F Sunny
Saturday 49°F / 73°F Mostly sunny
Sunday 49°F / 65°F Partly cloudy


Prado Field

Humidity: 66%
Wind: N at 0 mph
Friday 47°F / 82°F Sunny
Saturday 47°F / 74°F Mostly sunny
Sunday 48°F / 67°F Partly cloudy