Welcome to Bayou City Flyers
We are located in George Bush Park (west side of Houston, Texas), within the Dick Scobee Memorial Airfields area located on the northwest corner of Westheimer Parkway and South Barker Cypress Road at the end of Challenger Dr. For reference, our street address is 17260 Westheimer Parkway.
The Bayou City Flyers home field area includes a 630ft long x 80ft wide paved runway oriented 320 / 140 for fixed wing powered RC model aircraft and an adjacent area within the “fly zone” for RC helicopters and multirotor (drone) model aircraft.
The FAA requires that all sUAS’s (multi-rotor ‘drone’, fixed wing aircraft or helicopter) have an FAA Registration number placed on an exterior surface of each airborne vehicle. This applies to commercially or recreationally flown sUAS’s. All pilots must have a valid AMA membership to fly within the Dick Scobee Memorial Airfields and must display their membership card when within the flying areas. Recreationally flown vehicles should also have the ‘National Community Organization’ identification number on the aircraft in a location that can be located without the use of any tool. The AMA information can be on an internal or external surface of the plane. For Scobee field, this is the AMA number of the recreational pilot.
The Bayou City Flyers RC club is chartered by the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA Club 901).
Next Club Meeting – Saturday April 6, 2019The next club meeting is Saturday April 6, 2019 at 10.00am and will be held at the clubhouse. Please sign-in when you arrive. New members are encouraged to attend and introduce yourselves to the rest of the gang. If you have recently received your AMA membership number and FAA sUAS registration please convey them to Max Burton – Club Treasurer. A highlight of the monthly meeting is the “Plane of the Month” which has two categories: Kit / Scratch and ARF / BARF. All entries must have completed at least one successful flight (which includes a successful landing…) Entrants must be Continue Reading...
Paul Curry – Flight InstructorBayou City Flyers member Paul Curry has volunteered to serve as a Flight Instructor at the powered RC flight area at Dick Scobee Memorial Airfields. Paul – thank you. Paul’s availability and contact information can be found in the Members & Membership section of this website. Jeff Trotter is the other Bayou City Flyers Flight Instructor. We need more instructors! BCF members – please contact club leadership about your willingness and availability so your name and contact information can be posted on the website.
March 2019 Club InformationThirteen new photos taken on March 2, 2019 have been added (# 2 – 14) to the BCF Photo Album . Go to Media – Photos – Bayou City Flyers. George Lumpkins’ 20th article entitled “Extra Parts Laying Around the Shop” has been added to the Member’s Corner section of the website. To access it, member’s must be registered to enter the Member Documents section of the website.
February 25, 2019: FAA sUAS RegistrationEffective Monday February 25, 2019, the FAA requires that all sUAS’s (multi-rotor ‘drone’, fixed wing aircraft or helicopter) have an FAA Registration number placed on an exterior surface of each airborne vehicle. This applies to commercially or recreationally flown sUAS’s. Recreationally flown vehicles should also have the ‘National Community Organization’ identification number on the aircraft in a location that can be located without the use of any tool. The AMA information can be on an internal or external surface of the plane. For Scobee field, this is the AMA number of the recreational pilot. Please note that a fine to the Continue Reading...
BCF – 2019 Membership ApplicationThe 2019 Bayou City Flyers membership application is available to members and those wanting to join the Bayou City Flyers RC club. Click on the title to this post to access the two page document entitled: 2019 BCF Application There are several other ways to access the 2019 application within the Members and Membership page of this website.
Access to AMA Sanctioned EventsFor a list of sanctioned AMA events, click on the title of this post for a Link to AMA Sanctioned Events and enter the requested information.
Lost and Found RC ModelsBCF member John Haskell has explored the wild country north of the runway and located a number of models. He has written a short descriptive document, taken pictures of the models and posted their location on a map. This information is available to BCF members registered to access the Member Documents section of the website. If you have lost a model or know of a someone who has, check out this information. It is believed John will periodically update this information. If you find a lost model not currently identified, please contact the owner if so identified and contact John Continue Reading...
Planes of the Month
Scratch – Kit
March 2019: No entry – used a Keystone Helicopter (West Chester, PA) S-58 photo from the late 1970’s. This civilian version of the H-34 was powered by a Wright R-1820 Cyclone engine. This helicopter was used for heavy-lift operations so had all non-essential equipment removed to reduce its weight. Note the Sikorsky H-37 in the right background. Photo by Jonathan Gulick who flew on this helicopter and the sister ship N885.
March 2019: Art Alvarez F-4 Phantom II electric ducted fan configured based on an F-4 that Robins Olds flew in Vietnam. It is a Freewing F-4 Phantom II with the 8S power system. Art flies with a Hitech Aurora 9 transmitter. The telemetry has clocked it at 135mph. It flies smooth and has lots of vertical. Lands at a reasonable speed. The fan is very quiet as well. Graphics are from Callie Graphics.
March 2019: George Lumpkins – 25 Stik fuselage with two Dornier 335 wings in a “bi-plane” configuration with four powered ailerons and four powered flaps (yes, flaps on a bi-wing plane). Electric motor powered by a 4 cell battery. See George’s article entitled: “Extra Parts Laying Around the Shop” about this hybrid plane in the Member Documents, Member’s Corner section of this website. This is the 20th article written by George. Yes, he is very creative! Membership is wondering how prolific George will be when he retires…