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About Us (Updated 2020)

Our Club

ARCA is a 501(c)(7) organization that is 100% self-funded through airshow events, fundraisers, donations and membership dues. These streams of continuing revenue, allow the club to perform needed maintenance and improvements. Our membership base is 100% volunteer.

Our members and guests enjoy a 550X50 foot asphalt runway, a parallel grass runway (established in 2015) and an air conditioned club house. (established 2016).

April 2016 - Clubhouse enclosed and air conditioning added


We continuously support the Austin community, churches, the Boy Scouts of America, various charities, elementary and high schools, local businesses, Austin Police Department, Austin Fire Department and the University of Texas Engineering and Aerospace programs.

Our volunteers work hard to promote the awareness, education, advancement and safeguarding of model aeronautics to the Austin area with schools, businesses and charities.

September 2017 - ARCA Member Martin Jolivet talks to 3rd graders at Summit Elementary School


Come Discover RC Flying

All ARCA "Instructor Pilots" are on file with the AMA. They carry extra insurance required to teach new students, and they also have several years of flying experience and know how to TEACH, which is critically important for a great learning experience. We teach using electric powered airplanes for a much better experience.

We have a training program that is flexible enough to start a brand new pilot from scratch, or to even help a long time pilot, freshen their skills and learn new or advanced maneuvers.

Check out our training program, or make an appointment for a free discovery flight!


ARCA and the AMA

The Austin Radio Control Association (ARCA) was originally established in the early 1960's and became chartered in District 8 by the Academy of Model Aeronautics in 1972.


ARCA is dedicated to following the AMA vision of providing a pathway to the future of modeling through:

  • Forward thinking leadership-we embrace technology and change in the hobby
  • Continuous improvement in scientific and technical development within the hobby.

 What is the AMA? 

The AMA is the world's largest model aviation association, representing a membership of more than 200,000 from every walk of life, income level and age group.

It is a self-supporting, non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote development of model aviation as a recognized hobby and worthwhile recreation activity. 

It is an organization open to anyone interested in model aviation.

The AMA is the official national body for model aviation in the United States. The AMA sanctions more than 2,000 model competitions throughout the country each year, and certifies official model flying records on a national and international level.

It is the organizer of the annual National Aeromodeling Championships, the world's largest model airplane competition. 

The AMA is the chartering organization for more than 2,500 model airplane clubs across the country. AMA offers its chartered clubs official contest sanction, insurance, and assistance in getting and keeping flying sites. 

The AMA is the voice of its membership, providing liaisonship with the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Communications Commission, and other government agencies through it's national headquarters in Muncie, Indiana. AMA also works with local governments, zoning boards, and parks departments to promote the interests of local chartered clubs.
Lastly, the AMA is an associate member of the National Aeronautic Association. Through the NAA, the AMA is recognized by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the world governing body of all aviation activity, as the only organization which may direct U.S. participation in international aeromodeling activities.

Visit to learn more about the Academy of Model Aeronautics.

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