Desert Hawks RC Club

Lake Havasu City, AZ

Are you interested in flying radio-controlled (RC) airplanes or helicopters? Do you have a passion for driving RC trucks or buggies? Are you an RC hobbyist looking for people who share your interests? If so, the Desert Hawks RC Club is a great place to start. Our facility is located in S.A.R.A. Park on the Southside of Lake Havasu City. Look for the sign Jim Sterling Memorial RC Complex.

Our Jim Sterling Memorial RC Complex features a 750’x60’ runway, a dedicated Helicopter Field, a Dirt Oval Racetrack and a Short Course Racetrack. We have restrooms and water on-site, but we do not have electricity.

Our club has been in operation for 40 years. We are an Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) Chartered Club and we recognize our Canadian counterpart (MAAC). Club membership, as well as Membership in AMA (or MAAC), is required to operate any RC model at our complex. We welcome all types and sizes of RC Aircraft – both fixed-wing and rotor, electric, nitro or gas. Our runway can easily handle both EDF and turbine jets. Our racetracks will accommodate 2 or 4 wheel drive 1/10th scale and 1/8th scale RC trucks and buggies.

We operate from daylight to dark 7 days a week. Our gates are open as long as a member is on-site, and spectators are welcome. If you have an interest in operating RC airplanes, helicopters, drones, trucks, or buggies please stop by and talk with our members. From October through April we have a Flight Instructor available for those needing a little help getting into the hobby.

Joining our club is easy using our “Join-Renew” tab. Additionally our local hobby shop Hot Rocks Hobbies can sign you up for AMA Membership and for joining our club. Our meeting times are posted here, and you can join by attending a General Membership Meeting. For additional information, look through our website or use the convenient “Contact Us” form.

Thank you for visiting our site and we look forward to meeting you at our complex.



Our Next Club Meeting is on Saturday, Oct. 10th at Sterling Field in SARA Park. Get Directions








2020 Club Officers

President: Ed Heil
Vice President: Rob Rinde
Secretary/Treasurer: John Orrell
Member at Large: Dennis Atchison
Safety Officer: Jerry Morris

2020 Committees

Safety Committee: Jerry Morris
Field Marshal: Bill McMilon
Hawks Nest Raceway Chairman: Rob Rinde
Race Director: Jeremiah Martinez
Club Flight Instructor: Larry Salsberry
Helicopter Area Safety Officer and Field Marshal: Brian Fernandes
Runway Maintenance Chairman: Open
Membership Chairman/Club Editor: Carol Rinde
Club Chaplin: Phil Hatch
Webmaster: Vic Goodman

Club Meetings Second Saturday of the Month

Jim Sterling Memorial RC Complex 9:00 am

Board Meetings First Thursday of the Month

John Orrell’s garage 3:00 pm

Club News

Upcoming Events

AMA Events Calendar

If you are interested in learning about other AMA-sanctioned events Click Here. This will take you to the AMA Events Page where you can search by time, category, and location.

Due to the COVID19 Pandemic, the Arizona State Parks have suspended the scheduling of events at their parks until further notice. 

Since we have not been able to obtain a firm commitment on the date requested for this event

The 35th Annual London Bridge Seaplane Classic

will not be held in 2020

We do however look forward to being

able to continue this event in 2021.

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Club Programs

Pilot Training

If you are new to the hobby and have never flown an RC airplane or it’s been a while since you have it is advisable to seek help before taking to the air and risking personal injury and damaging your airplane.

While many of our members are excellent pilots and very willing to help we do have one that excels in helping new members or visitors with little or no experience get into the air safety and help you obtain the skills necessary for the safe operation of your brand-new airplane.


Safety is the highest priority of the Desert Hawks RC Club. We are a charter member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and adhere to their Safety Code, found at HERE.

We also have Club Safety Rules which must be followed by all members and visitors while operating a model anywhere on our Sterling Field RC Complex. These rules are posted below for viewing.

You may also download a PDF version of these safety rules HERE which will open in a new window.

RC Car Racing

If you are more into car and buggy racing you are in luck.

Over the past few years, the Desert Hawks RC Club has built two race tracks, a dirt oval, and a short course track.

This past year the local hobby shop owners have organized formal races. They had the expertise and equipment necessary to hold competitive events, and Desert Hawks RC Club had the facility. This was the beginning of a win-win relationship.

Club Sponsors

Join The Club?

The cost to join the Deserts Hawks club is as follows:

New Regular Membership $60.00
Junior Membership (under 19) Free
New Family Membership $80.00

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