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?

Then welcome to the Desert Hawks RC Club website! Our Jim Sterling Memorial RC Complex is located in SARA Park on the Southside of Lake Havasu City. We have a 750’x60’ runway, a dedicated Helicopter Field, a Dirt Oval Race Track and a Short Course Race Track.

Our club has been in operation for 32 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 race tracks will accommodate 2 or 4 wheel 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. 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 the Field.



Our Next Club Meeting is on Saturday December 14th at Sterling Field in SARA Park. Get Directions








2019 Club Officers

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

2019 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: Mark Naumer
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

Announcement: Next Race is August 28th

Club News

Rob Cook’s Summer Build

Back in August of this year, Rob Cook emailed me about his summer build of a Heron sailplane by HangerOne out of New Zealand. The glider is a rather large one with a wingspan of 142". In the email, Rob said if you like building he highly recommends them and included...

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2019 Float Fun Fly Thank You

Thank you to all members working the 34th Annual London Bridge Seaplane Classic. I am writing this only 1 hour after the event closed. We could not do this event without the support of the workers, and it is a lot of work. I won’t name all the workers because we know...

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Upcoming Events


The Desert Hawks RC Club’s

 34th Annual London Bridge Seaplane Classic was a huge success!!!

Great weather

Great people 

Great Flying

Great Schneider Cup Reunion

Thank you all for a great time and we hope

to see you next year!

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:

Regular Membership $60.00
Junior membership (under 19) Free
Family membership: $80.00 per year