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 Presents

 The 34th Annual London Bridge Seaplane Classic

In sunny Lake Havasu City, AZ

November 8th 9th and 10th 2019

Registration Process


Pre-Registration On-Line
September 1, through November 1, 2019

Pre-Registration includes a free T-shirt of your size, a plaque, 2 Pilot Raffle tickets, and an assigned pit station.
Entry Fee $50.00

Registration On-Site November 8 and November 9

On-Site registration includes plaques plus 2 Pilot Raffle Tickets.
Pit Stations will be first come first serve.
Entry Fee $50.00

You can also read about this event on Go Lake Havasu.

Update 8-12-19: The event page is now live and pre-registration will be live on Sept. 1st, 2019. Click here or use the link on the top navigation bar to view the full event page with much more detail and a link to the pre-registration page.


Lake Havasu  IMAC Challenge

Hosted by Desert Hawks RC Club

Southwest Regional Finals November 16 & 17, 2019

Jim Maguire: Event Chairman, Jim Maguire: Contest Director

Ed Heil: Alternate Contest Director

Saturday Pilots Meeting 8:00 am and wheels up by 8:30 am
Sunday Pilots Meeting 8:00 am and wheels up by 8:30 am


Lake Havasu IMAC Challenge update 10-22-19

The Saturday regional dinner will be held at the Quality Inn, 271 Lake Havasu Ave. South (928) 855 1111-O-. A special IMAC rate of $69 single king or $79 twin queen is available, please ask for the IMAC rate if you plan to stay there. The Quality Inn is located 6 miles from the contest site, Desert Hawks flying field located in Sara Park south just off AZ 95.

Overnight Camping / RV’s are allowed at the field. Dry Camping Only.
Alternate Sequence will be flown

Judged Freestyle Competition

Open Flying Thursday after dark flying permitted

IMAC Practice Friday
Registration fee $50 IMAC Member, $70 Non-IMAC.
Registration open on Friday and Saturday at 7 a.m.
The field will be open for practice Thursday, and Friday prior to the contest.
Lunch will be available on Saturday and Sunday

You can also read about this event on Go Lake Havasu.


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