About the Portland Barnstormers
Barnstormers Radio-controlled Flying Club was founded in 1984 by a group of gentlemen interested in flying radio-controlled model aircraft in quiet rural setting. Today the club has over 80 members, mostly from the Southwest Portland, Oregon area.
COME JOIN US!
We are an chartered club of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (the AMA as we call it) — a community-based organization with 195,000 members — and, thanks to the AMA’s Introductory Pilot Program, you can get free instruction at our airfield without having to join Barnstormers or the AMA. (The fine print says that you can get this instruction “while under the direct, one-on-one supervision of the Intro Pilot Instructor, for a period of 60 consecutive days starting from the first session.”)
We’re pretty sure you will consider joining the Portland Barnstormers once you’ve visited us and had a few introductory training flights, but the first thing you must do is to become a member of the AMA.
Before you do join us, though, take a moment to read through our Field Guidelines — we place great emphasis on flying safely and with due consideration of fellow members, and, of course, our neighbors who live near to our airfield. You should also have a look at the club Bylaws too.
Then, when you’re ready to join us, you can download the membership application form. Please bring the completed form to the next monthly meeting of the club (the details of where and when those happen are here) so that you can introduce yourself and pay the membership dues (the amounts are shown on the form). If you like us and we like you, you’ll instantly join our club and we’ll tell you our secret handshake and the magic number to unlock the padlock on the airfield gate
We have three runways: a smooth runway of rubberized fabric (that’s the pink strip in the image). It is 50 feet wide (great for student pilots) and 550 feet long (also great for student pilots). On either side are grass areas that can be used as runways.
We have two pit areas with numerous aircraft pit stands. We also have a covered shelter near the pits with picnic tables and a second covered shelters for spectators who bring their own chairs. We also have an ADA accessible Port-a-Potty on-site. We do not have potable water on-site, so bring your own drinks. (Don’t forget the Butteville General Store is really close by for drinks and food.)
MONTHLY CLUB MEETINGS
We meet on the third Monday of every month. During June, July, August, and September we meet at the Barnstormers Airfield at 7:30 PM (the September meeting happens after our annual Field Clean Up Day and barbecue). The remainder of the year the meeting is held at the Butteville Community Church meeting room in Butteville, Oregon at 7:30 PM.
We have several flight instructors who are available almost every Saturday at noon to train new pilots. Our instructors are also available on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 PM during June, July, and August. We have our own trainer aircraft and radios, so you don’t need to bring anything — but feel free to bring your own aircraft and RC transmitter if you need help setting it up or performing a maiden flight. Just to confirm availability of an instructor, please contact our Chief Instructor (details here).
We email a quarterly newsletter to all of our members that has news of club events and activities, plus stories of interest to anyone that flies RC model aircraft. You can find our newsletters here.
SUPPORT and Consideration FoR OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY
We know that we are visitors to the Butteville area and we try to do our utmost to respect our neighbors and support the local community. For example we support:
The Butteville Church: We donate funds -- and, of course, we do not start flying until noon on Sundays.
Butteville community: We provide road maintenance and weed control on the Butteville Road.
Our immediate neighbors: We do not start flying until 10:00 am Monday to Saturday.
Donald Fire Department: We donate funds — they’re our nearest first responders and we appreciate’em!
Butteville’s July 4th Independence Day celebrations: We donate funds and helping hands.
Civil Air Patrol and Oregon National Guard: We provide educational outreach and primary drone training.
Local Life Flight emergencies: We permit med-evac helicopters to use our runway.
Picnic area and Port-A-Potty: We make these available for the local community to use.