Midwest Sundowners Information
The MIDWEST SUNDOWNERS R/C FLYING CLUB was started in LaPorte, IN during the 1950's and chartered in 1972 by a group of enthusiastic modelers. The Club became a not-for-profit corporation on April 1, 1982. Some of the original charter members are still actively involved in the club to this day.
We sponsor many club events throughout the flying season which are all open to the public. There is sometimes a small entrance fee and lunch is served (donations encouraged).
Membership is open to anyone with a desire to pursue the hobby of model aviation. The club conducts Radio Control flying of miniature aircraft at a field located North West of Vaparaiso. The field contains a 465' grass runway (north-south) and a 275' grass runway (east-west). There is also a shelter structure, trash barrels, and a PortaPottie for the comfort of the members and visitors. These facilities are behind locked gates and can only be accessed if you are a member. If you wish to visit the facility, you may contact any OFFICER
to arrange for a member to escort you.
FLYING AT THE SITE
The county and surrounding farmer have appointed us as the responsible organization for safe operation of all flying at this field. This responsibility includes control and supervision of all activities in this area. Everyone using the airfield must observe the following rules:
AMA MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS
- Be a member of AMA and follow the AMA Guidelines.
- Be a member of Midwest Sundowners or the guest of a member.
- Abide by the posted Midwest Sundowners Operation Rules and Guidelines.
- Follow the AMA Safety Code.
- Follow Midwest Sundowners Frequency and flight control rules.
- Demonstrate to a Midwest Sundowners member the ability to safely operate an R/C or U-Control Aircraft.
MEMBERSHIP WITH MIDWEST SUNDOWNERS
Each AMA member must sign a statement that they will abide by the AMA Safety Code. Each member is protected by $2.5 million dollar Commercial General Liability Accident / Medical insurance coverage.
The AMA has contests and other activities in locations all over the U.S. and the world. As you become a more proficient flyer you may wish to travel to these events and be a participant.
DIRECTIONS TO FIELD
Anyone with an interest in Model Aircraft building and flying will benefit from membership. Modeling is an excellent family activity and many new friendships are created through associations at the field and the events during the flying season. Many members travel together to fly-ins and contests around the country.
Flight training is free to members. Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Valparaiso Library in Valparaiso, Indiana. CLICK HERE for directions
DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO THE FIELD FROM THE NORTH: From 130 turn south onto 625W and follow which turns into Jones Road and then into 675W. Follow the curve around and take the split to the south until the road becomes 650W and the field is on the east side of the road.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO THE FIELD FROM THE SOUTH: From Rt. 30 just east of Deep River Water Park (about 1 mile) turn north on 725W (across from the strawberry farm) and proceed north to 450N (Hoosiers Nest House) and turn east. Continue East about 1/2 mile and turn north onto 650W. The Field should be visible within 1/4 mile on the east side of the road
The GPS coordinates for the field are 41.50556, -87.19083
Go to MAP AND DIRECTIONS for details.
We would like to invite you to arrange to come to our field some nice dayif you are so inclined. Bring the family or friends and we will show you what our hobby is all about. We feel sure that you will enjoy yourself and may even decide you would like to become a member.