SPARKS (South Pinellas Aeronautical Radio Kontrol Society, Inc.) is a club chartered by the AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics), the world's largest sport aviation organization, and Pinellas County's largest radio-controlled flying club. AMA chartered (Charter #1070) since the early eighties, and recognized in 2006 as a Gold Leaders Club, SPARKS is a non profit organization which provides a wide range of activities and facilities for the membership.
Since inception, the Club has grown from a handful of radio-control enthusiasts to over 150 members at the present time. Members range in age from 12 years to over 80 years, demonstrating all levels of flying skills. For interested newcomers and novice pilots who want to get their wings, the Club has several instructors available, at no cost, during the week and on weekends.
To contact a Club flight instructor, including instructors certified under the AMA Intro Pilot Program, send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, stating your specific interests and the best method to reach you. Alternately, see one of the Club's Officers at the field (best time is weekend mornings).
Visitors are always welcome to join in the fun at the field and to navigate through our web site.
Individuals interested in flying model aircraft are encouraged to visit and join our flying community.
Club mailing address: SPARKS R/C, P.O. Box 20852, St Petersburg; FL 33742
Telephone: 727-828-7196 (must dial the 727 area code)
Send email to: email@example.com
Coronavirus Update - 25 March 2020
As Pinellas County issued the March 25, 2020 emergency Order related to the coronavirus crisis (Resolution No. 20-20 “COVID-19 “Safer At Home”), the Club’s Board has concluded that access to the SPARKS field must change, effective immediately, at least until the Order is rescinded. To abide by the requirements in the Order, the following policy now applies:
- the flying field is open only to up to 10 members at a time;
- members must keep at least 6 feet apart from each other;
- members must go through the gate by unlocking and then locking it behind them as they go in;
- if 10 members are already at the field, someone must leave.
This policy must be followed by all members; otherwise, the field will be shut down. Please recognize that being at the SPARKS field is now a limited resource, until the emergency is over.
For the moment, the Board will leave the enforcement of these new rules to the members themselves, rather than directly policing it. In these difficult times, being considerate and respectful of others should be a priority for all members.
Membership Renewals and New Membership applications are processed only by mail (no longer at the field office).
Download and print out the Application Form, for detailed instructions and fee schedules.
Printed copies of the Application Form are also available at the field, by the bulleting board.
For more details about Membership Renewals or New Membership applications, click here.
If there are any questions related to membership renewals or new membership applications, please send email to: Bob Shadroui (SPARKS Treasurer) or call 727-289-5756.
Note: the protected area of this website includes copies of the Club Newsletters/Meeting Minutes and the master membership list. To access this area, you need to: 1. be a Club member in good standing, 2. create an account on this website as a registered user, and 3. log into the website, with your chosen username and password.
The main menu will now show the additional choices to access these items.
Until February 2019, the Newsletters include the minutes from the previous general meeting. Starting in March 2019, the Meeting Minutes are separate from the Newsletter and only the Minutes are saved in the protected area. The new-format Newsletters are available from the NEWS tab.