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: email@example.com, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the Club has adopted the following policy:
- The field continues to be open, limiting only the number of people under the pavilion, to ten (10) at a time;
- In addition, more members are allowed to service/set up their model aircraft directly at their vehicles, parked either East or West of the pavilion, as long as they do not add themselves to the numbers under the pavilion;
- Social distancing is required in all areas, including under the pavilion (wearing face masks is encouraged);
- While members are at the field, the gate can remain open (last member out closes the gate).
Please continue to be safe and respect those that are more cautious and strictly distance themselves. It is strongly suggested that you use hand sanitizer after you open the port-a-potty, use the water dispenser, open the door to the office, etc. If you are sick in any way, do not come to the field. The virus is very contagious and there is no need to take chances.
The Board leaves the enforcement of these 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.
2021 Events On Hold Notice
To all Members,
Due to the current rate of infection from the Covid-19 pandemic, the board has decided in the interest of safety to the membership, to put on hold the normal yearly events for 2021 until governmental guidelines are updated. It is requested the membership continue social distancing and exercise good judgement while at the field. The hope is that with continuing vaccinations, we'll be able to host our Oktoberfest event later this year but that remains to be seen.
The SPARKS Board
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 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.