Club history

Club history and heritage

Cork Model Aero Club was founded in 1949 by Noel Barrett and Paddy Hartnett. In the early days flying was confined to free flight and control line but gradually, with the development of radio control equipment, radio control flying was introduced although in the early days the equipment tended to be rather basic and unreliable contrasting remarkably with the hi-tech units available today.

Over the past few decades the club operated from various flying sites around the city and presently operates two flying sites for radio controlled fixed wing aircraft and helicopters, one at Little Silver near Brinny to the West of the city and one in Portavarrig, near Midleton  to the East. A third site at Whites Cross caters exclusively for First Person View (FPV) Quadcopter racing. Please see the following description and location map for precise locations).

Flying takes place on most Saturday mornings, some Sundays and most evenings during the summer months, weather permitting. 

Monthly meetings are held in the evenings on the first Thursday of every month and apart from dealing with club business, provide a forum for presentations on various aspect of modelling and other club activities, videos, auctions of modelling goods etc.

The club also has a strong slope soaring interest and members can frequently be found on slopes around the county.

Indoor flying has become very popular with regular weekly sessions taking place on Monday from 8pm at the “My Place” sports hall in Midleton.

The club is affiliated to the Model Aeronautical Council of Ireland (M.A.C.I.), the governing body for model aviation in Ireland. Membership of the club automatically means membership of M.A.C.I..  M.A.C.I publishes a newsletter ‘Flightlines’ a number of times during the year and also provides third party insurance which is important as the possibility of an accident involving persons or property is forever present despite the fact that the club has an excellent safety  record. A number of competitions are held annually and the club has hosted some International competitions in the past, most notably the 22nd World F3A Aerobatic Championships in 2001. The club is quite active on the competition scene with members travelling throughout the country to participate in events. The club is also well represented on the international competition scene with members on the world championships model aerobatics team for a number of years, flying for their country in various parts of the world.