The Millis Model Aircraft Club (MMAC) was founded over 35 years ago by a small group of modelers led by Tom Kempf, becoming an official AMA chartered club (#1463) soon afterwards. These gentlemen set out to achieve a simple task - to have a radio control model aircraft club with a field for its members to enjoy and promote R/C flying in the community...enhancing the hobby's development and form a population of interested prospective members. Safety was a primary agenda, but founding members also hoped to form a social group to share experiences and nurture friendships.
It is quite evident that Tom and the other founding members fully succeeded in their goal. They would be proud that their example of hard work and dedication to the hobby has been passed down to several individuals who keep MMAC going strong year after year.
MMAC presently consists of roughly 60 members, with the majority holding member cards for several years. Some of our early pilots are still very active and each season brings a new group of enthusiastic and talented individuals into the fold. Most of our pilots fly traditional glow-powered models in the .40 -.90 engine size range. Electric aircraft are becoming much more common and are very welcome. Some members are passionate about scale warbirds or civilian planes while others like simpler sport models. We hold monthly meetings, several events throughout the season and offer comprehensive novice pilot instruction.
Our original flying site in Millis was abandoned in 2003 due to a development of homes on the adjacent property. This was tough as it was a wonderful location and our primary flying site for close to 25 years. We are fortunate that Bill Martin Airfield in Medfield, MA (near the former state hospital) was created as a back-up location for us many years ago as a joint effort between MMAC and the Charles River Radio Controllers. Since losing Millis, we've been sharing the airspace quite successfully for several years...keeping our independence as a separate club, but cooperating to split cost and manpower to maintain the site. We've worked hard to make Medfield our home...grooming it to be an airfield for all to enjoy.
Individual adults may join MMAC for $50 per year with discounts for additional family members. We also offer junior memberships for those 18 years old and under. Your member card grants you access to the field, a newsletter subscription and the opportunity to participate in all club functions like our annual banquet or Winter Projects event.
Each individual must also maintain a separate membership in The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) which is a national organization that provides liability insurance as well as a monthly color magazine featuring all aspects of model aircraft.
We hold our meetings on the last Tuesday of each month (no meeting in December) at 7:30 PM at the American Legion Hall on Curve Street in Millis, MA. Visitors are always welcome...so come on by and meet other folks, young and old, who share a passion for radio controlled model aircraft!
After the club business is complete, members often exhibit their latest creations or exchange ideas. We always end the evening with a raffle featuring several neat and useful prizes like fuel, building supplies, tools or books. You can even join the club at the meeting if you wish.
Note: The October meeting is our Annual Banquet typically held at the Coachmen's Lodge
in Bellingham, MA. Winter Project Night replaces the regular meeting in April.
The Executive Committee is composed of the four elected club officers determined by the membership on a yearly basis. Newly elected officers are announced at the October banquet with their terms commencing at the November meeting. We encourage yearly turnover of our officers to provide an opportunity for everyone to contribute and bring renewed energy and ideas to the administration of the club and its activities.
The club currently has several members that are AMA Certified Contest Directors (CDs) who run AMA sanctioned fun flys and contests during the season. Other events, like the Delta Dart Build and Winter Projects Night may be run at club meetings during the year as well. Check out our Event Calendar to see what we've been up to and a list of upcoming events.