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The clubs flying site is now situated on Mercer Airfield at 290 Koheroa Road Mercer which is a full size airfield and we share with other activities such as sky diving (proposed to commence soon), full size traffic and another RC club. Accommodation and toilet facilities are available at the airfield.

PMAC was established in 1976 as the Papakura Model Aero Club, the club occupied several sites in the area before establishing at Clevedone about 1979 until 2014 when the club was forced to vacate the reserve by the newly established Franklin Local Board who took over control from the Cleveden Community Board. Originally the reserve was the A&P Showground. Initially most flying was control line and free flight but now it is radio control. The club membership stands at around 60 at this time.The club's name was changed to incorporate the word ‘Manukau' due to the Manukau City Council taking over control of the grounds, the club is now the ‘Papakura Manukau Aeromodellers Club (inc)' (PMAC). After MCC took over, the grounds were opened up by the removal of fences which allowed the club to move the flying strip slightly to a more open and unrestricted site.

The club has two training RC model aircraft along with associated radio control equipment available for beginners to start flyingpilotbox training. The equipment is the 'buddy box' system and caters for any mix of mode 1 (throttle right stick) / mode 2 (throttle left stick), instructor / pupil combination. Also a computer and flight simulator is available for hire.
Training is normally undertaken on a Sunday morning when flying is allowed and instructors are usually present, but it would be prudent to arrange with an instructor beforehand from the list in the newsletter. Contact info@pmac-rc.org for more details and download the Flight Training Manual with log book for full details.

See PMAC History doc. in the ‘Documents' section for the full club history.

If any member feels they can add detail to the history please forward by email.

Thanks to Allen Teal for the complete document.