Rhode Island Soaring Club (RISC, Inc.) is a chartered club of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, AMA# 1478. Originally founded in late 60's or 70's as " Gliders, Sailplanes & Scale Modelers". We are a special interest group (SIG) whose focus is on thermal & slope soaring with sailplanes, gliders, free flight & old timer aircraft and electric sailplanes.
RISC encourages all aspects of radio control soaring with the majority of the members flying thermal or electric sailplanes. We welcome new members and can provide help to get a novice flying a sailplane quickly.
AMA Insurance is provided to local turf farmers with the provision that anyone using their fields is a member of both RISC & AMA , and adhere to published safety & field rules.
RISC supports the AMA Intro Pilot Program which enables a beginner to try flying with a designated club member before applying for memberships.
Contact the Club Secretary for details.
Our members fly a variety of radio controlled sailplanes, gliders and electric powered sailplanes from turf farms located off of route 2, near Heaton Orchard Rd. in Richmond, RI. We usually fly weekend mornings. Some members also fly gliders off slopes at Ft. Adams in Newport & Ft. Wetherill in Jamestown, RI
All are welcome at one of our monthly, informal meetings to learn more about our hobby & club. Or please introduce yourself at the field, if you are in the area.
Contact a club officer to verify date/time/location for next monthly meeting.
Non club members with a valid AMA membership visiting the area may fly with a club member.
Contact a club officer to arrange your visit.
Our flying areas are located in Washington County, near the Richmond, RI airfield.
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All fields are privately owned turf farms, and we must always use good common sense when flying at them. Refrain from parking vehicles on the grass; don't walk or drive in newly plowed & planted fields; and if the fields are wet, remember even a foot print can harm the crop.