T he Finger Lakes Air Pirates Inc. radio control flying club is located in Seneca Falls, N.Y. in the beautiful and historic Finger Lakes area of NY. Our club has been in existence for over thirty years. We are a Gold Leader Club and a charter member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics.
Our main interest is radio control sport flying, but at anytime you may see a sailplane, rockets, jets, helicopters, or quad copters in the air. Our members have a wide variety of backgrounds and interests!
Our club is always on the lookout for people that would like to join us in our hobby activities. If you are interested in learning how to fly we can help you out with that or if you already know how to fly and are looking for some fun folks that share your interests, look us up and enjoy the good times!
We do have a trainer plane and a buddy box system for those who would like to try their hand at flying before owning a plane. Typically our trainer nights are Tuesday and Thursday during the summer months at our flying field weather providing. During the winter we also fly inside of several gymnasiums. It's a great way to wile away those cold snowy days while waiting for spring to arrive. You can find more info lower on this page.
Club meetings are held on the first Sunday of the month at 7:00pm at the American Legion in Geneva unless it falls on a holiday. Warm weather meetings are held at the field. If you would like to attend a meeting use our contact form to send an email for more information on when and where.
For detailed location information of our club field please see our DIRECTIONS page.
Interested in joining our club? Info and application can be found on our membership page. Click HERE We are starting 2016 with an incredible incentive for new members! You can now join the FLAPS club for a mere $30 for club dues. This incentive may not last forever but for now, it's your big chance to Be a Pirate!
Next meeting is at the flying field
New Flying Field Location!
The FLAPS club has a new flying field located in Seneca Falls N.Y. See our DIRECTIONS page for details on the new location.
Note: The Carter Rd. field in Geneva is no longer in use.
Indoor flying is all done for the 2015-2016 winter season
Here's the details
School closings and/or bad weather may preclude indoor flying. Be sure to check with someone if in question. Generally speaking,
- Waterloo Community Center - Fridays 11-6-15 9am to noon
- Seneca Falls Rec Center - Thursdays 10am to noon
- Cady Stanton School - Monday evenings 7pm-9pm
If you have any questions feel free to use our contact form to contact us.
See our video page for some videos recapping our past winter flying highlights.
AMA IS required to fly at our indoor events.
Heli Night - At our January 2014 meeting the FLAPS membership voted to designate Wednesday nights during the summer months (outdoor flying) as ... ~HELI NIGHT~ Helis will now take priority over planes on this night but during periods of inactivity of the helicopters, planes can fly. If you are a helicopter enthusiast be sure to stop around the field this summer to check us out!
FLAPS has a Facebook page! Visit us HERE
Breakfast- Saturday mornings several of us gather at the Captains Room restaurant on Exchange street in Geneva at 9:00 am for breakfast.
Feel free to stop in!
2016 New Year's Day Fly! - The Finger Lakes Air Pirates have met at the field on January 1 for the last 10 years to celebrate the New Year, with a First Flight of the Year event.
This year was no different. We were out at the field for our annual first flight of the year and what a day it was! Our enclosure had welcome warmth for the pilots' cold hands and feet and we usually have more than enough goodies to eat!
While we fly indoors a couple times a week during the winter, nothing beats getting outside for flying! Click Flaps Photos or use the link in the main menu to see the pictures or previous year's fun.. Click the thumbnail below to enlarge it and see our 2016 New Years Day club photo.....
FLAPS Calendar- Visit our Calendar to see what is going on in the club and with our flying friends.
Anyone flying at the FLAPS field must hold a current status with the AMA or fly under the direct supervision of a club designated Introductory Pilot Instructor. No exceptions.