The Southern Highlands Model Aero Club moved onto the Bong Bong Common land in 1989. They established their clubhouse in the small cottage on the site, formerly used as an office by the operators of the Bowral Airfield from 1978. Since then, they have maintained the mown area that comprises their airstrip and the entrance and surrounds of the clubhouse.
The club was formed originally from an amalgamation of remnants of the Berrima District Model Aero Club and the Rosmore Aero Modeling Society.
The club caters mainly for social and recreational radio control or control line flyers. With the exception of a once a month glider morning there is no competitive flying conducted at the Common. The emphasis is on fun and enjoyment.
Types of model flown include sports power, “old timers”, electric sports and gliders, plus the monthly two meter tow line glider competition. The site is not suitable for “free flight” models.
Due to the nature of the flying site the club has placed a size and power restriction on models for safety. Modelers from other clubs wishing to fly as visitors should contact a club officer for information.
The club is affiliated with the Model Aeronautical Association of Australia (MAAA). Membership, therefore, provides the modeler with Australia wide insurance cover (subject to compliance with requirements).
The operation of radio controlled model aircraft (except for some very small models) is generally controlled by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). The Authority’s rules are augmented by the MAAA’s much more detailed rules and procedures.
Sunday is the main flying day (if weather permits) starting around 9.30 and finishing about 3.00 with a break for lunch. Visitors are welcome, but please comply with any instructions with regard to spectator areas and procedures. These are for your safety and wellbeing and also to comply with Federal Government regulations.