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January through March the club meetings are held the fourth Wednesday at the Flying Artichoke Restaurant located at the Salinas Airport Terminal, 40 Mortensen Ave., Salinas, CA 93905, at 7:00 PM. March through October the meetings are held on the fourth Saturday at the flying field, 12:00 Noon in conjunction with our Ruddergate (see Activities below). There is no meeting in November. The Annual Christmas Dinner/Meeting is held the first Saturday of December at the Flying Artichoke, social hour beginning at 6:00 PM, dinner being serve at 7:00 PM, and is a family affair. Invitations are sent out for the Christmas Dinner/Meeting and reservations are required.
At these meetings the club conducts business, plans upcoming activities, and reports on recent activities. Sometimes a program features a special guest or topic, but the main emphasis is on show-and-tell presentations by club members. Coffee is provided for a coffee break. Visitors are always welcome at these meetings. The Board of Governors also holds quarterly business meetings (see schedule of events), to help reduce the time necessary for business at the monthly club meetings.

Our flying field is located at 24200 Chualar Dump Road, in Chualar Ca.

Directions To The Flying Field

Christmas Dinner Meeting: Instead of a regular monthly meeting in December, a special Christmas Dinner Meeting is held. In recent years these have been held at the Elks Lodge in Salinas, The Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey and The Landing Zone Restaurant at the Salinas Airport. A social hour is followed by dinner.


Club activities emphasize good-time fly-ins and get-togethers rather than serious competition events. The yearly activities typically include the following events:

  • Fly-Ins: Other clubs are invited to participate in a Giant Scale and a Toys-For-Tots Fly-In. The Toys-For-Tots Fly-In is "fly what you have" on the first Saturday of December, the landing fee being a unwrapped toy for botha a boy and a girl The toys are given to the Church in Chualar to be distributed to needy children in Chualar. (See Community Service below) We also host a Memorial Fun Fly some time in July (see schedule of events) where we recognize our deceased members in conjuction with a club hosted lunch.
  • Float Flies: Two or three weekend float flys, for SAM members and invited guests only, are held each year at Lake San Antonio in South Monterey County. A wide variety of float planes are seen, from trainers to Giant Scale Schneider Cup race planes. Many members also travel to float flys hosted by other clubs.
  • Glider Flies: Are held at our field on the First Saturday of May, June, July, and August. Additionally, many members also take advantage of some great slope soaring at beach venues along the Monterey-Santa Cruz coastline.
  • Fun Flies: Club fun flys are occasionally held. These are not the specialized plane, serious competition type events, but consist of fun events where luck can be as important as skill. Novice pilots are encouraged to participate in these events.
  • Special Events: The Club usually host one Pylon Race Event and two IMAC Contests during the years. See the Schedule of Events for those dates.
  • Ruddergate Parties: Once a month, during the good weather months, a ruddergate (aeronautical tailgate) potluck picnic is held at the flying field. The club furnishes barbecued hamburgers or hot dogs and beverages, and members bring a dish to share. These are popular events and are often combined with special events. Usually held on the fourth Saturday of the month, but check the events calendar.
  • Community Service: The club has participated in various community events. A wide variety of model aircraft have been put on static display at the annual California International Air show in Salinas, which is held to raise funds for local charities. Model aircraft have been displayed and flown at Boy Scout-A-Ramas, and youth groups hosted at the club flying field. Proceeds from the club's Memorial Fly-In have been donated to various charities, and each December a special fly-in produces a large number of toys for distribution to local disadvantaged children.


Augie Caresani
Vice President:
Howard Power
Bob McGregor
Gretta Williams
Board of Governors

Chuck Bosso

Mike McCauley

Tristan Williams

Field Maintenance:
Dennis Stanley
Newsletter Editor:
Bob McGregor
Joe Francis

Club Mailing Address:
Salinas Area Modelers, Inc.
P.O. Box 1225
Salinas Ca. 93902-1225


Last Update: 6/08/13
Webmaster: Joe Francis
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