About Our Club
| LARKS was formed in 1968 as a hobby club dedicated to the advancement of model aviation and the promotion and enjoyment of the hobby/sport of flying radio controlled (R/C) model aircraft. The founding "Charter" members of LARKS are: Ned Barnes, John Embry, Ron Hicken, Charlie Staton, Dick VanDyke, and Jim VanDyke. Approximately 50-60 members make up the LARKS family. The Lake Area Radio Kontrol Society has been a Louisiana corporation since 1976. |
LARKS owns it own miniature airport, Hinch Field, which is situated on approximately four acres of land in Carlyss, LA. Hinch Field, on of the finest R/C flying sites on the Gulf Coast, is located of Louisiana Highway 108 and Murl Ellender Road, west of Southland Airport, which is located about seven miles south of Sulphur, LA. LARKS has been flying at this beautiful Field since 1972. There are signs on highway 108 and Murl Ellender Road directing traffic to Hinch Field. Our airport is open to the public during flying times. The regular "Club" day to fly is Sunday afternoon, weather permitting. However, there may be members of guests flying an day of the week. LARKS also holds fly-in's and airshows at verious times of the year to promote fellowship and model aviation. During our airshows, we have a program whereby any member of the public, for a small fee, will be given the opportunity to fly a "basic trainer" R/C model airplane.
Southwest Louisiana has been the site of four AMA Nationals (NATS), hosted by LARKS. The NATS were held here in 1974, 1975, 1978 and 1986. The NATS is a competitive event involving all of model aviation and attracts participants from around the world.
| Big LARKS, a Special Interest Group (SIG) of LARKS, is also chartered by the International Miniature Aircraft Association (IMAA). The IMAA, on of the many SIG's of the AMA, was organized to promote fellowship and the enjoyment of non-competition flying of giant scale radio controlled model airplanes. Members of LARKS are NOT required to belong to the IMAA. The sixteenth annual IMAA, Rally of the Giants, hosted by LARKS, was held in Lake Charles at Chennault Industrial Airpark in 1996. |
Another Special Interest Group of LARKS is the Kneeknockers Float Flying Club. The KFFC is not sanctioned by an organization other than LARKS. Any LARKS member who actively enjoys float flying is welcome as a member of the KFFC. A KFFC patch, as well as patches for LARKS, are available for a small fee.
To illustrate the size of some of our model aircraft, airplanes with wingspans of 80 inches or more for monoplanes and 60 inches or more for biplanes, or one which is true one-quarter scale or larger, regardless of wingspan, qualify as giant scale aircraft. Although the size of the aircraft qualifies it as giant scale, the airplane does not have to be a scale model of a full scale airplane. Members of LARKS are welcome to fly any and all types and sizes of radio controlled model aircraft. We fly everything from a tiny scale model of the French Flea and electric gliders to a flying lawnmower!
The true purpose of LARKS is to "HAVE FUN FLYING MODEL AIRCRAFT," and we do!