NACOGDOCHES AERO MODELERS CLUB(AMA CLUB #2305)
HISTORY OF CLUB
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
BECOME A MEMBER OF THE ACADEMY OF MODEL AERONAUTICS
AMA REGION 8 WEBSITE
SOCIETY OF ANTIQUE MODELERS
A.L. MANGHAM, Jr. REGIONAL AIRPORT WEBSITE
NACOGDOCHES CONVENTION AND VISITORS CENTER
The Nacogdoches Aero Modelers Club was sanctioned by the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) in 1984. Prior to 1984 there was a radio control club in Nacogdoches that flew in a flood plain off Butts Street next to Nibco. It is uncertain that it was a sanctioned club and by 1984 it had disbanded. The founding officers of the club were Bill Laboyteaux, Floyd Crawford, and Ernie Smith. There were only six charter club members. Ernie and Floyd moved away from Nacogdoches leaving Bill Laboyteaux to run the club. Bill was instrumental in leading the club from it's early beginnings through 2010. In January of 2011 Bill stepped aside as a club leader and moved north to Bullard.
During most of the life of the club Bill led the club serving as President, handling club funds, recruiting members, acting as contest director, assuring that we had a place to fly, served as the safety coordinator and club contact for AMA. No wonder he finally retired as an officer and moved to Bullard! Bill continues to be an active member of the club and the members are very grateful for his long history of service and the many contributions he made. Bill was the glue that held the club together for more than 27 years! Without his guidance we would not be where we are today and the club likely would not even exist!
According to Bill, the club first flew at an old city of Nacogdoches owned field located on Highway 7 west. The club flew for only a short time at that site before moving to a field located in Central Heights. The Central Heights location was Bill's own personal flying site and was located on his farm. The club flew for a total of ten years at the LaBoyteau site. In 1995 the club again moved to a new site that today is referred to as the Alazan field. The Alazan field was located on B. B. Stanfield's farm in Alazan. The club operated on this site from 1995 until 2005. In 2005 the club opened a field on one end of an abandoned city owned property that was intended to be a para mutual horse racetrack. We continued to operate on this site during most of 2011 as we transitioned to our new site at the A.L. Mangham Jr. Regional Airport field.
In 2011 the club signed a contractual agreement with the city of Nacogdoches providing the club access to an old taxi-way on the east side of the A. L. Mangham Jr. Regional Airport. This was necessary due to the city expanding or building various facilities on and around the race track. The club completed developing the airport site and to the new facilities in October 2011. We believe that our new flying site is one of the best radio control flying site in east Texas!
2011 club officers were President Jackie Ivey, Vice President Tony Wier, Secretary/Treasurer David Hinson, Safety Officers Gene May, Carroll Schoenewolf, and Chris Lord. Membership has grown to more than fifty members. The club actively recruits members, participates in various activities in support of the airport, and has become an important part of our community. In 2012 AMA awarded the club Gold Leader status for it's community activities that help promote interest in model aviation.
Below is the earliest club group photo that we have been able to find. It was taken about 1995/1996 at the Alazan Field.
Left to right - Front: Keith
Henry, Perry Parker, Sam Lee (President), Bill Laboyteaux, and Mike
Armand. Back: Tray (Perry's grandson), Dave O'Niell,
Unidentified Member, Hollis Solomon.