Our Story

The Aero Modelers of Perrine (AMPS) Club first started in 1959 and has been active since that time. During the years we had numerous flying sites, which for one reason or another were eventually lost. In 1993 we decided to remedy the situation and purchased five acres in West Dade County. We then proceeded to build one of the finest flying fields in South Florida. It has two highly manicured grass runways; one running East/West and the other running North/South. Both runways are planted with special Bermuda grass. We have a 20′ x 30′ main shelter and four 10′ x 100′ covered pit areas.

If you are a beginner, we have several certified club instructors to choose from. Each has extensive experience working with new pilots and can make your transition to solo pilot as easy as possible. If you are an old hand at R/C flying, then come join us and enjoy the camaraderie of our members and our fine facilities. As a member of AMPS, flying instruction is FREE!

Although flying is limited to AMPS members, anyone can visit and enjoy the beauty of model aviation. Come in for a day of safe family oriented fun at South Florida’s Premiere R/C Club.

We look forward to getting to know you!

Membership

Our club has four levels of memberships: Adults (19 to 64 years of age), Juniors (up to 18 years of age), Senior (65 years and older) and Non-Resident (with permanent residence outside of Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe or Palm Beach counties). As part of all of our membership levels we offer extensive flight training to help you ease into the wonderful world of model aviation.

Click here for more details regarding our membership programs and to obtain membership applications.

AMA membership is required for all flying activities.

Elected Officers

PRESIDENT: Vicar Hernandez   

Previous Service: 2002-2005 Events Committee Chairman, 2005 Interim Treasurer, 2006 Secretary, 2006-2011 Treasurer, 2012-2013 President

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Vicar came to Miami to complete graduate studies in Computers and currently develops software for a living and for fun. He is married to Diana and has a daughter Cassandra.

Vicar started crashing planes around 1995 and has not been able to stop since. He likes to fly sport and giant-scale airplanes and always has something on the bench, either building or rebuilding (most of the time!). His favorite plane is a 98″ wing span Pilatus Turbo Porter which he has decorated in a sky diving motif and is named the Coquí after a little tree frog from his native Puerto Rico and whose name comes from the sound it produces “ko-k픑.

VICE PRESIDENT: Marvin Alvarez

Marvin Alvarez was Born in Medellin Colombia, He’s Third Generation in the Family with Aviation and Model Airplanes. Named after a “U” Control Model Airplane his Dad Miguel A Alvarez (a Master Builder) was building in 1973 “Marvin”. Marvin came to the United States in 1983, a Proud USA Citizen, a Proud “NAVY” Enlisted and worked with the F-14 Tomcats (Airframer) in VA,BCH NASO with Famous VF-2 Bounty Hunters, has work with Hobby Shops, AT&T, Bell South, NHP, Cingular Wireless, PRC, an Kitchen Refacing Cabinets with Home Depot and Costco, has manage R/C Flying Club, involved as AMA Contest Director and working for Safety Officer of AMA, Worlds grandest Jet event “Jets Over KY” Flight Line Boss, Top Gun Competitor and attendant. Works with his Dad in the Model Airplane Industry, professional builders, like Jet International Magazine Stated ” Crazy for Detail, Closer to Reality” and also a Drone Pilot Operator and FAA Private Pilot im a firm believer, super-down to earth guy and love to help people as much as he can, hates negativism!!!!

TREASURER : Roger Gonzalez

I’ve been building model airplanes since I was a child, my obsesión started when as a small child I would seat in a Coca Cola box and watched Waco YMFs and AT6s land and take off from Columbia Air field in Habana were may father was an enlisted soldier. I started building R/C model airplanes in 1979 and joined a local club. My second build was a 1/4 scale and I’ve been building giant scale ever since. I served as President of the 27th Aero Squadron R/C club for several years, and I’ve been an AMPs member since 1987. My other hobbies are photography and traveling.

SECRETARY: Mark Armbrust

My father and I have spent most Saturdays together flying and sharing the hobby for the last 28 years. I have been flying Rc since 1990. Being from the joystick generation, I was essentially a solo pilot on the 2nd flight. The old guy that was teaching me got tired of landing for me after about 10 flights and the rest is history. I flew in my first IMAC competition when I was 13 and won Basic with my Sig Kougar. Over the next few years I taught many people to fly at Markham Park. Around 2010 I discovered scale Rc and fell in love with scratch building and flying giant scale planes. I have also found a home on RCSB.com sharing my builds with others from around the world.

WEBMASTER: James Bedoya

Born in Bogota, Colombia, came to the US since he was a child. New member since December 2017 and new to the hobby, James has worked with Wall Street firms for most of his career, and avid trader, James now works for a construction company in Coral Gables where he is the Marketing Director. An experienced drone operator, his goal is to eventually work his way up in the next few years to flying turbine jets. Other hobbies include photography, video and muscle car restoration. Please make any suggestions about the website to him as to adding new features or future enhancements.

 

Appointed/Voluntary Positions

Chief Flight Instructor: Juan Carlos Vallejo

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Safety Committee Chairman:
Events Committee Chairman: Abraham Marquez