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Being a MRCHA member is a privilege and a commitment to demonstrate safe operation of model helicopters. All of the time. Everywhere.

MRCHA (Minnesota Radio Controlled Helicopter Association) is a non for profit organization intended to promote the hobby of flying model helicopters. MRCHA is an AMA chartered club in the state of MN to help bring enthusiasts into the amazing hobby of radio controlled model helicopters.  Your contribution to the club will help fund local events that typically include food, raffles, prizes and amazing demonstrations from experienced and professional helicopter pilots!

MRCHA classifies all helicopter models in one of three classes based on rotor blade length and/or aircraft size:

  1. MRCHA Class 1 model helicopters:

  • Single-Rotor models with individual blade size up to 399mm in length.
  • Multi-Rotor models with a circular diameter at the motor shafts up to 399mm in dimension.

  2. MRCHA Class 2 model helicopters:

  • Single-Rotor models with individual blade size ranging from 400mm to 599mm in length.
  • Multi-Rotor models with a circular diameter at the motor shafts ranging from 400mm to 799mm in dimension.

  3. MRCHA Class 3 model helicopters:

  • Single-Rotor models with individual blade size greater than 599mm in length.
  • Multi-Rotor models with a circular diameter at the motor shafts greater than 799mm in dimension.

MRCHA does not support the operation of models equipped with FPV or video/photography equipment used exclusively for business purposes with or without compensation. FPV or video/photography equipment used for legitimate hobby purposes while being operated within the guidelines of all local and state privacy laws, AMA regulations, and MRCHA regulations is permitted.  This is at the discretion of all official MRCHA board members and will be decided case by case when appropriate.

To be an active member of MRCHA in 2014 you must provide proof of current AMA membership. Because most, if not all, bystanders are uneducated and completely unaware of the inherent dangers of model helicopters, MRCHA has imposed additional regulations that extend beyond the safety requirements of the AMASafety is paramount and cannot be stressed enough. While most of our members are aware of the risks involved with model helicopters, children are especially susceptible to the attention grabbing “phenomenon” that our models inherently generate.  Thus, all MARCHA members must adhere to the following guidelines in addition to existing AMA regulations and local/state laws where applicable:

  1. MRCHA Class 2 models are discouraged to fly in public areas such as schoolyards, parks or other recreational areas where bystanders can be unpredictable and curious. Please use your best judgment in these scenarios, safety first. When in doubt please land your model safely.
  2. MRCHA Class 3 models are prohibited to fly in any public area unless supervised at an event sanctioned by or approved via MRCHA and the AMA; the majority of bystanders at these events are informed of the dangers and typically understand the risks involved.

These are strict but very important guidelines to follow in order to prevent injuries, frivolous lawsuits, and unwanted negative public perception of our radio controlled hobby.

Being a MRCHA member is a privilege and a commitment to demonstrate safe operation of model helicopters. All of the time. Everywhere.