The MAA originally formed in 1992 as a member of the Sport Flyer Association.  Currently the MAA is affiliated with the Academy of Model Aeronautics, charter number 3342.  Our first flying site was the West Richland soccer field on Bombing Range Road, consisting of a 20 to 30 acre soccer field. As the sport of soccer grew and more and more goal posts and buildings were installed, it became apparent that changes for our club were in order. After one year, we had to move to another site in West Richland. The city had a 13-acre piece of land that was listed as a future park, but was being used as a private dump for West Richland. We put down used dryer belting from the Boise Cascade paper mill for a runway and flew out of there until 1997. When the Sports Flyers Association ceased, the club joined The Academy Of Model Aeronautics. 

The club grew in membership and the local housing area was expanding by leaps and bounds. Several club members had been working with the Benton County Park Board and a long-term lease was set up in 1997. We are now firmly established at our current site off Highway 225 near the Yakima River. A great deal of work has been accomplished. Our well has been pumping water to our well established grass areas. We've installed underground sprinklers and in 2002 moved from a dryer belt runway to paved a 40 by 400-foot runway. Fortunately, our grass saved us from losing everything in the big Hanford fire of 2000. It burned all the way around the fields up to the grass, however, it did scorch the edges of the grass and we lost our well house, but that was repaired in short order. Also in 2002 we renamed the field to Higgins Field, with a unanimous vote from all members present. In 2003 the Benton County Park board voted to install electricity to its Horn Rapids Park and watering the grass became much easier. Recent improvements include a grass runway for cross winds.

These goals were adopted by the MAA in 1992.

  1. To build and maintain a world class flying site.
  2. To have a place were model airplane pilots can gather and enjoy our sport in a friendly atmosphere.
  3. Airplane B.S.ing is allowed and encouraged.
  4. To help one another when needed.
  5. To fly miniature aircraft and to have fun.


MAA Officer History

Serving as an officer in an organization is quite a bit of work. Little fame or fortune comes from serving. This page serves to provide a fame for those who have served.

Year

President

VP

Sec

Treasurer

Field Marshal

Newsletter

Safety Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1994

Martin Foss

Jim Reynolds

 

 

 

 

 

1995

Jim Reynolds

 

 

 

 

 

 

1996

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1997

 

 

Jim Reynolds

 

 

 

 

1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2000

Martin Foss

Rudy Higgins

Karin Foss

Greg Julian

Rudy Higgins

Chuck Fick

Rudy Higgins

2001

 

 

 

Jim Reynolds

Rudy Higgins

 

 

2002

Roy Cram

Chuck O’Neal

Rich Poorman

Jim Reynolds

Greg Julian

Ann O’Neal

Ron Page

2003

Chuck O’Neal

Rudy Higgins

Jim Mullally

Dale Dutt

Rudy Higgins

Ann O’Neal

Monty Bauder

2004

Chuck O’Neal

Rudy Higgins

Jim Mullally

Dale Dutt

Rudy Higgins

Dave Miller

Monty Bauder

2005

Chuck O’Neal

Jerry Miller

Jim Reynolds

Roy Cram

Boyd Petty

Dave Miller

Boyd Petty

2006

Jerry Miller

Chuck O’Neal

Rich Poorman

Jim Reynolds

Greg Julian

Jim Reynolds

Ron Page

2007

Jerry Miller

Doug Rickards

Dave Miller

Roy Cram

Leon Fleming &
Rudy Higgins

Dave Miller

Dave Miller

2008

Jerry Miller

Doug Rickards

Dave Miller

Roy Cram

Rudy Higgins &
Leon Fleming

Owen Miller

Boyd Petty

2009

John Phillips

Terry Baker

Terry Baker

Rudy Higgins

Cal Martin

Roy Cram

Leon Fleming &
Rudy Higgins

Owen Miller

Les Long

2010

Terry Baker

Dave Miller

Dave Miller

Jim Reynolds

Cal Martin

Roy Cram

Scott Page

Rudy Higgins &
Leon Fleming

Camille Page

Joe Tea

 2011
 Dave Miller Clarence Corriveau Danny Page R. Scott Page Dan Deckert Camille Page Jim Reynolds
 2012

 Clarence Corriveau Clark Hymas Beth Hymas Doug BowmanDan
Deckert
Scott Page Jeff Dahl
 2013 Clark Hymas Jeff Dahl Camille Page Doug Bowman Dan Deckert & Dan Seeman Scott Page Dick
McGrew
 2014