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Bethpage State Park RC Model Airplane Field

With a proper permit, you can fly your electric RC model airplane on the Polo field at Bethpage State Park. The cost of the permit is $40, and the field is available for flight all year long (except on Sundays). It offers one of the largest grass fields to fly RC airplanes on Long Island. You must be an AMA Member in order to get the permit. There are fees to enter the park, during park hours, so it might be worth it to buy the Empire Passport if you will be making repeated visits.

This particular park requires you to take a flight test before you are issued a pilot's ID. Another club, the Whitman Flyers, offer the flight test to any individual with a proper permit. No club membership is necessary. The following contact information is available:

Eddie Coppa
President Whitman Flyers
Phone: 516-382-0887
Club email: whitman_flyers@yahoo.com

If you have any questions about permits regarding these parks, you can call the NYS Park permit office at the phone number: (631) 669-1000

CLICK HERE to download the permit form for the NY State Parks.

You can use this permit application for any four of the NY state parks, and you must apply for a permit for each individual site. Each site requires an additional payment. The Sunken Meadow permit is valid only from November 1st the March 31st, while all others are valid for the calendar year (they are issued from January 1st to February of the next year). You must have an AMA membership number to apply for a permit (make a copy and submit it with the permit application). You can mail this form, with a check, to the following address:

NYS Parks
P.O. Box 247
Babylon, NY 11702
Attn: Permit Office

Your checks will be made payable to:
O.P.R. & H.P. - L.I. Region


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