Kings Canyon Heli-Fest

The Clovis Area Modelers is excited to be hosting the second annual Kings Canyon Heli-Fest, April 11-15, 2023. This event brings into Central California a revival of the legacy Vertical Challenge held back in the early 2000’s. The field for this event is located at the Old Ketcher Ranch (Peg Field) Airstrip 30 east of Fresno off Hiway 180 (Kings Canyon Hiway), this field is in a agricultural area. At this event, one of our event directors Myles Matta will no doubt capture your attention with his 3D “chaotic” flying – as in the recording from his 2017 performance.

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The Event

Our desire is that you bring your favorite Heli’s to the event and just enjoy the flying and friendship unique to the heli world of model aviation. The flying will commence with a Pilots Meeting to be held daily at 8:30 am followed by flying at 9:00 am. Night-flying is permitted and invited.

Lunch for registered pilots is included on Saturday.

Registration will take place Friday and Saturday mornings at 8 AM.

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Event Costs and Registration

The Pilot Registration is ($35) and includes lunch on Saturday. To help us plan for the event, we have an online event registration system.

The Field Layout for the Heli-Fest

The field offers a 26′ by 120′ concrete pit area with light equipped shade structure. There are 6 large bays and each of the bay supports (7) are equipped for either solar or generator powered electricity for your convenience. All flying will be done on the runway and away from the pits in accordance with AMA guidelines. At night we have a large spotlight for anyone wishing to do some close quarter heli night-flying.

Note, if you’d like to reserve a front view bay for the event (10’x26′) with electrical; the cost is $200 for the three days. There are 6 available Bay Options designated as A-1; A-2; B-1; B-2; C-1; or C-2. From the east front to the middle. Bays from the middle west are first come first serve; We encourage sharing. There will be available room off the south ramp to the field located on the west side between flag pole and the parking area.

Lodging

Travel Trailers and RV’s are welcome at the field; pets are okay but must be leashed; unfortunately, due to potential limited trailer spacing, spots are reserved initially for contestants and vendors; after a cutoff 2 weeks prior to the event, remaining spots will be open to other attendee at a modest fee. At present, the fees for Travel-Trailer and RV parking for all attendees is set at $20 per space for the event duration. There are no hookups – dry camping only.

For hotels and lodging, the Kings Canyon Event Team(s) recommend lodging in Fresno or Clovis about 25 min away at the Wyndham-Garden Hotel located adjacent to the Fresno-Yosemite Airport. Other recommended locations are at lodging locations in Clovis (Clovis and Shaw Ave) adjacent to restaurants etc. Reedley and Sanger do offer some lodging closer to the field.

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Please refer to Web Hotel Booking sites for more information. If this is unsuccessful, please try the following link to the same hotel via Hotels.com or use Trivago for other available hotels.

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The Location & Directions

The location for this event will be at Peg Field, 1751 S. Alta Ave, Reedley, CA – 20 miles east of Fresno off Hiway 180 – Refer to the Map below. The venue offers room for onsite camping (Trailer and RV) but there are no hookups – dry camping only. Pets are okay but should be leashed.

Vendor Information

Clovis Area Modelers welcomes model aviation related vendors that desire to attend during the event. At this time, the cost for a vendor area is $10. Please note that we cannot guarantee enough locations for all vendors; however, we will do our best up to the last minute to accommodate you. Please use the Competitor/Registration link above.