Kings Canyon Jet Rally – 2020


Welcome to the first annual Kings Canyon Jet Rally (May 14-16, 2020) being hosted by the Clovis (RC) Area Modelers (CAM).


Spectator Information

If you love airshows, you and your family will surely enjoy this event. Here you will see very large, detailed models of real jets from all eras of the Jet Age fly realistically at speeds of up to 200 mph!

Saturday, May 16 is our spectator day and admission is free. We will accept and greatly appreciate parking donations. Thursday and Friday are open to spectators as well; however, limited concessions available.

Our event offers a friendly family atmosphere and on Saturday the 16th includes a food stand serving lunch, snacks and refreshments. There will be a raffle with the opportunity to win a model airplane. Bring your own chairs, shade, and the whole family!”


Event Information

The CD for this event is Dave “Falcon” Fusinato who’s been flying turbine powered craft since the 1990’s. A legend in jet construction and a cornerstone to Team Hunter. As a member of Clovis Area Modelers; Dave’s previously managed jet rally’s from the old Fresno Radio Modelers to the more recent field design on the 2019 National Scale Modelers Championship; and, with assistance from other notable Turbine Jet Pilots (Chapman, Messer, Sundberg, & Taylor) this will inevitably play into the success of this rally. With plans already under way for runway extension and improvements, be prepared for a phenomenal event. Speed & High G Maneuvers!

This event will be held at the CAM (Peg) field located adjacent to the Friant-Kern Canal. This is just below the north side of Campbell Mountain near Reedley, CA. A short 20 Minute drive from Clovis. This field is off Highway 180 and Alta & Jensen Avenues with a visual view of the Sierra Nevada toward Kings Canyon National Park. See directions below.


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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 Jet Rally pilots 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 5 days of May 13-17. There are no hookups – dry camping only. For extended stay, arrangements with our sanitation service “Zweigle Septic” a mobile service can be arranged.

For hotels and lodging, the Kings Canyon Jet Rally Team recommends lodging in Fresno about 25 min away at the Wyndham-Garden Hotel located adjacent to the Fresno-Yosemite Airport. Other locations will be listed in the coming months around Clovis, Reedley and Sanger; which, are closer to the field.

Click Here for Link to Hotel

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.

Click Here for Link to Reservation via Hotels.Com


Dinner Information

At this time, a dinner is being planned to be hosted at the field by the CAM Grillers. This is open to all interested AMA Pilots and their guests. The cost is $30 Per person. Dinner will be served at 7pm. If you wish to attend please use our online registration and payment system as your rsvp. Please do this as soon as possible and indicate the number of dinner reservations desired. This will help us determine a final count. If unable to use the online system, please use the contact information page so that we can call you back.


Pilot Registration Information

Upon arrival, the Kings Canyon Jet Rally Team will have a reception table to assist with questions and will also process any registration and dinner fees at that time. Registration for this event is $50 per Pilot.


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 Registration link above.


Directions

Navigation Address – 1751 S. Alta Ave. Reedley, CA
Goto the ClovisRC Fields Page for More Info and Other direction options (North on 99 and South on 99)
Click Here for a Mapquest Link
Click Here for a Google Maps Link

The directions are as follows; head east on Highway 180 (Kings Canyon); depending on the size of your rig will determine the best turnoff.

For large RV’s and Travel Trailers, proceed past Alta Ave to Crawford Ave. Make a right turn onto Crawford and proceed to Jensen Ave. At Jensen, turn right (west bound) and proceed back to Alta. At Alta, make a right turn and follow the signs toward Peg Field.

All other vehicles can turn off the 180 on to Alta and just over the Friant-Kern Canal make a sharp right downward turn toward the Peg Field access road. For all, once on the access road, proceed all the way to the end past the hangers and follow the signs toward appropriate parking locations.


CONTACT INFO

Dave (Falcon) Fusinato – Event Director
(559) 940-3283

Erik LaCour – Club President
eriklacour@sbcglobal.net
(559) 307-4253

Conrad Nerdahl – Information Manager
cnerdahl@yahoo.com
(559) 289-5468

Jim Chapman – KCJR Co-Event Director


The Field

The field has a 600′ paved runway recently resurfaced; and will be extended to 700′ of new resurfacing. Winds are nominally no more than 6-7 mph; from east to west in the morning; then, around noon switch west to east.

Shade structure is at this time, limited; you are, encouraged to bring your own.


Field Preparation

Over the past 9 months and over the next 6, the field has undergone a significant transformation in preparation for the 2019 US Scale Masters – National Championship; and, the runway will be resurfaced and further extended up to 700′ for the Kings Canyon Jet Rally.

The field underwent a transition from a field of boulders and a rough surfaced runway to a resurfaced runway; boulder cleared area for RV, Trailer, Pilot and Spectator parking to runway ramps and a pit frontage, the Clovis Area Modelers – Peg Field is ready for the event.

Parking Area Cleared of Boulders
Ramps and Pit Frontage Poured
Looking East Toward Kings Canyon
Tarmac Complete – Gravel Spread Pending

The Kings Canyon Jet Rally – will be ready for Pilots and Attendees – We will have a shade structure; but, not as feature rich as the one provided by Expo Rentals for the US Scale Masters as pictured here.
Early morning sunrise over Kings Canyon NP
The Top Winners in the recent 2019 US Scale Masters