WHEN – MAY 25 – MAY 29, 2023.
VENUE FOR THE EVENT
EVENT HOURS OF OPERATION
– Flying starts on Thurs at 12 Noon
– Event ends on Sunday at noon.
– No Pre-Registration this Year; all fees will be taken at the event.
– All pilots must check in at Registration on arrival.
– AMA & FAA ID required.
– Turbine Waivers Required
– LMA and LTMA Certificates Required
– 60″ Bipe 80″ Mono.
– Jets 140″ (Span+Fuse)
– Need to Register for your FAA Recreational Hobby License -> [CLICK HERE]
– Need to know if your aircraft needs an LMA 1 or 2 or LTMA 1 or 2 Waiver -> [CLICK HERE]
– Fees are Subject to Change – In 2022 Pilots fee for the entire event were $40, front row spots were $60, all else were $40 and vendors were $100.
[NOTE HOWEVER, FEES WILL BE INCREASING SLIGHTLY FOR 2023 – BUT NOT CRAZY – PLEASE BE PREPARED]
GROUPS AND VENDOR INFORMATION
Large groups can come in on Wednesday and for those that cannot show up with their group we will save spaces for you.
– FOOD VENDORS – OBTAIN PERMITS THROUGH – THE CITY OF REEDLEY
– OTHER VENDORS (NON-FOOD) – USE ATTACHED FORM TO REGISTER -> [CLICK HERE]
– All days controlled flight-line day and night.
– Flying Hours 9am-9PM
– All planes inspected.
Link to the AMA Calendar and Event Sanction
The City of Reedley in conjunction with the Clovis Area Modelers (clovisrc.club) is pleased to coordinate with the Central California Model Flyers in sponsoring the West Coast Festival of Giants – a Radio Controlled Giant Scale Fly-in.
For over 20 years, this Western US National event (West Coast Giant Scale Fly-In) was held at the old Castle Air Force Base in Atwater California and was coordinated by a combination of clubs but most notably, the Central Cal Model Flyers.
Unfortunately, as times changed, the old CAFB was changed to Castle Airpark and as of January 2020, the venue for that facility changed eliminating the use of it for a giant scale fly-in. To that groups credit and with their support the Clovis Area Modelers the supporting clubs will continue this great western US model aviation tradition. In doing so, intend to support the City of Reedley and the Reedley Unified School District in their Aviation Program that begins in their middle school and continues into Reedley Junior College. We thank the City of Reedley for helping sponsor this event with the use of their Municipal Airport.
Boing provides flight simulators to Reedley schools.
With this community aviation focus and with the support of all the RC pilots and Spectators that will attend this event; the positive representation and coordination working in concert, will help in the continuation of the Castle Fly-In Legacy.
The Venue Details
– Location of the Event – Reedley Municipal Airport
– Hosted by: Clovis Area Modelers RC Club – AMA Club #5405
– Reedley Municipal Airport, Fresno County – Frankwood Ave/Central Ave.
– Take Highway-180 east of Highway-99 and turn south (right) on Frankwood.
– “IMAA” Legal Turbines Welcome
– Helicopters are Welcome
– NO OPEN FLYING – ALL FLYING IS COORDINATED BY THE FLIGHT MARSHALL
Fees, Camping, and Parking
OVERNIGHT CAMPING REQUISITES
– RV’s welcome, no hook-ups; Entry must be on Thursday; beginning at 9am. See Instructions:
– INSTRUCTIONS FOR RV/TRAILER ARRIVALS – RV Parties (Large Groups) must ALL enter in succession at the same time; spots cannot be reserved for late arrivals. Large Groups can stage a few days in advance before caravan to the Reedley Airport at the Clovis Area Modelers – Peg Field (Link to Peg Field Directions) This field is 5 Miles away.
– The parking areas, we have 3 sections. South of show center 3 rows perpendicular to the the runway, the center area set back from the runway all parallel to the runway and the north end all perpendicular to the runway. Still looking at 20×40 spots. In doing things this way we really need everyone’s help and patience level to be at there best.
– No charge to Registered Pilots for Airplane Trailers, Tow Vehicles
– Pilot Vehicle Access – to be determined for the entire event
– RC Model Landing Fee – to be determined (unlimited aircraft)
– RV/Camping Fee – to be determined for front row (limited – 1st come basis)
– Spectator Auto Parking – to be determined per day
– Vendors and Food Available on Location
– Below is a link to the Event Flyer.
Link to the Event Flyer – PDF
Link to the Event Flyer – JPG
The location of this event will be at the Reedley Municipal Airport. This is located on Frankwood Avenue and is easily accessed off the newly extended Highway 180. Then proceed south on Frankwood till you come to the airport.
Here are three (3) different directional opportunities coming north or south toward Fresno; note, that these mapping system do not reflect the newly extended Highway 180 that bypasses the historic towns of Minkler and Centerville.
MapQuest Directions from 99/Shaw in Fresno
GoogleMaps Direction from Madera, CA
GoogleMaps Direction from Selma, CA
The field runway faces west from the pits with a prevailing north-south wind direction. The event runway area will be 1,200 feet in length while the entire facility supports a 3,314 foot runway. Refer to the below image for relative distances.
Lets Come, Have a Great Time, Fly Like there’s No Tomorrow, Share Stories, Honor in Memory Those Who Have Flown to the Great Beyond, and Keep the Castle Legacy Alive.
> Erik LaCour (Event Director) – email@example.com (559) 307-4253
> Rick Maida (CD & Registration) – firstname.lastname@example.org (408) 460-1526