On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, the Reedley City Council met and after a discussion in support of the GS Rally, felt that at this time they could not approve the 2020 GS event due to Covid19. This decision at this late time follows the council already eliminating a number of other events; while, still holding on to the GS event in hopes that this one event could move forward.
However, this event is on the calendar for 2021.
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 First Annual Reedley – Giant Scale Fly-in – 2020.
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 (www.centralcamodelflyers.club).
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 hope to 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.
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 (source: www.centralcamodelflyers.club).
If you love airshows, you and your family will surely enjoy this event. Here you will see very large, detailed models of all vintages of aircrafts. The sizes of these will average 25% and larger of the real version of the aircraft. The types of aircraft will range from early 1900’s to modern day turbine jets.
Saturday, May 23 is our big spectator day; however, from Thursday through Sunday; please come out and take in the sights and flying that will be almost non-stop from 9AM to 5PM..and later.
The cost for access to the event is $5 per day per car for parking.
Our event offers a friendly family atmosphere so bring your own chairs, shade, and the whole family!
The Venue Details
- Dates: May 26-31, 2020
- 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
- Open Flying after 5PM daily
Fees, Camping, and Parking
- Overnight Camping – No Hookups
- No charge to Registered Pilots for Airplane Trailers, Tow Vehicles
- Pilot Vehicle Access – $5 for the entire event
- RC Model Landing Fee – $35.00 (unlimited aircraft)
- RV/Camping Fee – $40; or $60 for front row (limited – 1st come basis)
- Spectator Auto Parking – $5 per day
- Vendors and Food Available on Location
Below is a link to the Event Flyer.
Link to the Event Flyer
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.
Pilot Registration and Vendor Registration forms are available from the Central California Model Flyers Website and links to forms are included below for your convenience.
Pilot Registration Form
Vendor Registration Form
Using the Reedley Municipal Airport is a new adventure. Castle was 20 years in the making; so, please help us adjust to this first year as things will be a bit different for Reedley.
When you send in your pre-registration, submit only the $40 for a spot, individually, not as a group. If front row spots are available when you arrive then you just pay the additional $20. If you arrive as a group you will have a better chance to park as a group.
There are two areas for parking. The south parking will be similar to castle just not as big and these spots are perpendicular to the taxi way. At the North end we will be parking you parallel to the taxi way. We are learning and at present do not have the room to maneuver like we had at castle. So as you come in please decide whether you want to park at the north or south end. Then we will guide you to park accordingly.
The parking will be handled just like an airshow event. You come in and go to the row we are working on. Once that is filled we start the next row.
Your patience in working with us on adapting to this new location is appreciated in advance.
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) – firstname.lastname@example.org (559) 307-4253
Rick Maida (CD & Registration) – email@example.com (408) 460-1526