Welcome to the Clovis Area Modeler Flying (CAM) Fields. Our group enjoys flying at two different fields setup for different purposes.
One is the Sierra Meadows Park located at Temperance and Sierra in Clovis, California.
The second is PEG field (photo above) located adjacent to the Friant-Kern Canal. This is just below the north side of Campbell Mountain near Reedley, Ca. which is a short 25 Minute drive from Clovis.
Another option to fly is Millerton Lake for float flying. This is a seasonal venture with specific days to fly. The location access requires membership in either the Central California RC (CCRC) group or the Madera Area Radio Control Society (MARCS). Please refer to their respective Websites or Facebook pages for days and how to gain access to fly.
Clovis Area Modelers is currently seeking someone to coordinate another float fly option at Millerton Lake. If you would like to coordinate this please contact our President – via the Contact Form.
Directions to Sierra Meadows Park
Sierra Meadows Park is an “electric only” field. Nominally the planes should average no more than a 60 inch wingspan; although, there is no limit. At the present time the only agreement that exists for individuals to fly there; are for those individuals that belong to both CAM and the AMA. That CAM, AMA, and the City of Clovis are listed on the field sanction and corresponding insurance policy.
The City clarified at the time of approval that other groups who wish to fly there and not belonging to the Clovis Area Modelers; must, go through the same process that CAM did; which, is to present adequate insurance and indemnification; make a presentation before Clovis City Council; and, obtain an approval vote from the council as well. Currently, there is a Park Flyer only membership with CAM – see the Join Now page.
Note, that CAM has a Letter of Agreement (LOA) from the FAA that provides CAM authority to fly at this site up to 400′. Since, this location is within the FAA controlled airspace limit of no less than five (5) restricted areas – to include FYI (Fresno-Yosemite-International). HOWEVER; The Agreement also stipulates that this ceiling only applies to members of Clovis Area Modelers (CAM) which is the established FRIA (Federally Recognized Identification Area) CBO (Community Based Organization) for this location. For non members of CAM (ClovisRC) the ceiling is limited to the defined altitude for the area which is 100 feet as per the LAANC (Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability). This restriction is due to the proximity to 5 restricted aviation locations.
CITY OF CLOVIS AUTHORIZATION
CAM has entered into an agreement with the City of Clovis to fly electrics at the park in a shared basis with other recreation venues. Like the FAA, ClovisRC (CAM) set the precedent with the help of local city leaders. The City of Clovis, Clovis Area Modelers Inc. and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) are listed together on the AMA Sanction for the use of the field as well as the required insurance coverage which is paid annually by the Clovis Area Modelers. Membership in CAM and the Park Flyer dues of $40 help to sustain this insurance policy and maintain any other requisites for flying at this location.
Otherwise, the basic rules are (1) electric aircraft and gliders only; (2) do not fly west of the tree line; and, (3) do not fly north or south of the area limits. Flying east beyond the fence line is acceptable; but, there is retrieval risk should your craft go down in the flood basins. Also note that this is a shared use facility. If people or pets are present we default to the AMA safety guidelines which is don’t endanger people or property!
There are limits as to when the park is open and for clarity those are posted on signs at each end of the field. These signs also point to the allowable flying area as represented by the below map. Generally this is sun up to sun down and a little beyond for night flyers.
All Aircraft Flown Must be Line-Of-Site (LOS) craft. No GPS/FPV Navigation beyond LOS.
Directions to Peg Field
Peg Field is located on private property on an old ranch landing strip that is 3,000′ long by 50′ wide. The entrance is gated and members are provided with the combination. The first member in unlocks the gate; the last member out locks the gate. The locks are interlinked with other shared user locks to the gate. Visitors should go to the FaceBook page and check on when someone will be there.
This field offers a 120′ x 26′ hard covered pit area with a 120’x15′ tarmac directly in front. There are two (2) 65’x15′ ramps to the runway. The runway sports a 700′ resurfaced area that is centered on the 3,000′. The pit area offers 20′ wide bays; and each bay has 110vac electrical outlets powered by Solar & Generator. There is electrical lighting to assist with night time operations and end of day loading. Please turn off the lights when leaving.
The field has no constraints as to type and size of aircraft. Customarily to stay friends with the neighbors, we refrain from excessive noisy engines prior to 8:30 AM on Sundays – use your best judgment.
The altitude limit is 1,500′ (the peaks of Jesse Morrow and Campbell Mountains) as established by the FAA in agreement with the AMA; note, that this is subject to change; but, since this is just outside of controlled airspace we are safe for now.
Do not fly to far north over Highway 180; please keep turns reasonable. Do not fly behind the field/pit area/runway for obvious safety reasons. Also, keep a watchful eye for any full size craft which will cross overhead around 2,000 feet (and sometimes lower) at various times. Last, as with our other field, all aircraft must adhere to a Line-Of-Site radio controlled flying motif.
Navigation Address – 1751 S. Alta Ave. Reedley, CA
Click Here for a Google Maps Link – From Hwy 180/Clovis Ave, Fresno
Click Here for a Google Maps Link – From Hwy 99/Kingsburg CA
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.
PEG Field Photos
The field has a 600′ paved runway recently resurfaced. Winds are nominally no more than 6-7 mph; from east to west in the morning; then, around noon switch west to east.
Shade structures at this time are limited; however, the club has worked out arrangements to provide additional leased shade area ($) in the event you need one. Contact the event CD to facilitate arrangements.
Peg Field Preparation
Over the past 9 months the field has undergone a significant transformation in preparation for the US Scale Masters – National Championship. 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.