January 7, 2013 was an exciting day for the Casa Grande RC Flyers. They learned that their ordinance for leasing of land, originally provided to the Casa Grande, Arizona council on Monday December 17, 2012 had not only been approved, but that the city wanted to provide the club with 11 acres of usable field opposed to the 2.8 acres originally requested.
The city council members praised the club for their efforts in advancing this project calling it “a wonderful collaboration between the private and public sector”. The city Community Services Director, Bill Schwind, pointed out the possible economic value to the city by approving the arrangement. The City Of Casa Grande will put in thousands of dollars in site improvements, including land survey, runway, access road, and parking areas to get the site ready. Leaders believe the investment will pay-off as the club will bring in visitors and provide fun activities for residents with their open events, air shows, fun fly contests, pilot instruction and swap meets.
The 10 month effort has truly paid off for the club members who are recruiting others to join the club. Dues will be $25.00 per year, and each member of the club will be given access to the locked field gate. The funds from dues would be used to pay for field tables, fencing, wind sock, entry gate and locks, signs, plus all other field items and supplies. Members of other AMA clubs will be allowed to attend club events but will be charged an entrance fee or “landing fee” to use the private facilities.
Although member dues will help with expected costs, the club still has several items they need for club operations, which begin when the field opens in late February or early March. They are asking for donations to cover the cost of the tables and other needed items. Any donation would be appreciated but amounts of $25.00 or more would be considered as first year annual dues. Anyone interested in supporting the club can send checks payable to the “Casa Grande RC Flyers, Inc.” Alan Friedman (President) to 5309 N Pioneer Drive, Eloy, Arizona 85131. You can also email Alan at PoorAlan@aol.com. Please include your name and AMA number and a stamped self-addressed return envelope so that they can return your membership card and field gate access code. Any amount would be appreciated but gate access and membership card will require $25.00 (or more).