The City of Casa Grande informed The Casa Grande RC Flyers, Inc. that they, in conjunction with the Pinal County, will pave the road to the Casa Grande RC Flyers field. When the city originally leased the 11-acre field to the club, the club added many improvements. The biggest complaint the membership had was the gravel access road. The news of the paving was greatly appreciated by the club membership, which now exceeds 140 flyers. The paving will involve asphalt on Arica from Trekell to Isom Road and paving Isom Road from the trap shooting club past the Casa Grande RC Flyers field and public shooting range. The project is scheduled to be started after July. After the paving the club plans to work towards adding a permanent shade structure over the flying tables and additional spectator seating such as bleachers to accommodate the growing number of people attending their events. A paved road should increase event attendance greatly, which could cause another problem. The parking lot has been filled to capacity before forcing guests to park on the road outside the airfield and walk into the site. The club has no way of increasing the number of parking spaces unless they remove the food vendor or limit the number of swap meet tables. The club prefers not to do either.
Robson residents are among those who enjoy watching all of the club’s activities. People come to watch the flying on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday starting at about 9:00 a.m. Spectators are welcome to the club field at any time, especially during the swap meets and fun fly contests, which are held on the second Saturday of each month, November through March. A schedule of the club events can be seen on the club website at www.CasaGrandeRCFlyers.com. The Casa Grande RC Flyers and their flying field should not be confused with the field and club located within Robson Ranch. Directions to the Casa Grande RC Flyers field are on the club website at www.CasaGrandeRCFlyers.com.
Membership in the Casa Grande RC Flyers is open to anyone wanting to fly or learn to fly radio controlled aircraft regardless of their residence. Free lessons are offered by any of eight AMA certified instructors. The club even has a training aircraft and flight simulator for members to use. Membership in the Academy Of Model Aeronautics (AMA) is required because the AMA membership provides the pilot with the required insurance coverage. Details about both the AMA and the Casa Grande RC Flyers are on the club website, www.CasaGrandeRCFlyers.com or can be obtained by contacting Alan Friedman, the club president and AMA Associate Vice President, at his Robson Ranch residence.