Where do control-line fliers gather to fly their model airplanes in the Pacific Northwest? Below is information about Northwest flying fields. This information is compiled by Flying Lines and by Steve Helmick, webmaster of the Northwest Skyraiders. Steve provide all the map links below for the Northwest Skyraiders web site.
We'll update the information on flying fields as we receive it. If your flying field is not listed below, or the information is incorrect or changed, please e-mail the editor. Flying fields are listed alphabetically by metro area.
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Arlington Airport: Take exit #206/Smokey Point from Interstate 5, and go east one mile on 172nd St. NE. Turn left onto 51st Ave. NE at the light, and the site is on the left, behind the RV Sales lot. Park on the grass. Safety Cones are a real good idea to outline your circle.
Chehalis Airport: Get off I-5 at exit 79 (Chamber Way). Go west to intersection of Chamber Way and N.W. Louisiana Ave. Turn left onto N.W. Louisiana Ave. Follow that to first major intersection. Turn right onto N.W. Airport Way. Follow that to Airport Entrance sign. Turn right onto airport entrance road. Follow that approx. 1/4-mile to electronic gate.
Conditions of use are: Control Line model airplanes only. All flyers must have valid AMA licenses. Most CL modelers in the area have the gate code, however, contact Bill Darkow to get the code if you don't have it. Park on grass near the perimeter fence or on concrete taxiway next to grass. Do NOT park on asphalt taxiway in front of hangar S-1. Muffled engines preferred. All appropriate safety requirements listed by the AMA, such as wrist thongs, must be followed. Remember that we are guests of the airport using their property and act accordingly.
Eugene Airport: From Interstate 5, either northbound or nouthbound, take exit #195, Belt Line Road West, toward Santa Clara & Florence. Take exit #6 to Eugene Airport & Junction City. Turn LEFT (north) onto Highway 99. Turn LEFT onto Airport Rd. Turn RIGHT onto Northrop Drive and you're there. As you approach the Terminal, look for the more remote parking lot with the locked gate. This is an overflow parking lot for the Eugene Airport. It is available for CL flying when there are not cars parked there, which is seldom. There are often police cars parked there, but they are not a problem. The combination to the gate can be obtained from a Eugene Prop Spinners member. There are three asphalt circles and four grass circles. E-mail the Eugene Prop Spinners for information. Current membership in the Academy of Model Aeronautics is required to fly at this site.
DeAlton-Bibbee Field: The model flying field is at the Evergreen Aviation Museum, home of the Spruce Goose and many other historic aircraft. There also is a radio control flying field and a picnic area. These are maintained by The Evergreen Aero Modelers club. From the North, take Highway 99W from Portland, but you need to turn left onto Highway 18 a few miles north of the flying site. From Salem take Hwy 22 across the Willamette River, then right (north) on 99W, then a right onto 18 just before McMinnville. NOTE: This site has been replaced by other uses. CL circles may be developed at the museum complex in the near future, but none are available at present. For more information, see The Evergreen Aero Modelers web site.
McIver State Park: The model flying field is located in McIver State Park outside of Estacada. It is run by the Fun Flyers, AMA 1404. The club is primarily RC, but they have a grass control line circle and happily tolerate control line flying. The park management is noise sensitive, so please run only muffled engines. A day-use pass is required by the park. To find the field, drive down the entrance road to the first stop sign and take a left (to the "North Day Use Area"). You'll go down a moderately steep hill. When the hill levels out a bit watch out on the right for a pull-out with a gate and a gravel road leading into the trees -- take that road to the end, and you'll find the field. Contact Tim Wescott for details, and an idea of whether there will be flying on any particular day.
East Delta Park: From I-5 just south of the Columbia River, take the East Delta Park exit, #306b. Follow signs to East Delta Park, about 1/4 mile after exit. This will deposit you right at the control-line flying area. There is one asphalt circle and room for two or three grass circles.
Bill Riegel Model Airpark: This field has one asphalt circle, one grass circle, and a storage building. It is right at the Salem Airport terminal. From Interstate 5, take exit #253, Hwy.22 / Mission St. SE / Airport and head West. Do NOT turn on Airport Road. Turn left on 25th St.(West side of airport) and left again on Madrona, into the airport. You will see the flying area before you get to the turn at Madrona.
Carkeek Park, Seattle: From Interstate 5, take Northgate Way exit and head West. Follow 105th West to Greenwood Ave. and turn North. Turn West on 110th and follow the signs to Carkeek Park. After entering the park, keep to your right at the Y it is now a one-way road, follow it past a large grass field with lots of concrete animals and fish. When you start down the hill take your first road to your right and go about two blocks and it dead ends right at the field. Concrete Navy Carrier Deck, one circle but two center markers. No mufflers are required at present. There is a "sandwich" sign against the fence behind the park building, that you should put at the entrance to the flying circle. It says "Caution: Model Airfield In Use," Please put it back when you leave.
Riverwalk site, Kent: It is easily accessible from Highway 167, Willis Street Exit. Head West, take left onto West Valley Hwy./Washington Street, and left again. From I-5, take Kent-Des Moines exit, head East to West Valley/Washington St., turn right, then immediate left. Click here for map to Riverwalk site.
Clover Park Technical College, Lakewood: The Clover Park Technical College is in Lakewood, South of Tacoma. Take 512 exit off I-5, and turn North on South Tacoma Way. Turn West on Steilacoom Blvd. and left into Clover Park TC, directly opposite the cemetary entrance. Do not take the more Northern exit off I-5 with sign for Clover Park TC. The junction of the Runway and Taxiway at the West is now closed, but the three parking lots to the West of the Fire station are still available. Block the entrances to the lot with your vehicles and safety cones. If vehicles are present, look for another lot that has none. Available on weekends only.
Thun Field, Puyallup: From Interstate 5, either northbound or southbound, turn Eastward toward Puyallup on Hwy. 512 on the South side of Tacoma. Turn South onto Hwy. 161/Meridian Ave. E. toward "South Hill Mall", Graham and Eatonville. You will turn left into the airport. There is no light there. The next light is at 176th (Rt.) and Sunrise Blvd. East. If you get to Graham, you went about 4 miles too far. This field is for contests only, not used for general flying.
TRAC stadium complex: This field at a baseball stadium serves the Richland-Pasco-Kennewick area. More information to come.
Upper Coquitlam River Park, Coquitlam, B.C.: This two-circle CL flying site at 1795 Pipeline Road, which shares a park area with a radio-control runway, is about 40 minutes from the U.S. border's Sumas crossing. Directions to the site starting from Lougheed Highway in Coquitlam: Turn north on Pine Tree Way, then right on David, then left on Pipe Line Drive. Go about two miles, just after the second gravel pit, to the flying site on the right.
Rice Mill Road site, Richmond, B.C.: If you are coming from the U.S., stay on #99, the Canadian extension of I-5, and go about 14 miles north of the border to the Massey Tunnel. Get in the right lane just before the tunnel. The tunnel goes under the river. You take the first exit after the tunnel to Steveston Hwy. Go left (west) on Steveston, over the freeway then take the first left onto No. 5 Road. The 3rd left is Rice Mill Road. About 400 yards down on the left is the flying site. Park beside the road with the other cars. This is due west of the (99) on the freeway on the map and about dead center in the map. At the U.S. border, usually "Truck Customs" is where the lineup is shorter. Watch for the sign as you approach Blaine. Once you are through Customs, go about a mile north on 172nd St (aka Pacific Hwy) and turn left at the first stop light, 8th Ave. This takes you back to the #99 freeway.
This page was upated Oct. 12, 2011