Work is under way in development of two new circles for control-line flying at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Ore. All photos by Jerry Eichten.

New circles coming to McMinnville

A replacement is being built for one of Oregon's finest CL facilities

In 2009, Oregon lost the magnificent "boutique" CL flying field, which was just outside the Evergreen Aviation Museum neare McMinnville, as the museum's owners made room for a recreational water park. But ever since that black day for Oregon CL fliers, there has been the potential of a replacement.

Jerry Eichten of The Evergreen Aero Modelers reports that work finally has begun on the new circles in a different location on the museum property.

Jerry reports:

The Evergreen Aero Modelers have an agreement for a new CL and radio control site that covers nearly 9 acres north of the space museum -- two 160-foot circles and a 600-foot x 60-foot runway, plus big pits and huge parking.

The circles, runway and pit areas were surveyed, staked out and had herbicide applied in late March 2013.  Then club members brought tractors to till the ground, smooth it, and plant 300 lbs of grass seed. (Nice to have club members in the vineyard business.)  We are hopeful asphalt will come later, but it is a grass site for now -- once it starts growing.

All of us are grateful for TEAM President Dave Bibbee's patience and persistence in getting this site approved by Evergreen.

Watch Flying Lines for updates on development of the TEAM flying site.

Dave Bibbee loads the seeder as Randy Coleman supervises.

Looking north across the RC pits, taxiways, and runway.

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This page was upated April 2, 2013