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Old 11-22-2005, 12:14 PM   #1
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Our club is currently looking for a new flying field. ( property at our current location is up for sale and trees are getting bigger and grabbing to many planes.)
We have located a site which has possibilities. There is a lot of spirited debate about the actual flying surface area we require keeping in mind the bigger the area the more maintenance required.
This particular site would allow us an actual flying area of approx 220' x 350' with a 100' buffer zone all around. Some of us feel 175' x 300' is adequate. What size is your field : also what size/type of mowing equipment do you use : Keep in mind we are a small club i.e. finances are limited.
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Old 11-22-2005, 12:17 PM   #2
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Old 11-22-2005, 12:19 PM   #3
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A lot will be dictated by the type of models flown at the field and how long the unimpeded approaches are once a flier turns on final.
Our current field is approx 250x400 plus 50 run off at both ends and our approaches are unlimited ........
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We fly 1/3 scale and IMAC 30% without problem,but large twin scale and jet find our field a little short.
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Old 11-22-2005, 03:14 PM   #4
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Re: Flying Field size

Originally Posted by Kevin Maginess
Our club is currently looking for a new flying field. ( property at our curactual flying area of approx 220' x 350' with a 100' buffer zone all around
imho 350' is short for sport flying anything larger than 1/5 scale, and too short for high wing loaded (e.g. warbird) 60 size aircraft. It's definitely more than adequate for light loaded 3D funfly or helicopters.

I think Ajax is about 450'. I can fly my 1/4 scale Tigermoth from there without issues, my obese 60 size spitfire requires most of the runway to land though.... we have one member who flies a turbine from the field, he uses every last inch (diagonally) and makes it most of the time. Type of aircraft flown is important.
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Old 11-22-2005, 04:14 PM   #5
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Our field in Brampton is barely 100 ft by 300 ft with tree filled ravine on one end and the far side, baseball diamonds off the other end, and it's feeling tighter all the time. It is a challenge for giant scale fliers to get up and down, but most manage. Luckily, I fly mostly slow high wing types and they are off in less than half the field.
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Old 11-22-2005, 05:07 PM   #6
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100'x600' but the trees in the area still jump up and grab the odd one.
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Old 11-22-2005, 06:59 PM   #7
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100' x 400' (I think). 47% extra and the odd trainer jet are the biggest that have (successfully) landed.

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Our field is 65 x 500 main (east west) secondary (north west south east ) is 60 x 450 no problems for 100cc birds no turbines fly here. we have a good aproach any direction so you can bring them in low and set them dowm=n where you want .

my 30% yak only uses about 150' to land and less to get off

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Flying File size

For our field, we rent a space about 800 ft square in the middle of a field of about 10 acres. The runways are about 400 ft long, providing lots of space for even large scale airplanes.

The area around our field is used to grow hay, so we have little problem with planes that land offsite.
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100 x 700 10 acres in all...

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