Airfield

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Airfield LocationAirfield map directions

The North Coast RC modelers (NCRCM) airfield is located exactly 7.4 road miles south of the city limits of Tillamook Oregon.  It is along the west side of Highway 101 on a farm at street address 13990 Highway 101.  Look for the signs telling you which farm driveway to use.  Follow the driveway around behind the barn.   GPS coordinates are 45.35495,  -123.811842. The farm belongs to Norm Bennett who very generously allows the club to maintain a runway, parking area and to fly over his hay field.  Don’t forget to thank him when you get the chance.    -map-

Airfield Description

The airfield is a great place for RC flying. It is nestled in a little valley which experiences much calmer winds than is typical for most coastal areas.  It has a very wide grass runway that is about 300 long, adequate for landing anything except maybe large ducted jets.  There is a small 9′ x 50′ runway surface area made of rubber matting which will allow take-off with planes that have trouble rolling on grass. The airfield has huge unobstructed overflight areas west, north and south of the pilot station.  The easiest landing approach direction is from the left, which also conveniently happens to predominantly have a headwind.  The right hand side landing approach is also fairly easy, for whenever the wind comes from the south.  Visibility is usually excellent in the mornings and summer due to a favorable angle of the sun.  Bright sun during the winter and late afternoon will hinder visibility over a portion of the flight area.  The field has easy access from Highway 101. Parking is adequate for about a dozen vehicles (more parking is made available during special events).  There is a portable toilet, setup tables, start-up benches, picnic table and chairs available for use.  Sometimes a covered canopy is available during the summer .  The airfield does not have electricity, running water, or overnight space.  There are plenty of nice campgrounds located close by.

Are visitors allowed at the airfield?

Visitors, spectators and AMA guest fliers are welcome to come to come to the airfield every Saturday and Sunday morning and are welcome visit or fly with us (with AMA) if there is a club members present at the airfield.  If you would like to visit or fly as a guest at any other time then please contact us ahead of time.

Who can fly at the North Coast RC Modelers airfield?

The airfield is available for use by members and visiting guest pilots.   Visiting pilots can fly as a guest a couple times each year without having to join our club. Aall pilots must have a current membership in the AMA.  If you are just starting out in the hobby and you do not yet have an AMA membership then let us know, we can probably still help you fly by having one of our AMA members accompany as an instructor pilot.

When can the airfield be used?Airfield driveway entrance sign

Members can fly at the airfield any day of the week but used only during daylight hours.  Visitors should come to the airfield on Saturday and Sunday mornings between about 9:00 AM to about noon, unless other arrangements have been made with a club member.   Farm operations always have priority over RC activity. If farm machinery is blocking the runway, driveway, or is operating near the runway then please wait until it has moved and everything is safe and convenient for farming operations before you continue.

When can I find other flyers at the field?

The best time to find other members at the field is on a Saturday or Sunday morning 9:00 am to noon, especially if the weather is nice.

Are there any model or equipment restrictions?

Aircraft and radios should meet AMA’s general recommendations and requirements for safety.  There are a few neighbors living near-by, so engines should be muffled to the standard manufacturer type noise levels. Grass may interfere with takeoffs or landings of planes with tiny wheels.  The grass is generally mowed once per week but rain sometimes prevents that.  The field is not a very good location for flying free-flight or control-line models.

Airfield Safety and Rules:

  • Read and follow AMA safety rules.
  • Don’t fly over the pit area, buildings, vehicles, people, or the highway.
  • Don’t taxi within or directly towards the pit area.
  • Use a frequency pin for 72 mhz radios (long antennas)2.4 ghz radios are exempt.
  • Clean up wreckage and retrieve lost parts.
  • Do a safety inspection and radio range test of your aircraft, especially on new or newly repaired aircraft.
  • Greet and welcome guests and visitors and watch out for their safety.
  • Supervise children and pets, keep them off the runway.
  • Give farm operations priority.
  • Drive slowly and don’t block driveways or farm equipment.
  • Don’t leave the airfield area and go onto the farm area except to retrieve a downed plane on foot.
  • Don’t drive your vehicle in the hayfield.
  • Don’t operate super loud high pitched engines for more than a few minutes at a time.
  • Fly during daylight hours only, no overnight camping.
  • Keep your AMA membership current.
  • Mark your aircraft with your AMA number (and also the FAA number if required) .

Additional club rules can be found in the constitution and the bylaws

Map to Airfield


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NCRCM airfield layout in 2012