The Newnan Times-Herald

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Model airplane club seeking new field


  • By Sarah Fay Campbell
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  • Jul. 14, 2017 - 6:08 AM

The Coweta Radio Control Club needs a new home. 

The model airplane club, which is open to all ages and flies electric and gasoline-powered model aircraft, has flown for over 15 years at the Powers’ Crossroads property on Hwy. 34 West. 

But that land has recently sold, and the new owner told club members that they could no longer use the property. Club members are looking for a new piece of property to lease to hold their practices each weekend and occasional events. 

Club President Gene Lavine said that the club initially got the indication that the new owner would allow the club to keep using the property, but things changed. 

“It is what it is, so now we are looking,” he said. 

The club would love to have a site in the 30 to 40 acre range, but it doesn’t have to be that big, Lavine said. The club needs only about two acres for parking and setting up work benches and portable carport sheds, as well as access to utilities. But several more acres are needed for the actual flying. 

“We don’t want to create a situation where we are bothersome to neighbors,” he said. The gasoline planes do make noise and, “We don’t want to be flying over somebody’s house,” he said. 

The club has the ability to do grading and maintenance on the property, and to connect the utilities. Grading for a grass runway will be needed. 

“We can fly off a 10-acre open area. If the rest is forested it’s fine, but the more open, the better,” he said. The runway needs to be between 300 and 400 feet, with an approach of approximately 500 feet on each end. 

Under the terms of the lease with Coweta Festivals at Powers’ Crossroads, club members cut the grass and did maintenance on the entire 54-acre site. 

“We are very good at policing our people and making sure the field is kept up and kept clean,” Lavine said. 

The club is chartered through the Academy of Model Aeronautics and as such carries liability insurance that covers all members and protects the property owners from any liability. 

“If anything goes wrong, the AMA insurance will kick in,” said Club Treasurer Jason Fayling.

Lavine said the club is also in talks with Coweta County to use the former landfill site to hold practices and events, but private property is preferred. 

Club members typically are out each weekend to fly their planes. Sometimes, members will come out during the week, so daily access is ideal, Lavine said. 

“We’re pretty flexible. We can work within some guidelines,” Lavine said. “We can police the property. If it is property where maybe someone has a hobby farm or might hay it or it’s just open pasture and they don’t want to maintain it, we can work out the same sort of deal where we can have it maintained.”

Since the club lost access to its field in June, “We are relying on the kindness of others,” Fayling said. Club members are traveling to fields used by other clubs. “They are allowing us to use their facilities without having to pay dues,” he said. Club members are also flying at local parks and sports fields. 

For more information about the club, visit www.cowetaradiocontrol.com 

If you’re interested in leasing space to the club, contact Lavine at 770-318-7069 or email cowetarc@yahoo.com