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Fairview Park Flying, Costa Mesa, Ca.

TheWoodCrafter

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Costa Mesa, Ca.

I stopped by Fairview Park in Costa Mesa the other day.

Didn't seem to be that great of a flying site even though it is maintained by the city parks department.
The field was just loose dirt.
Looks like it is park and walk to the main field pits.

And I didn't see any helicopters. All electric airplanes.

Anybody fly helicopters at that field?

Do you really fly off the loose dirt?

Thanks, TheWoodCrafter

10-17-2011 Over year old.
Solmanbandit

Elite Veteran

Glendale, AZ

I have a heli pad made up for when I know that I am going to a place with loose dirt.

Trex 450 Pro-AR7200BX / Trex 500 ESP - Beastx / Trex 600E - Ikon

10-17-2011 Over year old.
TheWoodCrafter

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Costa Mesa, Ca.

What is it made from and how big is it?

Thanks, TheWoodCrafter

10-17-2011 Over year old.
Solmanbandit

Elite Veteran

Glendale, AZ

I used a particle board sheet. As far as size, I suppose you can do it what ever size you want. About the only thing I did do special was that I bought that rubber paint that goes in your wheel well on a car. It keeps the heli from sliding around. I built this for a 450-500 size heli. It will work on a 600, but will hang off more.

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10-17-2011 Over year old.
Phaedrus

Key Veteran

S. Orange County, California

The electric airplane crowd has certainly come to dominate the place. They pushed out the glider guys and stuck the helis in a small area over near the storage container.

Keep in mind to legally fly there you need to have a permit issued by the City. Easy to get, costs like $20. You do need to be an AMA member or have other insurance coverage.

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10-17-2011 Over year old.
TheWoodCrafter

Key Veteran

Costa Mesa, Ca.

Keep in mind to legally fly there you need to have a permit issued by the City. Easy to get, costs like $20. You do need to be an AMA member or have other insurance coverage.
A permit? How long is it good for?

Can you buy it on the spot (park) or do you need to go to city hall?

Thanks, TheWoodCrafter

10-17-2011 Over year old.
Phaedrus

Key Veteran

S. Orange County, California

Here's the link:

http://www.ci.costa-mesa.ca.us/coun...achment%203.pdf

It needs to be renewed annually. You fill out the form and take it to City Hall. Takes just a few minutes once you are there. AMA or proof of $500,000 in liability coverage required.

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10-17-2011 Over year old.
TheWoodCrafter

Key Veteran

Costa Mesa, Ca.

O.K. it is cheap for a year but already too much trouble to fly off a dirt field.

Too many other better, closer places to fly than here.

Thanks for the info Phaedrus.

Thanks, TheWoodCrafter

10-17-2011 Over year old.
pinoydad

Senior Heliman

auburn

if you ever come this way ..try our field ..Sierra Foothills R/C Fliers ..we are north of sacramento.. .. fun fly this week end ..most planks though ..but helis are ok..

11-02-2011 Over year old.
wml

Heliman

Huntington Beach, CA

I fly at Fairview occasionally. There is a small core group of guys who typically fly Saturday mornings and sometimes Sunday. Nice guys...

The field is pretty restrictive however in terms of size and getting pushed by the glider folks and pedestrians on the footpath that cuts between the plank section and heli area. The local club (Harbor Soaring Society) does actually work with us heli folks and there are now three new picnic tables there for setup, etc. If you join the HSS, you then have access to the electric panel. That is worth the $20 or so.

The field used to look a bit better, but the city began cutting it back for use as overflow parking for local events in the summer, now it is a pretty sparse looking field.

11-02-2011 Over year old.
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