CASA GRANDE — The Casa Grande RC Flyers, an award-winning Academy of Model Aeronautics chartered club and an Arizona nonprofit corporation, is preparing for the coming winter event season.

But the group said summer rains have caused a few problems to the club’s field and infrastructure.

“Weeds have plagued the grounds, especially on the radio control car track and along the club safety fencing,” a press release from the group said. “The 19 tables used by members to ready their airplanes, helicopters and for swap meet events need repair and refinishing. The heavy rain has caused some rutting at the ends of the paved runways and by the entrance to the onsite toilet.”

The fields have been sprayed for weeds and pretreated to help prevent further growth. A local painting contractor has agreed to repaint and repair all of the tables including replacing the tops of two of the most damaged at an affordable cost to the nonprofit.

“The proposed construction of the club’s newest cross-wind runway has been delayed because of the wet grounds but the project will resume with the dryer weather. The club is hoping that the other minor work can be completed by the membership before the flying season begins in November, including the picking up of the trash that blows across the road from the public shooting range. The trash is a constant problem at the airfield,” the press release said.

The club has received carloads of donated items including aircraft, transmitters, helicopters, chargers and parts for individuals in the area who have read about all of the charity work the club does for the community.

“These items will be offered at the club’s monthly swap meets,” the press release said.

The first swap meet of the season is set for Saturday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon at the club field, which is located at 2725 S. Isom Road.

“That event will celebrate National Model Aviation Day and will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sun Corridor. That event, and all the club’s events, are free for the public to attend and enjoy. Most events also offer free model airplane flying lessons and free first-person-view airplane rides,” the press release said.

More information about the club is online at www.CasaGrandeRCFlyers.com.

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