We met the friendliest RC flying enthusiasts when exploring different flying fields near Tucson this spring. While the field adjoining the Pima County Fairgrounds and the field on the southern end of Valencia are decent-sized and well taken care of, their gates are usually locked.
Our new favorite field, with no gate, is in Marana, which is just north of Tuscon. It’s operated by Southern Arizona Gliders and Electrics, or the SAGE Flyers. They don’t allow gas-powered models or drones of any kind. So, we gladly left the quads in their hangars and enjoyed the wonderful hospitality and friendliness of the SAGE flyers and their families.
A spotter is helpful here, due to the nearby small airport and duster activity, but the only near misses we saw were with the RCs.
During a leisurely morning of flying, they shared information about other, similar fields nearby, plus they turned us on to a fantastic event, the Wings of Freedom Tour. It was wonderful to see World War II aircraft in working condition and set up like a living museum, or an encampment.
Enjoy the photos, and to see where they are flying now, visit the Wings of Freedom Website.