Fly Up to 900′ Dawn to Dusk Daily; 2000′ with Notification
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Our club recognizes and complies with the F.A.A. Reauthorization Act of 2018, Section 349.  For more information click here.

Major Upgrades Made to the Airfield!

Any of you who have visited the airfield after a significant rain storm are aware that there was frequently mud flow out onto the runway that then left behind silt that was difficult to clean up without having our street sweeper vendor come out, at significant expense.  Most of that mud would come from the dirt areas under the fence line at the edge of the runway, which was essentially level with the runway.  After much consideration by the Board, we decided to undertake a project to create swales to catch runoff and allow it to percolate into the soil rather than run out onto the runway.  The excavation to create these swales required removing the exiting fence posts.  Rather than attempting to re-implant the same posts and plastic fencing that required yearly replacement, it was decided to also take this opportunity to upgrade the fences to much more permanent chain link.  Due to generous donations from Bob Kelly who covered the cost of the creation of the swales, and Alan Williamson who donated the fencing materials, as well  as a great crew of volunteers to provide much of the labor installing the fences, all of these upgrades were performed at no net cost to the Club!!  And all work was completed in time for our Desert Warbirds and Jet Jam events!

Many thanks to David Ginsberg, Reg Modlin, Bob Nelson, and new members Mike Franz and Gary Smith, among others, who helped put up the fencing rails and fabric!

Hector and crew install new fence posts
Top rails and hardware prepared ...
Ready for chain link fabric (with recent rain percolating!)
The finished swale and fence


CVRC Club Becomes One of the First FAA-Recognized Identification Areas in the Country!!

The FAA published its final rule on remote identification of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)—a revision to Part 89 in Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations—in April 2021.  The FAA’s remote ID rule mandates that by September 16, 2023, (enforcement now postponed to March 16, 2024) all UAS flown outside of a FAA-Recognized Identification Area (FRIA) must be capable of publicly broadcasting certain information, such as a unique ID number and real-time location data.  Remote ID is essentially a digital license plate for unmanned aircraft systems. Typically, this allows UAS to broadcast their ID number, location, altitude, velocity, flight time, and control station or takeoff location—and sometimes more. That data is available to private and public stakeholders like local law enforcement, which can then notify the FAA of unsafe flight or request an aircraft be grounded. 

Reg Modlin, our Club secretary and designated liaison to the AMA,  diligently pursued our Club’s site’s designation as a FRIA as soon as the AMA and FAA defined the application process.  Through his work with the AMA , the CVRC Club’s flying site is now one of the first FRIAs designated in the country!  Note the new AMA FRIA emblem on our website homepage above.

With our FRIA designation, our pilots will be free to continue to fly their aircraft at our club field without remote ID capability.  Provided the pilot AND the aircraft remain within the FRIA, no new requirements apply.

When combined with our 900′ daily altitude limit (2,000′ with notice) previously secured from FAA, our new FRIA designation cements CVRC Club’s status as the premier flying site in Southern California!

Check Out the New Propwash Newsletter!

Bob Husar has stepped up to take over as editor of the Propwash Newsletter and is doing an awesome job!  Click the link below to view his latest great work, Volume 1 No. 2 of Bob’s run as editor.  We thank George Krueger for the many great issues of Propwash that he produced, which are available for your enjoyment under the “Articles and Media” tab. 


900' Dawn to Dusk; 2000' with Notification

After years of hard work and negotiations with the FAA culminating in a 4-day-long “Safety Risk Mitigation (SRM)” meeting, we finally have an official Letter of Agreement with the FAA and the Southern California Terminal Radar Approach Control (SoCal TRACON) granting our airfield a 900’ altitude limit dawn to dusk every day, with a 2,000 ft radius from the center of our flightline.  We can also obtain a 2000’ altitude limit with advanced notice to the FAA and SoCal TRACON. Our club is one of only a handful of RC airfields in the US to receive such an exception, so it is critical that we follow the FAA requirements.  We routinely notify FAA that we will be operating up to 2,000′ on weekends and for all of our sanctioned events, but if a member wants to request an additional day, you must submit your request to the club secretary at least 48 hours in advance, and must ensure that 1) a spotter will be used at all times; 2) an aircraft radio will be present, turned on, and monitoring 123.00 MHz; and 3) you must know the procedure for contacting the FAA in case of any aircraft “fly aways”.  Additionally, full-size aircraft ALWAYS have right-of-way and must be given wide berth regardless of our altitude limits.

Find Us

89452 54th Ave., Thermal, CA


Eastbound on I-10

Turn off on 86 S expressway. Turn left at 52nd Ave., turn right on Fillmore St., turn left on 54th Ave., go past Pierce St. to field entrance.

Westbound on I-10

Exit I-10 at Dillon Rd. left. Proceed to 86 S expressway South. Turn left at 52nd Ave., turn right on Fillmore St., turn left on 54th Ave., go past Pierce St. to field entrance.

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