Airpark Relocation Information

May 24 Concept for New AAM Flying Field

May 24 Concept for New AAM Flying Field (layout is a work-in-progress based on member feedback)

West Field Concept

West Field Concept

East Field Concept

East Field Concept

The mission of the New Field Design Committee is to design and construct a new air and hobby park that:

  • Is safe
  • Includes the vision of the club membership as much as possible
  • Fits the 2-criterea provided by the City of Arvada:
    • The new facility will be no more than what we have currently, unless the club pays for additional improvements
    • The new facility fits within the site provided by the city in the Arvada Blunn / Pioneer Master Plan
  • Is low maintenance
  • Is environmentally friendly
  • Can accommodate events like Colorado Pattern Contest, Warbirds Over the Rockies, Big Bird Fly-In, AAM airshows
  • Can accommodate a variety of hobbies like rc airplane flying (small foamies, medium electric and glow planes, large gas planes, and turbine jets), pylon racing, helicopters, multi-rotor, control-line, rc cars, drone races, and more
  • Is neighbor- and City of Arvada-friendly

The New Field Committee consists of Ted Hughes, Lee Jay Fingersh, Bob Lenhardt, and Ian Isaacs.  Click here to email the Committee directly.

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Bob McCoy

1. Is there any planning or potential for including a shallow lake for RC use for float flying, RC boats, etc?
2. Do you need any qualified help designing and implementing a reasonably valid survey for members, neighbors, or any other interested parties? If yes, I can volunteer myself.

I am a current AAM member
Yes
Ted Hughes

1 The Pioneer-Blunn master plan includes a lake sometime in the future adjacent to our site to the north. The club will work with the City of Arvada to be allowed to access the lake for float flying and rc boating when the future lake is developed. Your idea of a dedicated body of water on the club site will be evaluated.
2 There will be a survey. Please contact me, one of the new field committee members, or a board member directly.

Bob Westcott

I use a powered wheelchair and have found that it is difficult and uncomfortable to drive my chair on the loose rock in the parking area and in the area between the assembly tables and the concrete leading to the runway. Wheelchairs such as mine with 10 -14 inch wheels have difficulty with loose surface material such as crushed rock, wood chips and loose dirt as the wheels dig in and the chair becomes high centered preventing movement. The rock at the present site is also extremely bumpy and jolting to drive on. The parking lot is not a big… Read more »

I am a current AAM member
Yes
Rod Sage

I agree; that’s a concern that should be addressed. We should think about providing handicapped parking up close and look into a smoother surface.

Ted Hughes

We will take in to consideration accessibility as we design the new airfield.

Daniel Underkofler

Thanks for all your past, present, and future work on this project!
My priority in a flying sight is to keep the sun out of our faces. You’ve done that better with the new proposed layout than our current field is (which is not bad at all). I hope you are able to retain nearly an E-W runway orientation as you consider airspace conflict between the two new runways.

I am a current AAM member
Yes
Joe Wagner

1) I support the idea of two air fields as we have today. Not only is the current East field often occupied by larger and much faster planes, it can get very busy due to its popularity. It is very nice for new pilots with smaller, foamy type planes to fly in a calmer and quieter setting. It would be nice if both fields coud be concrete – but its it’s understandable it that could not be the case. 2) Sufficient power to both fields would be a definate plus. This could not only reduce long term charging station expenses… Read more »

I am a current AAM member
Yes
Mike Monagle

I agree with Joe Wagner. It would be great if the smaller field could also be paved.

Rod Sage

I doubt if we will get concrete on the short runway, but asphalt may be possible.

Bob Westcott

Doesn’t asphalt need to be resealed periodically? If we look at the cost of each reseal how long until we will spend what it would have cost to pave with concrete? I am not criticizing the response and do not know the answer but I am just asking the question.

Ted Hughes

Thank you for the suggestions. We’ll add them to our list of suggestions for further evaluation and consideration.

Joe Pirozzoli

I support trying to incorporate 2 fields/runway. However, long term sustainability is a major design consideration. IOW… who will be our members 10, 15, 20 years from now. In my opinion, the only thing we know for sure, is that large fixed-wing aircraft will still need a long, wide runway with plenty of over-fly area, and that over-fly area is growing with larger, faster planes. The ovals on the current design are for relatively small or average sized aircraft. We know that jets, pattern planes and other larger scale models fly a somewhat larger pattern. The current design concept push… Read more »

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Yes
Ted Hughes

The new field committee needs to bring closure to the decision regarding one or two runways. There will be a survey of the mebership00 and this will be a topic for the survey so we can get feedback from the membership prior to finalizing a decision, but two runways is feasible and can be done safely. · A study of the club’s membership demographics and trends for the next 10 or 15 years would be helpful. Joe’s comment regarding the future need for a location to fly larger fixed wing airplanes off a runway and not in parks makes sense.… Read more »

Is it possible to have the north apron of the west field be a grass runway? Maybe not all 750 feet of it – perhaps 500 feet. I could see this benefiting anybody with a tail skid (WWI), those that might prefer grass over concrete (typically larger aircraft), and those of us that want our landings to look better since there’d be no centerline. Also, there’s such a desire to fly off a local pond and, per the discussion at the May meeting, we don’t know if/when we’d be able to use the local pond included in the master plan.… Read more »

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Yes
Rod Sage

Hopefully at some time the city can provide us with water, electricity, even sewer. I would think that the bike park would have somewhat modern restroom facilities. If we have water we could grow whatever we want.

Ted Hughes

Thank you for the suggestions. We’ll add them to our list of suggestions for further evaluation and consideration.

Anonymous

Has there been any consideration to Heli Pads? I see nothing on the plan for this..

I am a current AAM member
Yes
Lee Jay Fingersh

What you’re seeing above as of this date is just a general design. Detailed design is in progress and even the general design could still change somewhat.

Sid Gates

I hope the field video camera will be at the field with the paved runway at the new location. I assume the pilot barriers will be at least 25ft back from the near edge of the runway.

I am a current AAM member
Yes
Anonymous

Ran the rc car track it was great! I’m not an rc plane flyer but it was nice to know low power Estes rockets allowed. Definitely plan to become a member. I would invest into making a rc crawler course!!!

I am a current AAM member
No
Greg Flowers

I like the idea of 2 runways like we currently have. Some of us that fly the smaller or slow flying planes get intimidated by the larger and faster planes and like the smaller strip to fly in a more relaxed setting. We all have different styles of flying, I think having just 1 long runway, it will get crowded and possibly could drive away members that want to fly in a more relaxed setting.

I see the above comments about float flying/boats, anyway we can use Blunn Reservoir next to us for that?

Ted Hughes

Welcome to the club. Regarding the crawler course and rc track, you signed your comment anonymously so we can’t contact you about specific design. Please contact one of the new field committee members (you can do this on the new field website) or club board members directly to discuss specifics about what a car track and crawler tack should look like.

Rod Sage

I’m just guessing, but isn’t a crawler track basically a pile of rocks and dirt? I think that would be easy to accomplish. As far as rockets, we only allow them at the west field only when no other activities are taking place, and only with extreme care and non-dry conditions. Our by-laws about rockets are very minimal, and your comment made me think we may need to update.

Brian Montalvo

You are correct that a crawler course would mainly consist of a pile of rocks/dirt. There are lots of things that you can do with a pile of rocks though ie. bridges, tunnels, that sort of thing. I am a current member that joined primarily for the RC track and I’m glad to see that the plan is to continue to have one. I would love to be involved with the new RC track!

Joe Pirozzoli

I do not have a sense of the scale of things, but here are my thoughts: 1) I’d like as much separation of the pattern boxes as possible. Thus, I’d like to see the pattern boxes occupy either the center or far ends of the proposed pilot boxes. Two reasons… first and foremost, greater separation lessens the chance of a mid-air. Second, greater separation also provides greater separation of center maneuvers which provides less distraction to the other box. 2) I cannot tell how much room is behind the pilot boxes to the next line of fencing, but we need… Read more »

I am a current AAM member
Yes
Ted Hughes

From the new airpark committee: Currently, the pattern stations are the same distance apart as the current ones which is what Dan suggested. Regardless, they’re just paint so moving them around in the pilot stations isn’t a big deal. By the way, there are now gaps in the front pilot station fencing to allow people to move back and forth to the runway without going around the sides of the pilot stations. There’s 20 feet behind the pilot boxes to the next line of fencing. The reason there are two lines of fencing is that one is for normal field… Read more »

Rod Sage

Am I correct that you have basically two pilot stations which will have up to 3 pilots in each? It seems that they may be closer together than what we have now, and to me would cause interference/crowding. Also, if the current fences are at 4 feet I would like them to remain at that height. I sometimes like to rest my hands on the fence, and I’ve seen others do the same. Also a 3 foot fence will only provide protection from a plane on the ground. I like the idea of being able to duck down if a… Read more »

Ted Hughes

From the new airpark committee: The May 24 concept has 2 pilot stations without fences separating the pilots from each other. The goal is to get pilots closer together within a pilot station to enable better communication between pilots. The pilot stations are wide enough to hold six pilots and six spotters easily. The proposed fences in front of the pilots are 3 ft, composite non-conductive, radar friendly, fences. The lower fences are to allow children and adults who must fly from a seated position to see their planes on takeoff and landing. An option would be to have both… Read more »

Ian Isaacs

Please ask the City if they will authorize addtitional spending to add a paved handicap use pathway from the parking area to the pit/taxiway area of each field. The Club will then mark at least two parking places at each field for the SOLE use of our members whom require this form of access.

I am a current AAM member
Yes
Steven O'Connor

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Greg Flowers

Yes, Ian, I agree! To be more specific, ADA accessible paved ramps for the folks that require them.

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Ted Hughes

From the new airpark committee. Ian Isaacs is a member: As noted in a previous comment, accessibility will be considered in the design of the new airpark. We are looking at surfaces that would be more wheel chair friendly, handicap friendly, and more maintenance free for the pit area, parking, road, and runway aprons. For example, recycled asphalt, which would be a hard surface. The club is already authorized for additional spending for upgrades but if the upgrades involve additional cost the club will have to pay for them. The club should designate whatever number of handicap parking spaces that… Read more »

Steven O'Connor

I am newer club member but I have been using solar to charge my batteries for the last 3 years. Curious if there has been any consideration of setting up 24 volt charging stations in addition to the 12 volt ones? I noticed several folks flying 6s planes so I think this would be beneficial. I think a large majority of today’s chargers operate on 24 volts. I would like to help in anyway I can, solar charging my RC has become a second hobby for me.

I am a current AAM member
Yes
Mark Whitehorn

I’m pretty sure the east field charging station could be reconfigured to supply 24V, but at the time we designed it, 12V chargers were the most common, and providing both 12 and 24 volt outputs would have complicated things.
Your ideas for providing dual voltage outputs would be appreciated. It would also be nice to add logging of the current and total amp-hours on the output side; the solar charge controller only logs the solar input to the batteries.

Ted Hughes

From the new airpark committee:
Upgrades to the charging stations are not a new airpark issue and can be done at any time. Submit a proposal to the board for consideration and approval showing what you propose, how the work would be accomplished, who would do the work, and what the cost would be.

Ted Hughes

From the new airpark committee:
Welcome to the club. We haven’t considered upgrading the charging station to 24V but stations will be relocated. The upgrade doesn’t have to wait for the new airpark. Submit a proposal to the board for consideration and approval showing what you propose, how the work would be accomplished, who would do the work, and what the cost would be. We are looking into possible 110v power to the new airpark as an upgrade.

Mark Whitehorn

The availability of AC power would perhaps completely eliminate the need for solar charging stations though… and create a demand for DC power supplies instead.

Marty

I’m a new member and very casual user, so I may have missed some of the history here, but why is this being proposed? I looked at the earliest committee meeting PDF but didn’t see any reasons for moving or problems with the current fields. My apologies if I missed this above. Thanks!

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Yes
Lee Jay Fingersh

The Jefferson Parkway is going to be built right through the middle of our current site, thus we have to move.

Ted Hughes

From the new airpark committee: Welcome to the club. We have known about this for several years. A new highway, called Jefferson Parkway, will run from Hwy 93 on the south, through our current airfield at the CL circle, to Hwy 128 on the north. That’s bad news for the club. The good news is that the city of Arvada and the Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority are working with the club to provide a new site and to pay to construct new facilities like what we have now. Any upgrades from what we have now will have to paid… Read more »

Sid Gates

I hadn’t been at the field during a rain storm before but was today. There was approx 1/2″ or less of rain and the pit area, start up area and approx. 100ft at the east end of the runway were under water. I hope grading at the new site will take care of this type of problem.

Regarding fence around the pilot boxes. i am in favor or 3-3.5ft fence in front of the pilot and that high or higher to the side of the box.

I am a current AAM member
Yes
Anonymous2

The cement runway was installed with a highway paving machine that was capable of producing a perfectly flat surface with great precision. Thus the runway is so level and flat that water doesn’t run off of it as it would if the runway surface was crowned. So when rain is in the forecast Sid…bring your float plane out with you. 😉

Ted Hughes

From the new airpark committee:
There will be emphasis and attention on grading of the new site for good drainage and low maintenance particularly at the runways, CL circle, pit areas, parking areas, and the road.

Jeff Gibbons

I strongly support a layout that includes 2 runways similar to what we have now. A smaller runway is ideal for flying smaller aircraft “low and slow and close” versus the concrete runway for the larger, combustion powered models. I favor the arrangement showing the short runway to the east because this provides a flyover buffer for the pilots at the long runway who might drift out a little too far on occasion. I am also in favor of pilots stations that are fenced and set back from the runway by 20-30 feet. I am a big fan of the… Read more »

I am a current AAM member
Yes
Ben Smith

I want to say that I FULLY support building out two runways. We have too much traffic for a single airfield. With the increase in jets and large pattern airplanes at the current East field it is just not practical for the folks who want to fly smaller electrics (quiet) airplanes to mix with all that traffic. I fly at the current West field because I want a casual and relaxed flying experience. I don’t want to mix with all the larger airplanes and jets. With only a single airfield I believe that the airspace will be far too crowded… Read more »

Ben Smith

I want to say that I FULLY support building out two runways. We have too much traffic for a single airfield. With the increase in jets and large pattern airplanes at the current East field it is just not practical for the folks who want to fly smaller electrics (quiet) airplanes to mix with all that traffic. I fly at the current West field because I want a casual and relaxed flying experience. I don’t want to mix with all the larger airplanes and jets. With only a single airfield I believe that the airspace will be far too crowded… Read more »

I am a current AAM member
Yes
Rod Sage

It seems we have plenty of room at the new site for two runways, and I agree that trying to fly with the bigger (‘spensive) planes can be intimidating even for experienced flyer’s.

Anonymous

A water tap would be very nice

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Yes
Mike Leighton

I would like to see a hard surface (asphalt or concrete) for the control line circle. The Geotex we have now seems to require quite a bit of maintenance to the point where now the Geotex needs to be replaced. It would be interesting to get a projected added cost on this and see what the projected assessment would be.

Mike

I am a current AAM member
Yes
Ted Hughes

From the new airpark committee: We are looking at surface materials as an alternative to geotex for the CL circle, quiet runway, and aprons at the concrete runway. The committee will present alternatives with pros, cons, and costs. The goal is to reduce maintenance and cost for the club and to have a better surface.

Dennis Wruk

The NEED FOR A CROSSWIND RUNWAY. My suggestion comes from my many years of full scale airplane flying from the nearby Rocky Mountain Metropolitan airport and years of R/C flight training at AAM’s flying site on Thursday evenings. Students and many R/C pilots are too often seen crashing their planes while attempting to take off or land in the high crosswinds that all too frequent come up and blow at a 90 degree angle to the one paved runway. Ask any instructor and they will tell you how frequently training was curtailed due to strong crosswinds that blow on Thursday… Read more »

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Yes
Ted Hughes

From the new airpark committee. Everyone would like to have an alternative crosswind runway and this is possibly the most often voiced wish. Therefore, it has received a lot of consideration and study. Unfortunately, the site won’t accommodate it. Most important is safety. Part of the new airpark committee’s and the club’s mission is safety. You also correctly state that pilot safety could be improved with a crosswind runway. However, taking off and landing north/south at this site would require intentionally flying over people on the busy Ralston Creek Trail creating a serious safety issue and violation of the AMA… Read more »

Greg Flowers

I have an idea, I think we should add to the 2nd smaller runway for the electric planes. Put a piece of AstroTurf 50-75’ long right next to the runway! It would not cost much and it would give the planes that don’t have landing gear (sailplanes, Super Fly’s, etc, anything that doesn’t have wheels for gear) a safe place to land and minimize damage from landing on a hard surface.

Ted Hughes

From the new airpark committee: We are looking at alternative runway apron options like turf, geotex, and a new product that is on the electric runway at the Tipple Tree Aerodrome.

Jon LaBass

Would an L shape be feasible instead of a T?

Ted Hughes

From the new airpark committee. There is room to construct a north south runway spur, either a T or an L shape. However, we also need to consider the terrain that our planes fly over. Landing approaches from the south, into a north wind, would fly over a busy pedestrian / bike trail which is not acceptable for safety reasons so there actually isn’t room. However, since there is a lot of interest in having a north – south runway we are taking another look at this at the east “quiet field” but at the west field there isn’t enough… Read more »

Ben Smith

What are the measurements of the two new fields? What material will they be made out of?

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Yes
Ted Hughes

From the new airpark committee. The 2 runways will be the same dimensions as the current runways. 385ft x 32ft for the east runway and 740ft x 49ft for the west runway. The west runway will be concrete and we are looking at different options for the east runway, like geotex, artificial turf, a carpet material, and a much heavier duty geotex than we have now.

Andrew Ekberg

Would be nice to have a wider replacement for the current west field. Even the same type of material, but wider, would be great if an asphalt surface is too expensive.
Thanks!

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Yes
Ted Hughes

From the new airpark committee: This is the first request for a wider runway. The width of the material that is used has a lot to do with determining the width. We’ll take a look at widening the quiet runway which will be the east runway. If it requires more material than we currently are using at the west field, the club would have to pay for the additional material.