RC flying club’s future up in air as it looks for new home

Sooke organization forced off land it used for two years problem free.

The Pacwest R/C Flyers Society is looking for a new home after it was forced to move its landing field from a property in the Brooks Road area.

The remote control club had been flying model aircraft, such as planes, helicopters and quadcopters for around two years, solely within the confines of the property.

Which was the entire point of having a secluded and safe space to fly in, both for the safety of the public as well as the members and their model aircraft, said club president Steve Weber.

“You hear about idiots flying near flight paths, or populated areas, then you have people trying to connect them to clubs like ours, but that’s simply not the case here,” he said.

From the fence surrounding the landing field to the runway, Weber said everything was built by the members at their own expense, including mowing the lawn and keeping things tidy.

“We’re just a club of seven guys and we’re not doing harm to anything or anyone,” he said, adding the club operates as a social gathering for those equally passionate for flying model aircraft, and not as a commercial enterprise.

The club is certified by the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada which means that in order to function as an official model air club, it needs to play by the rules, which includes signage to inform the public of the club’s presence, as well as maintaining a clean and safe environment to play in.

It wasn’t until a couple of months ago, when Weber erected some signs by the property, that the club was told to leave without explanation.

At this point, the future of the club is uncertain, however Weber hopes that they will find another piece of land to safely fly in and once again take to the skies.

news@sookenewsmirror.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Showers, risk of thunderstorms for Tuesday

Plus a look ahead at your week

UVic student killed in bus crash remembered as passionate, kind

Emma Machado, 18, killed in bus crash near Bamfield on Friday

Sooke Road crash shuts down Monday afternoon traffic

Minivan apparently crossed the center line and crashed into a very large truck

Recent polls show the Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke riding a ‘toss-up’

Recent polls show the Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke riding a ‘toss-up’ If any proof were… Continue reading

MLA Andrew Weaver thins workload after illness, full recovery expected

BC Green Party leader felt symptoms at a public event in Langley, and was taken to hospital

VIDEO: Flames pick up 4-3 exhibition win over Canucks in Victoria

Vancouver split squad manages 3-2 OT triumph in Calgary

Canucks sign Brock Boeser to three-year, US$17.6-million deal

Young sniper will be in Vancouver Tuesday

B.C. forest industry looks to a high-technology future

Restructuring similar to Europe 15 years ago, executive says

RCMP conclude investigation into 2017 Elephant Hill wildfire

Files have been turned over to BC Prosecution Service

B.C. wants to be part of global resolution in opioid company bankruptcy claim

Government says settlement must include Canadian claims for devastation created by overdose crisis

Two Nanaimo residents share $5-million Lotto 6/49 prize

Jesse Logan and Teresa Winters Day matched all six numbers in Aug. 21 Lotto 6/49 draw

Island campground on the chopping block as ALC deadline looms

Owners fighting to continue facility’s operation, with a huge outpouring of support

B.C. ends ‘birth alerts’ in child welfare cases

‘Social service workers will no longer share information about expectant parents without consent’

Most Read