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When is National Model Aviation Day recognized?

On August 17, The BLM Cedar City Field Office, along with Iron County and the Cedar City Radio Control Club (CCRCC) observed National Model Aviation Day with the Grand Opening of the NEW Radio Control Flying Field at Three Peaks Recreation Area.

The celebration demonstrated the accessibility of flying model planes as a hobby and encouraged the public to use public lands in diverse and unique ways. The day began with flying demonstrations from professional radio-control pilots.

Elizabeth Burghard, Cedar City Field Office Manager, kicked-off the Grand Opening ceremony welcoming the public to the newly paved flying field. Todd Christensen, the Color Country District Manager also shared remarks highlighting the partnerships that made the field a reality.

Club members also shared their experience.

“The dream that launched the eventual creation of this flying field began more than 10 years ago. The Cedar City Radio Control Club was just forming and sought out BLM with a proposal to construct a flying field on public land.”—Bert Mitchell,  member and former CCRCC President 

“The Three Peaks Recreation Area is the perfect destination for the flying field because we know that BLM will manage this area for recreation and that won’t suddenly change without public input. Additionally, the open space makes it easier and more pleasant to fly planes.”—Mike Berg, CCRCC President

At the conclusion of the Grand Opening Ceremony, over two hundred attendees watched as a model plane sliced a red ribbon, strewn over the flying field, symbolically opening the field for fly-ins. 

Two young boys admiring a radio-controlled plane at the grand opening of the Three Peaks Recreation Area Model Port Grand Opening.

Radio-controlled plane flying at Three Peaks Recreation Area
Radio-controlled pilot and model plane at Three Peaks Recreation Area Model Port grand opening

Three Peaks Radio-Controlled Runway