Remote control enthusiasts launch a large model plane at their old strip on southern Airport Way in this file photo.

R/C Club seeks new airstrip in Big Eddy

Revelstoke R/C Club wants to build airstrip near Columbia River after costs push them out of existing strip.

Revelstoke remote control model airplane enthusiasts want to relocate their small air strip to the Big Eddy after running into financial hurdles at their current location on southern Airport Way.

Revelstoke R/C Club president Ken Kushner said the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District is requiring the club to spend about $25,000 for environmental studies and other permits on their existing field adjacent to the Montana Slough. An environmental survey costing about $20,000 was necessary because the airfield is located in an environmentally sensitive area. Kushner said the club just can’t afford it.

They packed up their infrastructure last year and are looking for a new home.

The club has put a request before the City of Revelstoke to use a strip of grassland in the Big Eddy across the Columbia River from Centennial Park.

They hope to build a 150-metre long runway, a pit area about 20 metres in length and a public viewing area. The development would include grading the area and removing some trees.

Kushner said the club would be responsible for development and maintenance costs and carries insurance.

In addition to local hobbyists, the club hosts meets each seasons that attracts model airplane pilots from the region and beyond.

Council is scheduled to consider the request at their Mar. 12 meeting.

 

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