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Arizona Flying Circus 2009


Join Us for an Unforgettable PPG, Ultralight and General Aviation Party!

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Well, it's been a year and we are doing it again! The 7th Anuual Arizona Flying Circus will be happening February 5-7, 2010 at MoTown! All aviation enthusiasts, family, and friends are welcome to attend and participate in this fun-filled, relaxing event. Bring your family, pets, friends, guns (there is a shooting range on site), and of course, anything that flies.

You are welcome to camp out on Friday and/or Saturday nights, no hookups but trailers, RVs, motor coches and tent camping are welcome and there's plenty of space for everyone. Please bring your own food and drinks, dinner will be provided with event registration fee on Saturday evening.

Motown is an incredible haven for flying. You can either fly in or drive in. We have a huge PPG launch area and 2 hard packed silky smooth dirt runways. The EW runway is 2700 long and 65 wide! The NS runway is over 2000' long and 40' wide. Surrounded by pristine desert mountains and incredible wildlife, this 80 acre haven is ideal for Ultralight, LSA, and GA flying. Located just 30 miles to the South East of Phoenix, this site can be difficult to find and drive to. But the rewards of finding and flying here far out weigh the adventure of getting there.

For more info please call Mo Sheldon at 602-692-7995.

 

2009 MoTown Flying Action

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GPS Coordinates:

32 55' 30.00"N # 112 15' 34.00"W

Runway Details:

There are 2 hardpacked dirt runways and a taxiway to park aircraft. Buckets of sand are available as tie-downs. Park your aircraft in the taxiway on the NW side of the EW runway. Aircraft patterns are to the South or West. Please avoid flying over the NE area as there will be people shooting guns towards the NE hill. Also be aware of the intersection of two runways where paramotors are launching and landing. The E-W runway is 2700' long by 65' wide. The N-S Runway is 2000' long by 40' wide.


Driving Directions to Motown:

    Approach from the North (from Phoenix, Maricopa):
  1. Head South on I-10 East towards Tucson.
  2. Take Exit 164 at Hwy 347/Queen Creek Rd., turn right (West).
  3. Go 14.7 miles on Hwy 347/ Queen Creek Rd. which arrives in town of Maricopa.
  4. Turn right (North) on Hwy 238/Smith Enkie Road towards the town of Mobile. Drive 11.5 miles.
  5. After mile marker 33, turn left (South) on 83rd Ave.
    Approach from the South (from Casa Grande, Tucson):
    Note: Do not attempt to come up Vekol Road off I-8. Although it looks shorter on a map, there are some nasty washes to traverse that may get you very stuck.
  1. Head Northwest on I-10 West towards Phoenix.
  2. Take Exit 194 and turn left (West) at Hwy 287/Florence Blvd. Drive 4.1 miles.
  3. Turn right (North) on Pinal Ave/Hwy 387. Drive 1.0 mile.
  4. Turn left (West) on Cottonwood Ln. After about 2 miles, this road veers to the right and turns into Maricopa-Casa Grande Hwy. Drive about 20 miles.
  5. When the road ends in Maricopa, turn right (North) on John Wayne Parkway/Hwy 347. Drive 1.1 miles.
  6. Turn left (North) on Hwy 238/Smith Enkie Road towards the town of Mobile. Drive 11.5 miles.
  7. After mile marker 33, turn left (South) on 83rd Ave.
    Approach from the West (from Yuma, Gila Bend):
    Note: Do not attempt to come up Vekol Road off I-8. Although it looks shorter on a map, there are some nasty washes to traverse that may get you very stuck.
  1. Head I-8 East.
  2. Take Exit 115 towards Hwy 85/Phoenix/Ajo.
  3. Drive about 3.5 miles onto W. Pima Street/Hwy 85.
  4. Just as you are leaving Gila Bend, turn Right (South) on Hwy 238/Maricopa Road towards Mobile/Maricopa. The road looks very dilapidated when you first get on it. Drive 28.7 miles.
  5. Turn right (South) on 83rd Ave.
  • At this point, you are exactly 11.8 miles driving from Motown. Drive about 3.4 miles. Cross the railroad tracks. The road becomes a gravel road for about 1.4 miles and then becomes a dirt road.
  • Turn right (West) on Schumacher Lane, also a dirt road. Drive 2.0 miles.
  • Immediately after crossing the cow guard, follow the main road turning left (South) which is 99th Ave, also a dirt road. Drive 2.0 miles until you see a one room, old, dilapidated, stone structure of a small rock house on your right.
  • Turn left (south) on 99th Ave which is down the small, thin dirt road. You are now 4.4 miles from the site. This remaining section of thin dirt road is very desolate and remote. You will pass two gates and get close to a mountain on your left (East) during the drive. Leave the gates as you found them (open or closed). Do not stop in the sandy areas, as you may get stuck.
  • The site is a fenced area on your left (East) with a large structure on it. Enter the site from the main gate on the south side and head towards the building. Please park your vehicle in the parking area. The wide dirt stretches are active runways. Please tread lightly and drive only on designated roads.

    Motown Rules:

    We have a few basic safety and courtesy rules for Motown:
    1. Mind the active runways and launch/landing areas.
    2. Pilots are to remove their gear or move their aircraft off the active flight areas when not in use.
    3. Non-flying vehicles (cars, RV's, motorcycles) allowed only in designated driveway and parking areas. No non-flying vehicles on the runways or launch areas.
    4. No quads, dirt bikes, or other off-road type vehicles. We have taken great pains to preserve the runways and roads from needless abuse. And we cherish the pristine quality of the landscape. Unfortunately, an afternoon of fun on a quad or a dirt bike leaves an open wound on the landscape that can last for years. As pilots, we see this damage from the air and for many it is an unpleasant sight.
    5. If you want to bring guns to shoot, practice the utmost safety and respect for the environment. Be respectful of your trajectory and pick up your brass. If there is any shrapnel, fragments, or other waste from this fun, pick it up.
    6. Minors and pets are to be supervised at all times.
    7. Be respectful of the wildlife.
    8. Leave the area cleaner than you found it. Please take out your garbage.

    MoTown Parking/Camping Layout
    MoTown Layout

     

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