If you have neighbors near your flying field,
be sure to make friends with them. If you are
lucky, they might even be the host of your
favorite TV show! Here is the author with Mike
Wolfe from the show American Pickers.
One way to get the locals to support your field
is to get them interested in flying. Here, Mike
Wolfe is in goggles for his first FPV flight. He
was all smiles!
city or park. If you are threatened down
the road, that value could come to your
Jim Graham: I have had a personal
experience just like this. The county
wanted to stop our yearly Pro Bro event
in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee. We have
been having this event for roughly 12
years. I had to go to a county government
meeting to defend our ability to fly in the
field that we have been in for years.
What surprised me was that the
local business people showed up to the
meeting to support us and the event. The
reason was that our group was friendly to
the small town there and we spend a lot
of money there each year. I think it was
the support of the locals that allowed us
to keep our field.
A new development this year is that
Justin Timberlake bought the property
adjoining our field. Now I have to figure
out how to make sure he is okay with
our annual weeklong event.
Mike Wolfe, from American Pickers,
also lives nearby. When he came down to
see what was going on during a past event,
we put him in goggles and he had his first
FPV experience. Now he comes down
each year to say hello to all of the pilots!
Tony Stillman: It’s important to connect
with the surrounding landowners and the
local community by working with school
kids and adding value to the community,
making sure the local farmer knows
you support him or her, and continually
communicating and showing your worth
to the town and the site owner. All of
these things can help solidify your flying
field in a community.
If you are an AMA member, the Flying
Site Assistance Program is here for you
and Tony is standing by to help. Utilize
the AMA to help keep your field for
AMA Flying Site Assistance Program
(800) 435-9262, ext. 230
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