Monday, May 16, 2011
For some in the Air Capital of the World, flying planes is a way of life.
Members of the Wichita Radio Control Club who can't get enough flying at work, are now looking for a new place to do it at play.
Loren Tregellas has been flying planes for quite some time.
"I'm only 39, but I've been doing this for 55 years," Tregellas joked.
Since 1961, Tregellas and other members of the Wichita Radio Control Club have been taking to the skies near 13th and Webb Rd, on Hawker Beechcraft land.
With every new sale of the company, their asphalt runway continued to move farther south, putting their last chance at a new home in the same fly zone as one of Hawker Beechcraft's engine run-up pads.
"It makes it where we don't really have any room left to move it," said Tregellas.
Thanks to a donation from the HBC Employees Club, Tregellas' thirty-five plus radio-controlled planes are flying out of East Wichita, and into South Wichita, as the runway is relocated to Chapin Park.
"They've been flying there for sometime, but it's a dirt strip, so, this is actually an improvement and enhancement to Chapin," said Martha Tregellas, HBC Employees Club.
"It's much more challenging to hit an asphalt runway than it is to hit the grass, and it makes it more exciting and lets you fly more planes. We've got the little planes around that need the asphalt to fly on," said one flyer.
It's a move that keeps an important aviation hobby in Wichita.
"We're all about flying in the Air Capital of the World. I'd like to still feel that we're the air capital of the world," said Martha Tregellas.
The club hopes to have the asphalt runway laid by sometime this summer.