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Here is a listing of some of the flying and training sites that Airparamo recommends and uses on a regular basis.

  • Ak-Chin Regional Airport, Maricopa, AZ
    Listed as FAA identifier A39, this public-use airport is ultralight friendly. It can be hard to find as it is tucked away with few signs. But a nice place with great scenery and gorgeous mountains to the East. [More...]

  • McCartney Field, Casa Grande, AZ
    This is a fantastic site for both beginners to advanced pilots. Giant, open area with few obstacles in every direction. The area is tended once every several months to make a clearing for a nice set of dirt runways. Many RC folks use this site, but it has become popular as an ultralight field. [More...]

  • Motown Airport (5AZ6), Mobile, AZ
    Surrounded by pristine desert mountains and incredible wildlife, this 80 acre haven is ideal for PPG and Ultralight flying. Located only 30 miles to the South East of Phoenix, this can be a difficult site to find and drive to. But the rewards of finding and flying here far out weigh the adventure of getting there. Motown is privately owned and operated, and the land is fenced under a locked gate. Please get permission and the access code for the locked gate before you go out here at 602-692-7995.

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    Ranch Looking SE
    Motown Looking SE


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    Motown Looking E


    Ranch Looking N
    Motown Looking N


    Ranch Looking NE
    Motown Looking NE


    Vekol Valley
    Vekol Valley


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    Motown Looking S
    GPS Coordinates:
    32 55' 30.00"N
    112 15' 34.00"W

    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.

    Visit the AZPPG Sites page for a more comprehensive listing of flying sites.
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