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Model aircraft/drone flying permits

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Model Aircraft runwayModel airplane flying site is at Fairview Park, 2525 Placentia Ave. in Costa Mesa.

Fairview Park is a public flying site for model aircraft. The City of Costa Mesa’s Model Aircraft Flying Regulations for Fairview Park defines a model aircraft as, “all forms of radio controlled gliders, electric motor gliders, electric powered model airplanes, electric helicopters, but does NOT include free flight models or toy planes.” No internal combustion engine powered aircraft, rockets, and aircraft exceeding 10 pounds may be flown in the city. Parking for the flying site is at the end of Canyon Drive. Fairview Park is open during daylight hours. The flying field is subject to closure for special events a few times per year.

A permit to fly radio-controlled model aircraft is required to operate model aircraft at
Fairview Park. You must also show proof of adequate liability insurance in the form of a current Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) membership card or a current homeowners/personal liability policy specifically covering model aircraft operation with a minimum limit of $500,000. Rules and regulations for flying the model aircraft can be found in the City of Costa Mesa Municipal Code, Title 12, Chapter II, Articles 2 & 3.


For additional information or to report an issue, please contact: or (714) 754-5300.


Map of Fly Site