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Hosted by the Orlando Buzzards

Organized by Gordon Buckland & Mike Gardner

CD’d by Sandy Smith

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“The Compound” Flying Site

The Gator F3B is to be conducted at the The Compound near Palm Bay FL. This is an area of land once planned for urban development with roads and streets but never built on.

Google Driving Directions
Wikipedia has some background info on it.
Google maps Link.

The Compound is located approx 10 miles west of I95 in Palm Bay. To get there by car from I95: Take exit 173 toward Malabar Rd NE.
Use the 2nd from the right lane to turn right onto Malabar Rd NE (signs for FL-514 W/Malabar Road/San Filippo Drive/Minton Road)
Go 0.2 mi and use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto San Filippo Dr SE
Go 0.5 mi and turn right onto Jupiter Blvd SE
Go 2.5 mi and turn left onto De Groodt Rd SW
Go 2.5 mi and turn right onto J.A. Bombardier Blvd
Go 2.0 mi and turn left onto Wingham Dr SW
Go 1.3 mi and turn left onto Sapodilla Rd SW
Destination will be on the right

There are many accomodations available in the area from:
Motel 6 Palm Bay, Palm Bay2-star
1170 Malabar Road SE, I-95 at Malabar Road, Exit #173, Palm Bay, FL, 32907, United States of America, 800-491-7598
Comfort Suites Palm Bay – Melbourne
1175 Malabar Road, NE Palm Bay FL 32907

The area was being prepared in the 1980s to be a housing estate but the project was abandoned and the roads have fallen into dis-repair over the last 35 years.The area is completely flat with occasional small trees. A Free flight club has been maintaining the are we will use and we will have the longer grass bush hogged prior to the contest. We will have a PortaPotty delivered and plan to have a guard remain overnight at the site so we can leave winches out for the duration of the contest. Outlandings can be made quite safely in nearly all directions and we have no limitation on course setup direction.Being within a few miles of the ocean a sea breeze from the East is common by noon or early afternoon which is a gentle relief when we fly her in the heat of summer. For the Gator F3B contest we will expect the temperatures to be in the mid 60’s to low 70’s with low humidity and very little chance of rain.
This awesome flying site is approx 10 miles from Hotels and many amenities such as shopping etc. The attractions of Central Florida are nearby with Cape Canaveral Port and the Kennedy Space Center only 30 minutes away.
Here is a YouTube Video of part of the area.