Six members attended the February 1st meeting. Matt said he has three tables for use by NCRCM club members at the upcoming McMinnville swap meet. Pete said he would draft an email notice about the swap meet and send it to members ( See Details Here). Pete informed us that he notified the Tillamook airport of our RC operations at the NCRCM airfield as required by the FAA and recommended by AMA. We discussed putting up a new welcome/information sign in the NCRCM airfield parking area. Pete, Stuart and Matt will work on it over the next few months.
FAA Rules-more info
Don’t miss this short video explaining the major concerns over FAA rule interpretations – presented by the AMAIn particular, it explains that the 400′ altitude limit that the FAA’s website forced you to acknowledge and consent with when you obtained your registration does not apply to AMA members. (advance video timeline to 4:16)
The Tillamook airport operator has been notified of ongoing and year-round flying activity at the NCRCM airfield location. This notification is documented with our club as well as with the AMA. If you fly at another location that is within 5 miles of the airport you may want to consider making a separate additional notification for it, there is no special format required by the FAA for the notifications.
Jonathan Teeter joined the club recently, (in late-January this year). I have not actually met him yet but hope to meet at the airfield if we ever get some decent flying weather. Jonathan was a member of the Clark County Fliers which is the RC club that serves the Vancouver Washington area. He has learned to fly a cub, a larger aileron plane, as well as a helicopter. He is 10 years old, our youngest member, but I’m guessing he won’t need a whole lot of assistance. He does have a buddy cord equipped radio, which should make it possible to give him a hand with landings if he requests it.
The FAA is requiring recreational flyers like us to register our aircraft starting about Dec 21st 2015 and completed no later than Feb 19, 2016. It cost $5, and has to be renewed every three years. You can register on the FAA’s web site www.faa.gov/uas/registration with a credit card for payment and as proof of identity. The registration documentation will be sent to your email address. Print it or keep it on your smart phone as proof of registration while you are flying. An FAA registration number will be assigned to you. It must be displayed on each of your models. The registration requirement applies for all RC aircraft over 8 ounces flying weight, even those that are not drones. See the FAA’s FAQ page for more details about the process.
The AMA is still fighting the FAA on this. They hope FAA will agree to accept AMA’s registration and numbering in place of the FAA’s and exempt AMA members from the three year re-registration as long as they remain an AMA member. Unfortunately this dispute probably won’t be decided prior to the FAA deadline. The AMA has been encouraging everyone to continue submitting comments to the FAA. I submitted one more comment on Jan 15, the last day for submissions. Read it here. Hopefully that comment of mine is the knockout punch, the last straw that breaks the camel’s back, the one that is good enough to make the FAA role over in submission and tap out. But probably that’s not going to happen.
We elected club officers at the July 4th meeting. Pete Owston is our new President. Pete had been doing a great job as Vice President and had taken on the duties of Acting President after Rob moved from the local area. Bill Meador was elected Vice President, Stuart was elected Sec/Treasurer and Matt is our Safety Officer. Thanks to everyone for contributing to the operations of our club.
Here is a nice video that Rob Russo and Steve Durham put together:
Jan 4th Meeting – New Officers elected
We elected club officers at the July 4th meeting. Pete Owston is our new President. Pete had been doing a great job as Vice President and took on the duties of Acting President after Rob moved from the local area. Bill Meador was elected Vice President, Stuart was elected Sec/Treasurer and Matt is our Safety Officer. We discussed the FAA registration process, the airport notification status, 2015/2016 finances, collected a few dues and renewed some memberships at the meeting as well. Matt said he hopes to get tables at the McMinnville swap meet this March. Steve Durham was also hoping to get tables so there will probably be some coordination between Matt, Steve Bill and Gary for swap meet table sharing. Talk to them if you would like to be involved.
Dec 7th Meetings
Our December 7th Meeting was cancelled due to flooding and bad weather. At the November meeting we decided to try fill the sink holes at the airfield. A few days after the meeting Pete and Stuart talked to Norm and Gregg about it and that same evening Gregg dumped several bucket loads of dirt in them. Grass was seeded on the bare spot but being so late in the year the heavy rains, cold and and frost will keep it bare and muddy for several months.
The toilet was winterized with antifreeze solution to keep the pump from breaking so go easy on the flushing. You can pour the plain water from the jugs along the wall for flushing if need be. Grass seed was sprouting in the bare dirt patches and hopefully hasn’t been killed by frost. We have only one mower now. The financial spreadsheet for 2015 was finalized. This web site has a new look. It was changed to this new theme to make it work better with the wide variety of devices and brands of smart phones, although it still needs some tweaking and editing.
Welcome New Club Members – Rob Russo and Dylan Lundy
We have continued to attract new memberships in 2015. The latest flyers to join the club are Rob Russo and Dylan Lundy. Rob is from Lincoln City and has a custom surfboard business. He is an experienced pilot who flies pattern style electric airplanes as well as sophisticated FPV and UAV type multi rotor aircraft. Dylan is one of our younger members as he attends High School, He is fairly new to the hobby but is catching on quickly as he is building his own RC model from a kit. He attended our last club meeting and it was nice to see that is getting some assistance from other members such as Gary and Matt.
I do not yet have photos of either of the two new members to post here, but I did get a photo of Steven Durham, a new member who joined the club a few months ago, with three of his aircraft, which by the way, are very well built and nice performing.
We had inquiries from a couple of other potential new members during our last fun fly that hopefully will decide to take up the hobby and fly with us as well.
Astoria Club’s Fun Fly
Astoria club held their fun fly event Sept 12. I went and discovered they have a very nice field. It took no time at all to get used to flying there. Their club flies mostly mid-sized nitro engines but the field works equally well for small electric, helicopter or quarter scale gas because of its combination of a moderate sized club dryer felt runway surface surrounded by good grass surface with plenty of unobstructed over-flight area. The event was similar to ours with some decent flying weather, good food, a great bunch of guys and plenty of opportunity to share info, ogle cool models, and demonstrate flying skills.
We did our 2015 NCRCM Fun Fly event on August 8th. The day started out a little cloudy with only a few minutes of very light drizzle mid-day, but was actually a very pleasant flying day, having perfect temperatures without wind. Around 40 people attended, about half flyers and half visitors. The format was like last year’s event with open flights, no entry fees, a free picnic lunch which included grilled burgers, hot dogs, drinks and snacks. Pete did a good job of managing the event and grilling the meats. Flyers had a great time and we all got an abundance of flights throughout the day. Spectators enjoyed watching a wide variety of model types and flying styles. There were no serious crashes, as far as I can remember. We were treated to delicious food dishes and snack items that several people had brought along from home to share with the crowd. A generous number of cash donations, as well as generous food and item contributions allowed us to completely offset the expenses of the event so there was no net cost to club finances for hosting it. We might have actually even made a few bucks, depending on the cost of the newspaper ad which is currently unknown. Also, Larry Oberholtzer donated three boxed kits and a set of air retracts to the club a few days before the event. We sold one of the boxed kits during the fun fly for an additional $50. Thank you Larry. I will bring the remaining kits to the next meeting and we can decide what to do with them then.
The April and May and June meetings were attended by Pete Owston, Gary Cox, Stuart Hoffman, Bill Meador, Bob Munsell, Dennis Calkins, Matt Bingenheimer and Jack. In April the room we usually use was already occupied by another group but we were able to “make-due” in a nearby structure. The McMinnville RC Swap Meet was discussed. Gary, Matt and Bill shared a table at the swap meet and sold quite a few of their items. Stuart and Stan also were there. Matt and Stuart both bought models there. Various RC models, radios and other equipment were discussed during the meeting. We decided to hold the next (May 4th) meeting at the RC airfield provided that the weather forecast cooperates and predicts a dry evening. It was noted that moss is getting quite thick on the North half of the runway. The club authorized the purchase of moss control chemicals. In the May meeting at the airfield was aborted at the last minute and held at the normal location because of some last minute rain. We decided on August 8th for our NCRCM fun fly event date. Pete talked about his experience with customer support at hobby king for replacement of a bait and switched folding prop. Matt showed us his fancy new FRSky R/C car transmitter. Dennis did a demonstration flight of his indoor capable model called the Crack Wing. It looked very fun to fly (addictive like crack?) We decided to hold a flying/working type meeting at the airfield on June 1st but that got rained out again so we will just try to do the work some unscheduled weekend when the opportunity arises. Pete discussed the TBCC RC class and may follow up with more info and discussion in the future.
TBCC Course in RC flight a Possibility
Pete was contacted by Tillamook Bay Community College (TBCC) about the possibility of our club participating in a course on RC flight at the college. We will discuss this topic at the June meeting. Contact Pete if this topic is something you want to get involved in (as instructor or as student).
I spread moss control chemicals on the runway in early April, nothing dangerous, just some soil nutrients. It seems to be working, the moss and weeds are fading out and the grass looks better.
NCRCM.com Web Site Layout Changes
The style of the this web site was recently changed to larger fonts and a simple layout in order to make it easier to use with a mobile phone. Google recently began down-ranking search results of web sites that are not easy to view on small mobile phone screens. This told me that the trend toward using mobile smart phones for web surfing has probably reached some critical tipping point and it was time to bite the bullet and make this change.
Welcome New Club Members
We have three new club members from the Lincoln City area; Steve Durham, Gary Stevens, and Wesley Brown. Gary and Wesley are relatively new to RC. Both are very accomplished and have made a lot of progress with their equipment and with their flying skills in a short amount of time. They have a variety of multi-rotors and elevon / wing type planes. Gary has sophisticated UAV, FPV and stabilization setups. Steve Durham is a formerly RC flyer who just recently got back into the hobby again after not flying for quite a few years. He has a variety of nice planes and is a good flyer. He has been coming to the field quite often, mostly mid-week when the weather is nice. I posted photos of Wesley and Gary below but haven’t taken one of Steve yet. I also posted a photo of Walter Swanson. He one of the new members that I introduced in the previous March Post, but didn’t have a photo at the time.
February 2nd and March 2nd meeting minutes, plus other news
Congratulations to Robert Andrews, our club president, for obtained a new dream job working forInsitu Inc. making parts for their new UAV which is called the Flexrotor. Robert is doing composite work in carbon fiber for that UAV. It has a very unique and interesting design which gives it the major advantage of having both a long range plus a vertical takeoff and landing without the need for any cumbersome launch or recovery equipment. The company is based in White Salmon Washington so unfortunately Robert will be moving there soon and we won’t get to see him all that often anymore. Robert said he is willing to continue serving as President for our club and the club decided that it’s OK and wants to keep him as our president so continue consulting him about club matters via phone or email. He said a local club in the area has a very nice RC airfield very close to where he will be moving.
Dennis Wright is a new club member who joined our club in February. Dennis is from the Portland area and is also a member and officer in the OMAS club in Banks, Oregon. He came to fly with us and discovered that our field is a good place to fly his quarter scale planes. We had a good time flying with him and look forward to seeing him again. Walter Swanson is another new club member who is in the process of joining. Walter is a retired Navy veteran and is a long time RC flyer. He offered to help us with some of the chores at the airfield which is very much appreciated. Steven Durham is our newest club member. He joined in mid-March. Pete has met Steven but I have not talked with him yet so I can’t say much about him other than he lives in Lincoln City. Welcome to the club Dennis, Walter and Steven.
Matt Bingenheimer said he reserved a table at the McMinnville RC Swap Meet on March 14th and offered to let NCRCM club members sell their stuff at his table with him. Matt say’s he still has room in his Excursion if anyone wants a ride. his number is 503-812-6238.
Several people renewed memberships in February so the club’s financial situation is starting to look fine again. Wow, this spring has been yielding nice sunny flying days, one right after another, I hope it keeps up.
January 5th meeting minutes
The meeting started at 7:00 pm and was attended by seven members. Several of us renewed our memberships for 2015 and paid dues at the start of the meeting. Pete donated some money toward the cost of Christmas gifts. Pete is sort of like our Santa, he bought some nice gifts and delivered them to the field owner and farm resident who graciously allow us to fly on their property. Robert Munsell Sr. resigned his club presidency. He did a good job as President. Hopefully he will continue doing a great job as our chief maintenance engineer keeping the mowers and everything in working order. The club voted Rob Andrews to be our newest club president. Welcome and thanks for taking on that role Rob. If you want to talk to Rob about RC issues or about the club his phone number is 503-965-2233 . I described the new runway surface area (see details in previous post). A financial report was given which revealed that (including recent 2015 dues) we will start out the new year with somewhat less money than we started last year, but we still should be able to cover our normal expenses in 2015 because expenses should be significantly lower in the coming year as well. Members can view the details of the club’s finances by clicking on the CLUB DOCS icon at the top of this page. Your password is in the lower left corner of your membership card. Rob brought in his new JR 450 3D helicopter for show-and-tell. It was quite a well built machine. Rob said the model was a good price and it floats effortlessly with less cells that the Align version that he previously owned. Rob talked about his amazing adventure while piloting an aerial camera platform over the Snake River in Eastern Oregon for the filming of a documentary being produced by a major film company. The scenes are focused on the bridge which stands high over the river. Steep canyon walls covered in snow and ice made access to the river difficult so they had to canoe up the river to get in position under the bridge. They also had to wait for just the right snow cover and sky conditions so that the scenes would match previously filmed scenes. Hopefully Rob will play some of his footage for us at an upcoming club meeting. Bill brought his new Cub for show-and-tell. It was the one reviewed in an AMA article a couple months back and it has the electronic flight stabilization feature. It looked very nice. I don’t think he had flow it yet. Members shared stories of recent flying misfortunes, things we that we have all experienced that we could laugh over. The meeting was adjourned about 8:30 pm.