Thanks everyone for renewing your NCRCM club membership again this year. Your support and participation is greatly appreciated and your membership renewals are vital to our club.
Tables, signs and airfield conditions
The scout table replacement project is active. You will soon see three new replacements for the airplane assembly tables and a mower ramp. One startup stand is fairly rotten but it may not be replaced until spring. We discussed replacing the roadside signs at the December meeting and tentatively have decided to not reinstall them. We feel signage at the airfield and on this web site is probably adequate for most informational purposes. The airfield toilet’s flush peddles stopped working because the battery went bad so we have been using gallon water jugs for hand-pour flushing. It seems to work fine. The advantages are that we don’t have to buy a new battery, are using less water, which reduces our septic dumping costs, and we no longer have to spend a bunch of money on RV antifreeze for the system during the winter. The cold weather has stopped growth of the runway grass, thank goodness. The rats and yellow jackets have all been evicted from our structures but one slightly evasive and aggressive mole still plagues the parking area.
FAA registrations are extended to December 12, 2020
On December 12, 2017, Congress reinstated the FAA registration requirement, and at that same time they extended the expiration date for all the existing FAA registrations to December 12, 2020. So, people like me who thought they were expiring in 2018 can wait until the end of 2020 before renewing with the FAA.
We took down a couple of our roadside signs because signs and their fence posts had deteriorated. We will discuss the future of the signs at the next meeting on Monday Nov 5th.
Loose a plane?
An airplane showed up at the airfield a couple weeks ago and we haven’t found its owner. It was just sitting on the ground near one of the tables with a long dead battery still plugged in. It’s a small foam electric with folding prop. Initially, it was is excellent condition with no damage, but has since acquired a little bit of minor hangar rash. It was probably a runaway model that someone discovered while hiking in the woods, anonymously dropped off at the the airfield. Tell Stuart or Pete if you know who might own it.
September meeting will be held Sept 10th due to holiday
Our next cub meeting will be held on Sept 10th at 7:00 pm rather than on the usual first Monday of the month to avoid a conflict with anyone’s upcoming Labor Day holiday plans. The meeting will be indoors at our usual place.
Flight Table replacement
Our flight tables have served us well for about 20 years now but most are weathered and rotted to the point where they need to be replaced rather than just patched. Mike Zaugg has graciously volunteered to build replacements for three tables, a startup stand, and the mower ramp. Mike is a Civil Air Patrol Cadet as well as an Eagle Scout. He will be earning a service merit badge for this efforts. The club is lucky that he chose our club to receive the benefit of his service merit badge. Thanks Mike.
Civil Air Patrol Cadets
The Cadets will be flying at the airfield on Thursdays 6:30 PM. They will also hold a rocketry camp at the airbase from July 26th to July 29th. Visitors are welcome to observe the many exciting events they have planned that weekend. Call Michael Walsh (503) 398-2838 for more details.
Arlie Ledbetter is the newest member of our club, joining in May of 2018. He lives in Otis. Arlie has been flying drones for a couple years and he recently started to fly RC Airplanes. You might see him flying at the airfield mid-week which he says fits his schedule the best.
CIVIL AIR PATROL CADETS
The local chapter of civil air patrol cadets, guided by NCRCM members Mike Walsh and Mark Farrier will be flying RC airplanes this season. They have been learning to fly full scale aircraft and have acquired several radio control models which they will learn to fly as well. You may see them flying at the airfield this summer during the afternoon.
The North Coast RC Modelers club is saddened by the recent loss of a founding club member, Gary Cox on April 5, 2018. Gary was one of the original members who helped start our club in the early 1980’s. He remained an active participant in the hobby and in this club until his passing. He was an early adopter of RC technologies, the first of us trying newly introduced improvements to radio control aircraft such as aerial photography systems, electric brushless motors, lithium batteries, newer radio systems, quad rotors and RC helicopters. Gary helped many people to get started in the hobby. We will miss him greatly. I have added some photos of Gary Gary, his planes, his early 90’s aerial photos and early 90’s video experiments in this Memorial Photo Gallery that are in addition to the many other photos of him located elsewhere on this web site. You can read more about Gary’s life and passing in this nice obituary published in the Tillamook Headlight Herald Newspaper.
All Club Officers were re-elected to serve in their current positions during our January 8th meeting. There were no other nominations. Several people renewed their club membership at the meeting. A recent check revealed that most of us have an up-to-date on AMA Membership status. If you are not sure about your own, you can look here.
BEWARE OF FAKE FAA DRONE REGISTRATION SITES
The FAA’s requirement for registration of model aircraft weighing over 8 ounces has been reinstated. The FAA can levy a hefty fine to anyone for failing to register an RC aircraft (ie: drone). I don’t think they are currently prosecuting people for simply for flying an unregistered drone so far. Any prosecutions seem to be in response to a news-worthy drone flight involving reckless-endangerment charges. The registration fee costs $5 to get an FAA number that you should put on each of your aircraft. You probably should include your AMA number on the label as well. Your FAA registration needs to be renewed every 3 years, so if you got one about the time that the registration was first required you will need to renew again at about the end of 2018. The official FAA registration site is https://faadronezone.faa.gov. Make sure the web address you are using starts off with the spelling “https://faadronezone.faa.gov/”. If it does not, then you have likely arrived at a fake site that is trying to make a little extra money by doing the registration for you as an intermediary between you and the FAA. The only advantage to using one of those fake sites is that they probably won’t let you forget to renew your registration, provided they are still in business after three years, while the real FAA site doesn’t send out a reminder when a registration is about to expire.
AMA recently revised its rules
The AMA recently revised their rules. They made a few minor additions and simplified the wording. Read AMA rules.
up-to-the-minute wind conditions
Want to know the current wind speed and direction? I added a new wind and temperature indicator located in the upper right corner of this web page. It shows the current “live” wind and temp data from a weather station just east of the City of Tillamook. It may go off-line sometimes but there are many other nearby weather stations you can find listed at the bottom of the Weather Underground page for Tillamook, and the Weather Underground page for Beaver Oregon.
Fall is here, nights are cooling and days are shorter but we still have plenty of nice-weather days for flying so come out to the airfield before the winter weather arrives (maybe mid-November-ish?).
WELCOME NEW CLUB MEMBER
The club welcomes our new member Scott Gordon. He joined in early October. Scott lives west of Tillamook. He has been to the field a couple times. I have not met him yet, but hopefully will soon.
There wasn’t any specially important club business brought up during the October 2nd meeting. We had 6 members present and had about an hour of general discussion and friendly chit-chat before adjourning at about 8:00 pm. The next club meeting is September 6th, 7:00 pm
Gary Degraffenreid and Ron Summerfelt joined in mid-August. They are experienced with RC and should fit right in. Welcome and thanks for joining us.
The battery and water pump for the airfield toilet are out-of-action. We put a few jugs of water against the wall which you can hand-pour into the toilet for flushing if needed. The pump won’t likely be repaired until spring, at the earliest.
I can’t think of other noteworthy club news from this summer to report, everything has been going pretty smooth this year, knock on wood. The number of flyers at the airfield seems to be somewhat lower than usual lately, although it also appears that people are spreading out their flying over more days of the week than just on the weekends, which could make it seem like there is less activity. Hope to see you out flying.
The club recently gained two new members, Eric Williams and Keith Miller. Both are somewhat new to RC flying but are learning extremely fast. They both live near Depoe Bay and fly Sensei RC airplane models which seems to be a very good first airplane due to its stabilization system, rugged design and good looks (photo above).
FAA registration likely to no longer be required for AMA members
The court has ruled in favor of the AMA, saying that an FAA registration is not required for AMA members. The FAA issued a statement on May 19th saying that they are carefully reviewing that decision, are considering their options, and will be making a response to the decision.
Good Flying Weather has Arrived
We are finally getting several days per week of flyable weather. More people with interesting new models are showing up now. I have a couple new models myself this year. Come out to the field and join in the fun. Let me know if you want a heads-up call or message when I or others are planning to head out for the morning.
We hope you will join our club or renew your club membership and come out to the airfield to fly with us this year. It won’t be long before nice warm flying weather arrives so now is a good time to get those airplanes down off the shelf and get them ready.
The December, January and February meetings all had a light attendance and were brief with not a lot of club business to report. Robert Munsell was voted in as the new club safety officer during the Feb meeting so give him a call if you have any safety questions or concerns. Also you should notify him as well as our club president immediately following any flying/club/airfield incident that involves an injury or damage.
We seem to be getting occasional nice flying days again and I have been able to get out several times over these the past couple months. I hope you’ve been able to take advantage of a few of those nice days as well. Let me know if you want a heads-up call or text whenever myself or others are planning to spend a morning at the airfield.
The Lake Sawyer Hawks RC club is sponsoring a model exhibition where RC modelers will show off their aircraft. They have invited NCRCM club members to participate. Details are in this flyer .
During our Sept 12th meeting we decided to wait until next summer before installing the second runway curtain. The club authorized purchase of material for replacing one of the startup stands, as well as materials for the sign installation and the purchase of additional rubber stall mats. Other topics of discussion included toilet maintenance, financial report, and new members. Matt Bingenhiemer brought his 500 helicopter and a hex-drone to the Nov meeting to see if anyone wanted to buy it from him, contact him if you are interested.
Work Party on Saturday October 1st, 10:00AM
We need help getting the toilet ready for winter so we are having a work-party day on Oct 1st, right after early morning flights. Come help us if possible. We will repair the toilet’s stairs, winterize its flusher pump, and, tow it to a state park to empty its holding tank. Also, we will install new sign posts and whatever other airfield chores we have time for. Update: The toilet was towed to Barview County Park, dumped, and then cleaned up by Stuart and Pete. The water flush pump is winterized and needs a little work so just use the jugs of clean water along the wall for flushing.
Welcome new club member Ron Mayle
Ron is a new member of our club. He relocated from Hacienda Heights Ca to Bay City in July. He only started flying last April and says he is having a lot of fun. Here is a photo of Ron and his grandson Joey. (click image to make it larger)