2014 Tillamook Fun Fly

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TILLAMOOK RC FUN FLY EVENT IS AUGUST 16, 2014

The North Coast RC Modelers club will host their 2014 Tillamook Fun Fly event on Saturday August 16th starting at at 8:30 AM.  Radio control flyers will get together for a full day of flying fun. All types of RC aircraft will be on-hand and everyone is invited, pilots, spectators, visitors and friends.   We have a special treat this year, the Roswell Flight Test Crew guys are coming.  They experiment with practical applications for small UAV drones.  They share their experiences online and have quite a large following on youtube. This event is going to be similar to last year’s event with all day open-flight.  We expect lots of sport electric planes to be there, as well as multi-rotor, gas, nitro, aerobatic, scale, helicopter, and glider models.

There are no fees, the event is free. We plan to have a grill for cooking lunch at noon.  People are welcome to bring a potluck to share, or to make a donation for food and beverages if they wish.  The location is 7 miles south of Tillamook along Highway 101, street address 13990 Highway 101.  (map)

If you want to help out with the event, some things we still need are: a food table, a battery charging table, condiments, ice, mowing, setup, table and chair cleaning, toilet emptying, trash disposal, a sign for the highway shoulder, (and last but not least – your presence on the 16th).

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July News

Minutes of the July club meeting

We reviewed plans for the August fun fly, discussed the FAA regulation controversy, talked about peoples progress and successes with new models, crashes and failures with old models.  We decided to hold the next August 4th meeting at the airfield at 6:00PM so that members can help prepare the airfield for the fun fly following the meeting.  Pete will email a reminder notice to everyone about the changed meeting location and time.

 

Some aviation related videos

Blue angels,,, wait for it ,,,,

An F16 gives haircuts 

A harrier lands on a stool

Firework fly-through (HD version downgraded  with crummy public domain music)

RC helicopters with serious power

Lady Gaga’s flying dress, do you suppose the FAA will exempt ladies dresses?

Shark bites RC airplane in mid-air

 

 

FAA decides to regulate RC models as real airplanes

Important!

New FAA interpretation released – The AMA requests your help

The AMA is asking modelers to submit a comment protesting the FAA’s new interpretation of the laws regarding RC models.  Here is why: The FAA is authorized by old law to regulate all “flying contrivances used for navigating or flying”.  They are now claiming that includes model aircraft, even though model aircraft were not something congress would have considered at the time.  The FAA historically has not interpreted model aircraft to be the same thing as an actual aircraft until now, this month.  The agency also says a provision in the newest law which specifically prohibits them from regulating model aircraft does not prevent them from applying general aircraft rules to model aircraft, it only prevents them from creating new rules which solely and specifically address “Model Aircraft”. The FAA also seems to be interpreting a catch-all safety provision in the newest law as allowing them to enforce whatever safety rules on model aircraft they deem are necessary, despite a provision in the same law excluding model aircraft. The agency also said that a “flying contrivance” will not qualify as an exempted ”model aircraft’ if its pilot is not personally looking directly at it, line of sight, with or without a spotter in an attempt to preclude FPV from “model aircraft”. Using such logic they could easily require everyone  to hold a pilot’s license before flying a kite or a paper airplane.

We have all heard of the atrocities that the TSA imposes on airline passengers.  Just imagine what crazy and goofy tortures they are thinking up for RC flyers. Do your part to help preserve the RC hobby. Use this link to submit a comment.  Most agencies probably don’t read or pay attention to such comments however if they see a large number of protest comments on a subject the agency might hold back out of fear that public backlash will stimulate Congress to side with voters.

Email message from AMA

Here is the first comment that I submitted:

“I want to protest FAA’s recent reinterpretation of the language of law regarding the meaning of the words “flying contrivance for navigating or flying” to include recreational model aircraft.  Congress clearly never intended the FAA to regulate model aircraft under the original FAA legal authority because at that time “navigating and flying” was understood as performed with manned aircraft, so Congress could not have considered that it had given the FAA authority to regulate model aircraft at that time.  Congress only considered the regulation of model aircraft in its most recent law, which is clearly worded to exclude the FAA from applying any new rules to model aircraft, including any rules formed by new interpretations.”

Please know that I support all of the comments and positions of the Academy of Model Aerodynamics (AMA) on this matter and I request the FAA change its interpretation to conform to all of the AMA’s positions.

Here is the second comment that I submitted:

“The FAA should not interpret the legal meaning of the words “contrivance used for flying or navigating” as having authorized the FAA to regulate RC models because those words are referring to flying in the sense of human guided transportation.  Indeed the word “transportation” is a common theme throughout the original law which adds context to the intended meaning of “contrivance used for flying”.  There was no pilotless flying at that time and there was no intent to regulate all man-made objects that might exist above ground level such as kites, golf balls, fireworks, towers or wires.  A toy aircraft model was considered to be just the same type of thing, a small object that happens to be suspended above ground for a few brief minutes. Toy model aircraft were not considered to be “flying” or “navigating”, they were just another object suspended above ground.

The subject of regulating a pilotless aircraft is entirely a modern concept.  It is the purpose of the newest law. The very fact that congress wrote the new law is evidence that the old law inadequately addressed the role of the old law in guiding FAA’s  regulation of pilotless aircraft such as RC models.”

 

June News

 

See more of more of Roberts excellent work at http://shutterbirdaerials.com/

See more of more of Roberts excellent work at http://shutterbirdaerials.com/

Shutterbird Aerials Gallery

Spring weather has been nice and you will now find several people flying at the airfield on weekend mornings. Club membership numbers seem a little bit low so far this year so dust off your plane and bring it out to the airfield and fly with us.

June meeting and other news

We decided on the dates for this year’s fun fly event event during the meeting.  We decided to make it similar to last years, with a simple and somewhat informal style. We also talked about finances, safety and a variety of general RC topics.  Bob finished building one new table and he started on a second one.  A few new models have shown up at the field this month.  Larry got a BFG glider which is huge and flies nice.  Bill brought out a new custom built poster board type model.  Robert Andrews test flew his customized 800-size, trex, heli camera ship.  I test flew my custom built inverted v-tail FPV platform (still waiting for camera parts).   Stuart and Larry have been trying out dolly style launch cradles for their large motor gliders.  The dollies allow these relatively large planes to take off from the grass without landing gear, avoiding a risky 50:50 hand toss.

May NCRCM News

Dave Grigg with his fun flyer on a nice sunny day in April.  The plane performed very well. The OO1 that you see on his wing is Dave's actual verified AMA number .  It's an interesting story on why he has such a low AMA number.

Dave Grigg with his fun flyer on a nice sunny day in April. The plane performed very well. The OO1 that you see on his wing is Dave’s actual verified AMA number . It’s an interesting story on why he has such a low AMA number.

May 5th Club Meeting

We discussed having a 2014 fun fly event but didn’t come up with a date or any details so will continue that topic at our next June 2nd meeting.  Bring your ideas to the meeting.  Matt gave us a tour of his recently revamped multi-copter with a quite unique radio setup.  Gary brought his “worlds smallest” production quad copter and demonstrated indoor flight with it.  Its like a hummingbird.

Interesting Flight Videos

RC Airbus A380

Flight simulator with extreme first person mode

Grinding a ski lift cable

Quadcopter flies through fireworks show

Float plane take-off from back of truck trailer

SEALs parachute into MLB stadium – from their perspective

European paraglider

 

March April News

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New aircraft – Stan Ray got his new E-flight Carbon Z Cub.  Here is a video of its maiden flight.  It flies beautifully and lands very nicely even in choppy winds.  Stan found that the Flap-Elevator mix settings are pretty sensitive because the cub did an abrupt nose down dive when he switching on a high percentage of mix. Luckily, Stan was testing it from a high altitude so he was able to recover it in time.

March 3rd club meeting minutes - Matt got a fire extinguisher for the airfield.  Bob talked about cleaning up old stuff in the shed and in the culvert pipe. We will do the house cleaning some day soon. The McMinnville RC Swap Meet was discussed, Stan, Matt and Gary said they were planning to go.  Our next meeting is on April 7th.  We should probably talk about dates for our local RC event.  There may be an important security topic to discus as well.

New event notices – The club received a couple invitations to nearby RC events.  The 2014 McMinnville Fun Fly is on July 12th.  A new annual event called Warbirds Over Oregon will be held July 19th in Turner Oregon by the Salem RC Pilots Association. The Fly-A-Ways RC Club announced a Scalemasters competition to be held in Banks on June 27-29.  I forwarded those email invitations to members, let me know if you didn’t get them or if you want your address included or excluded in the club’s mailing list.

Cool video - I was impressed with the effort that went into this video which incudes a whole lot of FPV flight footage that is presented in an very entertaining way.  It must have taken a lot of imagination, time, skill and effort to put it together.

The Warehouse-Tillamook fitness gym

New fitness gym in Tillamook

New fitness gym in Tillamook

New Tillamook fitness gym to open on April 7th

A new fitness facility has opened in Tillamook called THE WAREHOUSE – Strength and Conditioning.  This new gym features circuit training style of exercise similar to that of a Crossfit gym.  This gym also offers additional specialized training, camps, clinics, and classes in several disciplines such as wrestling, MMA, and more.  Their circuit training equipment and the circuit style exercise classes allow people to participate in group exercises while at the same time adjusting just the right amount of exercise for each individual so you will get an effective workout no matter what fitness stage you currently have reached.  The group exercise experience adds an enjoyable social dynamic that helps to spur everyone’s motivation, giving you a much better workout which means better results as well. There are also open gym time slots for do it yourself workouts and for individual training sessions.

The gym is located in a brand new warehouse space built by the Port of Tillamook Bay on the airbase just two miles south of Tillamook. The gym is run by Rex Metcalfe, Laurie Rieger, and Rachel Hagerty who have considerable expertise in a number of fitness and sports disciplines. When you become a member they will give their personal attention to your fitness goals. For more information you can view their brochure, contact their Facebook page, call their phone numbers 503-842-4245 or 503-812-3465,  Email them at the.warehouse@aol.com,  or visit them at their gym facility at 6002 Blimp Blvd., Suite A, Tillamook, Oregon 97141.

This post is not exactly RC related however a couple North Coast RC Modelers members (myself included) have family ties to the owners this new business and so I want to help promote it. Go there if you want a good way to be healthy, stronger and have a better looking figure.  The membership rates are inexpensive and it’s  a very sensible health investment.

 

December-January-February News

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We hope you remember to renew your 2014 membership and continue to support RC flying in the Tillamook Area. Quite a few members have renewed their 2014 AMA and NCRCM club memberships already. Club dues are the same as last year, $40.  Your dues will help us meet our normal operating expenses and maintain the airfield again this year. (Click for more info on dues)

We are on the downhill side of winter now.  Thankfully, the airfield made it through the worst of this year’s cold and wind without any problems.  The month of January had a fair number of days with decent weather and I saw several people out flying. Paul brought out a new 1/4 scale biplane as well as a new glider. Both were beautifully done and looked great.  Matt’s son, Raymond, brought out a delta wing pusher that cuts through the air like a rocket.  It was probably approaching 100mph. Fun to watch. I almost strain a neck muscle trying to keep up with it.  I recently witnessed a real LiPo battery fire for the first time. It was triggered by a somewhat moderate nose-in crash (not mine, thankfully).  About a minute after the impact a huge dense cloud of smoke went up, soon followed by two more clouds from the two remaining cells that ignited sequentially, each about 1 minute apart. The smoke was too thick and ominous looking to get very close so there was nothing that could be done about it but just wait until it ran its course.   A considerable amount of heat melted everything within the engine compartment but surprisingly caused very little or no flaming. The balsa structure was somewhat charred but did not really catch on fire. No pictures, sorry.

We held elections at the January meeting.  Steve said he could not continue being President because he may be moving to Portland.  We hate to see him go.  Bob volunteered to take a turn in the role of President.  No one else expressed interest in being elected to a club officer position.  Bob was then nominated, seconded, voted and approved and is our new President. All other officer positions will remain the same, with Pete as Vice President, Matt as Safety officer, and Stuart as Treasurer/Secretary.  Bob does not have an email address or text messaging but you can call him on his land-line phone at 503-842-5083 if you need to talk to him.  Jon Nelson offered to take over the care and feeding of the Club’s Facebook page from Steve.  He said he would give Steve a call about it.

The Tillamook Area was selected to be one of the FAA’s authorized UAV (drone) testing areas.  The designation should have no impact on our recreational flying activities because the zone is located offshore and at higher altitudes.  The club was contacted by the Port of Garibaldi in January asking for help with aerial filming of their dock reconstruction activity for historical documentation purposes.  I forwarded the message to Gary because that type of thing is right up Gary’s alley. Gary was happy to help, took on the project, and got lots of photos, video and he said the weather was very cooperative.  Rob Anderson described filming golf courses with a high end hexacopter setup with all the bells and whistles at our February meeting. It was a very interesting discussion.

The 2014 annual McMinnville RC Swap Meet will be held March 8th 9:00AM to 2:00PM  at the Yamhill County Fairgrounds, 2070 NE LAFAYETTE AVE. MCMINNVILLE, OR 97128.  I don’t know for sure how many of our members are planning to attend. Stan Ray said he will have a sales table at the event.  Also, the Umpqua Valley RC club sent us an email announcing a big RC garage sale Feb 22 in Roseburg Oregon.  I ran across this news article about a proposed new RC airfield in Hood River.  I bet those guys know how to fly in wind, being that they fly in the Columbia gorge and all.

In news from further away, here is a video of an ardent African aircraft builder who I sympathize with when thinking back to some of my own creations. Here is an impressive video of fallen rock destruction filmed from an RC multi-rotor in Italy.

Our 2014 AMA Club Charter and insurance renewal forms arrived in the mail. I will send the completed paperwork to AMA prior to their March deadline.

October – November News

The season has wound down and there has not been not a lot of newsworthy activity lately. A few people still sneak a flight or two into an occasional dry sunbreak. The airfield is ready for winter. The canopy was taken down. The toilet was dumped & winterized. The field has been rolled and was kept well mowed through October, but grass will somewhat tall over the winter because of fewer dry weather mowing opportunities. I left the wind socks up but may take them down to prevent shredding by winter storms.

The October and November club meetings were attended by about 5 or 6 of us.  Pete volunteered to do the Christmas gift baskets, thanks Pete. We noted that a few of the table and startup stands need replacing soon.  Gary said he can get some high quality plywood for the table tops. We noted that the Welcome sign will be removed, and possibly replaced as it has deteriorated as well.

Chuck Atwood from Nestucca Bend, near Beaver, stopped by the airfield in mid October and inquired about selling several RC models that he inherited from his son.  He has about 6 or 7 planes with motors and electronics, includes two transmitters. He said they include an unbuilt P-38 kit, a partially completed P-82 (twin Mustang), a completed Twinstar, a huge flying wing pusher, an complete A-26 twin, and a completed Protege sport trainer.  Also includes fabric, balsa, fuel, etc, etc. He was not sure about any details, but I suspect that the stuff is only a few years old, 2-stroke nitro powered, probably 72 MHZ, from Tower Hobbies.  He was hoping to sell it as a single lot for around $1000. He would probably consider your offer if you make one.  I probably should not post his phone number on the internet but if you call me at (503) 842-7893 I will give it to you.

September News

Meeting - The September meeting was held early (on Aug 28th). We spent the entire meeting repairing tables and sprucing up the airfield for the Fun-fly.

New Photos – I posted some photos of the 2013 Fun-fly Event. They were sent to us by Jim Pearson, President of the Astoria RC club.  I will eventually post more photos taken by Pete in that same photo gallery location.

Astoria trip - The fall Astoria trip was postponed until next season due to scheduling conflicts.

Ultimate FPV video – If you enjoy FPV flight then you need to watch this FEV (first eagle view) video.  It’s not exactly radio controlled, but its still very inspiring.

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