Fall 2019

Indoor Free Flight Event Nov 2 – 3

An indoor free flight event will be coming to the Tillamook blimp hanger November 2nd and 3rd. It will feature time trials for AMA free flight events. It involves launching small super light planes that circle very slowly under power with a goal of staying aloft for the longest time. There are limits on the power and other features depending on the event class. Free flight means there is no radio gear, but they do use a tethered helium balloon to nudge the plane away from walls and ceiling. I don’t know any NCRCM club members having free flight planes that might want to participate, but it might be interesting to visit the museum that weekend to watch and learn. (more info)

Speed sign

Pete donated a very nice looking speed sign that is posted next to the tables at the airfield. It will help remind everyone to not drive too fast on the farm. Be aware that the driveway is used by farm equipment with limited visibility while loading, backing out of barns, and emerging from alleyways. The drive is also used by a family with children.

RC Swap Meet Nov 9th

A sizable RC swap meet will be held in Olympia Washington. Take a look at their impressive promotional links for more information: Order tables, Event poster, Promotional video.

Stuart’s Yak 55 wing – direct hit – in the air

Summer 2019

Elk Fence

 In August, an elk fence was placed around the farm property and there is now an entrance gate at the driveway. Please leave the gate open or closed just as you found it after going through it; however If you see that elk are approaching the gate then close it so they cannot enter onto the farm property.

Runway Tarp

We removed the red tarp that was being used for a small-plane runway. It was handy for the few small planes that could use it however the long edges gradually became exposed and started catching on landing gear. It would have been difficult to reinstall it deeper in the ground. It was also starting to become frayed in spots from age and from mower contact. The bare spot is seeded and will be covered in new grass soon.

Drive Slow at the Airfield

Remember; drive only 5 MPH over the farm driveway. Also stay out of the way of any farming operations, leave the gate just as you found it, and don’t drive in the hay field. Review the airfield rules on the signs posted at the airfield and on the club website every once in a while as well.

Winter 2018-2019 News

Renewing NCRCM memberships for 2019

Thanks everyone for renewing your NCRCM club membership again this year. Your support and participation in the club is greatly appreciated. Your membership renewal is helping us keep a flying site in the Tillamook area.

New Assembly Tables and mower ramp 

The table and mower ramp replacement project is complete.  The club purchased the lumber and materials for replacement of three airplane assembly tables and the ramp.  Mike Zaugg built them for us as part of his Eagle Scout services badge.  He did an excellent job.  They look nice, are sturdy and should last a long time.  Thanks Mike, we are lucky you chose our club for your project.   We also had to replace one of the engine startup stands.  Bob rebuild it for us and did excellent as well. 

Events

Rogue Valley Flyers in Grants Pass, Oregon is having thier RC Swap Meet on Saturday, March 30.

The Wenatchee Washington RED APPLE FLYERS club is sponsoring a regional RC event June 7th.  The EVENT’S FLYER lists something for everyone. The photos on their web site  show an impressive looking facility.  Wenatchee is about 400 road miles from Tillamook.

Our club has no plan right now for an RC event in Tillamook this summer.  If you want to see one bring a proposal to a club meeting, suggesting a date for the event with a plan for such things as activities, notifications, food, amenities, and volunteer help. Our fun-fly events usually have plenty of uncrowded flying opportunity.  

Other Maintenance Issues

We discussed replacing the roadside signs at the December meeting and tentatively decided to not reinstall them. We feel signage at the airfield parking area 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. We have been using gallon water jugs for hand-pour flushing which seems to work fine and reduces costs for septic dumping and RV toilet antifreeze.  Cold weather has slowed growth of the grass until spring.  The wind sock was replaced.

This website needs a software upgrade which is more technical than the could potentially knock the site offline for awhile if something goes wrong.  I hope to do it sometime this spring. If you can’t reach this site it is probably because I botched the upgrade, try again in a few days, hopefully I will have it fixed by then.

FAA registrations are extended to December 12, 2020

On December 12, 2017, Congress reinstated the FAA registration requirement for flying RC models, at that same time they also extended the expiration date of our pre-existing FAA registrations to December 12, 2020.  If you thought your FAA registration was expiring in 2018, you can now wait until the end of 2020 before renewing it.

FAA now requires registration numbers be externally displayed

The FAA just recently revised their rules to say that a FAA numbers must be displayed somewhere on the OUTSIDE of RC models.  They previously had allowed the registration number to be placed inside of a removable hatch or canopy. They said the new rule to display the number on the outer surface was made out of concern for first responders afraid of opening hatches on potentially booby trapped drones.  On the plus side, it is probably better that a policeman or fireman does not need to open up your RC plane’s canopy or hatch to obtain your FAA number because they might just use a shovel or a crow bar to do that.  On the other hand, anyone suspecting a possible booby trap would probably remotely explode your wayward model, FAA number or not.

Summer 2018 News

Road signs 

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.

Spring 2018 News

Welcome New Club Member Arlie Ledbetter

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.

Extremely remote RC helicopter 

Passing of Gary Cox

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.

Winter 2018 News

Club officers re-elected for two more years

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

FAA number  required again

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 2017 News

Fall has arrived

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.

MEETINGS

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

Steve Durham photo of his airplanes with Stuart’s plane in the air (Click photo to enlarge)

Summer 2017 News

Welcome two new club members

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.

Other News 

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.

 

Spring 2017 News

Welcome new members

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.