Nov and Dec 2014 News

Robert's 35% Yak

Robert’s 35% gas powered Pilot-brand Yak _________________________ Click to expand photo

Nov 3rd Meeting Minutes

About seven members were present. Bill’s wife sent tasty donuts to the meeting.  We discussed plywood delamination on the two new table tops. It was noted that we no longer have a convenient place for dumping the toilet and the tail lights on the toilet trailer no longer work.  Matt contacted Eric who said he can arrange for dumping it at the city facility.  Gary offered to get a portable tail light kit for the trailer.  Bob talked about mower repairs and brought up that we need to check oil correctly on the mowers so we don’t overfill them. He was reimbursed $31 for mower parts.  We decided to discontinue holding the annual drawing for free dues because the drawing was not really bringing more members in to the meetings and the club’s revenues have declined somewhat over the last few years. We talked some more about making a runway surface for the smaller planes.  We did not yet have much info on costs, feasibility, materials, availability, installation methods, etc. so could not pursue that topic in much depth.  Pete said he would contact Ron and work with him on getting more project details. Ron had previously mentioned that he thought he might be able to get a leftover roll of dryer felt from the Astoria club.  Rob brought in his new scratch built flying wing for show and tell and it looked like a well thought-out design.

Dec 1st Meeting Minutes

Gary Cox RC planes

Gary has two new planes.

About 5 members were present. Bob said he and Rob have replaced the tension cables on the shed door. Bob brought his glider in for some help with arming the ESC.  We OK’d expenditures for Christmas gifts for Norm (site owner)and Greg ( farm resident).  Pete had offered to purchase the gifts and present them again this year.   Bob said he will resign the Presidency in January.  Side note:We should try to vote the new President into office prior to the renewal of the club’s charter with the AMA because they will ask for the names of club members and officers.  The AMA charter renewal form will arrive soon and is due by early March I believe.  Bill received a new miniature quad-copter from Gary at the meeting and it was flow about the room.  It was surprisingly fast, agile and stable for something that is only a couple inches wide. Matt brought in a giant servo motor to show us. It’s for his new milling machine. The felt like it weighed 15 lbs. and has something like 1100 inch lbs. of torque, definitely too much for a park flyer, maybe a 747.

New Planes

Eric's pattern RC plane

This is Eric’s new electric pattern plane. _________________________ click to expand photo

Rain and high priority chores tried to keep me at home over the last couple of months but I was able to go to the airfield a couple times and I saw several new planes that people brought out.   Rob now has Steve’s 35% Pilot-brand Yak which was originally Eric’s plane. He can fly it to its full potential.  Eric put together a high-end electric pattern plane. It flies very precise and contains nothing but top-shelf components of course. Gary brought out a couple new electrics that looked very fun to fly. The blue one is a small, fast, agile, and stabilized 3-D acrobat.  It flies like a larger plane.  His yellow plane is super light weight so it  flips, rolls, and spins while it is gently floating along a few feet off the ground.  Bob finished his Spirit 100 sailplane.  He has not flow it as of yet but it is a very nice looking build. You can click on the thumbnails of the photos in this post to expand the pictures to a larger size.

 

New Runway Surface

A small runway surface was added December 2014 for the takeoff of planes that can't roll easily on grass without nosing over.  It is 32 feet long by 6 feet wide.

New runway surface for small-wheel takeoffs

We installed a small takeoff runway with a smooth surface so that planes having small wheels can get moving without tipping forward onto the prop. The new runway surfacing is 6 feet wide by 32 feet long and is made out of 3/4 inch thick rubber matts.  The matts are identical to the one that we use for a helicopter pad.  Other than cost, the matting seems to make a perfect runway surface .  Normally 6′x4′ matts are $35 each but all seven of these only cost us $100, or about $14 each. I got them from a Craigslist ad.  I was afraid that this offer would no longer be available if I waited to discuss it at the next meeting, so I checked with Pete who was coordinating the runway surfacing project and learned that the plan for getting dryer felt from the Astoria club had fallen through and it was not available.  Pete said he thought the matts were a good buy, so I got them. Bob and I installed them the next day. The matts were simple to put down and will be easy to move or dispose if the need ever arises. I think this new runway is going to be good because the matt that we had used as a helicopter pad over the last few years has proven to be indestructible, could not blow away, didn’t rot from the sun or the moisture and retained its asphalt-like appearance.  It could be mowed over, elk stomped, driven over, rolled over.  It could handle violent prop strikes and maybe even a straight-in-smoking-hole plane crash. Most importantly, it did not cause any extra maintenance work or inconvenience mowing. The new runway surface shouldn’t interfere with grass landing of larger planes given its current location close to the pilot station.  The biggest drawback is it’s small length and width. Completing a full landing on it may not be in the cards all that often, but I did land on it on my very first attempt with my slow park flyer model, and I had a lot of fun doing multiple touch-N-goes on it. We should probably keep an eye out for more matts at bargain prices to make the area larger, or we could also continue to investigate the practicality of other runway options as well.

Upcoming vote for president.

We will be voting for a new club president during one of the next few meetings because Bob said he will resign in January.  If you want to nominate yourself or someone else let us know.

Renew your 2015 club memberships starting in January, due by April

Don’t forget to renew your membership. Renewal starts January 1st.   We have had a slight drop in revenue over the last couple of years so the club really needs your dues payment to keep us going.  Please help us by mailing in your renewal or bringing it to a meeting.

Christmas lightshow - covering an entire neighborhood – filmed from an RC quad-copter.

 

 

Oct 2014 News

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Stan and Pete ( left to right) showing their newest models. Oct. 4, 2014 (click photo to enlarge)

October 6th Meeting Minutes

Four members attended the meeting: Bob, Stuart, Matt, Bill and Pete as well as two new guests, Huston and Michael.

The minutes were read and the financial report was given. We expended funds in Sept for 5 gallons of mower gas and four gallons of RV toilet antifreeze. A bill for some mower parts was presented at the meeting.  No income was received last month.

New business topics included repair of a rip in the canopy and renewal of our web hosting service.   Matt said he can get patching material for the canopy.  Someone will need to sew the patch on prior to erection of the canopy next summer.  Members approved expending funds for three more years of web hosting fees.  We no longer get bonus signup rates so the fee is now the regular rate of $72 per year.

Two guests attended the meeting.  Huston and Michael, father and son, want to become members and fly with us.  Huston flew RC planes several years ago and might be a little rusty.  He still has an RC model.  Michael has a “drone” model that he currently flies.  Welcome to the club guys.

New planes

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Gary’s grandson, Bailey, retrieves his slow stick while Rob assists with a tiger moth.

Robert, Stan, Pete and Gary all brought out new models last month.  Gary’s is a small stabilized 3D acrobatic flyer only about 10″ wingspan but it performs like a big one.  Pete’s is a stabilized mid-size Sukhoi that had an issue with the elevator so couldn’t be flown.  It looks like it will be a good performer.  Stan’s is a high performance biplane that he flew very well. Robert’s model is a custom scratch build flying wing built for stable user friendly flights, crashworthiness, and landing in adverse locations.

Winter is coming

Fall weather has arrived.  The grass greened up almost overnight after the fall rains arrived. It looks nice however it will  grow fast until the weather gets cold and it might occasionally get a little tall due to the limited number of days dry enough for mowing and the completion from other chores and activities demanding attention this time of year.   The toilet was winterized.  We will maintain only a couple gallons of the antifreeze solution in the water reservoir over winter so try to conserve antifreeze when flushing.

Sept News

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Sept 7 meeting minutes

Bob, Matt, Bill, Gary, Rob, and Stuart attended.  No old business carried over.

Stuart gave the financial report which shows that we are holding steady with plenty of savings to cover operating expenses for the next season, assuming we don’t have some surprise abnormal expense.

Matt gave a safety report and mentioned that hot dry weather dry has created extreme wildfire danger conditions.  He said that a recent RC related fire in the valley burned a utility pole which was extinguished by their fire department.  Gary and Rob described how a helicopter they were working on started up unexpectedly at full speed due to accidentally reversing the wrong radio channel. Fortunately the model was running with negative pitch so it stayed pinned to the ground long enough for Rob to correct that channel so the motor could be stopped.

Matt talked about a pen plotter that he recently acquired and said he can print off vector file versions of downloaded airplane designs for us. He may mount a laser cutter or vinyl cutter to it someday as well.

Stuart brought up field maintenance issues.  There is a pack rat making a mess in the storage shed (update: He waged a tough and valiant battle but has finally been evicted).  The trailer lights on the portable outhouse stopped working, we talked about getting a set of detachable trailer lights for it.  One of the overhead door cables broke and will need to be repaired soon before the other one gives out.  Ron suggested (outside of the meeting) that we look into putting down some geotec fabric. He said he will gather some info on it and forward the details to me so we can discuss it at the upcoming Oct 6 club meeting.

Quadcopters are actors in a live performance.

August 2014 news

2014 Fun Fly Event

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This year’s fun fly event was well attended by over thirty five people.  We were very lucky to get Brian and Patrick of Roswell Flight Test Crew to participate at this years event. They are busy with events all around the country this time of year and somehow we caught them with the single date that they had open on their calendar. If you look on page 97 of the most recent (Sept.) issue of AMA’s magazine, Model Aviation, you will see an article about the Roswell Flight Test Crew.  They gave us demonstrations of the capabilities of their drone equipment, answered lots of questions and gave assistance and advice about drone setup to the event’s drone enthusiast attendees.  We really appreciate their help making this an enjoyable event.

Civil Air Patrol Cadets from all over Western Oregon were in Tillamook on that weekend and they also came to the event.  They got a special presentation from Brian and Patrick.  We wanted to give the Cadets hands-on trainer flights with their own RC model that they brought to the event.  Unfortunately, a radio transmitter problem could not be ironed out in time to make that happen.

The weather was sunny and warm with calm wind and a perfect day for flying. Matt and Gary cooked up a bunch of bratwursts, hot dogs and hamburgers.  Everyone got an excellent lunch without it costing much thanks to people bringing potluck dishes, donating food items, and donating money.  Also, thanks to those who donated canopies, grills, and helped set things up.

We enjoyed lots of flights of a variety of aircraft, with no crashes this year, just a couple of “awkward” landings.

More event photos are in the photo gallery (here)

NCRCM Meeting Minutes August 4, 2014

The meeting was held at the airfield at 6:00 pm.   Pete, Stuart, Gary, Rob, Matt  and Bill were there.  We spent a couple hours repairing things and sprucing things up.  Gary replaced the door on our portable toilet.  The old chip-board door was barely hanging by a thread. The new door is very nice. It’s like a Cadillac of toilet doors.  We set up the shade canopy next to the storage shed with a couple tables under it.  A setup table was painted. We divvied up remaining tasks for the fun fly.  A couple people got in an evening flight after the meeting was adjourned.

Speculation on the FAA’s progress towards becoming RC overlord

The FAA has just granted the AMA a 60 day extension of time so we can do more writhing, gnashing of teeth, and waving of pitchforks.  We now have until Sept 23, 2014 before the comment period will close and the final rule is published. Don’t just wait to welcome them to the throne. Send them a thoughtful comment now while there is still time.

Most Federal rules are published with just minor changes resulting from the public comments. Hopefully that is not the case here. Federal rules generally won’t go into effect for at least 30 days following the closure of the comment period and the publishing. Most often the agency gives everyone plenty of additional time to come into compliance, however the FAA has already been accused of foot dragging on the integration of commercial UAV’s into the national airspace, so they may be under pressure to take the RC reigns fairly soon.  It is most likely too late for the AMA to ask Congress to rewrite the underlying law that this agency is clearly misinterpreting.  Congress could threaten the FAA’s budget to get it to stop over-reaching, provided lawmakers are sympathetic to the RC hobby. A more likely option is for the courts to over-rule the FAA’s erroneous interpretation of the law, and indeed the AMA filed for courts intervention at the end of August.  Hopefully judges will side with the AMA.

It’s hard to say if the FAA’s new RC rules would be strictly enforced. It seems to me that the FAA wants all RC activity to be potentially illegal by subjecting it to a catch-22 of general aviation rules, but then would only occasionally prosecute on a case-by-case basis after someone becomes alarmed or annoyed and complains or brings it to the attention of the FAA.  It’s an uncomfortable position for us to be in, but it is not an unusual way to regulate.  Almost everyone goes around inadvertently violating plenty of poorly-defined, vague, obscure, obsolete, or ignored rules that are still on the books, all the time, even though they may have never-ever dared to intentionally remove the warning tag off of a pillow or mattress.

Google’s Secret Drone-Delivery Program

Flight related videos

Google’s Secret Drone-Delivery Program (text and video)

Commercial manned hover bike -  Similar to a giant RC quad-copter that you will be able to ride like a motorcycle.

250 mph RC pulse jets - Fast

440 mph RC turbine jet  – Faster

468 mph RC slope soaring  -  Fastest

2014 Tillamook Fun Fly

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TILLAMOOK RC FUN FLY EVENT IS AUGUST 16, 2014

Come to North Coast RC Modelers’ 2014 Tillamook Fun Fly event on Saturday August 16th.  Radio control flyers and spectators will get together for a full day of flying fun. All types of RC aircraft will be on-hand and everyone is invited, pilots, spouses, 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, FPV, and glider models.

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

We hope you come.  It starts at 8:30 am but will likely be most active from about 9:30 am until about 2:30 pm.

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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[/important]

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.

The Warehouse – Tillamook fitness gym

New fitness gym in Tillamook

New fitness gym in Tillamook

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Tillamook Fitness Gym now open

A new fitness facility is open in Tillamook, Oregon.  It is called THE WAREHOUSE – Strength and Conditioning.  The Warehouse is a pro-level fitness gym that is specialized in circuit strength training and the mixed martial arts (MMA), including kickboxing, submission wrestling, and boxing. Their circuit training style of exercise is what you would find in a Cross-fit gym.  The gym offers specialized, personal and group classes and clinics in MMA, kickboxing, submission wrestling, boxing, weight lifting, as well as general fitness and strength training.  The group exercises are fun and motivating.  They have you use a wide variety of equipment in a variety of exercise routines for getting an effective workout, no matter what stage you have reached .  Everyday they feature a new challenging workout routine with plenty of other routines to choose from as well.  If you want to do your own personal fitness routine with minimal distractions you can go in the middle of the day during Open Gym, thus avoiding scheduled classes. They play great music and it is a very clean, pleasant and professional looking facility. You shouldn’t get bored there. Couples, singles, youth, seniors and families are all welcome.

The gym is located at 6002 Blimp Blvd., Suite A, Tillamook, Oregon 97141 in a brand new warehouse space built by the Port of Tillamook Bay ot 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. The gym has several trainers on staff including Ron Anderson who excels at coaching the martial arts.

For more information you can view their website http://warehousegym.net/, and their Facebook page. Phone number is 503-842-4245 or 503-812-3465.  Email the.warehouse@aol.com,  or just visit them at their gym facility .

This post is not exactly RC related however I wrote it because a couple of North Coast RC Modelers members (myself included) have family ties to the owners of this new business, thus I want to help promote it, but also I am a regular member of The Warehouse gym. I go there nearly everyday, so I say this from my own personal and happy experience.

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

 

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