Our September meeting date will fall on a holiday, so we decided to cancel it, postponing discussions over club business until our October meeting.
There isn’t a lot of club news to report, everything has been going 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)
The September meeting is being moved to the second Monday due to Labor Day falling on our usual meeting day, the first Monday. We hope to see you there. At our last meeting in July we confirmed that the Club will not host a Fun-fly event this year. We will probably have one next year though. Pete said he has obtained our new welcome sign and will work on getting it installed soon. Bob said he will fix the door on the storage shed. It is getting very hard to open. The club OK’d purchasing of materials for its repair.
Welcome Tim Crossman, our new club member
Timothy Crossman from Rockaway joined our club recently. He lives in Rockaway. I added his contact information into the club’s roster list so you can get ahold of him. Ron Summerfelt who lives near Netarts recently inquired about joining the club. Hopefully will become a member soon as well.
Latest news on FAA rule making
According to this AMA video the FAA has decided that most of their new rules will not be applied to recreation modelers like us who operate under the AMA’s (or possibly some other community based) safety program. The new FAA “drone’ laws apply to commercial operators, not to recreational flyers, other than recreation modelers need to notify an airport before they fly within 5 miles of it, and they will need to obtain and attach an FAA registration number to their model aircraft. Our club has notified the Tillamook airport that ongoing and year-round RC flights occur at our airfield, so you do not need to notify the airport before you fly at that location. Supposedly this FAA policy is final.
Runway Surface news
A rubberized canvas runway surface was installed by Pete, Bill and Stuart. It seems to help with takeoffs if the grass is tall and wheels are small. It is a small landing target. Few people will be able to hit it. Ron got us a second identical rubberized curtain that we will install after we see how this one holds up. We will probably put them side-by-side to make the surface twice as wide for easier landings. The surface can collect shallow water puddles but they don’t seem to bother my plane at all. There is a push broom in the shed if you feel the need to sweep water or grass clippings off of the surface. I discovered that our mower can mow about one foot onto the surface’s outer rim without damage to the material but the surfacing is vulnerable to mower damage if the mower deck is run across the surface at full speed with a low height setting. Our old surfacing of rubber horse stall mats was moved under the tables where they now help to keep feet dry and help avoid having to move tables back and forth in order to mow under them.
The chief club business topics discussed during the June meeting were installation of the runway surface, resetting the July meeting date to the 11th, wording for a new welcome sign, and obtaining more mats for under the tables. The possibility of having a fun-fly this summer was also discussed but a decision and planning details were postponed.
Dave Grigg joined the club in 2012. We are sad to learn that he is now gone. Dave was a generous and interesting person. Many shared his pleasant stories and conversations at the airfield. He was very fond of having apparently the lowest possible AMA number, oo1, which I can verify 100% as being his genuine AMA number. See also his obituary.
New Runway Surfacing to be Installed
Ron Brewer obtained a couple of 9’x50′ sheets of rubberized canvas for the club to use for a non-grass runway. It will allow the takeoff and landing of planes that need a cleaner surface, such as those with small wheels, tippy landing gear, or low slung turbines. We discussed the installation and possible locations at the April meeting. Ron and Stuart will start installing one of the sheets soon. We are planning to put it directly in front of the tables abutting the southern edge of our current rubber mat runway. Give Stuart or Ron a call if you want to help with installation of it.
April 4 meeting notes
We discussed the following topics: design of a sign for the airfield, the new runway material and installation options, our finances, David Grigg and his passing, mower maintenance, multi-rotor technology, and pest control in the toilet.
Jonathan Teeter joined our club in January and Errol Shanklin joined in March. I have not actually met them yet but hope to meet at the airfield and learn a little more about them. Jonathan was a member of the Clark County Fliers which is the RC club that serves the Vancouver Washington area. He is 10 years old, our youngest member, but I’m guessing he won’t need a whole lot of assistance as he has already flown a cub, a larger aileron plane, as well as a helicopter. Errol lives in Pacific City and I will share more info about him after we meet.
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.
McMinnville Swap Meet
Several NCRCM members who shared the three tables at the swap meet had a very successful day, selling the majority of their items. Thanks to Matt for getting it organized.
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.
The FAA is now requiring recreational flyers like us to register our aircraft. 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.