The July meeting is rescheduled for July 11th at 7:00 PM
The July meeting will be held on the second Monday of the month rather than the first Monday to avoid the Independence Day holiday. We hope to see you there.
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 new AMA video the FAA has finally determined that most of their new rules will not be applied to recreation modelers who operate under the AMA (or under some other community based safety program). The FAA will apply its new rules only to commercial operators, not recreational flyers, such as that dreaded 400 foot altitude limit. Recreation modelers will still need to notify an airport when they fly within 5 miles of it, and recreational modelers still need to attach an FAA registration number as well as an AMA number onto their aircraft. Our club has already notified the Tillamook airport of our ongoing and year-round RC flights at the NCRCM airfield which is located 4.5 miles South of the Tillamook Airport. Supposedly this determination is final and no new surprises will be coming to us from the FAA.
Runway Surface news
A rubberized canvas runway surface was installed by Pete, Bill and Stuart. It has had a little testing so far and does seem to be great for takeoffs, especially when the grass is tall. It is not easy to land on unless you are pretty good at pin-point landings. Ron got us a second identical rubberized curtain that we plan to install. We can use it to make the runway surface twice as long (better for takeoffs?), or twice as wide (better for landings?). Let us know if you have a preference. The surface causes the formation of shallow water puddles quite frequently but the puddles 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 goes fully onto it. Do not run the mower more than about one foot onto the surface or it could suck the material up into the blades. I’m not sure if using the highest deck setting or if a colder stiffer runway surface would have prevented the damage. I’m afraid to test it any further. I patched the mower damage but I still need to fix a couple of loosened patches that had been repaired years ago before we got the curtain, especially a loose patch on the southwestern corner which catches the mower blades when edging the grass. I think the material is probably a PVC based rubber so a glue and patching material designed for PVC may work the best. 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 the tables back and forth 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 more mats 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.
We elected club officers at the July 4th meeting. Pete Owston is our new President. Pete had been doing a great job as Vice President and had taken on the duties of Acting President after Rob moved from the local area. Bill Meador was elected Vice President, Stuart was elected Sec/Treasurer and Matt is our Safety Officer. Thanks to everyone for contributing to the operations of our club.
Here is a nice video that Rob Russo and Steve Durham put together:
Jan 4th Meeting – New Officers elected
We elected club officers at the July 4th meeting. Pete Owston is our new President. Pete had been doing a great job as Vice President and took on the duties of Acting President after Rob moved from the local area. Bill Meador was elected Vice President, Stuart was elected Sec/Treasurer and Matt is our Safety Officer. We discussed the FAA registration process, the airport notification status, 2015/2016 finances, collected a few dues and renewed some memberships at the meeting as well. Matt said he hopes to get tables at the McMinnville swap meet this March. Steve Durham was also hoping to get tables so there will probably be some coordination between Matt, Steve Bill and Gary for swap meet table sharing. Talk to them if you would like to be involved.
Dec 7th Meetings
Our December 7th Meeting was cancelled due to flooding and bad weather. At the November meeting we decided to try fill the sink holes at the airfield. A few days after the meeting Pete and Stuart talked to Norm and Gregg about it and that same evening Gregg dumped several bucket loads of dirt in them. Grass was seeded on the bare spot but being so late in the year the heavy rains, cold and and frost will keep it bare and muddy for several months.
The toilet was winterized with antifreeze solution to keep the pump from breaking so go easy on the flushing. You can pour the plain water from the jugs along the wall for flushing if need be. Grass seed was sprouting in the bare dirt patches and hopefully hasn’t been killed by frost. We have only one mower now. The financial spreadsheet for 2015 was finalized. This web site has a new look. It was changed to this new theme to make it work better with the wide variety of devices and brands of smart phones, although it still needs some tweaking and editing.
Welcome New Club Members – Rob Russo and Dylan Lundy
We have continued to attract new memberships in 2015. The latest flyers to join the club are Rob Russo and Dylan Lundy. Rob is from Lincoln City and has a custom surfboard business. He is an experienced pilot who flies pattern style electric airplanes as well as sophisticated FPV and UAV type multi rotor aircraft. Dylan is one of our younger members as he attends High School, He is fairly new to the hobby but is catching on quickly as he is building his own RC model from a kit. He attended our last club meeting and it was nice to see that is getting some assistance from other members such as Gary and Matt.
I do not yet have photos of either of the two new members to post here, but I did get a photo of Steven Durham, a new member who joined the club a few months ago, with three of his aircraft, which by the way, are very well built and nice performing.
We had inquiries from a couple of other potential new members during our last fun fly that hopefully will decide to take up the hobby and fly with us as well.
Astoria Club’s Fun Fly
Astoria club held their fun fly event Sept 12. I went and discovered they have a very nice field. It took no time at all to get used to flying there. Their club flies mostly mid-sized nitro engines but the field works equally well for small electric, helicopter or quarter scale gas because of its combination of a moderate sized club dryer felt runway surface surrounded by good grass surface with plenty of unobstructed over-flight area. The event was similar to ours with some decent flying weather, good food, a great bunch of guys and plenty of opportunity to share info, ogle cool models, and demonstrate flying skills.
We did our 2015 NCRCM Fun Fly event on August 8th. The day started out a little cloudy with only a few minutes of very light drizzle mid-day, but was actually a very pleasant flying day, having perfect temperatures without wind. Around 40 people attended, about half flyers and half visitors. The format was like last year’s event with open flights, no entry fees, a free picnic lunch which included grilled burgers, hot dogs, drinks and snacks. Pete did a good job of managing the event and grilling the meats. Flyers had a great time and we all got an abundance of flights throughout the day. Spectators enjoyed watching a wide variety of model types and flying styles. There were no serious crashes, as far as I can remember. We were treated to delicious food dishes and snack items that several people had brought along from home to share with the crowd. A generous number of cash donations, as well as generous food and item contributions allowed us to completely offset the expenses of the event so there was no net cost to club finances for hosting it. We might have actually even made a few bucks, depending on the cost of the newspaper ad which is currently unknown. Also, Larry Oberholtzer donated three boxed kits and a set of air retracts to the club a few days before the event. We sold one of the boxed kits during the fun fly for an additional $50. Thank you Larry. I will bring the remaining kits to the next meeting and we can decide what to do with them then.