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.

 

Dec, Jan, Feb news

Spring is almost sprung

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.

 

Meeting Minutes

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.

Winter flying

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.

Steve Durham’s airplane on recent January morning, Stuart flying in background (click to expand)

Sept, Oct, Nov news

RC Flying Model Exhibition Nov 26,2016 in Seattle

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 .

Click image for details
Click image for details
Meeting Minutes

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 Mayle and Joey
Ron and his grandson Joey

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)

And, here is an excellent video of a cockpit view flight

June, July, Aug news

Next meeting is Sept 12th at 7:00 PM

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.

Meeting Minutes

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.

April, May News

New video made by Rob Russo, Steve Durham’s flight

FAA Rule Making News

AMA published this NEWS ARTICLE that sounds ominous but gives few details about newest surprises coming from the FAA.   It seems they now might eventually require RC aircraft to have a GPS lockout system or a transponder system to prevent flights in restricted airspace, possibly including the 5 mile radius around Tillamook Airport.   More related recent FAA news links: Transponder testing, States and Cities can’t regulate RC, Airport lockout device to be studied.

 NCRCM member David Grigg has passed on
Dave Grigg
Dave Grigg with his fun flyer on a nice sunny day in April 2014. Dave was a long time RC flier that joined our club in 2012. Sadly he passed on in 2015.

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.

 

Renew 2016 Membership

The club needs your support so please renew your membership in 2016 and come out to fly with us.  Dues are still $40.  Mail the dues together with any address or phone number changes to:

North Coast RC Modelers
2418 1st Street
Tillamook, OR 97141

Or, just renew with Stuart next time you see him at the airfield or at a meeting.

remember 2016

Feb March 2016 News

Club meeting notes

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 AMA  In 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.

Club Officers Elected for 2016

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.

Oct – Jan News

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.

Other News

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.

July-Aug-Sept News

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.

Steven Durham with three of his airplane. All are excellent performers and quality aircraft.
Steven Durham with three of his airplanes. All are quality aircraft and excellent performers .

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.

IMG_46552015 NCRCM Fun Fly Event – enjoyed by all

More 2015 Fun Fly photos

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.