April-May-June 2015 News

April 6, May 4, June 1 – Meeting Minutes

The April and May and June meetings were attended by Pete Owston, Gary Cox, Stuart Hoffman, Bill Meador,  Bob Munsell, Dennis Calkins, Matt Bingenheimer and Jack.  In April the room we usually use was already occupied by another group but we were able to “make-due” in a nearby structure.  The McMinnville RC Swap Meet was discussed.  Gary, Matt and Bill shared a table at the swap meet and sold quite a few of their items.  Stuart and Stan also were there. Matt and Stuart both bought models there.  Various RC models, radios and other equipment were discussed during the meeting.   We decided to hold the next (May 4th) meeting at the RC airfield provided that the weather forecast cooperates and predicts a dry evening.  It was noted that moss is getting quite thick on the North half of the runway. The club authorized the purchase of moss control chemicals.  In the May meeting at the airfield was aborted at the last minute and held at the normal location because of some last minute rain. We decided on August 8th for our NCRCM fun fly event date.  Pete talked about his experience with customer support at hobby king for replacement of a bait and switched folding prop. Matt showed us his fancy new FRSky R/C car transmitter. Dennis did a demonstration flight of his indoor capable model called the Crack Wing.  It looked very fun to fly  (addictive like crack?) We decided to hold a flying/working type meeting at the airfield on June 1st but that got rained out again so we will just try to do the work some unscheduled weekend when the opportunity arises.  Pete discussed the TBCC RC class and may follow up with more info and discussion in the future.

TBCC Course in RC flight a Possibility

Pete was contacted by Tillamook Bay Community College (TBCC) about the possibility of our club participating in a course on RC flight at the college. We will discuss this topic at the June meeting.  Contact Pete if this topic is something you want to get involved in (as instructor or as student).

Airfield Fertilized

I spread moss control chemicals on the runway in early April, nothing dangerous, just some soil nutrients.   It seems to be working, the moss and weeds are fading out and the grass looks better.

NCRCM.com Web Site Layout Changes

The style of the this web site was recently changed to larger fonts and a simple layout in order to make it easier to use with a mobile phone. Google recently began down-ranking search results of web sites that are not easy to view on small mobile phone screens.  This told me that the trend toward using mobile smart phones for web surfing has probably reached some critical tipping point and it was time to bite the bullet and make this change.

Welcome New Club Members

We have three new club members from the Lincoln City area; Steve Durham, Gary Stevens, and Wesley Brown.  Gary and Wesley are relatively new to RC. Both are very accomplished and have made a lot of progress with their equipment and with their flying skills in a short amount of time. They have a variety of multi-rotors and elevon / wing type planes.  Gary has sophisticated UAV, FPV and stabilization setups.  Steve Durham is a formerly RC flyer who just recently got back into the hobby again after not flying for quite a few years.  He has a variety of  nice planes and is a good flyer. He has been coming to the field quite often, mostly mid-week when the weather is nice.  I posted photos of Wesley and Gary below but haven’t taken one of Steve yet.  I also posted a photo of Walter Swanson.  He one of the new members that I introduced in the previous March Postbut didn’t have a photo at the time.

Welcome new members Gary Stevens (left) and Wesley Brown (right) from the Lincoln City area.
Welcome new members Gary Stevens (left) and Wesley Brown (right) from the Lincoln City area.


Welcome Walter Swanson, new member.
Welcome Walter Swanson, new member.Air


Video of guy saving his quad-rotor from drowning in the ocean.

Compilation video of quad-rotor crashes – First Person View

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.

March April News


New aircraft – Stan Ray got his new E-flight Carbon Z Cub.  Here is a video of its maiden flight.  It flies beautifully and lands very nicely even in choppy winds.  Stan found that the Flap-Elevator mix settings are pretty sensitive because the cub did an abrupt nose down dive when he switching on a high percentage of mix. Luckily, Stan was testing it from a high altitude so he was able to recover it in time.

March 3rd club meeting minutes – Matt got a fire extinguisher for the airfield.  Bob talked about cleaning up old stuff in the shed and in the culvert pipe. We will do the house cleaning some day soon. The McMinnville RC Swap Meet was discussed, Stan, Matt and Gary said they were planning to go.  Our next meeting is on April 7th.  We should probably talk about dates for our local RC event.  There may be an important security topic to discus as well.

New event notices – The club received a couple invitations to nearby RC events.  The 2014 McMinnville Fun Fly is on July 12th.  A new annual event called Warbirds Over Oregon will be held July 19th in Turner Oregon by the Salem RC Pilots Association. The Fly-A-Ways RC Club announced a Scalemasters competition to be held in Banks on June 27-29.  I forwarded those email invitations to members, let me know if you didn’t get them or if you want your address included or excluded in the club’s mailing list.

Cool video – I was impressed with the effort that went into this video which incudes a whole lot of FPV flight footage that is presented in an very entertaining way.  It must have taken a lot of imagination, time, skill and effort to put it together.

December-January-February News


We hope you remember to renew your 2014 membership and continue to support RC flying in the Tillamook Area. Quite a few members have renewed their 2014 AMA and NCRCM club memberships already. Club dues are the same as last year, $40.  Your dues will help us meet our normal operating expenses and maintain the airfield again this year. (Click for more info on dues)

We are on the downhill side of winter now.  Thankfully, the airfield made it through the worst of this year’s cold and wind without any problems.  The month of January had a fair number of days with decent weather and I saw several people out flying. Paul brought out a new 1/4 scale biplane as well as a new glider. Both were beautifully done and looked great.  Matt’s son, Raymond, brought out a delta wing pusher that cuts through the air like a rocket.  It was probably approaching 100mph. Fun to watch. I almost strain a neck muscle trying to keep up with it.  I recently witnessed a real LiPo battery fire for the first time. It was triggered by a somewhat moderate nose-in crash (not mine, thankfully).  About a minute after the impact a huge dense cloud of smoke went up, soon followed by two more clouds from the two remaining cells that ignited sequentially, each about 1 minute apart. The smoke was too thick and ominous looking to get very close so there was nothing that could be done about it but just wait until it ran its course.   A considerable amount of heat melted everything within the engine compartment but surprisingly caused very little or no flaming. The balsa structure was somewhat charred but did not really catch on fire. No pictures, sorry.

We held elections at the January meeting.  Steve said he could not continue being President because he may be moving to Portland.  We hate to see him go.  Bob volunteered to take a turn in the role of President.  No one else expressed interest in being elected to a club officer position.  Bob was then nominated, seconded, voted and approved and is our new President. All other officer positions will remain the same, with Pete as Vice President, Matt as Safety officer, and Stuart as Treasurer/Secretary.  Bob does not have an email address or text messaging but you can call him on his land-line phone at 503-842-5083 if you need to talk to him.  Jon Nelson offered to take over the care and feeding of the Club’s Facebook page from Steve.  He said he would give Steve a call about it.

The Tillamook Area was selected to be one of the FAA’s authorized UAV (drone) testing areas.  The designation should have no impact on our recreational flying activities because the zone is located offshore and at higher altitudes.  The club was contacted by the Port of Garibaldi in January asking for help with aerial filming of their dock reconstruction activity for historical documentation purposes.  I forwarded the message to Gary because that type of thing is right up Gary’s alley. Gary was happy to help, took on the project, and got lots of photos, video and he said the weather was very cooperative.  Rob Anderson described filming golf courses with a high end hexacopter setup with all the bells and whistles at our February meeting. It was a very interesting discussion.

The 2014 annual McMinnville RC Swap Meet will be held March 8th 9:00AM to 2:00PM  at the Yamhill County Fairgrounds, 2070 NE LAFAYETTE AVE. MCMINNVILLE, OR 97128.  I don’t know for sure how many of our members are planning to attend. Stan Ray said he will have a sales table at the event.  Also, the Umpqua Valley RC club sent us an email announcing a big RC garage sale Feb 22 in Roseburg Oregon.  I ran across this news article about a proposed new RC airfield in Hood River.  I bet those guys know how to fly in wind, being that they fly in the Columbia gorge and all.

In news from further away, here is a video of an ardent African aircraft builder who I sympathize with when thinking back to some of my own creations. Here is an impressive video of fallen rock destruction filmed from an RC multi-rotor in Italy.

Our 2014 AMA Club Charter and insurance renewal forms arrived in the mail. I will send the completed paperwork to AMA prior to their March deadline.

October – November News

The season has wound down and there has not been not a lot of newsworthy activity lately. A few people still sneak a flight or two into an occasional dry sunbreak. The airfield is ready for winter. The canopy was taken down. The toilet was dumped & winterized. The field has been rolled and was kept well mowed through October, but grass will somewhat tall over the winter because of fewer dry weather mowing opportunities. I left the wind socks up but may take them down to prevent shredding by winter storms.

The October and November club meetings were attended by about 5 or 6 of us.  Pete volunteered to do the Christmas gift baskets, thanks Pete. We noted that a few of the table and startup stands need replacing soon.  Gary said he can get some high quality plywood for the table tops. We noted that the Welcome sign will be removed, and possibly replaced as it has deteriorated as well.

Chuck Atwood from Nestucca Bend, near Beaver, stopped by the airfield in mid October and inquired about selling several RC models that he inherited from his son.  He has about 6 or 7 planes with motors and electronics, includes two transmitters. He said they include an unbuilt P-38 kit, a partially completed P-82 (twin Mustang), a completed Twinstar, a huge flying wing pusher, an complete A-26 twin, and a completed Protege sport trainer.  Also includes fabric, balsa, fuel, etc, etc. He was not sure about any details, but I suspect that the stuff is only a few years old, 2-stroke nitro powered, probably 72 MHZ, from Tower Hobbies.  He was hoping to sell it as a single lot for around $1000. He would probably consider your offer if you make one.  I probably should not post his phone number on the internet but if you call me at (503) 842-7893 I will give it to you.

March News and Meeting notes


leprochaun2The meeting on March 7th was well attended, about 8 were present. The financial report was given. We discussed an odd but harmless looking notice that the bank mailed to the club. We have to change our meeting dates to the first Monday of each month because of room scheduling conflicts.  We also decided to change the lock combo on the shed.  Ask another member for the new lock combo number.

Matt, noting the start of a new flying season, urged everyone to remember safety at the airfield.   We talked about the McMinnville swap meet and discussed various model builds.  Gary mentioned that he may be filming more footage from his quad for a local TV channel. Rob Andrews described his custom radio conversion to 2.4 ghz.  The subject of Airfield maintenance was brought up, but nothing urgent or pressing was noted.  Pete brought in some balsa kits and parts that a neighbor had given him, they were airframes without electronics in various stages of construction. They looked like they had been put together very well, and they all went to good homes.

  The following email messages were sent to the NCRCM club in March:

– AMA sent us a newsletter called “AMA Today” which has links to some interesting topics.  (see newsletter )

– Oregon RC Scale sent us an update for their 2013 program. ( see update )

– USA RC Aerobatics Team send us a request for help with their 2013 event in South America.  ( see request )

– Mike Mosbrooker, AMA vice President, District XI send a message to us and to all other Oregon clubs asking for help defending the RC hobby from Oregon’s proposed anti-drone legislation. (see message)

December News

December Meeting – There was a decent turnout at the December 6th meeting. The eight members that were present helped decide on club business issues. They voted that the club give free club memberships to persons under 18 years old. It was also agreed to purchase holiday gifts for Norm and Ken again this year as an expression of thanks for allowing us fly at their nice location.  Pete said he will handle the gift details again this year as well as emailing the message reminding members to renew dues for 2013.  It was noted that the toilet had been winterization by Bob and mowing and canopy storage had been completed by Stuart.  Our annual drawing for a free year of dues was held at the end of the meeting.  It was initially won by Steve who then generously declined the prize allowing members a second chance at the draw which was then won by Bill.  Members recieve a ticket for that drawing every time they attend a meeting, and Bill attends most all of them.  Pete gave a description of a POW talk that he attended while at the McMinnville Air Museum. Stuart brought a computer and flight simulator to the meeting that several members flew.  He plans to bring it again at the Jan meeting if anyone wants to use it then.

Email Inbox–  McMinnville Aircraft Modelers sent us a message saying they will host their Annual Swap Meet on March 9, 2013.  You can contact their Swap Meet Coordinator Larry Miller with any questions, (503) 472-4987 larry.sanford.miller@gmail.com. (see also the vendor application)

New Year –  Another year of fun and exciting flying has gone by and we can start looking forward to a wonderful new season of flying in 2013.  The club had great member support and good participation in 2012, please don’t forget to renew your dues for the new year.   (dues info)


NCRCM email inbox

The following message was recently send to North Coast RC Modelers:

This is your personal invitation to the 2012 Northwest Model Hobby Expo, which will take place on February 10-12 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, WA.

As most of you know our organizer, John Foglesong, passed away last fall.  Since then his son, Justin, along with Ron Swift and Sandy DuVall, have been hard at work making sure that the ‘show goes on’, just as John had wanted.  We have an updated website (www.nwmhe.com), which should have everything that everyone needs.  If you don’t see it there, contact us at event@nwmhe.com or call 1-866-NWMHE-44.

We would like to make sure that all of the clubs in the surrounding areas know that they are welcome to join us. The price for a club booth with some kind of interactive/educational aspect for the public is only $40.00 for the weekend. If you would like to have a club booth this year and haven’t already done so, please go to our website and click on the ‘CLUB’ tab at the top and send in the completed form with your payment today.

**ALSO – back this year is the BANQUET, which will be held on Friday, February 10th from 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM at Alfy’s Pizza in Monroe located at 19121 SR 2, Monroe, WA 98272. You’ll want to eat somewhere after the Expo closes anyway, so why not join us at Alfy’s? Only $19.95 per person gets you pizza, spaghetti, a soft drink and salad. It’s quite a deal!

To make your reservation today you can go to the website under the ‘BANQUET’ tab at the top. Youwill need to contact us by email (event@nwmhe.com) or by phone (1-866-NWMHE-44) no later than Friday, February 3rd as we need a headcount to give Alfy’s, so they’ll have plenty of food for everybody.
There are three (3) ways to pay for your reservations: (1) Mail a check for the full amount to NWMHE, PO Box 1591, Duvall, WA 98019; (2) Use the PayPal ‘Pay Now’ button on the BANQUET page of our website (www.nwmhe.com ) to use your credit card; (3) Pay at the EXPO Registration Booth on Friday, 2/10.

In memory of John Foglesong, we’re collecting photos and stories to share at the banquet. If you have any photos you’d like to share, please send them to Ron Swift at ronswift@cablespeed.com as he is putting together a slideshow to run during the banquet.

Don’t forget to check out the FUNFLY tab on our website and plan on bringing something to fly.

We are looking forward to seeing you at our event.  If you have any questions, please contact us at event@nwmhe.com, or call 1-866-696-4344, or my direct line at 425-765-1546.


Sandy DuVall
NWMHE Co-Coordinator