Summer 2018 News

Road signs 

We took down a couple of our roadside signs because signs and their fence posts had deteriorated.  We will discuss the future of the signs at the next meeting on Monday Nov 5th.

Loose a plane?

An airplane showed up at the airfield a couple weeks ago and we haven’t found its owner.  It was just sitting on the ground near one of the tables with a long dead battery still plugged in.  It’s a small foam electric with folding prop. Initially, it was is excellent condition with no damage, but has since acquired a little bit of minor hangar rash. It was probably a runaway model that someone discovered while hiking in the woods,  anonymously dropped off at the the airfield. Tell Stuart or Pete if you know who might own it.

September meeting will be held Sept 10th due to holiday

Our next cub meeting will be held on Sept 10th at 7:00 pm rather than on the usual first Monday of the month to avoid a conflict with anyone’s upcoming Labor Day holiday plans. The meeting will be indoors at our usual place.  

Flight Table replacement

Our flight tables have served us well for about 20 years now but most are weathered and rotted to the point where they need to be replaced rather than just patched.  Mike Zaugg has graciously volunteered to build replacements for three tables, a startup stand, and the mower ramp.  Mike is a Civil Air Patrol Cadet as well as an Eagle Scout. He will be earning a service merit badge for this efforts.  The club is lucky that he chose our club to receive the benefit of his service merit badge.  Thanks Mike.  

Civil Air Patrol Cadets

The Cadets will be flying at the airfield on Thursdays 6:30 PM.  They will also hold a rocketry camp at the airbase from July 26th to July 29th.  Visitors are welcome to observe the many exciting events they have planned that weekend.  Call Michael Walsh (503) 398-2838 for more details.

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
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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

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.

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.


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. 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

August 2014 news

2014 Fun Fly Event


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



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



June News


See more of more of Roberts excellent work at
See more of more of Roberts excellent work at

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.

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