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.
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.
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.
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).
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 Post, but didn’t have a photo at the time.
February 2nd and March 2nd meeting minutes, plus other news
Congratulations to Robert Andrews, our club president, for obtained a new dream job working forInsitu Inc. making parts for their new UAV which is called the Flexrotor. Robert is doing composite work in carbon fiber for that UAV. It has a very unique and interesting design which gives it the major advantage of having both a long range plus a vertical takeoff and landing without the need for any cumbersome launch or recovery equipment. The company is based in White Salmon Washington so unfortunately Robert will be moving there soon and we won’t get to see him all that often anymore. Robert said he is willing to continue serving as President for our club and the club decided that it’s OK and wants to keep him as our president so continue consulting him about club matters via phone or email. He said a local club in the area has a very nice RC airfield very close to where he will be moving.
Dennis Wright is a new club member who joined our club in February. Dennis is from the Portland area and is also a member and officer in the OMAS club in Banks, Oregon. He came to fly with us and discovered that our field is a good place to fly his quarter scale planes. We had a good time flying with him and look forward to seeing him again. Walter Swanson is another new club member who is in the process of joining. Walter is a retired Navy veteran and is a long time RC flyer. He offered to help us with some of the chores at the airfield which is very much appreciated. Steven Durham is our newest club member. He joined in mid-March. Pete has met Steven but I have not talked with him yet so I can’t say much about him other than he lives in Lincoln City. Welcome to the club Dennis, Walter and Steven.
Matt Bingenheimer said he reserved a table at the McMinnville RC Swap Meet on March 14th and offered to let NCRCM club members sell their stuff at his table with him. Matt say’s he still has room in his Excursion if anyone wants a ride. his number is 503-812-6238.
Several people renewed memberships in February so the club’s financial situation is starting to look fine again. Wow, this spring has been yielding nice sunny flying days, one right after another, I hope it keeps up.
January 5th meeting minutes
The meeting started at 7:00 pm and was attended by seven members. Several of us renewed our memberships for 2015 and paid dues at the start of the meeting. Pete donated some money toward the cost of Christmas gifts. Pete is sort of like our Santa, he bought some nice gifts and delivered them to the field owner and farm resident who graciously allow us to fly on their property. Robert Munsell Sr. resigned his club presidency. He did a good job as President. Hopefully he will continue doing a great job as our chief maintenance engineer keeping the mowers and everything in working order. The club voted Rob Andrews to be our newest club president. Welcome and thanks for taking on that role Rob. If you want to talk to Rob about RC issues or about the club his phone number is 503-965-2233 . I described the new runway surface area (see details in previous post). A financial report was given which revealed that (including recent 2015 dues) we will start out the new year with somewhat less money than we started last year, but we still should be able to cover our normal expenses in 2015 because expenses should be significantly lower in the coming year as well. Members can view the details of the club’s finances by clicking on the CLUB DOCS icon at the top of this page. Your password is in the lower left corner of your membership card. Rob brought in his new JR 450 3D helicopter for show-and-tell. It was quite a well built machine. Rob said the model was a good price and it floats effortlessly with less cells that the Align version that he previously owned. Rob talked about his amazing adventure while piloting an aerial camera platform over the Snake River in Eastern Oregon for the filming of a documentary being produced by a major film company. The scenes are focused on the bridge which stands high over the river. Steep canyon walls covered in snow and ice made access to the river difficult so they had to canoe up the river to get in position under the bridge. They also had to wait for just the right snow cover and sky conditions so that the scenes would match previously filmed scenes. Hopefully Rob will play some of his footage for us at an upcoming club meeting. Bill brought his new Cub for show-and-tell. It was the one reviewed in an AMA article a couple months back and it has the electronic flight stabilization feature. It looked very nice. I don’t think he had flow it yet. Members shared stories of recent flying misfortunes, things we that we have all experienced that we could laugh over. The meeting was adjourned about 8:30 pm.
About seven members were present. Bill’s wife sent tasty donuts to the meeting. We discussed plywood delamination on the two new table tops. It was noted that we no longer have a convenient place for dumping the toilet and the tail lights on the toilet trailer no longer work. Matt contacted Eric who said he can arrange for dumping it at the city facility. Gary offered to get a portable tail light kit for the trailer. Bob talked about mower repairs and brought up that we need to check oil correctly on the mowers so we don’t overfill them. He was reimbursed $31 for mower parts. We decided to discontinue holding the annual drawing for free dues because the drawing was not really bringing more members in to the meetings and the club’s revenues have declined somewhat over the last few years. We talked some more about making a runway surface for the smaller planes. We did not yet have much info on costs, feasibility, materials, availability, installation methods, etc. so could not pursue that topic in much depth. Pete said he would contact Ron and work with him on getting more project details. Ron had previously mentioned that he thought he might be able to get a leftover roll of dryer felt from the Astoria club. Rob brought in his new scratch built flying wing for show and tell and it looked like a well thought-out design.
Dec 1st Meeting Minutes
About 5 members were present. Bob said he and Rob have replaced the tension cables on the shed door. Bob brought his glider in for some help with arming the ESC. We OK’d expenditures for Christmas gifts for Norm (site owner)and Greg ( farm resident). Pete had offered to purchase the gifts and present them again this year. Bob said he will resign the Presidency in January. Side note:We should try to vote the new President into office prior to the renewal of the club’s charter with the AMA because they will ask for the names of club members and officers. The AMA charter renewal form will arrive soon and is due by early March I believe. Bill received a new miniature quad-copter from Gary at the meeting and it was flow about the room. It was surprisingly fast, agile and stable for something that is only a couple inches wide. Matt brought in a giant servo motor to show us. It’s for his new milling machine. The felt like it weighed 15 lbs. and has something like 1100 inch lbs. of torque, definitely too much for a park flyer, maybe a 747.
Rain and high priority chores tried to keep me at home over the last couple of months but I was able to go to the airfield a couple times and I saw several new planes that people brought out. Rob now has Steve’s 35% Pilot-brand Yak which was originally Eric’s plane. He can fly it to its full potential. Eric put together a high-end electric pattern plane. It flies very precise and contains nothing but top-shelf components of course. Gary brought out a couple new electrics that looked very fun to fly. The blue one is a small, fast, agile, and stabilized 3-D acrobat. It flies like a larger plane. His yellow plane is super light weight so it flips, rolls, and spins while it is gently floating along a few feet off the ground. Bob finished his Spirit 100 sailplane. He has not flow it as of yet but it is a very nice looking build. You can click on the thumbnails of the photos in this post to expand the pictures to a larger size.
New Runway Surface
We installed a small takeoff runway with a smooth surface so that planes having small wheels can get moving without tipping forward onto the prop. The new runway surfacing is 6 feet wide by 32 feet long and is made out of 3/4 inch thick rubber mats. The mats are identical to the one that we use for a helicopter pad. Other than cost, the matting seems to make a perfect runway surface . Normally 6’x4′ matts are $35 each but all seven of these only cost us $100, or about $14 each. I got them from a Craigslist ad. I was afraid that this offer would no longer be available if I waited to discuss it at the next meeting, so I checked with Pete who was coordinating the runway surfacing project and learned that the plan for getting dryer felt from the Astoria club had fallen through and it was not available. Pete said he thought the mats were a good buy, so I got them. Bob and I installed them the next day. The mats were simple to put down and will be easy to move or dispose if the need ever arises. I think this new runway is going to be good because the mat that we had used as a helicopter pad over the last few years has proven to be indestructible, could not blow away, didn’t rot from the sun or the moisture and retained its asphalt-like appearance. It could be mowed over, elk stomped, driven over, rolled over. It could handle violent prop strikes and maybe even a straight-in-smoking-hole plane crash. Most importantly, it did not cause any extra maintenance work or inconvenience mowing. The new runway surface shouldn’t interfere with grass landing of larger planes given its current location close to the pilot station. The biggest drawback is it’s small length and width. Completing a full landing on it may not be in the cards all that often, but I did land on it on my very first attempt with my slow park flyer model, and I had a lot of fun doing multiple touch-N-goes on it. We should probably keep an eye out for more mats at bargain prices to make the area larger, or we could also continue to investigate the practicality of other runway options as well.
Upcoming vote for president.
We will be voting for a new club president during one of the next few meetings because Bob said he will resign in January. The vote is likely to be held on Jan 5th. If you want to nominate yourself or someone else let us know.
Renew your 2015 club memberships starting in January, due by April
Don’t forget to renew your membership. Renewal starts January 1st. We have had a slight drop in revenue over the last couple of years so the club really needs your dues payment to keep us going. Please help us by mailing in your renewal or bringing it to a meeting.