All Club Officers were re-elected to serve in their current positions during our January 8th meeting. There were no other nominations. Several people renewed their club membership at the meeting. A recent check revealed that most of us have an up-to-date on AMA Membership status. If you are not sure about your own, you can look here.
BEWARE OF FAKE FAA DRONE REGISTRATION SITES
The FAA’s requirement for registration of model aircraft weighing over 8 ounces has been reinstated. The FAA can levy a hefty fine to anyone for failing to register an RC aircraft (ie: drone). I don’t think they are currently prosecuting people for simply for flying an unregistered drone so far. Any prosecutions seem to be in response to a news-worthy drone flight involving reckless-endangerment charges. The registration fee costs $5 to get an FAA number that you should put on each of your aircraft. You probably should include your AMA number on the label as well. Your FAA registration needs to be renewed every 3 years, so if you got one about the time that the registration was first required you will need to renew again at about the end of 2018. The official FAA registration site is https://faadronezone.faa.gov. Make sure the web address you are using starts off with the spelling “https://faadronezone.faa.gov/”. If it does not, then you have likely arrived at a fake site that is trying to make a little extra money by doing the registration for you as an intermediary between you and the FAA. The only advantage to using one of those fake sites is that they probably won’t let you forget to renew your registration, provided they are still in business after three years, while the real FAA site doesn’t send out a reminder when a registration is about to expire.
AMA recently revised its rules
The AMA recently revised their rules. They made a few minor additions and simplified the wording. Read AMA rules.
up-to-the-minute wind conditions
Want to know the current wind speed and direction? I added a new wind and temperature indicator located in the upper right corner of this web page. It shows the current “live” wind and temp data from a weather station just east of the City of Tillamook. It may go off-line sometimes but there are many other nearby weather stations you can find listed at the bottom of the Weather Underground page for Tillamook, and the Weather Underground page for Beaver Oregon.
Fall is here, nights are cooling and days are shorter but we still have plenty of nice-weather days for flying so come out to the airfield before the winter weather arrives (maybe mid-November-ish?).
WELCOME NEW CLUB MEMBER
The club welcomes our new member Scott Gordon. He joined in early October. Scott lives west of Tillamook. He has been to the field a couple times. I have not met him yet, but hopefully will soon.
There wasn’t any specially important club business brought up during the October 2nd meeting. We had 6 members present and had about an hour of general discussion and friendly chit-chat before adjourning at about 8:00 pm. The next club meeting is September 6th, 7:00 pm
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.