Meeting – The September meeting was held early (on Aug 28th). We spent the entire meeting repairing tables and sprucing up the airfield for the Fun-fly.
New Photos – I posted some photos of the 2013 Fun-fly Event. They were sent to us by Jim Pearson, President of the Astoria RC club. I will eventually post more photos taken by Pete in that same photo gallery location.
Astoria trip – The fall Astoria trip was postponed until next season due to scheduling conflicts.
Ultimate FPV video – If you enjoy FPV flight then you need to watch this FEV (first eagle view) video. It’s not exactly radio controlled, but its still very inspiring.
Event news – The Aug 31st fun-fly event details are HERE. September’s club meeting was held early (on Aug 28th, at the Airfield. It was a work group meeting and we spruced a few things up. Invitations to the Fun Fly were emailed on 8/7/13 to members, some former club members, and nearby RC club contacts. If you didn’t get the message and want to be on the mailing list then send your current email address to me (email@example.com) or (503) 842-7893. Spread the word that guest flyers and spectators are welcome.
Website news – The photo gallery feature is currently broken. It happened because of a website photo gallery software upgrade. I won’t try fixing it for a couple weeks until I have more time for tinkering, because the fix could start off by making things worse.
Meeting minutes – The August 5th meeting had about 5 members attending. We talked about prepping for the fun fly. We decided to move the next meeting to Aug29th at the Airfield. We talked about replacing mower blades and noted the wasps in toilet structure. We caught up on the status of people’s various aircraft issues. Matt described a 3-D printer he recently acquired. We talked about aerospace technology and then adjourned around 8:45 PM.
Wasp Warning – The toilet has yellow jackets nesting inside it. Be careful if you are allergic. I put a can of wasp spray on a shelf in the toilet.
The OMAS airshow was the subject of a news article in the Oregonian newspaper’s web site Oregon Live.
Our July meeting was on the 1st, about 5 or 6 people attended. We recognized the recent and future airfield improvements such as a new windsock, table painting, fences, etc. Our safety officer reminded us of the increased fire danger due to the warm weather and recommended we use extra caution in the event of a crash. We watched video taken from a camera mounted on Matt’s quad. It included the moment that one of his props broke mid-flight and the resulting stability loss and crash. The sturdiness of various types of electric props and appropriate application was discussed.
Meeting minutes – June 4th
5 people attended the June meeting. We made more plans for the Aug 31st Fun Fly event, went over a checklist, assigned a few tasks to people and decided what supplies are needed.
There was some discussion on changing the runway and airfield layout. Stuart suggested moving tables, chairs benches and barriers back away from the middle of the runway about 10 feet to allow a little wider landing area. Bob suggested rotating the entire west edge of the runway turning it away from the creek to make it wider towards the north. In the end we finally agreed the runway is plenty wide just the way it is and do neither. It is about 60 to 70 feet wide over its full 300 foot length depending on how far out the pilot stations are placed. We did agree on a couple of minor changes though. We will locate the shade canopy right next to the setup tables this year and we will remove the North half of the barrier fence so that it does not block use of that shade canopy. Removing that portion of the barrier will also open up a tight corner that is very difficult to mow.
Maintenance was discussed. It was noted that the warm-up benches are starting to fall apart but it was also noted that we rarely use more than one or two at a time, because most people have gone electric, so two is probably plenty. The setup tables are still functional but do need staining again. The creek bank is encroaching on its barrier fence (behind the storage shed) so that fence will need to be moved a bit. most fence posts are leaning and need to be reset. A blade is probably bent on the green mower causing mowing stripes. Trash needs to be dumped. The shade canopy still needs to be set up. The toilet seems OK but its status will need to be checked shortly before the fun fly event. We decided to have a work party day on Sunday June 30th and try to tackle some of those jobs after (or before) the flying that day.
Club Inbox – June email messages
The USA pattern team sent this message requesting our help funding their trip to South Africa to compete. The Woodburn Dusters sent a notification about two events they are hosting; Bigger Bird on June 22-23 for larger aircraft and Doolittle Days July 6-7 for golden age racers and war birds from the Jimmy Doolittle era. South Lane RC Modelers invited us to attend their fun fly event called War Birds Over the Pacific that will be held in Cottage Grove, Oregon on July 12th through 14th.
The meeting on April 1st was attended by about 8 people. Pete talking about information he received from John Stroup from the Salem RC Pilots Association concerning various Oregon drone bill legislation proposals. Apparently, beating up on unmanned aircraft is popular with State senators lately, however Pete said it does not look like RC hobbyists will be severely impacted, other than we may lose the ability to attach cameras to aircraft. The subject of a summer fun fly was discussed but a decision was postponed until next meeting. We talked about paths across the creeks (Stuart and Bill went on a runaway Easter airplane hunt last Saturday). Other club business discussion topics included field maintenance, mowing, shade canopy repair and toilet disposal. Matt bound a radio and test flew a quad copter that Dennis brought in. Dennis talked about flying in the Nehalem gym. Gary brought in another of that very popular quad copter model that he has been getting for people. He will be getting some more spare batteries for them soon as well. Stuart installed a solar battery maintainer for the mowers so there are now wires that you need to clip/unclip before mowing. The mower batteries may need to be replaced this fall when it starts getting colder.
The 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)
The February 7th meeting had eight attendees. The minutes and the financial report were read and the paperwork for renewing the club with AMA and the site insurance were discussed. Forms will be mailed after all officers have renewed with AMA. Steve said we may need to change the club’s meeting time or date to avoid a room scheduling conflict. Steve will notify members if it happens and any change will be posted here on the web site as well. We discussed the proposed Oregon law that restricts the use of drone aircraft. See video below. Gary said he is going to the swap meet in Puyallup. Gary and Matt demo flew quadcopters. We discussed the new Go Pro camera technology. We got a few more memebership renewals this month. There has been some flying activity last month even though the weather isn’t the best right now. Eric has been fairly busy on builds, he is putting together a plane for Don Masterson who is getting back into the hobby and making some changes to his own planes.
Club Activity in January
A club meeting was held on January 3rd. About 5 people were present. Several members renewed for the 2013 season during the meeting. The financial report for 2012 was passed around. David Grigg brought a paraglider and discussed its construction challenges and his solutions. The canopy had an impressive number of strings that all had to be knotted and adjusted for a proper angle of attack. Setting up a paraglider is a much more challenging and advanced project than one might guess. I saw Bob a few days after the meeting and he mentioned that he recently mowed the airfield. Bob looked like he was feeling better, by the way. Steve Gardener is moved to Idaho and he gave me several airframes, and a couple kits. Let me know if you need a park-flyer sized electric model.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. (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)
Activity – RC activity has slowed down these last couple months due to the wet winter weather. Sorry to say that I have not gone to the airfield for about 6 weeks. We have had a few sporadic days of nice weather, so hopefully someone has taken advantage of them to do a little flying. I suppose there are a couple maintenance chores that need attention. I hope to check on the field and maybe do a little flying as soon as a nice weekend comes along.
Last Meeting – The last meeting, on Nov 1st, was attended by 5 members; Pete, Steve, Bill, Matt and myself. There was not much discusion on the subject of club business but there was a fair amount of lively discussion on a variety of general aviation and RC topics.
Rule change – The AMA sent out a link that describes their newly updated rule policy for FPV, failsafe, stabilization and autopilot systems. The new rules continue to require that FPV flights are to be flow within VLOS (visual line of site) with the aid of an experienced AMA pilot acting as a spotter but the spotter no longer needs to have a buddy boxed radio. The other notable rule change is that FPV aircraft now must be under 15 lbs and flown at less than 70 mph. Everything else seems basically unchanged by this revision (Except for maybe a new issue with privacy if you do aerial photography or AMA exclusion if you are earning money with the hobby).
Next meeting – I plan to bring a computer with a Flight Simulator to the next meeting, as has been suggested a couple times. It might be fun and interesting to anyone who has not tried one yet.