Spring 2017 News

Welcome new members

The club recently gained two new members, Eric Williams and Keith Miller. Both are somewhat new to RC flying but are learning extremely fast.  They both live near Depoe Bay and fly Sensei RC airplane models which seems to be a very good first airplane due to its stabilization system, rugged design and good looks (photo above).

FAA registration likely to no longer be required for AMA members

The court has ruled in favor of the AMA, saying that an FAA registration is not required for AMA members. The FAA issued a statement on May 19th saying that they are carefully reviewing that decision, are considering their options, and will be making a response to the decision.

Good Flying Weather has Arrived

We are finally getting several days per week of flyable weather. More people with interesting new models are showing up now.  I have a couple new models myself this year.  Come out to the field and join in the fun.  Let me know if you want a heads-up call or message when I or others are planning to head out for the morning.

 

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
Click image for details
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

April, May News

New video made by Rob Russo, Steve Durham’s flight

FAA Rule Making News

AMA published this NEWS ARTICLE that sounds ominous but gives few details about newest surprises coming from the FAA.   It seems they now might eventually require RC aircraft to have a GPS lockout system or a transponder system to prevent flights in restricted airspace, possibly including the 5 mile radius around Tillamook Airport.   More related recent FAA news links: Transponder testing, States and Cities can’t regulate RC, Airport lockout device to be studied.

 NCRCM member David Grigg has passed on
Dave Grigg
Dave Grigg with his fun flyer on a nice sunny day in April 2014. Dave was a long time RC flier that joined our club in 2012. Sadly he passed on in 2015.

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.

 

Welcome Jonathan Teeter and Errol Shanklin – newest members of NCRCM

Jonathan Teeter joined our club in January and Errol Shanklin joined in March.  I have not actually met them yet but hope to meet at the airfield and learn a little more about them.  Jonathan was a member of the Clark County Fliers which is the RC club that serves the Vancouver Washington area.  He is 10 years old, our youngest member, but I’m guessing he won’t need a whole lot of assistance as he has already flown a cub, a larger aileron plane, as well as a helicopter.  Errol lives in Pacific City and I will share more info about him after we meet.

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

Entertainment

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

Compilation video of quad-rotor crashes – First Person View

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

 

December-January-February News

 renew-for-2014

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.

Welcome new member Dennis Calkins

Dennis Calkins joined the North Coast RC Modelers club during the April meeting.  He is retired from dentistry and lives near Manzanita.  He builds and flies custom foam model airplanes, indoor airplane models and flies helicopters as well.  He often flies with a group in a Nehalem school gymnasium. Club members can get his contact information from the club roster list.  (Use the password that is printed in the lower left corner of your club membership card)

Welcome Robert Andrews – New NCRCM Member

Rob Andrews, from the Sand lake area, has joined the North Coast RC Modelers club.  He builds sophisticated composite constructions such as dynamic glider wings and surf boards.  Rob has been flying for awhile and lately has been flying dynamic slope gliders which are a very fast type of model aircraft flying with high-G loops that require a sleek and very sturdy wing.  Rob has expressed an interested in high lift themal soaring and plans to help test the club’s new glider winch setup.

Welcome Mark and Colin Farrier – New members of NCRCM

Mark and Colin Farrier, father and son, recently joined the North Coast RC Modelers club. Mark is the electrical supervisor for the Hampton Mill in Tillamook. Colin is about 12 years old and is also a member of a local Boy Scout troop. Mark is an accomplished full size pilot. They moved to Tillamook a few years ago, coming from Spearfish, South Dakota and now live on Cedar creek road, within earshot of the NCRCM airfield. Last Sunday was warm and sunny so I took a couple planes to the field and was happy to see both Mark and Colin there as well. They brought a medium sized electric cub and they flew it quite well. They also have miniature indoor type models.