Arlie Ledbetter is the newest member of our club, joining in May of 2018. He lives in Otis. Arlie has been flying drones for a couple years and he recently started to fly RC Airplanes. You might see him flying at the airfield mid-week which he says fits his schedule the best.
CIVIL AIR PATROL CADETS
The local chapter of civil air patrol cadets, guided by NCRCM members Mike Walsh and Mark Farrier will be flying RC airplanes this season. They have been learning to fly full scale aircraft and have acquired several radio control models which they will learn to fly as well. You may see them flying at the airfield this summer during the afternoon.
The North Coast RC Modelers club is saddened by the recent loss of a founding club member, Gary Cox on April 5, 2018. Gary was one of the original members who helped start our club in the early 1980’s. He remained an active participant in the hobby and in this club until his passing. He was an early adopter of RC technologies, the first of us trying newly introduced improvements to radio control aircraft such as aerial photography systems, electric brushless motors, lithium batteries, newer radio systems, quad rotors and RC helicopters. Gary helped many people to get started in the hobby. We will miss him greatly. I have added some photos of Gary Gary, his planes, his early 90’s aerial photos and early 90’s video experiments in this Memorial Photo Gallery that are in addition to the many other photos of him located elsewhere on this web site. You can read more about Gary’s life and passing in this nice obituary published in the Tillamook Headlight Herald Newspaper.
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
Gary Degraffenreid and Ron Summerfelt joined in mid-August. They are experienced with RC and should fit right in. Welcome and thanks for joining us.
The battery and water pump for the airfield toilet are out-of-action. We put a few jugs of water against the wall which you can hand-pour into the toilet for flushing if needed. The pump won’t likely be repaired until spring, at the earliest.
I can’t think of other noteworthy club news from this summer to report, everything has been going pretty smooth this year, knock on wood. The number of flyers at the airfield seems to be somewhat lower than usual lately, although it also appears that people are spreading out their flying over more days of the week than just on the weekends, which could make it seem like there is less activity. Hope to see you out flying.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.