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.