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.
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.
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.
Large, gasoline fueled airplanes are becoming popular at the NCRCM airfield. The three in the photo below are Pilot brand models. Left to right, are Eric’s 37% edge with 120cc DLE, Steve’s 30% Yak with 50cc DLE, and Stuart’s 26% Yak with 38cc Mintor. Paul Bayley, David Grigg and Gary Cox also fly quarter scale airplanes.
These larger planes are not cheap to build but are very economical to fly and are tons of fun because their size, relative to the size and speed of the air currents, makes them react predictably and precisely . They are great for flying 3-D aerobatics and for precision pattern flight. The smaller electric models are the most popular type because modern batteries and motors have made electric models powerful, economical, and convenient to built with almost no upkeep or maintenance. Alcohol / nitro fueled planes are no longer as common as they once were, but they are still a very good choice for the mid-sized models because at that size their combination of power-to-weight, fuel consumption, flight time, and costs can give them an edge over electric or gasoline power.
The second photo below shows a youngster posing in front of Eric’s plane. It was emailed to the club from Joseph Chung who snapped the picture while visiting the airfield with his family the end of August. (click photos to expand to full size).
Ron Brewer recently joined the NCRCM and is our newest member. Ron lives in Tillamook and has about 30 years of fixed wind experience. Welcome him to the club next time you see him at the airfield.
The club is saddened by the passing of our long time member and good friend Ken Ray. Ken was a cornerstone of the North Coast RC Modelers for as long as any can remember. He always made visitors feel welcome and influenced many of us to join the club, myself included. We will always remember the valuable and loyal services he gave to his club, to his community and to his country. Ken passed peacefully at the age of 84.
Jon Nelson joined the club in July. He is a new flyer and just recently started to solo but is already making real nice landings, flying inverted and so on. Jon is a friend of Matt Williams who introduced Jon to the hobby and helped him get started. Jon flies a medium sized yellow electric foam cub with big tundra tires.
Matthew Williams and his son Raymond joined the North Coast RC Modelers on April 14th and flew with a few other club members that same morning. They recently moved to Pacific City from Vancouver, Wa. Matthew was formerly the president of the Clark County Radio Control club. Both he and his son are accomplished RC pilots and have a variety of nice electric airplane models. They are accustomed to a large paved runway in Vancouver but had no trouble adapted to grass.
David Grigg is a new member of North Coast RC Modelers. He joined on April 14, 2012. David recently moved to to the coast from the Willamette Valley and now lives in Netarts. He is an accomplished RC builder and flier and enjoys variety of RC categories including scale, gliders, nitro and electric. He owns a nice variety of airplane models. He has a unique custom AMA number with an interesting story. I hope everyone gets to meet him and welcome him to the club.