We have had more than week of real nice flying weather lately (last of November and Early December). The mornings have started out a little foggy and cold, (near freezing) but the sun comes out bright and quickly burns away the fog and heats everything up nicely by about 10:00 AM. Several flyers have taken advantage of the good weather; Ken, Eric, Tim, Gary, Bob, Ken, Steve, Stan, Matt, Stuart, Pete and John have all been out at the airfield lately. Don Masterson brought out his medium sized electric blade heli and flew it around very well. Don was very active in the club in the 90’s and early 2000’s and he is possibly considering getting a Trex 450. Steve flew his new TRex 700 which made a big presence in the air and on the ground. He also tested out the 35% YAK that he converted from electric to DA50 gas. I tested out my new (to me) Trex 550E and am very pleased with it. Tim flew his new 40 size aerobatic model. Bob changed the incidence on his champ which tamed down the landings. It’s been a good week for flying and it looks like the dry but cold weather will continue for awhile.
The North Coast RC Modelers selected two new officers during the December 2011 meeting. Congratulations to Steve, our new club president, and Matt, our new safety officer. I think they both will be a great fit for those positions and do well. Pete was re-elected vice president and Stuart was re-elected Secretary-Treasurer.
The decision to move the meeting location was postponed because there is still some question about one of the potential new locations. The next meeting will be held at the Eagles Club on January 5th at 7:00 pm.
Pete raised discussion about a Christmas gift for Norm, the property owner, and Ken ,the resident, to help express our appreciation for allowing us to fly at the farm. Pete offered to select the gifts, make the purchases and present them to Norm and Ken. The club approved the proposal and the funding.
We discussed the condition and wording of the signs. We decided to repaint a couple, change the wording of one and possibly relocating another. Stuart and Bob will work on them over the winter.
Steve brought in the display model that he finished for the Civil Air Patrol Cadets. It is a sharp looking plane.
The financial report was read, and we reviewed the November minutes.
There were eight member present; Pete, Mike, Bob, Matt, Steve, Bill, Gary and Stuart.
The meeting was then opened for informal discussion and adjourned about 8:30 or 9:00.
Steve brought out a new Trex 700N helicopter. It looks huge compared to all the other helicopters. Steve said it had been only lightly used by the previous owner but he got it for a very modest price and it came with some decent upgrades. Steve also brought out his new Chipmunk that he recently built from a kit. Stuart bought Steve’s Trex 550E that was originally was owned by Eric. Stan has been flying his new Align Trex 500.
The club thanks long time member Ken Ray for buying a full year of web hosting for this web site, ncrcm.com. Ken’s generous donation allows the North Coast RC Modelers to continue keeping you up-to-date on RC aircraft in the local community. We appreciate the enduring enthusiasm Ken has show for both the RC hobby and the club.
The club thanks member Dennis Dirks for donating an airplane to the club. The plane is a WW II fighter nicely covered in camo with shark mouth, 40 sized motor, retracts, some servos, needs a few repairs and components. I took it to the November meeting where the club decided to sell it to raise money to pay for field maintenance and club expenses. Mike bought the fuselage and will use it for a display model for the Civil Air Patrol Cadets. Steve offered to remove the motor for him and assemble it as a display model. The engine is still for sale. It looks new, never ran. I’m not sure what brand it is but it is a 40 with a red anodized head and has the letters TS molded into the crank case. I will try to get a picture posted or you can let Steve know if you are interested and want to see it.
Steve, a member of of North Coast RC Modelers, just landed his first sponsorship as an RC heli pilot!!! He’s now the northwest team pilot/rep for helidirect.com. Steve responded to the email that the club received from Heli Direct inviting members to apply for the sponsorship. I know Steve will be a perfect fit for that position.