Our wind sock is now being stored in the outhouse to protect it from high winds during the winter. You can put it up while you are flying but try to remember to take it down and store it when you finish flying. Also, if you lean the lawn chairs against the shed when you finish with them they won’t be blown into the creek by strong winter storm winds which usually come from the Southwest. You may see large clumps of grass clippings on the runway this winter and early spring. Clumps form if the grass is growing fast, mowed infrequently, or if mowed while wet. Long stretches of wet and warm weather inevitably lead to clumps on the runway. Hopefully a cold and dry winter will result in good flying and nice runway conditions this winter.
Bob Munsell’s club service appreciated
Bob Munsell, a long time club member, recently moved to Alaska. Bob performed several important services for the club. He maintained and repaired the mower, rolled lumps out of the runway, was the club’s safety officer, and often mowed. Don and Gary Masterson have now taken on the runway rolling and they are doing an excellent job. Stuart is keeping up with grass cuttings for the most part. Steve Durham has agreed to take over the club Safety Office position. We don’t have anyone to help with maintenance and repair of the mower yet. Luckily the mower has not broken down lately, but is just a matter of time. If you can help the club with any thing or if you want to serve as a club officer please let us know, we appreciate your help.
New Political Action Committee (PAC)
A new Political Action Committee called the PAC for Model Aviation has formed. It supports the political interests of the model aviation hobby. They take people’s donations and use the money to support friendly legislation and influence friendly politicians. This PAC is trying to head off the requirement that RC planes carry a remote ID transponder device to feed live location data to the FAA while you are flying it. I am hoping this PAC, together with the AMA, can convince the FAA to exempt AMA airfields from that requirement. Oregon tax payers can donate money to some PACs for free, however probably not to this one . Oregon will give you a dollar for dollar credit on your Oregon taxes, up to $50 single, $100 married, for donations to a PAC, however the credit is only allowed for PACs that are registered in Oregon, and I doubt this one qualifies for the Oregon tax credit.