Winter 2018-2019 News

Renewing NCRCM memberships for 2019

Thanks everyone for renewing your NCRCM club membership again this year. Your support and participation is greatly appreciated and your membership renewals are vital to our club and lets you have a great place to fly in the Tillamook area.

New Assembly Tables and mower ramp 

The table and mower ramp replacement project is complete.  The club purchased the raw lumber for replacement of three airplane assembly tables and the ramp.  Mike Zaugg built them for us as part of his Eagle Scout services badge.  He did an excellent job.  They look nice, are sturdy and should last a long time.  Thanks Mike, we are lucky you chose our club for your project.   We will still need to replace one of the engine startup stands.  The old one was rotten and fell apart after it blew over during a recent storm. Bob is planning to build it for us.  There is some treated 2×4 lumber leftover from the table project that can be used for the stand.  If anyone has some spare 2×6 treated lumber they can donate for the stand drop it off at the airfield.

Summer Events

The Wenatchee Washington RED APPLE FLYERS club is sponsoring a regional RC event June 7th.  The EVENT’S FLYER lists something for everyone. The photos on their web site  show an impressive looking facility.  Wenatchee is about 400 road miles from Tillamook.

Our club has no plans yet for an RC event in Tillamook this summer.  If you want to see one, bring your proposal to an early spring club meeting.  You  would need to guide the club into a date for the event as well as a plan for the advertising or invitations, activities, food or other such amenities, some volunteers and their assignments, etc. One thing that Tillamook events usually have, better than at most other such events, is plenty of uncrowded flying time for everyone.  

Other Maintenance Issues

We discussed replacing the roadside signs at the December meeting and tentatively decided to not reinstall them. We feel signage at the airfield and on this web site is probably adequate for most informational purposes. The airfield toilet’s flush peddles stopped working because the battery went bad so we have been using gallon water jugs for hand-pour flushing. It seems to work fine and has the advantages that we don’t have to buy a new battery, are using less water, reduces our septic dumping costs, and we no longer have to spend a bunch of money on RV toilet antifreeze during the winter.  Cold weather has slowed growth of the grass, thank goodness.  Rats and yellow jackets are gone but an elusive mole is still hanging out in the parking area.  The wind sock is temporarily down but a new one is coming.  

FAA registrations are extended to December 12, 2020

On December 12, 2017, Congress reinstated the FAA registration requirement for flying RC models, at that same time they also extended the expiration date for any pre-existing FAA registration to December 12, 2020.  So people like me, who thought their FAA registration was expiring in 2018, can now wait until the end of 2020 before renewing it.

FAA now requires your registration number be externally displayed

The FAA just recently revised their rules to say that a FAA numbers must be displayed somewhere on the OUTSIDE of RC models.  They previously had allowed the registration number to be placed inside of a hatch or canopy. They said the rule was made at the request of first responders afraid of opening booby trapped drones.  On the plus side, it is probably better that a policeman or fireman does not need to open up your RC plane’s canopy or hatch to obtain your FAA number because they might just use a shovel or a crow bar.  On the other hand, I doubt any easily faked or real external FAA number will ease suspicions, and they will just remotely blow your wayward model into pieces, number or not.

Fall 2017 News

Fall has arrived

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.

MEETINGS

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

Steve Durham photo of his airplanes with Stuart’s plane in the air (Click photo to enlarge)

FAA rules

FAA registration is required for RC models

The FAA is now requiring recreational flyers like us to register our aircraft.  It cost $5, and has to be renewed every three years. You can register on the FAA’s web site www.faa.gov/uas/registration with a credit card for payment and as proof of identity. The registration documentation will be sent to your email address.  Print it or keep it on your smart phone as proof of registration while you are flying. An FAA registration number will be assigned to you. It must be displayed on each of your models. The registration requirement applies for all RC aircraft over 8 ounces flying weight, even those that are not drones.  See the FAA’s FAQ page for more details about the process.

The AMA is still fighting the FAA on this.  They hope FAA will agree to accept AMA’s registration and numbering in place of the FAA’s and exempt AMA members from the three year re-registration as long as they remain an AMA member.  Unfortunately this dispute probably won’t be decided prior to the FAA deadline. The AMA has been  encouraging everyone to continue submitting comments to the FAA.  I submitted one more comment on Jan 15, the last day for submissions. Read it here.  Hopefully that comment of mine is the knockout punch, the last straw that breaks the camel’s back, the one that is good enough to make the FAA role over in submission and tap out.  But probably that’s not going to happen.

Status of FAA rule making

AMA recently held a public discussion on the topic of the FAA rule making process over unmanned aircraft and how it might affect the RC hobby.  You can see the video by going to this link: modelaircraft.org/amatv.  The rule has not been finalized and released yet but basically it sounds like AMA’s current rules and safety requirements will become FAA rules, about a year from now.  Be on the lookout for the comment period a few months from now when you will be able to object to the parts of the new rule that seem stupid.