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.
Tables, signs and airfield conditions
The scout table replacement project is active. You will soon see three new replacements for the airplane assembly tables and a mower ramp. One startup stand is fairly rotten but it may not be replaced until spring. We discussed replacing the roadside signs at the December meeting and tentatively have 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. The advantages are that we don’t have to buy a new battery, are using less water, which reduces our septic dumping costs, and we no longer have to spend a bunch of money on RV antifreeze for the system during the winter. The cold weather has stopped growth of the runway grass, thank goodness. The rats and yellow jackets have all been evicted from our structures but one slightly evasive and aggressive mole still plagues the parking area.
FAA registrations are extended to December 12, 2020
On December 12, 2017, Congress reinstated the FAA registration requirement, and at that same time they extended the expiration date for all the existing FAA registrations to December 12, 2020. So, people like me who thought they were expiring in 2018 can wait until the end of 2020 before renewing with the FAA.
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.
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
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.
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.