June, July, Aug news

Next meeting is Sept 12th at 7:00 PM

The September meeting is being moved to the second Monday due to Labor Day falling on our usual meeting day, the first Monday.  We hope to see you there.  At our last meeting in July we confirmed that the Club will not host a Fun-fly event this year. We will probably have one next year though.  Pete said he has obtained our new welcome sign and will work on getting it installed soon.  Bob said he will fix the door on the storage shed. It is getting very hard to open.  The club OK’d purchasing of materials for its repair.

Welcome Tim Crossman, our new club member

Timothy Crossman from Rockaway joined our club recently.  He lives in Rockaway. I added his contact information into the club’s roster list so you can get ahold of him. Ron Summerfelt who lives near Netarts recently inquired about joining the club.  Hopefully will become a member soon as well.

Latest news on FAA rule making

According to this AMA video the FAA has decided that most of their new rules will not be applied to recreation modelers like us who operate under the AMA’s (or possibly some other community based) safety program.  The new FAA “drone’ laws apply to commercial operators, not to recreational flyers, other than recreation modelers need to notify an airport before they fly within 5 miles of it, and they will need to obtain and attach an FAA registration number to their model aircraft.  Our club has notified the Tillamook airport that ongoing and year-round RC flights occur at our airfield, so you do not need to notify the airport before you fly at that location.  Supposedly this FAA policy is final.

Runway Surface news

A rubberized canvas runway surface was installed by Pete, Bill and Stuart.  It seems to help with takeoffs if the grass is tall and wheels are small. It is a small landing target. Few people will be able to hit it.  Ron got us a second identical rubberized curtain that we will install after we see how this one holds up.  We will probably put them side-by-side to make the surface twice as wide for easier landings.  The surface can collect shallow water puddles but they don’t seem to bother my plane at all.  There is a push broom in the shed if you feel the need to sweep water or grass clippings off of the surface.  I discovered that our mower can mow about one foot onto the surface’s outer rim without damage to the material but the surfacing is vulnerable to mower damage if the mower deck is run across the surface at full speed with a low height setting.  Our old surfacing of rubber horse stall mats was moved under the tables where they now help to keep feet dry and help avoid having to move tables back and forth in order to mow under them.

Meeting Minutes

The chief club business topics discussed during the June meeting were installation of the runway surface, resetting the July meeting date to the 11th,  wording for a new welcome sign, and obtaining more mats for under the tables. The possibility of having a fun-fly this summer was also discussed but a decision and planning details were postponed.