Nov and Dec 2014 News

Robert's 35% Yak
Robert’s 35% gas powered Pilot-brand Yak _________________________ Click to expand photo

Nov 3rd Meeting Minutes

About seven members were present. Bill’s wife sent tasty donuts to the meeting.  We discussed plywood delamination on the two new table tops. It was noted that we no longer have a convenient place for dumping the toilet and the tail lights on the toilet trailer no longer work.  Matt contacted Eric who said he can arrange for dumping it at the city facility.  Gary offered to get a portable tail light kit for the trailer.  Bob talked about mower repairs and brought up that we need to check oil correctly on the mowers so we don’t overfill them. He was reimbursed $31 for mower parts.  We decided to discontinue holding the annual drawing for free dues because the drawing was not really bringing more members in to the meetings and the club’s revenues have declined somewhat over the last few years. We talked some more about making a runway surface for the smaller planes.  We did not yet have much info on costs, feasibility, materials, availability, installation methods, etc. so could not pursue that topic in much depth.  Pete said he would contact Ron and work with him on getting more project details. Ron had previously mentioned that he thought he might be able to get a leftover roll of dryer felt from the Astoria club.  Rob brought in his new scratch built flying wing for show and tell and it looked like a well thought-out design.

Dec 1st Meeting Minutes

Gary Cox RC planes
Gary has two new planes.

About 5 members were present. Bob said he and Rob have replaced the tension cables on the shed door. Bob brought his glider in for some help with arming the ESC.  We OK’d expenditures for Christmas gifts for Norm (site owner)and Greg ( farm resident).  Pete had offered to purchase the gifts and present them again this year.   Bob said he will resign the Presidency in January.  Side note:We should try to vote the new President into office prior to the renewal of the club’s charter with the AMA because they will ask for the names of club members and officers.  The AMA charter renewal form will arrive soon and is due by early March I believe.  Bill received a new miniature quad-copter from Gary at the meeting and it was flow about the room.  It was surprisingly fast, agile and stable for something that is only a couple inches wide. Matt brought in a giant servo motor to show us. It’s for his new milling machine. The felt like it weighed 15 lbs. and has something like 1100 inch lbs. of torque, definitely too much for a park flyer, maybe a 747.

New Planes

Eric's pattern RC plane
This is Eric’s new electric pattern plane. _________________________ click to expand photo

Rain and high priority chores tried to keep me at home over the last couple of months but I was able to go to the airfield a couple times and I saw several new planes that people brought out.   Rob now has Steve’s 35% Pilot-brand Yak which was originally Eric’s plane. He can fly it to its full potential.  Eric put together a high-end electric pattern plane. It flies very precise and contains nothing but top-shelf components of course. Gary brought out a couple new electrics that looked very fun to fly. The blue one is a small, fast, agile, and stabilized 3-D acrobat.  It flies like a larger plane.  His yellow plane is super light weight so it  flips, rolls, and spins while it is gently floating along a few feet off the ground.  Bob finished his Spirit 100 sailplane.  He has not flow it as of yet but it is a very nice looking build. You can click on the thumbnails of the photos in this post to expand the pictures to a larger size.


New Runway Surface

A small runway surface was added December 2014 for the takeoff of planes that can't roll easily on grass without nosing over.  It is 32 feet long by 6 feet wide.
New runway surface for small-wheel takeoffs

We installed a small takeoff runway with a smooth surface so that planes having small wheels can get moving without tipping forward onto the prop. The new runway surfacing is 6 feet wide by 32 feet long and is made out of 3/4 inch thick rubber mats.  The mats are identical to the one that we use for a helicopter pad.  Other than cost, the matting seems to make a perfect runway surface .  Normally 6’x4′ matts are $35 each but all seven of these only cost us $100, or about $14 each. I got them from a Craigslist ad.  I was afraid that this offer would no longer be available if I waited to discuss it at the next meeting, so I checked with Pete who was coordinating the runway surfacing project and learned that the plan for getting dryer felt from the Astoria club had fallen through and it was not available.  Pete said he thought the mats were a good buy, so I got them. Bob and I installed them the next day. The mats were simple to put down and will be easy to move or dispose if the need ever arises. I think this new runway is going to be good because the mat that we had used as a helicopter pad over the last few years has proven to be indestructible, could not blow away, didn’t rot from the sun or the moisture and retained its asphalt-like appearance.  It could be mowed over, elk stomped, driven over, rolled over.  It could handle violent prop strikes and maybe even a straight-in-smoking-hole plane crash. Most importantly, it did not cause any extra maintenance work or inconvenience mowing. The new runway surface shouldn’t interfere with grass landing of larger planes given its current location close to the pilot station.  The biggest drawback is it’s small length and width. Completing a full landing on it may not be in the cards all that often, but I did land on it on my very first attempt with my slow park flyer model, and I had a lot of fun doing multiple touch-N-goes on it. We should probably keep an eye out for more mats at bargain prices to make the area larger, or we could also continue to investigate the practicality of other runway options as well.

Upcoming vote for president.

We will be voting for a new club president during one of the next few meetings because Bob said he will resign in January. The vote is likely to be held on Jan 5th.  If you want to nominate yourself or someone else let us know.

Renew your 2015 club memberships starting in January, due by April

Don’t forget to renew your membership. Renewal starts January 1st.   We have had a slight drop in revenue over the last couple of years so the club really needs your dues payment to keep us going.  Please help us by mailing in your renewal or bringing it to a meeting.

Christmas lightshow – covering an entire neighborhood – filmed from an RC quad-copter.

Spacecraft launched by local villagers – I’m impressed.