A regular scheduled monthly club meeting was held on Feb 2, 2012 at the new location.
Eight people were present; Steve, Matt, Gary, Stuart, Bill, Ken, Mike and Eric. Three people renewed membership at the meeting. January minutes were read. Financial report was not read (Treasurer forgot – see it here). The new meeting location and alternatives for access was described by Steve. The completed AMA charter renewal and insurance application was noted and checked for accurate phone numbers. A safety discussion was lead by Matt and a consensus that developed was for members to bring first aid supply donations to the next meeting, Matt will work on airfield signage for safety rules, a water filled garden sprayer will be donated for extinguishing grass and a chemical sprayer might be donated or purchased for extinguishing fuel/vehicle fire. Steve brought up the topic of the next Fun Fly. We decided we didn’t need to advertise it with AMA and could work out details in future meetings. Open discussion topics included among other things the various new models that people were building, purchasing or selling and some notable RC flights seen on video.
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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.
We moved the club’s monthly business meetings to a new location which is near the Air Museum three miles South of Tillamook. We no longer hold it at the Tillamook Eagles Club. Please call or send a message to get the directions to the new meeting location.
Meeting Minutes Jan 5th
- Five members present, Steve, Pete, Stuart, Bob and Mike.
- New meeting location approved, Pete will send email notices to members sometime in late January.
- Mike Walsh won the drawing for the free 2012 dues.
- Decided to leave the combination for the storage shed padlock unchanged for now.
- Discussed safety and supervision of children, visitors, pets, settled on using a tactful verbal reminder with possibly a sign saying the pit area is for pilots only.
- Reviewed the airfield visitor policy. Unannounced visitors are welcome Sat and Sun mornings otherwise they should give prior notice or be accompanied by a club member.
- Discussed items for sale and the upcoming swap meet.
- Reviewed the expenditures and revenues during 2011. We ended the year with close to the same amount that we stared with. We expect less expenses in the coming year 2012 but may get less revenue as well.
I replaced the airfield entrance sign located at the driveway turnoff. It is a little smaller but says the same things as the old one, for the most part. The old sign was hardly readable due to chipping paint. The gate post was soft near the bottom but it should last a few more years.
We have had more than week of real nice flying weather lately (last of November and Early December). The mornings have started out a little foggy and cold, (near freezing) but the sun comes out bright and quickly burns away the fog and heats everything up nicely by about 10:00 AM. Several flyers have taken advantage of the good weather; Ken, Eric, Tim, Gary, Bob, Ken, Steve, Stan, Matt, Stuart, Pete and John have all been out at the airfield lately. Don Masterson brought out his medium sized electric blade heli and flew it around very well. Don was very active in the club in the 90’s and early 2000’s and he is possibly considering getting a Trex 450. Steve flew his new TRex 700 which made a big presence in the air and on the ground. He also tested out the 35% YAK that he converted from electric to DA50 gas. I tested out my new (to me) Trex 550E and am very pleased with it. Tim flew his new 40 size aerobatic model. Bob changed the incidence on his champ which tamed down the landings. It’s been a good week for flying and it looks like the dry but cold weather will continue for awhile.
The North Coast RC Modelers selected two new officers during the December 2011 meeting. Congratulations to Steve, our new club president, and Matt, our new safety officer. I think they both will be a great fit for those positions and do well. Pete was re-elected vice president and Stuart was re-elected Secretary-Treasurer.
The decision to move the meeting location was postponed because there is still some question about one of the potential new locations. The next meeting will be held at the Eagles Club on January 5th at 7:00 pm.
Pete raised discussion about a Christmas gift for Norm, the property owner, and Ken ,the resident, to help express our appreciation for allowing us to fly at the farm. Pete offered to select the gifts, make the purchases and present them to Norm and Ken. The club approved the proposal and the funding.
We discussed the condition and wording of the signs. We decided to repaint a couple, change the wording of one and possibly relocating another. Stuart and Bob will work on them over the winter.
Steve brought in the display model that he finished for the Civil Air Patrol Cadets. It is a sharp looking plane.
The financial report was read, and we reviewed the November minutes.
There were eight member present; Pete, Mike, Bob, Matt, Steve, Bill, Gary and Stuart.
The meeting was then opened for informal discussion and adjourned about 8:30 or 9:00.