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The following message was recently send to North Coast RC Modelers:

This is your personal invitation to the 2012 Northwest Model Hobby Expo, which will take place on February 10-12 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, WA.

As most of you know our organizer, John Foglesong, passed away last fall.  Since then his son, Justin, along with Ron Swift and Sandy DuVall, have been hard at work making sure that the ‘show goes on’, just as John had wanted.  We have an updated website (www.nwmhe.com), which should have everything that everyone needs.  If you don’t see it there, contact us at event@nwmhe.com or call 1-866-NWMHE-44.

We would like to make sure that all of the clubs in the surrounding areas know that they are welcome to join us. The price for a club booth with some kind of interactive/educational aspect for the public is only $40.00 for the weekend. If you would like to have a club booth this year and haven’t already done so, please go to our website and click on the ‘CLUB’ tab at the top and send in the completed form with your payment today.

**ALSO – back this year is the BANQUET, which will be held on Friday, February 10th from 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM at Alfy’s Pizza in Monroe located at 19121 SR 2, Monroe, WA 98272. You’ll want to eat somewhere after the Expo closes anyway, so why not join us at Alfy’s? Only $19.95 per person gets you pizza, spaghetti, a soft drink and salad. It’s quite a deal!

To make your reservation today you can go to the website under the ‘BANQUET’ tab at the top. Youwill need to contact us by email (event@nwmhe.com) or by phone (1-866-NWMHE-44) no later than Friday, February 3rd as we need a headcount to give Alfy’s, so they’ll have plenty of food for everybody.
There are three (3) ways to pay for your reservations: (1) Mail a check for the full amount to NWMHE, PO Box 1591, Duvall, WA 98019; (2) Use the PayPal ‘Pay Now’ button on the BANQUET page of our website (www.nwmhe.com ) to use your credit card; (3) Pay at the EXPO Registration Booth on Friday, 2/10.

In memory of John Foglesong, we’re collecting photos and stories to share at the banquet. If you have any photos you’d like to share, please send them to Ron Swift at ronswift@cablespeed.com as he is putting together a slideshow to run during the banquet.

Don’t forget to check out the FUNFLY tab on our website and plan on bringing something to fly.

We are looking forward to seeing you at our event.  If you have any questions, please contact us at event@nwmhe.com, or call 1-866-696-4344, or my direct line at 425-765-1546.

Thanks,

Sandy DuVall
NWMHE Co-Coordinator
425-765-1546

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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.

minutes – MEETING LOCATION MOVED!

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.

Aviation themed videos

Here are some videos with an aviation theme from the web site wimp.com.

Amazing RC bird.
C-130J “Super” Hercules at Paris Air Show 2011
Impressive helicopter landing in rough seas.
Chinook helicopter on a recovery mission.
Recent riots in Warsaw filmed with an RC helicopter.
Impressive helicopter flying.
Attaching a camera to a helicopter rotor: A distorted world view.
RC Helicopter Skills: Wall landing.
$1900 camera and an RC helicopter create this amazing video.
Helicopter carries a plane.
Australian helicopter cowboys.
RC helicopter tricks.
Over excitement over paper airplanes, watch till end.
Airplane truck drop.
Discovery’s space shuttle launch viewed from an airplane.
A typical day of air traffic: Each dot represents an airplane.
Brazil: Collection of RC airplane’s flights in FPV.
Small aircraft’s engine dies, pilot epically lands airplane.
Recently Declassified: 1945 airplane gun camera footage from Japan.
Lufthansa: Pillow fight breaks out on airplane.
Matt Hall’s incredible airplane recovery.
Beautiful airplane landing.
Behind the scenes at Boeing: Airplane made in two minutes.
Airplane empties water tank.
RC indoor airplane aerobatics.
Airplane to airplane skydive.

You also might enjoy this humorous aviation theme video collection on  aviationhumor.net.

Recent airfield activity – Dec 2011

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.

New club officers – Meeting minutes Dec 2011

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.