Winter 2018 News

Club officers re-elected for two more years

All Club Officers were re-elected to serve in their current positions during the meeting held on January 8th.  There were no other nominations made during the meeting.  Several people also renewed their club membership at the meeting. A recent check revealed that most of us have an up-to-date on AMA Membership status.  If you are not sure about your own, you can check if you have an expired AMA membership status here.  Give Stuart a call if you have lost or forgot your AMA number.

December 2018 Meeting Minutes

December’s meeting was very brief and not much was discussed because we had trouble getting into the meeting room.  The problem is resolved and our January meeting should go fine. 


FAA Registration Rule Reinstated

FAA number  required again

On December 12, 2017, new legislation was enacted that reverses an earlier court ruling thus restoring the FAA’s  requirement for registration of model aircraft weighing over 8 ounces.  That law allows the FAA to levy a hefty fine to anyone for failing to register their model aircraft.   I doubt the FAA will lower the boom on run-of-the-mill everyday registration violations, however a person suspected of being involved in some incident, especially if that incident generated newspaper headlines, could suffer the full wrath of the FAA for simply flying an unregistered aircraft.  It’s only $5 to get the registration number that you write somewhere on your plane (link).   (Also don’t forget to write your AMA number on your plane as well).  Your FAA registration needs to be renewed every 3 years, so if you got one at the time registration was first required you will need to renew again at about the end of 2018. The official FAA registration link is  Make sure the web address you go to starts off with the letters “”. If it does not then you have arrived at a non-government site that is trying to make a little extra money by doing your registration for you as an intermediary between you and the FAA.  And here is a news article about an attempted nefarious use of drones, but I doubt registration requirements would have helped much in this situation. 

New Weather Widget

You may notice the new wind and temperature indicator located in the upper right corner of this web page.  It gets actual live numbers refreshed from a homeowner’s personal weather station every time you reopen the web site.  That weather station is located a mile or so east of Tillamook.  It may go off-line sometimes however there are many other nearby weather stations that can provide live updated current temp and wind conditions. Lists of those other nearby weather stations are at the bottom of the  Weather Underground page for Tillamook, and the Weather Underground page for Beaver Oregon