Winter 2018 News

Club officers re-elected for two more years

All Club Officers were re-elected to serve in their current positions during our January 8th meeting.  There were no other nominations.  Several people 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 look  here. 

BEWARE OF FAKE FAA DRONE REGISTRATION SITES

FAA number  required again

The FAA’s  requirement for registration of model aircraft weighing over 8 ounces has been reinstated.  The FAA can levy a hefty fine to anyone for failing to register an RC aircraft (ie: drone).   I don’t think they are currently prosecuting people for simply for flying an unregistered drone so far. Any prosecutions seem to be in response to a news-worthy drone flight involving reckless-endangerment charges.   The registration fee costs $5 to get an FAA number that you should put on each of your aircraft.   You probably should include your AMA number on the label as well.  Your FAA registration needs to be renewed every 3 years, so if you got one about the time that the registration was first required you will need to renew again at about the end of 2018. The official FAA registration site is https://faadronezone.faa.gov.  Make sure the web address you are using starts off with the spelling “https://faadronezone.faa.gov/”. If it does not, then you have likely arrived at a fake site that is trying to make a little extra money by doing the registration for you as an intermediary between you and the FAA. The only advantage to using one of those fake sites is that they probably won’t let you forget to renew your registration, provided they are still in business after three years, while the real FAA site doesn’t send out a reminder when a registration is about to expire.

AMA recently revised its rules

The AMA recently revised their rules. They made a few minor additions and simplified the wording.  Read AMA rules.

up-to-the-minute wind conditions

Want to know the current wind speed and direction? I added a new wind and temperature indicator located in the upper right corner of this web page. It shows the current “live” wind and temp data from a weather station just east of the City of Tillamook.  It may go off-line sometimes but there are many other nearby weather stations you can find listed at the bottom of the  Weather Underground page for Tillamook, and the Weather Underground page for Beaver Oregon