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The Pomona Valley Model Airplane Club (PVMAC) is an AMA Gold Leader Club that operates as a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and enjoyment of R/C model airplane flying. The club is composed of approximately 250 members.

Our clubs flying field is located at the Prado AirPark in Chino, California within the Prado Regional Park Area Near Chino California. Our well maintained runway is approximately '800’ x  50’ with enough asphalt pit area to support 30 canopies and features unobstructed flying in all directions. You must either be a PVMAC member or be an AMA member and have obtained a $10 day pass at the prado field to fly there. Due to FAA regulations, A 400' flying ceiling is strictly enforced and a fire extinguisher is required.

 

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2019  PVMAC Events      
  • December 1st Toys for Tots Fly In and Swap Meet
    Prado Airpark, Chino CA
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Pomona Valley Model Airplane Club

21st Annual Toys 4 Tots Fun Fly & Swap Meet

Toys for Tots photoWe are pleased to announce the 21st Annual Toys For Tots Fun Fly, which will be held on December 1st, 2019.  To join the flying fun, the landing fee for the day is either a brand new unwrapped toy with a value of $20.00 or more or $25 cash. There will also be a Pancake Breakfast and Hot Dog Lunch for a small donation.

All Donations & Proceeds will go to benefit our US Military Families through the San Bernardino Childrens Fund, which has a goal of providing 30,000 gifts to children in need. 

All the fun starts at 6am, December 1st 2019 Rain or Shine

If you cannot make it,  we encourage you to bring a donation to the November Club meeting on either November 12th, or December 10th, or you can even drop a toy off to Steve at Hobby Club USA in Pomona. 

Please come out and support the Toys for Tots and . You can make a big difference to a child of a military family and all it takes is an inexpnsive toy.   Flying airplanes is an expensive hobby, and many of us spend hundreds and more a year on it. So there shouldn't be any excuse to come out and support this event by donating a $20 toy.  Even if your not planning on flying,  bring a toy, enjoy the company of friends and watch the action. Toys are in short supply this year so the kids need us to come through this year.

This is an AMA sanctioned event, and Current AMA card is required to fly. The 400' Rule will be strictly enforced.  

Please Contact Steve Parola with any questions.

Flyer coming soon.   

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2020 Membership Information

update2020 PVMAC membership renewal period is now open and the membership page has been updated with the latest information and links to the new 2020 membership forms.

Your last opportunity to take advantage of the renewal rate is December 31, 2019. Renewal applications postmarked after this date will not be processed. Any member not renewing on time must apply as a new member and must pay $200 to join the PVMAC. All renewal applications must be postmarked by December 31, 2019.

New smPlease make sure you have valid FAA registration card that is not expired as required by law. A paper copy of your valid FAA registration card is now required with all PVMAC membership applications. 

Finally, make sure you have an AMA Open Membership valid from the date of application through Dec 31, 2020.  If your membership expires any date prior to Dec 31, 2020, you will need to contact AMA to add a yearly renewal that extends your expiration date past Dec, 31, 2020.   AMA Membership Join/Renewal Page

Finally, be sure to refresh your memory and review the PVMAC rules and regulations Page

PVMAC establishes LOA with Chino Airport Traffic Control Tower

FAA Logo At the August PVMAC club meeting, President Chuck Pozanac announced that the PVMAC has officially entered into a written agreement with the Chino Airport Traffic Control Tower, and it goes into effect on September 3rd, 2019. The written LOA (letter of authorization) replaces our long standing verbal agreement with the Chino airport tower,  which now officially permits us to fly at the Prado Air Field, which is an approved recreational flyer fixed site in a controlled airspace. The LOA is good for 2 years.

Please downaload and read the agreement in its entirety as the agreement requires that all member and guest are familiar with the agreement and the outlined procedures it contains.  

With this agreement, very little has changed from our club rules.  The most important thing is that we are still mandated by the FAA to stay below 400 feet.  Its now more important than ever to ensure that everyone obeys this law, and ensure that everyone looks out for others that may be flying above 400 ft.  If you see someone who flying above 400 ft, please be a good citizen and ask them politely to please stay below the ceiling.  We do not want to put any full size aircraft in danger nor do we want to risk loosing the privelege of flying at our prized field.    

One change from the agreement that is worth mentioning is that our designated flying area is only active during daylight hours. This means we will not be permitting any night flying from this point forward.  We do not beleive this will impact any pilots.

pdf icon 48x48Please take a 2 minutes to download and read the LOA in its entirety to familiarize yourself with the procedures outlined in the document.  

I also encourage you to check-out the FAA's UAS/Recreational Flyers and modelers website for the latest information on piloting model airplanes and drones in the united states. 

FAA Registration Now Required at PVMAC

FAA UAS RegistrationThree years ago, the FAA started requiring model aircraft users to register with the FAA and attach the assigned registration number to their aircraft in a manner that made it visible without dis-assembly. We were also required to have the registration card on our person when flying. Up until now, it has not been the club’s responsibility to enforce this. If a person got caught operating a model aircraft without the proper registration then that was their problem, not the clubs.

That has now changed. While the club is still not responsible for enforcing this rule, the FAA has shut down at least two model airfields because the flyers there were not registered. The Board of Directors is going to do everything they can to not allow this to happen to your field. Therefore, beginning August 1, 2019 anyone flying at Prado Airpark is required to be registered with the FAA, be able to show their registration card when flying at the Prado Air Park and have their model aircraft correctly marked with their registration number. Anyone (member or nonmember) who does not abide by this rule, will not be allowed to fly at Prado Air Park.

In addition, beginning September 15, 2019 when club renewals begin, you must provide a paper copy of your FAA registration card just as you do with your AMA card. New or renewal applications will not be accepted with out proof of FAA registration. You can apply for registration and read the associated rules at the following FAA website:

https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/register_drone/

Many people associate the word drone with quadcopters. The FAA does not make this distinction. They refer to any radio-controlled model aircraft as a drone and all aircraft must be registered and marked appropriately. You can also find rules for flying your model aircraft and requirements for labeling your model aircraft at this site.

Thank you for cooperation to help keep Prado Airpark open.

PVMAC Board of Directors

A Message from the PVMAC President

message from PresidentIn the next few weeks, PVMAC will be entering into a LOA (letter of agreement) with the Chino Airport Control Tower.  This written agreement will replace the long standing verbal agreement we have operated with in the past. Flying at Prado Airfield remain unchanged for the most part. The major difference being that once the LOA is in effect, Chino Tower has the authority to shut down operations at the field almost instantly. The shut down would be based on violations in their airspace. It is imperative to keep in mind, we are guests in their Controled Airspace. Let's all due our part to continue flying at a very special model field at a time when it's so easy to lose a field.

Chuck Pozanac
President

6/19/2019

Prado Regional Park Master Plan!

Prado Regional Park

San Bernardino County has big Supersized plans for the Prado Regional Park, which consists of about 2300 acres of land that currently owned by the Army corps of Engineers. This is the very land in which the PVMAC is located; 20 acres leased to the PMVAC by the Army Corps of Engineers. A project was started in June of 2018 to develop a master plan on how to best utilize this land to become a premier park for Southern California and include amenities and activities that will make a favorite recreation destination. All ideas are being considered including the usual park favorites such as a Pool, dog park, skate park, Tennis courts, Soccer fields, Basketball softball, walking and biking trails. But there are more grandiose ideas as well. Ideas such as a water park, rock climbing, a festival area for Music and other festivals, an amphitheater, NFL practice area, community Farm and petting zoo, zip lines, BMX track and the list goes on. 

There have already been 2 community workshops held to present and get feedback from the public. Some of our PVMAC board and members had an opportunity to attend and setup a booth at the second workshop on April 6th, to help promote our club and the positive impact we have had on the surrounding communities. In addition to being Southern California’s premier RC flying club and a Gold Leader AMA club, we also allow the Chino PD use of the field for training purposes, are the go to field for local universities' future aeronautical engineers where they test their new designs and ideas, teach youth and adults alike how to flying, host numerous dog and kennel club weekend gatherings, and host 3-4 flying events every year, including the Toys for tots even which brings in hundreds of toys for the children of the U.S. Marines.

As a PVMAC club member and frequent user of the Prado Regional Park where our field is located, We encourage each of our members to take the survey and submit feedback on how you would like the Prado Regional Park to be used. Below are links to 2 surveys, one of which is still open, and the other looks like it may open soon. I have also included the links to download the slides that were presented at each workshop, as well as a couple newspaper articles that have appeared in local newspapers, where you can and should read more about the Prado Regional Park Master Plan.

2018 PVMAC Scale Fun Fly Wrap-Up

2018SFF-PilotmeetingThe PVMAC's 2018 Scale Fun Fly has come and gone, and by all measures this event was a huge success. The photo to the left of the pilots meeting says it all. We had 62 registered pilots turn out, and although I don't have official historical stats, this has to be in the top 2 or 3 in terms of record turnouts for the PVMAC. We also had at least as many spectators.  

The weather was perfect, and although Friday was a mostly a bust because of the nasty wind, Saturday's weather could not be better, and the wind stayed away most of the day.  

Our new way of giving out raffle tickets each time you flew was a new pilots favorite and ensured there was always 5 planes in the air.  We handed out 144 raffle tickets for flights that day and gave away numerous prizes.  There were also 14 awards given out, and below are the results for those awards. The competition was freindly, though there was no shortage of great looking aircraft in the air. 

It has been a couple years or more since the PVMAC has hosted our own Scale Event, and this years turn out proves that the time was right to bring it back and folks were missing it.  I dont know about everyone else, but Im already looking forward to next years event.  

It takes a huge effort to put on an event like this, and it couldnt have been done without the effort and dedication from our Board members. A special thanks goes out to the folks that put this event together and helped, including Lonni Morrison (His idea to have this event), Cal Orr (CD) Chuck Pozanic (Club President), Steve Parola, Tom Marcure, Larry Marsh, Scott Swirles, Mike Keys, Mark Hibbert, Ted Novak and John Maxwell. Also a huge thanks to all of  the board Members' wives, who helped hand out raffle tickets, run the snack bar, Prepare food, collect landing fees, prep Pilot packs, setup chairs, tables, tents, print flyers, and  the countless other things that go into preparing for an event.  

WWI
1st - Noel Hunt
Michael Radu
Robert Binkley

Civilian
1st - Jack Dunkle
Brad Osborne
Michael Calloway

WWII
1st - Daryl Rolla
Tom Mulder
Frankie Miacho

Jet
1st - Tyler Pandis
Jeff Fassbinder - SR
John Maxwell

Civilian
1st - Jack Dunkle
Brad Osborne
Michael Calloway

Multi Engine
1st - Tom Callahan
Paul Taylor

Prado Field Closure Sat January 27 and Sun January 28, 2018

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The San Bernardino County Parks Department is hosting a Mud Run at the Prado Park and surrounding area. They will be parking 1500 cars in the field North of the runway. For this reason, the field will be closed Saturday January 27, 2018 and Sunday January 28, 2018.

Thank you for your cooperation
Your 2018 Board of Directors

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Upcoming Club Meetings

Club Board of Directors Meeting
Tue Dec 03 @ 07:00PM - 09:00PM
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Tue Dec 10 @ 07:00PM - 09:00PM

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