2016 PVMAC Events
Pomona Valley Model Airplane Club
Mission Accomplished! Cleanup Successful.
I want to “THANK” these 32 individuals
that volunteered their time to clean up
your Prado Airfield, on Saturday 4/3/10.
**(Indicates NON – PVMAC member HELPING OUT)**
7 ¼ % of your PVMAC Membership helped out !
Roy Barringer,Paul Bowman,Tom Callahan,Sean Canavan,Joe Chirco,Carrie Concha,Russ Donnelly,**Mark Ferreira**,Steve Gamble,Beth Goodwine,Kyle Goodwine,Phil Goodwine,Dean Heckert,Jerry Heimowitz,Bill Johnson,Tim Johnson,Mike Keeshen,Tom Marcure,Ken McSpadden,Charlie Mitchell,Jerry Ou,Chuck Pozanac,Matt Robison,Manuel Rodriguez,Anthony Schneller,Richard Smith,Gregg Stockdale,Jim Stout,Tom Thompson ,Robin Weddell ,Steve Winterbottom and Sam Wright
(Arranged in alphabetical order by last name)
Prado Field Gets A New Rules Board
The Prado field rules board has been removed from the frequency area, and has been edited, reprinted, and mounted next to the diplay cases on the container. In addition the frequency board has been reduced in overall size while and has and is now removable so that we can relocate it when we have special events. This is in a effort allow for better visibility of the runway from the pits area. All pilots should make sure to read the rules again to familiarize yourself with the the field rules. These rules are here to make the club a safe place to fly at. Click on the images below to see larger versions of them, and you can even read the rules.
New World Record for Fastest RC Jet!
On January 26, 2010, Guinness World Records awarded Axel Hache of the Dominican Republic and David Shulman of the USA the new world record for fastest remote controlled jet powered model aircraft when they piloted their turbine powered rc plane to an average of 337.18 MPH. The jet was flown at the Hobbyland airfield in the Dominican Republic on January 17, 2010, and achieved a maximum speed of 345.23 MPH down wind. The record breaking plane is a JMP Firebird equipped with an AMT Olympus HP turbine engine generating over 50Lbs of thrust.
Now for the bad news. AMA rules (link to rules) stipulate that turbine powered aircraft shall not exceed 200 MPH and turbine engines shall not exceed 45lbs of static thrust. Also the PVMAC strictly prohibits the use of turbine powered aircraft at our fields. So unfortunately, I don't think we will be seeing any record breaking attempts at our local fields. Congratulations though to Axel and David though for their accomplishment. Check out the video below, it's unreal and the plane is way too fast for my thumbs.
Jim Giffin, AMA District X VP (1934-2010)
It is with great sadness that I report that Jim Giffin, our newley elected Distrixt X VP who won the position in a close race last year, has passed away. This was posted on the AMA website earlier this week."Jim Giffin, District X Vice President, passed away from an illness January 31, 2010. Jim was the head of AMA’s largest membership district with approximately 27,000 members, covering five western U.S. states and Guam. He was past president of the International Miniature Aircraft Association, a contest director since 1997, and a recipient of the AMA Distinguished Service Award. Jim was also a commercial pilot with multiengine and instrument endorsements. Jim was born, raised and educated in Salt Lake City, and was veteran of the United States Marine Corps and United States Army.
The Academy extends its deeply felt condolences to his family and many friends across the country."
AMA Expo 2010 Recap
The 2010 AMA Expo has passed and for the second year in a row, the PVMAC had a booth there. Like last year, this year was a big success for the PVMAC. The volunteers at the PVMAC booths were able to sign up 17 new members and 33 membership renewals. The volunteers were also hard at work selling raffle tickets, and the work payed off as the sales of tickets were up dramatically from last year. This year, 3 PVMAC members were lucky enough to win a raffle prize. Member Victor Noiron won an O.S.61, Jim Sout won a Hangar 9 Extra 260, and Joe Augion won a Saito FA-125A. Non members also took home some great prizes; Kali Fogel won a JR9303 Radio, Steven Penn won a Hangar 9 P-51, Bob Thorugood won the FS-One Flight Sim, and Lucky Tom Kelly, purchasing just one ticket, won the Desert Aircraft DA-50-R.
The PVMAC would Like to send a huge thanks to Dave Johnson from Desert Aircraft for donating DA-50-R, and to Horizon Hobby for their contribuitions to our raffle. We would like to also thank Chuck Pozone, Manual Rodrigues, Charlie Mitchell, Frak Harris, jim Stout, Thomas Marcure, Roy Barringer, Jose Brea, Antone Van and Beth, Kyle and Phil Goodwine for dedicating all or part of your weekend to this event.
It was stated at the January club meeting that because of the success of the 2010 Expo, we will definately be attending the 2011 AMA Expo. In fact there is already plans to increase our presence at the next show by adding a table to our booth.
New for 2010
The new year has landed, and we have a great year of flying ahead of us, but I wanted to remind everyone of a new PVMAC rule for 2010. All members are required to clip their membership card on their shirt, hat or jacket, to be visible by all while flying at the Norton and Prado fields. If you are flying with a 2.4Ghz radio, you will no longer need to place your badge on the frequency board. If you are flying 72Mhz, you are still required to place your badge on the frequency board under the frequency you are flying with and when your done flying, you should remove your badge from the board and clip it back on your shirt. The main reason for this is that it will make it much easier to to identify members vs. non members. Also, the badge will make it easier to remember everyones name, making it a much friendlier place at the fields.
Norton Flying Field News
Airplane size limit is reinstated at Norton
The flying rules for the Norton field that have been a part of our contract with the airport include a wingspan limit of 81 inches and an engine size of 2.80 cu in. We had a verbal agreement that let us temporarily deviate from these limits and we permitted the larger IMAC birds to fly. However, the control tower is now activated and the airport authority has asked us to honor the limits as stated in the contract. If you have any questions about this, contact Paul Smith.
The equipment box, frequency board, and rule board have been moved.
These items no longer block the view of the runway at Norton and they have been relocated to the east end of the pit area. An informal survey showed me that 80% of the flyers favored opening up the view of the runway and the east end of the pits was preferred as the new location.
The box with the frequency board was first item moved and this was done with major effort by Martin Nelson, who volunteered his truck as the tow vehicle. The move team included Mike and Adrian Peratoner and Paul Smith.
Moving the rule board was a big job and required pulling the steel posts out of the ground and drilling new post holes. This was accomplished primarily by Warren Schlaberg and his son, Jacob. They came to the field on Dec 30th with some of his construction equipment including a generator, drills, jacks etc. They were assisted by Gordon Daniels and Richard German. The Norton flyers and the entire club owes a big “Thank you” to these volunteers.
COMING SOON::Wings Over Chino 2009 DVD
At the December club meeting, we had the opportunity to preview the Wings Over Chino 2009 video trailer. If you attended the event, you would have seen two camera men weilding 2 Pro HD cameras, along with a large boom camera crane to capture all the flying action. Below is a teaser video of that forthcoming video. The video was created by Paul Reese of Reese Creative and the DVD video will be available for purchase sometime in January. We should have more information about the video soon, but in the meantime enjoy this trailer.