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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 400 members.

Our clubs field is located in Prado AirPark in Chino, California. The Prado field 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. A 400' flying ceiling is strictly enforced and a fire extinguisher is required.

 

Read more: About The PVMAC

2017  PVMAC Events      
  • Oct 7th Classic Pattern and Swap Meet
    Prado Airpark, Chino CA
  • Dec 3rd Toys for Tots Fly In and Swap Meet
    Prado Airpark, Chino CA

Pomona Valley Model Airplane Club

December 2015 Club Meeting Recap

It was a great turnout for the December Club Meeting which took place at the usual Chino Community Center on December 8th, with 52 members in attendance to participate in the voting, Prizes and pizza socializing.  December is usually a great month to attend, as the club springs for pizza and sodas, you get a chance to vote for the board, and there is lots cash prizes.  Also, because there are so many members in attendence, its nice to swap stories and catch up with members you may not have seen for a while.

Larry Marsh read the minutes for the minutes for November and Bill sheets read the treasury report.

Chuck led the meeting by thanking the members and the board for making the year a good one. He also thanked Bill Sheets for his efforts this year. He reported There are already 191 members for 2016 and climbing which is a good sign.

2015 Toys For Tots Report
2015 Toys for Tots Cal Oar talked about toys for tots. We had 42 pilots and 19 swap meet participants. It was the largest event we had all year, and had the most participants. It was nice to see folks showing up. Its always disappointing to know that you have over 400 members, yet only 20-25 members actually show up to participate, so it was nice to see the large turn out.
The PVMAC took in $535 from the pilots and swap meet folks who didn’t bring in toys.
Chuck mentioned that he was the first one to hit the fence at Toys for Tots but not the last, In total there were 2 more minor incidents.

The Dog Club who uses some space at our field occasionally also donated a lot of toys, which was appreciated by the members as well as the families that will receive the toys.
The snack bar brought $314. The cost of the food was donated by te PVMAC, thus 100% of the snack bar proceeds go towards the Toys For Tots.
The PVMAC donated $500
In total we raised $1625 in proceeds and donations for Toys for tots. Steve Parolla’s wife will use that money to buy toys for the kids, as the organization does not accept cash.

Overall it was a terrific day without any wind, and though it was a bit cold starting out, it warmed up to be a great California day for flying.

They need help for the AMA show, if you would like to volunteer, please contact any of the board members via the contact page. If you donate at least a 4 hour block of time, you will be able to get in for free. The Security will be heightened for this years event so be prepared for that. It should be a great event as usual, so you will definitely not want to miss it.

The next Pattern contest at the PVMAC has been slated October 1st and 2nd. However, the January Pattern event ,which was tentatively planned is not happening, as most of the people who would help put on the event will be tired from helping at the AMA event, and attendace has been exceptionally low. 

The PVMAC and the board would like to thank Roy Barringer for his distinguished service to the Club for 8 years. Roy is stepped down as a board member this year, but will continue to be an active in the hobby. Roy has been instrumental in organizing the presence at the AMA Show for the last few years.
As you know we nominate candidates for the board at the October meeting, and elect 9 members to the board in December. With Roy stepping down that left only one open position.
With a required quorum in attendance, the voting was concluded at 7:23pm and a New Board member was elected. Please welcome Mike Keys to the Board.

Here is your PVMAC Board for 2016
Chuck Pozanac-President & Chino Airport Liaison
Larry Marsh-Vice President
Bill Sheets-Treasurer
Thomas Marcure-Board Member & Director of Memberships
Steve Parola-Board Member -Toys for Tots Event Coordinator
Jim Stout-Board Member
George Pollard-Board Member
Steve Gamble-Board Member
Ted Novack-Board Member
Mike Keys-Board Member

Chuck Pozonac announced that The Big Jolt has been cancelled due to lack of participation in 2015. The PVMAC instead will be holding only one event next year which will be a Scale event for both electrics and gas. It Will be in June and the board are still working on nailing down the date.

Tom Marcure thanked everyone who turned in their articles, and awarded $100 to each of the people who contributed an article for the newsletter; $600 in total. It was a close call, but Donald Fulton a new member stepped up to become the newsletter editor, So the newsletter will continue. However, it was agreed that producing a newsletter on a monthly basis is extremely time consuming, so the newsletter will now be on a quarterly basis.

Lonnie and His Christian EagleLoni Morrison brought in a beautiful new Great Planes Christian Eagle 28% ARF which had not been flown yet. He didn’t like the original scheme, which has been done to death, so he stripped it and and refinished in a striking black and white Monocote. It has 12 channels with Smoke. He also mentioned that the Flat wire lines that add a touch of scale to it was added, and is available exclusively at Hobbyclub USA, which also has all the turnbuckles needed to complete the look.

Greg Stockdale brought in a brand new Horizon e-flight Ultimate 2. In fact it was so new that the UPS guy had just dropped in on his doorstep just hours earlier, so he brought it in, box and all. It has a 1300kv motor, Takes a 3 cell 2200 battery, Has AS3X installed with SAFE features with 3 modes of flying , including recovery mode like the safe planes. Greg has been saying that he is getting out of electrics and moving into Gas, but this model was just too nice to pass up. The first step in recovery is always admitting you have a problem.

Oscar Furlong brought in his new mini Helicopter from horizon, the Blade CPx. It has a different setting on board so that you can control the amount of control you have over the heli, which can keep the flight stable if your new to flying helicopters. Oscar reports this is For beginners and for indoors mostly but outdoors in no wind conditions.

The 50/50 drawing was for $104 and $103, which, none went to the club. Joni Whitsitt and Oscar Furlong won the prize.

Loni Morrison won first place $300 for the Show and tell prize, George Pollard won 2nd prize of $250 -Loni also won the $75 Prize for showing up to the meeting, it was his lucky night.

 

October Meeting Recap

September minutes were read By Larry Marsh (below are the September minutes)

  • Charlie Mitchel long time member and former board member, gave a farewell message to the club; he’s moving to Texas. A cake was presented to him as his friends and club wish him well
  • Chuck Pozanak spoke about some questions about some radio interference at the east corner of the field.
  • There was a discussion about the FAA report on drones, California leads at 196 reports.
    https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=83544
  • Larry reported on the AMA and FAA’s before you fly app.
    https://www.faa.gov/uas/b4ufly/
  • Chuck welcomed new member – Eric Erickson, he is an air traffic controller from Chino Airport. He is a welcome edition to our club. 
  • Chuck reported that the club will be going to the AMA show. Lonnie Morrison spoke about the Classic Pattern , an AMA event, food will be provided at the event and the field will be closed.
  • Show and tell for September was Lonnie, - a Christian Eagle by Great Planes 28% and Randy Wilbur– T-6 Center Wing Piece, Bulk Heads and Plane Body

October Meeting 

Membership numbers ended the 2015 at 406 members

November begins the heaviest period for weekend dog events which is November through January. We have a nice relationship with the Dog Clubs, and have we have never had any issues in the past and they donate lots of Toys for Tots, so please make sure they feel welcome.

Board of directors nominations were opened and there’s always not an abundance of members looking to be nominated and this year was no different. Based upon the number of people turning out to nominate members for the board, everyone must be extremely satisfied with the way the club has been running.

Chuck commented that you should always be nice to your fellow fliers. If someone is being mean or nasty just ignore them.

201510 04CrashIf your going to declare a mayday, do not land from north to south. We had an incident where someone emergency landed on the runway, but pointed towards the pits. The plane bounced over the fence, and hit a couple of other planes that were in the pits.


Chuck talked about the USRA races at Rabbit dry lake where a few of our members volunteered and witnessed alcohol-fueled 150cc-200cc powered , heavily modified airplanes compete in on of 5 classes for over $8000 in cash and prizes. 4 airplanes were destroyed at about $8000 a piece, 2 others are in bad shape, but all the volunteers had a good time.

The fastest at the speed dash was 240 MPH with a 15 MPH head wind was more than quick enough for RC veteran and team Horizon Hobby pilot Peter Goldsmith to claim the $4000 prize.

Kyle Goodwine Wins

Congratulations Kyle and well done!

Here are a some Unlimited class rule highlights that all all the competition had to follow

  • All entries must be a scale representation of a full size aircraft that qualified to race in the Unlimited Class during any year at the Reno National Championship Air Races or other scheduled Unlimited races such as the Phoenix 500.
  • Minimum wingspan for single engine aircraft is 100” and 112” for twin engine aircraft.
  • Minimum aircraft weight is 25 lbs. (dry). Maximum aircraft weight is 55 lbs. (wet).
  • Wing and tail group airfoils suitable for model aircraft may be used. Wing and tail group planforms should follow scale planform, chord, area, etc., of the full size subject when scaled and/or as specified in the USRA Aircraft Specification Sheets.
  • Engines must be neatly cowled where possible with no more than 50% of the cylinder head length projecting outside the cowl.
  • All aircraft must use scale-like retractable or fixed main landing gear as appropriate to the aircraft modeled.
  • Aircraft must be propeller driven with piston or rotary engines.
  • Exhaust system components (headers, mufflers, tuned pipes, etc.) may not protrude from the airframe more than 30% of their total length

    You can watch Kyle’s winning run here. https://youtu.be/SOuqdRjTlMA

The Pattern Contest on Saturday September ,26th had only 14 pilots, but everyone behaved and had a good time. Hopefully we can get a better turn out next year, and can only speculate why the numbers are so low. Sundays Classic pattern Contest was a bust due to weather, though right after it was canceled, the weather cleared up and the wind calmed down, and the few that remained had a good day of flying.

Big Jolt was discussed which was on October 23rd through the 25th.

Tom Marcure, a board member who handles all membership processing, has been impressed by everyone who has been sending in the proper documentation for membership renewals, which is already at over 70 members for 2016.

George Pollard Brought in a Saito Fg120, Great planes Ultra-sport 1000 80” wingspan, weighs 14 lbs. has a symmetrical airfoil, and the wing is modeled after the Kaos an was stick built.

 

 

 

 



Oscar Furlong brought in the Horizon Hobby B-17. He reports that it doesn’t handle much wind and recommends a larger 500mah battery, to balance. All Motors turn and the tail wheel is not steerable. 4 channel radio is required. Price is $83 dollars after shipping with the AMA promotion. Oscar recommends the product .

Oscar also won the 50/50 raffle…..again…$71

Members Drawing – 10 lucky winners, Nate won the $75.

 

June Meeting recap

IMG 1029We now have 400 members even

Chuck Pozonac, the PVMAC President, started the meeting off by talking about the Main Gate.   Chuck wants to make sure that everyone is locking the main gate if you’re the last to leave the Prado field. Even if you think there might be duck hunters still there, lock the gate to be safe.  All the Bells are all there now, so the gate is fully functional and should be locked.

The PVMAC was awarded a Commemorative AMA Brick at the cost of $1000 at the AMA site in Muncie Indiana  to be places in the AMA Walk of fame.  It will read  We are  PVMAC Charter 00142,    Gold Leader Club.   We are 1 of 2 clubs that have been awarded this brick. The other is from Weak signals club that puts on the Toledo show.

Tom Marcure talked about the newsletter, and clarified the rules for the drawing and submissions which have been posted on the website.     There will be 5 $100 prizes drawn at the end of the year.   See the newsletter and Website post for more details.

There was a complaint about loud music being played at the field and this is the first complaint of this kind.  There are no rules against it, but it is common courtesy to keep the volume low as not everyone has the same taste in music.

There was a fire extinguisher left at the field and it was brought up that putting your name on it might be a good idea.

Chuck has some regrettable news.  The Norton Field, which is home base for many of our PVMAC members, will no longer be available to fly at after July 31st.   the PVMAC  has been notified that we must vacate the field after that date.     We are working on ways to save it but it seems unlikely that we will be able to.  It has nothing to do with the FAA or the PVMAC Conduct at the field and everything to do with San Bernardino’s plans to increase operations at SBIA.  We are lucky to have been able to fly there for this long.  

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Volunteer Writers Needed

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Your PVMAC newsletter, Flightine, is still in need of an editor.  Tom Marcure, who is on the PVMAC board has been filling in as Editor-in-chief and Tom Callahan has been doing the writing for the last few months.  The two Toms and The board realizes that this is a-lot of work for one person to put the newsletter together and come up with interesting content every month.  In fact it is a-lot of work for two people to do.  Especially when we each have demanding jobs, demanding families and we like to fly occasionally too. 

CloseAirSupportEveryone in our club wants a newsletter every month that is interesting , informative,  educational,  and occasionally on-time.  We also don't want to put the entire burden on one or two people, as this will most  lead to quick burn-out and is certainly not conducive to meeting the desired goals of our newsletter.  To that end, the board has agreed to "CALL IN AIR SUPPORT!" so to speak.   We are asking for volunteers to help out by  contributing an article to the newsletter.   And for your efforts you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of five $100 cash prizes at our December club meeting.  For each article you contribute, you will receive one ticket into the drawing.  And although you are welcome and encouraged to contribute more than one article per month, you will only receive one ticket per month.

Articles can be about anything RC airplane , helicopter, or multi-rotor related and here are just a few ideas that may spark your writing creativity.   You can do a write up and review of an ARF you bought and flew, a new scratch build your working on, or new piece of equipment (charger, radio etc.) you acquired are now using. Perhaps you can share some wisdom on a particular skill or technique with a great step by step how-to guide.  If you’re an active competitor in one of the many flying competitions, perhaps you can share with us how to get started, or what the competition entails or how to be competitive in the sport.   Maybe you know someone in the RC industry and would like to interview them.   Or you may do a write up and review of an RC event that you attended.  The story of your plane crash can certainly result in a good article, especially if you include the sequence of events leading up to the incident, the investigation, lessons learned and preventative measure.  And winning the raffle at the end of the year can certainly help take some of the edge off your P.T.C.D. (Post Tremendous Crash Depression).   These are just a few Ideas that would make our Flightline newsletter interesting, informative and  educational and a newsletter that everyone looks forward to receiving each month.

For those of you who regularly attend the monthly club meetings , you know that participants of the show-and-tell each month get entered into a raffle for a chance to win either a  $250 or $350 Visa gift card at the end of the year.   If you participate in that drawing, You may consider also doing a write-up of the same subject for this drawing.  This will give you yet another opportunity to win in the separate newsletter drawing.

The article submission drawing rules are as follows:

  1. For each month that you submit one or more articles, you will be entered in the year end drawing.
  2. You can only receive one entry per month.
  3. Valid articles that are submitted, but not used in the newsletter will still receive one entry for the month in which they were submitted.
  4. Articles may not always be used in the month for which they were received.
  5. In order to qualify for an entry, your article must be approved for publication by the editor. If your article is not accepted, you will be notified why it was not accepted. Articles will generally only be rejected due to content not in line with the spirit of the modeling hobby.
  6. All decisions concerning article acceptance are final.
  7. Five entries will be drawn at the December General Membership Meeting. Each winner will receive $100. You can only win one prize per year. If we have less than five entries for any drawing, the ad- ditional prizes will not be awarded.

If you would like to submit an article for the newsletter,  You can email them to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and both Toms will receive it and review it for the upcoming publication.   It is best to send a Microsoft Word document that has all of your photos included and formatted how you would like to see them.  However if you don’t have access to a word processing program that can produce these document, you can just send the email in text format and attach the photos and we will do our best to make it look good.  If you would like to have your article submitted for the upcoming newsletter,  it should be received by the end of the month or it will probably go into the following months Newsletter.     Articles should have a title, should be at least a couple of paragraphs long, and 1 or 2 photos are encouraged but not required. 

May 2015 Club Meeting Recap

201505IMG 0920Roy Barringer read the minutes from April meeting.
Bill Sheets read the treasury report.

399 members, there were a couple new ones
41 members We’re at the Meeting,
Chuck started off the meeting by giving thanks to the cooks at the PVMAC event, Bob and Steve Gamble, who cooked all weekend with smoke in their eyes.
Chuck reported that the flight line ran smoothly at the Wings over Prado and there were no complaints from the tower.
The event made a bit of money, and everyone had a great time.

Chuck also gave a huge thanks to Randy and Joni for organizing the Wings over Prado event.

Joni and Randy then spoke about the event, and appreciated the members involvement at the event. 31 of the 58 registered pilots were PVMAC club members, which was over 50%. We had pilots from all over; 3 pilots from the bay area, 3 from Vegas, 1 from Fresno, and 3 from San Diego, Hesperia, and Camarillo. Donations for the raffle were provided by Hobby Club USA, Hobby people, Perfect Pilots, and RTL fasteners. Randy Gave a full recap of the event, and was extremely pleased with the outcome.
A plaque was Awarded to Paul Smith for Winning the best detailed ARF with is A-10 Warthog at the event.

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Scale Squadron's Warbirds and Classics

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Wings Over Prado 2015 Recap

wings over prado 2015 logo 300The Wings Over Prado Scale Fun Fly Event has come and gone, and was a huge success.   Dispite the weather trying its best to put a damper on things, pilots and spectators alike managed to have a great time catching up with old friends, making new ones, and of course flying.  

With 55 registered pilts there were plenty of great looking aircraft everywhere you look in the air and on the ground.  It was amazing to see the craftmanship and attention to detail on so many of the models, and Large Scale models were very popular this year.  It was also nice to see there was an even mix of Electric and gas models flying throughout the weekend.  

Fridays weather was a bit cold, and the winds kicked up a bit in the late morning, but the rain stayed away which made for a good day of flying.  By Saturday, everyone was ready to kick it into high gear, with all the Pilot stations full most of the time.   Saturdays weather, was much the same, until about 2:30pm when the rain finally decided to hit Prado field,  But by then almost everyone had their fill of great flying.   There were some great prizes that were raffled off in a hurry due to the impending rain, but many folks went home happy with some new toys.   

The only bummer was that the evening banquet at the field had to be canceled due to the cold and rainy weather.  But that doesn't mean that people went hungry.  The grill was going from morning until afternoon, turning some of the best pancakes, burgers and hot dogs, along with some great french fries thanks to a portable deep fryer.  

Sunday made was the best day weather wise for flying and the people who remained enjoyed the best weather that southern california has to offer and no one seemed eager to go home. 

The usual group of volunteers turned up to help make the event a success, but this time around we had many more spectators than usual.  There were many familar faces coming out to support the club, as well as some new ones coming out to see what all the excitement was about. The PVMAC and Board would like to thank everyone who helped make this event possible. A special thanks goes  to Joni Whitsitt and Randy Wilber for thier dedication and tremendous effort in putting this event together, as without thier tireless dedication, this event would not have happened.   

Here is a list of the awards Given out at the event.

1st Place Bi-Plane: Rich Pandis, Fokker D7thumb 7L1V4997 211
1st Place Civilian: Kyle Goodwine, Circus 22 thumb 7L1V5022 211
1st Place Multi-Engine: Keith Costas, Martin B-10thumb P4250446
1st Place EDF Jet: Bret Hecht, Bryon F-15thumb 7L1V3687 211
1st Place Detailed ARF: Paul Smith, A-10 Warthog
1st Place Military: Chris Wolfe, Mirage III RS EDFthumb 7L1V2443 211
2nd Place Military: Chris Spangenberg, Newport 28thumb 7L1V4483 211
3rd Place Military: Gregg Minden, Tucanothumb 7L1V2774 211
1st Place People's Choice: Rich Pandis, Skymaster F-4 Phantom EDFthumb 7L1V4995 211
2nd Place People's Choice: Bret Hecht, Bryon F-15thumb 7L1V5072 211

 

We have a photo gallery up with Tons of great photos provided courtisy of Larry Griffiths a.k.a. twoeleven. He has a great eye and the photos are tac sharp thanks to his high end gear, so I know you'll enjoy them as much as I have, Thank you Larry.   

2015 Wings Over Prado Gallery. 

April 2015 Club Meeting Recap

201504 Img4Board Member Roy Barringer read the minutes from March 10th meeting.
Board Member Tom Marcure read the treasury Report

Membership is at 395

Club President Chuck Pozanac,,is looking for volunteers for the Wings over Prado Event. There is no official sign up. But If you show up to the event, and would like to volunteer for a short shift, it would be appreciated.

Wings over Prado Event which is April 24-26; Pre-registration is Now Open at RC Flight Deck.   

Joni Whitsitt and Randy Wilbur talked briefly about the process of putting on an event such as the PVMAC. They have done many events in the past, and with their experience, have compiled a preparation list that is 7 pages long of things that need to be done. They are looking for participation to either Fly, Volunteer or spectate. and gave a persuasive speech about getting involved, and that you should take advantage of the clubs event to learn, and see new things and have some memorable fun.

At the Wings over Prado, there will be a raffle with some nice stuff available so tickets will be sold and the drawing will occur at 3pm on Saturday, and you must be present to win.
The Field will be open for general flying on Sunday. Setup will be Thursday, but flying is open and Teardown is after 2pm Sunday, with flying open to all on sunday.

Chuck announced some good news; The Chino tower has not called him in 30 days.

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Upcoming Club Meetings

Club Board of Directors Meeting
Tue Sep 05 @ 07:00PM - 09:00PM
Club General Meeting
Tue Sep 12 @ 07:00PM - 09:00PM

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