March 2016 Club Meeting Recap
I appologize for this article being posted so late. Life gets in the way sometimes.
Chuck Pozonac started the meeting with some repeating of the February meeting due to low attendance at the meeting
Membership is about 330 members
Chuck reported the sad news that we lost Wally Henry, a member Passed away a couple weeks ago and the club sent flowers to the services.
Check went on to talk about being courteous at the field. If you want to do a maiden flight on a busy weekend, you should walk the line and be sure to let everyone know your intentions. That being said, you cant expect everyone to hold up while you try to adjust your airplane. But if everyone tries to stay clear of you and is aware of what your doing, its much better for everyone.
The Board looked at getting electricity out there, and it is going to cost $30,000 to place a Transformer
Chuck said in March that The Club will not be a traffic cop and ensure your registration with the FAA. This was up to the individual and The Club will only validate AMA. However view is changing in light of some new information revealed in the April Meeting…see the April meeting Notes for updates.
Your certificate of registration should be on your person when you fly. You can stick it to your badge. And there very few stipulations on how you label your plane, except to place the label where it can be seen without the aid of tools. So if you have a magnetic hatch, it could be placed in there. Chuck places his label on the bottom of the plane, and I have been placing mine underneath the horizontal stabilizer using a small clear return address label I printed at home.
The FAA has registered 300,000+ "pilots" who fly "Drones" , there are only 180,000 AMA members.
Chuck also spoke with the tower at Chino airport, and informed them that he has asked the club members to Comply and register with the FAA, just so they are aware.
Weeds are sprayed at the cost of $2800, and they should be dying soon. We’re getting cleaned up for the summer. They are also going to be fixing a whole at the start of the runway. If you land short …look out.
There was a fence broken at the field lying on the side. Ted Novak fixed the fence, but tried to get some help while it was being fixed, and was not able to comply.
There is a new huge problem looming due to some changes the AMA intends to make next year regarding registration.
AMA has decided that that they will allow members to renew their memberships date to date, not for the calendar year. This means that if new pilot wants to he can Join the AMA in April of this year, and his membership will expire in April of Next year, not on December 31st of this year as it currently does. We have been told this is to bring in more revenue for the AMA, because many pilots wait and get a half-year pro-rated membership, because they cant fly in the winter months in some states because of the snow and cold.
Here is the crux of the issue is how to police who is current with the AMA at the field. We can certainly send out automated renewal notices, and we can certainly print out lists of members who are current AMA members. But If you have a 2016 Club badge good until December, and your AMA expires in June, it wont be easy to look down the line at the field and see who is current with the AMA without looking them up in our roster or checking their AMA membership card/number each day.
Currently at the field we can easily look down the line and see the badges on the pilot and know that each person wearing this years "yellow" colored badge is current with AMA and Club membership until December 31st of that year. We then only have to check the pilots not wearing a badge which hopefully might be only 1 or 2 a day.
Chuck spent 30 minutes with Lawance Tougas, our District X AMA Vice president, to express the problems with this, and he is sympathetic, but offered up no solutions.
Chuck also spoke with AMA legal as well as Laura Knowlton who runs the AMA show and runs the Denver club, but was not able to convince them of the issue.
At our field there was an unofficial FAA visit by a person claiming to be from the FAA, showing FAA credentials. The person was apparently asking questions about registration to some of the members. He had an ID, and he was there observing the field. He had a generic California plates vehicle, and he said he lives in chino hills but works out of an Arizona office.
Tom Marcure has renewed the our AMA Gold leader club and charter with the AMA.
Joni Whitsitt made an announcement about the RCX with is this Saturday and Sunday.
Scale master qualifier is April 23 and 24th in Gilman Springs.
Tom Marcure talked about a documentary on Netflix where called the first air war, where they discuss the evolution of Airplanes during the first world war, and talk to people who are build airplanes in the exact same way they did back then. You can also find it on youtube.
Loni Morrison. brought in the sequence 1.20 by great planes. Everyone who is flying AMA Pattern, is now flying electric. No YS gas engines like the days of old. Most planes are composite, but this one is a balsa built up, He had trouble with the cowling and the Tail. It Weighs 11 Lbs. Runs on 6s 5000mah battery and 100 amp ESC. Flies nice and straight.
Randy showed and talked about his progress on the Dauntless by VQ models which he equipped with a DLE 30. He had to cut a whole in FW to fit the engine, and realized the wood was not so good, so he reinforced it. He had a muffler from a Moki that will fit nicely. The tail feathers come off for transportation. He is going to a competition up north. The wing is 3 piece and will transport nicely. He is going to cut the cockpit open so that it slides back. It comes with a nice scale rear gunner section.
Paul smith brought in his Lady Alice made by VQ models sold at hobby people. He is going to make it a gas model. It has some nice covering. The pilot came loose, so he had to re-glue. He went with fixed gear for now, and they make it easy to pull that out with screws when your ready for retracts. They give you all the hardware, but some of the screws are just not long enough. The cut outs for servos are for small servos not full sized. He was able to get it on sale at a reasonable price. He has a OS 55AX in it.
Mark Hibbert brought in a beautiful plane called a Pete /n/ Paul House of Balsa (shown At top & with a close up of cowling detail below. He received the plane in a box, with about 50 pieces. This particular one was originally intended model build for the catalog, and not intended to fly. He added ailerons, painted it. With water base paint, added lettering and coated it with urethane. It’s been good for a couple years. It has a OS 40 4stroke. The details were all included. It took about out 4 months to put together. It has not flown yet.
Lonnie Morrison won the 50/50 drawing.
We also had 3 new members attend the meeting.
January 2016 Club Meeting Recap
PVMAC President Chuck Pozanac wished everyone Happy New Year at the first meeting of 2016.
Membership count is at 310 members an climbing. Chuck estimated that because we lost the Norton flying field last year, We probably wont see as many members renew as last year, but we are doing pretty well so far.
Chuck thanked all the members that volunteered at the AMA booth. Chuck mentioned that there was noticeably extra security this year . Everything went smooth. Ticket sales for the opportunity drawing were down this year, we only sold a little over 4000 tickets. There were some speculations on why sales were down, but at the end of the day, the club did not loose any money. The Ticket sales covered the cost of the booth, electricity and items purchased for the raffle so all is well.
All prizes were picked up and delivered at the show and this was a first. Usually, we have to haul things back and locate winners. We signed up 3 new members at the show. A Special thanks to Phil and Kyle Goodwine and Jim and Tom for making the booth look good
The Dogs are back in February and March. Chuck asked that if you notice that the outhouses are full after one of their weekend events, please let the club know so we can take care of it.
Chuck talked about a person who he met that is involved with wounded warrior, who wanted to know if the club would like to be involved in helping Veterans learn to fly RC. The Board thought this would be worthwhile and we should be involved in any way we can.
Chuck opened up conversation about the FAA's Mandatory Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) registration. There was heavy discussion regarding this topic during the meeting, with alot of information and opinions being shared. I wont share any of the opinions here, just the facts.
Through the 21st of January, Registration is $5, and the cost will be reimbursed at a later time. (The FAA are using the credit card charge as Identity verification). You will also need a valid email address and a physical address.
Though the AMA first informed everyone to hold off in registering, By the end of the AMA show, they sent out an email to its members informing everyone that they need to register. The Board wants to make it clear that they recommend you go thought the UAS Regisration process to avoid any government fines or criminal prosecution.
You must register as a pilot of a UAS if you fly anything (Fixed Wing, Helicopters, Multi-Rotors, Powered or otherwise, and even if you fly control Line and your aircraft Weighs more than 0.55 lbs. (250 g) and less than 55 lbs. (25 kg). Unmanned Aircraft weighing more than 55 lbs. cannot use this registration process and must register using the Aircraft Registry process. If your aircraft weighs More than 55lbs, you cannot use the UAS registration process and must register using the Aircraft Registry process. Your registration is valid for three years. Once you receive a registration number, you can use it on all of your unmanned aircraft if they meet the online registration criteria. You must mark the registration number on all aircraft you own, in a place that can be seen without using tools. Which means you can put the number in a battery compartment as long as you don’t need tools to see it.
Loni brought in the Hangar 9 Inverza 62 ARF, which he said was perfect as entry level IMAC competition. He recommended that for flying IMAC You take what ever the airplane instructions recommend for low rates, and go down from there for IMAC. The planes are usually setup for 3d which is not appropriate for IMAC. He Powered it with a 60 size DA motor. 2 servos on elevator, 1 rudder and 2 on ailerons. All Up weight is 24lbs. He alo said This is about the smallest planes you would want to compete with IMAC, any smaller and you cannot see it. It has an 88" wingspan.
Cal Orr brought in a vintage plane called the So Long. He said the airplane was named either because the tail is longer than usual, or because when you released it for flight, you would have to wave “So Long” . It was originally a guided free flight plane which you would have rudder control only and would have been originally powered by a .049 engine. This one however has been converted to electric. It has only 2 servos, rudder and elevator. He can get about 4 minutes of flight at full throttle, but with good throttle management, you can fly for much longer, and it does glide very well.
You can read more about what Cal Orr is up to with his Vintage Aircraft, 2.4 Ghz Kraft Radios, Reed Emulators and much more at http://www.calorr.com
Randy Wilbur brought in a Ledgend models Dauntless Douglas which is a made by VQ Models from Jb-Hobbies. It was brand new in the box; his wife bought it for him at the AMA Show for his birthday. It is the 80” version, not the one that is carried by Hobby people. It will have a 30cc engine. He plans on flying it in a Scale Master qualifier in June, so he will need to re-configure the servos for the tail, so that those are hidden. Randy said that the dauntless was well known for the Battle of Midway and was retired before the end of the war. This model is designed for electric or gas.
Joni Brought in an Evolution Engine 15gx Gas engine from Horizon Hobbies she won at the AMA show from the club drawing.
The Board Voted Chuck Pozanac is President, Larry Marsh as Vice president, Ted Novack as secretary, Bill Sheets treasurer.
There was a 50/50 drawing and lots of money given away for just showing up.
Want to be part of the fun, Join us on February 9th for the next PVMAC Club Meeting at the Chino Community Building 5443 "B" Street Chino, CA 91710 from 7pm-9pm. We will be discussing all the clubs activities, swapping stories, and exchanging ideas, sharing aircraft, and of course giving away more money. You don’t want to miss it.
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
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
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.
Loni 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.
June Meeting recap
We 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
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.
Everyone 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:
- For each month that you submit one or more articles, you will be entered in the year end drawing.
- You can only receive one entry per month.
- Valid articles that are submitted, but not used in the newsletter will still receive one entry for the month in which they were submitted.
- Articles may not always be used in the month for which they were received.
- 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.
- All decisions concerning article acceptance are final.
- 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.