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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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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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New P-51D ARF from VQ Models: Lady Alice!

VQ Models LadyAlice P-51dWe do not normally promote or advertise specific products here on the PVMAC website, but today I thought we shoud make an exception given this particular bit of exciting news. VQ RC Models  has released a new P-51D Mustang that many at the PVMAC are all to familiar with “Lady Alice”. It is a 46 sized ARF with a 62" wingspand and designed for glow or electric setups with the built in magnetic battery hatch.  

I reached out to Mike Greenshields who is the Vice President of Product Development and Marketing at  Hobby People, which is the US Importer for VQ Arfs, to find out more about this VQ Arf.   Mike says that he had the idea that lady alice would make a great model, and since he knew Dr. Ken Wagner the owner of Lady Alice, He asked him if it would be ok to poduce a model of his P-51D.  When Ken agreed to the idea, Vinh Quang who is the owner of VQ Models was prompted to build the aircraft.   Mike reports that it is an updated version of VQ’s older P-51 line, which now includes a magnetic hatch for an electric friendly setup, now has full flaps, and a tail wheel that is “in the right spot”.    He tells me they will also be stocking retracts and struts for it too which will be sold separately.  Finally,  Mike says that though Ken Wagner has not seen the aircraft yet, they are in the process of building him one, and plan to take pictures with Ken, his new model, and his full size P-51D.

LadyAliceLady Alice began its life as a P-51D built and intended for combat.  Built in 1945 towards of the end of the war, this Mustang was never sent into combat.  It stayed in the USAF until about 1950 and served as a fighter trainer.  It was then sold to the Royal Canadian Air Force who flew it until 1956 at which point it was declare surplus.  In 1963, Bill Lacy out of Honolulu acquired the aircraft and flew it frequently until around 1972, when someone accidentally taxied into it and damaged it.  It was put in a container for year until it was transferred to Art Teeters, in Salinas California.  Today Art Teeters is a world-renowned P-51 restorer, but back then this was his first P-51, and he totally restored the aircraft over the course of about 2 years.  It is reported that Bill flew it infrequently until it was acquired by Bob Jepson in 1999 and repainted as Lady Alice in 2000.  In 2006, it was sold again to a local R/C modeler, Member and supporter of the PVMAC, Dr. Ken “WAGS” Wagner, who now owns and operates Lady Alice out of Chino CA.  Regularly flown, this P-51D flies at numerous events and is exhibited all over Southern California and even makes its way to Oshkosh most years. 

Here is some more information about the P-51, and like most of you, I look forward to seeing these fly at our field.  You can order the aircraft here at Hobby People.

VQModel LadyAlice P-51dFeatures:
Factory Laser-Cut, Jig-Built, All-Wood Construction
Factory Covered and Finished
Installed Canopy
Installed Pilot
Fiberglass Cowl
Compatible with Glow and Electric Power System
Easy-Access Magnetic Battery Hatch
Complete Hardware Package
Optional Retracts Available

Specifications:
Wingspan: 62.2in
Wing Area: 640sq.in.
Wing Loading: 19.8-25.2oz/sq.in. (Will Vary with Equipment Used)
Length: 46.4in
RTF Minimum Weight: 7lbs (Will Vary with Equipment Used)
Radio: 5+ channels
Engine: 70 Four-Stroke (Sold Separately)
Motor: G-46 HP Motor, 5-cell 4500mAh, 13x8 propeller (Sold Separately)
Functions: Ailerons/Elevator/Rudder/Throttle/Flaps/Optional Retracts.

 

February 2015 Club Meeting Recap

FEBMTG15 02As you know, we have our monthly PVMAC club meetings which are held on the second Tuesday of every month at the Chino Community Building at 7pm. We usually only get about 10% attendance, which is not great for a club of this size.  It would be great if we had greater attance by our members to show their support for the club and what their elected board is doing to keep our club beautifly maintained, safe and open for flying.   We realize that its not feasible for some to attend, so we will try to recap the discussions and post them here on the website on a monthly basis.

I apologize in advance if I got your name wrong or mispelled.   


Minutes From January meeting were read by president Chuck Pozanac

Minutes from January.

  • We had 40 members attend in January
  • Officers (board members) will remain the same as previous year as voted by members in December
  • Membership is at 376 as of January 13.
  • Signed up 9 new members at AMA, and our booth was a huge success.  lots of volunteers.
  • Broken window at snackshack will be repaired And Wood panel Placed to prevent entering through window.
  • Weeds at prado will be sprayed very soon.
  • Joni presented the wings over Prado
  • Tom Marcure said we will only be using the new membership form for the rest of the year.
  • It was reported that there is district 10 scholarship money and we need to do a better job of getting the word out.
  • Steve Parole went home with $75
  • The PVMAC Newsletter editor has resigned and we are need of a new newletter editor.


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2018 Membership Information

updateThe Membership page has been updated with the new 2018 membership forms.  You must get get your renewal form and dues in by December 31, 2017 to fly  on January 1st, 2018. Renew early and avoid missing the deadline.

As you may have already heard, the PVMAC will not have a booth at the 2018 AMA EXPO, So your last opportunity to take advantage of the renewal rate is December 31, 2017. 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, 2017.

Finally, make sure you have an AMA Open Membership valid from the date of application through Dec 31, 2018.  If your membership expires any date prior to Dec 31, 2018, you will need to contact AMA to add a yearly renewal that extends your expiration date past Dec, 31, 2018.   AMA Membership Join/Renewal Page

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

Upcoming Club Meetings

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

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