PVMAC Is An AMA Gold Leader Club!

PVMAC Gold Leader Club AwardThe PVMAC has been accepted as an "AMA Gold Leader Club".  This is great news and very important to your clubs status amongst other clubs and this also means a lot to our local community and to the San Bernardino County Parks Department. Please extend a special “Thank You” to club members Tom Marcure, Greg Stockdale, Steve Parola, Kyle Goodwine, Joni Whitsitt, Sam Wright and others in helping get this accomplished.

In order to recognize the leadership of the best model clubs, the Academy has established the AMA Leader Club Awards. These awards can be earned by any AMA chartered club, by meeting certain standards of community service and activity.
There are three levels of AMA Leader Clubs: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Once a club meets the minimum criteria, it qualifies for different levels based on performance.
AMA has established 6 goals (one goal can be waived) and nine electives to obtain Leader Club status. The ultimate recognition, the Gold level, requires that all goals be met and Each goal must be documented. 

 Congratulations PVMAC!

2013 Board Member Elections: Dec. 11th

uncle-sam-voteOn Tuesday December 11th, 2012, you will have opportunity to vote for who will represent your club for 2013.  At the October membership meeting, the club nominated  9 individuals for 9 Board Positions, 8  of which are current board members.  The 9 nominations are Roy Barringer, Tom Marcure, Larry Marsh,  Charlie Mitchell, Steve Parola, Chuck Pozanac,Jim Stout, Greg Stockdale and Phil Goodwine.   

At the end of 2012, Paul Smith is stepping down as a member of the Board of Directors. The PVMAC Members and its board would like to thank Paul Smith for his many years of volunteering his time and for his service on the Board of Directors and as the Norton Flying site representative.   Without Paul and just a small handful of others like him,  the club would be what it is today. We need more people like him who are willing to volunteer a small amount time in support of our club.  

The elections will be held at our December 11th club meeting, which in case you have never attended, is always held on the second Tuesday of every month at  the Chino Community building, located at 5443 "B" Street, Chino, CA 91710 (click for Google Maps)

We would love to see a record turnout in support of your club,  as we need a quarum in order to hold elections, which is  10% or 49 members of the club in attendance. Your Current membership ID is required to cast your vote. 

In addition, at this meeting we will be celebrating this years PVMAC achevements, and Pizza will be served. 

This is also a great opportunity to renew your membership for 2013 as well.



Big Jolt 2010 Wrap-up...

sam_wrightbig_joltlogoSmallThe West Coast Big Jolt started mid-afternoon Thursday when the big rig RVs started rolling in. Vendors and pilots staged their spots in the overnight camping area and vendors set up their booths in the assigned spaces. All went smoothly and registration opened bright and early at 7:30 a.m. Friday morning. By mid-day, 14 vendors had staged their booths in the horse shoe shaped vendor area facing the flight line.

Pilots who arrived early grabbed the neat asphalt pits with imbedded tie downs for their canopies. The pit area had been extended into graded soil and fortunately accommodated all 85 pilots and 156 aircraft. Open flying Friday opened at 8:30am with sessions blocked out for 3D and helicopters.The helicopter count was low and may be excluded next year to allocate more time to open flying. Aerobatic aircraft flew in the open session but were not able to hover block the race track pattern. This worked out well and during their specific 3D window, they could hover and do all the other cool maneuvers that they demonstrate.

Friday night ended with a successful pilot mixer with Buffalo wings, Johnson Brats, and French fries made in the hangar. About 60 pilots, wives, crews and significant others enjoyed the aviation atmosphere in the hangar at the Chino airport. Our host were Sam Wright, Gordon Truax, and Ken Wagner. Ken or Wag’s owns the beautiful P-51 lady Alice.

Saturday went off on time with the national anthem and the same schedule spotlighted by the noon airshow featuring an EDF Jet speed run with speeds over 225 mph recorded. That awesome demonstration was followed by the PR-1 Pogo pylon racer from horizon. This is a new electric spec class in the NMPRA. These little hot rods screamed around two pylons 400’apart at 95 to 115 mph.

Saturday evening was again in the hangar only with sit down tables and table cloths for a great BBQ Beef, Pork, and Chicken dinner, with baked beans, salads and rolls. Of course the soft drinks and cold beer flowed throughout the evening. The evening was topped off with a super auction and the top item was a ride in the lady Alice P-51.

Sunday started early, and a nice touch was some soft Christian music followed by the national anthem and open flying. Around 2:30 we pulled raffle items and awarded the pilots the awards. The awards were based on the type of the aircraft and popularity.

John Reed from Model Airplane News did on line videos and interviews and posted them the next day on line with some great footage of the event. (Click Here To View)

Model Airplane News, ZAP Adhesives, Hobby People and Horizon were major sponsors and really supported the event and the growth of the electric flight aspects of this great hobby. The weather cooperated with 7 to the mid 80s with plenty of sun. Soft breezes came up around 2:30 but were right down the runway as always.

A few things we tried that were very successful was the addition of the halontronic-1 Halonfire extinguishers on the flight line and our newly constructed AC and DC charging station with Lipo sacks provided by Xtreme power Systems. We also had a 5 gallon salt waterbucket that claimed about 6 battery packs for the entire 3 day event.

Over all the pilots seemed to understand the care of Lipo batteries and all flew well with only two minor mid airs between some foam aircraft.

We learned a lot this year and Phil Goodwine, myself the CD, and the rest of the Big Jolt crew in those green vests will fine tune the event for 2011. Next year we anticipate over 100 plus pilots and will have a refined form of online registration and that also will qualify for an assigned pit number on a first come first serve basis. On behalf of the president and entire membership of the Pomona Valley Model Airplane Club, offers a special thank you and gratitude is extended to all the pilots and vendors that supported our first year effort for a West Coast Electric RC Experience.

Lastly, a hats off to the tremendous support of all of our sponsors who provided products and event sponsorship. Without your support, this event would not be possible.

Thank you,

Sam Wright, Big Jolt Contest Director

Model Airplane News Coverage

Big Jolt Coverage on YouTube.

PVMAC Photo Gallery Has been Added!


New Photos from the Jerry Ortego Memorial Scale Fly In

ww1_airplane_2010Pictures from the Jerry Ortego Memorial Scale Fly In that took place back on June 5th and 6th have finally been posted.  These fantastic photos are courtesy of our clubs very own Marty Nelson, whom you will often see at just about every club event with his trusty camera in hand.  There are over 300 pics to browse through for this event.  Thanks again Marty for sharing these fantastic photos.  Click on the link here, which will take you to our photo gallery, and find the Jerry Ortego Album.

2010 3D Deflection and Freestyle Event: Wrap Up

The first event of the season is behind us, and it was a great success, setting the pace for the rest of the year. There were about 25 die hard pilots taking Friday off to come out and fly. Saturdays turnout was even stronger with 41 pilots.  Although it was windy at times, this did not stop any of the seasoned pilots from showing their right stuff.  The  event was incedent free, with only a couple of deadsticks.  Many photos from the event are up in the gallery, and many more are rolling in, so check back often. Speaking of Rolling in,  it seems that the most popular maneuver out there was the rolling harrier, and almost all the polots were able and willing to demonstrate their proficiecy in this 12-15mph wind. 

Thanks to the sponsors, Ace Hobbies, DW Foamies, Desert Aircraft, Air Wild, Hobbie Club USA, E-Power, and 3-D Hobby Shop for making this event possible. The 35% Yak courtesy of Thunder Tiger/ACE went to Ground Pounder Bill. The 29% Edge 540 courtesy of Airwild Hobbies went to 10 year old Robbie and the DA-50R went to Jason Benson. Also, a huge thanks goes out to volunteers for making sure this event was pulled off without a glitch.

We're also in the process of tracking down the complete list of plaque winners, so check back here soon for the results.

Check out the Photo Gallery here, (you'll need to click on the 3D Full Deflection and Freestyle 2010 gallery)
Also, here is a Video of the event, Friday only though....


New List Aerobatic Maneuvers...

skipstewartSo who is excited about the 3-D Full deflection and Free Style Event that is happening at our Prado Field on May 21st and 22nd?  Well I am for one, and since I've never been to one of these events, I thought I'd bone up on some of the maneuvers that I might be seeing at the event.  I began compile a small list of maneuvers and the descriptions, thinking that maybe others might be intereted as well.  Anyhow, I kind of got carried away and created a monster of a list with over 60 maneuvers with descriptions and youtube videos back them up.  Now I doubt that we will see all 60 of these, but I know I learned a lot about the creative maneuvers that pilots are doing these days, and am hoping to get out to the field and try some of them. Second thought I'd better hit the Simulator first. 

Enjoy the list Here.     

RC Hobby Hauler

Club member Victor Noiron, with his company RC Hobby Hauler Trailer Manufacturing, has gotten in the business of producing quality RC ailrplane trailers.  I've seen this trailer first hand and it looks like a fantastic setup.  Some of the standard features include a battery with 110v and 12v outlets for charging and other needs, a place to store a generator, rear work bench area with storage, 2 levels of airplane storage with adjustable shelving, and lighting through-out. He even offers an option for custom graphics. So if you have a few large aircraft, and want to take them to the field without removing the wings, this may be the trailer for you.  Check out the posted video and call Victor with RC with any questions at 626-422-7110.