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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 and currently enjoys two flying fields.

The club has a field in Prado Park in Chino, California, and a second field at the old Norton AFB in San Bernardino, California. The Prado field is approximately '800’ x  50’ with enough asphalt pit area to support 30 canopies. The Norton field is 490' x 50' and can support about 15 members in the pit areas at a time. Both fields are operated under the AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) guidelines.

 

Read more: About The PVMAC

2015  PVMAC Events      
  • April 24-26 2015 - Wings Over Prado
    RC Scale Aircraft Fly-in
    Prado Airpark - Chino CA
  • October 3-4 - Classic Pattern Contest
    Prado Airpark - Chino CA
  • October 23-25 2015 - Big Jolt
    Electric RC Experience
    Prado Airpark - Chino CA
  • December 6th - Toys for Tots
    Fun Fly Event and Swap Meet
    Prado Airpark - Chino CA

Pomona Valley Model Airplane Club

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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Read more: April 2015 Club Meeting Recap

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.

 

Wings Over Prado April 24-26 2015

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The PVMAC is proud to announce that we will be bringing back an event that has been on haitus for the last couple years. The Wings Over Prado, (Formerly Wings Over Chino), is a scale RC aircraft fly-in  that willl be held on Friday April 24th through Sunday April 26th 2015 and features all scale warbirds, scale civilian, scale edf Jets, and Sport Scale Aircraft

Landing fee is just $30  which includes an Event Ballcap.   The event is an AMA Sanctioned Event so current AMA membership is required.   Our snack bar will be open for breakfast and lunch serving up good tasting hot food, and ice cold drinks.  A Saturday night banquet will be held at the field and will be an Italian dinner which includes a salad and soft drinks.

We will be providing a manned central charging station  with power for up to 16 chargers, each  with 12v/16 Amps of output.  Vendors will also be onsite showing the latest and greatest electric RC products. 

Awards will be presented for Best Detailed ARF, Military, Civilian, EDF jet, Biplane, Multi engine, Peoples choice and Presidents award.

Overnight on-site Dry Camping is available for a $10/Day fee, or you may try to reserve a Full Hookup camping spot at Prado Regional Park, which is less than 2 miles away or reserve one of the Hotels are nearby.

Please check back for further details.

 new sticker The Pre-Registration is now open at RC flight deck, and you can register for the Italian dinner and a couple free How-To Classes at the same time.  Click here to register

Event Downloads

Event Sponsors to Be announced

 

 

 

 

 

     
     
     

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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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2015 Membership Information

updateThe Membership page has been updated with the new 2015 forms.  You must get your renewal form and dues in by December 31, 2014 to fly  on January 1st, 2015.

Please read the following information as it pertains to membership renewals for 2015.  

1. Current members who renew before 4:00 PM January 12, 2014 will continue to pay $80 for their PVMAC membership renewal.
2. New members signing up before 4:00 PM PST January 12, 2014 will pay $80 for membership and an additional $20 initiation fee to join the PVMAC.
3. Current 2013 members who do not renew before 4:00 PM PST January 12, 2014 will pay $80 for a new membership and an additional $120 ini-tiation fee for a total of $200.
4. New members signing up after 4:00 PM PST January 12, 2014 will pay $80 for a new membership and an additional $120 initiation fee for a total of $200.
5. Past PVMAC members who did not renew in 2013 are considered new members. Applying for 2014 membership will cost $80 plus the $20 ini-tiation for signing up before 4:00 PM PST January 12, 2014.
6. Any past PVMAC member that did not renew in 2013 will be considered a new member and pay $80 plus the $120 initiation fee for a total of $200 for renewing after 4:00 PM PST January 12, 2014.
7. If you mail in your membership, it must be postmarked by January 12, 2014 to receive the current rates.
8. Any membership application received without the correct payment amount included will be returned to the sender. Any membership re-turned for insufficient payment will not be considered received by the deadline unless the application and correct payment is returned by the deadline. Membership renewal period for 2015 ends January 11, 2015. 
  1. The membership renewal period for 2015 ends January 11, 2015
  2. Any past PVMAC member that did not renew in 2014 will be considered a new member and pay the New membership rate of $80 plus the $120 initiation fee for a total of $200 .
  3. New members will pay $80 for a new membership and an additional $120 initiation fee for a total of $200.
  4. Any membership application received without the correct payment amount included will be returned to the sender.
  5. All 2015 renewals must be postmarked on or before January 11, 2015, with the correct amount of $80 included.   2015 Renewals will NOT be accepted after January 11, 2015 .  If you do not send your 2015 renewal in by January 11, 2015, you will be considered a new member and pay the new membership rate of $80 plus the $120 initiation fee for a total of $200 
  6. If you mail in your renewal membership, it must be postmarked by January 11, 2015 to receive the renewal rate.
  7. Any membership application received without the correct payment amount included will be returned to the sender. Any membership re-turned for insufficient payment will not be considered received by the deadline unless the application and correct payment is returned by the deadline.

In addition, the PVMAC rules and regulations Page has been updated, and you will definatly want to make sure you read them.

As with last year, you must have a  fire extinguisher in the pit area in order to fly.    Read about the new Fire Extinguisher requirement here.

AMA Membership Join/Renewal Page

 

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Upcoming Club Meetings

Club Board of Directors Meeting
Tue Jun 02 @ 07:00PM - 09:00PM
Club General Meeting
Tue Jun 09 @ 07:00PM - 09:00PM
Norton Field Monthly Swap Meet
Sat Jun 13 @ 08:00AM -

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