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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

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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Read more: June Meeting recap

 

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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Read more: May 2015 Club Meeting Recap

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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Upcoming Club Meetings

Club Board of Directors Meeting
Tue Aug 04 @ 07:00PM - 09:00PM
Norton Field Monthly Swap Meet
Sat Aug 08 @ 08:00AM -
Club General Meeting
Tue Aug 11 @ 07:00PM - 09:00PM
Club Board of Directors Meeting
Tue Sep 01 @ 07:00PM - 09:00PM

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