The Aug 13 Night Fly was quite well attended with probably 15+ flyers and spectators. Temperature was perfect with little wind. Most planes were LED festooned Slow Stiks that floated gracefully on the night sky. This needs to be put to music. A number of quads showed up that look really good at night also and are actually easier to fly in the dark.
If you missed this one, get your LEDs and get ready for the next one.
Passing of Club Member
I am very sorry to report the death of Tun Aung. He was one of our flying buddies who often joined us on Wednesdays and Fridays. Few of you may know that Captain Tun Hla Aung was a 747 pilot for Singapore airlines. He was also quite inventive and created many a customized plane out of Dollar Tree foam and Hobby King servos.
The Wed/Fri group really enjoyed Tun's company. He was always upbeat and charming and never failed to provide us with a systematic accounting when one of his flying machines hit the berm at Mach 1.
Per the instructions of his family he will be cremated and his ashed will be scattered at sea. May he rest in peace.
Editor: We send condolences to his family. A reminder for us to enjoy every day and appreciate our friends.
FAA Offers Free Online Course for sUAS Pilots
The FAA is offering a free line course to help prepare for the test to obtain a Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate. This is the new requirement for commercial use of remote aircraft. Uses such as real estate photography, surveying, inspection, search and rescue become possible, within the current limitations of the law. There is no certification or testing required for hobby and recreations model flying. The course is also a good introduction to the operation of the world of "full scale" aviation.
FLOAT FLY HELD JULY 23 Warm weather, great conditions, great lunch thanks to Jan Coultrap, Dennis and helper. Next Float Fly Sept 10
FAA Extension Passes, Signed Includes Special Rule for Model Aircraft
The House and Senate have passed and the President has signed a bill the extends FAA funding through September 2017. This appears to maintain the status-quo for hobbyists. That is, we can operate under the rules of our community based organization, the AMA.
FAA Releases Part 107 Commercial Small UAS Rules; Effective August 29. No effect on hobby expected, simplifies commercial drone use.
The rules (to be effective in August), make it easier to operate UAS under 55 pounds for commercial uses. Probably the biggest change is that a private pilots license will no longer be required. A basic aeronautical knowledge test and TSA background check will allow issuance of a "remote pilot certificate". Flying is still limited to visual line of sight, day time, under 400 feet and not over people not involved flight operations. But such activities as photography, land mapping, roof inspections, power line inspection will be much easier to conducts for pay.
Recreational model aircraft operations continue to operate under Section 336 rules, although the FAA has yet to recognize a "community based organization" to meet the laws requirements.
Los Angeles Criminal Drone Case Ends in Acquittal but Law Appears to be Still in Effect.
Filmmaker Arvel Chappell was charged on December 15, 2015 of violating the new Los Angeles City Drone ordinance. He was originally charged with three violation of three sections involving where and when he was accused of flying his multicopter. At preliminary hearing he announced his defense would be that the FAA has preemptive jurisdiction over aircraft, which the FAA has vigorously said includes unmanned aerial systems. The city attorney was unprepared to defend this argument and ended up dropping the three charges, but adding a fourth charge of operating an aircraft in a reckless manner. The matter went to jury trial. Details of the trail are not known but the result was an acquittal on the remaining charge. It does not appear to have been resolved whether or not the ordinance itself is lawful. So those flying UAS in Los Angeles may still be subject to arrest.
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Avoid the Puffies: Do Not Store Your Lipos Fully Charged
Lithium Polymer cells are chemically active even when not being used. Storing them fully charged interferes with their equilibrium state and is the main cause of the dreaded "puffing" of the pack. It is recommended to store them at their nominal voltage of 3.7 volts per cell. Therefore a 3S pack should be stored at 11.1 volts not the typical full charge voltage of around 12.2. Some chargers have a storage charge setting. Use if you are not going to be using the battery within the week.
Several board members showed up to display rc airplanes, engines, quads, and talk to interested students and parents. Since this was a science and robotics event, there were intelligent questions asked and lots of interest. We flew quads in the courtyard next to our booth, and airplanes off the rubberized track around the football fields - a great place to fly.
We were disappointed that no members outside of the board decided to come. The school set aside special parking for us near our booth and was very glad to see us. This is a great way to educate the public and gain support, and it is actually fun. The time will come when we need public support and events like this are the best way to get it.
Loss of Control Incidents at the Field; There have been no recent unexplained (e.g. interference) loss of control incidents reported. Hopefully with Gold Line construction completed, we will have no more interference problems.
Lots of new Swap Shop Ads
If you haven't looked at the Swap Shop lately, check it out. Lots of new ads today - heli, EDF, gas, etc.
New Gate Installed to Curb Trespassing at Field Reminder: Lock the gate when entering and leaving
Photo credit: Tom Traeger
Thanks to President Rich Rannis for spearheading the effort to install a gate on the northern entrance to our field. Since Gold Line Extension work began last year, the normal Duarte Road gate has not been locked, leading to increased trespass at our field, including graffiti and car and ATV tracks and burnouts. Hopefully the gate will reduce this significantly. The design of the gate is one side for club use with one club lock, and the larger side for other utility use with the usual multiple locks. Center post is removable when both gate are unlocked. Also thanks to Gary Stevens, Tom Treager and Wayne Brown for financial donations toward the project. And this should qualify for the AMA Field Improvement Fund award program.
SFDRCM License Plate Frames
If you can't make it to the meeting CLICK HERE to order online - same price
Laser engraved, anodized blue, very attractive, appear to glow! $14, 2 for $25
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Float Fly May 2014 video by John De La Cueva, including Ed Villanueva's custom rescue boat.
Aeromodeling Pioneers: The Good Brothers Video Uploaded
When the Cindy Good and Mallory Nelson, daughter and granddaugter of RC pioneer William Good visited, they left a DVD that was a very interesting documentary of about the innovative Good brothers. I have been able to upload this to YouTube for all to enjoy. This is fascinating and inspiring look at RC history, with interviews to preserve the presence of these brothers. As with many modlers, their interest in model aviation was coupled with significant technical achievements in other areas. Let us all be inspired by their work and their enjoyment of this hobby.
Video as approx 26 minutes - thank you to YouTube for permission for the extended length upload, and to Mallory and Cindy.
Meeting Time & Location Information
Wednesday at 7:30 PM Arcadia Red Cross on Methodist Hospital campus 376 W Huntington Dr Arcadia , CA 91007 map it 7:30 Second Wednesday each month