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FLOAT FLY JULY 16
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR NOTIFICATIONS
IN CASE OF FIREFIGHTING ACTIVITY.
  

 Harbor Freight

ACTIVE FIRE IN DUARTE AND AZUSA

Over 20 aircraft are involved in fighting these fires in the hills
nearby.
Be extra cautious and
yield on the first sign of any aircraft transiting the field

No TFR is currently in effect but could be reinstated in case of flare up.

 We are not inside the area but
still need to be extra careful.

 
 Duarte 062116 
Photo by Tom Traeger from his home!
 

 FAA Releases Part 107 Commercial Small UAS Rules;
No effect on hobby expected

  

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.

 

CLICK HERE for more information

 

 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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NEXT FLOAT FLY JULY 16

LINK TO PICTURES FROM MAY 2015 FLOAT FLY

Ed Flaot

 

 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.  

 puff

3 Drone Myths Worth Busting 

Read these and forward to everyone

 USE YOUR MIRROR HANG TAG WHEN AT THE FIELD

Hang Tag

or Rich will cuddle you

MEETING JUNE 10

NEXT FLOAT FLY JULY 16
LINK TO PICTURES FROM MAY 2015 FLOAT FLY

Ed Flaot

 


Science Expo & Robotics Tournament

Monrovia High School

February 27

 

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

SFDRCM Gate

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

Let use know at SFDRCM@hotmail.com

Frame

Newsletter On Line
We will now be delivering the newsletter only on line. See the Club Newsletter tab above to access current and past newsletters.

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.

Good Brothers

 


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
 

 



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