Should AMA Reconsider Donations to Wounded Warrior Project?
[Update: We are informed by AMA's Mandee Mikulski that the AMA is having an emergency meeting to consider whether to continue support for the WWP based on inquiries from clubs.]
The Wounded Warrior Project has been in the news recently for alleged excessive costs charged to fundraising, staff events, and salaries. Reports cite 60% of WWP funds collected go to veterans as opposed to, for example, 96% for Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust . The AMA has had the WWP as it's National Model Aviation Day beneficiary since 2013 and, through club events, has donated $176,000.
The WWP has hired a "crisis management" PR firm (another non-veteran expense), and it's board is looking into the allegations.
Do you think the AMA should keep the Wounded Warrior Project as it's charity, or look for another organization to support? Click the links below to express your opinion, in your own words, to the AMA leadership.
Los Angeles city attorney files charges against 2 drone users based on city ordinance
Two drone operators face criminal charges after allegedly neglecting restrictions under a city ordinance passed in October 2015, the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office announced in a press release Wednesday.
“It’s very important that our office sends a strong message that there’s a real difference between operating a drone safely and operating one in violation of the city’s new law,” L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer told KPCC.
The ordinance outlines regulations for drone users in L.A., including that an unmanned aircraft cannot be flown more than 400 feet above the ground — which is one of the rules both defendants broke.
Both Michael Ponce, 20, and Arvel Chappell, 35, could spend up to six months in jail and face $1,000 fines if convicted for failing to play by the rules of the air. They are the first two people to be charged under the new ordinance.
According to the press release, Ponce allegedly flew a drone more than 400 feet above the ground within three miles of hospital heliports. Chappell also allegedly flew a drone higher than 400 feet high, while also allegedly causing an air unit landing at Hooper Heliport* to have to alter its route.
[Request has been sent to AMA for comment - Editor]
* Hooper Heliport - the worlds largest rooftop airport, home of LAPD Air Support Division and the fictional 1983 Blue Thunder helicopter.
West Hollywood Passes Drone Registration and Restrictions
Takes action despite warning that regulation conflicts with Federal law
SOURCE: LA Times
The new law in West Hollywood requires civilian drone pilots to register their aircraft with the city, in addition to the registration already required by the FAA. West Hollywood drone operators must place a city-issued permit sticker and identification number on the drone where it can be seen from the ground.
Unless authorized by the FAA, drones in West Hollywood now are banned from flying at night. Drones also cannot fly above city parks during city-sponsored events in the park unless authorized to do so, and they cannot fly above City Hall or fire or police stations.
While the AMA continues to address registration legally and through Congress, AMA members who fly RC aircraft that weigh over 250g are being asked to register with the FAA. Pilots do not register their aircraft, they register themselves. Register by 1/21 for refund of $5 fee.
We were pleased to welcome Junlin Liang of RoaringTop batteries to our January meeting. They are a manufacturer of high quality LiPo batteries. They have many capacity and C ratings with high power density for all uses. They have been the manufacturer for Thunder Power and are now also selling under their own brand.
Their website RoaringTopUSA.com has an extensive FAQ about LiPo battery manufacture, care, and handling.
Junlin says they are still learning the U.S. market and welcome input. They keep fresh stock, and, while they are located in California, they have a dealer in Texas that will ship to us without tax. They are anxious to help sponsor events such as FPV racing that will show the performance of their products.
About 80 members and family enjoyed a holday party and feist on December 12 at the annual SFDRCM Christmas Party. This is our annual chance to social and meet the family of members. We thanked the membership for their help in maintaining the club, with everything from taking trash from the field, cutting weeds, moving rocks, monitoring safety practices and helping newcomers. We had the DX9 radio raffle, with the winner being...Rich Rannis! Fair and square! His hard work for the club came back to reward him. Dozens of other prized were won, from 24" TV, Android Tablet, RXR airplanes, charger and Chirstmas Stockings filled with cash!
Wishing everyone Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Be Healthy and Fly Safe!
SFDRCM, Rich Rannis Featured in Pasadena Star News Drone Registration Article
Rich is quoted in a nice, fair article in the Pasadena Star News online. It addresses the FAA registration proposals that affect ALL MODEL AIRCRAFT over 250 grams. Model airplanes, helicopters, flying toys, AMA members are all swept up in the recommendation. The final form and content of the FAA proposed regulation is yet to be determined, as are penalties for failure to comply.
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
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
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.
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