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Special DX9 Black Edition Raffle!
Thanks to our friends at Pegasus Hobby, we are having a special raffle of a Spektrum DX9 Black Editionradio system. This includes carrying case and receiver, and is valued at $599. Intuitive and powerful. Infinite model memory.
Special red raffle tickets are $5 each and available from any board member. Drawing will be at the Christmas party December 12. Buy your tickets online! $5 each CLICK HERE (Do NOT check"GOOD or SERVICE" box)
Chicago follows Los Angeles to Pass Restrictive
Combines the worst of LA and vetoed California laws Affects All Model Aircraft
The Chicago city Council has passed what appears to be the most restrictive "drone" law on record of any major city. The law:
Prohibits flying within 5 miles of any of the city's airports
Prohibits flying over private property without the owners consent
Prohibits flying over churches
Prohibits flying over police stations
Prohibits flying over schools
Prohibits flying over hospitals
Prohibits flying for any commercial use
Prohibits flying over any person not involved in the operation of the aircraft
Prohibits flying between dusk and dawn
Prohibits flying out of visual line of sight
Prohibits flying higher than 400 feet
Prohibits flying in inclement weather
Violators may be fined from $500 to $5000 for each violation.
Violators may be jailed for 180 days
Aircraft and equipment may be seized if an official believes there is a violates of the ordinance.
These restrictions go beyond what the FAA has proposed and specifically apply to hobby and recreational users. This applies to all model aircraft. At best, the law opens the city to expensive (on both sides) legal challenges. At worst, it opens hobbyists to scrutiny, harassment, fines, jail, and general degradation of the status of the model aviation hobby.
The lesson here is that we must monitor what our local governments are proposing, and make our voice heard before it gets to the proposed legislation stage. With local government, after that stage is it too late to effect changes.
[opinions expressed are those of the editor]
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.
Your AMA Number is not good enough, your airplanes will
need to display a government issued ID number. And you will have to carry
a card that shows you are registered.
The panel put together by the FAA turned in their report on sUAV registration. The term sUAV includes what are popularly referred to as "drones" as well as the more common Recommendations (that the FAA may accept, modify or ignore) reguire all unmanned aircraft over 250 grams (9 oz) to carry a legible registration number. The number will be issued by a government app. The same number can be used on all the registrants aircraft. The registrant must then carry a printed or electronic ID card. Persons under 13 may not register due to child privacy laws, so an adult must register the aircraft to be flown by someone under 13.
Under current law, failure to register an aircraft can result in penaties exceeding $25,000. There is currently
no legal provision for lesser penalties for model aircraft / sUAVs.
The 250 gram proposal purposely ignored performance and capability based exclusions, in favor of a questionable risk analysis formula. Essential it calculated the risk of death to a person from being hit on the head by an object falling from the sky from a height of 500 feet if everyone in a densly populated areawere standing outside unprotected at the same time. There was no consideration of danger to passenger carrying aircraft, which purportedly was the prime objective of the registration process.
Past experience with national registry systems suggests the policy may include some hiccups. For example, in 1995, Canada created a national gun registry with an estimated cost of CA$119 million. After cost overruns of more than CA$1 billion, the registry was finally scrapped in 2012. Drones have a lot in common with guns — they are small, cheap, and easily transferable. It seems probable that the FAA is underestimating the complexity and cost of keeping millions of drone ownership records up to date.
And it would be a huge challenge for the FAA to modernize its registration infrastructure by Christmas. Right now aircraft registration is still processed using carbon copy forms. This sort of paper processing isn’t going to scale to the hundreds of thousands of drones sold this holiday season. And while an electronic registration system obviously makes sense in the long run, big federal IT systems take a long time to get right.
Federal agencies can’t issue regulations without public scrutiny. Under the Administrative Procedure Act, in order to enact substantive new regulations, they are required to go through a public notice and comment period unless they show good cause to dispense with it. But if the goal is to have a substantive new rule enacted by mid-December, notice and comment will be impossible. The registration task force will have its recommendations ready by November 20. If the agency takes the time to turn this into a rule, conduct a cost-benefit analysis, publish it in the Federal Register, give the public a minimum of 30 days to comment, digest and respond to the public comments, and issue a final rule, that will easily take it into next year.
The good cause exception to notice and comment carries a heavy burden of proof, and it’s not likely the FAA can meet it in this instance. The agency may try to argue that going through a months-long process to enact registration regulations is contrary to the public interest. But the agency’s perceived deadline pressure is entirely self-imposed. The agency could have begun this process months or years ago instead of in mid-October. In the past, courts have rejected the argument that the urgent need to take action constitutes good cause for dispensing with notice and comment when agencies themselves contributed to that urgency through prolonged inaction.
Loss of Control Incidents at the Field; Incident Report Form Created
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
Need a 12 volt power supply (or an extra one) to charge your batteries at home from a DC charger? How about recycling one from an out of service computer for next to nothing? And save ewaste from a landfill? Win Win! The few parts needed are available at Orvac Electronics 1120 Shamrock Ave Monrovia (or maybe Radio Shack).
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. Those requesting newsletter by mail will receive a meeting reminder postcard.
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