Drones, model aircraft and the AMA are in the news like never before. The club has received a number of inquiries from people who have seen our field, or found us on the internet. (Our field is prominently noted on Google maps.) In response, we have created a new tab and page call Visit the Field. It gives information on visiting the field, getting introductory flights, events, and meetings.
Please take a look and make any suggestions. We are in a unique time to promote safe model aircraft operation, education, AMA, and club membership. We ask members to be welcoming and helpful to visitors. Most will not have been exposed to traditional model aviation. They may have heard about or be interested in "drones" or aerial photography. Don't be judgemental or opinionated. These are the modelers of the future. Some of us remember how "kit builders" snubbed the "ARF" flyers as not being true hobbyists. Let's be open, and enjoy all phases of this evolving hobby.
While you are at it, please review the AMA Safety code and Document 550.that addresses First Person View (FPV) operation. There may be some rules that you are not aware of, and that will let you answer visitor questions authoritatively. Remember we are in the good graces of the FAA as long as our operations follow the AMA rules.
CLICK IN THE PICTURE FOR THE APPLE iPAD PAGE
CLICK HERE FOR THE COMMERCIAL ON YOUTUBE if your browser does not support Apple Quicktime.
The secret is out. The filming at our field was an iPad commericial, shown at the 2015 Academy Awards. It is narrated with an exerpt of a speech by Martin Scorcese. The commercial shows real high school students making films using iPads. A lesson in film production to all of us that were there, how much material has to be shot to get a few seconds of action, and how important the film editor is to pick seconds of film from minutes or hours of material.
Click the picture for the commercial (some browsers may have trouble with the Quicktime format), and scroll further down that page to see more of their film. Look for Ed Roberts' Lincoln in the background! If you look to the left in the background along the dam face in one scene you can see the trucks and tents of the production company.
Thanks to Park Pictures and Apple for choosing our scenic field and presenting model aviation in a positive light.
NBC News: Drone Regulations Won't Stall Decades-Old Model Aircraft Clubs
A very positive piece from NBC News Feb 21, 2015
Hear that buzz? It's the sound of drones sweeping the nation — literally. Increasingly cheap and easy to fly, quadcopters and other flying contraptions are introducing thousands to the joy of flight — and have drawn the attention of the FAA, which has for years been mulling how best to regulate such craft.
But the hobby of recreational flying goes back way before the first drones appeared on the market. Back, in fact, to before the FAA was even established. Are these old-school flyers in the model aircraft community worried that regulations will encroach on their fun? Not really.
California Updates Invasion of Privacy Law to Ban the Use of Camera Drones Effective January 1
In a bill meant to bring California’s privacy laws into a drone-heavy 21st century, the state just signed an act into law that will make it both illegal and very expensive for anybody seeking to invade someone else’s privacy by taking photos of them with a camera drone. This law applies WHETHER OR NOT ANY IMAGE WAS CAPTURED but it is not known how the courts will treat that clause.
The law is seen by many as an anti-paparazzi law, but it’s meant to protect the privacy of the public at large. Under the new law, anybody caught using a camera drone to take pictures of somebody “under circumstances in which [they] had a reasonable expectation of privacy,” and where said picture could not have been taken without trespassing if the drone hadn’t been used, will face serious penalties.
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The FAA’s list of 194 drone sightings reported to it this year were obtained by the New York Times and published yesterday. Contrary to what one would expect from all the media hype about the risks posed to manned aircraft by today’s popular quadcopters, the FAA’s list of sightings does not support the position that these small hobby helicopters – including the most popular Phantom models manufactured by DJI – pose a significant danger to aircraft. What the list does support is that the FAA is keeping a record of all drone sightings it receives regardless of whether the reports indicate a safety problem or not. In fact, some of the reports listed conclude that there was no actual or potential safety impact. The list contains a number of reports of quadcopters operating overhead but no indication of any safety impact at all to persons, property or manned aircraft. It’s not clear to me what purpose this list serves the FAA.
Arrow Highway Gate is Available. Duarte Road Gate is being intermittantly locked again. 2015 keys available for renewed members. Access via Arrow Highway may be restricted by construction activity. Please be patient and polite.
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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
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