No March Float Fly
The park has confirmed that Covid restrictions
have not yet reached the point to allow
us to resume the float fly. May looks
Passing of Longtime Member
We are saddened to report the passing of
longtime member Carl Weisenecker. Carl
was a regular at the field for years and was
dedicated to the hobby.
Pegasus Hobbies Reopens After Moving
One of the few hobby shops in our area has reopened at its new location, not far from it's old location. 1458 W 7th St, Montclair. Head east on Moreno from their old store, it turns into 7th St. Stop in and say hello. 10% discount on some items to members - show your key.
FAA Issues Final Rule on Remote ID
Modelers Comments Made a Big Difference
On January 28, the FAA issued its Final Rule on Remote ID for UAS. Over 53,000 comments, mostly from hobbyists and AMA members. were considered and caused modification or removal many of the worst proposals. As passed the rule is briefly the following, with implementation beginning in 18 - 30 months:
- All unmanned aircraft over 250 grams must be registered with FAA. This is what the current rules require.
- Aircraft used solely for recreational purposes may use one registration number assigned to the owner.
- All new UAV must be built with a system that has a built in or existing UAV have an attached identification system that broadcasts flight information from takeoff to landing.
- The only exception are UAV operating in FAA Recognized Identifcation Areas. Applications for these areas will start being accepted in 18 months, and most likely be mainly AMA club fields and areas associated with schools and universities. No time limit is specified for future additions to flying sites, as was originally feared.
- Aircraft that are flown under the FRIA exception above must be flown within Visible Line of Sight.
- The UAV must not broadcast ADS-B Out. That is currently used in general aviation aircraft for location and identification; use by UAV would overwhelm that system. New systems will be performance based with no one system designated.
- Flight over people and flight at night rules are allowed for UAV under 250 grams and for larger certified aircraft. It appears no hobby drones or aircraft over 250 grams currently qualify.
- The requirement for an internet connection was dropped as being impractical.
- The requirement for individual registration of recreational aircraft was dropped.
All in all the rule is probably as good as modelers could have expected with the most onerous requirements dropped. Operations at established flying fields should not be affected.
Passing of Long Time Member
We are sad to announce the passing of our Treasurer, long time member and friend Walter Ed Roberts. He was our oldest member at 93, but still sharp, active and snippy. He was a military veteran, and retired from So Cal Edison. He served for many years as club treasurer, keeping a tight rein on our funds so we could enjoy and improve our field, have events, and still build a reserve. We will miss him showing up with his trusty (mostly) Chevy van, movie star Lincoln, or gas station big Mercury. Happy flying with those that have gone before, old friend.
UPDATE : JANUARY FLOAT FLY CANCELLED
NOVEMBER FLOAT FLY REPORT
It was a most beautiful day, 70s clear and calm. Lots of good flying
with only a few boat retrievals and no "crying towel" candidates.
Please plan to attend in March.
Jay Leno Tours and Runs Merlin Aircraft Engine
CLICK HERE Jay Leno shows impressive knowledge of his newly restored Packard Merlin WW II aircraft engine.
July Float Fly Report
Float Fly July 11. Wind was calm, temperature was comfortable in the morning despite the 100°. Geese were in abundance, having had the park to themselves for a long time. Admission to the park was only $5 for us seniors. Attendance was, shall we say, low. However the three of us got in numerous successful flights. The boat didn't get unloaded until Earle's gasser flamed out on landing near the island. I'm sure the predicted heat and pandemic concerns kept attendance down. Let's hope for better turnout in September.
Follow Our YouTube Channel
SFDRCM has a YouTube channel with club and other RC videos.
CLICK HERE to see our channel. Be sure to subscribe.
During the lock down, we will be converting the old club VHS library from the 80s and 90s and uploading them. Latest is the Dave Patrick video "Float 'Em" about flying from water. All the advise in these videos still apply.
FAA Recreational Flyer Registration Renewals
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has important registration information for drone recreational flyers whose registration was automatically extended until December 12, 2020.
Your registration expires in 180 days and you can now renew it in your FAADroneZone dashboard:
- Once you click ‘renew’ the process is the same as when you initially registered.
- Once you have renewed, to print an updated registration card: Login to the FAADroneZone, select the Recreational Flyer Dashboard and select Print.
How much does it cost to renew a registration?
$5 through the FAADroneZone.
Why Was My Registration Extended?
The National Defense Authorization Act for 2018 restored the FAA’s registration rule with respect to model aircraft and recreational flying. If you registered prior to December 12, 2017 and did not request to have your registration information deleted, the FAA extended the expiration date until December 12, 2020, which is three years from the rule restoration date. If you requested a refund of registration fees, you would have had to re-register again after December 12, 2017. Therefore, your expiration date would now also be December 12, 2020, or later. At this time you can retain your registration number.