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RC Flying and Safer-At-Home

Officially the Club has not been ordered

to close the flying field and

the Club is not taking a position on this.

Remember, the disease can be deadly to seniors and those with underlying illnesses. Keep "social distance" of six feet. Maybe stay home, build a new plane, patch up your fleet and fly your simulator.

Float Fly Cancelled

Park cancels all in-park reservations.

We will announce status of future float flies when known.

(Even Renaissance Pleasure Faire Cancelled)

Spring Open House Cancelled

As with many other gatherings we

have decided to postpone the Open House

We will announce any rescheduling.

 

FAA COMMENT PERIOD ENDED

The official comment period for the FAA's proposed rule on remote ID has closed and we are writing to provide an update.

First – and most importantly – thank you for your unending support for model aviation and commitment to advocating on behalf of our beloved hobby.

Your comments make a difference. Throughout the past two months, the aeromodeling community has submitted over 50,000 comments to the FAA expressing concerns with the remote ID proposal. This is an enormous number of comments, and we are overwhelmed with gratitude for your work on this important issue. All of your voices are critically important, and they make a difference. Thank you again for taking the time to participate in the remote ID rulemaking process.

In addition to your many comments, AMA HQ submitted its own formal comment detailing how the proposed rule would impact our community and the changes we want to see in the final rule. If you are interested in reading AMA's full comment, it is available here.

Second, please know there is still a long road ahead. In fact, there is a lengthy bureaucratic process that the FAA must complete before a final rule is announced, including a review of each of the tens of thousands of comments you submitted. And even after a final remote ID rule is announced, there will be a significant time period before that rule goes into effect and everyone must comply. The whole process will probably take several years. Rest assured, we will keep you updated along the way.

Third, and finally, the fight for a better remote ID rule is not over. During the next several months while the FAA is reviewing your comments, we will be coordinating closely with other groups who have a similar viewpoint on the rule as AMA. We will also continue to meet with our allies in Congress about the importance of model aviation and the need to protect our community. Soon, we may ask for your help contacting these members of Congress, so please continue to keep an eye on our advocacy website and social media.

For now, we are filled with gratitude for the AMA community and hope for the future. As always, if you have any questions or simply want to connect with us, please call (765) 287-1256 or email amagov@modelaircraft.org

Sincerely,

AMA Government Affairs

 


 

2020 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

TIME TO RENEW AND GET YOUR NEW GATE KEY

ONLY $60

CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE RENEWAL We will bill you.

Indoor Flying Resumes!

Thanks to Tom Traeger, indoor RC flying
is again available. Small quads and UMX airplanes
are great for this. Occurs 2nd Saturday
of the month 6:30 - 8:00 PM at 
Clifton Middle School in Monrovia
226 S Ivy. CLICK FOR MAP

Next dates 3/14  4/11 5/9

January Float Fly Report

Weather was clear and sunny if a little cool in the morning. Wind was practically non-existent and the water was glassy all day. Everyone was in good spirits, having survived the holidays. Everyone was happily assisting everyone else, resulting in some successful flights that might not otherwise have been. No good deed going unpunished, Tim and Buzz Shutt damaged two of their planes after helping Earle and others.

Cliff brought a great "Dodger dog" lunch. He says the secret is soaking them in beer overnight! Yummy.

We were surprised to find the park charging us $10 admission, that had been waived for many years. New policy for the new year. We are certainly happy to support the park with this minimal charge. Cliff talked to the park supervisor and believes we can get permission to buy a $25 annual pass that works at other parks as well. He also believes they will waive our facility rental fee, so it is bit of a wash. We only charged $5 for lunch, so cost to attendees was still just $15. 

Thanks again to Ron for towing the boat, which did make a few rescue trips, for planes that Gary's excellent casting skill could not reach.

The next Float Fly March 14 will be at the Swim Beach area due to preparations for the Renaissance Pleasure Faire. Again we encourage everyone to come out to enjoy these fun events.

 

GWS SLOW STICKS AVAILABLE FROM ALOFT HOBBIES !


CLICK HERE

Genuine GWS Slow Sticks - These kits are brand new as Aloft Hobbies has teamed up with GWS to bring these little babies back into production. We just could not let these wonderful planes disappear. 

You will get all of the normal parts and a brushless motor mount (upgrade) to assemble the good ol' Classic Slow Stick. These are as complete as we can provide at this time. As far as we know, we have found the very last sources of GWS parts available in the world today.

While the Slow Stick is a superb beginner plane it is also a hoot for experienced pilots. 

IMPORTANT:
FAA UAS Flight Authorization
Now Available and Required for Recreational Flyers
In Controlled Airspace
This does not apply to flying at our 
field when following AMA and club rules.

Under current rules, if you fly anywhere other than an authorized
club flying field
, and in controlled airspace, the 
law requires you obtain FAA authorization
for each session. That is now possible (and necessary) 
through the FAA's LAANC
(Low Altitude Authorization
and Notification Capability)
 system.
KEY POINTS:
1) Controlled airspace is defined areas around airports, 
where RC aircraft may conflict with manned aircraft.
This MAP will show if you are in controlled airspace.
Search for your location.
Zoom in to your location. If it is in a shaded box with a number, 
you must get authorization to fly.
2) Certain fixed flying sites (club fields, public fields) are
pre-authorized and do not require individual FAA 
authorization. (SFDRCM field is outside of 
controlled airspace and does not require
other authorization.)
3) The LAANC system, which has been in place for 
commercial UAS flight authorization, is now 
available for recreational flights in controlled airspace.
4) The LAANC system is available through cellphone apps or PCs.
5) LAANC will authorize or deny permission immediately along
with altitude restriction for that location and any
current safety notifications.
6) LAANC will not grant waivers for: flight at night, flight over people,
or flight beyond visible line of sight (BVLOS). These must be
requested in writing.
7) Applications that allow access to LAANC include: Kittyhawk, and Airmap.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

 

 

Crash Videos Shown at meeting

https://youtu.be/F24Dgqu_TVI

Next Float Fly March 14 2020

If you haven't been coming to the float flys, you are missing a fun time.  Get you float planes ready for a sunny day on the water.
Members and invited guests with AMA welcome.
Swim Beach Area due to Renaissance Faire setup

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B4UFLY Mobile App Update

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has partnered with Kittyhawk to redevelop B4UFLY, the FAA's first mobile application, to improve the user experience so that recreational drone operators know where they can and cannot fly.

The current B4UFLY App will continue to be available to the public until the new App is deployed. The data reflected in the current App will continue to be updated regularly, but no new features will be added.

SOME OF THE AIRPLANES DONATED TO THE KAISER CLINIC LOBBY DISPLAY BY 
EARLE LEVINE, BOB MATTER, GORDON CHAPPELL, DENNIS SOUZA.. MORE SMALL (18" - 36") PLANES NEEDED.
CALL EARLE 626 627 8284 or Bob Masch 323.855.9509 (Project Manager)

 

 

 

CLUB HISTORY

1990s MODELS OF THE  MONTH

Click the image to see a short video gallery of Models of the Month from the 1990s. Names are included when remembered. If you know others let us know.

In those days there were no ARFs and everyone built their own airplanes and were proud to show the result. Craftsmanship was admired.

Pictures from January Float Fly

Thank you to Frank Ross of sending these pictures.
Thanks Don Bangle for pizza. 

Thanks Nature for great weather and a great hobby.
What could be better???

Click HERE for album

It Flew Well

Membership Application / Renewal Form Available On Line
New members dues $100 for 2020

Prorated each quarter
Renewal $60

Click the image below to access the Online Application and Renewal Form.
After you submit it we will email you payment options. Don't forget your AMA has to be renewed also.
Renewals after Feb 28 will be treated as new members.
NEW MEMBERS: Please go to the Become a Member tab for necessary information.

 

Application

 

FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT WANT TO PRINT AN APPLICATION FORM CLICK HERE

 

NEW AMA SAFETY CODE
AMA comes up with simplified, concise Safety Code

For a complete copy of AMA’s Safety Handbook please visit: www.modelaircraft.org/files/100.pdf

Academy of Model Aeronautics

National Model Aircraft Safety Code

Effective January 1, 2018

A model aircraft is a non-human-carrying device capable of sustained flight within visual line of sight of the pilot or spotter(s). It may not exceed limitations of this code and is intended exclusively for sport, recreation, education and/or competition. All model flights must be conducted in accordance with this safety code and related AMA guidelines, any additional rules specific to the flying site, as well as all applicable laws and regulations.

As an AMA member I agree:

  • I will not fly a model aircraft in a careless or reckless manner.
  • I will not interfere with and will yield the right of way to all human-carrying aircraft using AMA’s See and Avoid Guidance and a spotter when appropriate.
  • I will not operate any model aircraft while I am under the influence of alcohol or any drug that could adversely affect my ability to safely control the model.
  • I will avoid flying directly over unprotected people, moving vehicles, and occupied structures.
  • I will fly Free Flight (FF) and Control Line (CL) models in compliance with AMA’s safety programming.
  • I will maintain visual contact of an RC model aircraft without enhancement other than corrective lenses prescribed to me. When using an advanced flight system, such as an autopilot, or flying First-Person View (FPV), I will comply with AMA’s Advanced Flight System programming.
  • I will only fly models weighing more than 55 pounds, including fuel, if certified through AMA’s Large Model Airplane Program.
  • I will only fly a turbine-powered model aircraft in compliance with AMA’s Gas Turbine Program.
  • I will not fly a powered model outdoors closer than 25 feet to any individual, except for myself or my helper(s) located at the flight line, unless I am taking off and landing, or as otherwise provided in AMA’s Competition Regulation.
  • I will use an established safety line to separate all model aircraft operations from spectators and bystanders.
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