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The Worst Planes Ever Made

CLICK HERE for an entertaining and informative look at what may be the worst planes ever, mostly for innovative but unsuccessful design or construction.

 

 

July Float Fly Report

Float Fly July 11. Wind was calm, temperature was very comfortable in the morning. 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 applie.

 

DIY kids projects that take flight with the Academy of Model Aeronautics - Fun for Adults too!

KTLA 5 airs interview with Academy of Model Aeronautics eductation director Kyle Jaracz about virtual Model Aviation Summer Camp for youth. Lots of fun, educational projects are available.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SEGMENT

 

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.


 

CLUB GENERAL MEETING

WAS 7:30 PM JUNE 10 ON ZOOM.

TEN MEMBERS JOINED, WITH SMALL TECHNICAL GLITCHES.

IT WAS FUN TO VISIT AND WE WILL SCHEDULE ANOTHER ONE SOON.

WE GOT TO VISIT WITH SOME MEMBERS THAT HAD NOT BEEN ABLE TO COME TO THE FIELD DUE TO COVID AND MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS (CHRIS).

CLICK HERE TO SHARE WATCHING A NUMBER OF HEARTBREAKING (TO THE PILOT) CRASHES. OUR OWN GOGIAN YEE IS FEATURE AT MINUTE 17. FUN TO WATCH IF IT IS NOT YOUR AIRPLANE!

 

L.A. County Opens Model
Flying Fields May 13

Los Angeles County announced opening of County recreational facilities including model airplane facilities. This includes Whittier Narrows, Sepulveda Basin and our field as we are within a county recreational facility. Specific rules to follow. 

Meanwhile, please observe the following:

 

 

 

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.

 

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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