Sepulveda Basin - Apollo 11 RC Field Reopened June 21

 

(Update June 24) Club has a 60 day letter of agreement, with 250 foot limit, pending final agreement. Letter of Agreement Other limitations include takeoffs to the southeast and landings from the southeast (awkward), and no flying when KVNY is in "north configuration". ATIS must be checked every 1/2 hour. Club will be responsible for enforcing conditions. Compliance may be challenging.

(Update June 21) FAA has allowed flying at Sepulveda Basin / Apollo IX field. There is a 250 foot altitude limit in place, which is not terrible for the usual size RC aircraft. There is a fly-in on June 22 from 8am to 2pm. The San Fernando Valley Flyers is responsible for monitoring altitude. The complete Letter of Authorization is pending and my include other conditions.


(Update June 13) From FAA: 

We are diligently working on the Letter of Agreement (LOA) between you and VNY ATCT.

(Van Nuys Air Traffic Control Tower)    This is a process that traditionally can take as long as 6 months to complete.  We are expediting your LOA and hope to have it completed soon.   Until an LOA is signed and in place, no person(s) have authorization to fly at that location.  It is inside of Controlled Airspace, and according to the laws and regulations, an airspace authorization is required to operate an sUAS aircraft including RC Model Aircraft. I hope this helps and I will keep you updated on the status of the LOA.


Effective May 24th 2019 the FAA suspended operations at the Apollo Field (also know as Sepulveda Basin field) pending review of the local airspace and operating procedures.

The field is on direct line with, and approximately 1.4 miles south of the end of the Van Nuys Airport runway. It is in controlled airspace and the sector it is in is designated as "0" feet UAS activity. urther information at San Fernando Valley Flyers website

In the meantime, we invite Valley Flyer members and other AMA member pilots to visit our field and consider becoming members.

New FAA Regulations for Recreational Model Aircraft Pilots

Here’s what’s in store for recreational (i.e., non-licensed) sUAS pilots operating in the United States:

  • While recreational pilots still don’t require an FAA certificate, they will at some point be required to pass an online safety test and carry proof of passage while flying. That test is still in development.
  • Recreational pilots still need to register their drone, fly only for recreational purposes, and follow the safety guidelines of a community-based organization like the AMA. That includes things like keeping it under 400 ft. AGL, flying line-of-sight where you can see the aircraft at all times, and never flying near other aircraft, over groups of people, public events, or near emergencies like accident response, law enforcement activities, firefighting, or hurricane recovery efforts.
  • But here’s the kicker — recreational drone pilots are no longer flying under a 5-mile rule and can only fly when in uncontrolled or “Class G” airspace. There are two exceptions to this:
    • 1) You are flying at a recreational flyer fixed site that has an agreement with the FAA. The FAA has posted a list of approved sites (MS Excel) and has depicted them as blue dots on a map. Each fixed site is limited to the altitude shown on this map, which varies by location.
    • 2) You have LAANC approval to operate in controlled airspace. At the moment, getting approval is only available to Part 107 licensed drone pilots, but the FAA plans to upgrade their system so recreational pilots can also get access. For now, recreational pilots who’d like to fly in controlled airspace are restricted to the list of approved sites linked to above.
    • IMPORTANT: We have confirmed with AMA HQ that our field is in UNCONTROLLED AIRSPACE (Class G) and not subject to the flying site or FAA approval process. The 400 foot altitude limit, line of sight, and other restrictions do still apply to us.

Here’s the link to the FAA’s official press releasehttps://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=93769

Night Fly / Meeting / BBQ
At the field

June 15

Bring your night flyers
Slow Sticks with LEDS are great!
See Swap Shop for a night stick lising

 

 

Thanks to all the members for massive 
participation! Lots of aircraft and flying! 
Lots of spectators! Good food!
OK weather (overcast 'til 3:30 but not blazing hot)
Potential new members! Excited kids!
Eager helpers! The club and hobby well represented!

 

 

 

Historic Northrop N9-M Flying Wing Crashes 
in Chino

4/22/19 Details are still coming in, but a privately owned Northrop N-9M crashed in Norco, California at around 12:10 PM local time. The condition of the pilot is unknown, but the aircraft itself sustained "substantial damage," according to statements from the Federal Aviation Administration.

 

The cause or causes of the crash are unknown, but the bright yellow flying wing came down inside the yard at the California Rehabilitation Center, a state prison facility. Though the condition of the pilot is unknown, the FAA and local authorities have said that there were no injuries on the ground as a result of the crash.

Replica Feisler Storch Crashes
near Cable Airport

A replica of a German World War II observation aircraft crashed in a field just east of Cable Airport in Upland on Wednesday morning.

The only person aboard was the pilot, who was taken to a trauma center, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said. The pilot was Steven Curtis Lund of Placentia. His wife, Sylvia, declined to talk at length Wednesday but did say in a telephone interview that she expects her husband to recover. KNBC reported Lund is 72.

One of Southland’s Last Model and Hobby Shops Will Close Because of Rising Rent 

Evett's Model Shop in Santa Monica is closing after 71 years. Read the article in LA Times. This is an old time hobby shop like Covina Hobby that we (or our parents) remember going to as a kid. When it was exciting to make things, and our parents did not spend unlimited money on satisfying their kids every whim. Kids had to work and save their allowance or newspaper delivery money to get the Berkeley or Guillows or Goldberg kit and radio control was an impossible dream. 

 

 

FAA Issues Interim Final Rule for External Marking Requirement

The FAA issued an Interim Final Rule that will require drone pilots and model aircraft pilots to display their FAA-issued registration number on the outside surface of their aircraft. The rule will take effect on Monday, February 25, which means the markings must be in place for any outdoor flight beginning on that date. [There are no specific size or location requirements]. It must be visible upon external inspection. 

At this time the Club and AMA will not be inspecting aircraft for the FAA ID number. AMA benefits and insurance are not contingent on the number being displayed. However Federal fines can be  significant if your aircraft is lost and needs to be identified by authorities.

If you need ID labels, please let is know at SFDRCM@hotmail.com with your address, AMA and FCC numbers and how many you need and we will send them to you.

 

FLOAT FLY MAY 11

SWIM BEACH AREA

 

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)

FLOAT FLY MARCH REPORT
NEXT FF MAY 11
Good turnout, Perfect weather - 76°, no wind. No major crashes, a couple boat retrievals. Nice cold cut lunch (thanks Cliff and Ed F). We encourage everyone to come to the next one May 11.

INDOOR FLYING
DUARTE HIGH SCHOOL GYM
SMALL QUADS AND UMX AIRCRAFT WORK WELL
6:30 - 9:30 pm

5/18. 6/16

2018 Christmas Party

Thank you to everyone that attended the 2018 Christmas Party! Members, spouses and family enjoyed a wonderful turkey dinner, spectacular raffle and socializing. Special guest Cheryl Thiele announced that she was looking for member airplanes to permanently display in the new Kaiser Permanente clinic in Irwindale. The club would be recognized as a part of the recreational life of the city of Irwindale. Wives were encouraged help their spouses donate "excess" airplane to this high visibility project. An email will be sent with details.

We also want to welcome the new Board members Cliff Ashpaugh, "Big Ed" Freeman, and John Flores. We support them in carrying our the mission and traditions of our club.

We also want to thank outgoing board members Rich Rannis, Dennis Souza and Josh Dawson. As with all Board members, they have worked to maintain the club mission, improve and protect the flying field (which is really our only asset), and keep RC flying a safe and enjoyable family activity in time of legal and technical challenges. We thank you!!

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.

CALL FOR AIRCRAFT FOR PERMANENT DISPLAY

Want to have some of your "hangar queens"  on permanent public display? A display firm is seeking model aircraft for a permanent lobby display in a "high profile" office building client in Irwindale. The theme is recreation and work in Irwindale and with our field being officially in Irwindale they feel the inclusion is important. 

It is a large space so aircraft of all kind and sizes can be accomodated. Aircraft that have flown at the field, have a "story" behind them, large aircraft, or scale aircraft would be good choices, but even your first beloved trainer could be good. Aircraft do not have to be flyable and equipment and engines can be removed but the aircraft should be presentable.

There is no compensation to individuals but there will be recognition and a donation made to the club.

Please check your hangar and let us know, preferably by December 1 

email SFDRCM@hotmail.com

EVENING INDOOR FLYING FEBRUARY 16, MARCH 16

Tom Treager will host indoor  flying at the Duarte High School gym Saturday night 6:30-9:00 PM for small RC and rubber power indoor flying Every subsequent month with be on the third Saturday night of the month from 6:30-9:00 PM. This will be in cooperation with the Black Sheep Squadron free flight club. 
NOTE: January attendance was very good. Adults and kids. Indoor space is quite generous so any of the UMX planes will work fine, as will quads and helis. Come check it out!

 

Katie Martin International Tribute 2019 
June 1, Torrey Pines Gliderport

CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS TO TORREY PINES GLIDERPORT

 

 

 

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
Welcome flyers from Robin's Hobby flying field!

New members dues $100 for 2019
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.