FAA UAS Flight Authorization
System Now Available and Required for Recreational Flyers

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)
1) Controlled airspace is defined areas around airports, 
where RC aircraft may conflict with manned aircraft.
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.



Visit the only gas tether car track west of the Mississippi. Newly remodeled. See these speedsters go over 160 mph!
 Come smell the Nitro!
August 3 & 4 9:00- 5:00 
Whittier Narrows Tether Race Car Track
Come out and See the Newly Renovated Track 
Enjoy the new Facility! Race! Buy! Sell! Fun Run! BBQ!
Whittier Narrows Park
Athletic area A
1601 South Rosemead Blvd.
South El Monte, CA 91733


Airspeeder Manned Multicopter Race Series to Begin in 2020


Crash Videos Shown at meeting

Float Fly Report July 13
Very nice day. Clear weather, light breezes. Not really that hot
with the shade and breeze. Nice cold cut lunch - yay croissants! Thanks Big Ed for bringing the food and Ron C for bringing the rescue boat.
If you haven't been coming to the float flys, you are missing a fun time. And free park admission. Get you float planes ready for a sunny day on the water.
Members and invited guests with AMA welcome.
Area 5

National Model Aviation Day Fly-A-Thon

August 17 2019 is National Model Aviation Day. The AMA is having a Fly-A-Thon to raise money for the AMA Foundation. The Foundation raises money for scholarships, Flying Site Improvement grants, Take Off and Grow grants, club recognition programs, and funding to other AMA causes. 

CLICK HERE to make your pledge. Choose your pilot (I like Mandee wink) and pledge per minute of flight, or a set amount. 

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.


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 release

Night Fly / Meeting / BBQ
At the field

October 12

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!








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 with your address, AMA and FCC numbers and how many you need and we will send them to you.





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.

CALL EARLE 626 627 8284 or Bob Masch 323.855.9509 (Project Manager)


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!!



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 2019

Prorated each quarter
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.






AMA comes up with simplified, concise Safety Code

For a complete copy of AMA’s Safety Handbook please visit:

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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