Membership

 

 

Meeting Report: Meeting Location: San Gabriel Valley Airport
March 13


The March meeting was well attended at the new location. Members showed up early to set up the chairs and tables. There was show and tell about 3D printing with Cliff bringing his printer and Gogian bringing 3D printed items including a powered sailplane. The TC was used to demo a free 3D CAD design program, Fusion 360 from Autodesk. Certainly handy for making those odd parts thta you  can't buy or that break. As a special treat, Jose Morales brought a large tray of Dodger Dogs and fixin's. It looked like way too much, but members polished them off by the end of the night.

Dennis Lord had just gotten word of the tragic crash at Compton Airport, and was on the news early the next morning making sure that accurate information came out.

Thanks again to Dennis for his assistance in us getting the new meeting place.

Members were reminded that the Open House will be April 27, and we need all hands on deck to make this a fun and successful event. We are getting a good amount of response on our Eventbrite listing even this early which bodes for good attendance. We are still looking into catering for the event, any leads will be appreciated.


Spring Open House Set for April 27

Our Annual Spring Open House is set for Saturday April 27. This

is our big public outreach to introduce our neighbors to the educational

and recreational joys of model aviation. This is a fun day of flying

and interacting with families and aviation fans. Almost all spectators 

relate model aviation stories and some are even motivated to get involved.

Please plan to attend. Below is are links to our Eventbrite listing, and the 

event poster. Please share on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and post where you can.

CLICK FOR EVENTBRITE LISTING

CLICK FOR EVENT FLYER

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 MARCH 16 

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 JAN 19 REPORT
NEXT FF MARCH 16
Good turnout, Perfect weather - 76°, no wind. No major crashes, a couple boat retrievals. Nice cold cut lunch (thanks Cliff). We encourage everyone to come to the next one March 16.

INDOOR FLYING
DUARTE HIGH SCHOOL GYM
6:30 - 9:30 pm

1/19,  2/16. 3/16, 4/20, 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.
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