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The Pomona Valley Model Airplane Club (PVMAC) is an AMA Gold Leader Club that operates as a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and enjoyment of R/C model airplane flying. The club is composed of approximately 400 members and currently enjoys two flying fields.

The club has a field in Prado Park in Chino, California, and a second field at the old Norton AFB in San Bernardino, California. The Prado field is approximately '800’ x  50’ with enough asphalt pit area to support 30 canopies. The Norton field is 490' x 50' and can support about 15 members in the pit areas at a time. Both fields are operated under the AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) guidelines.

 

Read more: About The PVMAC

2014  PVMAC Events      
  • October 4 - Classic Pattern Contest
    Prado  Airpark - Chino CA
  • October 24-26 - BIG JOLT West Coast RC Electric Event
    Prado  Airpark - Chino CA
  • December 7 - PVMAC Toys For Tots and Swap Meet
    Prado  Airpark - Chino CA
  • Dec 31 - PMVAC Membership Renewal Due Date
    Memberships renewals received after this date will 
    Pay the new Member rate of $200.

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Pomona Valley Model Airplane Club

Classic Pattern Contest - October 4th

pattern planesOn Saturday October 4th, 2014, the  PVMAC is hosting a classic pattern contest at the Prado field. Entry fee is only $20.

Classic Pattern contests are held around the country and brings back competition of the 1970's and 1980's. Some of the participants will even fly with airplanes, radios and engines of the era - although this does not help with the scores.

Almost any 40 - 60 size airplane glow or electric is allowed to fly in the Pre-Novice and Novice classes. We are looking for a style of flying, one maneuver at a time as indicated on the attached call card. Can you fly a straight line? Can you roll? How about a loop - or 3 loops.

In the Advanced and Expert classes, we like to see an airplane more of the era. There are several ARF's that you can buy today, the most popular is probably the Phoenix 7 and the Dirty Birdy.

Classic Pattern Association (classicpatternassociation.com) is a site you might want to look at. There is a membership of $15.00 a year but membership is not required to join our event in October. The Site will also have a written description of all the maneuvers as well as the call cards. Click here to download the call card that we will be using and all classes will be flown. 
Note: U = the maneuver is flown upwind and D = the maneuver is to be flown down wind.

Last June, there was a Classic Pattern get together in Riverside. Two PVMAC members were there. I showed up with two electric Kwik Fli's flown with Kraft radios that I converted to 2.4. Brad Lang also brought some airplanes that he flies with Futaba Single stick radios converted to 2.4.

Look over the Call Card and come out and join us Saturday October 4th.

Cal Orr

 

Big Jolt 2014!!!

The PVMAC is hosting the 5th annual West Coast Big Jolt Electric RC Experience on Saturday October 25th, through Sunday October 26th 2014.  With this event now being held in late October, the temperatures are sure to be mild and battery friendly.

The BIG Jolt event is open to all electric Aircraft, Including EDF Jets So if it has batteries bring it out.  Helicopters and Quad roters are welcome, and will have a special time slot to fly each day.  The Pilot registration fee is $30.00 and includes the pilot raffle.  But if you pre-register, the fee is only $25, which is $10 less than last year, and the First 50 people who pre-register will receive an event Hat ($15 value).  Public admission is FREE, so bring your lawn chairs, and don't miss the action. This is an AMA sanctioned event and a current AMA membership is required.

Saturday Night- Oct 25th, starting at 6:30pm, A dinner will be at the field (food and prices to be announced).   

At 8:00pm, we will start our open night flying (no Contest this year, just a-lot of Fun).  So bring your Brightest LED lit plane and join in on the fun.  

Overnight on-site Dry Camping is available for a $10 fee, or you may try to reserve a Full Hookup camping spot at Prado Regional Park, which is less than 2 miles away.

We will be providing a manned central charging station  with power for up to 16 chargers, each  with 12v/16 Amps of output.  In addition to 12v power, we will also have 110Volt power strips at the station.  On the safety front, the flight line will have 2.5 gallon Halotron 1 fire extinguishers.  This is state of the art for any fire incidents without covering your aircraft with the destructive powder type extinguishers.  Food will served out of our new snack bar, keeping the food clean & hot, and drinks ice cold.  Vendors will also be onsite showing the latest and greatest electric RC products.

Free Event Hat to the first 50 people who Pre-Register on RC-Flight Deck
Save $5 By Pre-Registration is Now!
You Can now Pre-Register on RC Flight Deck and Pay-Pal!!!   

  • The Prado field will be closed to general flying starting on Saturday,  October 25th  through Sunday, October 26th until noon.
  • Current PVMAC members can join in on the Electric Flying Fun on sunday For Free!
  • Vendor area will open Saturday and Sunday.
  • Volunteers are needed, and signups are open on RC Flight Deck.  Clike Here if your interested.  You Will receive a Food wristband and 

Below is all the information you will need for the Big Jolt event, 

BIG JOLT Downloads

 

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This event is made possibly by our 2014 Big Jolt Sponsors

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Celebrate Nation Model Aviation Day, August 17, 2013

OCMA LogoThe OCMA (Orange County modelers Association) is inviting you to celebrate National Aviation Day along with the AMA at their charity fun fly event at the OCMA Bob Swenson Memorial Field (formerly Black Starr Field) on Saturday, August 17th, 2013.  Entry fee for a full day of fun is just $20 and all proceeds will benefit the Semper Fi Fund at Camp Pendelton.  There will be a noon time demo and raffle. Download the Flyer for more details or contact the CD: Randy Wilbur for details.

7th Annul Scale Squadron Fly-in Photos posted

SCALESQUADRONLOGO-300x202The  7th annual Scale Squadron Fly In, which was hosted by both the Scale squadron of Southern California and the PVMAC at Prado has come and gone, and  event was a great success.   There was a great turn out with close to 70 registered pilots that weekend, and as usual,  there were some amazing scale airplanes in the air and on the ground.  
In case you missed it, or you want to relive the weekend,

I've posted some picks of  just some of the impressive airplanes from the event, which you can CHECK OUT HERE... 


In Addition, You can check out these YouTube videos from the event.  
Video 1 Posted by Mike Curry
Video 2 Posted by Brad Algra

 

2013 7th Annual Scale Fly-In

The Scale Squadron of Southern California presents the 7th Annul Scale Fly-In on June 7-8-9, 2013 at our premier Prado flying Field in Chino, Ca.  This event is open to all Scale or stand-off planes, and will include Sport Scale, Built Up , ARFs, Kits, electric, glow, Gas and EDF Jets. Turbines and profile Aircraft are not included.  

Download the flyer here or check out all the info below.

Pre-Registration is now open! Click here to get signed up today.  PayPal is required.

If you have any qustions about this event, please contact Randy Wilbur the Contest Director by clicking here

 

Sponsors For the Scale Fly In

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10 Questions featuring Oscar Furlong

OscarFurlong1It has been a while since we have done a 10 questions Posting, and to be honest its difficult to get folks to offer their time to answer the questions.   Oscar Furlong however,  was gracious enough to spend a few minutes answering these questions.  Oscar Furlong is a frequent flyer at the Norton field, and has been a PVMAC member for 5 years.   Oscar also attends most monthly Club meetings, and while in attendace at these meetings, he seems to win something.

  1. Tell us a little about yourself.
    I am a motorcycle mechanic running a small shop with my two sons.
  2. How long have you been flying model airplanes?
    I have been in the hobby for 9 years. My dad used to buy  me plastic models when I was a kid.
  3. What was the first airplane you flew and how did it go?
    When I was 7, I made my own kites and rockets, but my first RC was a cox cesna 182.  I bought it on 1998 but I didn't fly it until 2003, and crashed it, of course.  3 months later I found an RC instructor at a local hobby store and he tought me to fly.
  4. What types of planes do you fly most of the time and why? (i.e. Scale. Sport, EDF, IMAC,  Pylon,  Float, 3D, Giant, etc.)
    3d, scale, edf's and helicopters, but now I focus on  helis.
  5. What is/are your most favorite aspects about being involved in this hobby?
    Building, I really like to build, and then see if it fly.
  6. Tell me about the airplane you enjoy flying most today?
    A 25% cap 232 gasoline, and a EDF hobbyking foammy shark
  7. What's the best memory you have since becoming involed in this hobby?
    too many, but all the events at the field are a great memories,
    Too many, but all the events at the field are a great memories.
  8. What is the biggest mistake you've made (in the Hobby), and what did you learn from it?
    I crashed a very nice P-47 because I did not check the receiver battery. Now i really take care of the batteries
  9. What are you working on now?
    An ultimate biplane 85cc gas engine.
  10. If you could fly in any real airplane, what would it be and why?
    I am planing on helicopter flight training to fly ultralight Helicopters. Why?  because the price of a small heli is like a big SUV,  and  I can transport in a trailer and storage it in my back yard. Oh, and I like helis.

Tribute to the Goodwine Family

Dear Tom,
Your Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to pay special tribute to a PVMAC family that is responsible for your club being what it is today. We are of course talking about the Goodwine Family.
Phil Goodwine, our past president and chairman deserves the highest recognition for his work, effort and financial contribution to the PVMAC. Phil ran the club like a true professional and our past events under Phil’s leadership are a testament to his dedication and effort. His drive to make the PVMAC the best club in Southern California and possibly the country is well known and very much appreciated. Most members don’t realize the time and effort it takes to run a club of our size. As President and Chairman, Phil held down two full time jobs – his business, Goodwine Glass and the PVMAC. Over the past six years, Phil spent many hours on field maintenance, upgrading our flying sites and making our events the fantastic events they were. There were also countless times that Phil made trips to Prado to take care of one problem or another. Finally, Phil always volunteered his time and effort to hang airplanes for the AMA Expos. This saved the club $125 every year for the cost of our booth. You can be sure that the cost to do this was more than the $125 it saved the club, but for Phil that was just his way of giving back to the hobby that he and Kyle enjoy. All in all Phil’s effort on behalf of the PVMAC was a twenty-four hour job for which he put forth 100% effort all six years of his tenure.
Next we would like to thank Beth Goodwine. Beth spent much of the last six years filling the positions of Secretary and Membership Director. Both of these tasks were a big demand on her time and effort. There is much more to both these jobs than most of us realize and Beth performed both of these jobs to the fullest extent possible. What most members do not know is the countless hours of time and effort Beth put into running the snack bar. Purchasing the food, cooking and serving the food, and taking the entire dirty dish collection home after an event to wash them. Phil usually ran our events, but the snack bar was always all Beth. Yes Beth would usually have volunteers helping her at events, but that really is a small portion of the responsibility of running the snack bar. Most of us never saw the other 80% of the effort it takes to maintain and run the snack bar. Beth always did it without complaint and she did a tremendous job.
Finally there is Kyle. Anytime something needed to be done at the field, Kyle was always there with Phil making it happen. Kyle ran the raffle at the club meetings and was always involved in the club. How many of us in the club benefited from Kyle’s knowledge and help with their airplane. How many of us relied on Kyle to maiden our airplanes and trim them for us. The simple answer is many members. There is a good reason that Kyle was chosen to be a Horizon Hobby Team Pilot. It is the time and effort he puts forth to help others in this hobby. Kyle should be an example to us all as to what a club member should be.
We have tried to put into words what the participation of the Goodwine family has meant to the PVMAC. However no words are really adequate to express our appreciation for everything the Goodwines did to make the PVMAC what it is today and the envy of other model airplane clubs.
Thank you Phil, Beth and Kyle for all your effort and support.
Respectfully,
The Pomona Valley Model Airplane Club Board of Directors.

f16thunderbirdsYour Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to pay special tribute to a PVMAC family that is responsible for your club being what it is today. We are of course talking about the Goodwine Family.

Phil Goodwine, our past president and chairman deserves the highest recognition for his work, effort and financial contribution to the PVMAC. Phil ran the club like a true professional and our past events under Phil’s leadership are a testament to his dedication and effort. His drive to make the PVMAC the best club in Southern California and possibly the country is well known and very much appreciated. Most members don’t realize the time and effort it takes to run a club of our size. As President and Chairman, Phil held down two full time jobs – his business, Goodwine Glass and the PVMAC. Over the past six years, Phil spent many hours on field maintenance, upgrading our flying sites and making our events the fantastic events they were. There were also countless times that Phil made trips to Prado to take care of one problem or another. Finally, Phil always volunteered his time and effort to hang airplanes for the AMA Expos. This saved the club $125 every year for the cost of our booth. You can be sure that the cost to do this was more than the $125 it saved the club, but for Phil that was just his way of giving back to the hobby that he and Kyle enjoy. All in all Phil’s effort on behalf of the PVMAC was a twenty-four hour job for which he put forth 100% effort all six years of his tenure.

Next we would like to thank Beth Goodwine. Beth spent much of the last six years filling the positions of Secretary and Membership Director. Both of these tasks were a big demand on her time and effort. There is much more to both these jobs than most of us realize and Beth performed both of these jobs to the fullest extent possible. What most members do not know is the countless hours of time and effort Beth put into running the snack bar. Purchasing the food, cooking and serving the food, and taking the entire dirty dish collection home after an event to wash them. Phil usually ran our events, but the snack bar was always all Beth. Yes Beth would usually have volunteers helping her at events, but that really is a small portion of the responsibility of running the snack bar. Most of us never saw the other 80% of the effort it takes to maintain and run the snack bar. Beth always did it without complaint and she did a tremendous job.

Finally there is Kyle. Anytime something needed to be done at the field, Kyle was always there with Phil making it happen. Kyle ran the raffle at the club meetings and was always involved in the club. How many of us in the club benefited from Kyle’s knowledge and help with their airplane. How many of us relied on Kyle to maiden our airplanes and trim them for us. The simple answer is many members. There is a good reason that Kyle was chosen to be a Horizon Hobby Team Pilot. It is the time and effort he puts forth to help others in this hobby. Kyle should be an example to us all as to what a club member should be.
We have tried to put into words what the participation of the Goodwine family has meant to the PVMAC. However no words are really adequate to express our appreciation for everything the Goodwines did to make the PVMAC what it is today and the envy of other model airplane clubs. Thank you Phil, Beth and Kyle for all your effort and support.

Respectfully,
The Pomona Valley Model Airplane Club Board of Directors.

Big Jolt Featured in Electric Flight Magazine

Electric Flight Magazine March Cover

If you were at this years Big Jolt event, you may have noticed John Reid, the West Coast Senior Editor for Model Airplane News and Electric Flight Magazine, running around to chat with the pilots and take some photos and video.  

When I downloaded the March 2013 digital issue of Electric Flight Magazine yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised to see what John was up to while he was at our event. John wrote a beautiful 4 page spread, including tons of Photos. And If you subscribe to the Digital edition, there is great interview with Sam Wright, the CD of this event. If your a print subscriber, you can get to the video interview with a built in QR code link which you can scan with your smart phone. In 2010, John featured a video interview with Sam on the Model Airplane News Blog, but I believe the is the first time our Big Jolt  event has been covered in a national publication.

If you have a subscription to either Electric Flight or Model Airplane News or you read his blog, you will know that John often reviews new model airplanes. You probably also notice that many of the field testing for these reviews take place at one of our fields at either Prado or Norton.  Not only is John a member of our Club but he is a huge supporter of it.  He Comes to most of our events, which are often featured in his blog, and he often mentions our club in his articles when he is at our field writing his reviews. This time he's shown his support  by featuring a nice writeup of the Big Jolt event.  I'm sure next years turn out will be even bigger because of it.  

Thanks for the nice write up John, The PVMAC appriciates it.

Show your support....If you don't have a subscription to Electric Flight or Model Airplane News, be sure to grab one now and enjoy the Big Jolt article and other great articles every month from John Reid and and others. 

 

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Upcoming Club Meetings

Club Board of Directors Meeting
Tue Sep 02 @ 07:00PM - 09:00PM
Club General Meeting
Tue Sep 09 @ 07:00PM - 09:00PM
Norton Field Monthly Swap Meet
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