2014 PVMAC Events
Pomona Valley Model Airplane Club
15th Annual Toys 4 Tots Fun Fly & Swap Meet
Sunday, December 8th, is the 15th annual Toys For Tots Fun fly, which is the final flying event of the year for the PVMAC. I cannot think of a better reason to come out and fly than to support the Toys for Tots during the holiday season. To join the flying fun, the entry fee is $25.00 or you can donate a Brand New Unwrapped Toy with a value of $20.00 or more. There will also be Raffles & Prizes awarded all day, Food & Refreshments and of course a swap meet.
All Donations & Proceeds will go to benefit our USA Military Families through the San Bernardino Childrens Fund. Steve Parola, the events yearly organizer, said "when the truck arrives to drop off the toys around the 14th of December, we are usually the last ones with their donations, and they almost always out of toys to give to kids by then, so the PVMAC's support really helps". This year, the fund expects less participation due to the economy, so we need to step up and help.
In addition to the fun fly, there is a PVMAC Swap Meet starting at at 7AM. 2 events-in-one is sure to put a smile on your face. The selling fee is the same for this event $25.00 or an unwrapped toy worth $20 or more. There will be a Pancakes & sausage breakfast for $5, and a $6 Cheesburger Combo or $5 Hotdog Combo for Lunch.
The event check in is at 9am sunday monring, Rain Or Shine.
Please come out and support the Toys for Tots. We need your help to make this christmas the best for these kids and all were asking is for a toy. Flying airplanes is an expensive hobby, and many of us spend hundreds and more a year on it. So there should not be any excuse to come out and support this event by donating a $20 toy. Even if your not planning on flying, bring a toy, enjoy the company of friends and watch the action. Toys are in short supply this year so the kids need us to come through this year.
This is an AMA sanctioned event, and Current AMA card is required to fly.
Check out the table landing event from the 2009 Toys 4 Tots Fun Fly.
Celebrate Nation Model Aviation Day, August 17, 2013
7th Annul Scale Squadron Fly-in Photos posted
The 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...
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.
- Prado Filed Info And Directions
- Hotels Near Prado Airpark
- Prado Regional Park Info & Camping Reservations
- Places Near Prado
- Air Museums
Sponsors For the Scale Fly In
10 Questions featuring Oscar Furlong
It 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.
- Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a motorcycle mechanic running a small shop with my two sons.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Tell me about the airplane you enjoy flying most today?
A 25% cap 232 gasoline, and a EDF hobbyking foammy shark
- 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.
- 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
- What are you working on now?
An ultimate biplane 85cc gas engine.
- 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
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.
The Pomona Valley Model Airplane Club Board of Directors.
Big Jolt Featured in Electric Flight Magazine
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.
Fire Extinguishers Required in 2013!
It has been discussed and decided by the current 2012 PVMAC Board of Directors that in 2013 all PVMAC members flying at either Norton or Prado will be required to have an A, B And C rated fire extinguisher in their pit area. We will start policing this in January. This is something that many other local flying fields have been doing for several years now. It is already in our rules package that the club highly recommends having one with you.
Why the new Rule? We all need to do our part to protect our flying fields. We are flying on leased land, and all it takes is one mishap for them to decide not to renew our lease. We must do everything in our power to keep our fields open. Fires have already claimed a couple of flying fields last year, and we dont want this to happen to our Club.
And if that unfortunate accident should occur, make sure to grab your extinguisher and run out to the crash site to ensure that it has not sparked a fire. This is not the time to stand around and do a play-by-play, as there will be plenty of time for this after the peices have been gatherd and the risk of fire has been removed.
Home Depot sells an A, B And C Rated Recreational Fire Extinguisher for $20, and I'm told that Cost-co might have a deal on 2 of them. You may considder a Class D Fire extinguisher if your heavily invested in Lipo technology, however they are expensive. That being said, though the Class A,B,C extinguisher would be ineffective at extinguishing a lipo fire, it would be effective at extinguishing any secondary fires that might occur as a result of the lipo fire, such as adjacent dry grasses or the fuslage remains.
Fire Extinguisher Standards
|Class A||Ordinary combustibles|
|Class B||Flammable liquids & Gasses|
|Class C||Electrical equipment|
|Class D||Combustible metals|
|Class K||Cooking oil or fat|