September minutes were read By Larry Marsh (below are the September minutes)
- Charlie Mitchel long time member and former board member, gave a farewell message to the club; he’s moving to Texas. A cake was presented to him as his friends and club wish him well
- Chuck Pozanak spoke about some questions about some radio interference at the east corner of the field.
- There was a discussion about the FAA report on drones, California leads at 196 reports.
- Larry reported on the AMA and FAA’s before you fly app.
- Chuck welcomed new member – Eric Erickson, he is an air traffic controller from Chino Airport. He is a welcome edition to our club.
- Chuck reported that the club will be going to the AMA show. Lonnie Morrison spoke about the Classic Pattern , an AMA event, food will be provided at the event and the field will be closed.
- Show and tell for September was Lonnie, – a Christian Eagle by Great Planes 28% and Randy Wilbur– T-6 Center Wing Piece, Bulk Heads and Plane Body
Membership numbers ended the 2015 at 406 members
November begins the heaviest period for weekend dog events which is November through January. We have a nice relationship with the Dog Clubs, and have we have never had any issues in the past and they donate lots of Toys for Tots, so please make sure they feel welcome.
Board of directors nominations were opened and there’s always not an abundance of members looking to be nominated and this year was no different. Based upon the number of people turning out to nominate members for the board, everyone must be extremely satisfied with the way the club has been running.
Chuck commented that you should always be nice to your fellow fliers. If someone is being mean or nasty just ignore them.
If your going to declare a mayday, do not land from north to south. We had an incident where someone emergency landed on the runway, but pointed towards the pits. The plane bounced over the fence, and hit a couple of other planes that were in the pits.
Chuck talked about the USRA races at Rabbit dry lake where a few of our members volunteered and witnessed alcohol-fueled 150cc-200cc powered , heavily modified airplanes compete in on of 5 classes for over $8000 in cash and prizes. 4 airplanes were destroyed at about $8000 a piece, 2 others are in bad shape, but all the volunteers had a good time.
The fastest at the speed dash was 240 MPH with a 15 MPH head wind was more than quick enough for RC veteran and team Horizon Hobby pilot Peter Goldsmith to claim the $4000 prize.
Congratulations Kyle and well done!
Here are a some Unlimited class rule highlights that all all the competition had to follow
- All entries must be a scale representation of a full size aircraft that qualified to race in the Unlimited Class during any year at the Reno National Championship Air Races or other scheduled Unlimited races such as the Phoenix 500.
- Minimum wingspan for single engine aircraft is 100” and 112” for twin engine aircraft.
- Minimum aircraft weight is 25 lbs. (dry). Maximum aircraft weight is 55 lbs. (wet).
- Wing and tail group airfoils suitable for model aircraft may be used. Wing and tail group planforms should follow scale planform, chord, area, etc., of the full size subject when scaled and/or as specified in the USRA Aircraft Specification Sheets.
- Engines must be neatly cowled where possible with no more than 50% of the cylinder head length projecting outside the cowl.
- All aircraft must use scale-like retractable or fixed main landing gear as appropriate to the aircraft modeled.
- Aircraft must be propeller driven with piston or rotary engines.
- Exhaust system components (headers, mufflers, tuned pipes, etc.) may not protrude from the airframe more than 30% of their total length
You can watch Kyle’s winning run here. https://youtu.be/SOuqdRjTlMA
The Pattern Contest on Saturday September ,26th had only 14 pilots, but everyone behaved and had a good time. Hopefully we can get a better turn out next year, and can only speculate why the numbers are so low. Sundays Classic pattern Contest was a bust due to weather, though right after it was canceled, the weather cleared up and the wind calmed down, and the few that remained had a good day of flying.
Big Jolt was discussed which was on October 23rd through the 25th.
Tom Marcure, a board member who handles all membership processing, has been impressed by everyone who has been sending in the proper documentation for membership renewals, which is already at over 70 members for 2016.
George Pollard Brought in a Saito Fg120, Great planes Ultra-sport 1000 80” wingspan, weighs 14 lbs. has a symmetrical airfoil, and the wing is modeled after the Kaos an was stick built.
Oscar Furlong brought in the Horizon Hobby B-17. He reports that it doesn’t handle much wind and recommends a larger 500mah battery, to balance. All Motors turn and the tail wheel is not steerable. 4 channel radio is required. Price is $83 dollars after shipping with the AMA promotion. Oscar recommends the product .
Oscar also won the 50/50 raffle…..again…$71
Members Drawing – 10 lucky winners, Nate won the $75.