An AMA Gold Club The January meeting is Thursday the 1st at the field. Come join the fun on January 1st. This is a tradition that I brought to the club when I moved here from the Texas panhandle. We have added to the tradition by a having soup and chili lunch. Several also bring desserts, meat trays and other side dishes to share. Vice President - John Louden Secretary - Tom Carlyle Treasurer - John Edwards Field Marshall - Tom E. Hatfield Safety Officer - Tom L. Hatfield st The first January 1 here, to keep my streak of flying the first day of each new year alive, I flew a quick flight with my old Morris Hobbies Sudokhoi profile in a 20 degree outside temperature, 15 mph wind and several inches of snow on the ground. I started it and warmed it up in the garage not knowing what to expect with low outside air temps. Then I threw it in the back of the pickup with a towel wrapped around the engine and headed for the field. The most unfavorable conditions I ever saw on a first in Southwest Kansas, where I learned to fly RC, or the Texas panhandle was a 35 degree day with freezing rain. For the record, r/c airplanes can ice up. Although, I guess you could say that steady 40 mph winds are unfavorable, just makes it a little more interesting (ever seen an r/c plane fly backwards?). Safety Officer - Don Trosper Feel free to approach any of the officers with any questions you may have and maybe wish them the best. This team will make every attempt possible to lead our club and keep it fun! Please welcome your 2015 -2016 officers: For you WWII history buffs, I recently read a book about the Mighty 8th Air Force. The book is Masters of the Air by Donald L. Miller. It tells the stories of many of the airmen who flew with the 8th. Starting January 28th, 2015, HBO will be showing a 10 part miniseries. The series is produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks and is said to have a $500 million budget. The TV series, they say, will avoid using composite characters, focusing instead on real stories of the actual figures who flew with the Eighth Air Force. The January 2015 issue of FLYING magazine has a nice article about this TV series. President - Rege Hall Another blast from the past It’s that time again to renew your AMA and club membership Members have the option to renew using the mailed Renewal Notice, online, via fax (765)741-0057, or over the phone (800) 435-9262. From Joe Miller comes some real old history: Visiting with the girlfriend's parents after thanksgiving, with her dad and I discussing his favoring 'older' airplanes (with regards to my R/C flying), I became the recipient of this P-38 (along with a smaller F-89 Scorpion). He built these over 50+ years ago as a teen, and has stored them in an upstairs bedroom closet since. I believe the P-38 was a 'Cleveland' models kit, as he also gave me the box for the F-89 which he still had (with plans still in it!). I believe I can make this an r/c flyer, as it was originally rubber band power. Some carbon fiber rod reinforcement, re-learning how to cover a model, some micro servos, and I believe this thing may fly! Here it is skinned and ready for restoration: We ask that each member read the message located at the top of the renewal notice. Each form is personalized to show the amount you owe for 2015. Most have options for membership, including different alternatives for magazine subscriptions. Please read this carefully to ensure you sign up for the package that best suits you. If any of your contact information needs to be modified, please do so on the form. Modifications can also be made if you choose to renew online under your membership profile in the ‘members only’ section. If you have already renewed for 2015, please tear off the ballot at the bottom of the form and send it. No envelope is required. Support The AMA Foundation was officially launched at the 2014 AMA Expo in Ontario, CA. Information, including the AMA Foundation’s mission, and support programs, can be found in the brochure included with your renewal notice. Support of the AMA Foundation will provide the funding necessary to continue AMA’s mission and its efforts to build, enhance, grow, preserve, and protect model aviation. If you are interested in supporting the Academy with its legislative efforts and its dealing with protecting modelers’ rights to fly— select the “Advocacy/Government Relations” box. Members who give $10 or more for the 2015 membership year will receive a donor icon on their membership card. More information about the AMA Foundation can be found online: amafoundation.modelaircraft.org. If you have any questions please contact the AMA membership department, (800) 435-9262. Tri-County Club Annaul Swap Meet Sunday January 11, 2015. New location, Cross Countyr Mall, 700 E. Broadway Ave. East, Matoon, IL 61938. Go around to the back side of the mall. Doors open to the public 9 am to 1 pm. Vendors set up at 8 am. Contacts Steve Epperson, 217-460-0510 or [email protected] Admission $5, vendors tables $5 per table. Around 90 tables available. There is a food avaialble and a raffle during the event. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ SWAP MEET - TriCounty Aero Vincennes, Indiana Saturday, January 24,2015 First Church of the Nazarene 1902 Main Street Set-up at 8:30AM - Sales at 9:00AM 'till 1:00 PM 1st Table with Admission $5 Additional Tables $5 each TCA Members, Ladies, Youth 12 and under Free All times are Vincennes time. Same location as 2014. FAA GRANTS FIVE MORE COMMERCIAL UAS EXEMPTIONS 2014-12-10 09:43:02 FAA Press Release The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted five regulatory exemptions for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations to four companies representing several industries that promise to benefit from UAS technology. The four companies that received exemptions want to fly UAS to perform operations for aerial surveying, construction site monitoring and oil rig flare stack inspections. “Unmanned aircraft offer a tremendous opportunity to spur innovation and economic activity by enabling many businesses to develop better products and services for their customers and the American public,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We want to foster commercial uses of this exciting technology while taking a responsible approach to the safety of America’s airspace.” The commercial entities that received exemptions are Trimble Navigation Limited, VDOS Global, LLC, Clayco, Inc. and Woolpert, Inc. (two exemptions). The FAA earlier granted exemptions to seven film and video production companies. Secretary Foxx found that the UAS in the proposed operations do not need an FAAissued certificate of airworthiness because they do not pose a threat to national airspace users or national security. Those findings are permitted under Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. The firms also asked the FAA to grant exemptions from regulations that address general flight rules, pilot certificate requirements, manuals, maintenance and equipment mandates. In their petitions, the firms said they will operate UAS weighing less than 55 pounds and keep the UAS within line of sight at all times. In granting the exemptions, the FAA considered the operating environments and required certain conditions and limitations to assure the safe operation of these UAS in the National Airspace System. The agency also will issue Certificates of Waiver or Authorization (COAs) that mandate flight rules and timely reports of any accident or incidents. “The FAA’s first priority is the safety of our nation’s aviation system,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “Today’s exemptions are a step toward integrating UAS operations safely.” As of today, the agency has received 167 requests for exemptions from commercial entities. You can view the FAA’s exemption grants at http://www.faa.gov/uas/legislative_programs/se ction_333/ TIC TAC TOOL BINS Small and very important parts and fasteners will be much easier to find and store if you organize your field box and/or workshop drawers. A very inexpensive alternative to those ready-made parts bins and compartmental storage boxes are leftover plastic Tic Tac containers. Tape several together as shown and add those little screws, nuts, grommets, etc. An added benefit is that your breath will always be minty fresh! HANDY MODEL STAND 5 Budget tips from Model Airplane News Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to get back on a budget. These five easy tips are sure to make your modeling life easier, and they don’t cost a dime! TIE UP THOSE LOOSE ENDS If one of your model’s control servo connectors become unplugged during flight, at best, you’re going to have a really tough time getting it back on the ground in one piece. At worst, you could lose the model completely due to a serious crash. By simply crossing your servo lead end like this and forming a half-knot at the connection, you can be sure the connectors won’t come undone even while under extreme forces during aerobatic flight. Using an old milk crate (readily available everywhere!) and some water pipe insulation foam, makes an inexpensive, yet very sturdy model airplane maintenance and support stand. It’s also big enough to use as an equipment caddy to transport your battery charger and field equipment. HEX-DRIVE HANDLE Subscribe by going to: Modelairplanenews.com We all know that L-shaped hex head Allen wrenches are handy. You can easily turn an Allen wrench into a long-reach hex driver with a little shop work and a length of 4-inch wood dowel. Drill a hole in the end and a second larger hole to intersect the first (as shown) through the side of the dowel. Split the dowel lengthwise and remove excess side material with a band saw. Next, add a threaded cinch bolt to clamp the Allen wrench securely in place. This design also allows you to change sizes of the Allen wrenches. gas engine that may need an ignition module, other than that, it runs great) $500, contact Rege Hall STICKY SITUATION If you’re having trouble getting your tape hinges to stick to your foam airplane, use a Q-tip to apply a thin coating of medium or thick foam-safe CA to the area where the tape will be applied. Let the adhesive air dry (don’t use kicker!) and then apply the tape. The hinge material will stick more securely and will last much longer than if it were applied to the untreated foam surface. Here is the link to Model Airplane News weekly newsletter: http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2014/ 12/22/tech-tip-5-money-saving-tips-and-tricks Didn’t get that plane or heli you were hoping for at Christmas? Be sure to check out the Swap Shop page on the website, you will find some great bargains. For Sale – Top Flite P-51 Mustang ARF, new in box. 86” wing span. Includes Robart air retracts, used in excellent shape, never had an air leak issue. Includes tanks, gauge, servo valve, filler, quick disconnects, lines and restrictors. For a 40cc to 60 cc gas engine or large electric set up. (I’ll throw in a 3MM 53cc For Sale:Goldberg Bucker Jungmann Receiver ready. Built in 1998. Covered in Coverite prepainted fabric. Saito 150 4 stroke engine, Hitec 635 servos, 2500 nimh flight battery. Covering is kind of faded after 16 years but it still looks ok. A great flying biplane. $425.00. Also a new in the box kit, $175. Contact John Louden, [email protected] For Sale - Hobby King 30cc Tucano. Includes 30cc DLE engine and retracts and all Hitec servos. Good condition, small crack in canopy, and looks great in the air. $600 w/ JR 9 ch reciever or $500 without. Contact Brian James - [email protected] For Sale - Hobbistar 60. ARF, flown once. 4 each Futaba servos (brand new). Brand new Super Tigre .61 installed. Add your receiver and battery and go fly. $700 value - Asking $300.00. Contact Monty Miller, [email protected] For Sale: Tiger 2 - receiver ready. Saito 50 4 stroke engine, 5 standard servos, 2500 nimh flight battery. $350.00. Contact John Louden, [email protected] For Sale: Great Planes 1/3 Scale Christen Eagle II, Zenoah G-45 w/Pitts Smoke Muffler, Simple Smoke System, Spektrum 2.4 receiver. Bind N Fly = $650 , Without batteries = $600, without batteries and receiver = $550. Contact Bob Groves 317-440-8604 or e-mail: [email protected] or [email protected] Support your local hobby shops and our club sponsors. If you have anything for the newsletter or website, drop the editor a note via the website. Fly safe and enjoy.
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