Flightline The Official Newsletter of the Pomona Valley Model Airplane Club November 2014 An AMA Leader Club-AMA Charter 0142 The 2nd largest AMA Club in the United States Big Jolt 2014 Big Jolt 2014 . Big Jolt 2014 USRA Gold Air Race - Rabbit Dry Lake The Rabbit Lake Air Race was held on the second weekend of October. 18 PVMAC members helped judge the races. Kyle Goodwine was one of the participants. Norton Notes Pictured here is Charles Neal with his large foamy EDF F-86 . The plane is by Fly-Fly from Hobby People. Charles has been flying at the Norton field for many years and remains one of the most active members of the Norton flyer community. He is truly dedicated to the sport and brings a wide variety of models to the field. This F-86 is one of his latest. It is 56 inches long with a 54 inch span and uses a 90 mm fan unit and one 5 cell 3200 mah battery. It has proven to be a smooth and stable flyer that is really impressive in the air. The tall landing gear is the one weak point on the model and but it lands smoothly and so far the gear has survived. Charles is still experimenting to find some suitable retracts for his jet. Revised Directions to Norton Field Construction is going on just east of the PVMAC field at San Bernardino airport (which we refer to as the Norton field) and the direct route to our field from the east has been blocked off. We can still enter at the same gate which is off of 3rd street 0.7 miles west of Palm Avenue. After you enter the gate stay to the right and follow the dirt/gravel road. You will head toward the perimeter road which is just inside the airport property. Continue west on the perimeter road and when you see our field on your left continue to the green fence. Turn left on the dirt road immediately before that fence and it will take you to our parking area. This is the same road that people coming from the west have always used. Airline Pilots Group Concerned with Amazon Drone Safety The group cautions that safety is paramount in commercial drone flight News Service | Oct 28, 2014 10:48 AM PT An organization representing thousands of commercial pilots in the U.S. and Canada says it's concerned about the safety implications of Amazon flying drones at a site near Seattle. The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) says because the test site is close to densely populated areas with large amounts of commercial air traffic, the likelihood of an accident is increased. More like this · Amazon isn't the only company that wants to fly drones · Pressure builds on FAA to release drone rules · Amazon seeks U.S. exemption to test delivery drones Amazon is exploring the use of drones for package delivery and has asked the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to test them near its headquarters in Washington state. The company said it might be forced to take drone research and development overseas if the FAA doesn't grant its application. The ALPA comment came in a letter sent to the FAA on Monday that demanded Amazon provide specific details of every planned drone operation and the efforts it is taking to minimize the risk of an accident, if the flights are to go ahead. "If the FAA were to grant this exemption for a private test site facility, the FAA's oversight task is increased," it said. Drones currently fall within a grey area of U.S. law. The FAA has claimed regulatory control over them and given private pilots and hobbyists many of the same freedoms they enjoy with model aircraft while prohibiting businesses from using drones for commercial use. The first change in that policy recently occurred when the FAA, after lobbying from the Motion Picture Association of America, allowed a handful of movie and TV production companies to use drones in a controlled manner on movie sets for filming purposes. Companies in the agriculture and energy fields are also asking for permission to fly drones. Amazon's application to the FAA has so far garnered nine responses from the public, including the ALPA. Several, mainly from groups involved in the unmanned aviation sector, support the proposal, while a few from private individuals oppose it. One comment calls for thorough safety measures and another supports it. The FAA is accepting comments on the proposal until Sept. 4th Martyn Williams covers mobile telecoms, Silicon Valley and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Martyn on Twitter at @martyn_williams. Martyn's e-mail address is [email protected] This article was reprinted with permission of the Author. 2014 CONSOLIDATED SCHEDULE OF RC EVENTS · Saturday, November 15th…….Coachella Valley RC Club Float Fly at Lake Cahuilla · Saturday, December 6th ……...Palomar RC Flyers Combat Event · Saturday, December 6th ……….Miramar RC Flyers Toys 4 Tots Fun Fly · Sunday, December 7th……... Hemet Model Masters Toys 4 Kids · Sunday, December 7th… Toys 4 Tots & Swap Meet Pomona Valley Model Airplane Club A Few Reminders… Please remember all PVMAC members must wear their membership badges at all times while at the flying field. This is the only way that guest flyers can be identified and visitor fees collected, and how we can ensure that membership renewal fees have been received. It is also the way we can ensure that paid members are allowed to enjoy club privileges, so please wear your badges! Also, remember that all flyers are required to have an ABC rated fire extinguisher in their pit area. This rule is to protect our field and our members. As we are flying on leased land, one mishap could potentially cost us our lease. Fire extinguishers are available for purchase for a reasonable price at Costco stores. 2015 Membership Renewal Info The AMA will begin issuing 2015 AMA cards on September 15, 2014. As soon as you receive your 2015 card you can renew your club membership. If you know of anyone that wishes to join the club, they can apply now and get the rest of this year and next year for their $200. This year’s renewal deadline is January 11, 2015 4:00 PM. This date was picked to coincide with the end of the AMA Expo. We will be at the show renewing memberships by cash, check or credit card. You can receive your new card at the show. If you prefer to mail your application, on time renewals must be postmarked by January 11, 2015. Late renewals will be required to pay an additional $120 initiation fee. As ten past members found out this year, there is no exception to this rule. To renew, please fill out and sign the 2015 renewal form and include a copy of your 2015 AMA card. Life members are also required to submit a signed renewal form and a copy of their 2015 AMA card. Membership Dues are as follows: Adult New $200 made up of $80 Dues and $120initiation fee Adult renewal (on time) - $80 Adult renewal (late) - $200 made up of $80 Dues and $120 initiation fee Spouse of member - $10 Child of member (under 18 years old) $10 Youth (parent not a member) - $20 The post office box will be checked once a week on Friday. Memberships will be processed over the weekend and 2015 cards mailed the following Monday. Please do not mail cash. Cash can be accepted when renewing in person. Credit cards will be accepted at the AMA Expo and possibly during membership meetings. 2015 Renewal Forms will be available on the website September 15, 2014. Renewal forms will also be mailed to current members. You will also be able to turn your renewals into Tom Marcure or Larry Marsh at the Board Meetings or General Membership meetings. Tom Marcure Membership Chairman Restricted Days for Flying As you may be aware, many club members like to renew at the AMA Expo. The club extends the date for on time renewals till the end of the AMA Expo to accommodate these members. Please keep in mind however, that until you have your 2015 Club Card you will not be able to fly at either of the fields with out proof of 2015 AMA membership and a ten dollar day fee. This is not to punish members who like to renew at the Expo, it's just the way the rules work. Until you renew, you are not a member and are therefore subject to non member rules. This period is from January 1, 2015 until January 11, 2015 or until you renew which ever comes first. The only advantage you gain by renewing at the Expo is that you have until January 11, 2015 then to renew at the $80 rate. As you know, late renewals after this date are considered new members and must pay $200. Tom Marcure Club Meetings ! Don’t miss out...Come join the fun! $285 cash is given away at each club meeting! Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm Chino Community Building www.calorr.com “Unique RC products with an appreciation for our history"
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