A NOTE FROM PRESIDENT TYLER
Thank you very much for the opportunity to be president of this club. Gordie Lauder recently informed me that I have been a member for 27 years- I guess it was 'about time' for me to serve in office. This is a complex time for hobbyists and aeromodeling. New technologies have given us new ways to enjoy our hobby, but our government is trying to cope with the task of regulating "unmanned aerial vehicles"- leaving many of us feeling stuck in the middle.
The next few years will be very interesting for our hobby, the AMA, and this club. I do not believe that our hobby will go away. I don't believe that the FAA is interested in taking away our model airplanes or helicopters. As a club, we need to stay informed on the latest updates from the FAA and AMA, and other news outlets. We also may need to be wary of some of the "information" being shared in the media, online, etc. Then we can, as a club, make sure we are able to enjoy our hobby while remaining compliant with any regulations.
When I was 15, I would ride my bike down to the HCRC field and marvel at everything I saw there: 40-sized sport aerobatic planes, scale warbirds, pylon racers, the occasional helicopter. A few guys were competing in pattern back then. Some of us started playing with electrics, low on power and filled with nicad batteries. Over the years, our club has welcomed new hobbyists and has accepted new types of model aircraft. Whatever the latest new 'thing' was, someone in HCRC was into it. I believe this history will serve us well over the next year or two.
Again, thank you very much for this opportunity. Lets not forget that this is a hobby and we are supposed to be having fun!
Tyler J West, MD
Elections were held during the February 2016 business meeting. A full slate of candidates was elected.
Tyler West - President Gordie Lauder - Secretary (Returning)
Mike Shaw - Vice President Ron Paul - Treasurer (Returning)
Mark Wasielewski - Director (New)
Bob Olszewski - Director (New)
The remaining members of the board:
Leo Dube Dave Lavigne
Ed Kopec Dean Lampron
APRIL 2017 BUSINESS MEETING
Thursday, APRIL 6, 2017 at 7 PM, VFW, FLORENCE, MA
The HCRC by-laws have been in the process of being updated for over a year. The by-laws themselves have not required changing but a lot of the wording has become obsolete. The terminology has needed modification and clarification. To this end, the by-law committee has made these changes.
Changes in the wording require a 2/3 majority vote by the membership to be approved. Secretary Gordie has mailed 72 packages of updated versions of the by-laws and a proxy ballot to all active members. We are requesting that all members complete this proxy vote and return it to Gordie in the return envelopes. They may also be dropped off at the meeting in March if this is more convenient.
This matter needs our attention now. So, please return these ballots as soon as possible.
Thank you. The Executive Committee
CLUB NEWS AND UPDATES
Pres. Tyler West has suggested that we generate enthusiasm for our monthly meetings by bringing in some of our winter building projects. He suggested that the subject for the February meeting might be on covering and finishing our models. If you have a current building project, please consider bringing it in so we can discuss it.
NEW FAA REGULATIONS FOR ALL MODEL AIRCRAFT
The FAA has passed it's new regulations covering ALL MODEL AIRCRAFT. Every model pilot is to register with the FAA. I am posting a link to the government website. More information will be coming. It looks like registration will be FREE for a while. So, if you are going to register, do it soon and avoid the fees.
This link will lead you to the regulations.