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
PRESIDENT TYLER'S APRIL UPDATE
Hi folks, This is the first monthly letter from myself to the club. Enjoy. Oh, don’t forget, if you want to only reply to me, click on “reply”, NOT “reply all”, unless you intend for all 90 or so members to read what you type.
The only constant is change. – Heraclitus
I was talking with a friend of mine the other day about his business. He owns a local business, and this year, for the first time in about 30 years, he did not attend a local trade show. He told me that attendance had dropped at the show year over year, and that he makes the same amount of sales out of his showroom on a typical spring week as he does at the trade show, thus making the investment in renting a booth, paying extra employees, and setup/takedown of the display not worth the time or money. “Things are changing, in 10 years I don’t think there will be malls anymore, as people shop online. People just don’t go to trade shows like they used to”. I then thought about our club, our hobby, and RC events. It seems that attendance is down in clubs across the country, and trade shows, like Toledo and the AMA East show, have had drops in attendance. I don’t think it means that our hobby is dying, but is changing. In our social media world, people can find fellowship online, can share ideas about new products, tips and tricks, etc., then go to their backyard or to a park to fly. This is similar to retail- consumers still have a demand for products, but are choosing to spend their money new ways. Like the shopping mall, clubs need to remain relevant in a changing world. So, what can we do? I think the best way to promote our hobby is to enjoy ourselves, to show up and fly. The purpose of HCRC is to promote fellowship in aeromodelling. That means that if somebody has interest in airplanes, helicopters, or any other thing that can fly, and wants to give our hobby a try, we should be the best place to go to get started. The best way to show this to the world is show up and fly. Bring new models to the field. Talk with new people who are curious about the hobby. Sometimes little things can make a difference. So let’s get ready for the flying season. I plan to make it out to the field more than I did last year. I still get excited around this time of year and I hope to see all of you out at the field.
Tyler J West, MD
OPEN HOUSE & FAMILY DAY
The annual open house and family day was held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the flying field. The weather cooperated by being fairly warm and sunny. The wind was moderate and most people didn't have a lot of trouble dealing with it.
There was a good turnout of members and it was nice to see old friends who haven't been coming out to fly for a while.
It was also great to see some of the youngsters showing up to fly. And, can they fly! They were doing great despite the windy conditions. Very nice young men and a pleasure to have at the field.
Ed Kopec and Rene Soucy and the cooking crew made hot dogs and several people brought pot-luck items to share.
We had several visitors who followed the signs into the field and seemed to enjoy the event. We even picked up a couple of new members who were submitting applications.
All in all, it was a very pleasant day. We want to thank all of those who helped set up and run the event, those who donated food and support and all of those who showed up to fly and participate.
JULY 2017 BUSINESS MEETING
Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 7 PM, FLYING FIELD, HADLEY, MA
FLIGHT INSTRUCTION AVAILABLE
Flight instruction is free and by appointment only. All are welcome to arrange for a demo flight or scheduled lessons. Call:
Andre: (413) 786-9735
Ed: (413) 532-7071
HCRC 2017 OFFICERS
President: Tyler West, 84 Doane Road, Ware, MA 01082 Tylerwest36@hotmail.com
Vice President: Michael Shaw, 15 Overlea Dr., Springfield, MA 01119 (413) 783-8979 firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary : Gordie Lauder ,19 Cypress Drive, South Hadley, MA 01075 (413) 532-0135 email@example.com
Treasurer: Ron Paul, 367Ware Street, Palmer, MA 01069 (413) 374-3212 Rpm3xLM@comcast.net
HCRC 2017 DIRECTORS
Leo Dube, 80 Chilson Road, Wilbraham, MA (413-315-1466)
Edward Kopec, (Flight Instruction) 5 Glenn Drive, South Hadley, MA 01075 (413) 532-7071
David Lampron, 93 Elm Street, Hatfield, MA 01038 (413)-627-4060 / 247-3357 AllSeasHVA@aol.com
Dean Lampron 93 Elm Street, Hatfield, MA 01038 (413) 247-3357 MxKid67@aol.com
Bob Olszewski 1 Williams Way, Westfield, MA 01085 (413) 230-0389 firstname.lastname@example.org
David Sherman 135 Shelburne Rd., Greenfield, MA 01301 (413) 774-7375 email@example.com
Mark Wasielewski, 223 No. Main Street, New Salem, MA 01355 (978) 544-8771 mwasielewski@behind thetrees.com
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.