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
DECEMBER 2016 BUSINESS MEETING/CHRISTMAS SOCIAL
Thursday, DECEMBER 1, 2016 at 6:30 PM, VFW, FLORENCE, MA
CLUB NEWS AND UPDATES
We are holding our December Business meeting on Thursday, December 1, 2016. We are going to start the meeting a half hour early at 6:30 PM so we can get any business taken care of. We have the election of officers and some other business to catch up on.
We will then hold an abbreviated Christmas Social. Ron Paul is organizing the party and is hoping that people will contact him with food donations. We hope members will show up to celebrate the Christmas season and enjoy friendship and good company.
Contact Ron Paul at: (413) 374-3212 or email: RPM3xLM@Comcast.net
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.