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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

                                                                                                              Dave Sherman







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. 


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Next business meeting and Christmas Social will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2016 and will be held at the VFW in Florence, MA.  Meeting begins at 6:30 PM. 

There will be a shortened business meeting to elect officers and discuss business. 

After the business meeting we will have our Christmas Social. If you can contribute any food items please contact Ron Paul to coordinate at (413) 374-3212  or rpm3xlm@comcast.net.  

All club members and family are invited. 

A message was mailed to all members inviting them to the social. Unfortunately the date of the meeting was incorrect. The meeting and party will be on Dec. 1, not Dec. 3. 



Business meeting   Thursday, December 1   at  6:30PM      VFW, Florence, MA


   Business meeting   Thursday,     January 5         at  7PM        VFW Florence, MA








                                      NEW FAA REGISTRATION REGULATIONS

The FAA has established it's new requirements for registering ALL MODEL AIRCRAFT PILOTS. They make no distinction between DRONES and MODEL AIRCRAFT. Early registration is free. After a certain period you will have to pay a fee. 

Dave S.