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
SEPTEMBER 2016 BUSINESS MEETING
Thursday, SEPTEMBER 1, 2016 at 7 PM, HCRC FLYING FIELD
HONEYPOT ROAD, HADLEY, MA
The scale fly-in was held on Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21 at the flying field. The weather cooperated and we had a decent turnout. Saturday was rather hot and humid but bright and fairly calm. We had a moderate showing of pilots from our club and other area clubs. There didn't seem to be as many drop-in visitors as we have had in past years. That may have been because of the recent very hot and humid weather that we have been having. Sunday was mostly cloudy and very windy. Many of the pilots braved these conditions and presented a very good show.
Overall, it seemed to be a very successful event. We want to thank our president, Tyler West, our VP, Mike Shaw and all of the others who worked very hard to make this the success that it was.
Important subjects to be discussed at business meetings
There are several important subjects that must be discussed by the general membership. The first is the use of drones (FPV) at the field. We will open the discussions at the September meeting. However, this may be a subject that needs to be discussed over the course of several meetings.
If you have any input or thoughts on the use of drones you should attend the monthly meetings and present your ideas.
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.