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
OCTOBER 2016 BUSINESS MEETING
Thursday, OCTOBER 6, 2016 at 7 PM, VFW, FLORENCE, MA
CLUB NEWS AND UPDATES
September and October tend to be rather slow months for club news. We usually publish the monthly newsletter 10 times a year. So, there will be no regular newsletter for October 2016. The flying season is slowly winding down, the days are getting shorter and there is a fall chill in the air.
We just trimmed the grass on Sept. 29 and expect that it will need one or two more mowing’s before it’s done for the season. We are expecting rain for the next few days which will cause a spurt of growth on the runway and that will be handled next week.
The first meeting of the winter season will be held on Thursday, October 6 – 7PM at the VFW in Florence. The issue of drone use at the field is going to be a topic of discussion at our meetings. If you want to be heard on this issue, show up at the meeting and we can have a meaningful discussion and make some decisions.
Also, we have noticed that the gate is still being left open. One has to assume that members are leaving the field in the middle of the day and thinking that someone else will be in to use the field and lock up. Not happening. If you are the last to leave the field, NO MATTER WHAT TIME OF DAY, lock the gate after you. The club has spent money and volunteer time to get the gate built and installed. It is working well WHEN IT IS CLOSED AND LOCKED!
Enjoy the fall weather and come on out to the field to finish up the flying season.
Dave S., Ed.
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.