April 2017 Minutes


The April meeting of the North Dallas RC Club occurred on April 19th at Frisco Public Library.  Club President Greg Pulcini called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

A motion was made, and seconded, to approve the March  meeting minutes as published.  Approval passed unanimously, by voice vote.

VISITORS -- Dave Smith  Program Presenter

NEW MEMBER -- Joseph Thomas

CHARLIE VIOSCA   a Charter Member of NDRCC was honored with a presentation of his accomplishments involving aviation, model aviation and other work. Charlie is a WWII pilot, retired TACA Airlines pilot a major force at the Heritage of Flight Museum at Love Field. Charlie was made an Honorary Member  Emeritus and awarded a plaque to commemorate this honor. Thanks to Wayne Shuck for putting this together.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT -- Greg Pulcini:  Tonight we have a presentation by Dave Smith, a FAA retired representative, on his experiences through his long career in aviation. The NDRCC Float Fly is April 29th at Willow Grove Park A Festival of Flight at Prestwick STEM Academy is also being held April 29 late in the day (after the float fly). Volunteers to fly foamies or bring display aircraft are needed. Contact Patrick McNamara if you can help.  See Patrick McNamara’s report below for more detail.

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT -- Patrick McNamara:   Patrick was absent but provided the report below: FAA Security Sensitive Flight Restrictions: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has established airspace restrictions over 133 military facilities to address national security concerns about unauthorized drone operations. The specific restricted locations are detailed in a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) – UAS NOTAM FDC 7/7137.  The only impact to the DFW area is around NAS JRB Ft Worth. 3rd Annual Festival of Flight As noted in messages to The Club, NDRCC was invited to participate in the 3rd Annual Festival of Flight, presented jointly by the city of The Colony Parks a Recreation and The Tribute, Lakeside Golf and Resort Community.  The event is being held at Prestwick STEM Academy in The Colony.  Charlie Viosca met with the event coordinator, Mary Day to discuss the event, our participation, and details such area for static display, location of a "runway" for flight demo's, etc.  The meeting was quite pleasant and both Mary, and TC Parks and Rec are more than willing to work with us.  They agreed to modify the traffic flow to open up an area to use as a runway.  The event is from 4PM-8PM on Saturday, April 29th.  This is the same day as our club float-fly.  Even so, there has been sufficient response from club members to move with participation at least for static display.  Demo flights will be limited to park-flier sized aircraft, probably 50" or less, due to the available runway and overflight area.  Charlie and I made it clear that demo flights would be highly contingent on weather conditions -- wind speed and direction, mainly.  I will be sending out another message to the club regarding the event and will be directly contacting those who expressed willingness to participate to confirm.  If anyone has questions, please feel free to contact myself (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and/or Charlie Viosca (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

SECRETARY’S REPORT -- Billy Slater:  No Report

TREASURER’S REPORT -- Dave Cotton:  The new interesting generating bank account is up and running. The BBVA account will be closed as the Paypal account is moved to the new bank. The current bank statements were made available for review at the meeting. Property Taxes have been paid. Lease payment to the landowner has been made.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT – Bruce Lakatos:  NDRCC has 159 members as of the April meeting.

FIELD REPORT -- Bob Edlet-Murphy:   A second zero turn mower will be purchased in the next few days. Planning for War Birds has begun with mowing and planning for the setup of barriers and other necessary work.

SAFETY REPORT -- Gerry Bishop:   Gerry was not at the meeting but left this - Fly on the EAST side of the runway and crash on the EAST side of the runway.

SOUND REPORT – Billy Slater:   No Report

TRAINING –A Training Coordinator  is needed. Contact Greg if you are interested.

RAFFLE -- Rex Lawrence: Five items tonight including a nice soldering station and a small quad are being raffled. Tickets purchased tonight will be also used for the quarterly prize - a nice ARF.

CD REPORTS and EVENTS:   Youth Day - Bob Edlet-Murphy reported 7 scouts and their parents participated. All got many chances to fly trainers, fly simulators and attend a ground school. Float Fly - April 29th at Willow Grove Park , the Falcons float site. $20 gets you entry and a lunch promised to be brisket sandwiches. Josh Kleen is the CD. War Birds Over Texas -- June 9-10 at the NDRCC field. Volunteers are needed. Contact Charles Shafer if you can help.

OLD BUSINESS:  New zero turn lawn is being purchased in the next few days.

NEW BUSINESS:   Long time member Joe Tycoda is selling his RC equipment. An email listing all items will be sent to all members. 

Business portion of meeting closed at 7:45 PM

SHOW AND TELL: Dale O’daniel brought his Convergence by Eflite. This flying device acts like a quad and is able to hover, the tilts two propellers forward to become a conventional airplane.

Presentation:  Tonight we have a presentation by Dave Smith, a FAA retired representative, on his experiences through his long career in aviation. 

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Annual Events


March 20, 2017  Eagle Field

Float Fly
Float Fly

    July 29, 2017     Willow Grove

Warbirds Over TX
Warbirds Over TX

June 9-10, 2017 Eagle Field

Scout/Youth Days
Scout/Youth Days

April 15 & Nov 11 Eagle Field