Minutes

July 2016 Minutes

 

The July meeting of the North Dallas RC Club occurred on July 21st, 2016 at Valley View Christian Church.  Club President Greg Pulcini called the meeting to order at 6:58PM.

No guests or new members in attendance.

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

PRESIDENT’S REPORT -- Greg Pulcini:  It’s been hot – thanks to Billy for keeping up with water at the field.  Nothing further for President’s report.

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT -- Dave Schaefer:  14 month extension to FAA authorization preserves section 336 – protects model aircraft activity pursued under the AMA umbrella from FAA regulation.  Noted that we need to make sure it is preserved in the upcoming 2017 reauthorization. FAA sent the AMA a letter regarding the 400ft rule.  Model aircraft operating under AMA rules are expempt from 400ft FAA altitude limits.  The letter recognized the the AMA as a community based organization for purposes of section 336.

SECRETARY’S REPORT -- Patrick McNamara:  Nothing to report.

TREASURER’S REPORT -- Dave Cotton:  Financials were presented by Patrick McNamara in Dave’s absence.  A motion was made, and seconded, to approve the financial report.  Approval passed by unanimous voice vote.

FIELD REPORT -- Bob Edler-Murphy:  Bob reported that the new mower has one blade cutting lower than the other and we will need to address this prior to the next mowing.  Rex volunteered to trailer the mower if needed for warranty repair.

SAFETY REPORT -- Dave Schafer:  Reminder that taxiing to and from the pits requires positive control of the aircraft.

SOUND REPORT – Billy Slater:  No sound issues.

TRAINING – Josh Kleen:  Picked up 3-4 students formally for training and one or two more informally.  Dale O’Daniel presented Lucas Troup with his solo plaque.  Lucas successfully completed his solo flight on May 28th, 2016.

RAFFLE -- Jacque Parker:  DLE-20 for quarterly prize.  17 items for the raffle.

CD REPORTS and EVENTS:

Sept 10th, NDRCC float fly.

Oct 15th, NDRCC fall youth day

Indoor flying at Our Redeemer Luther Church, 6-8PM Tuesday, July 26th.  Don Haefer went over parking at the church. 

OLD BUSINESS:  No old business. NEW BUSINESS:  Request for an informal group to help Lad with flying, control of his chair, etc.  Milo is regularly available at this time.  Several club members expressed interest in assisting.  Business portion of meeting closed at 7:22PM

SHOW AND TELL: None

Presentation:  None

 

June 2016 Minutes

 

The June meeting of the North Dallas RC Club occurred on June 29th, 2016 at Valley View Christian Church.  Club President Greg Pulcini called the meeting to order at 6:59PM.

No guests or new members in attendance.

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

PRESIDENT’S REPORT -- Greg Pulcini:  Greg noted that Wings over Windsong was not particularly successful for a second year and proposed that we discontinue our participation should it occur next year.  A motion was made to discontinue further participation in Wings over Windsong.  The motion a was seconded and passed on a unanimous voice vote.

Greg also noted that we were now up to date on our Gold Leader status at the cost of a donated subscription to Model Aviation.

Greg also noted the upcoming Denton swap meet on August 6th.

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT -- Dave Schaefer:  Dave gave an overview of the recent event at the Dallas Arboretum, including showing some pictures from the event and a video.  Local press was present and NDRCC got its “4 seconds of fame” in the evening news.  Dave noted it was a good day overall.

Dave gave an update on FAR 107, released on June 21st.  No impact on our normal activities.

On an event safety related note, Dave pointed out that at Warbirds Over Texas, the first suppression equipment left and there was significant after hours flying, including jets.  Needs to be addressed for next year.

SECRETARY’S REPORT -- Patrick McNamara:  Nothing to report, Greg covered the Gold Leader status in his report.

TREASURER’S REPORT -- Dave Cotton:  Financials were presented.  Dave noted the purchase of the new mower and a make up on an under-payment of the 2015 field lease.  He also noted that we would be making the 2016 lease payment early as a good will gesture and the payment will show up on the July financial report.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT -- Bruce Lakatos:  Currently at 170 members.

FIELD REPORT -- Bob Edlet-Murphy:  Nothing significant.  Mowing will slow as summer heat settles in.  Bob proposed we start discussing a second new mower for next year.

SAFETY REPORT -- Dave Schafer:  Dave noted the danger of improper arming of electric planes.  He also noted that we should all drink plenty of water in the Texas heat.

SOUND REPORT – Billy Slater:  No sound issues.

TRAINING – Josh Kleen:  Training is picking up.  Josh noted his time and availability will be greatly reduced for a while.  Any instructors wanting to train students would be welcome.  Also noted that we will be presenting a solo plaque at the July meeting.

RAFFLE -- Jacque Parker:  The quarterly prize is an FMS Zero.  15 other items.

CD REPORTS and EVENTS:  

Warbirds Over Texas – event summary.  Request for June 9th and 10th of 2017 for next year’s event.  A motion to accept the dates was made, seconded, and passed unanimously by voice vote.

OLD BUSINESS:  No old business.

NEW BUSINESS:  No new business.

Business portion of meeting closed at 7:41PM

SHOW AND TELL: None

Presentation:  None

May 2016 Minutes

 

The May meeting of the North Dallas RC Club occurred on May 19th, 2016 at Valley View Christian Church.  Club President Greg Pulcini called the meeting to order at 6:58PM.

No guests or new members in attendance.

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

PRESIDENT’S REPORT -- Greg Pulcini:  Nothing to report.

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT -- Dave Schaefer:  Dave presented a quick summary of recent events and encourage all to attend Joe Nall at some point.  Noted that he was very encouraged by the number of kids at the flight lines at this year's Joe Nall.

SECRETARY’S REPORT -- Patrick McNamara:  Nothing to report.

TREASURER’S REPORT -- Dave Cotton:  Dave was out of town.  Balance sheet was presented for review by attendees.  No questions.  A motion was made, and seconded, to approve the treasure's report as presented.  Approval passed by unanimous voice vote.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT -- Bruce Lakatos:  No new members since April meeting.

FIELD REPORT -- Bob Edlet-Murphy:  Bob put down gravel in the bad spots of the driveway to prep for Warbirds Over Texas.  Bob noted that if you are going to mow the grass runway, use the new mower.  It does a much better job.  A question was posed from the membership as to whether we were going to fill any more holes in or roll the grass runway before WBOT.  Bob will look into it.

SAFETY REPORT -- Dave Schafer:  No report

SOUND REPORT – Billy Slater:  No sound issues.

RAFFLE -- Jacque Parker:  The quarterly prize is an FMS Zero, to be given away at the June meeting.  Good assortment of other stuff:  17 items.

TRAINING – Josh Kleen:  No active students.  Josh noted some interest after the sping Scout's day, but nothing has yet materialized.

CD REPORTS and EVENTS:  

Float Fly – 18 pilots attended.  By all reports, it was a good event.  $417 net for the club.

Spring Scout's Day – 30 Scouts in attendance.  Everyone, who wanted to, got to fly.  No incidents, no trainers lost.   Thanks to all the demo pilots and volunteers for the successful event.

Winds Over Windsong – Upcoming, June 4th.  The AMA trailer will not be there this year.  Concerns about the state of the runway due to the large amount of recent rain and more forecast.  Fishtrap road right in front of the field is in horrible condition.  This year's event will have FPV racing and a couple of sponsored pilots.  Runway is planned to be 750'x50' rolled grass.

War Birds Over Texas – Upcoming, June 10th and 11th.  Carrier landing system has been field tested and lessons learned are being incorporated.  Considering for Friday after 5pm.  Ed to send out pictures of his T-28 with landing hook installed.   Ed also gave a summary of schedule and noted strict enforcement of badge policy in the infield/pits.  10 pilots have pre-registered.  May 31st is the cutoff for pre-registration.  It was noted by the membership that we should add spectator/parking donation info the the flyer.  Volunteers requested to arrive by 8:30AM each day.

OLD BUSINESS:  May 26th is the final indoor flying session at VVCC.  Potential site at Park and 75.  General consensus what that is was to far from most members for weekly flying.  Perhaps suitable for quarter indoor events.

NEW BUSINESS:  No new business.

Business portion of meeting closed at 7:41PM

SHOW AND TELL: Reed presented his Freewing P-51 Mustang.  6 channels with an impressive sound modules.  Came as a RXR setup.   55” (1410mm) and 6lb RTF.

Presentation:  None noted in minutes.

April 2016 Minutes

 

The April meeting of the North Dallas RC Club occurred on April 21st, 2016 at Valley View Christian Church.  Club President Greg Pulcini called the meeting to order at 7:01PM.

Bob's wife was recognized as a guest at the meeting.

A motion was made, and seconded, to approve the March meeting minutes as published (Thanks Bruce).  Approval passed by unanimous voice vote.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT -- Greg Pulcini:  The Brazo's powerline project is no longer considering any path that crosses or impinges on the club field.

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT -- Dave Schaefer:  Update on AMA/FAA status.  Showed a picture of the new heli pad in use.  Dave also requested a caution sign for the electric fence.

Update on flying demonstration for Dallas Arboretum – Father's day.  Club participants can enjoy access to the Arboretum facilities for the day.  Dave showed the club a picture of the beautiful flying site.  Looking for participants. 

SECRETARY’S REPORT -- Patrick McNamara:  Nothing to report.

TREASURER’S REPORT -- Dave Cotton:  Club financial audit passed – thanks to Ken Sienski for his work in conducting the audit.  Reminder that NDRCC is a participant in the Tom Thumb “Good Neighbor” program and receives rewards for purchases by club members registered with the program who select NDRCC as their beneficiary.

Dave presented the financial balance sheet and gave a summary.  Motion for acceptance of financial report was made, seconded, and pass by unanimous voice vote.

Dave also noted the answer to a prior question regrading the club surity bond:  the president and treasurer are listed by position on the bond, not individual name and so do not need to be updated.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT -- Bruce Lakatos:  164 current members.

FIELD REPORT -- Bob Edlet-Murphy:  Field has be wet, comlicating attempts to mow.  Plans to attempt mowing at least the grass runway this week.

Mower update:  The Lesco is gone.  Was sold for $500.  New mower has been identified – a Toro zero turn – and delivery is TBD, with training for mowing crew when it arrives.

Still need volunteers for gravel spreading, Wed/Thursday of next week, TBD.

SAFETY REPORT -- Dave Schafer:  No report

RAFFLE -- Jacque Parker:  The quarterly prize is an FMS Zero.

CD REPORTS and EVENTS:  Motion was made, seconded, and passed on voice vote, with one opposed,  to scrap the club “Family Day” meeting at the field and move the meeting to the 3rd Thursday of the month.

Warbirds Over Texas – June 10th and 11th.  Event flyer was presented and a need was noted for at least another six volunteers.  Also needed are volunteers to assist with setup on June 7th.  The proposed budget for the event was presented for review and comment.

Spring Scout's Day – May 7th.  This year we will be hosting Boy Scouts instead of Cub Scouts.  Expect 30 Scout in attendance and, as always, need volunteers to assist.

Wings Over Windsong – June 4th.

NEW BUSINESS:  Richardson RC had 50th anniversary gala.  Congratulations.

Bob raised the possibility of an activity with local VFW or disabled veterans groups for Model Aviation Day – Aug 13th.  Or possibly for Veteran's Day.

OLD BUSINESS:  See mower update under FIELD REPORT.

Business portion of meeting closed at 7:41PM

 

Presentation:  Club aero engineering expert Mike Oser gave a presentation on the Saber XLT (eXtra Large Turbine!).  This is a larger version of the model he designed and flies at our field.

March 2016 Minutes

 

The  March 2016 meeting of the North Dallas R/C Club was called to order by Greg Pulcini on March 17th, 2016 At Valley View Christian Church.  

Previous month’s minutes were approved as posted on the website.  

VISITORS/NEW MEMBERS – Former member Roy Appleton.

PRESIDENT'S REPORT-  Greg Pulcini.  Reported that insurance certificate has arrived.  

SECRETARY – Patrick McNamera.  Absent.  Bruce Lakatos had nothing to report. 

VICE PRESIDENT – Dave Schaefer.  Dave asked that people please not leave items at the field.  Dave reported on the current FAA issues.  He also reported that we are having email issues with those members who have AOL email accounts.  

TREASURER/MEMBERSHIP – Dave Cotton.  Dave gave a report of the financial status of the club.  A motion to accept treasurer's report passed.    

SAFETY- Dave Schaefer- No safety issues.  Dave did stress the importance of checking the connections of Spektrum satelite antennas.

FIELD –  Bob Edler-Murphy.  Field looks good and has been recently mowed.  We are looking into selling the Lesco mower.  We are also researching the purchase of a new mower.

SOUND-  Billy Slater. No issues.  All Quiet.

TRAINING – Josh Kleen- We have a couple people currently in training..  

WEBMASTER –  Ken Sienksi.  Absent.  No report.

FACEBOOK- Josh Kleen.  All going well.   

CD REPORTS –  The Aero-tow Event was a success.  Richardson RC is having their 50th Anniversary banquet.  The Warbird event scheduled for June 10-11 is in need of volunteers.  Scouts day is tentatively scheduled for April 9th.  Benbrook has a small warbird event on May 14th.  Wings Over Windsong is also in the works.  Our next float fly is April 30th.  National Model Aviation Day will be August 13th.  Indoor flying is still ongoing.

OLD BUSINESS-  None.

NEW BUSINESS - We are currently shopping for a new mower.  We are looking for a new place to have indoor flying.  

CLOSE OF BUSINESS.

SHOW and TELL – Josh Kleen demonstrated his new electronic balancing device.  Billy Slater showed his ornithopter.

RAFFLE-  Jaques Parker conducted the monthly raffle.  The quarterly prize, a glider, was won by Jaques Parker.

PROGRAM - Swap meet.

 

Annual Events

Aerotow
Aerotow

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