Minutes

January 2016 Minutes

 

The January meeting of the North Dallas RC Club occurred on January 21, 2016 at Valley View Christian Church. Club President Greg Pulcini called the meeting to order at 7:02pm

The minutes for the December meeting were presented to the membership.  Motion was made to accept the minutes with correction of the date for the December meeting.  Motion was seconded and December minutes we approved.

PRESIDENT'S REPORT – Greg Pulcini:  Nothing to report.  Greg gave a welcome and introductory words for 2016.

VICE PRESIDENT – Dave Schaefer:  Nothing to report

SECRETARY – Patrick McNamara: Nothing to report.  Greg noted that the AMA has not yet mailed out our club charter packet.  Expected to receive by end of January.

TREASURER – Dave Cotton: Presented summary of current accounts.  Dave described plan to move the existing money market account to an online bank account in order to receive some amount of interest on the club savings.

MEMBERSHIP – Bruce Lakatos: Reported on membership status.  3 new members in January.  Current membership sits at 155

FIELD – Bob Edlet-Murphy (absent):  No report.  Greg noted that the focus for field maintenance will be on the runway in order to be prepped for Spring events and especially WBOT 2016.

SAFETY – Dave Schafer: Noted a few incidents of armed or running planes facing down the runway while aircraft recover in progress in the same direction.  Dave reminder the membership  to remain in positive cotrol of their aircraft and to be aware of the location of people.

SOUND – Billy Slater: No sound issues

WEBMASTER – Ken Sienski (absent):  None

TRAINING – Josh Kleen: Nothing to report

RAFFLE – Jacque Parker: Jacque present the normal, wide selection of raffle prizes.  He also presented the quarterly prize for the first quarter:  Radian BNF glider.

CD REPORTS – No new  reports.  Indoor flying continues to be the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month.  Upcoming events:  March Aerotow, April Float Fly, Spring Youth Day

Warbids Over Texas:  Estimated to need 30 volunteers for two days in June.

OLD BUSINESS – None to cover

NEW BUSINESS:

Heli pad: A member commented that the club was not particularly heli friendly.  It was proposed that the club build a 5'x5' concrete heli pad at the north end of the field for helicopters to land a take off front.Flight would be to the west, away from the runway.  Bruce estimated cost at less that $200. A motion was made to authorize up to $200 to build the heli pad.  Motion was seconded and passed by show of hands with no opposing votes.

FAA issue: Dave Schaefer discussed the current state of FAA registration requirements for model aircraft pilots.  Dave made a general recommendation to the attendees to take a “wait and see” approach to registration.  The club will not be policing registration.  There was much general discussion by the attendees regarding the FAA rules.  The board will forward out any information and/or guidance received from the AMA to the club membership before the registration deadline of Feb 19th. Dave also noted the existing AMA requirement to have your AMA number and contact information on all aircraft.  A contact information template was passed around for review.  The template will be posted on the club website for use by club members.

CLOSE OF BUSINESS – The business portion of the meeting was closed by Greg Pulcini at 7:37pm

SHOW AND TELL –Josh Kleen presented his Hangar 9, 60cc Corsair with a Saito FG-84, thee cylinder raidial. Billy Slater presented the tail feathers of his scratch built PT-19 project.  Building from Hostetler plans and a kit cut by Precision Cut Kits.

PROGRAM – Computer Radio Programming, presented by Josh Kleen.

The next meeting of the North Dallas RC Club will be at 7:00pm on February  18th, 2016 at Valley View Christian Church. 

 

December 2015 Minutes

 

The December meeting of the North Dallas RC Club occurred on December 17, 2015 at Valley View Christian Church.  Club President Don Hafer called the meeting to order at 7:02pm

VISITORS/NEW MEMBERS – Morris Schweickhardt – New Member, Steve Schweickhardt – New Member, Denice Blackbourn - Visitor

PRESIDENT'S REPORT – Don Hafer – Thanks for the good times and for all of your support.

VICE PRESIDENT – Charles Shafer – Thanks for all of the support.  We also presented our annual Christmas gifts to the landlords and they are very appreciative.

SECRETARY – Josh Kleen – Nothing to report

TREASURER – Charlie Pyne – Presented current financial status of the club.  Members present approved.

MEMBERSHIP – Bruce Lakatos – Reported on membership status.  The recent rule change by the AMA that transitions membership expiration dates to be 12 months instead of December 31 has required us to enact a rule that requires all members to visibly wear their membership cards while at the field.  This rule will take effect January 1.  We will be providing all members with plastic sleeves and clips when they renew for this purpose.

SAFETY – Dave Schafer – If you have a crash and damage the fence, please let someone on the board know.  We need to keep it up and running to keep the animals out.  Also, if you have a post crash fire, let everyone know.  In the event of a fire, please land if you are flying.  We also ask members to help fight the fire and remember to call 911 quickly if they will be needed.  We are investing in additional fire extinguishers to help deal with fire situations if they occur.

FIELD – Dave Schafer – Field is in great shape.  

SOUND – Billy Slater – No sound issues

TRAINING – Dale O'Daniel – New members are interested in training.  Thanks to our instructors for your help.

WEBMASTER – Ken Sienski – None

FACEBOOK – Josh Kleen – None

CD REPORTS – John Grubbs – 

Indoor Flying – Indoor flying continues to be fun.  Turnout is down a bit though so if you are interested in continuing to enjoy this part of our hobby, please come out and fly with us.  The next indoor flying date is in January.  We are also set to go back to twice a month for the winter months, so in January, February and March, we will do indoor flying on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month.  Hope to see you there.

OLD BUSINESS – None to cover

NEW BUSINESS – 

Officer Elections – Officer Elections were held and the following people will be the 2016 officers

President – Greg Pulcini

Vice President - Dave Schafer

Secretary - Patrick McNamara

Treasurer - Dave Cotton

Membership - Bruce Lakatos

Field Coordinator – Bob Edler-Murphy

 

CLOSE OF BUSINESS – The business portion of the meeting was closed by Don Hafer at 7:33pm

AUCTION – Several planes were brought to auction and many deals were had.  All proceeds went to the club.

RAFFLE - Melissa Kleen – 19 items were available for raffle at the meeting in addition to the quarterly prize.  The quarterly prize is a Horizon P47-D Thunderbolt complete with electric retracts.

PROGRAM – Christmas Party

The next meeting of the North Dallas RC Club will be at 7:00pm on January 21, 2016 at Valley View Christian Church.

November 2015 Minutes

 

The November meeting of the North Dallas RC Club occurred on November 19, 2015 at Valley View Christian Church.  Club President Don Hafer called the meeting to order at 7:00pm

VISITORS/NEW MEMBERS – None

PRESIDENT'S REPORT – Don Hafer – None

VICE PRESIDENT – Charles Shafer – The first annual Wings over Windsong event was a great success.  The AMA recognized our club for all of the work and effort many of our members contributed to its success.  They are planning on doing it again next year and plans are already underway.  More details will follow in 2016.

SECRETARY – Josh Kleen – We completed the rules reading last month so there is nothing else to report.  

TREASURER – Charlie Pyne – The monthly financial report was presented and approved by the membership.  It is renewal time so payments can be processed online or checks can be mailed in or hand delivered.

MEMBERSHIP – Bruce Lakatos – Reported on membership status.  The recent rule change by the AMA that transitions membership expiration dates to be 12 months instead of December 31 has required us to enact a rule that requires all members to visibly wear their membership cards while at the field.  This rule will take effect January 1.  We will be providing all members with plastic sleeves and clips when they renew for this purpose.

SAFETY – Dave Schafer – If you see someone doing something that isn’t safe, say something or let an office know.  Our hobby is under intense scrutiny right now and we want to make sure we continue the amazing safety record we have.  

FIELD – Dave Schafer – Field is in great shape.  Thanks to all members that have been helping with the field.  No damage was caused by the recent storms.  We have also winterized all of our equipment and put it up for the year.

We are also implementing a change in frequency control that will coincide with the change in membership cards at the field.  Since all pilots are now required to wear their membership cards, they will not be able to put them in the frequency slots on the wall.  Fortunately most of our members fly on 2.4Ghz so we will be removing the frequency board and going forward, we will request that all pilots flying on 72Mhz and 50Mhz, coordinate amongst themselves for frequency control.  

SOUND – Billy Slater – No sound issues

TRAINING – Dale O'Daniel – New members are interested in training.  If you are interested in becoming a trainer, please let Dale know.

WEBMASTER – Ken Sienski – None

FACEBOOK – Josh Kleen – None

CD REPORTS – John Grubbs – 

Indoor Flying – Indoor flying continues to be fun.  Turnout is down a bit though so if you are interested in continuing to enjoy this part of our hobby, please come out and fly with us.  The next indoor flying date is December 2nd.  We are also set to go back to twice a month for the winter months, so in January, February and March, we will do indoor flying on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month.  Hope to see you there.

Youth Day – We had a great turnout with both the Scouts and their parents and siblings all getting a chance to fly.  The scouts had a great time and send their thanks.  We want to thank all of the members that helped with the event.

Wings over Windsong – What a great event.  We had about 44 registered pilots and almost 1000 spectators at the event.  The NFL Sunday Night Football bus was there as was the AMA Learn to Fly trailer.  We had some amazing noon demo flights.  The only downside was the weather but in the end, everyone had a great time.

OLD BUSINESS – None to cover

NEW BUSINESS – 

Rules Review – Several rule changes were presented and approved

Taxi Rules - Turbine powered aircraft are now required to follow all taxi restrictions.  Taxing is prohibited between the pits and the flight line for all aircraft including turbines.

Trailer - The trailer that has been parked next to the storage containers is not being used and we have decided to sell it.  The request to sell was approved and a tentative buyer has already been located.

Events for 2016 – The formal dates for events in 2016 was discussed and approved.  Events will be posted to the website and distributed to all members.  2016 events include an aerotow day, 2 float flys, 2 youth days, Warbirds over Texas 2016, a member appreciation day and a community fun fly.  Other events may be added as the year progresses.

Drone Racing – A drone racing group asked our club if we would be interested in hosting a racing event at our field.  After a short discussion among those members present, it was decided that we would not be interested in hosting this event.

Officer Nominations – Per our club by-laws, officer nominations for the next year are to be made in November.  As such the board has asked and the following individuals have accepted the nominations for the following positions.

President - Josh Kleen

Vice President - Dave Schafer

Secretary - Patrick Macnemera

Treasurer - Dave Cotton

Membership - Bruce Lakatos

Field Coordinator – Bob Edler-Murphy

 

The floor was then opened to floor nominations and the following individuals were also nominated and accepted.

President – Greg Pulcini

 

The club will electronically distribute ballots and proxies that all members can use to vote.  You are also entitled to vote in person.  Final voting will take place at the December club meeting.

CLOSE OF BUSINESS – The business portion of the meeting was closed by Don Hafer at 7:33pm

 

SHOW and TELL – Art Wagner brought his new pattern plane to show the painting job and shared his experience with the Blue Scotch Painters tape.

Mike Farchie – Brought his Cyber Quad, a fully ducted multi rotor with an infra red camera.  He shared many of the features and capabilities of the quad system.

RAFFLE - Melissa Kleen – This month’s raffle was sponsored by RC Hobbies in Richardson, TX.  Please make sure you stop by and thank them for their support.  We also had items donated by the widow of Sid Hussain.  23 items were available for raffle at the meeting 

The quarterly prize is a Horizon P47-D Thunderbolt complete with electric retracts.  It will be given away at the December club meeting.

PROGRAM – Dave Schafer gave a great presentation on the build of his X2 rocket powered plane and showed videos of its flights.  Dave recently donated the plane to the Airforce Museum and it is now on display at Edwards Airforce Base.

The next meeting of the North Dallas RC Club will be at 7:00pm on December 17th, 2015 at Valley View Christian Church.

October 2015 Minutes

 

The October meeting of the North Dallas RC Club occurred on October 15, 2015 at Valley View Christian Church.  Club President Don Hafer called the meeting to order at 7:00pm

VISITORS/NEW MEMBERS – None

PRESIDENT'S REPORT – Don Hafer – None

VICE PRESIDENT – Charles Shafer – None

SECRETARY – Josh Kleen – AMA safety rules and NDRCC club safety rules were read.  

TREASURER – Charlie Pyne – The monthly financial report was presented and approved by the membership.  Final financial documents were reviewed for Warbirds.

MEMBERSHIP – Bruce Lakatos – Reported on membership status.

SAFETY – Dave Schaefer – Check your fail safes.  There was an incident recently where a radio was shut off before the plane was and the plane went into failsafe.  It so happened that it wasn’t setup correctly and the electric motor went to full power cause the plane to crash into the pilots stations.  If you need help with setting up failsafes on your radio, feel free to ask other members for assistance.

FIELD – Dave Schafer – The lights that show the status of the electric fence are fixed and working again.  Please let us know if you have any problems with the fence.  Also, there are still holes around the field from the cows.  It continues to improve but if you find one, there is still a dirt pile by the spectator area.  Feel free to use that dirt to fill any hole you find.  Thanks to all helpers

SOUND – Billy Slater – No sound issues

TRAINING – Dale O'Daniel – We do have some new members that are interested in training.  If you are interested in being a club flight instructor, please let Dale know.

WEBMASTER – Ken Sienski – None

FACEBOOK – Josh Kleen – None

CD REPORTS – John Grubbs – 

Indoor Flying – Indoor flying continues to be fun.  If you haven’t tried it yet, it is really enjoyable and everyone always has a good time.  The weather is also really nice in the gym.

Fall Float Fly – The Fall float fly was a great success.  We had a number of pilots out at the lake and fun was had by all.  Thanks to Roy’s Hobbies for sponsoring the event.

Member Day – We opened up Member Day to the clubs that welcomed us to their field when we were shut down in the spring due to the flooding.  We had 70 participants, despite the rain that kept us in the pits all morning.  Once it cleared up, we got in some good flying.  We also placed the memorial marker for John Reed.  

Warbirds Over Texas 2015 – Warbirds was another big success this year and we couldn’t have done it without the help of all of the coluneteers.  Attendance was down this year due to date change but the comments we received were resoundingly positive and a number of participants have already expressed an interest in joining us again next year.  We expect Warbirds Over Texas 2016 to be on June 10th and 11th next year.

Scout Day – We are hosting our annual Boy Scouts Day at the field this Saturday (October 17th) and the field will be closed to normal operations from 10 to 2.  Thanks to all of the volunteers that have signed up to help.  See you there.

Wings over Windsong – Windsong Ranch is doing a fly in on November 7th and it is open to all AMA pilots.  NDRCC along with RRCC are supporting this event with pilots and volunteers.  If you are interested in flying or helping out, see any board member.

OLD BUSINESS – No old business to report.

NEW BUSINESS – 

The AMA is changing the way memberships are processed.  Starting September 15th, new members to the AMA will have an expiration date 12 calendar months after they join.  To help support this we are going to start wearing AMA cards.  The club is discussion other options on how to support this change and we will discuss additional details at future club meetings.

Anthony Cuington – Presented information on a special screening of The Bob Hoover Project.  Details will be sent out as they become available.  

2016 Events – A brief discussion was had on events for 2016.  No dates were set but the concensus is that we continue with the same events we have always done.  Josh Kleen made a request was made that we also look at hosting a jet meet that would be open to both turbine and EDF pilots.  He will reach out to the community to understand the feasibility of making this happen.

CLOSE OF BUSINESS – The business portion of the meeting was closed by Don Hafer at 7:39pm

SHOW and TELL – 

RAFFLE - Melissa Kleen – This month’s raffle was sponsored by Hobbytown USA in Lewisville, TX.  Please make sure you stop by and thank them for their support.  15 items were available for raffle at the meeting.  

The new quarterly prize is a Horizon P47-D Thunderbolt complete with electric retracts.  It will be given away at the December club meeting.

PROGRAM – Videos from Top Gun 2015

The next meeting of the North Dallas RC Club will be at 7:00pm on November 19, 2015 at Valley View Christian Church.

September 2015 Minutes

 

The September meeting of the North Dallas RC Club occurred on September 19th, 2015 at Eagle Field.  Club Vice President Charles Shafer called the meeting to order at 11:10

VISITORS/NEW MEMBERS – Many visitors were present as the meeting coincided with member appreciation day. Members from the Richardson RC Club and Texoma RC Club were invited to attend in thanks for allowing us to utilize their facilities during the spring flooding.

PRESIDENT'S REPORT – Don Hafer – Absent

VICE PRESIDENT – Charles Shafer – None

SECRETARY – Josh Kleen – None

TREASURER – Charlie Pyne – The monthly financial report was presented and approved by the membership.

MEMBERSHIP – Bruce Lakatos – None

SAFETY – Dave Schaefer – Absent

FIELD – Charles Shafer – The runway sealing job is complete.  It is in great shape and ready for our fall events.  There are still cow holes and efforts continue to mitigate the impact they have on people and planes.

SOUND – Billy Slater – None

TRAINING – Dale O'Daniel – Training is continuing with the nice weather.  If you are interested in becoming an instructor, or if you are new to the hobby and would like training, please speak to Dale.

WEBMASTER – Ken Sienski – None

FACEBOOK – Josh Kleen – None

CD REPORTS – John Grubbs – 

Indoor Flying – Indoor flying continues to be fun.  Indoor flying occurs on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 6:30 to 8:30.  We ask for a $3 donation to the church to cover the cost of electricity and AC.

Warbirds Over Texas 2015 – With the flooding, we have been forced to reschedule Warbirds.  As such, it has been rescheduled to September 25th and 26th.  If you have not signed up as a volunteer and would like to help out, please contact Charles Shafer.  Volunteers will have plenty of time to fly so don’t hesitate.  It is a lot of fun.

Scout Day – Our fall Scout Day is scheduled for October 17th.  If you are interested in participating, please see Charles Shafer

Wings over Windsong 2015 - Windsong Ranch is doing a fly in on November 7th and it is open to all AMA pilots.  NDRCC along with RRCC are supporting this event with pilots and volunteers.  If you are interested in flying or helping out, see any board member.

OLD BUSINESS – No business was presented or discussed at this meeting.

NEW BUSINESS – No business was presented or discussed at this meeting.

CLOSE OF BUSINESS – The business portion of the meeting was closed by Charles Shafer at 11:20

SHOW and TELL – None

RAFFLE - Melissa Kleen – 15 items were available for raffle at the meeting.  The quarterly prize is a GoPro Hero 4 Silver and was given away at the meeting.

PROGRAM – Flying

The next meeting of the North Dallas RC Club will be at 7:00pm on October 15th, 2015 at Valley View Christian Church

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 & Oct 21 Eagle Field