Minutes

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

August 2015 Minutes

 

The August meeting of the North Dallas RC Club occurred on August 20, 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 – Absent

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.

MEMBERSHIP – Bruce Lakatos – We have 4 new members in August

SAFETY – Dave Schaefer – Absent

FIELD – Bruce Lakatos – The field has suffered damage from the cows that got onto the field during the recent flooding.  As of now the electric fence has been fully repaired and the cows are now staying off the field.  Repairs are underway and several truckloads of dirt have been purchased to begin filling the holes created by the cows.  The grass runway is usable but caution is recommended until we can get the runway rolled.  Also, use caution in the infield portion of the field as many holes are still there that have not been filled yet.

The runway is also in need of sealing again.  It has been several years since we last did it and the flooding ate away at the previous sealing which was already at the end of its life.  A quotation has been received from a professional company, the owner of which is an avid RC modeler.  The required work and the costs associated were discussed and the membership approved the quote so work can be completed before Warbirds in September.  The field will need to be closed for about 24 hours when this work is done and a notice will be sent out so everyone is aware.

The club has owned and maintained two vending machines.  Unfortunately the cost to maintain these machines has become cost prohibitive as both machines have died.  As such, we are removing them, selling the parts where possible and disposing of the rest.  Members will need to bring drinks to the field.  We do have a water cooler still at the field if you would like to use it.

The club would like to thank Art Wagner for all the work on the fence.  It is in top notch working order and it is doing its job keeping the animals out of the field.

There is a particular bull that likes to hang out by our entrance gate on the south side of the field.  Make sure that when you approach and open the gate, that the bull is not nearby.  If it is, make sure you get it away from the gate before you open it as the bull thinks our grass is greener and likes to come onto the field.

SOUND – Billy Slater – Absent

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 – Absent

FACEBOOK – Josh Kleen – Nothing to report.

CD REPORTS – John Grubbs – 

Indoor Flying – Indoor flying continues to be fun.  Next Thursday and the 2nd Thursday of Sept.  Not 4th.

Fall Float Fly – The fall float fly is scheduled for September 12th.  It will be at Hidden Cove Park.  The park has confirmed that we will be able to fly.  The lake has dropped enough and the marina will be open.  We will be giving away a few Hobby King Skippers and we will have a few other prizes thanks to Roy’s Hobby Shop.

Member Day – Our spring family day was cancelled because of the flooding.  We have moved all of the events and activities to our Fall Member day on September 19th.  We are going to open this up to the community for helping us out while our field was closed and allowing the use of their facilities for flying.  More details will be made available as we get closer to the event.

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.

OLD BUSINESS – 

Earlier this year, the club approved the creation of a new board level position of Membership Coordinator beginning with the 2016 year.   With this change, the Webmaster board position will become an appointed position so we continue to have 6 board positions.  (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Field Coordinator, Membership Coordinator)  This brings our board structure in line with the AMA recommendations.  To do this, we need to make some minor changes to the By Laws that govern our club.  Proper notice of this change was provided as required by the club by-laws and the change was brought to a vote of the members present.  The change was unanimously approved.

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.  Traditionally memberships expired December 31st.  This adds a significant amount of work for all AMA clubs because of the monthly tracking that must now be done to validate AMA memberships.  The club agreed and it was recommended that we send a letter to our regional VP expressing our concerns.

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.

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

CLOSE OF BUSINESS – The business portion of the meeting was closed by Don Hafer at 7:55pm

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.  16 items were available for raffle at the meeting.  

The new quarterly prize is a GoPro Hero 4 Silver.  It will be given away at the Member Day on September 19th.

PROGRAM – Update on Warbirds over Texas 2015 planning and Videos from Joe Nall 2015

The next meeting of the North Dallas RC Club will be at 11:00am on September 19, 2015 at Eagle Field.

July 2015 Minutes

 

The July meeting of the North Dallas RC Club occurred on July 16, 2015 at Valley View Christian Church.  Club President Don Hafer called the meeting to order at 7:03

VISITORS/NEW MEMBERS – Mike Lawson, Olga Lawson

PRESIDENT'S REPORT – Don Hafer – The AMA is increasing their membership rates starting with the upcoming renewal for next year.  There is an opportunity to lock in the current rates if you renew now and you can prepay for up to 2 years if you wish.

VICE PRESIDENT – Charles Shafer – Absent – Don Hafer shared a note from Charles that informed the club of the passing of Joe Bollinger.  His wife sent a note sharing how much he enjoyed being a member of the club and the friends he made here.  A moment of silence was held in his honor.

SECRETARY – Josh Kleen – AMA safety rules and NDRCC club safety rules were read.  North Texas Aeromodelers out of Denton, TX is hosting a swap meet on August 8th and all area clubs are invited to attend and tables are available for purchase should people wish to sell anything.  You can find out more details at http://www.northtexasaeromodelers.com/swapmeet.html

TREASURER/MEMBERSHIP – Charlie Pyne – The monthly financial report was presented and approved by the membership.  In addition, the 2nd quarter audit was completed and approved.

SAFETY – Dave Schaefer – No Safety issues

FIELD – Dave Schaefer – The field has suffered damage from the cows that got onto the field during the recent flooding.  As of now the electric fence has been fully repaired and the cows are now staying off the field.  Repairs are underway and several truckloads of dirt have been purchased to begin filling the holes created by the cows.  The grass runway is usable but caution is recommended until we can get the runway rolled.  Also, use caution in the infield portion of the field as many holes are still there that have not been filled yet.

The runway is also in need of sealing again.  It has been several years since we last did it and the flooding ate away at the previous sealing which was already at the end of its life.  A quotation has been received from a professional company, the owner of which is an avid RC modeler.  The required work and the costs associated were discussed and the membership approved the quote so work can be completed before Warbirds in September.  The field will need to be closed for about 24 hours when this work is done and a notice will be sent out so everyone is aware.

SOUND – Billy Slater – Absent

TRAINING – Dale O'Daniel – Training is picking back up now that the field is open again.  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 – No updates on the website.  If you have any content ideas, please let us know or feel free to submit them to Ken.

FACEBOOK – Josh Kleen – Nothing to report.

CD REPORTS – John Grubbs – 

Indoor Flying – Indoor flying continues to be fun.  The overhaul of the gym is completed and we now have the ability to utilize chairs and tables again.  Come on out and join us on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 in the church gym.

Fall Float Fly – The fall float fly is scheduled for September 12th.  It will be at Hidden Cove Park.

Member Day – Our spring family day was cancelled because of the flooding.  We have moved all of the events and activities to our Fall Member day on September 19th.  We are going to open this up to the community for helping us out while our field was closed and allowing the use of their facilities for flying.  More details will be made available as we get closer to the event.

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.  

OLD BUSINESS – 

Don Hafer reported that Billy Slater prepared and submitted all of the documentation regarding our recent flooding and the clean-up efforts to the AMA Disaster Relief Fund.  He did an amazing job in laying out the damages and the work we have done to fix the field up, including lots of pictures and facts about the flood event itself.  The AMA has approved our request for relief and we have received payment to reimburse all of the costs the AMA covers as part of their Relief Fund.

Ken Sienski has been working with Denton County for a long time to reduce the property tax burden the club faces each year on the land we lease and the improvements we own.  Last year, we were able to get the taxes on the land reduced significantly by showing our land is almost fully in flood plain.  This has been reinforced this year and we have made sure to fully document the damage caused by the flooding should these questions arise again.  Additionally, he has now successfully petitioned the county to recognize our status as a non-profit tax exempt entity and we have been fully relieved of our property tax burden on the improvements at our field.  This is a permanent solution that allows us to eliminate our tax bill on the improvements completely and reinvest that money into our field.  If you see Ken, make sure you thank him for his tireless efforts.  These two efforts combined will be a significant annual savings for our club for years to come.  Thank you Ken!!!

NEW BUSINESS – 

Don Hafer shared that the AMA National Model Aviation Day is scheduled for August 15th.  Many of the area clubs have events planned but we have elected not to participate this year.  Should someone wish to facilitate these events, please let the board know.

Earlier this year, the club approved the creation of a new board level position of Membership Coordinator beginning with the 2016 year.   With this change, the Webmaster board position will become an appointed position so we continue to have 6 board positions.  (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Field Coordinator, Membership Coordinator)  This brings our board structure in line with the AMA recommendations.  To do this, we need to make some minor changes to the By Laws that govern our club.  To change the By Laws, we are required to give a minimum of a 3 day notice that a vote on changing the By Laws will be happening.  The vote will be happening at that next monthly club meeting, scheduled for August 20th.  Additional notices will be sent out to the membership as we get closer to the meeting.

Dale O’Daniel shared that he received a request from a friend of his to attend an airshow in Gainsville on October 31st and perform an RC Aircraft show for the audience.  We are currently looking into what is required to do this.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Dale.

CLOSE OF BUSINESS – The business portion of the meeting was closed by Don Hafer at 7:49pm

SHOW and TELL – 

Don Hafer – Hobby King Remote LIPO Voltage monitor

Not Sure the Name - BVM F-16 PNP powered by a Kingtech K140

RAFFLE - Melissa Kleen – This month’s raffle was sponsored by RC Zone in Plano, TX.  Please make sure you stop by and thank them for their support.  18 items were available for raffle at the meeting.  

The new quarterly prize is a GoPro Hero 4 Silver.  It will be given away at the Member Day on September 19th.

PROGRAM – Videos from Joe Nall 2015

The next meeting of the North Dallas RC Club will be at 7:00pm on August 20, 2015 at Valley View Christian Church.

June 2015 Minutes

 

The June meeting of the North Dallas RC Club occurred on June 18, 2015 at Valley View Christian Church.  Club President Don Hafer called the meeting to order at 7:00

VISITORS/NEW MEMBERS – None

PRESIDENT'S REPORT – Don Hafer – Offered a big thank you to the Richardson RC Club, Heart of Texas Miniature Aircraft Club and the Texoma RC Club for allowing us to utilize their facilities while our field is underwater from the historic flooding of Lake Lewisville.

VICE PRESIDENT – Charles Shafer – Update on the condition of the field and the Workday on Saturday.  Field is looking better and is now flyable.  Thank you to everyone that helped and contributed supplies.

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

TREASURER/MEMBERSHIP – Charlie Pyne – Absent.  Charles Shafer presented the current financials for the last two months.  Both reports were approved as presented.

SAFETY – Dave Schaefer – Absent

FIELD – Dave Schaefer – Absent

SOUND – Billy Slater – All is quite

MEMBERSHIP – Bruce Lakots – We are now over 200 members.

TRAINING – Dale O'Daniel – No training has been occurring due to the flooding at our field.  It should pick up once we are flyable again.

WEBMASTER – Ken Sienski – The website has been updated to reflect the new Warbirds dates.  Registration is still open.

FACEBOOK – Josh Kleen – If you haven’t “liked” us yet, make sure you do so.  It is becoming a very useful tool for distributing information to our broader community.

CD REPORTS – John Grubbs – 

The Spring Float Fly went really well.  Conditions were great and everyone had a great time.

Indoor Flying – We have had to cancel the last few due to scheduling conflicts.  However, construction is now complete and the gym is in great shape.  It is scheduled for the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month from 6:30 to 8:30.

Fall Float Fly – The fall float fly is scheduled for September 12th.  It will be at Hidden Cove Park.

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.  

OLD BUSINESS – 

Had to cancel member’s day due to flooding.  All of the activities we had planned for this event, including the memorial stone presentation for John Reed, will be done during the Fall Family day on Sept 19th.

Don’t forget that we are a member of the Tom Thumb rewards program.  If you shop at Tom Thumb, you can register your rewards card as wanting to support NDRCC.  We then get a small percentage of your shopping total as a donation to our club.

NEW BUSINESS – 

Our landlord now requires us to lock the Brewer Rood gate when our field is not in use.  The first person in needs to lock the gate and relock the lock so it isn’t stolen during the day.  The last person out at the end of the day then needs to relock the chain and lock when they leave.  The combination is the same as the gate on our entrance gate to the field.

We have reached out to the AMA to begin the process of applying for AMA Disaster Relief funding.  This will help cover some of the costs related to the repair of our field after the recent flooding.  We should know more in the coming weeks.

We need to purchase more gravel for the entry road, the parking lot and the area around the storage containers.  A motion was made for the approval of up to 8 loads of gravel.  The request was approved unanimously.

CLOSE OF BUSINESS – The business portion of the meeting was closed by Don Hafer at 7:26

SHOW and TELL – 

Dale – Eflite Night Visionair

Kevin – Tac Hobby Cobra

RAFFLE - Melissa Kleen - The quarterly prize of a Spektrum DX9 was won at the meeting by Jaques. Congratulations!!!!!

PROGRAM – Videos

The next meeting of the North Dallas RC Club will be at 7:00pm on July 16th 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 & Nov 11 Eagle Field