Minutes

February 2015 Minutes

The February meeting of the North Dallas RC Club occurred on February 19, 2015 at Valley View Christian Church.  Club President Don Hafer called the meeting to order at 7:05

The minutes of the January 2015 club meeting were presented and unanimously approved as published on the club website.  

VISITORS/NEW MEMBERS – Richard Hose - Visitor

PRESIDENT'S REPORT - Don Hafer – Nothing to Report.

VICE PRESIDENT – Charles Shafer – Our annual club swap meet is next month during the monthly club meeting.  Make sure you bring stuff to swap and money to buy as there will definitely be deals to be found.  Also, indoor flying has been fun this year and everyone is encouraged to attend.

SECRETARY – Josh Kleen – AMA safety rules and NDRCC club safety rules were read.  A list of local events was also shared.

TREASURER/MEMBERSHIP – Charlie Pyne – 3 new members joined last month.  We are on or ahead of budget for both income and expenses so far this year.  Our annual audit has been performed on our books and passed.  We have a club member that audits them internally every quarter and all club officers have access to financial information if any member has questions.

SAFETY - Dave Schaefer – Hovering of helicopters and multirotors is limited to designated areas as described in the club safety documentation.  Please review this information if you intend to operate a helicopter or multirotor in these areas.  Also 3D flying of helicopters can be done to the north west of the runway as long as you stay between the runway and the fence line.  

There is an emergency kit on top of the first aid box should it be needed.

FIELD – Dave Schaefer – Field is in good shape.  There is an armadillo problem that we are working on and it is impacting the east side of the runway.  Use caution if you plan to utilize the grass runway or if you roll off either side of the runway as there are some holes where the armadillos have dug and you might catch a gear.

SOUND - Billy Slater – All is quite.  Enjoy the flying weather.

TRAINING – Dale O'Daniel – We have 3-4 people in training.  Progress is being made by several students when the weather permits.

WEBMASTER – Ken Sienski – Nothing new to report now.  Let us know if there is anything you would like to post.

FACEBOOK - Josh Kleen – Feel free to share content with us as we would love to share it with the world.  If you post any YouTube videos or pictures, link them to us and we can share them.

CD REPORTS – John Grubbs – Indoor flying is the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month.  

RAFFLE - Melissa Kleen – There were 15 items available in the raffle today.  All of the winners were very happy.

The quarterly prize, which will be given away at the March meeting, is the new E-flite P-51D Mustang (EFL6750), complete with retracts and flaps.

OLD BUSINESS – 

Taxes – We are working on getting our tax bill reduced to save the club money.  We have engaged a lawyer to help with the process of filing for a tax exemption.  There is no cost to the club for this service unless we are successful in reducing our tax liability.  Then the cost is limited to 25% of the tax savings.  The membership agreed this was a good idea and voted to move forward.

Update to safety rules – We are recommending changes to the club safety rules to recognize multirotors and to apply all helicopter rules to a multirotor aircraft.  We are also recommending that we recognize the AMA’s rules for FPV flying and operating a sUAS for hobby or recreational use.  Commercial operation of any sUAS is prohibited without board approval.

Cell phone use for calls while at the flight like is prohibited.  Cell phone cameras are permitted.

Rockets are prohibited without prior permission from the board.

NEW BUSINESS – 

Membership Coordinator - The board has recommended the creation of an officer level position for membership coordinator.  Bruce Lakatos has been appointed to this role by the board and the club membership has approved this appointment.  The expectation is that the membership coordinator will remain an officer level position for the remainder of 2015 and that it will be elevated to a board level position for 2016.  Actions to change the club bylaws will be undertaken as we get closer to the end of 2015.

Clarification on late fees on membership dues – Renewing club members that are not lifetime members are required to pay their dues by December 31st of the year prior to the membership year.  For 2015, dues were late if not paid by December 31, 2014.  The club bylaws allow for the assessment of late fees to members that have not paid their annual dues by the December 31st deadline.  There have been instances where members have left the club and after a number of years, rejoined the club but the late fee language was unclear about their status and if a late fee was due.  The board has proposed a clarification on this matter.

In the event that a renewing member has not been an active member for 2 or more consecutive membership years, the renewing member will be allowed to rejoin the club at any time without the requirement to pay a late fee.  Per existing club rules they will also not be required to repay the initiation fee.

This clarifying language was proposed and approved by the club membership.

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

SHOW and TELL

Josh Kleen – Josh brought his new JetCat P140 RXi that will be used to power his CARF Ultra Flash when it is completed.

Dale O'Daniel – Dale brought his new Freewing 90mm F16 EDF.  Dale reports that it flies great and everyone loved the LED afterburner ring installed in the thrust tube.

PROGRAM – This month we had a wonderful presentation on FPV and multirotors from Andy Van Vooren, owner of Aero Hobbies in Lewisville, TX.  He brought several examples of FPV equipment as well as some great examples of common multirotors available today.  Stop by his shop in person or his site online at http://www.aerohobbies.com.

NEXT MEETING - The next meeting of the North Dallas RC Club will be at 7:00pm on March 19, 2015 at Valley View Christian Church.  The program for the meeting with be our annual swap meet.

 

January 2015 Minutes

The January meeting of the North Dallas RC Club occurred on January 16, 2015 at Valley View Christian Church.  Club President Don Hafer called the meeting to order at 7:02

Members unanimously approved the minutes from the December 2014 meeting.

VISITORS/NEW MEMBERS – Andy Blosser – New Member, Jay Hoppenstein – Current member but has not been active in some time.

PRESIDENT'S REPORT - Don Hafer – Don had surgery on his foot and is doing great.  Unfortunately nothing exciting happened to him, just routine work that is too graphic to post here.

VICE PRESIDENT – Charles Shafer – Nothing to report

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

TREASURER/MEMBERSHIP – Charlie Pyne – Absent – Charles reviewed the 2014 final numbers and introduced the 2015 budget for approval. We are starting the year with 160 members.  This is the highest initial membership we have had in several years.  The membership approved both the final financial results of 2014 and the budget for 2015.

SAFETY - Dave Schaefer – Things have been safe.  As this is the first meeting of 2015, the safety rules need to be reapproved.  The membership unanimously approved the safety rules as they were last year.  Dave noted that should there ever need to be a change in the rules, we can change them at any time with the memberships approval per the by-laws of the club.

FIELD – Dave Schaefer – Looks great at the field.  Enjoy the winter flying.

SOUND - Billy Slater – Nothing to report.  People continue to follow the club’s sound rules and all is quiet.

TRAINING – Dale O'Daniel – The cold weather has slowed down training but students continue to make progress and new students continue to join.

WEBMASTER – Ken Sienski - The website is looking great.  Updates and new stories continue to be made to the site to benefit the membership.  It also has all current club rules and by-laws.

FACEBOOK - Josh Kleen - All going well.  Feel free to use it as a resource to share our hobby.  We are now over 100 likes.

CD REPORTS – John Grubbs – Indoor flying update – The gym is about to undergo a remodel so the schedule might change with little notice.  We will continue to host the event when and where we can.  Charles will keep the club membership up to date via email.

Check the website for complete event details and schedules for 2015.  Highlights include float flies on April 25th and September 12th, family days on May 23rd and September 19th and Warbirds over Texas 2015 June 12th and 13th.  More details on each of these events will be distributed as we get closer to their scheduled dates.

OLD BUSINESS – Mike of Mike’s hobby shop is still in the process of locating a new building.

Don Hafer proceeded to have a very detailed discussion on the contract with Scale Masters for their national championship that NDRCC has been invited to host.  After about 45 minutes of discussions, a vote was held on the contract and the membership’s desire to enter into an agreement to host the event.  At the conclusion of the vote which was done both in person and by proxy, there were 22 votes in favor of hosting the event and 57 against.

NEW BUSINESS – A list of club events and monthly meetings for 2015 was presented and approved.  If anyone has a topic for a monthly meeting they would like to present or see presented, please let Charles Shafer know so that we can get it coordinated and on the calendar.

Two planes were donated to the club and auctioned off to the highest bidder.

CLOSE OF BUSINESS – The business portion of the meeting was closed by Don Hafer at 8:25

SHOW and TELL – Reid brought his EFlite UMX Spacewalker, Woody brought a Flamewheel F450 quadcopter.

RAFFLE - Melissa Kleen – Thanks to Walter from RC Works in McKinney, TX for sponsoring tonight’s raffle.  You can check them out at http://www.texasrcworks.com.  Lots of prizes were available.  The quarterly prize which will be given away at the March meeting is the new E-flite P-51D Mustang (EFL6750), complete with retracts and flaps.

PROGRAM - Several short videos.

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

December 2014 Minutes

 

The  December 2014 meeting of the North Dallas R/C Club was called to order by Charles Shafer on December 18th, 2014 At Valley View Christian Church.  

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

VISITORS/NEW MEMBERS – Several wives of club members.

PRESIDENT'S REPORT-  Don Hafer.  Absent.  

SECRETARY – Bruce Lakatos.  Bruce presented the club with a check for $97 from donations. 

VICE PRESIDENT – Charles Shafer.  Charles reported that The AED unit is now in place at the field.

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

SAFETY- Dave Schaefer- No safety issues.

FIELD –  Dave Schaefer-  Field looks good.  Thanks to Charles Shafer for installing the AED device.

SOUND-  Billy Slater. No issues.  All Quiet.

TRAINING – Dale O'Daniel- No report.  

WEBMASTER –  Ken Sienski.   The website is still working well for 2015 renewals. 

FACEBOOK- Josh Kleen.  All going well.   Almost 100 likes.

CD REPORTS –  No report.  

OLD BUSINESS-  Dave Cotton was given a framed certificate recognizing his past service as treasurer.

NEW BUSINESS - A vote was held to approve $500 for runway repairs.  $200 was approved to paint the storage container units.  Charles Shafer gave a brief presentation of a proposal for our club to host the 2015 U.S Scale Masters event.  The club gave conceptual approval to continue to negotiate with USSM, which is being handled by Ed Kettler.  The club will provide any of this event info to the membership as it develops prior to the next club meeting.  Per our by-laws we are required to have officers approved in December for the following year.  The 2015 officers are: 

President- Don Hafer

Vice Pres.-Charles Shafer

Secretary- Josh Kleen

Webmaster-Ken Sienski

Field- Dave Schaefer

All other positions are appointed.

CLOSE OF BUSINESS.

SHOW and TELL –  None.

RAFFLE-  Jaques Parker conducted the monthly raffle.  The quarterly prize,  Lancair Legacy, was won by Tom Stetka. 

PROGRAM - Holiday!  Several short videos.

November 2014 Minutes

 

The  November 2014 meeting of the North Dallas R/C Club was called to order by Don Hafer on November 20th, 2014 At Valley View Christian Church.  

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

VISITORS/NEW MEMBERS – Alex Fisher and his mother, Mike Mckinney, Steve Pierce

PRESIDENT'S REPORT-  Don Hafer.  No report other than a Stinger tow plane was donated to the club to be put up for auction.  

SECRETARY – Bruce Lakatos.  No report other than to remind membership that 2015 dues is due. 

VICE PRESIDENT – Charles Shafer.   Charles reported that all field equipt. has been winterized thanks to Rex Lawrence, Dale O'Daniel and Gordon Guillory.

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

SAFETY- Dave Schaefer- We have purchased additional first aid supplies.  They will be kept unlocked above the existing first aid box.  We are still looking for an appropriate AED.

FIELD –  Dave Schaefer-  Field looks good. Dave mentioned that the tables need to wiped and if everyone could help out a little in with that task while out there.  Also, John Reed mentioned that will repairing the electric fence, please slip wire thru insulator instead of wrapping wire around insulator.  Less repairs this way.

SOUND-  Billy Slater. No issues.  All Quiet.

TRAINING – Dale O'Daniel- Dale presented Alex Fisher and Reid Edler-Murphy a framed certificate for their solo flight.  We still have a few members in training.  

WEBMASTER –  Ken Sienksi.   The website is now working well for 2015 renewals. 

FACEBOOK- Josh Kleen.  All going well.   Almost 100 likes.

CD REPORTS –  John Grubbs reported that the float fly dates for the 2015 season are April 25th 2015 and Sept. 12 2015.  Indoor flying is still going on.  

OLD BUSINESS-  A short video was shown about the proposed AED device that the club is looking into.  Security measures for the device were also discussed.  With a discount for our non-profit status the cost is approx. $1600.00.

NEW BUSINESS -  Per our by-laws we are required to have officer nominations in November for the December election of 2015.  The nominations are:

                                   President - Don Hafer

                                   Vice Pres.- Charles Shafer

                                   Secretary - Josh Kleen

                                   Treasurer - Charlie Pyne

                                   Webmaster - Ken Sienski

                                   Field - Dave Schaefer

All other positions are appointed.

CLOSE OF BUSINESS.

SHOW and TELL – Dale O'Daniel showed his Motion RC thrust vectoring jet.

RAFFLE-  Jaques Parker conducted the monthly raffle.  The next quarterly prize is a Lancair Legacy which will be raffled in December.

PROGRAM -  Several short videos.

October 2014 Minutes

 

The  October 2014 meeting of the North Dallas R/C Club was called to order by Don Hafer on October 16th, 2014 At Valley View Christian Church.  

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

VISITORS/NEW MEMBERS – Nathan Green's siter, mom and grandmother.

PRESIDENT'S REPORT-  Don Hafer.  Don Reported on Charles' current condition.  Charles is anxious to get back.

SECRETARY – Bruce Lakatos.  Bruce displayed the plaque from the AMA that our club received for 10 years as a Gold Leader Club.  The AMA sent patches to distribute to the membership.  Bruce also mentioned that the club membership is up to 201 as of today.

VICE PRESIDENT – Charles Shafer.  Absent.   

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

SAFETY- Dave Schaefer- We have purchased additional first aid supplies.  They will be kept unlocked above the existing first aid box.  We are still looking for an appropriate AED.

FIELD –  Dave Schaefer- There are new additions to the existing pilot boxes for added pilot protection while at the flight line.

SOUND-  Billy Slater. No issues.  All Quiet.

TRAINING – Dale O'Daniel- Dale presented Nathan Green with a framed certificate for his achievements in flight training.  We still have a few members in training.  

WEBMASTER –  Ken Sienksi.   The website is now set up for 2015 renewals. 

FACEBOOK- Josh Kleen.  All going well.  There has been more activity on the Facebook page.

CD REPORTS –  John Grubbs reported that attendance at the indoor flying has been consistent.  The Sept. float fly was a success with 19 pilots registered.  He also mentioned that he will schedule dates for the next Float Fly.  The next indoor flying will be on the 23rd of this month.  

OLD BUSINESS-  We are still looking into adding a canopy system to the shelter at the field.  A vote was held to approve $175 for the canopy project.  The new sign at the entrance has been installed by Charles and Bruce. 

NEW BUSINESS -  A request was made by the Sickle Cell Foundation for us to put on a demonstration in the Auto building at Fair Park.

CLOSE OF BUSINESS.

SHOW and TELL – Allen Buckner showed his new Hangar 9 BF 109.  Nathan Green showed a plane that was passed down to him by his grandfather.  Bruce Lakatos showed a bad binding plug that came with a receiver that he purchaced.  

RAFFLE-  Jaques Parker conducted the monthly raffle.  The next quarterly prize is a Lancair Legacy which will be raffled in December.

PROGRAM -  Josh's mother-in law Mrs. Lopez gave a very informative presentation of basic trauma and emergency procedures.  Dave Schaefer showed a very brief video of his recent trip to Black Rock Desert.

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