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Rattlesnake Alert

Hot weather and generous rain may increase the wildlife and rattlesnake population at our flying site. A small "rattler" was found hiding under one of the start up tables and relocated. Be cautious and observant. The snakes want less to do with us than we do with them. If seen, stay clear and alert others. Do not harm snakes or other wildlife, they were here first and will be here long after we are gone.

CLICK HERE for Ca Dept of Wildlife recommendations to be "snake safe"

 

Appeals Court Overturns FAA Model Aircraft
Registration Requirement
 

Court to FAA: "[You] are just making stuff up."


Source: Dronelife.com
CLICK FOR FULL ARTICLE WITH LINKS
 

In a stunning defeat for the FAA, a federal appeals court has deemed the FAA’s drone registration program unlawful as it applies to model aircraft. (The ruling does not impact Part 107, or registration for commercial drones.)

The ruling is the result of a case brought by John Taylor, a recreational drone operator and attorney from Maryland vs. FAA Chief Administrator Michael Huerta about the legality of drone registration.  In his suit, Taylor claimed that the registration program went against Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act, which states that the FAA “may not promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft.”

While the FAA responded to this accusation by stating that the registration program was not a new rule but simply a new (online) way of accommodating the established rule requiring aircraft registration, the judges weren’t buying any.  During the case, the judges told the FAA attorney that they were “just making stuff up,” and that their legal argument was faulty.

The opinion and accompanying court order released this morning [May 19] were direct and scathing.

“In short, the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act provides that the FAA ‘may not promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft,’ yet the FAA’s 2015 Registration Rule is a ‘rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft,'” states the written opinion. “Statutory interpretation does not get much simpler. The Registration Rule is unlawful as applied to model aircraft.”

The phrase “the Registration Rule is a ‘rule or regulations regarding model aircraft'” is repeated throughout the decision.  The judges had little patience for FAA’s claims that the Registration Rule was nothing new.  “The FAA’s arguments to the contrary are unpersuasive,” says the opinion. “…the FAA has never previously interpreted that registration requirement to apply to model aircraft…The FAA claims that the Registration Rule is therefore not a new requirement at all, but merely a “decision to cease its exercise of enforcement discretion…We disagree.”

The FAA also argued that the Registration Rule was necessary to comply with the directive to “improve aviation safety.” But the judges dismissed that argument, saying that according to law the statutes as written must be followed without consideration of shifts in policy.

The result of the case was a court order “that Taylor’s petition for review of the Registration Rule be granted and the Registration Rule to the extent it applies to model aircraft be vacated…”


The following site is claimed to be a fund to support Mr Taylors work.

http://fund.dcdrone.org/contribute/


 THANKS TO ALL FOR A SUCCESSFUL
OPEN HOUSE
 

Photos by Stacey Kunch

 

Thanks to ALL THE MEMBERS who showed up
and kept the air full of all kinds of aircraft and talked to our guests. Great show!

A giant thank you to Don Bangle for underwriting the
delicious BBQ LUNCH by Fuddruckers! We are officially spoiled.

Thanks to Danny Levin
for loan of a

PA system.

Although this was not a fund-raiser, we did get about $250 in donations toward the charities we support. Thank you Truly for charming the guests for the donations.

  

 Gogian fired up an taxied his turboprop PC-21 to the delight of all. It really wanted to fly and I don't think our field would be too small for it. Gogian says he plans a maiden flight
Saturday April 29 at Buttonwillow. Weather prediction is very positive. See video below of the taxi demo.


 

 

 Tower Hobby LED Sale

Get ready for night fly season. Five meter 12v LED strips for $11.99.

Self adhesive and 8mm wide. Cut to length in 3 LED increments. Solder pads. Red, Green, Blue. Item number LW4657

LED

Use this handy connector to use the balance plug for power

connector

 The Next Big Thing:

Great Flying Fully 3D Printed

Scale RC Airplanes

3D LAB

  

3D Print Wing

Thin wall 3D printing

 

3D part

 

Truly amazing. Highly detailed and engineered

inside and out. Print translucent to see the amazing internal detail.
Fully functioning - flaps, retracts. Print it yourself or
buy the "kit" printed for you. 200x200x200 (mm) 3D printer needed.
Compare 3D printers HERE.

Thread on RCGroups HERE

CLICK HERE FOR 3D PRINT AIRPLANE DETAILS

 

Gogian Yee to Maiden Turboprop PC-21

UPDATE 4/30: Successful flights April 29!

"
"I have wonderful news guys! The PC-21 flew like a dream and was a awesome sight to see it fly with the sights, smell and sounds of a turbine to top it off. Once I figured out the throttle response on the second flight she was easy to manage and landed her beautifully. Jared managed to capture 2/3rds of the second flight, so he will post it when its possible and I will send you-all the link. I got my fixed wing turbine waiver application signed, so the next step is to mail it in. YESSSS!!!!!!!????"

 

  

Recycle Your Batteries at the Home Depot

recycle

All rechargeable batteries contain toxic and recyclable

materials that do not belong in landfills (and legally should not be put in

the trash).

 

Be a good citizen and recycle your batteries at the Home Depot.

Best Buy has similar bins, and Good Will accepts E-Waste also.

Recycling batteries and cellphones is easy – just bag it, tie it and drop it! You can find the Call2Recycle collection kit at any Home Depot location, where you can place your battery into a provided plastic bag and drop it into our box.

 

Batteries We Accept: Rechargeable batteries can be found in cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptops, digital cameras, two-way radios, camcorders, remote control toys and other portable electronics. Any rechargeable battery or cellphone that weighs up to 11 lbs. will be accepted.

 

  

NEXT FLOAT FLY JULY 8


 

January and March events had perfect weather and good turnout!

Excellent lunch thanks to Dennis and Jan!

fLOAT fLY

 

New Rules Jan 1
This is in conformance with other
non-public field clubs.

 

CLICK HERE FOR UPDATED SAFETY AND FIELD RULES

Each flyer required to have a fire extinguisher in the pits

Fire Extinguisher 

 

Lipo bags or fireproof charging containers are recommended, however a formal rule has not been adopted.

  Lipo Safe

 

 

 

Lipo Safety 101 

  

 

 2017 EVENTS CALENDAR PUBLISHED

Watch for updates

CLICK HERE TO SEE CALENDAR

 

FLOAT FLY MAR 11


Telemaster 40 on floats.
Note fins on floats instead of sub-rudder fin on airplane.

 

 A Nice Flight in the Alps

Life is good

WORK PARTY AT FIELD

12/4

 

Next work party Feb 11 to lay more textile; not a big job

 

Thanks guys and gals

Work Part

 

Work Party

 

rock

Yes there was a big rock (or alien
spaceship).

Picture credits: Ed Roberts

 

Pizza and soda served thanks to Rich

  

Spektrum DX6i (and other Spektrum)
owners
Down in the Setup List menu is an item for Power Setting. BE SURE it is set to
"B US 247". This gives you 200mW of power. The other settings for EU and France are 100mW. Enough of a difference to save your plane at the edge of reception.

 

Also, there is a way to check and calibrate your sticks. You won't
fly straight with sticks with improper centering or endpoint.

Follow this video for the simple step by step.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8gU_x3vBBw

 

Lots of new Swap Shop Ads

If you haven't looked at the Swap Shop lately, check it out. Lots of new ads today - heli, EDF, gas, etc.

 

GATE UPDATE 01/01/17

The Duarte Road gate has been repaired by the Kiewit Gold Line contractor, and they are supposed to grade the road. The "tank traps" have been removed. We are now locking the Duarte Road gate and leaving the new gate open.

 

SFDRCM Gate

Photo credit: Tom Traeger


 

Thanks to President Rich Rannis for spearheading the effort to install a gate on the northern entrance to our field. Since Gold Line Extension work began last year, the normal Duarte Road gate has not been locked, leading to increased trespass at our field, including graffiti and car and ATV tracks and burnouts. Hopefully the gate will reduce this significantly. The design of the gate is one side for club use with one club lock, and the larger side for other utility use with the usual multiple locks. Center post is removable when both gate are unlocked. Also thanks to Gary Stevens, Tom Treager and Wayne Brown for financial donations toward the project. And this should qualify for the AMA Field Improvement Fund award program.

SFDRCM License Plate Frames

If you can't make it to the meeting
CLICK HERE
to order online - same price

Laser engraved, anodized blue, very attractive, appear to glow! $14, 2 for $25

Let use know at SFDRCM@hotmail.com

Frame

Newsletter On Line
We will now be delivering the newsletter only on line. See the Club Newsletter tab above to access current and past newsletters.

Float Fly May 2014 video by John De La Cueva, including Ed Villanueva's custom rescue boat.

Aeromodeling Pioneers: The Good Brothers Video Uploaded

When the Cindy Good and Mallory Nelson, daughter and granddaugter of RC pioneer William Good visited, they left a DVD that was a very interesting documentary of about the innovative Good brothers. I have been able to upload this to YouTube for all to enjoy. This is fascinating and inspiring look at RC history, with interviews to preserve the presence of these brothers. As with many modlers, their interest in model aviation was coupled with significant technical achievements in other areas. Let us all be inspired by their work and their enjoyment of this hobby.

Video as approx 26 minutes - thank you to YouTube for permission for the extended length upload, and to Mallory and Cindy.

Good Brothers