General Meeting: second Wednesday of the month
Arcadia Red Cross
376 W Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91007
On the south campus of Arcadia Methodist Hospital
Socialize, business, refreshments, raffle, show and tell, B.S.ing
NEXT MEETING: JULY 11
FLOAT FLY JULY 14
Tune up your float planes!
Membership Application / Renewal Form Available On Line
Welcome flyers from Robin's Hobby flying field!
New members joining in now thru Sept pro-rated: only $80 ($84 PayPal)
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Renewals after Feb 28 will be treated as new members.
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July 13: FAA Pushes for Repeal of Section 336 and More Authority Over Recreational Operators
FAA Deputy Director Characterizes Section 336 as a “Fundamental Barrier” to Security
The U.S. House of Representatives Aviation Committee held a Counter UAS Issues Roundtable Discussion yesterday – and the issue of regulation for recreational operators was a central theme.
The argument over Section 336 – the part of the law that exempts model aircraft from new FAA rulemaking, otherwise known as the “Special Rule for Model Aircraft” (see the FAA’s interpretation and explanation here ) – is ramping up. As lawmakers discuss drone security – and, specifically, S.2836, the “Preventing Emerging Threats Act,” recreational operators are in the cross fire.
FAA Deputy Administrator for Security and Hazardous Materials Angela Stubblefield – the FAA representative who spoke at the last FAA Symposium about “the careless, the clueless, and the criminal,” drone operators – blamed Section 336 clearly for security issues. Stubblefield testified that FAA supports S. 2836, which would grant Department of Justice (DoJ) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security broad authority to shoot down, disrupt, track, or otherwise disable drones deemed threatening, despite any other federal law to the contrary.
Section 336 a “Fundamental Barrier” to Security
However, she said that the FAA was hindered in making progress on drone security without clear laws requiring universal registration and remote ID and tracking: laws that would apply to all drone operators.
CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO DRONELIFE ATRICLE
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Infiniti Introduces First Production Variable Compression Engine
You gear heads will love this. This is a truly innovative engine with a host of advanced features. Now available in Infinitii Q60. Click in the image to watch the video on how this works.
AMA EXPO WEST Moves Location and Date
The AMA Expo West (formerly AMA Expo, and International Model Show) has been at the
Ontario Convention Center for a number of years. The role of selling trade shows has changed
in recent years as sales migrate to the internet and manufacturers and importers face profit pressure.
In an attempt to reimage the Expo, it will move to the LA Fairground with dates of November 2 - 4, 2018.
There will be room for outdoor flying (on the former horserace track) and indoor flying, boats, and trains. The prior dates in January were bad for sales (after Christmas)
and attendance after the New Years holiday. The new date and location should result in increased attendance
and publicity for our hobbies.
NEW AMA SAFETY CODE
AMA comes up with simplified, concise Safety Code
For a complete copy of AMA’s Safety Handbook please visit: www.modelaircraft.org/files/100.pdf
Academy of Model Aeronautics
National Model Aircraft Safety Code
Effective January 1, 2018
A model aircraft is a non-human-carrying device capable of sustained flight within visual line of sight of the pilot or spotter(s). It may not exceed limitations of this code and is intended exclusively for sport, recreation, education and/or competition. All model flights must be conducted in accordance with this safety code and related AMA guidelines, any additional rules specific to the flying site, as well as all applicable laws and regulations.
As an AMA member I agree:
- I will not fly a model aircraft in a careless or reckless manner.
- I will not interfere with and will yield the right of way to all human-carrying aircraft using AMA’s See and Avoid Guidance and a spotter when appropriate.
- I will not operate any model aircraft while I am under the influence of alcohol or any drug that could adversely affect my ability to safely control the model.
- I will avoid flying directly over unprotected people, moving vehicles, and occupied structures.
- I will fly Free Flight (FF) and Control Line (CL) models in compliance with AMA’s safety programming.
- I will maintain visual contact of an RC model aircraft without enhancement other than corrective lenses prescribed to me. When using an advanced flight system, such as an autopilot, or flying First-Person View (FPV), I will comply with AMA’s Advanced Flight System programming.
- I will only fly models weighing more than 55 pounds, including fuel, if certified through AMA’s Large Model Airplane Program.
- I will only fly a turbine-powered model aircraft in compliance with AMA’s Gas Turbine Program.
- I will not fly a powered model outdoors closer than 25 feet to any individual, except for myself or my helper(s) located at the flight line, unless I am taking off and landing, or as otherwise provided in AMA’s Competition Regulation.
- I will use an established safety line to separate all model aircraft operations from spectators and bystanders.
We want to thank all the members and guests that attended the 2018 Open House. We had lots of members and a good number of guest pilots and public and families. Weather was warm and sunny. A Santa Ana windy morning calmed down to allow a full day of flying. Trainers, racing drones, autogyros, ducted fans, pattern ships, crop dusters. A little of everything. A huge thank you to Don Bangle for a wonderful Fuddrucker's lunch, We got at least five new members on site and several more prospects. Donations were collected for our charities - City of Hope, Red Cross, DAV and Friends of Santa Fe Dam. All in all a memorable day. If anyone has pictures to share, please email the pictures or links to your uploaded pictures to SFDRCM@hotmail.com
Nitro Planes / Hobby Partz to Move, Stop Selling Airplanes
According to club members, Nitro Planes will move to smaller quarters and stop selling airplanes. They will concentrate on cars and drones. They say manufacturers in China are no longer producing built up (wood / film / fiberglass) airplanes, only molded foam ones. Almost all airplanes shown on their website are listed "out of stock". We have no word on whether Great Planes or Hangar 9 are affected by this supposed factory situation.
Horizon Buys RC Assets of Hobbico / Tower
Horizon Hobby has purchased the radio control assets and brands of bankrupt Hobbico. These include Tower Hobbies and Great Planes, and presumably exclusive brands such as Top Flite, Goldberg, Axial, Super Tigre. Status of OS Max and Futaba, for whom Hobbico is exclusive north American distributor is not known. Hobbico employees have until April 6 to apply for re-employment with Horizon. Both companies are headquartered in Champaign Illinois and started in 1975. Tower Hobby and Horizon websites seem to be operating as normal.