In the current legal environment, our ability to legally fly RC model aircraft depends on the existence of The Special Rule for Model Aircraft, part of the FAA Reauthorization Act. Without this section, we would have to get UAS licenses under Part 107 (not easy or cheap), be over 16, and fly under highly regulated conditions.
There has been talk in Congress of removing this Rule, also know as Section 336.
You must contact your legislator NOW with the AMA form, AND calling their office.
CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO AMA WEBSITE
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: MAY 9
FLOAT FLY MAY 12
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
Club Connection to Lost Thunderbirds Pilot
The tragic loss of popular and distinguished Thunderbirds pilot Maj. Stephen Del Bagno has a connection to a club member. Dennis Lord has long been active in full scale aviation and air shows. He posts on Facebook that he met "Cajun" at last years LA County Air Show, and looked forward to meeting up again with him this coming weekend at the March Air Force Base show. The Thunderbirds performance at that air show has been cancelled and future performance schedule is being evaluated. Maj. Del Bagno was a well respected and experienced pilot and trainer in multiple programs.
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.
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.
Membership Application / Renewal Form Available On Line
Click the image below to access the Online Application and Renewal Form.
After you submit it we will email you payment options. Don't forget your AMA has to be renewed also.
Renewals after Feb 28 will be treated as new members.
NEW MEMBERS: Please go to the Become a Member tab for necessary information.
FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT WANT TO PRINT AN APPLICATION FORM CLICK HERE
Educational Outreach Opportunities
See Below for Indoor Flying Dates
Our esteemed educator Tom Traeger will be presenting some interesting and fun opportunities for sharing model aviation with students. He will present these at the March 14 meeting. We think you will be interested in these activities and a chance to interact with the model aviators of the future.
Tune up your float planes!
Largest Airplane Taxi Test at Mojave
The world's largest plane is a step closer to its first flight after passing another major milestone.
Named Stratolaunch, the aircraft - which has a wingspan longer than a football field - sped down the runway at 40 knots (46mph/74kph) in its latest low-speed taxi test, firing all six of its 8,940lbs (4,000kg) engines.
Once testing is complete, the aircraft will help to fire satellites and other objects into space, including a 'Dream Chaser' spaceship that could shuttle astronauts or payloads to and from low Earth orbit within 24 hours.
The Stratolaunch, which is so large it needs twin fuselages each equipped with its own cockpit, is expected to take to the skies for the first time in 2019.
Pictures from January Float Fly
Thank you to Frank Ross of sending these pictures.
Thanks Don Bangle for pizza.
Thanks Nature for great weather and a great hobby.
What could be better???
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FAA Registration Reinstated
The requirement that all unmanned RC aircraft weighing over 250 grams has been reinstated by act of Congress. If you registered initially and did not request refund and cancellation, you need take no action. If you did not register, you now must register. One registration covers all your hobby aircraft. Commercially used aircraft must be registered individually. AMA and FAA numbers must be posted on the aircraft. Clubs will not be required to enforce FAA registration.
For more information, go to the AMA website